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Akron man takes business ‘out on his own’

Posted October 17, 2018 at 9:08 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

An Akron man is celebrating his 40th year laying flooring.

For the last 10 years, Don Audas subcontracted installation jobs through Carpet Central in Hawarden. Some local jobs he’s done can be seen at First Baptist Church, Big Springs Baptist Church, and the Akron Veterinary Clinic.

As his father taught him the business in Chula Vista, Calif., four decades ago, Audas is now partnering with his son-in-law, Porter Burtlow of Hawarden, passing on the trade and techniques as they work side by side.

He has named his business Audas Floors. In addition to loving the work, Audas

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    ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ set for Saturday, Oct. 20

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Mark Saturday, Oct. 20 on your calendar! Beginning at 4 p.m., downtown Reed Street is the place to be.

    Several entities have created an evening Halloween Spooktacular.

    There will be:

    • Pumpkin Decorating: People of all ages can carve or paint a pumpkin, which will then be used to decorate Reed Street. People can pick up

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    Chuggers becomes photography studio

    By Julie Ann Madden

    For the first time, possibly since the building was originally built, the 230 Reed St. property will not be a bar.

    Chuggers, which was owned by Cody Moffatt, has been sold to Liz and Mitch Less of Akron.

    Therefore, it will be the new home of Seven Acre Photo’s photography studio.

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    Bells bridge the barriers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The sound of bells ringing transcends generational and cultural barriers — between grandparents and grandchildren and between Akron, Iowa, and Haiti.

    Thanks to her Akron grandparents, Alta and the late Arden Johnson, who taught her the value of volunteerism, Natalie Lakeman of Austin, Texas, is carrying on the “Care Center” tradition.

    Lakeman learned to assist the elderly and

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    Construction of Dollar General begins

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The wondering and waiting to see if Dollar General would actually be coming to Akron is over.

    Last week, the dirt work began at 302 Hwy 12 North, which is the location of their new store site.

    At this time, a grand opening is slated for Spring 2019, but understand that construction progress may alter this date, said Dollar

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    Twice in one year…Big Sioux River floods

    by Dodie Hook

    What are the odds that the Big Sioux River would have two major floods in one year? In Akron it’s 100 percent.

    On Thursday, Sept. 21, the day before the first day of fall, the Big Sioux River at Akron flowed out of its banks onto already saturated land that couldn’t handle the large amounts of water. The flooding was due to large amounts of rainfall to the north.

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    A-W begins classes with memorial tribute

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Aug. 23, Akron-Westfield students returned to the classroom with the traditional Westerner opening ceremony.

    However, there was a special tribute added to the tradition this year. The Class of 2019, juniors, conducted a special tribute to their fallen classmate, Grace Martinsen, who died unexpectedly this past spring.

    Each junior released a purple balloon, Grace’s favorite color, and

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    Royalty is chosen for A-W Homecoming

    “Travel Often, Win Always.” That is the Westerners’ 2018 Homecoming theme with Homecoming Week set for Sept. 9 – 15. On Monday, the Homecoming Royalty Court was announced. Homecoming Queen candidates are (Front Row l-r:) Alyson Ten Napel, Jennifer Ritz, Brooke Koele, Lilly Stabe, Sarah Ritz, Autumn Stowe, and King candidates are (Back Row l-r:) Aaron Hartman, Chase Stowe, Reagan Frankl, Nick Jacobs, Josh Armstrong, and Nash Lininger. Homecoming activities will kick off with the annual Westfield Supper on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Westfield Community Center.

    Supervisors pursue joining NWIACC

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In less than 60 days, Plymouth County Supervisors have gone from proposing Northwest Iowa Care Connections (NWIACC) join Plymouth and Sioux Counties’ Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health & Disabilities Services to being invited to join them.

    At their Aug. 7 meeting, Supervisor Chairman Don Kass said he, Supervisor Mark Loutsch, and Sioux County Sioux Rivers’ representatives met with NWIACC reps on June 27 in Primghar.

    “We have to explore

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    A-W has eight new faculty members

    By Julie Ann Madden

    There will be at least 15 new staff at Akron-Westfield Community School when students walk through the doors for the first day of classes Thursday.

    And we’re still hiring, said A-W Shared Superintendent Randy Collins at the Aug. 13 school board meeting.

    Meet the new faculty members here:

    Jacob Heckt

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