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04/21/2015 - 2:56pm
Former Franklin County supervisor, Latimer city council member and mayor Jerry Plagge died Saturday following an extended battle with cancer.      Plagge, 72, served on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors for 12 years. He started his career in local government with the Latimer City Council more than 30 years ago and eventually made his way to the mayor’s chair. He...
03/24/2015 - 10:09am
WAVERLY – Right away, Hampton-Dumont’s track teams showed they had some firepower at the Wartburg Indoor held on Tuesday, March 17 at Waverly. Sophomores Cassy Miller and Nadilee Eiklenborg came out of one of the first running events – the 55-meter hurdle preliminaries – and qualified for the finals. That led to the first...
03/17/2015 - 3:46pm
Seven dying and damaged ash trees were removed from Hampton’s Waterworks Park recently in an effort to rid the area of unwanted growth.      The ongoing project will help protect the park from disease and pests, particularly the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The invasive beetle hasn’t been confirmed in Hampton or...
03/17/2015 - 3:44pm
Students at Hampton-Dumont Middle School packed the gym last Thursday for a special educational event aimed at promoting smart choices and a healthy lifestyle.      Around half a dozen stations exploring multiple topics were on display during the first-ever H-D Middle School Health Fair. Students received lessons in things like...
03/17/2015 - 3:43pm
A glowing wooden apparatus illuminates a dark corner inside a shed at Franklin County Conservation’s headquarters in Hampton. Its rigid frame is covered by a plastic tarp, shielding the contents from chilly temperatures lurking outside.      “Last year they tried to grow some in here, but a lot of the plants died,...
03/10/2015 - 8:29pm
Local school administrators fear a funding proposal in the Iowa Legislature will lead to program reductions, staff cuts and increased property taxes if it gets approved by lawmakers this spring. Hampton-Dumont Superintendent Todd Lettow and CAL Superintendent Dwight Widen have criticized a plan that would increase state supplemental aide by 1.25...
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