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“Today is the day, the day we have all been waiting for, but also a day we didn’t expect to come this fast,” senior Tyriana Vail said, addressing a packed Spencer field house, Sunday afternoon.

Those attending were on hand to witness 160 graduates walk across the stage and collect a hard-earned diploma, marking the end of one chapter in their life story, while beginning the next.

SHS numbers defying falling state trends

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Education recently announced a graduation rate of 87.5% for Iowa’s class of 2023. Lower than graduation rates reported in previous years, the 2023 rate was calculated using a newly corrected code after the department identified an error in the legacy calculation code that had been used for at least 10 years to determine the state’s four- and five-year graduation rates.

US House if Representatives Q&A


Spencer woman to be arraigned for theft of purse

A Spencer woman was set to be arraigned on misdemeanor theft charges on May 20 after police say she took a purse from Grand Avenue Community Outreach earlier this year.

Elderbridge celebrates 50 years with local events

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging. A pair of events are planned in Spencer, the first a special celebration from 8-10 a.m., Tuesday, at the Spencer office for Older Americans Month; and Wednesday, at Occasions Dig In & Discover, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Elderbridge Agency on Aging: will provide an Older Americans Month presentation.

Moore to headline CCF Sept. 12

The Clay County Fair, powered by SMU and Kwik Star, announced Justin Moore, and a special guest to be announced at a later date, as part of the SRG Concert Series at the 2024 Clay County Fair on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Elliott to release new album, ‘Untested Wings’

Chad Elliott will release his 26th album, “Untested Wings,” on May 27.

“After all of these years, with so many albums under my belt, this one comes closest to the heart,” Elliott said.

AOG welcomes public to celebrate Comito

Artist Cecelia Comito was on hand Thursday afternoon for a special reception celebrating her “Barns & Blooms” exhibit at Arts on Grand. The gallery hosted the Colors of Rural Iowa Reception which was well attended. (Above) Comito, flanked by her art work, visited with guests, and posed for a photo in front of some of her work (below). Her artwork will remain in the gallery through June 24. (Photos by Randy M.

A dog's life

Perfect weather Saturday morning welcomed pet owners and their companions to the Spencer Family YMCA’s Whisker Walk, a fundraiser for Pets & People Healthy Together campaign to benefit the local People for Pets shelter. The walkers gathered at East Leach Park where owners and People for Pets volunteers to their canine besties for a morning stroll.

May, June Adult Programs at Spencer Public Library

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers.


Friday, May 24 — 1-6 p.m.

CCCF hands out '24 rewards

Clay County Community Foundation’s mission statement reads, “Connecting donors who care with causes that matter.” In the case of most of these grants presented, the “donor” is the state of Iowa. In 2005, any county that did not have a licensed gaming facility was offered the chance to share in that revenue by forming a county foundation, which Clay County did. Seventy-five percent of those dollars allocated from the state each year are distributed in the form of grants to nonprofits.

Ag Briefs

Beef Quality Assurance certification trainings

SETTING A NEW STANDARD: Arceo to graduate as school’s only Seal of Biliteracy recipient

Walking across the stage Sunday and collecting his diploma from Spencer Community Schools Superintendent Terry Hemann, graduate Abraham Arceo - or Abe - will be one member of the 160-students in the 2023-24 class at Spencer. He will join a very long list of SHS grads dating back generations.

But, the one distinguishing fact Arceo will always be able to lay claim to, he is the first to ever graduate from Spencer having achieved the Seal of Biliteracy.

Supervisor candidates vie for votes in public forum

The three candidates vying for two seats on the Clay County Board of Supervisors participated in a forum on May 15, each trying to make their case for voters’ support. 

County leaders debate financial support for economic development

Some of Clay County’s Supervisors have questioned whether the county should continue funding the Iowa Lakes Development Corporation. 

County creates new position to manage buildings and grounds

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is looking to hire a Buildings and Grounds Director to oversee the maintenance of county-owned properties. 

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