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Growing future leaders in Akron-Westfield

The agriculture industry has a promising future and there’s a long-time organization that supports growing that foundation. FFA or Future Farmers of America is a nationwide youth organization that grows the next generation of ag industry contributors. There’s a thriving chapter in the Akron-Westfield district and it’s creating memorable experiences for its advisor and current Agriculture Education teacher, JaCee Hogue.

Fog is the new norm

The new normal for last week was fog. Every morning people woke up to heavy fog making visibility difficult at times. As a matter of fact, the area was under a dense fog advisory every morning. Monday (Feb. 5) was so bad you could barely see from one end of the business district on Reed St. to the other end (photo). Temperatures remained mostly in the 30s and hitting the 40s earlier in the week.

Akron KCs host pancake breakfast

The Akron Knights of Columbus hosted a Pancake, Sausage, and Egg Breakfast Feb. 4 at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. A nice crowd turned out to partake in the delicious breakfast of made to order eggs, pancakes, and sausage.


Legislative Update, Week 3 

By South Dakota State Representative Kevin Jensen

Celebrates 90 years

Ann Van Beek will be 90 on February 11, 2024. Her family would like to honor that celebration with birthday cards mailed to her at Akron Care Center, 991 Hwy 3, Akron, Iowa 51001.

National Honor Society inducts 32 A-W students

Thirty-two Akron-Westfield students were inducted into the National Honor Society Jan. 25. Sponsor is Emily Miller. 

Front row (l-r) Matthew Beierschmitt, Tanner Frerichs, Noah Boie, Campbell Anderson, Daynen McKee, Sam Miller, Tatum Wilken, Hayden Wahlberg, Dawson Trobaugh. 

AWEEF honors charter members and foundation donors

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

The Akron-Westfield Educational Education Foundation (AWEEF) honored its charter members and foundation donors by recognizing them during the halftime of the home girls basketball game Jan. 26.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity is recruiting families for free program

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Head Start and the Child Development Center are recruiting three and four year old children for the 2023-2024 school year.

Then and now

Serenity Salon has special visitor

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

Auditions for ‘Jersey Boys’ announced

Akron Opera House has announced audition dates for the musical “Jersey Boys” with performance dates of April 11, 12, 13, and 14. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m.  Jan 31 and 6 p.m.  Feb 4, both at the opera house.  A large cast is needed, with cameo roles for both men and women.  All in high school and older are welcome!  

New Horizons to celebrate Founders’ Day

New Horizons United Church of Christ is celebrating its 18th Founders’ Day, “The Plans I Have for You!” Sunday, Feb. 4. Tenets of the Church include mission, stewardship, church should be fun, and a place where people feel safe (as in, all are welcome) to worship.  In all, to glorify God!  New Horizons is located at 141 Reed Street, Akron, on the ground level of Ye Olde Opera House. The folks of New Horizons are grateful for their Church Home!

Iowa caucus results

In spite of severe cold weather on January 15, 2024, with a high of 8 and a low of -7 degrees, 104 voters came to the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Akron. Gary Horton set up the location; Alex Pick was elected chair with Pastor Susan Juilfs chosen as secretary.

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Akron Chamber holds annual banquet

Even with the very chilly weather, there was a nice crowd attending the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Jan. 20 at the Akron Golf Club. 

To start things off, President Lori Rabey welcomed everyone which was followed by a buffet with sliders, salads, and desserts.

Year in Review
Year in Review January - June 2023

January 2023

• Akron officials wanted feedback on curbside recycling. Akron residents overwhelmingly rejected curbside recycling.

• Akron-Westfield school board elects officers: President Nick Schoenfelder and Vice-President Cory Tucker. They were sworn in along with Business Manager Mandy McCully.

• Akron Care Center audit reveals it’s strong financially.

Akron Opera House announces spring musical

‘Jersey Boys’ coming in April!

The Akron Opera House Board of Directors has announced “Jersey Boys” will be the 2024 spring musical. Performance dates are April 11-14. Watch Facebook and for audition and ticket sales information soon. 

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