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Snow blankets Akron area

Posted December 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

Old Man Winter blasted the area with snow Saturday. City Employee Troy Leekley clears Akron streets at about 1:30 p.m. while state crews cleared Iowa Highways 3 and 12. According to the National Weather Service – Sioux Falls, S.D., Meteorologist Alex Ferguson, it was reported that Akron only received 1.5 inches of snow over the weekend.

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    Christmas tree: Annual tradition at Gales

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Christmas traditions in the Gale household included a lit Christmas tree, celebrating their grandfather’s birthday and attending Mass.

    “Christmas was very homey,” said Arden Gale, who has lived most of his 81 years in Akron.

    “As long as I can remember we had a Christmas tree,” said his sister, LaVada.


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    Hometown Christmas brings many to town

    The Akron Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Hometown Christmas Nov. 30 was a huge success. The downtown was filled with people strolling around seeing the many decorations and activities in the businesses. To begin the festivities, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in town in an Akron Firetruck to kick off the Holiday Season.

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    A-W dancers take top honors at state

    Akron-Westfield dancers bring home one of each: first, second and third places at the Dec. 3 Iowa State Dance Team Competition in Des Moines.

    The Akron-Westfield Dance Team placed first in Class III Pom, received second place in Class I Kick, and was awarded third place in Class II Hiphop.

    Performing the winning Pom Dance were Jordan Neubrand, Jessica Hansen, Kaberly Coyle, Makayla Swancutt, Jessica Delgado, Cassie Hansen, Courtney Waterbury, Megan Swancutt, McKenna VanEldik, Kailee Tucker, Sarah Ritz, and

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    Should shooting range be closed in Akron?

    Akron councilors are considering moving and/or closing the Akron Gun Club’s shooting range, which is adjacent to the city’s brush pile (dump site) and located southwest of Central Valley Ag’s new bins.

    The reason is for a private economic development campground project for high-end clientele, just outside of Akron city limits south of the Searls property where Ed’s Repair is. This property owner/developer is Justin Higman of Higman Land Company LLC, Vermillion, S.D.

    Twice the Akron councilors have discussed issues,

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    Akron Holiday Fair features gifts, goodies for all

    By Julie Ann Madden

    For nine consecutive years, area residents have had an opportunity to enjoy a day of holiday shopping with friends and family members in Akron.

    This Saturday is the ninth annual Akron Holiday Fair. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at a new location: the Akron-Westfield School new gymnasium.

    There is something for every age and

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    A-W purchases Total Motors for multitude of uses

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield School Board members officially announced they purchased Akron’s former Total Motors car dealership property at 100 Hwy 12 North at their Nov. 14 meeting.

    However, city officials were upset the board’s lack of communication ultimately led to the loss of an automotive dealership for the first time in the town’s last 130 years of history.

    Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs, Councilor Alex Pick and Akron Development Corporation member Chad

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    Sewing-repurposing-crafting business opens in old Care Center building

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A second business is opening at the old Akron Care Center building, which is at 121 South St.

    Two Akron women are opening Mindy’s Designs LLC in a 2,000 square feet area where the nursing home’s chapel and exercise room were. They will also use the old ambulance garage at the facility.

    Mindy Smykle is locally known

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    Annual Community Christmas program is Sunday, Dec. 4

    The 46th Annual Akron Community Christmas Program is Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 Hardy St., Akron. This is sponsored by the Akron Ministerial Association.

    The Christmas story will be read and many of Akron’s local church choirs along with Akron-Westfield student choirs will sing. There will also be opportunities for congregational singing.

    A free will offering will be directed to the Akron Ministerial Association.

    Participating churches include

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