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​​​​​​​Two A-W groups make All-State Speech

Six Akron-Westfield large group speech teams competed at District Speech which was held Jan. 20 at Sioux City East High School. From Districts, all six groups advanced to State held at Spencer High School Feb. 3. From State, two A-W groups qualified for the 49th annual All-State Festival which will be Feb. 17 at Iowa State University.

Akron KCs host pancake breakfast

The Akron Knights of Columbus hosted a Pancake, Sausage, and Egg Breakfast Feb. 4 at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. A nice crowd turned out to partake in the delicious breakfast of made to order eggs, pancakes, and sausage.


Fog is the new norm

The new normal for last week was fog. Every morning people woke up to heavy fog making visibility difficult at times. As a matter of fact, the area was under a dense fog advisory every morning. Monday (Feb. 5) was so bad you could barely see from one end of the business district on Reed St. to the other end (photo). Temperatures remained mostly in the 30s and hitting the 40s earlier in the week.

Growing future leaders in Akron-Westfield

The agriculture industry has a promising future and there’s a long-time organization that supports growing that foundation. FFA or Future Farmers of America is a nationwide youth organization that grows the next generation of ag industry contributors. There’s a thriving chapter in the Akron-Westfield district and it’s creating memorable experiences for its advisor and current Agriculture Education teacher, JaCee Hogue.

Swing music hits Akron Opera House stage

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

The Akron Opera House was alive with a big band sound Saturday, Feb. 3 when the Prairie Winds Jazz ensemble performed music from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. A nice crowd turned out to dance and listen to the music.

2025 Akron/Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Planning

An informational meeting for the 2025 all-class reunion will be held at the Akron Library meeting room at 7:00 pm., Wednesday, February 21.


Legislative Update, Week 3 

By South Dakota State Representative Kevin Jensen

Then and now

Serenity Salon has special visitor

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

Mid-Sioux Opportunity is recruiting families for free program

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Head Start and the Child Development Center are recruiting three and four year old children for the 2023-2024 school year.

AWEEF honors charter members and foundation donors

By Dodie Hook

Akron Hometowner

The Akron-Westfield Educational Education Foundation (AWEEF) honored its charter members and foundation donors by recognizing them during the halftime of the home girls basketball game Jan. 26.

National Honor Society inducts 32 A-W students

Thirty-two Akron-Westfield students were inducted into the National Honor Society Jan. 25. Sponsor is Emily Miller. 

Front row (l-r) Matthew Beierschmitt, Tanner Frerichs, Noah Boie, Campbell Anderson, Daynen McKee, Sam Miller, Tatum Wilken, Hayden Wahlberg, Dawson Trobaugh. 

Celebrates 90 years

Ann Van Beek will be 90 on February 11, 2024. Her family would like to honor that celebration with birthday cards mailed to her at Akron Care Center, 991 Hwy 3, Akron, Iowa 51001.

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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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!

Auditions for ‘Jersey Boys’ announced

Akron Opera House has announced audition dates for the musical “Jersey Boys” with performance dates of April 11, 12, 13, and 14. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m.  Jan 31 and 6 p.m.  Feb 4, both at the opera house.  A large cast is needed, with cameo roles for both men and women.  All in high school and older are welcome!  

Year in Review
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.

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!

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