Commissioners to decide new tax opt outs March 18

Posted March 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Although the Union County Communications Center had overwhelming support to keep it operated locally, the battle is still not won.

Several times since Commissioners reluctantly funded the Communications Center’ budget last fall, they have talked about farming it out and closing it this year.

The biggest contention with the 911 dispatch services the county provides is the municipal non-911 calls the dispatchers handle — the calls city officials refuse to pay for.

As of January, the commissioners have put pressure on Sheriff Dan Limoges to bill the cities for their share of these calls but the cities still refuse to pay. The commissioners have said if the cities

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    60-year Legion members honored

    (l-r:) Richard “Dick” Dirks, Marvin Hitzemann and Kervyn Heeren, all of Akron, were honored at the March 3 Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 meeting for 60 consecutive years of membership.

    Four entities seek Akron’s LOST dollars

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Each year the City of Akron receives Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenue, and Akron councilors decide how it’s spent.

    At their Feb. 11 meeting, councilors heard four requests for grants of these LOST dollars.

    To request LOST funding grants, entities must provide city officials with their organization’s financial statements.

    They took all the requests under advisement as

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    A-W teachers are learning technology tips to enhance teaching

    By Julie Ann Madden

    From large classroom and miniature individual dry erase boards to iPads and laptop computers — that is what the 1:1 Initiative has meant to both Akron-Westfield teachers and students.

    The 1:1 Initiative has helped eliminate cheating among students in a classroom setting and instant correction of work has built more confidence in academic ability to succeed, Akron-Westfield mathematics teacher Todd Colt told the school board at their Jan. 13 meeting.

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    A-W student competes in National American Miss pageant

    This Akron-Westfield sixth grader loves dancing, playing the trumpet and riding her bike.

    But Shelby Kunkel, daughter of James and Penny Fannon of Chatsworth, also loves fixing her hair and trying on makeup, playing with friends and family members, and helping others.

    The 12-year-old has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Iowa Pageant, which will be held May 3 – 4 at the Ramada Inn in

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    Akron Chamber welcomes Akron Gold and Silver

    On Feb. 13, the Akron Area chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Akron Gold and Silver owners Angela Price (cutting ribbon) and her husband, Roger, (to right of her). The store features fine antiques and estate collectables which the couple buy, sell and trade. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is 712-568-GOLD (4653).

    Evening of talent at Akron Opera House

    Akron Opera House presents the fifth offering of the season for your enjoyment Friday and Saturday evenings, Feb. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

    “We’ve Got Talent!” has been an annual staple in the theatre season for several years, and features your friends and neighbors. MC for the evening will be AOH board member, Tim Blum.

    The evening’s entertainment will include: St. Patrick’s Choir singing “You Raise Me Up,” a duet performance of “Rollin’ in the Deep”

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    Dobson bids adieu to Treasurer’s Office

    by Steve Peterson

    Linda Dobson will be able to enjoy more leisure time with her family now that a Treasurer’s Office career in Plymouth County government has come to a close.

    Dobson announced her retirement at the Jan. 28 board of supervisors’ meeting. Her appointed replacement was to be sworn in at the Feb. 18 supervisors’ meeting.

    “Fred Riter, who was county treasurer at the

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    Akron-Westfield Ensemble Acting named to All-State

    The Akron-Westfield large group speech department was once again fortunate to have a group named to All-state status. In order to be named as an All-State group at least two judges must give them an all-state ballot indicating that they excelled in their category, in their room on the day of state contest. State contest was held Feb. 8 in Spencer.

    All-State nominations are generally released on the Monday after the state competition. The official letter announcing the group as

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    Akron-Westfield Large Group speech students excel at state contest

    At 5:00 a.m. on a snowy Saturday, Feb. 8 morning, the Akron-Westfield parking lot was alive with some 40 students boarding a bus to head for the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State large group contest in Spencer. That same bus would not return until almost 8:30 that night. It may have been a very long day, but the performances, energy, and team unity, made it an amazing day.

    Speech is the only extra-curricular activity that does not compete by classes or school enrollment. These

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