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02/09/2016 - 6:45pm
     Chipped white paint speckles the brick exterior of the old Geneva school auditorium. Despite bitter February temperatures outside, three large rusty windows remain locked open while others stay shuttered with boards.      The aging building might look like an abandoned relic of the past, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.    ...
02/09/2016 - 6:43pm
     Mother Nature wreaked havoc on north central Iowa Feb. 2-3 when blizzard-like conditions closed schools, caused travel delays and rendered local roads almost impassable.      Upwards of a foot of heavy snow fell on Franklin County throughout the day on Feb. 2. Blustery winds compounded problems, with poor...
02/09/2016 - 6:42pm
     The Hampton United Methodist Church is serving up a new program to provide a home-cooked meal that many residents may rarely get due to lack of time or money.      Every Thursday the church will host a free Community Café, providing a free meal for all who wish to attend. The program is spearheaded by...
02/09/2016 - 6:41pm
     Local residents can bring their sweethearts out for an afternoon of music and fellowship Feb. 14 during the Old Fashioned Sing-Along’s fifth anniversary celebration.      The sing-along was started in 2011 by Dawn Groszkruger. She had previously led audience members in song during “An Evening...
02/03/2016 - 11:07am
Franklin County Republicans followed other Iowa conservatives Monday night, casting a majority of votes in favor of caucus winner Ted Cruz.      The Texas senator received 35.8 percent of votes at the local level. Donald Trump received 25.3 percent of votes in Franklin County, which was good enough for second place. Overall,...
02/03/2016 - 11:06am
After months of enduring phone calls, commercials and door-to-door campaign supporters, Iowans across the state gathered to fulfill their role as the first-in-the-nation caucus on Monday, Feb. 1.      Arriving at the Hampton-Dumont Middle School building, Democratic caucusgoers were divided among seven precincts and asked to...
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