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MidWestOne holds school supply drive; Mineart promoted at Hawthorne; Thurston writes, donates book

Aug 04, 2014

Bank collecting school supplies

MidWestOne Bank is conducting a school supply drive through Aug. 30, with a goal to gather the supplies and divide them between the Fairfield Community School District schools.

“We know there is quite a long list kids need to get for school,” said Shirley Smith, a personal banker at MidWestOne Bank. “We are gathering supplies so if a student goes to school without something, the teacher can hand him a box of crayons or whatever else he needs.”

“We will have totes at each of our branches, and anyone can drop off new school supplies,” she continued.

The school district’s student supply list can be found at www.fairfieldsfuture.org by going under “Parents” and clicking on “Fall 2014 Registration.”

MidWestOne Bank employees also are planning to use the money they raise by wearing jeans in August for the school supply drive.

Smith explained the bank employees pay a set amount of money each month in return for being allowed to wear jeans to work on Fridays. The employees decide what charity that money is donated to, and this month, they selected the school supply drive.


Mineart promoted at Hawthorne

Sherri Mineart has been promoted at Hawthorne Direct to the position of marketing specialist/contract administrator.

Mineart will remain based in the company’s Fairfield office.

Mineart will be adding social media responsibilities and project management to her duties, while continuing to manage the contract administration process, systems and coordinating the department’s events and activities.

Mineart began working with Hawthorne Direct in the agency’s media accounting division nine years ago. She later moved to the marketing division, where she has added new responsibilities year after year. Mineart holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.


Parrett Thurston writes, donates book

Dawn Parrett Thurston, a descendant of early Jefferson County settlers, has published a family history that provides a snapshot of the county in the mid-19th century. “The Parrett Migration” tells the story of the Parrett family, who settled in Locust Grove Township in 1850 and became involved in the Batavia Masonic Lodge, Cross Lanes Methodist Church and sent several sons to fight in the Civil War.

Thurston placed her 344-page book in the Fairfield Public Library to thank the librarians and Verda Baird for their research help.

Susan Rubis found the book at the library and discover her family currently owns land that comprised part of the original Parrett farm. Thurston has taught family history writing in Southern California for the last two decades.

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