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A child let a chicken loose from a pen at the Clarke County Animal Shelter on Thursday. It was lost for two days, but thankfully is now back with its owners.

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6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Osceola Eagles Lodge. Moms and sons play dress-up and dance the night away. $5 per person, $2 photos

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Continuing the Robinson’s tradition By HILARY FERRAND

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In April 2017, ownership of Robinson’s True Value will change hands, as Steve Gilbert of Leon takes over operations of Osceola’s landmark general store. “We’re extremely honored to be continuing the True Value tradition in Osceola,” said Gilbert. “I really respect what Mickey and Dennis have done over the years for the community. I think everyone in town has a Robinson’s story.” It’s not hard to see why. The store has been an Osceola institution since 1933, founded by southern Iowa merchant Rich Robinson at the height of the Great Depression. The business began as a simple shop on the square and grew to include hardware supplies, clothing and other essentials. Current co-owners, Dennis Foote, general manager, and Mickey Thomas, president, have put decades into maintaining the level of customer service Robinson used to make his businesses

a success. “I was thrilled when my wife’s uncle called me in Iowa City and offered me a job as assistant manager,” said Thomas. He joined the store in 1956, working alongside manager Bernard Linder. At 88, Thomas is the oldest merchant in Osceola — and possibly, in the state. Foote and Thomas first bought into the company in 1963, purchasing more shares to become co-owners with Linder 20 years later. “I saw big growth in Robinson’s through six or seven decades,” said Thomas. “I’m especially grateful that Dennis and I are able to sell the store to such a successful entrepreneur.” Steve Gilbert, owner of Gilbert True Value in Leon, as well as Gilbert Home Comfort, has long-standing ties to Osceola. “When my parents first moved here, we lived in a house Mickey rented,” said Gilbert. “I graduated from Clarke in 1989. Osceola has been my second hometown.” The decision to take over

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Pictured is Robinson’s True Value in downtown Osceola, Iowa.

the store back to its roots. Where Rich Robinson combined appliances and hardware store merchandise in the same shop as shoes and pharmaceuticals, Gilbert intends to merge the commercial home services offered by Gilbert Home Comfort with traditional retail selections.

Robinson’s didn’t come lightly. “It’s been a fixture in the community for a long, long time,” said Gilbert. “It’s kind of an emotional thing. We’re excited. We’re excited about growing it and bringing in a lot of new things.” In a way, Gilbert is taking

“We’ve kind of become an energy company,” Gilbert said, with a focus on services such as heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, appliances and spray home insulation. “We’re going to have everything we do next to the retail. It’s kind of unique, we’re blending service and retail together. No one else

is really doing that, which is why we’re so excited.” While Robinson’s has been trimming down its department selection as of late, one of the most important services the store will continue to provide is help with sourcing what isn’t on site. “We do pride ourselves on the customer service side,” said Gilbert. “We try to help you make the best decision for the price.” To help with that, True Value offers an online-tostore free shipping service, so anything purchased online will be available for pick-up locally, Gilbert said, usually within the week. Store selection has the ability to change to meet local demand as well. “We can put anything in the store we want,” said Gilbert. “Every True Value is a small, family-owned company with the backing of a national brand. It’s not corporate owned. It’s not a franchise.” The arrangement supports Mom and Pop stores, which in turn support their STORE | 10

Student charged with terrorism By HILARY FERRAND

made aware of graffiti within the middle school referencing an incident to occur on March 17, 2017, which falls during spring break. The police were alerted to the threat and a joint investigation was started. The school removed the graffiti, only to have the threat reappear later the same day. On Monday, Feb. 13, district officials alerted the police department of more graffiti in the same area. The message was the same, but the date had changed to March 7, which is a normally scheduled school day. “It was a holiday, so there was no one that was going to be here,” said Clarke Superintendent Steve Seid. “When the date changed,

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A 13-year-old girl has been charged with one count of threat of terrorism, a class-D felony, after repeated acts of vandalism at Clarke Community Middle School. “This is a really easy way for a minor to make a huge impact on their adult life,” said Osceola Police Chief Marty Duffus. “It might be dumb, and it might be dangerous, but it’s something we’re going to take seriously.” According to the Osceola Police Department, on Thursday, Jan. 26, school district employees were

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From trash to ash: An estimated 75 to 100 hay bales caught on fire 2:30 p.m. Monday,

Feb. 27, on Norman Street. According to Woodburn Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Colter Wright, the fire started while the homeowner was burning garbage. No injuries and no other damages ocurred.

it kind of changed the complexion of it.” Duffus and Seid commented on the diligence and time spent by school and law enforcement personnel in identifying the student, who has been changed in Clarke County Juvenile Court. As to whether the student has been expelled or suspended, Seid said the district’s discipline policy is being enforced. “Now, you have to take everything serious,” said Seid. “That’s just the reality of it.” The police released a statement saying they believe this person acted on her own and that the school is — and will be —safe.

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Leaders of the month: Clarke Community Middle School presents its February leaders of the month. These students demonstrated leadership skills inside and outside of the their classrooms. Visit the middle school’s website to read their nominations. Pictured, ABOVE LEFT, are seventh-grade leaders of the month, from left, Alejandro Falla Ocampo, Alivia Bakley, Madison Sandels, Elijah Keller and Jesse Flores. Pictured, ABOVE RIGHT, are eighth-grade leaders of the month, from left, Shayl Sitzman, Kennedy Bland, Dean Spalding, Kalie Chamlee, Marissa Utley and Ben Hessler. CLEARANCE

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