A-W student enrollment declines slightly

Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Akron-Westfield Community School District’s certified student enrollment figures show a loss of 7.48 students when compared to the 2013-2014 school year.

The certified enrollment number is a total 560.52 students, which includes student residents, students living out-of-state, open enrolled students, tuitioned in/out students and preschool students, according to Shared Superintendent Randy Collins. In October 2013, the certified enrollment was 568.0 students.

“That puts us down 7.48 from last year but still slightly above where we were at two years ago,” he said, explaining in October 2012 the certified enrollment was 559.3 students.

In individual categories, the results are as follows:

• Resident students: The number

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    Five decades of Iowa aerial photography are now available on IDNR Website

    Editor’s Note: The decades available are the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s through this project. From 1990 to present were already available. The 1940s were not done due to World War II — few photographs were available in this decade.

    Iowans have a way to look into Iowa’s past and view changes of their entire state, from decade to decade, thanks in part to REAP funding of the Iowa Historic Digital Aerial Photo Project.

    The public can now see

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    FCS purchases Alcester Grain Company

    Farmers Coop Society (FCS) of Sioux Center has purchased Alcester Grain Company in Alcester, S.D.

    This is Farmers Coop Society’s 11th grain location. The Alcester location has a million bushels of grain capacity which FCS hopes to expand in the future.

    “Alcester is a great addition to our expanding territory, and we are pleased to be working with the producers from that area,” said Ken Ehrp, General Manager.

    The employees from Alcester

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    Westfield drainage work hoped for this fall

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Oct. 14 regular meeting, Plymouth County supervisors met as the Plymouth County Drainage District to discuss work needed after this summer’s flooding.

    Drainage district members agreed to spend approximately $20,000 the Westfield Drainage District has on flood mitigation efforts at a channel that expanded due to the June flood.

    Board Member Jim Henrich explained exact funding is waiting on how much state and federal reimbursement will be coming

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    A-W para-educators save student’s life

    By Julie Ann Madden

    They were just doing their job so they didn’t think much about it.

    In fact, their supervisor, Akron-Westfield Grades Preschool-6 Principal Cathy Bobier didn’t even know about it for a couple of weeks.

    But on Sept. 10, Para-educators Patty Heeren and Felicia Miller saved a student who was choking at lunch.

    And they give the credit to Emmalee Baker’s third grade classmates

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    Akron’s awesome autumn scenery

    It’s taken more than a decade to create this view. Landowners John and Mary Lucken originally planted a variety of trees with leaves that turn color in autumn as a way to beautify the town’s entrance along Iowa Highway 3. The fruit of their labor has created a picturesque scene for local nursing home residents to enjoy. This is the view from the front lawn of the Akron Care Center looking southwest. Another grand view is many residents have the opportunity to

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    Gas prices dip below $3-mark

    Gas prices are once again below $3 per gallon. At Casey’s General Store and Mike’s Inc. in Akron Friday, the price was $2.84 per gallon. According to GasBuddy.com, the last time the average retail gas prices in Iowa were below the three-dollar mark was nearly four years ago. Enjoy it while it lasts because by May 2011, the price had jumped to just shy of $4 per gallon. In the last decade, the lowest gas price was in December 2007 when it

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    Voter registration information available

    The General Election is November 4, 2014. The Auditor’s Office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for residents to register to vote.

    Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the Voter registration form can be downloaded at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms and mailed to

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    Akron mayor will not seek reelection in 2015

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s been a long run of municipal leadership for Akron Mayor Harold Higman Jr.

    He’s been mayor since 2000, and he told The Akron Hometowner Friday, “I have one more year to give it heck, then I’m out of here.”

    There are a few projects he hopes to finish before his term ends at the end of 2015. Projects include renovating and expanding Akron’s business district. He hopes to

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    Glass artwork is the featured display at the Akron library

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Many may know Akron’s mayor has artistic talents of woodworking and metalworking but how about his talent of creating glass art?

    “I’ve worked with steel, wood and now glass,” Harold Higman Jr. told The Akron Hometowner.

    “I want to do something different all the time,” he said, explaining that’s why he stayed in the family’s business, Higman Sand & Gravel. “I’ve always been

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    Akron-Westfield football statistics

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Akron-Westfield statistics after nine regular season football games, 4-5 record, 4-3 district before a playoff game at Woodbury Central:

    For passing, Cal Eskra was 152 completions in 286 attempts, 53.1 percent, for 1,982 yards, 13.0 yards

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    Two from A-W make All-WEC volleyball

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Akron-Westfield’s All-War Eagle Conference volleyball team representatives are senior Kortney Hedlund (l), Second Team and sophomore Ann Hedlund (r), Honorable Mention. A-W had a 5-6 WEC record and 8-17 overall.

    A-W falls to South O’Brien

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    By: Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners gave a tremendous effort before falling to the Wolverines of South O’Brien, 39-30.

    On an absolutely beautiful night on Friday, Oct. 24, the sunset

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    Red Raiders set softball slate

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Northwestern College released its softball schedule for the 2014-2015 season.

    The Red Raiders, who just concluded their exhibition season, will play a few exhibition games at the Briar Cliff Invite on Feb. 6-7. They then open

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    EP-J outlasts Lady Westerners

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield hosted Elk Point-Jefferson for a non-conference volleyball match Oct. 11 and sought a three-match win streak.

    The Huskies won, though, 3-1. Set scores were a 25-15

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    Couple celebrates 60 years

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    A. Earl and Dee Hilliker, of Akron, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. with an Open House at the Akron Golf Course Clubhouse. They

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    Card Shower

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    The family of Jean Carlson requests that her friends help them in celebrating her birthday during the week of Nov. 3 – 7. Jean would be happy to receive phone calls or cards sent to P.O.

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    What a small world

    Posted October 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Sioux City Journal photo by Tim Hynds

    On June 20, this photograph of the Big Sioux River flooding at Akron appeared in the Idaho Statesman newspaper — more than 1,200 miles away! Former

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    Avery Lynn Erbes

    Posted October 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Cody Morey and Cody Erbes are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Avery Lynn Erbes. Avery was born on Aug. 9, 2014, at Floyd Valley Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces

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    Case Isaac Harris

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Nathan and Katie Harris of Akron are happy to announce the birth of a son on Sept. 8, 2014. Case Isaac was born at Sioux Center Health weighing 9 pounds 1 ounce and measuring 22.5 inches long.

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