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Akron police officers embrace community

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

“Things are going to be different,” newly-hired Akron Police Chief Bill Young told The Akron Hometowner at the end of his first week on the job. “The former department has passed.”

“I’m going to establish a really good relationship and rebuild the trust between us and the community,” he explained, noting he believes strongly in small-town community policing. “We have a police department that’s going to do its job but we are going to be a friend to the community — embrace the community.

“We’re not going to be targeting nice law-abiding people,” he said. “We won’t be arbitrarily searching vehicles. There will be specific indicators an officer is

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    What is Iowa’s ‘Steer it Clear it’ Law?

    The dog days of summer are upon us and with the last push of summer vacation travel, the Iowa departments of Public Safety and Transportation are reminding Iowans of the “Steer it, Clear it” law that took effect July 1, 2017.

    Do you know what to do in the event of a fender bender where no one is injured? Iowa’s amended law (House File 313 to amend Iowa Code 321.262) requires the drivers of vehicles involved in a crash where there are no serious injuries to

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    A-W changes its Grading System

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With the Class of 2017 having 11 valedictorians, topping the list of changes for the Akron-Westfield 2017-2018 school year is the high school grading system.

    This week parents and guardians will be receiving a letter from A-W Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs explaining the changes.

    The main difference is that the district is going from a four-point grading system to a 12-point system.

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    Akron police chief begins duties

    On Saturday, Sept. 9, Akron Police Chief William “Bill” Young was sworn into office by Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs (r). Young recited the Oath of Office, then signed an official copy. His first actual day on the job was Monday, Sept. 11. At the swearing-in ceremony, city officials and family members were present.

    Fall Bazaar set for Sept. 17 at Pleasant Hill Chapel

    The annual Pleasant Hill Chapel Fall Bazaar will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17 at the church located at 31141 476th Ave. near Spink, S.D.

    The Fall Bazaar includes a church service, program with special music, a fundraising auction and a potluck lunch.

    Everyone is welcome to enjoy the majestic hilltop view, fellowship, food and to donate items for the auction or to buy items at the auction.

    The Pleasant

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    Three Akron vehicles stolen Monday morning

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In small towns, residents feel safe enough to not only leave their vehicles unlocked but the keys in them, too.

    But on Monday morning, three residents discovered their vehicles missing.

    One vehicle missing had been parked in the 500 block of North Street, one in the 400 block of South Eighth Street and the third was in the 500 block of Sargent Street.

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    ‘Dive Into Fall’ at 17th Annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival!

    Families from across northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota will kick off the fall season at the Great Akron Scarecrow Festival in Akron from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

    The 17th annual festival, held in the Akron City Park, will feature a scarecrow decorating contest, homemade food and baked goods, kids’ games and activities, a petting zoo, and dozens of craft vendors.

    The theme for the 2017 festival is “Dive Into Fall,” highlighting the start of

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    Garden Club meets Tuesday, Sept. 12

    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Presbyterian-UCC Church, 858 7th Ave. SE, Le Mars, at 7 p.m.

    Roseanne Plante will present the program on “Putting Mother Nature to Rest – Top 10 Fall Clean-up Tips.”

    Phyllis Bates, Brenda Baldwin, Donald & Marilyn Muecke are hosts.

    Visitors are welcome!

    Emerald Ash Borer on the Move – Now What?

    Free public meetings will be held in Onawa and Sioux City concerning emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic, destructive beetle that kills all species of ash trees. EAB has already been detected in over half of Iowa counties and will continue to spread.

    The meetings will be hosted by the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach offices in Monona and Woodbury counties, where participants will learn:

    • How to identify EAB

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    Foot Care Clinic set for Sept. 11

    The next foot care clinic at Nathanael Lutheran, Alcester, S.D., will be Monday, Sept. 11.

    Appointments may be made at the sign-up sheet on the message board in the church Fellowship Hall, or call the church office: 605-934-2351. The foot care nurse is Faith Kinkner.