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 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 12, 2022

All Shook Up at CC/E Spring Fling

Last Thursday the Clay Central/Everly Elementary band and choir students put on a rockin' good time at their 50's and 60's themed Spring Fling concert. The concert theme was "Cruisin' Down Memory...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 12, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

Hello, friends! I'm typing this on Monday and even though it's a touch on the windy side, it is gorgeous outside! (This opening sentence has me wondering if it is just Iowans that discuss weather...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 5, 2022

Having a ball at The Great Hall

As the Hope Lutheran Church Daddy-Daughter Dance committee found it harder and harder to round up volunteers for the annual event, organizers realized that pooling together resources from both Everly...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 5, 2022

King's Kampers teach about 'Heroes of the Faith'

Bethlehem Lutheran's King's Kampers united on Sunday for their annual spring program. The program entitled, "Heroes of the Faith," told of heroes found in the Bible and how each of these...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    April 28, 2022

French toast for the fire department

The Everly Firefighter's Association held their spring breakfast last Sunday. A steady stream of patrons filtered in and tables filled with happy breakfast lovers. Gracious firefighter volunteers...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    April 28, 2022

Bits 'N Pieces

Hello, my friends! Thank you for such a warm welcome of my first article a few weeks ago! Your inquiries as to whether or not to expect this column weekly made me realize that I should probably...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    April 14, 2022

Holy Week

Sunday was the commencement of the annual Christian observance of Holy Week. Holy Week starts on the Sunday before Easter with Palm Sunday, the celebration of Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem. The...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    April 14, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

Hello, friends! I thought maybe now was as good a time as any to rebirth my grandma Arlene's locally-famous column, "Bits 'n Pieces." If there is one thing that I know to be true, it's that we have a...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    April 7, 2022

Clay Central/Everly Fish Fry a success

Church Street in Royal was filled with vehicles lined up and ready for the Clay Central/Everly Fish Fry Fundraiser last Friday night. The annual event was as successful as ever, with people attending...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    March 31, 2022

RCA Chili Cook-Off big success

The Great Hall of Royal was filled with the delicious aromas of roasting chili and craft beer last Saturday evening as the Royal Community Action Committee hosted its inaugural chili cook-off and...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    March 31, 2022

Family Night fun at CC/E Elementary

Clay Central/Everly Elementary hosted Maverick Family Fun Night last Thursday evening to a packed lunchroom full of eager families and children. Fifth and sixth grade students, along with staff...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    March 3, 2022

BINGO at the Hap

The Hap Ketelsen Community Center Board of Directors put on a BINGO night to remember last Saturday. The building was filled to the brim with eager participants ready to win big prizes and have some...

 

Pheasants Forever hosts banquet

Last weekend's Clay County Pheasants Forever banquet was a huge success as the group reclaimed the in-person event after a brief hiatus during the pandemic. The banquet was well attended with every...

 

Maverick's reach new PBIS goal

Clay Central/Everly's students have been hard at work earning badges for their PBIS program. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and is a system that many schools utilize...

 

ILCC Beef Bonanza

Last Saturday the Clay Raiders 4-H group enjoyed attending the 2022 Beef Bonanza at Iowa Lakes Community College. The Raiders, along with other local 4-H groups, attended this fun event held at the...

 

Clay Co. Cattlemen host successful banquet

The Clay County Cattlemen Association held their annual meeting banquet on Jan. 15 at The Great Hall of Royal. The Cattlemen started the event with a social hour, followed by a bountiful catered...

 

Coach Sloth visits CC/E

Clay Central/Everly Elementary students were recently treated to a visit from famous author and former Iowa State football player, Coach Sloth. As a child growing up in the Dike and Belmond areas, it...

 

Toft's Thoughts

The "Where are you Christmas" song was playing in my head as I sat in my living room, looking at the debris from Christmas. New gifts sat freshly played with and game cards were left unshuffled by...

 

CC/E preschoolers enjoy winter program

The Clay Central Everly preschoolers kicked off winter break with a preschool program last Friday afternoon. Parents and guardians were invited to watch as the head preschool teacher read the class...

 

Sirens, lights and Santa

The Peterson Lions Club picked up Santa Claus and headed to Royal last Monday. They joined forces with the Royal Lions Club and canvassed the town handing out treats to all who were at their door....

 

HLC shares true meaning of Christmas

The youth at Hope Lutheran Church of Everly gathered last Sunday to perform two Christmas programs for the congregation. The first was performed by HLC's preschool and kindergartners as they acted in...

 

The Batschelets: On a mission from God

In the Bible, God makes it clear as to what He requests of us: To help others, to give and not take, to be filled with and show grace, and to love. Some do this on a personal level by caring for...

 

The Reason for the Season

This time of year, it is easy to be consumed with the wrapping paper, bows, Santa lists and sugary treats. Sometimes we become so distracted by the hustle and bustle of the season that we forget...

 

Holly jolly visitors stop in Royal

Royal Community Action hosted its annual Festival of Trees last Saturday morning at The Great Hall of Royal. Royal Fire Chief Matt Goyette safely brought Santa and Mrs. Claus to the event via the...

 

Royal Lions Club host annual Christmas party

Last Saturday evening the Royal Lions Club hosted its annual Christmas party at The Great Hall of Royal. A plated dinner catered by The Great Hall was served with guests enjoying cocktails,... Full story

 

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