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FALL SPORTS PREVIEW: Westerner football trying to qualify for playoffs for first time since 2018

Experienced group back on gridiron, Westerner football trying to qualify for playoffs for first time since 2018

By Greg Bates, Contributing writer

The seniors on this year’s Akron-Westfield football team have never experienced a winning season or qualified for playoffs during their high school tenure.

Coming off a disappointing 2-7 campaign a year ago, the Westerners return a solid group of guys who are ready to win.

FALL SPORTS PREVIEW: A-W Solid junior class paces volleyball team

Solid junior class paces volleyball team; Westerners start year playing really well, in ‘midseason form’

By Greg Bates, Contributing writer

After the Akron-Westfield volleyball team played its season-opening matches on Aug. 22, Robyn Van Eldik made a bold statement to her players.

The sixth-year head coach was thrilled with the way they played and even went as far as saying her team is in midseason form.

FALL SPORTS PREVIEW: A-W Boys’ cross country returns six of its top runners

Boys’ cross country returns six of its top runnersGirls’ team consists of just two athletes

By Greg Bates, Contributing writer

Four years ago when Jerod Bruget helped start up the Akron-Westfield cross country program, he didn’t know how long it would take to get established.

Young runners joined the boys’ and girls’ teams, and, for the most part, they’ve stayed with the program throughout their entire high school careers.

Robotic Innovation Tested: Akron-Westfield Football Field Displays Potential

By: Jennifer Wendel

In a striking display of technological innovation, Sioux Center Parks Department Director Lee Van Meeteren introduced an ingenious robotic assistant for a trial run on the football fields at Akron- Westfield. This pioneering initiative has not only provided a glimpse into the potential of advanced automation but also added a touch of sophistication to the field, garnering attention during Friday's game.

Akron-Westfield's Parent Advisory Committee: Strengthening School-Community Ties

By: Jennifer Wendel

Akron-Westfield High School and its Parent Advisory Committee are working hand in hand to enhance students' educational journey. Alumni parents are leading this collaboration, focusing on communication, unity, and a positive school experience.

Art Club at Akron Library Kicks off in September

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher and Owner

“Art is not just pen on paper!” That is according to the Akron Public Library Children’s Librarian. Ms. Brooke, as library patrons know her, is passionate about involving the younger citizens of Akron in the world of art. She’s not just encouraging them to read about it. Like a plot twist in a good book, we learn that Ms. Brooke is more than just a librarian. She also doubles as a teacher. More specifically, an art teacher.

Akron Opera House Unveils Restoration and Renovation Progress: A Glimpse into a Thriving Future

By: Jennifer Wendel

The Akron Opera House, a historic cornerstone of Akron's cultural heritage, opened its doors to the community on Sunday, August 27, for a much- anticipated Open House event. The event marked a significant milestone in the Opera House's ongoing Restoration and Renovation Project, revealing the progress made in Phase I and offering a glimpse into its promising future.

A-W 2023 Homecoming Royalty

The 2023 Akron-Westfield Homecoming Royalty members are (front row l-r:) King candidates Ian Blowe, Michael Brown, Jack Terpstra, Ben Philips, Ashton McCully, Carter Wilken. (back row l-r:) Queen candidates Julia Britton, Anne Newton, Emma Rolfes, Peyton Nicholson, Josie Smith, and Caylee Petersen. Homecoming is Sept. 29.


Heat wave scorches Iowa, several break records

Western Iowa hits record 122°F heat index

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher and Owner

Terpstra takes leadership torch

Senior is a four-year starter on gridiron for Westerners

By Greg Bates, Contributing writer 

In his first three years as a starter on the Akron-Westfield football team, Jack Terpstra was a steady, trusted player.Now as a senior, he takes the leadership torch and is spreading his vast knowledge to the younger players on this year’s squad. Terpstra has become a leader on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and free safety.

Students gain ag-related experience; entrepreneurship and employability skills through SAE program

By Gary Dickson

Akron YFC Leader Initiates Planning for Fall Kickoff and Volunteer Meeting

By Jennifer Wendel

Akron, Iowa- In an email addressed to the current Akron Youth for Christ volunteers, Alex Pick, the Youth for Christ (YFC) Akron’s Campus Life Ministry Site Leader, shared insights into the program's progress and upcoming plans. The email, sent to local volunteers and YFC staff, outlines key considerations, and invites volunteers to engage in shaping the program's future.

School meals a priority as Akron-Westfield Food Service plans for new year

By Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

Move over Crispitos and Chicken Nuggets! Westerners can look forward to numerous tasty and nutritious meals this school year.

Whether you’re a fan of what’s on the menu or not, a lot of planning goes into feeding 600 Akron School District students over the course of the next several months.

New school counselor for DK-8th graders at Akron-Westfield

By Gary Dickson

Akron Opera House hosts Open House and Ice Cream Social

Introduce building restoration and renovation project

By: Dodie Hook

A-W school board hears progress on construction

By Dodie Hook

The Akron-Westfield school board met Aug. 14 in the school library. Prior to the meeting, the board and those present were given a tour of the construction area by project manager Alex Zakrzewski with Boyd Jones.

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