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I’ve been ill lately. Some of it strep throat and caring for sick babies, and now an unknown back injury we are trying to properly diagnose. I’ve been down for the count for two weeks off and on,...

 
 By Iesha Toft    News    November 18, 2021

Wimmer readies seat for new members

With her term drawing to a close, Royal Council Member Arlene Wimmer has been reminiscing about past council achievements and memories as she prepares to hand over her chair at year's end. Wimmer's...

 
 By Iesha Toft    News    November 18, 2021

Nostalgia and Pride

As the Everly Heritage Museum's creators gathered items to build a worthy gallery of memories for the community, they knew the grand opening would need to be a magnificent affair. Committee members...

 

CC/E Elementary celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Clay Central/Everly Elementary used a creative tactic to instill ever-important lessons during Red Ribbon Week last week. The district paired their Spirit Week with Red Ribbon Week, having students...

 

Trick-or-Treat in Royal

The annual Royal Halloween Parade was another fun community event last Saturday. Costumed participants started the procession at the Royal Public Library, where they set off for a loop around Main...

 

Clay Raiders grateful for fundraiser luncheon success

Last Sunday the Clay Raiders 4-H Club held its annual fundraiser luncheon at the Royal Community Building. Those in attendance enjoyed club members serving them delicious pork burgers, cowboy-style...

 

Bethlehem Lutheran gets festive on 5th Gospel Sunday

If a month has a 5th Sunday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal takes advantage of that date by holding a 5th Gospel Sunday Service. Services have ranged from renewing of vows of congregational...

 

Meet a Maverick: Kaetlyn Warburton

Ms. Kaetlyn Warburton is Clay Central/Everly Elementary's soon-to-be new fourth grade teacher. She will take on her new role in January 2022 after she's finished student teaching this fall and...

 
 By Iesha Toft    News    September 23, 2021

World's Greatest Comeback

We waited, somewhat impatiently. We kept going, sidetracked with finding a new normal amidst the whirlwind of daily life. Two years. Then all of a sudden, the musky summer air turned into a crisp,...

 

Meet a Maverick: Gillian Herrera

Clay Central/Everly's new sixth grade teacher is Mrs. Gillian Herrera. A first-year instructor, Herrera graduated from Wayne State with a degree in Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement. She...

 

Creativity flows at EPL

The Everly Public Library has been abuzz lately with numerous events, workout classes and craft nights. The schedule continues to fill as the institution promotes community gatherings within its walls...

 
 By Iesha Toft    News    September 16, 2021

Thiessens peddling homemade, homegrown goods at Iowa Great Lakes-area market

Cherry-picked perfection The Iowa Great Lakes are home to many amazing summer feats: Concert series, delicious menus, amusement parks and more. One of the area's most cherished attributes is the... Full story

 

Meet a Maverick: Michelle Huntress and Crystal Bunge

Another school year has commenced at Clay Central/Everly Elementary with both familiar faces and new staff comprising the CC/E team. Each week we will introduce you to a Maverick educator and/or...

 

Backpack Blessings at Bethlehem

Last Sunday, students, teachers and staff stood front and center at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Royal to be honored and prayed for during the congregation's annual Blessing of the Backpacks service....

 

Welcome back

Clay Central/Everly Elementary was buzzing with excitement Tuesday morning on Day 1 of the 2021-22 school year. The day started off with students sitting next to the Maverick bell taking their turns...

 

What's new at Clay Central/Everly?

With Clay Central/Everly students now midway through their first week of school, Director of Student Services Michelle Huntress filled us in on what to look forward to this school year. What is CC/E...

 

CC/E hosts open house

Clay Central/Everly on Monday invited families, students, staff and the community to its 2021-22 school year open house. Families walked through the classrooms seeing all of the new additions and...

 
 By Iesha Toft    News    August 19, 2021

Yoga class offered in Royal

As The Great Hall of Royal continues to see numbers grow in its Monday and Thursday morning HIGH Fitness workout classes, it seems interest has also grown in additional exercise options within the com...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    August 5, 2021

90-plus putt thru 'The Cookie Memorial Gold Tourney'

Everly resident Kevin Cook died Dec. 31, 2020 after a short and hard battle with cancer. His family and wife decided to hold a traveling mini golf tournament during Everly Community Day on July 31 to...

 
 By Iesha Toft    News    July 1, 2021

Leaving her post

For the past nearly nine years the Royal Post Office has had Carol Rumohr at its helm. The local woman has maintained her post during unlikely circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic, assuring...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    June 24, 2021

'Brand New' theme at Vacation Bible School

Two local Lutheran churches once again teamed up for this summer's Vacation Bible School program. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, of Royal, and Hope Lutheran Church, of Everly, co-sponsored the event,...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    June 24, 2021

Royal library hosts first summer program

Following the dismissal of last Wednesday's Vacation Bible School, children headed across town to the Royal Public Library for the facility's first summer program of the year. Program festivities...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    June 17, 2021

CC/E playground upgrade underway

Things are beginning to take shape as the Clay Central/Everly Elementary playground in Royal gets a much-needed facelift. The old equipment was recently removed. Soon, existing pea rock will be...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    June 17, 2021

New fitness program comes to Royal

The Great Hall of Royal has been bringing new entertainment and events to the community since 2019. The venue has played host to celebrations both large and small, and now it's hosting a brand new...

 

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