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Akron: First in county to have police body cameras

Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

With the increased aggression toward law enforcement officers across the nation, many agencies are considering the use of body cameras.

Akron police officers are the first in Plymouth County to be equipped with body cameras, nicknamed “body cams.”

As of July 8, Akron Police Chief Jimmy James and Assistant Police Chief Phil Torrey are recording any engagement with people — answering calls for service, conducting traffic stops and making arrests.

The body cams, purchased from Pro-Vision, record video as well as produce photographs, explained James. The cost was $290 and came out of the Akron Police Department budget.

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    ACF grants awarded

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), recently awarded grants totaling $19,577 during its second grant cycle.

    Since the first grants were announced in 2006, over $171,695 has been awarded to support needs in the community and the

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    Sky performance

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The sky put on quite a show the evening of July 16 with large cloud formations filled with color (above). The clouds brought some welcome rain but the area needs much more. As the storm

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    Feauto sign comes down

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    On Monday, the Feauto Auction & Realty awning came down to make way for a new awning for Diamond Pro Realty which will be coming in the future. Diamond Pro Realty has officially opened

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    Akron Care Center administrator resigns

    Posted July 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    The Akron Care Center Administrator Brandon Verros will be stepping down in August, according to an Akron Care Center press release.

    “Brandon has been great to work with. He was a breath of fresh air when

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    Akron councilors hire

    Posted July 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    new EMS director

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Effective Monday, Akron EMS Director Justin Heydon had resigned and a new ambulance service

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    Davis, Ann Hedlund win All-District

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Two Akron-Westfield girls softball players were selected to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 1A Northwest District team.

    The Lady Westerners selected were sophomore pitchers Bailey Davis and Ann Hedlund.

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    Westerners named All-WEC

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s baseball team had four players named to the All-War Eagle Conference teams.

    Sophomore Austin Allard was named to the First Team as an outfielder.

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    What heat? Friday night golf proves fun

    Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Despite temperatures in the 90s, many couples participated in Akron Golf Course’s Couples Fun Night July 17. In carts before going out for a night of golf fun are Jared and Kayla Bruget (l) and Tracy

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    Rebels rally to win regular season finale

    Posted July 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    The Akron Rebels baseball squad closed out the regular season with a come-from-behind 6-4 win against Harrisburg, S.D. July 19 at home.

    Harrisburg led 4-2 after five

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    A-W beats H-LP, falls to Unity

    Posted July 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s baseball team started the week well with a 13-6 win against Harris-Lake Park June 29 for their 13th win of the season.

    An eight-run third inning

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    90 years

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Ellis Tucker’s 90th birthday is Aug. 9. If you would like to honor him with a card, please send to: Box 936, Akron, IA 51001. Happy Birthday Ellis!

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    A-W alum reigns over River-cade

    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Tiffany Bosse was named and crowned the 2016 Queen of the River during the Siouxland River-cade royalty coronation at the Sioux City Convention Center July 18. Tiffany is the daughter of Dale and

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    Four generations

    Posted July 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Four generations of young Lincoln Wheelock’s family pose for a picture. Lincoln, 9, of Des Moines, suffers from a debilitating condition called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) and a benefit is being held to

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    Celebrates No. 101!

    Posted July 29, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    On July 24, 2015, Elvera Wilken turned 101. She celebrated her special day with a pizza party with her family. Family members attending were Dallas and Clarice Wilken; Brian, Pam, Jordan, Peyton, Camryn, Beau and Broc

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    Akron blood drive: July 31

    Posted July 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    The Akron Community is sponsoring an Akron Community Blood Drive 2 – 6 p.m., Friday, July 31 (note time change) at Security National Bank Community Room through the LifeServe Blood Center.

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    Finding 4-H fair projects

    Posted July 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Jim De Boer, of Orange City, Iowa, has a collection of handmade tractors and trucks, which he displays at the Plymouth County Fair.

    Mr. De Boer hand-carves his collection of models out of wood and paints

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    Amundson Family celebrates reunion

    Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The Amundson family reunion was held on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Akron.

    Bill and LaVerne Amundson were taking care of the registration and name tags. Donna Anderson of Alcester, S.D.,

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    Edie Elizabeth Phipps

    Posted July 22, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Edie Elizabeth Phipps was born June 4 in Sioux City to Nate and Aftan Phipps of South Sioux City, Neb. Greeting Edie at home were her two brothers Aiden and Lincoln and her sister Lola.

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    Lemonade for sale

    Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    by Steve Peterson

    Josie Jacobs of Akron provided lemonade to those attending the Akron Rebels and Harrisburg, S.D. baseball game on a hot July 19. Many took Josie up on the

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