The Akron area was hit with approximately 10 inches of snow last week.

Posted January 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

The Akron area was hit with approximately 10 inches of snow last week. The next chance for snow is Wednesday, Jan. 6 with a 30 percent chance of precipitation.

The Akron city crew moved a lot of snow as is evident by the big pile along Iowa Highway 12 and Mill Street.

Mornings have been frosty. Monday, Jan. 4 besides being frosty there was also fog causing hazardous driving conditions. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s most of the week.

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    New year: New leadership

    By Julie Ann Madden

    For the first time in 16 years, Akron and Westfield have new mayors.

    Just what are their ideas, goals for their first mayoral terms?

    Akron Mayor

    Sharon Frerichs

    What do you see as the town’s top assets?

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    Higman: Akron’s poised to move forward

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When Harold Higman Jr. accepted the mayoral seat in 2000, the town had plenty of dilapidated buildings and there weren’t many entrepreneurs coming to town.

    “I ran on the basis of helping the economy of Akron,” said Higman who didn’t seek reelection this year. “When you drove into town, you saw many dilapidated buildings. It seemed like nothing was going forward.”

    Back in the 1960s, his father had instilled

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    Two mayors retire after 16 years at helm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Come Jan. 1, the residents of Akron and Westfield will have new mayors governing their town as well as new council members.

    On Dec. 15, Akron Mayor Harold Higman Jr. gave the Oath of Office to his replacement Councilwoman Sharon Frerichs who ran unopposed in November’s mayoral election. He also gave the Oath of Office to incumbent Councilors Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher and Gerry Stowers and newly elected Councilors Jenell Lanning and Kasey Mitchell. All will officially take

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    No decision until ‘new year’ on Neunaber’s trial

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The result of a local man’s competency to stand trial hearing will not be known until after the new year, according to court documents.

    At the Dec. 11 hearing, Plymouth County District Court Judge Steven J. Andreasen gave the attorneys until Dec. 31 to submit final briefs regarding whether Jonathan Donald Neunaber, 45, is competent to stand trial.

    Neunaber is charged with murder in the first degree. He is

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    REMINDER

    There will be NO paper Dec. 30.

    The next paper will be

    Jan. 6, 2016.

    The Akron Hometowner will be CLOSED Dec. 23 – 30.

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    What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Christmas time is often a time of reflection on our faith and the year just lived, a time of giving and receiving gifts, and a time of family togetherness.

    As Christmas memories are remembered, which are your favorites?

    That is the question The Akron Hometowner has asked people this month.

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    REMINDER

    There will be a paper Dec. 23 but

    there will be NO paper Dec. 30.

    The next paper will be

    Jan. 6, 2016.

    The Akron Hometowner will be

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    Loving the tiniest angels

    By Julie Ann Madden

    According to the July 23, 2015 National Vital Statistics Reports, between 2011 and 2013, there were 382 fetal deaths in Iowa, 279 in Nebraska and 152 in South Dakota.

    One Akron woman is on a mission to help families grieving the loss of their babies.

    When Lisa Wilcox was in California last year caring for her sister, her sister-in-law

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