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Highland celebrates socially distanced graduation

For months, there were doubts that they would get a traditional graduation ceremony, but Saturday, 49 Highland High School seniors gathered on the football field to get their diplomas from school …

Seniors graduate as part of first Hillcrest Academy …

Hillcrest Academy celebrated its first graduating class on Sunday. The school changed its name from Iowa Mennonite School prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year. Eighteen members of the …

Back in Action

After months without high school sports, area teams took to the baseball and softball diamonds Monday night for the opening of the summer sports season. Teams only had two weeks of practice before …

Planting for the Future

The emerald ash borer has devastated the ash tree population across the country. Wellman is no exception. At last count, 110 trees will need to be removed around the city as the disease destroys …

A subdued Memorial Day celebration

The crowds were smaller  at Memorial Day events, but area residents still honored those who have died in wars. The only formal ceremony was at Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona, where the …

Finding Their Own Way

For area student athletes, uncertainty caused by COVID-19 upended a carefully planned and highly anticipated season. Many students struggled to practice for summer sports with no facility access, …

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The cities of Kalona, Riverside and Wellman teamed up for a third pop-up food pantry, distributing 186 boxes of food – more than 5,000 pounds – to area residents. The cities are planning a fourth pop-up food pantry on May 30.

Soldiers monument returns to Kalona

The final phases of the restoration of the unknown soldiers monument at Sharon Hill Cemetery are underway. On Monday morning, crews from Berg Lawn Care and Strabala Grounds Management began laying …

Cruisin' in Kalona

On Saturday afternoon, 65 classic cars and three motorcycles cruised through the streets of Kalona as part of the Classic Car Cruise organized by Mayor Mark Robe. Car clubs from Washington and Iowa …

Lone Tree native Steve Forbes named coach at Wake …

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Lone Tree native Steve Forbes was named the head men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest on April 30. Wake Forest Director of Athletics John Currie made the announcement …

Three-City Food Pantry

The three cities joined forces to host pop-up food pantries in each community on Saturday morning. In all, nearly 200 boxes of food were handed out in the three cities Saturday, representing more …

Taking Christ to the Streets

The Rev. Melissa Warren had an idea for “taking Christ to the streets,” going to where the people are. The pastor had been looking at the empty pews in her two churches – Wellman’s Asbury …

Celebrating World Autism Day

The Highland school district celebrated World Autism Day on April 2 with a window-decorating contest. Windows throughout Riverside and Ainsworth were decorated with symbols of support for autism …

Mid-Prairie Strong

Kristen Thomas stood with her children near the corner of 13th Street and Eighth Avenue in Wellman Wednesday evening holding a paper banner that read “We Miss You.” “It was our …

Food pantries ramp up to serve residents

Local food pantries are ramping up their efforts to assist residents during this time when many people have been forced to stay at home. On Saturday, the city of Kalona held its own pop-up food …

Washington County now tops 50 cases

Washington County has been ranking in the top five counties in Iowa with COVID-19 cases, but the county’s public health director says that is because the county has been more aggressive in …

Cities close playgrounds on governor’s orders

Cities are taking action to close down more public places following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Monday order. During her Monday press conference, Reynolds ordered that playgrounds and campgrounds …