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Looking back at the second half of 2022 . . . celebrating Lenox 150th birthday, Tiger football at state tournament

Shirley Woods was the lucky winner of the Lenox Sesquicentennial quilt. The drawing was held on the last day of the celebration.
During opening ceremonies for the Lenox Sesquicentennial celebration, Steve John shared his memories of those settling in Lenox in its early days and Dave Baker gave a historical presentation on Lenox.
Taylor County began the search for county assessor after Sharon Dalton resigned IN May to become the Montgomery County assessor.
Taylor County Fair was scheduled for July 13-17.
Clearfield celebrated its 69th Fourth of July celebration with a weekend full of activities. Martha and Lewis Larson served as grand marshals.
Parade theme for the Lenox Rodeo was “Save Your Gas, Ride your Pony to the Lenox Rodeo.” The rodeo was held July 21-23.
The lieutenant governor and the Iowa Gallavant visited Lenox as part of their tour of Southwest Iowa in July. They stopped at the Lenox Lodge and the Main Street Pocket Park.
Lake of Three Fires State Park beach was closed temporarily for swimming because of a confirmed infection known as Naegleria fowleri in a Missouri resident. Testing to confirm the presence of the bacteria is being done.
The Tiger baseball and softball teams ended their seasons with district and regional action. The Tigers lost to CAM 7-4 in the district semi-finals and the softball team lost to East Union 13-3 in the second round of regionals.
Bridgett Murphy was crowned 2022 Taylor County Fair queen with Amanda Ogle named Miss Congeniality and First Runner-Up and McKynna England as second runner-up.
Fred Haynes was honored July 6 with a veteran ‘pinning’ ceremony arranged by EveryStep Hospice team from Mt. Ayr. Fred graduated from Lenox in 1949 and had started college when he decided to enlist and serve in the Korean War instead of being drafted.
Ashlee David took top honors in the Taylor County Fair sheep show with her grand champion market lamb. Ashton Leonard won grand champion performance beef and Rydder Hogan took top honors with his grand champion market heifer and grand champion market animal.
The Lenox School Board approved to extend the school parking at a cost of $147,900 for asphalt and striping and $82,500 for gravel.
Ellen Grace Brown, 106 years old, was honored by the Lenox Sesquicentennial Committee for being the oldest living resident.
TJ Stoaks received an award prior to the state softball championship tournament for 100 wins in a career. She was the only one in the class of 2021 in the state of Iowa to achieve this honor. She finished her career with 108 total wins.
Lenox Municipal Utilities approve the bid of $2,689,706.00 from Crain Construction for the water main project.
El Guero Cantina opened on Main Street in Lenox on July 31 bringing an American and Mexican flair to their restaurant. Owners are Wade and Tia Samo.
The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri in Lake of Three Fires. A Missouri resident contract the bacteria after swimming at Lake of Three Fires and died due to the infection.

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