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A-W students headed to National History Day

Ninety-eight Iowa students from 21 different schools earned top honors in the National History Day in Iowa Contest April 29 and advanced to compete in the national contest in June. Twelve of those in four projects are from Akron-Westfield. 

Prom breakfast winners

For the After Prom breakfast at the Akron Golf Clubhouse put on by Patti Ericson, Peoples Bank donated $300 cash and Ag Optimus donated a TV as door prizes. Winners were (l-r) Reegan McKee ($100), Arik Allard ($100), Hayden Wahlberg (TV), Bella Robinson ($100)

May is school board recognition month

Each May the Iowa Association of School Boards invites Iowans to honor and recognize school board members. This month is a designated time to show support for your local school board. The 2024 theme is “Propelling Students to New Heights.”

Absentee ballot information 

Absentee ballots for the June 4, 2024 Democratic, Republican and Libertarian Primary Elections are available beginning Wednesday, May 15 in the Auditor’s Office at Plymouth County Courthouse during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Absentee ballots may be cast in person at the Auditor’s office until Monday, June 3 until 5 p.m. 

All Class Reunion update

The planning committee met Wednesday, April 4, in the Security National Bank meeting room with 12 in attendance: Carol Brown, Roxanne Larson, Deb McPherson, Bob Brown, Mary Lou James, Sharon Frerichs, Andrea Weber, Mary Swain, Carla Winquist, Karen Carlson, Rhonda Johnson, and Janel Pearson. More members are encouraged to join in future planning sessions.

Trees given to A-W fourth graders

The GFWC/IA Friendship and Service Club presented Colorado blue spruce trees to each of the Akron-Westfield fourth grade students April 17.

​​​​​​​Akron-Westfield school farm safety event

By Sabrina Escalante

Akron Hometowner

The Akron-Westfield school held a Farm Safety event Mon., April 22, for A-W elementary students between grades 2-5. 

A-W students do well at State History Day

Four groups qualify for Nationals

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

Parks and Recreation working on trail paving project for Akron

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

Allison Nixa awarded scholarship

The GFWC/Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs has awarded Allison Nixa of Akron-Westfield the E. Lucille Miller Music Scholarship for the 2024-2025 school year. Allison was sponsored by the local GFWC/Iowa Friendship & Service Club.

Allison will be attending the University of Iowa.

A Night in Greece for A-W prom goers

The Akron-Westfield Prom is one for the books. The “A Night in Greece'' theme Prom was held April 27. The first activity was the annual Grand March in the new gym, but prior to that, many were at the Akron Golf Course taking photos. Following the Grand March was the banquet at the Hole ‘N the Wall lodge, then the After Prom from midnight to 4 a.m.

Ash borer in Akron      

A couple of weeks ago The Hometowner ran an article about the ash borer being in every county except Emmet County in far northern Iowa.      These pictures are to confirm that the ash borer is in Akron as these pictures were taken last week in an undisclosed location in town.

Legion preparing for Memorial Day

Looking for flags for Avenue of Flags

Each year at the annual Memorial Day program in Akron, Albert E. Hoschler Post 186 of the American Legion dedicates flags of deceased veterans into the Albert E. Hoschler Post 186 Avenue of Flags.

SNB donates to A-W Foundation

Security National Bank recently donated $2,500 to the Akron-Westfield Educational Excellence Foundation for use towards the foundation's scholarships for A-W seniors. Pictured is Connie Blake (front row center), SNB Market President and also a member of the AWEEF board, presenting the check to board president Lisa Harris (front row l), surrounded by AWEEF board members: front row (r) Dodie Hook.

Canine Health Month Advice


By Sabrina Escalante

Contributing writer

April is known nationally as Canine Health as organizations such as FitPaws, Pet Wellbeing, the Humane Society, and PETA aim to illuminate the importance of keeping pets healthy and fit. 

A-W fifth graders complete D.A.R.E.

The Akron-Westfield fifth graders completed and graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program April 12. The program is run by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds declared April 12 Iowa D.A.R.E. Day so this was the day chosen for graduation. 

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