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Aug 21, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Jack Raymond has sold Raymond Funeral Home to Jeremy and Jamie Cranston. The funeral home is now Cranston Family Funeral Home. From left are: Jack Raymond, his fiance Judy Pringle, Jamie Cranston, Ireland Cranston, and Jeremy Cranston.

Raymond Funeral Home becomes Cranston Family Funeral Home

Jack Raymond of Raymond Funeral Home is retiring from the funeral profession and has sold his business to Jeremy and Jamie Cranston of Cranston Family Funeral Home in Eldon and Batavia.

Jeremy Cranston grew up on a family farm near Deep River and attended Iowa State University graduating with a degree in elementary education. He taught school for several years where he met his wife Jamie. After leaving education, he attended Des Moines Area Community College, where he received his degree in mortuary science. He served his internship with Holland-Coble Funeral Home before taking over the former Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon and Batavia. In August 2016, Jeremy and Jamie Cranston purchased the Kremer Funeral Home locations and began Cranston Family Funeral Home.

Jamie Cranston currently works for the Great Prairie Area Education Agency and helps with funeral home operations, as well. They have a 7-year-old daughter, Ireland, who will begin second grade this fall.

Raymond spent many years serving the families of Fairfield, Birmingham and the surrounding area, and it was important to him to find a family that would carry on that tradition.

““We are honored that Jack felt confident in letting us continue a tradition of quality, carrying, funeral care,” said Jeremy Cranston.

He added that all preneed funeral contracts that were held with Raymond Funeral Home will be honored as written.

He also added that people will start to notice some small changes in the months to come as the transition process moves forward.


Diers becomes associate broker at Jefferson County Realty

Kandi Diers has achieved her Real Estate Brokers License and is now an associate broker at Jefferson County Realty.

Diers joined the Jefferson County Realty team in December of 2013 as an auction clerk. The following June, she obtained her Iowa Real Estate License and, as of May, has obtained her Real Estate Brokers License.

Diers and her husband Ted have three daughters and live on a farm near Lockridge. She is active as a member of Fairfield Elks Lodge No. 1192, Lockridge Lions Club, and helps coach with Lockridge Little League. She also enjoys her time spent with her girls and her farm animals, including goats, horses, dogs, a herd of cattle and a milk cow named Strawberry.


Cambridge promotes Selina Simpson to director of Advocacy & Supervision

Cambridge announces Selina Simpson has been promoted to director of Cambridge’s Advocacy & Supervision team.

In this role, Simpson is responsible for leading the Associate Regional Director and Administrative Assistant teams. She also oversees technology development correspondence review and the office of supervisory jurisdiction designee responsibilities within Advocacy & Supervision.

Simpson joined Cambridge in 2004 and has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry, with an emphasis in business analysis, accounting, and project management. Simpson has been involved in many interdepartmental projects promoting firm goals, increasing efficiencies, and focusing on continuous improvement. She led the Operations Learning Tracks team in building out the first online resource tool that contained policies and procedures for several operational teams.

Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Buena Vista University. Additionally, she holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 53 licenses.


Iowa employer unemployment insurance taxes to decrease in 2018

DES MOINES — Beginning Jan. 1, Iowa employers will see unemployment insurance taxes decrease an average of 25 percent on 2018 wages.

The decrease is a result of the strength of the unemployment insurance trust fund, unemployment contributory wages and target levels of the unemployment insurance contributory wages. Yearly rates are determined by a formula.

“This shift is a clear signal that the integrity of our unemployment insurance trust fund is solvent and strong,” Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend said. “A decrease in taxes to employers is a positive factor that can contribute to economic growth in the state.”

Gov. Kim Reynolds also praised the stability in the unemployment insurance trust fund.

“With our unemployment insurance trust fund consistently in the top 20, Iowa is well positioned to support our workforce and enable our employers to continue to grow their businesses,” she said. “Maintaining a low tax rate for employers will help attract new employers to the state.”

In 2018, Iowa’s employers will be in Table 7 of 8 possible tables (with 8 being the most favorable). Iowa law requires IWD to establish the tax table that will be used to determine the unemployment tax rate for eligible employers each year.

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