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Principal Mills Anticipates a Year of Growth and Collaboration at Akron-Westfield High School

By: Jennifer Wendel

AKRON, Iowa — As the start of a new school year approaches, Principal Jeremy Mills of Akron-Westfield eagerly anticipates a year marked by growth, transformation, and unity. In an exclusive interview, Principal Mills sheds light on his aspirations and the exciting developments that await students and staff in the upcoming academic year.

Akron-Westfield Elementary School Principal Talks New Year, Same Student-Focused Mission Ahead

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

Ask Michelle Henrich what her favorite part about her job is and there’s no hesitation; the kids.

That’s a good thing when you’re the Akron-Westfield Elementary School Principal. Summer break is in the rear- view mirror and the 2023-2024 academic year is here. There’s a hope students come into the building ready to conquer classes and reconnect with their peers and teachers. In reality, it’s back to the books for everyone.

City Councilors Talk Bids and Weeds at Latest Meeting

Akron City Councilors started their regular meeting on August 15th with finalizing the sale of the South Street property. There were four sealed bids, according to City Clerk Melea Nielsen.

Additional Morning Bus Stop A Go for Local Students

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

A new morning bus stop is available for Akron-Westfield students.
You’ll find the location at First and Sargent Street. Pick up is at 7:30 a.m.
According to Elementary Principal Michelle Henrich, it was determined to add a stop there for this fall.
The location isn’t unfamiliar; Henrichs points out it complements the afternoon drop off at the same site.

Care Center board votes to rebid assisted living project

By Dodie Hook

Center Stage Dance Studio Opens Doors for Registration Night

By: Jennifer Wendel

Akron, IA – On Friday Night, families gathered at the Akron Center Stage Dance Studio for registration night for the dance studio. Cassie Hansen, a former Akron-Westfield High School Dancer, wears multiple hats as the studio's owner and Akron-Westfield’s High School Dance Team Coach, infusing life into this thriving dance community. Her journey stands as a living testament to the innate power and dedication embodied by dance.

New teachers ready to greet A-W students this fall

By Gary Dickson, Contributor

The new school year is just about here. Actually, it will be here next Thursday at Akron-Westfield Community School District as dozens of teachers, para-educators, administrators, coaches and staff members prepare for the onslaught of students.

Coffee Break is Over for Local Business Owners Returning from Vacation

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

When you’re a business owner in a small town, a break from the daily grind can take just as much planning as starting a business.

For Akron’s Cacioppo and Hart families, a long overdue vacation meant a temporary caffeine shortage for the community that craves their coffee fix.

Back To School With Derek Briggs

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

The summer season is quickly winding down and soon Akron- Westfield students and educators will be back at it once again.

It was just a year ago that school leaders broke ground for a multi- million dollar revamp. The progress is ongoing and Superintendent Derek Briggs explains that the improvements will continue throughout the year.

Plymouth County Fair royalty crowned

Plymouth County Fair Royalty for 2023 was announced during a ceremony held July 26 at the Fair in Le Mars. Royalty members are, (front row, l-r)
Princess Desiree Breuer of Merrill, representing Le Mars FFA; Princess Alexa Swoyer of Akron, representing A-W FFA; Prince Caden Wurth of Le
Mars, representing Classy Clovers; Prince Brady Allen of Le Mars, representing Classy Clovers. Back row, Miss Congeniality Andrea Penning of

Westfield Men Create Art The Chainsaw Way

By Eric J. Robbins


Sixteen Akron Kids Compete in Mutton Bustin’ Event

By Eric J. Robbins 


Kenny Ahern: A Variety Show at the Plymouth Co. Fair

By Eric J. Robbins


Plymouth County Fair Has A New Class for Swine Showing

By Eric J. Robbins


Driver's Education

As the new school year speeds closer, parents and guardians plan to enroll their children in driver's ed. Julie Bundy has been teaching driver’s ed since 2004. She currently teaches the course at Akron-Westfield Community School, West Sioux Community, and Boyden-Hull Community School. She teaches driver’s ed on Saturday mornings from 8-11 am starting after Labor Day in Akron. The program costs $350 unless the student is on free and reduced lunch status.

School Registration

School registration looks different at Akron Westfield Community School this year. With the ongoing construction, registration will be available online from August 1-8, 2023. Staff will be available to help over the phone at (712) 568-2020. The first day of school will be on August 23, 2023. Though this date is a Wednesday, students will not be dismissed early. It will be a full day.

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