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Casey’s opens new store Thursday, Grand opening is Friday

Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Casey’s opens new store Thursday Grand opening is Friday

By Julie Ann Madden

New store.

New selections.

New services.

“We are very, very excited to serve the Akron community, bringing in all the newness,” said Casey’s General Store Area Supervisor Deb Bontje who gave The Akron Hometowner a “walk-through” the brand new store at the southeast corner of the Iowa Highways 3 and 12 intersection. “We just can’t wait to serve the community with our new store and our new options.”

“The same friendly faces will be here to serve you,” she said, noting

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    Hook named ‘Master Editor-Publisher’

    The Akron Hometowner publisher received one of the most prestigious awards given to Iowa newspaper professionals Friday evening at the Iowa Newspaper Foundation’s Awards Banquet in Des Moines.

    Dodie Hook, founder and owner of The Akron Hometowner, was named a Master Editor-Publisher.

    This award is based on the following criteria: the nominee has worked hard, thought soundly, influenced unselfishly and has lived honorably.

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    Varsity Large Group Speech: Perfect State Straight I ratings

    It was an outstanding day for the Westerners’ Large Group Speech Team this past Saturday at the State Large Group Speech Contest in Le Mars.

    All four of the varsity groups earned the highest rating they can receive from the judges — “I” Superior ratings from each of the three judges, said Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech Coach Susan Anderson.

    Even A-W’s Junior Varsity freshmen group received an “I” rating from one of

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    Care Center Trustees face state’s Medicaid impact

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series on Care Center financial impacts.

    With Medicaid reimbursement revenue projected to be a loss of $37 per day per Medicaid-recipient resident this year, Akron Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma is appealing to voters to talk with their state and federal legislators.

    The Iowa Legislature opened its 2018 Session Monday. According to Rep. Chuck Holz, he and Senator Jim Carlin will

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    There is beauty in the frost

    Even with the large amount of snow received, the frosty mornings which followed had some beauty in them such as this scene in Union County, SD.

    However the fog, which came along with the frost, caused some delays. The area was under a dense fog advisory Jan. 24-25 and Akron-Westfield had a two hour late start Jan. 24 due to the fog.

    Prior to the foggy days, Akron received nearly 12 inches of

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    Comedian, magician wows Chamber banquet crowd

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An exciting year.

    That is how 2017 Akron Area Chamber of Commerce President Rodney Anderson summed the Chamber’s year, at the annual banquet Jan. 20 at the Akron Golf Course.

    “We have had a number of new businesses joining the Chamber,” said Anderson, “and a number of events we expanded upon — including adding a new event ‘Flea Market Fridays’ and

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    First major storm hits with a vengeance

    The first major snowstorm struck with a vengeance. The snow began Sunday evening and continued into Monday. Reports guessed that up to 18” could fall in some areas before it was all done sometime Monday. At the time of these photos over 6” had already fallen and the snow was coming down in white-out conditions. City crews were out early to try and keep up with the snow. A blizzard warning was out for the area from 9 p.m. Sunday to midnight Monday. Most activities in

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    Local entrepreneurs open second Akron business

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An auction house.

    That is what Akron’s next business will be in the former Dirks Motor Company body shop building at 421 Mill St.

    Basil “Roger” and Angela Price, owners of Akron Gold and Silver and the famous Baker Mansion, had the one and only bid on the blue-and-white concrete building, located east of The Lock Shop.

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    Akron Pizza Ranch has new ownership

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron area residents will be happy to learn the Akron Pizza Ranch will be reopening soon.

    “It’s family-owned and family-operated now,” said new General Manager Dawn Parks, “because nothing is stronger than family.”

    Owners are her brother, Curt Von Hagel and his business partner, Dillion Arends, both of Sioux City.

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    Akron Golf clubhouse opens under new management

    Akron Golf clubhouse opens under new management

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At the end of October 2017, A’s Enterprises owners Andres Arreola and Fabian Arana finished their two-year contract with the Akron Golf Club Inc.

    The Akron Golf Course’s clubhouse was temporarily closed to the general public until new management was found.

    On Jan. 4, the clubhouse bar officially reopened — 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through

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