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WS Educational Foundation hosts free event on mental health 

The West Sioux Educational Foundation is hosting a free public event on suicide, mental health, and substance use issues Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m., in the West Sioux High School Auditorium in Hawarden. The presentation by Dr. Melissa Dittberner (Dr. Mo) will focus on the stigma surrounding suicide, mental health, and substance use disorders.

Drastic change in weather

The weather sure can drastically change in less than a day. On Monday, Feb. 26, the thermometer showed 70 degrees and plants were put out to enjoy the sunshine. However, about 19 hours later on Tuesday morning, the thermometer was showing 30 degrees, a 40 degree drop! In fact, Monday evening people were warned on television news to bring inside plants back into the house.


Westfield council hears update on water project

Riley Dennison sworn in as new councilperson

At the Feb. 19 Westfield City Council meeting Riley Dennison was sworn in as a new councilperson. He replaces Kyle Richards who moved.

It’s fish and chicken time at Westfield church

Westfield Congregational Church held its first of three fish/chicken dinners Feb. 23. The menu consists of fish/chicken strips, au gratin potatoes, corn fritters, cole slaw, roll, and homemade pies and desserts. The next two are March 8 and 22, 5-7 p.m. at the church in Westfield. Walk-in and to-go orders only. There will be no phone orders taken.

Friendship and Service Club Writing Contest winners

The Friendship & Service Club, a General Federated Women’s Club, has announced its 2024 writing contest winners, in both poems and short stories, from grades one through twelve at Akron-Westfield. Eight entries are moving on to the state contest. 

STATE BOUND (pictured)

Winners of Chamber Bucks

Winners in the most recent Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s Receipt Rebate promotion have been drawn. Winners will receive up to $40 in Chamber Bucks depending on the amount of their receipt. Around $500 in Chamber Bucks was awarded. Winners can pick up their Chamber Bucks at Security National Bank.


Akron FBC youth host Valentine’s dinner

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

The Akron FBC youth hosted a Valentine’s youth fund-raiser dinner Feb. 12 at the church. Those attending enjoyed a delicious candlelit meal served by the youth. 

Blood Drive coming to Akron

LifeServe Blood Center is holding a Blood Drive in Akron Tuesday, March 5, 7:30-10:30 a.m. at 241 Reed St. (behind Security National Bank).

LifeServers can commit to saving lives on a regular basis – whole blood donors can donate every 56 days.

Cast announced for ‘Jersey Boys’

The cast for the Akron Opera House production of “Jersey Boys” has been announced. There are 31 cast members (some play several roles) in the musical which will be presented April 11-14.

Updates at CVA continue

You have probably noticed that Central Valley Ag (CVA) in Akron has been removing one bin along Highway 12. The future plan is to remove all three of the bins as soon as possible, hopefully in early March. 

Tax credit available for elderly homeowners



​​​​​​​Two A-W groups make All-State Speech

Six Akron-Westfield large group speech teams competed at District Speech which was held Jan. 20 at Sioux City East High School. From Districts, all six groups advanced to State held at Spencer High School Feb. 3. From State, two A-W groups qualified for the 49th annual All-State Festival which will be Feb. 17 at Iowa State University.

Akron Hometowner receives awards at INA convention

The Iowa Falls Times Citizen was named as the Iowa Newspaper Association 2024 “Newspaper of the Year.” The award was announced during the association’s Awards Ceremony on February 8. 

Presentations were made to winners of the 2024 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests, which were judged by the Illinois Press Association. 

​​​​​​​Immanuel holds Souper Bowl of Caring

By Sharon Frerichs

What a Souper Bowl of Caring morning at Immanuel Lutheran Church Feb. 11! 

2025 Akron/Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Planning

An informational meeting for the 2025 all-class reunion will be held at the Akron Library meeting room at 7:00 pm., Wednesday, February 21.


Swing music hits Akron Opera House stage

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

The Akron Opera House was alive with a big band sound Saturday, Feb. 3 when the Prairie Winds Jazz ensemble performed music from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. A nice crowd turned out to dance and listen to the music.

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