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Bits 'n Pieces

Every year I write about the fair and how amazing it is. How cherished and beloved it remains. How you'll be hard-pressed to find something that captivates nearly every fair-goer and entices every...

 

Bits 'N Pieces

Hello, friends! It's been a few weeks since I last wrote you, as I have been busy making the most of our final summer days before school started. Now we are full swing into the school year and before...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    August 4, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

Happy Thursday to all! Are you as stunned as I am that we are already into August? I feel like I am continuously shocked by things that shouldn’t shock me; namely the calendar month and the...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    July 28, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

Hello to all and how are you? I pray you are all well and living life to the fullest this fine Thursday afternoon! I'll kick this column off with Bethlehem Lutheran's Pastor Mark's Coffee Shop...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    July 21, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

Happy Thursday to all! I hope this article finds you well and enjoying the summer as it whizzes by, seemingly at the speed of light! Can you believe July is nearly over? How can this be?! I write you...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

I hope everyone found the long and beautiful holiday weekend to be a fantastic one! We are exhausted, but our cups overflow as we were blessed to spend time with most of our families, cherishing time...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Bits 'N Pieces

Happy Thursday to all! I hope this Thursday finds you well and enjoying these warmer temps. Iowa is truly a champion at giving us multiple seasons in one week, luckily this week we have found...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    June 23, 2022

Royal, Everly youth enjoy VBS fun

Last week Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp's day camp crew headed to Royal's Bethlehem Lutheran Church for a week of Vacation Bible School fun with the congregation's children along with Hope Lutheran...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

From the very start you were taught, Just what was needed from you, To work with strong mind and body, And of proper morale too, You were taught that others will need you, And thus, you must be...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    June 16, 2022

A journey to Japan with Kate

Last week the residents of Riverview Terrace Assisted Living were treated to a trip through Japan thanks to a presentation delivered by Clay Raider 4-H'er Kate Holtz. Holtz's presentation was all...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

Hello to all! I hope you have been staying well and enjoying the sun this week! Between those crazy haboob windstorms and days that feel like rain yet it never rains, I think I'm ready for some heat a...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    June 2, 2022

06/02/22: Around Everly & Royal

CC/E students donate to Ukraine Clay Central/Everly Elementary students have been on a self-started mission to give. Ever since the war erupted in Ukraine, CC/E students have felt a stirring within...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 26, 2022

Bits 'N Pieces

Happy almost Friday to all! Can you believe we’re already to Memorial Day weekend? Where does the time go? It seems crazy to think that in a few days it will be June. Bring on the warmer temps and...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 26, 2022

Larson takes last class to zoo

Last week Lori Larson took her final class of Clay Central/Everly second graders to the Omaha Zoo. Larson is completing her final week of teaching at CC/E Elementary. Thus, this zoo trip was...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 26, 2022

Becker joins CC/E staff

Clay Central/Everly Elementary welcomes their newest staff member, Noah Becker, onboard for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Becker works for Season's Center and will be CC/E's full time Youth...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Community    May 26, 2022

Mavericks go Lakeside

Clay Central/Everly students headed outside for an outdoor field day at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford last week. During their visit students enjoyed fun activities like canoeing, fishing,...

 
 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...

 

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