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12/14/2017 - 2:23pm
No measureable snow has fallen yet, but city and county crews are ready once the snow starts piling up. Jay Waddingham, Franklin County Engineer, said winter preparations typically begin in the summer, when salt is pur-chased through the Iowa DOT. Doug Tarr, Hampton Public Works Director, also said the city begins purchas-ing and stocking up salt and sand far before snow is a threat. Preparation...
12/14/2017 - 2:20pm
A large crowd enjoyed refreshments of cookies, cider or coffee at the annual Merchants Christmas Party for adults Saturday afternoon, Dec. 9, at the First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield. “Sheffield Bucks” totaling $650 were presented in different denominations to the winners whose names were drawn. Gift certificates were also...
12/13/2017 - 5:14pm
The town of Swaledale is reeling this week following the untimely passing of Troy Smeby. Smeby, 42, was a member of the Swaledale City Council and a deacon at Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in Klemme. According to the Iowa State Patrol report, at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, Smeby was driving northbound on Jonquil Ave. when, for...
12/13/2017 - 5:13pm
Santa Claus came to Thornton on Saturday, December 9 as the community gathered in the Thornton Fire Station for the annual Christmas gift drawing. Puzzles, toys, gift cards, and more were up for grabs as Santa Claus distributed gifts for kids and adults alike. With dozens of items donated by the community, every kid got to go home with something...
12/13/2017 - 5:09pm
The Rockwell City Council met for their regular meeting on Wednesday, October 18 at city hall. At the meeting, the council continued their discussion about reimbursing property owners along 4th St. South that had cleaned out their ditches, shortly before the city took action on their own. No decisions were made and the issue was tabled for the...
12/13/2017 - 5:08pm
The Thornton City Council wrapped up their business for 2017 during their regular meeting on Monday, December 11. Waterworks were the topic of the evening as the council reviewed the results of a recent inspection by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR report found minor issues to be addressed, such as city buildings not being...
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