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Akron council hires new police chief

Posted January 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Steve Peterson

Monday, Jan. 19 was the first day on the job for Akron’s new police chief, Jimmy James.

James, age 43, is an Akron-Westfield Class of 1989 alum, who has worked in law enforcement previously before working in security for stores and managing a Big Lots Store in Norwalk, Iowa.

James is a graduate of the Iowa Police Academy Law Enforcement School in Des Moines.

James began his law enforcement career as a part-time Hawarden police officer in 1990 while he studied Police Science at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. In March 1991, he was hired as a full-time

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    ‘Ghost hunters’ come to Akron

    Posted January 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Have unexplained things happened to somebody in a building? A loud thud. A click. Footsteps going down a hallway.

    “That’s enough to get me inside a building,”

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    Neunaber’s trial rescheduled

    Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At a pretrial status hearing Friday, a new trial date was set for Jonathan Neunaber, 44, Akron, who has been charged with killing his mother in June 2014.

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    Centering on Centers comes to Siouxland for 20th Year

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    The conference comes to the Sioux City Convention Center on Jan. 30 and 31, marking twenty years of celebrating childhood by offering professional development opportunities to Siouxland early childhood educators.

    Centering on Centers is one of

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    Teen arrested on drug charges

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    According to Plymouth County sheriff’s reports, on Jan. 1 at 1:14 a.m., the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kelley Marvin Kuester, age 17 of Sioux City for Possession of Marijuana – second offense.

    Kuester was a passenger

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    Top 2014 News Stories

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Mystery Solved

    Girls’ mysterious disappearance solved. On April 15, South Dakota authorities announced the results of the investigation that followed after a 1960 Studebaker Lark was found Sept. 23, 2013, buried upside down in Brule Creek under

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    Blizzard conditions: Not once but twice last week

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    By 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5 area residents’ world turned treacherous as blizzard conditions and frigid wind chills cancelled many activities and made life just plain miserable if one couldn’t just stay home.

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    Posted December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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    Winter manure application rules kick in Sunday, Dec. 21

    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Animal producers with totally roofed (confinement) facilities face limits on applying liquid manure starting Dec. 21 if the ground is snow-covered.

    The state rules kick in then, because runoff and nutrient loss after winter manure application

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    Briggs rallies for 113-pound title for A-W

    Posted January 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield sophomore Skyler Briggs rallied to beat Abraham Anzua of MOC-Floyd Valley, 9-7, in the 113-pound championship at Boyden-Hull-Rock Valley’s Nighthawk Invitational Jan. 17.

    Briggs trailed Anzua

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    Falcons pull away late for win

    Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Both Akron-Westfield and West Sioux were seeking a .500 record when the two neighbors clashed in a War Eagle Conference boys ‘basketball game Jan. 13 at A-W.

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    WS girls cruise past Westerners

    Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux girls used defensive pressure and quickness to dominate the final three quarters and gained an easy 55-28 War Eagle Conference basketball win against Akron-Westfield Jan. 13.

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    2014 Year In Reivew — Sports & Fine Arts

    Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Football

    In January, it was announced that Akron-Westfield would stay in Class A and be in District No. 2 along with West Sioux, Alta-Aurelia, Lawton-Bronson, and Woodbury Central, who are coming back from the old District No.

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    WEC boys basketball standings

    Posted January 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    War-Eagle Conference boys’ basketball standings as of Jan. 19:

    Gehlen Catholic, 6-0 conference, 11-0 overall; Hinton, 6-1, 8-3; Unity Christian, 4-1, 5-7; South O’Brien, 5-2, 10-3; Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 3-3, 8-4; Harris-Lake Park, 3-3, 5-6; Trinity Christian, 3-3,

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    Girls basketball standings

    Posted January 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    War Eagle Conference girls’ basketball standings as of Jan. 19 are: Hinton, 5-0 conference, 12-1 overall record; Unity Christian, 4-0, 13-0; Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, 5-2, 9-2; West Sioux, 4-1, 10-3; Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 4-3, 11-2; South O’Brien, 3-3, 5-9; Gehlen Catholic, 3-3, 4-8; Harris Lake Park, 2-4,

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    A-W’s trounced by Jays

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team went up against undefeated Gehlen Catholic and stayed with the Jays for half a quarter in a 73-42 War Eagle Conference loss on Jan.

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    A-W boys hit on all cylinders in win over RU

    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    For the second time in three early-season games, the Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team used a strong start to lead to victory.

    The Westerners crushed Remsen Union, 69-26,

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    How long is long?

    Posted January 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Wonder what the ‘big rig’ was doing in Akron on Sunday afternoon? Anderson Trucking was hauling equipment, made in Pennsylvania, to the Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada. Escort vehicles were needed due to its size. The solid steel

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    Akron Opera House announces next play

    Posted January 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Doug Olson, Akron Opera House president and his actors are busy at work preparing the next show, “Contempt of Court” by David Landau.

    Fans of court television will get a chance to experience a peoples night

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    Couple celebrates Golden Anniversary

    Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Marvin and Alyce Toben of Westfield, Iowa celebrated 50 years of marriage on Thanksgiving Day with a family dinner at home. On Saturday evening the family went to Bev’s on the River.

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    Couple exchanges vows

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Alison “Ali” Virginia Robertson of Chestertown, Maryland and James “Mike” Michael Small II of Laurel, Delaware were married Sunday, June 29, 2014 at five o’clock in the afternoon in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with Robert Robles of

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    Arrive in style at Spink Cafe

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Not many limousines stop at Spink Cafe but a group holding its Christmas Party arrived in style Friday evening Jan. 8 (above). Not only did they arrive in style, the group traveled over 150

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    Celebrate 60 years

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Eric and Joann Hedeby were married Jan. 8, 1955, at Union Creek Lutheran Church, rural Akron. They have four children, Erica Diediker, Greta Carolus, Rickard Hedeby, and Ingrid Berlin, their spouses, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. The above

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    Ellyson Jean Gabel

    Posted January 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Adam and Haylee Gabel are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Ellyson Jean, born Sept. 16, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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