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A sign Spring has arrived

Posted April 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

The pelicans came in to the Big Sioux Recreation Area in Hawarden on March 26 this year. They have been coming for years and come right before Easter every year. Every morning the west bank of the water area on this side is all white as they line up along that every day. They are beautiful majestic birds, said Barb Dahlin of Hawarden.

    Chubs Country Store: Opening late summer

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Facility research, designing and planning for a convenience store in downtown Akron is done and this week, weather permitting, the building’s walls will be going up.

    It’s been a long two years for Akron’s Dave and Karen Allen and their daughter and son-in-law, Jenell and Mitchal Lanning.

    A convenience store isn’t the first entrepreneurial idea the Lannings have considered over their 25-year marriage while they work in maintenance at

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    Akron officials terminate assistant police chief

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At 10:36 a.m., Akron councilors met in closed session for four minutes Friday, April 15, but took no action in open session.

    The meeting was called to order by Mayor Sharon Frerichs with Councilors Gerry Stowers, Kasey Mitchell and Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher present. Councilor Alex Pick was present via phone call, and Councilor Jenell Lanning was absent. City Administrator Gary Horton was allowed to stay in the closed session.


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    Two transported to hospital after accident near Akron

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Four people received injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 2:18 p.m., Tuesday, April 12 on Iowa Highway 12, just south of 140th Street and north of Akron.

    Dana Gail Rose, 24, Alvord, was driving a 2005 Chrysler van northbound on Iowa Highway 12 when she decided to turn around in a driveway in the 14,000 block of Iowa Highway 12.

    David Allen

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    It’s a family affair

    The recent production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” last weekend at Akron Opera House contained nine members of the Skip Harris family. From left, Amy (Director and Narrator) and Kevin (Orchestra conductor) Linder and Amy’s son Nick Schnell (Asher); Jill (one of the wives) and Tom (Levi) Schroeder and son Cameron Schroeder (Gad); and Lisa (one of the wives) and Jon (Pharoah) Harris and son Michael Harris (Joseph). The production was incredible and had a large audience at each performance. Kudos to the

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    Akron Citywide Rummage!

    Friday & Saturday

    April 29 & 30

    For Just $20 you get:

    Your Sale Listed in

    The Akron Hometowner

    On our Special Citywide Rummage Page!

    • Your Sale Placed on

    The Rummage Map

    Deadline to Sign Up

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    A-W’s second bond vote fails

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “No. Not necessary,” one Akron-Westfield School District voter wrote on an April 5 school bond ballot.

    And “No” is just what 460 voters said, causing the bond to fail. “No” votes counted for 44.27 percent of the total votes cast.

    The final “Yes” vote count was just 4.27 percent less than the super majority of 60 percent plus

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    Supervisors OK Akron subdivision TIF extension

    By Steve Peterson

    At the March 22 meeting, Plymouth County supervisors approved a five-year development Tax Incremental Financing extension for an Akron subdivision, Portlandville Heights Phase II, by unanimous vote.

    “It is a residential subdivision and you can extend it one time for five years,” said Auditor Stacey Feldman.

    The subdivision is off Iowa Highway 3 on Akron’s east side.

    “You are extending it from 11

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    Mayor: How do we move Westfield forward?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Just into his second month as Westfield mayor, Mike Tadlock has a mission.

    It’s to grow Westfield.

    As soon as he took the mayoral Oath of Office, Tadlock asked the council members to think about ways to grow the community of 132 people and bring those ideas back to the February council meeting.

    Tadlock polled each councilor individually during their Feb. 23

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    ‘Joseph’ cast rehearses for April 14 debut

    What a wonderful treat is in store for the Akron and Westfield communities and surrounding area.

    “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” rehearsals are in full swing, and the vocal sounds are amazing!

    Cast members rehearsed last week at the Birdie & Carol Harris School of Performing Arts center owned by Amy and Kevin Linder in lieu of the Akron Opera House space which was full of children for the

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