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Art Club at Akron Library Kicks off in September

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher and Owner

“Art is not just pen on paper!” That is according to the Akron Public Library Children’s Librarian. Ms. Brooke, as library patrons know her, is passionate about involving the younger citizens of Akron in the world of art. She’s not just encouraging them to read about it. Like a plot twist in a good book, we learn that Ms. Brooke is more than just a librarian. She also doubles as a teacher. More specifically, an art teacher.

Akron Opera House Unveils Restoration and Renovation Progress: A Glimpse into a Thriving Future

By: Jennifer Wendel

The Akron Opera House, a historic cornerstone of Akron's cultural heritage, opened its doors to the community on Sunday, August 27, for a much- anticipated Open House event. The event marked a significant milestone in the Opera House's ongoing Restoration and Renovation Project, revealing the progress made in Phase I and offering a glimpse into its promising future.

A-W 2023 Homecoming Royalty

The 2023 Akron-Westfield Homecoming Royalty members are (front row l-r:) King candidates Ian Blowe, Michael Brown, Jack Terpstra, Ben Philips, Ashton McCully, Carter Wilken. (back row l-r:) Queen candidates Julia Britton, Anne Newton, Emma Rolfes, Peyton Nicholson, Josie Smith, and Caylee Petersen. Homecoming is Sept. 29.

 

Heat wave scorches Iowa, several break records

Western Iowa hits record 122°F heat index

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher and Owner

Terpstra takes leadership torch

Senior is a four-year starter on gridiron for Westerners

By Greg Bates, Contributing writer 

In his first three years as a starter on the Akron-Westfield football team, Jack Terpstra was a steady, trusted player.Now as a senior, he takes the leadership torch and is spreading his vast knowledge to the younger players on this year’s squad. Terpstra has become a leader on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and free safety.

Students gain ag-related experience; entrepreneurship and employability skills through SAE program

By Gary Dickson

Akron YFC Leader Initiates Planning for Fall Kickoff and Volunteer Meeting

By Jennifer Wendel

Akron, Iowa- In an email addressed to the current Akron Youth for Christ volunteers, Alex Pick, the Youth for Christ (YFC) Akron’s Campus Life Ministry Site Leader, shared insights into the program's progress and upcoming plans. The email, sent to local volunteers and YFC staff, outlines key considerations, and invites volunteers to engage in shaping the program's future.

School meals a priority as Akron-Westfield Food Service plans for new year

By Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

Move over Crispitos and Chicken Nuggets! Westerners can look forward to numerous tasty and nutritious meals this school year.

Whether you’re a fan of what’s on the menu or not, a lot of planning goes into feeding 600 Akron School District students over the course of the next several months.

New school counselor for DK-8th graders at Akron-Westfield

By Gary Dickson

Akron Opera House hosts Open House and Ice Cream Social

Introduce building restoration and renovation project

By: Dodie Hook

A-W school board hears progress on construction

By Dodie Hook

The Akron-Westfield school board met Aug. 14 in the school library. Prior to the meeting, the board and those present were given a tour of the construction area by project manager Alex Zakrzewski with Boyd Jones.

Principal Mills Anticipates a Year of Growth and Collaboration at Akron-Westfield High School

By: Jennifer Wendel

AKRON, Iowa — As the start of a new school year approaches, Principal Jeremy Mills of Akron-Westfield eagerly anticipates a year marked by growth, transformation, and unity. In an exclusive interview, Principal Mills sheds light on his aspirations and the exciting developments that await students and staff in the upcoming academic year.

Akron-Westfield Elementary School Principal Talks New Year, Same Student-Focused Mission Ahead

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

Ask Michelle Henrich what her favorite part about her job is and there’s no hesitation; the kids.

That’s a good thing when you’re the Akron-Westfield Elementary School Principal. Summer break is in the rear- view mirror and the 2023-2024 academic year is here. There’s a hope students come into the building ready to conquer classes and reconnect with their peers and teachers. In reality, it’s back to the books for everyone.

City Councilors Talk Bids and Weeds at Latest Meeting

Akron City Councilors started their regular meeting on August 15th with finalizing the sale of the South Street property. There were four sealed bids, according to City Clerk Melea Nielsen.

Additional Morning Bus Stop A Go for Local Students

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

A new morning bus stop is available for Akron-Westfield students.
You’ll find the location at First and Sargent Street. Pick up is at 7:30 a.m.
According to Elementary Principal Michelle Henrich, it was determined to add a stop there for this fall.
The location isn’t unfamiliar; Henrichs points out it complements the afternoon drop off at the same site.

Care Center board votes to rebid assisted living project

By Dodie Hook

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