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01/20/2015 - 3:03pm
The possible use of police body cameras in Franklin County depends on increased funding and internal policy changes, local law enforcement officials say.      Nationwide debate over body cameras has grown significantly in recent months following controversial events in New York and Ferguson, Mo. Supporters say recorded video evidence would clear up questions of police...
12/16/2014 - 2:29pm
Christmas music lofted throughout the auditorium at the Church of the Living Word Monday night during the annual Hampton- Dumont Holiday Band Concert. Bands from grades six through 12 performed a list of classic tunes under the direction of Joan Philgreen and Sara Pecinovsky. The sixth grade band and 7-8 grade band performed three songs apiece...
12/16/2014 - 2:27pm
Long-time Hampton business Ron’s Roofing will change ownership next month, but area patrons won’t notice much of a difference when roofing season rolls around next spring.      Owner Ron Paine will transfer operations over to his son, Brad, effective Jan. 1. Paine has owned the business for 18 years and will...
12/09/2014 - 12:18pm
The West Fork Community School Board held a public hearing last Wednesday to explain their plans to build a new athletic facility in Sheffield.      The primary reason for constructing a new building has grown from a need to increase space for the school’s wrestling program.      “Our...
12/09/2014 - 12:13pm
Did you know that Hampton used to be named Benjamin, or that Sheffield was once called Shobe’s Grove?      Those interesting tidbits and many more can be found in a new book highlighting Franklin County’s past.      “Lost Franklin & Grundy Counties” will hit the shelves soon...
12/09/2014 - 12:11pm
     Two Franklin County farmers earned statewide recognition during the 96th annual Iowa Farm Bureau meeting in Des Moines on Dec. 3.      Val Plagge, Latimer, and Jay Van Wert, Sr., Hampton, were honored for their commitment to agriculture during a special awards ceremony held during the event. Plagge took...
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