Akron incumbents joined by newcomers

Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Only one new face will be on the Akron City Council and two on the Akron Care Center Board of Trustees come January.

Incumbents Councilor Alex Pick and Trustee Margaret Correia will begin another term on their respective boards.

The Akron City Election unofficial results are:


Joseph Small 165

*Alex Pick 134

Ryan Bergman 59

Marcell E. Hyer 32

Council Write-Ins

Mike Caskey 1

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    Westfield incumbents keep their seats

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Of the 101 Westfield registered voters, 41 casts votes in the 2017 City Election on Nov. 7.

    That’s 41 percent of registered voters — the highest turnout in several years.

    Shortly before Election Day, a nearly full slate write-in campaign began challenging incumbents’ whose names were on the ballot plus the vacancy to be filled by write-in votes.

    The write-in campaign failed

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    Westfield incumbents respond to last-minute write-in campaign

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When Westfield council members whose names were on the Nov. 7 election ballot found out there was a write-in campaign underway the night before the election, all but one was shocked.

    Incumbents Mayor Mike Tadlock, Councilors Jenny Hartman-Mendoza and James Feauto found out the night before the election while Councilor Beth Terpstra found out after the election.

    Feauto’s Response

    “It was nice

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    Reed Street invaded on Halloween

    All kinds of creatures came down Reed Street in the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade Halloween night. The crowd of trick-or-treaters was estimated to be between 300 and 400 attending the Trunk-or-Treat which followed the parade.

    Grant application deadline nears

    All proceeds from the Friendship & Service Club’s Great Akron Scarecrow Festival are used to fund projects and programs in the Akron and Westfield communities.

    Interested non-profit organizations can apply for donations twice a year:

    • By December 1 for review/distribution in January; and

    • By April 1 for review/distribution in May.

    Organizations may also be asked to present their request at Friendship & Service

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    Two local criminal cases dismissed

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Oct. 30, two local women’s cases were dismissed “in the furtherance of justice and without prejudice.” However, they could face these charges again later.

    Becky Hebert

    Becky Jean Hebert, 33, of rural Akron, was originally charged with Class B Felony Murder in the Second Degree on Oct. 6 in the death of her husband, Jeremy.

    Plymouth County Attorney Darin J. Raymond

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    First Flag: ‘Scooping the Loop’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The first idea from Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs’ Plant Your Flag Party came to fruition Saturday night.

    “Scoop the Loop was a roaring success,” Frerichs told The Akron Hometowner about Saturday night’s event from 8 to 10 p.m. on Reed Street. “It was so much fun.”

    Cars cruised the loop from Second Street to Fourth Street, including

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    Assignment: To protect the President’s son

    By Julie Ann Madden

    How his life and his family’s lives have been turned upside down because of the limelight and the position they are in now? How do you cope with that every day?

    That’s the question Akron Police Chief William “Bill” Young would have asked the son of President Donald Trump if he’d have had an opportunity.

    However, on Saturday when Donald Trump Jr. was at the Hole N’ The Wall

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    Community Foundation awards more than $121,000 in grants

    With two organizations receiving grants Oct. 17, it brought the Akron community’s total Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County awards to $119,271 over the past 10 years.

    Annually the Foundation presents grants to non-profit organizations or tax-exempt governmental entities for a wide variety of community projects and needs throughout Plymouth County. These grants are funded by gambling proceeds — by Iowa law, counties without casinos receive a portion of the gambling dollars. People also contribute to the Foundation, earning Endowment Iowa tax credits.

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    A-W volleyball falls in round two of regionals

    Posted November 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team ended its season Oct. 23 as they fell to Gehlen in round two of regionals, 0-3. Set scores: 9-25, 15-25, 13-25. Season record: 13-15, 38-43 in sets.

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    WS Falcons pound A-W Westerners

    Posted October 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The West Sioux Falcons defeated the Westerners, 44-6 in A-W’s season ending game on Oct. 20.

    West Sioux was led by Jake Lynott’s four touchdowns. A-W really

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    A-W volleyball wins first round of regionals

    Posted October 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team faced Siouxland Christian in the first round of Regionals Oct. 17 in Akron. A-W won the match 3-1. Set scores; 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 25-20. Record stands at 13-14 in matches and

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    West Sioux District champs!

    Posted October 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    With West Sioux’s win Oct. 13 over Woodbury Central, 78-7, the Class A No. 1 ranked Falcons secured their place as District champs in Class A District 1. They remain unbeaten through eight games.

    The Falcons

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    A-W volleyball takes two at triangular

    Posted October 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team took two matches at the triangular with Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union and Trinity at MMCRU Oct. 12.

    Vs MMCRU: 3-1; 25-13, 21-25, 25-10, 25-17

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    A-W wins home finale

    Posted October 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners defeated the Rams of Maple Valley- Anthon-Oto, 23-6 in the final home game of 2017.


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    A-W Westerners control Woodbury Central

    Posted September 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners had control of the Woodbury Central Wildcats from the start to the finish on Friday, September 8. A-W handed the Wildcats

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    Akron couple is wed

    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Casie Rehder, daughter of Jon and Marsha Rehder of Sutherland, Iowa, and John Sievert, son of Marvin Sievert of Pocahontas, Iowa, and Tammy Miner of Hawarden, Iowa, were united in marriage on August 5, 2017.

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    Card shower

    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    The family of Arnold Bremer is requesting a card shower for his 90th Birthday on November 26, 2017.

    Send cards to:

    260 S. 4th

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    60 years wed

    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Gayland and Selma Small will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on November 25, 2017.

    Gayland and Selma were married November 23, 1957, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in

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    A-W teacher named IBEA president

    Posted November 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

    The Iowa Business Education Association (IBEA) is pleased to announce that Andrew Thonstad, Business and Technology Teacher from the Akron-Westfield Community School District, has been elected President of IBEA for the 2017-2018 school year.

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    Celebrating 40 years

    Posted November 8, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Russell and Clarice (Price) Paulson were married on November 12, 1977, at Brule Creek Lutheran Church.

    An open house celebrating Russell and Clarice Paulson’s 40th Wedding Anniversary will be held

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    Opera House Annual meeting

    Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Akron Opera House President Doug Olson has set Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. as the date and time for the 2017 Annual Meeting.

    The meeting will be held at Akron Opera House and is open

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    Reformation Service

    Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Sunday, October 29, a joint Reformation service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with the Nebraska Synod.

    Immanuel Lutheran, Akron, IA will be a hosting site for a live stream and we open our doors for others in

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    Communities respond to benefit for Brent family

    Posted October 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Family, friends, and colleagues stepped forward to hold a benefit Oct. 21 for Theresa Brent and her family of Le Mars to help fight Theresa’s battle with cancer. Theresa’s cancer diagnosis was received in September of

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    Information sought regarding deceased veteran’s flag found

    Posted October 25, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Local legionnaires discovered a veteran’s flag, which had been presented to family members at a deceased veteran’s funeral, was placed in their Used Flag Drop Box at Fourth and Reed Streets in Akron.

    “There could be

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News Archived

    Taxes due by Monday

    Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann reminds property owners that the first-half real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be

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