Hawarden man arrested for Akron’s home burglaries

Posted July 29, 2015 at 9:33 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

On Thursday afternoon, Akron police charged a Hawarden man with burglary in the second degree.

This is the result of law enforcement’s investigation into a series of vehicle thefts and a house invasion and attempted home break-ins this past June.

At 2:30 p.m., July 23, after a search warrant was issued and conducted at 1505 Central Ave. in Hawarden, Akron police arrested Heriberto “Eddie” Armenta-Robles, 18, who lived at that address.

He was charged with Class C felony burglary in the second degree, according to Akron Police Chief Jimmy James.

Armento-Robles was transported to the Plymouth County Jail where his bond was set at $10,000.

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    ACF grants awarded

    The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), recently awarded grants totaling $19,577 during its second grant cycle.

    Since the first grants were announced in 2006, over $171,695 has been awarded to support needs in the community and the services provided by Akron nonprofit organizations.

    This cycle of grants has been awarded to:

    Akron Park and Recreation Board: $9,650, To improve Lefty Swift Field and Playground Improvement Project.

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    Enforcement authority to change for Portlandville Heights’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron city officials want to transfer control of the Portlandville Heights Subdivisions’ covenants and their enforcement to those property owners.

    At the July 14 council meeting, City Attorney David Stuart explained currently city officials have control of the covenants and their enforcement.

    Initially when the subdivisions’ covenants were created, an Architectural Control Committee was formed to handle property owners’ requests and to enforce the covenants. The committee consists of

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    Akron council to enact ordinance governing private swimming pools

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Right now, there are no regulations regarding homeowners having swimming pools on their properties in Akron.

    But that may change as early as the Akron councilors’ next meeting, which is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28.

    The councilors will hold a public hearing to get citizens’ comments and concerns about swimming pool regulations. Then they will hold a first reading of their proposed ordinance. At that point, councilors can

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    Poultry show is much different at county fairs this year

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s still called the Plymouth County Fair 4-H & FFA Poultry Show.

    And it’s the same time as usual — 9 a.m. Saturday in the Poultry Barn — and exhibitors will still face a real Poultry Show judge and receive ribbons and trophies.

    But the only chickens exhibited will be wooden chickens and photographs of chickens.

    Another change is this Poultry Show

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    Sky performance

    The sky put on quite a show the evening of July 16 with large cloud formations filled with color (above). The clouds brought some welcome rain but the area needs much more. As the storm moved toward the east, the sky produced quite a light show with lightning (left). Another sky display happened the evening of July 18 and brought some more rain to the area.

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    Feauto sign comes down

    On Monday, the Feauto Auction & Realty awning came down to make way for a new awning for Diamond Pro Realty which will be coming in the future. Diamond Pro Realty has officially opened with broker Adam Frerichs of Akron. Office is located at 214 Reed St.

    Akron Care Center administrator resigns

    The Akron Care Center Administrator Brandon Verros will be stepping down in August, according to an Akron Care Center press release.

    “Brandon has been great to work with. He was a breath of fresh air when he first came to the Akron Care Center. He brought a positive attitude and outlook along with great determination and work ethic. I’m going to hate to see him leave, but I’m happy for Brandon and his family knowing he is moving on to other opportunities,” stated Dr. Brad Britton,

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    Hometowner wins second in National Newspaper contest

    The Akron Hometowner has received a second place in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. The second place was achieved in the Best Special News, Sports or Feature Section or Edition, Daily & Non-daily Division, circulation less than 3,000 for its 2014 Akron brochure. (The Hometowner has a circulation of 1,485.)

    “We are thankful and appreciative for this award as the contest is judged by our peers. And, it’s always nice to

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    Akron councilors hire

    new EMS director

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Effective Monday, Akron EMS Director Justin Heydon had resigned and a new ambulance service director was in place.

    City officials have also decided to move the Akron EMS equipment and office to the Akron Fire Station.

    At a special noon meeting on July 10, Akron councilors unanimously approved to hire

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    Davis, Ann Hedlund win All-District

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Two Akron-Westfield girls softball players were selected to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 1A Northwest District team.

    The Lady Westerners selected were sophomore pitchers Bailey Davis and Ann Hedlund.

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    Westerners named All-WEC

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s baseball team had four players named to the All-War Eagle Conference teams.

    Sophomore Austin Allard was named to the First Team as an outfielder.

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    What heat? Friday night golf proves fun

    Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Despite temperatures in the 90s, many couples participated in Akron Golf Course’s Couples Fun Night July 17. In carts before going out for a night of golf fun are Jared and Kayla Bruget (l) and Tracy

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    Rebels rally to win regular season finale

    Posted July 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    The Akron Rebels baseball squad closed out the regular season with a come-from-behind 6-4 win against Harrisburg, S.D. July 19 at home.

    Harrisburg led 4-2 after five

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    A-W beats H-LP, falls to Unity

    Posted July 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s baseball team started the week well with a 13-6 win against Harris-Lake Park June 29 for their 13th win of the season.

    An eight-run third inning

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    90 years

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Ellis Tucker’s 90th birthday is Aug. 9. If you would like to honor him with a card, please send to: Box 936, Akron, IA 51001. Happy Birthday Ellis!

    A-W alum reigns over River-cade

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Tiffany Bosse was named and crowned the 2016 Queen of the River during the Siouxland River-cade royalty coronation at the Sioux City Convention Center July 18. Tiffany is the daughter of Dale and

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    Four generations

    Posted July 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Four generations of young Lincoln Wheelock’s family pose for a picture. Lincoln, 9, of Des Moines, suffers from a debilitating condition called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) and a benefit is being held to

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    Celebrates No. 101!

    Posted July 29, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    On July 24, 2015, Elvera Wilken turned 101. She celebrated her special day with a pizza party with her family. Family members attending were Dallas and Clarice Wilken; Brian, Pam, Jordan, Peyton, Camryn, Beau and Broc

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    Akron blood drive: July 31

    Posted July 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    The Akron Community is sponsoring an Akron Community Blood Drive 2 – 6 p.m., Friday, July 31 (note time change) at Security National Bank Community Room through the LifeServe Blood Center.

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    Finding 4-H fair projects

    Posted July 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Jim De Boer, of Orange City, Iowa, has a collection of handmade tractors and trucks, which he displays at the Plymouth County Fair.

    Mr. De Boer hand-carves his collection of models out of wood and paints

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    Amundson Family celebrates reunion

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The Amundson family reunion was held on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Akron.

    Bill and LaVerne Amundson were taking care of the registration and name tags. Donna Anderson of Alcester, S.D.,

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    Edie Elizabeth Phipps

    Posted July 22, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Edie Elizabeth Phipps was born June 4 in Sioux City to Nate and Aftan Phipps of South Sioux City, Neb. Greeting Edie at home were her two brothers Aiden and Lincoln and her sister Lola.

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    Lemonade for sale

    Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    by Steve Peterson

    Josie Jacobs of Akron provided lemonade to those attending the Akron Rebels and Harrisburg, S.D. baseball game on a hot July 19. Many took Josie up on the

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