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Council hires Akron EMS director

Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Akron councilors unanimously approved hiring the interim Akron EMS director as Akron’s ambulance service director.

At their April 14 meeting, Councilor Bob Frerichs made the motion to hire Interim Akron EMS Director Justin Heydon as director, and Councilor Gerry Stowers seconded it. His salary will be $35,000 annually and there will be a job performance evaluation in six months. The position also includes his working on the city’s Street and Water Departments.

The vote was unanimous, 4-0 with Councilor Barbara Johnson absent.

His first day as interim director was March 30 and as director it was April 14.

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    A-W mom protects others’ children during annual Prom celebration

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Friday, Akron-Westfield High School students were encouraged to make “Positive Choices” during the next few weeks, especially when they’re the driver behind the wheel.

    “Choices you make will impact your future,” said Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz, telling them Safety Driving Choices include not drinking alcohol and driving; wearing their seat belts at all times; and avoiding distractions while driving. “I want

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    WS, A-W take first, second in Class 1A State Vocal Jazz

    By Steve Peterson and

    Julie Ann Madden

    West Sioux’s Vocal Jazz Choir is once again the Class 1A Iowa Vocal Jazz State champions.

    The Falcons had won the state championship in Class 1A from 2011 to 2013 but were nosed out by Audubon last year.

    On April 7 at Morningside College, the Falcons beat Akron-Westfield’s choir for first place. Finishing third was Harris-Lake Park and Audubon was

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    Whodunit comedy this weekend

    After having to cancel the first weekend for “Murder’s Bad But Monday Can Kill You” due to illness of several cast members, the wisecracking whodunit comedy is slated to go on as planned this weekend.

    Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at Akron Opera House.

    The action takes place at the Restful Glen Psychiatric Annex where all have multiple personalities and the three murdered victims are

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    Local Pioneer dealership sold to Akron brothers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Come July 1, Bob Brown, of Akron, will have a new title for the first time in 44 years.

    Instead of being just the boss of Brown’s Supply LLC, he will also be an employee of Big Sioux Seed LLC.

    Last week, he announced he had sold his Pioneer Hybrid Agency to Nathan and Michael Harris, sons of Lisa

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    City Wide Rummage April 24 & 25

    Sign up for the City Wide Rummage which is April 24 and 25. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 16 by 5 p.m. Stop by The Akron Hometowner office, 110 Reed St., to sign up. Call 712-568-2208 if you have questions. Cost is $20 and you'll get your sale listed in The Akron Hometowner on our special rummage page and your sale will be placed on a map which will be distributed around town and around the area. Sales have done very well in the past.

    Many changes coming to local Catholic churches

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Catholic parishioners have received letters outlining several administrative changes for the Le Mars Catholic Cluster churches at Akron, Ellendale, Merrill and Struble.

    All changes are effective July 1.

    Church Closings

    First, Assumption Church of Merrill will be closed. The final liturgy will be held June 28.

    The rectory will be sold and decisions about the

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    Farmers Cooperative Company merger approved

    The stockholders of Farmers Cooperative Company (FCC) met on Tuesday March 31 to ratify the votes cast by the FCC member-owners approving the merger into Central Valley Ag Cooperative (CVA) effective July 1.

    Farmers Cooperative Company membership voted on the merger proposal, with Iowa law requiring 50 percent of the member-owners to vote, with two-thirds of those votes cast to favor the proposal in order to be ratified. Accounting firm Meriwether Wilson & Company PLLC certified that the member-owners of FCC overwhelmingly approved the merger proposal.

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    Easter Bunnies visit Akron Saturday

    On Saturday, the Akron-Westfield FFA Alumni Association hosted an Easter Egg Hunt in the Akron City Park — the first such hunt in many years. Akron Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Easter Basket Hunt where children went from business to business searching for their “Basket Number.” When found, they received a bag of goodies. Children visited with the Easter Bunny who not only handed out Basket Numbers but gave high fives and hugs! Thorson Drug also held a Seven Acre Photography photo

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    Neunaber case: Judge to decide suppress motion

    By Steve Peterson

    Iowa District Court Judge Steven Andreasen received Jonathan Donald Neunaber’s Motion to Suppress March 27 but did not take action, taking the matter under advisement before making a further determination.

    Jonathan Doanld Neunaber, 45, of rural Akron, is accused of murdering his mother, Esther, at the family’s farm home in July, 2014.

    Neunaber’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Billy

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