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Chamber to hold ribbon cutting for ‘Little Free Library’

Posted December 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Take a book. Return a book. Little Free Libraries are that simple.

You take a book from the library which often looks like a large decorative mailbox or a birdhouse mounted on a post somewhere in a neighborhood, and when you’re done you return it and/or bring some of your own books for this special library.

“This started in 2009 with one little library in Hudson, Wis.,” said New Horizons United Church of Christ Pastor Steve Jewett. “(With Akron’s) there are now 21,048 around the world.”

“It’s quite a program,” he said. “We’re quite intrigued with it.”

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    Santa Claus visits Akron Library

    Santa and Mrs. Claus listened as youngsters told them their Christmas wishes early at Akron Public Library Dec. 6 and 7. Santa Claus arrived courtesy of the Akron EMS ambulance. (Above) Khallie, l, and Kenna Willms, tell Santa and Mrs. Claus their wishes for the big day. The youngsters are ages 6 and 2. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be back this weekend, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Akron Public Library.


    A-W Dancers: State divisional winners

    Akron-Westfield’s Dance Team had a successful day at the Iowa Dance and Drill Team Association (IDDTA) state competition Dec. 4 held in Des Moines.

    IDDTA has become the biggest dance competition in the nation with over 250 schools attending and over 500 routines presenting tough competition. The schools are divided into classes by size of high schools.

    This year the A-W Dance Team challenged themselves by taking three dances to competition and raising

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    Akron Area Community Christmas Program is set for Sunday night, Dec. 7

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron has had a Community Christmas Program to usher in the Christmas Spirit since 1970, and it will be this coming Sunday.

    The 44th annual Akron Area Community Christmas Program begins at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church, which is located at 220 Hardy St.

    An offering will be taken and donated to the Akron Ministerial Association.

    The Akron Ministerial

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    Karpen gets first-ever flu shot

    By Julie Ann Madden

    He’s been hounded. He’s been teased. And every year his response was the same.

    No. I don’t get flu shots. Period. The end. Go away.

    So what a surprise it was when Union County Commission Chairperson Doyle Karpen told Community Health Nurse Lisa McInerney if she could raise $200 for the county’s Backpack Food Program, he’d get a flu shot.

    Those of

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    The Hometowner recently put this photo on our Facebook page asking for captions. The example given was “I hope that’s not a spider I hear!” We had three responses so this time we have three winners!

    “Is that bacon I hear sizzling?” by Abby Dietrich.

    “Do you hear what I hear?” by Katie Muir.

    “Darn…here she comes,

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    Commissioners sue Union County cities

    By Julie Ann Madden

    After two years of disagreeing, the legal paperwork has been filed in Union County’s First Judicial Circuit Court.

    The commissioners have been arguing with municipal mayors and city officials about non-emergency 911 services.

    Non-emergency calls are when someone dials 911 or 605-356-2679 but it actually isn’t an emergency situation such as a call to report a burglary. If the burglary is not in progress, then it is a non-emergency

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    Akron councilors agree to put 8-plex up for sale

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Village North Apartments 8-plex is looking for a new owner.

    The facility, located at 421 Dakota St., has been a “headache” for the Akron Care Center trustees since it was deemed not built to state code for an assisted living facility.

    At their Nov. 12 council meeting, Councilor Barbara Johnson made a motion to set a public hearing regarding offering the sale listing to the three local realtors:

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    Name’s set in stone

    The Akron Care Center has its new entrance sign — its installation was completed this past weekend. This sign design is similar to what Akron city officials are considering for the town’s four entrance signs.