March 31, 2021 - 4:37 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Tabernacle Baptist Church, George, Iowa will be presenting “The Easter Song”, a dramatic Easter Musical on Good Friday, April 2 at 7:00 PM and on Easter Sunday, April 4 at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM





You must have an appointment. To schedule your appointment, log onto, click on “events” and select April 7 “Central Lyon High School.” For more info call Community Blood Back at 605-331-3222.

Preschool sign-up will begin Monday, March 15, at 8:00 AM. This is sign-up only, you will still need to register your child in August. Call the Elementary/Middle School Office at 472-2664 and choose Extension 1. Your child must be 4 on or before September 15, 2021 to attend preschool. Visit day is Friday, April 30.

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten sign-up for the 2021-2022 school year information. Your child must be five on or before September 15, 2021. If your child currently attends Central Lyon Preschool, Central Lyon TK, Rock Rapids Head Start, Doon Preschool or you are thinking about sending your child to Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten, you will need to have the form filled out and returned to the Elementary/Middle School Office. Forms will be sent home with each family and can be found on the CL website or stop in the Elementary office. The form will be the only way to sign-up Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. Visit Day will be Friday, April 30. You will need to register your child in August. Please return form by March 15, 2021.

February 16, 2021 - 10:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Little Rock Town and Country Club will be holding a Fish Fry on February 27th from 5 pm to 7 pm.

It will be carryout only.

January 12, 2021 - 12:42 pm - Posted in Community Calendar


There will be a blood drive at Central Lyon High School on Wednesday, January 27 from 7:30am-11am and 12:30pm-3:30pm. To schedule your appointment log onto and select “events” & January 27 then “Central Lyon” or call 605-331-3222.





July 8, 2020 - 9:06 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

The Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities have issued a peak alert for June 29th and 30th. They tell us they may need to issue peak alerts for the rest of the week too, but they will let us know.

Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities residents are asked to postpone or reduce the use of electrical devices (such as electric clothes dryers, electric ovens, etc.) during peak times (between 12 noon – 8 PM).

Peak electricity is more expensive and the demand may increase electric bills for all residents. By reducing or postponing electrical usage during peak times, you’ll help keep down your utility costs.

A peak alert has been issued by the Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities. Thank you for your cooperation.

Rock Rapids, IA – Sanford Health is now accepting homemade cloth face masks, materials for homemade cloth face masks, as well as N95 masks, following a recent change in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now all health care personnel, regardless of their role, are encouraged to wear face masks. For Sanford Health workers who are in contact with other people but not providing direct care to patients or residents, cloth masks may be used to help limit transmission of the coronavirus by asymptomatic people.

Acceptable cloth face masks must be made from: quilting cotton, t-shirts, denim, duck cloth, canvas or twill. The CDC has published step-by-step instructions to make a face covering.

Instructions for sewing an adult face mask in standard and extra large sizes:

 Cotton fabric: First cut 6” (width of fabric, or WOF), then sub-cut 9” or 10” depending on the size you are making. You will get enough to make 2 masks out of each WOF cut. If you have scraps of fabric, you can just cut to the measurements. Try to make sure the fabric design runs horizontally. For the adult size, you will need 2 pieces 9” x 6” each; for the extra-large size, you will need 2 pieces 10” x 6” each.
 Rope elastic, or beading cord elastic will work; you may also use 1/8” flat elastic. Each mask needs 2 pieces of elastic. If you are using corded or round elastic, tie a knot at each end so it does not slip out of the seams. If you are using flat, no need to knot. You’ll need 2 pieces of 7” for standard mask, or 2 pieces of 9” for the extra-large mask.
 Thread
 Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
 Ruler
 Cutting mat (if available)
 Sewing machine
 Bread tie

1. Take one of the pieces of fabric, and on the wrong side in the center of the very top of the long side, zigzag a bread tie. That way when you sew the two together, the bread tie will be in place.
2. Start with right sides of fabric together.
3. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner and stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this. The elastic will be on the inside of the fabric pieces.
4. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
5. Now sew across the top of the mask to the next corner. Make sure the bread tie is between the seam and outside edge so it will stay in place. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.
6. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
7. Sew across the bottom, leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, and cut the thread. Turn inside out. Now you will have 2 loops on the outside with the elastic. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
8. Top stitch all the way around the mask to secure the tucks.

There is no need to prewash the fabric before or after creating the mask. Sanford will wash them before using. In Rock Rapids, donations can made by contacting Clinical Supervisor Tracy Schultz at 712-472-6181 or emailing her at

“There is a true outpouring of generosity across our communities during these very difficult times,” said Schultz. “We are thankful for the help we’ve received with mask donations so far as Sanford’s staff works to offer the best care for all of our patients.”

These alternative face masks will be made available to Sanford employees who do not perform direct care to patients. Shultz said, “If supplies become available, we will offer masks to patients to keep and use as well.”

April 9, 2020 - 1:19 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Rock Rapids Sunshine Foods is busy helping their customers in the store & stocking shelves so they are unable to perform their delivery duties at this time.

Therefore, they are in need of volunteers to help deliver groceries to the elderly & immune-compromised.

Also, if you know of individuals needing groceries please work with them to get a list put together.

DO NOT go into or call Sunshine, but CALL THE CHAMBER 472-3456 if you are willing to help or know of someone in need.

The annual Missoula Children’s Theatre production at Central Lyon High School, which is normally the week after the River Valley Players’ musical, has been rescheduled to a week in April.

Rehearsals will be April 13-17 with auditions being the 13th, and the performance on April 17th.