Posted June 11, 2014in Community Featured, Greene County

Downtown facelift

The face of downtown Grand Junction will have a new look. No one knows exactly when. That depends on fundraising efforts for a new community center. Alan Robinson, a member of the Grand Junction City Council and the community center steering committee, says he doesn’t know how long it will

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Posted June 11, 2014in Community Featured, Norwalk

No help at all

For a man who started a company called “TrueCare,” — a home health care and medical facility staffing service designed to people in a time of need —  the nickname “I Can Not Help You” is quite the oxymoron. “It stemmed from a previous obstacle race,” says Travis Foltz. “My

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Posted June 04, 2014in Ames, Community Featured

Young actors

Story Theater Company invites the public to be part of its world with their children’s presentation of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Running from June 20-29, this high-energy performance will wrap up the company’s season. A non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Story Theater Company utilizes students from the Iowa State Theatre Department to

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Posted May 21, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured

Where everybody knows your name

Barbershops. There is nothing else like one — for a shave, a haircut or a hot towel wrapped around your face — it was the original “man-cave” of a small town. The unique attraction of a barbershop brought the men in town to a place they considered their own. It

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Posted May 21, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

So we kneel

Did you know women created Memorial Day? It makes sense, really. The holiday was recognized as a day for remembering and appreciating those who died in the armed forces. Who better to act as custodian of those memories than widows of war? Many stories circulate about how the holiday came

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Posted April 02, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Caring for others

An idea that developed through an inspirational Facebook page created by the Rev. Ken Bose, minister at Trinity Lutheran Church, has resulted in a fundraising effort to erect wheelchair-accessible swings at Pattee Park. Operation We Care had raised about $3,500 by mid-March. The initial goal is $15,000. With little fanfare,

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Posted April 02, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Building a parish

Following the vote to build a new church, a building committee (of St Patrick’s Church) let a contract for $15,356. The stone for the new building was shipped to Perry in huge cakes via the C. M. & St. Paul Railroad.  It is said that a spur of the railroad

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Posted February 26, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Feels like dancing

The pungent smell of sickness hung in the thick, humid air of the small shack in El Salvador. A girl named Rosita lay in the makeshift bed. She’d been wasting away for weeks. Her lithe body consisted of little more than skin pulled tight over her tiny skeleton; she weighed

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Posted February 05, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

Chamber announces 2013 award winners

The Johnston Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Stoney Creek Inn. One of the highlights of the evening will be the announcement of the 2013 Ambassador of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Business People of the Year.They are: 2013 Ambassador of

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Posted December 11, 2013in Community Featured, Norwalk

In memory

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. . .” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) This past month Norwalk lost a respected educator, coach and community leader,

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