Akron Parks and Rec, firefighters receive LOST funding

Posted April 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

By Steve Peterson

At the March 31 Plymouth County Supervisors’ meeting, Local Option Sales Tax Board Chairman Tom Letsche presented the allocation list for $100,000 which the supervisors approved by a 5-0 vote.

A total of 38 proposals were received for the county’s LOST dollars, totalling $294,005.86.

Akron area entities receiving funds will be:

• Akron Parks and Recreation Board: to construct and equip a 28 feet by 22.75 feet ABC building with announcers’ press box, bathrooms and concession stand. Allocted was $3,360.50 of $17,480 originally requested.

• Akron Fire Department requested funds for fire gear for four new firefighters and received $7,400 of $20,000 requested.

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    DNR gives fish new home at River’s Bend

    By Steve Peterson

    Plymouth County Conservation Board’s River’s Bend Wildlife Area is now home to thousands of blue gills, which were stocked on a windy April 15 at the park’s pond near Akron.

    A second stocking of fish, Large Mouth Bass, was planned for April 21.

    The Bluegills will not be mature fish until next summer, said Plymouth County Conservation Executive Director Nick Beeck, but the lake

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    From the Desk of Representative Chuck Soderberg

    As we move into the last weeks of the Iowa General Assembly, week fourteen was the week after the second legislative deadline when most of the policy committees must complete their work. This means the number of eligible bills that can be considered this year were reduced even further. The Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees continue to work on preparing next year’s budget and tax issues, respectively.

    What Should the State’s Budget be Based On – the Maximum Expenditure Limitation, or the On-Going Revenue?

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    The Anderson Report

    By Iowa Senator Bill Anderson

    Thank you for the honor of representing you in the Iowa Senate. Please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments and ideas. You can reach me at 712-898-2505 or email to bill.anderson@legis.iowa.gov.

    Budget Process

    The budget process starts with state agencies submitting their budget requests on or before Oct. 1 preceding the upcoming Legislative session.

    Next, the Revenue Estimating

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    WS, A-W take first, second in Class 1A State Vocal Jazz

    By Steve Peterson and

    Julie Ann Madden

    West Sioux’s Vocal Jazz Choir is once again the Class 1A Iowa Vocal Jazz State champions.

    The Falcons had won the state championship in Class 1A from 2011 to 2013 but were nosed out by Audubon last year.

    On April 7 at Morningside College, the Falcons beat Akron-Westfield’s choir for first place. Finishing third was Harris-Lake Park and Audubon was

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    Artist’s work at Akron Library

    Submitted by

    Mary A. Campbell

    Rural Ireton resident Judy Zoeller’s walls are nearly bare at home while her beautiful and varied paintings are on display at the Akron Public Library.

    “My children laugh at me,” said Zoeller, “but where else would I keep my paintings?”

    Zoeller has always loved to draw, but it was not until her

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    A-W students win Iowa Radon Video Contest

    Akron-Westfield community members need to stop and check out Westerner students’ 2015 Iowa Radon Video Contest entries at youtube.com. To view the students’ entries, subscribe to A-W Speech Projects once at the YouTube website.

    Four of the top 10 entries in this American Lung Association contest were A-W’s and were selected to compete in the “Most Views Contest.” Akron-Westfield did not place in this portion of the contest but two of the entries found success in the official contest.

    The American

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    Flags sought for Akron Avenue of Flags

    Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 is preparing for its annual Memorial Day program and Avenue of Flags, which will be held Monday, May 25.

    They are accepting flags of deceased veterans for the Avenue of Flags, which is set up over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the Akron City Park.

    The flags received this year will be dedicated at the Memorial Day program on May 25 in the Akron City Park.

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    Whodunit comedy this weekend

    After having to cancel the first weekend for “Murder’s Bad But Monday Can Kill You” due to illness of several cast members, the wisecracking whodunit comedy is slated to go on as planned this weekend.

    Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at Akron Opera House.

    The action takes place at the Restful Glen Psychiatric Annex where all have multiple personalities and the three murdered victims are

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    City Wide Rummage April 24 & 25

    Sign up for the City Wide Rummage which is April 24 and 25. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 16 by 5 p.m. Stop by The Akron Hometowner office, 110 Reed St., to sign up. Call 712-568-2208 if you have questions. Cost is $20 and you'll get your sale listed in The Akron Hometowner on our special rummage page and your sale will be placed on a map which will be distributed around town and around the area. Sales have done very well in the past.

    Lady Westerners compete at Hinton

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Lady Westerner Danika Smith throws the shot put 22 feet 1 inch in the Shot Put at the Hinton Track Meet April 17. See results in this week’s (April 22) Akron

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    Girls track at Kingsley-Pierson

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Akron-Westfield girls’ track and field Head Coach Eric Walkingstick reported the Lady Westerners turned in some quality efforts at the Kingsley-Pierson Track Meet April 13.

    “It went well for us,” he told The Akron Hometowner. “The

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    A-W boys’ track wins fourth at K-P

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ track and field squad placed a solid fourth place out of eight teams at the April 13 Kingsley-Pierson Track Meet.

    Austin Allard had the Westerners’

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    A-W golfers top WS

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    and Steve Peterson

    On a beautiful sunny afternoon West Sioux hosted the Akron-Westfield golfers at a meet April 16. Both the Westerners and Lady Westerners won the

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    Men’s Bowling Tournament

    Posted April 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    The Akron Men’s Bowling Association held the 54th annual City Tournament March 3 – 19 at the Akron Lanes.

    There were nine teams, 30 doubles and 24 singles entered, and 23 men competed in All Events.

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    Two area MS grapplers: Iowa Team Black champions

    Posted April 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Two area grapplers, seventh grader Adam Allard of Akron-Westfield and West Sioux eighth grader Cory Van Oort competed for Iowa Team Black at the Middle School AAU Meet held April 5 at HyVee Hall

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    Announce Engagement

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Todd and Tammy Colt of Akron announce the engagement of their daughter, Tarah Jo Colt, to Joe E. Kooima, son of Joel and Faye Kooima of Rock Valley, Iowa.

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    Emma Lyn Byers

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Ryan and Cecelia Byers of Shakopee, MN, are proud to announce the arrival of their new daughter, Emma Lyn Byers. Emma was born April 1, 2015 and came into the world weighing 8 pounds 13 ounces

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    John Brennan Siefer

    Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Jeremy and Rory Siefer of San Antonio, Texas are thrilled to announce the arrival of their first child, a son, John Brennan Siefer who was born April 2, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. weighing in at

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    Celebrating 5 years

    Posted April 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    James and Lynette Kiger will be celebrating their 5 year wedding anniversary on April 23. They were married in Elk Point, SD. Mom, Dad, and Ken Waag would like to wish them a Happy

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    92 Birthday Candles

    Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Wanda McCrill will be celebrating her birthday of 92 years on April 19, along with her family. Please help honor Wanda by sending her a birthday greeting at 991 Hwy. 3, Akron, IA 51001.

    Happy 90th Birthday!

    Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Wilma (Lockwood) Kulvik of Akron will be celebrating her 90th birthday on April 23.

    Wilma was born in 1925 on a farm east of Akron. She has five children:

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    Legion recognizes 60-year member

    Posted April 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    On April 6, the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 Commander Warren Thompson (r) honored Malcom Brodie of Akron with a certificate for 60 years of Legion membership. In addition,

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