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What a storm!

Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm

The Akron area was hit by a powerful storm with strong winds June 17 causing much damage especially to trees, including this tree on Second Street in Akron. See storm story and more photos in this week’s Akron Hometowner.

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    Temperatures near 100

    What does one do on a hot day? Jump in the pool! An afternoon at the Akron swimming pool beat the heat of the near 100-degree temperature Friday, June 10. With the heat index, the temperature felt like 100 degrees plus. Three-year-old Jaxtyn Pencook, of Akron, just jumped off the diving board.


    Wellness center opens in old Care Center building

    By Julie Ann Madden

    First, a hospital; then, a nursing home; and now, a wellness center.

    Originally, the land at 121 South St. — the site of the old hospital/nursing home building — was given to be an Akron city park.

    However, when Akron city officials realized the “old hospital on the hill” was no longer adequate and land was donated for the current Akron City Park,

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    Memorial fundraiser to benefit future A-W students, community

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Todd Huls LOVED football, wrestling and FFA, and being involved with his classmates.

    “He was a textbook country boy,” said his best friend, Jerod Welch. “If you needed help, he’d dive in to help. He’d give you the shirt off his back.”

    “He was an avid outdoorsman, loved to hunt,” he said. “Big-hearted. Strong spirit.”

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    Grandparents: Beware It may not be your grandchild calling you

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series on scams targeting area residents.

    In the last month, The Akron Hometowner has been contacted by several grandparents saying they’ve received phone calls from somebody impersonating a grandchild who is in trouble.

    Grandparents from both local Plymouth County and Union County, S.D., have reported these calls.

    The caller either pretends to be that resident’s

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    What are rules in Akron for ATVs, golf carts?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron officials allow people to drive All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and golf carts on city streets but drivers/owners must follow the restrictions.

    Golf Carts

    To operate a golf cart on Akron city streets, the driver must have a valid driver’s license. This means Iowa and South Dakota drivers must be at least 16 years old.

    Golf carts must be equipped with a slow-moving

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    CVA to construct new grain bins in Akron

    By Eden Hemmingsen

    Akron’s current skyline is about to be altered as Central Valley Ag and Landmarc Construction progress further in the construction of a more efficient grain elevator.

    “Basically we were looking at adding some storage,” said Central Valley Ag Grain Operations Manager Stanley Kallhoff. “We wanted to update the facility to get more speed for harvest time.”

    Kallhoff added the new addition will benefit

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    A-W girls place second at state golf meet; 2 place in top 10

    The Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team came home with second in Class 1A from the state golf tournament, which was held at Jester Park Golf Course in Granger. Par on the course is 71 for 18 holes.

    Shooting some of their best golf, the Westerners shot a team score of 740 (364, 376) over the two days behind first place New London who shot a 666. West Monona placed third with

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    Avenue of Flags honors 453 veterans now

    On Monday, there were 12 veterans’ flags dedicated to the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186’s Avenue of Flags. From left, the flags dedicated were for Dan Blake Jr., World War II, U.S. Army; James Claeys, Vietnam War, U.S. Navy; Larry Claeys, Vietnam War, U.S. Navy; Steve Groon, Persian Golf, U.S. Army; T. Douglas Hicks, Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force; Vincent Hook, World War II, U.S. Navy; Melvin Huebner, Korean War, U.S. Army; Arlen Lucken, Peacetime, U.S. Navy; Jack McInnis,

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    Two teachers retire from A-W

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Two Akron-Westfield teachers have a combined service of 50 years to children but that will end come June 30 as they embark on the next chapter in their lives: retirement.

    They began teaching with chalkboards, crayons and colored pencils and now it’s white boards and markers and computerized SmartBOARDS, iPads and laptops.

    Second Grade Teacher Carol Palmer and Grades 6-8 Reading Teacher Lucy Baker will soon begin packing up

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