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New Horizons to celebrate Founders’ Day

New Horizons United Church of Christ is celebrating its 18th Founders’ Day, “The Plans I Have for You!” Sunday, Feb. 4. Tenets of the Church include mission, stewardship, church should be fun, and a place where people feel safe (as in, all are welcome) to worship.  In all, to glorify God!  New Horizons is located at 141 Reed Street, Akron, on the ground level of Ye Olde Opera House. The folks of New Horizons are grateful for their Church Home!

Iowa caucus results

In spite of severe cold weather on January 15, 2024, with a high of 8 and a low of -7 degrees, 104 voters came to the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Akron. Gary Horton set up the location; Alex Pick was elected chair with Pastor Susan Juilfs chosen as secretary.

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Akron Chamber holds annual banquet

Even with the very chilly weather, there was a nice crowd attending the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Jan. 20 at the Akron Golf Club. 

To start things off, President Lori Rabey welcomed everyone which was followed by a buffet with sliders, salads, and desserts.

Year in Review
Year in Review January - June 2023

January 2023

• Akron officials wanted feedback on curbside recycling. Akron residents overwhelmingly rejected curbside recycling.

• Akron-Westfield school board elects officers: President Nick Schoenfelder and Vice-President Cory Tucker. They were sworn in along with Business Manager Mandy McCully.

• Akron Care Center audit reveals it’s strong financially.

Akron Opera House announces spring musical

‘Jersey Boys’ coming in April!

The Akron Opera House Board of Directors has announced “Jersey Boys” will be the 2024 spring musical. Performance dates are April 11-14. Watch Facebook and www.AkronOperaHouse.org for audition and ticket sales information soon. 

AWEEF to honor charter members and donors

The Akron-Westfield Educational Excellence Foundation (AWEEF) will be honoring charter members and donors at halftime of the girls’ basketball game Jan. 26.

AOH announces dates for children’s production

Akron Opera House announced the dates for the 2024 children’s theater production of “King Arthur’s Quest” presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre. Performances are  March 2 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Arctic blast hits area

During the recent winter storms last Thursday-Sunday, over a foot of snow or more fell around Akron and it was brutal. Along with the below zero temperatures and the high wind chills of -30+, it was almost impossible to get out or want to go out.

Even though it's kind of pretty, the snow caused much havoc on everone in the area. As a matter of fact, most of the country was hit with horrible weather. Mother Nature must have been pretty angry!

Search warrant executed in Akron

On January 4 at 2:15 p.m. the Tri-County CERT executed a search warrant at 800 Dakota St. in Akron. This was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Akron Police Department for a possible firearms violation. As a result of the search, three firearms were seized. The Akron Police Department arrested and charged Charles Dickson, 44, of Akron with three counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person/convicted felon.

Major storm blasts the area

A major storm hit most of the area beginning around midnight on Sunday continuing through Monday. The storm dumped anywhere from six to eleven inches giving us a winter storm warning. Around Akron it seems eight inches or so was the norm causing Akron-Westfield to call off classes Monday and Tuesday.  In our area, this was the first real major snowstorm and it waited until January.

Iowa Caucus January 15

The Iowa Caucus will take place Jan. 15 promptly at 7 p.m. at locations in all 99 counties of Iowa. 

A role model for all girls

Iowa basketball superstar Clark has impact on A-W players

 By Greg Bates

Contributing writer

Big Band music and dancing returns to Akron Opera House

The sixteen-member Prairie Winds Jazz ensemble will return to the historic Akron Opera House with a big band and swing dance concert on Saturday, Feb. 3. The musicians from around the Siouxland area will perform a big band and swing dance concert at 7:30 p.m., with dance lessons presented by the Dordt College Swing Dance Club beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Akron-Westfield CSD strengthens safety with new crosswalk guard

By: Jennifer Wendel

Akron-Westfield students spread holiday cheer to deployed marines

By Jennifer Wendel

Akron-Westfield Elementary students demonstrated the true spirit of the holiday season by reaching out to deployed Marines, including their hometown hero, Jeremy Bosse, a 2020 graduate of AW currently stationed in Japan.

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