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Akron woman becomes centurion

Posted March 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

When asked what she’s going to do for her 100th birthday, the humorous centurion responded, “Stay home and lock the door.”

“Sometimes we’ve gone out,” said LaVada Gale, who will celebrate life’s century mark on Monday, April 2.

“This year her family is taking her to Minerva’s (in Sioux City) for a dinner party,” said her much more serious brother, Arden, who is 85 years young. “We’ve been there previously, and they are pretty consistent in their culinary abilities.”

“Sometimes I didn’t have a birthday,” said LaVada. “You had your birthday but you might not have a party because Mom and Dad

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    All A-W Speech contestants received ‘I’ ratings at state contest

    Posted March 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Wesfield Individual Events Speech team traveled to Kuemper Catholic in Carroll on Saturday, March 10 with 18 performances.

    All 18 individuals received “I” – Superior ratings on their performances. In fact, 15 were awarded the

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    West Akron Fire District Annual Meeting

    Posted March 20, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    The West Akron Fire District annual meeting is Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m., in the Union Creek Church Basement, 31031 481st Ave., Union County, SD. Questions contact Jesse McKee at 712-541-0413

    Real Estate & Mobile Home taxes are due

    Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann reminds property owners that the second-half of real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail.

    Taxes are delinquent

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    Cabney takes oath

    Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    At the Akron councilors’ Feb. 27 meeting, newly-hired Police Officer Brandon Cabney (r) was sworn in to duty by Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs.

    14 A-W students advance to State Speech Contest

    Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Congratulations to the Akron-Westfield Individual Events Speech team.

    They had an excellent showing at the District Contest held on Feb. 27 at Woodbury Central School in Moville.

    Here are

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    Winter’s back with a vengeance!

    Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    After a weekend with temperatures in the 40s and 50s with some wearing T-shirts and shorts outside, Old Man Winter threw down a gauntlet of rain, hail, sleet and finally snow by

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    Council merges EMS, fire departments

    Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron councilors unanimously approved merging the city’s Akron Fire & Rescue Department with the Akron EMS and hiring an assistant rescue chief.

    The new department is

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    Students research wars, space race, AIDS for contest

    Posted March 1, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Akron-Westfield Grades 6-8 students began their National History Day Contest trek on Sunday with a local presentation of their projects.

    There are 14 projects, including exhibits,

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    Care Center trustee resigns

    Posted March 1, 2018 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron city officials need to appoint a person to the Akron Care Center Board of Trustees.

    Trustee Brad Britton resigned at the trustees’ Feb. 20 meeting.

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    Snow Removal Ordinance Akron City Code 69.10

    Posted February 27, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    No person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or city-owned off-street parking area during the six-hour period immediately following any snowfall, snow storm or ice storm except:

    1. Upon streets

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    A-W boys end season in Round No. 2

    Posted February 27, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    After coming off a great win against Lawton-Bronson in round one of playoffs, the Akron-Westfield boys basketball team ran into a brick wall called George-Little Rock in round two.


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    A-W boys win first round of playoffs!!

    Posted February 21, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team played the best they have all year Feb. 15 in Lawton in the first round of post season. A-W (8-14) faced L-B (10-11), probably as the underdog,

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    A-W girls fall in Second Round

    Posted February 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    After a nice win over Gehlen in the first round of post season action, the Akron-Westfield girls faced a tough Kingsley-Pierson team who is ranked No. 5 Feb. 16 in Kingsley. The Panthers, a physical team, overpowered

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    Henrich repeats as state champion

    Posted February 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Akron-Westfield has its sixth state wrestling champion in John Henrich, his second straight. Henrich earned his championship at 160 in Class 1A at the State Wrestling Tournament last weekend in Des Moines.

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    A-W girls defeat Gehlen in First Round playoffs

    Posted February 21, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    The Akron-Westfield girls played a solid game of basketball to defeat Gehlen Catholic, 53-44, at home Feb. 13 in first round action.

    During the regular season

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    Girls win first round of Regional action

    Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team played in the first round of Regionals during a snowy, cold night, Feb. 8 at home defeating the Trinity Christian Tigers, 47-29. The Westerners advanced to face Gehlen at home Feb.

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    Ice storm brings communities to standstill

    Posted March 21, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Old Man Winter refuses to concede to Mother Nature’s desire for spring. On Friday, the area was dowsed with rain that soon turned to sleet and ice. Several evening activities, including the Westfield Fish

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    A-W jazz choir to perform at Vocal Jazz Championships

    Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    The Akron-Westfield Jazz Choir I, also known as the “Groove It or Lose It” choir, qualified to perform March 27 at Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships at the Staplin Performing Arts Center in Des Moines.

    The A-W

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    Police Patch Contest deadline nears

    Posted February 27, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Entries for the Akron Police Patch Contest are due no later than March 15.

    Kids of all ages — with any and all artistic abilities — are invited to enter this free design contest.

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    Celebrates 90th

    Posted February 21, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Colleen Barwick of Akron will celebrate her 90th birthday with an Open House Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m., at the Akron Care Center hosted by her children.

    Colleen was

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    Celebrates her 90th

    Posted February 21, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Betty (Brown) Hoffman of Westfield will turn 90 on March 2. Her family would like to shower her with cards. You may send a card to Betty at 14815 220th St., Westfield, IA 51062.

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