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03/20/2019 - 3:15pm
Dodgeball may not seem like the friendliest of sports but it was all smiles Sunday night at the Franklin Wellness Center. Nearly 70 children and adults flocked to the wellness center for the annual 4-H Dodgeball Tournament. Jackie Dohlman, Franklin County Extension Youth Coordinator, said the event brings 4-H clubs throughout the area together for a night of friendly competition. She said the...
03/20/2019 - 3:13pm
As influenza season draws to a close, Franklin County seems to have avoided a repeat of last year’s historic rates. Nearly a year ago this time, Franklin General Hospital enacted Level 3 restrictions at the hospital due to high influenza rates. At one point in February 2018, 35 percent of all emergency room visits were for influenza related...
03/20/2019 - 3:11pm
Warm temperatures and persistent rain created big headaches for county officials. On Wednesday, March 13, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors issued a disaster declaration due to flooding as a result of the rain and melting snow. Franklin County Emergency Management Coordinator Thomas Craighton said the declaration allows the county to...
03/20/2019 - 3:10pm
Frenetic shopping with the slightest semblance to the hectic nature of Black Friday is just one aspect of a heartfelt Franklin County Farm Bureau tradition. Last Thursday, Farm Bureau hosted its annual Breakfast Battle at Fareway in Hampton. The event challenges representatives from ten area businesses and organizations to rush around the store...
03/13/2019 - 2:36pm
The weather outside has been frightful, but while snowy roads may cause scheduling headaches for some, for others they can really be a matter of life and death. For the EMS department at Franklin General Hospital, winter storms provide a real challenge for ambulance crews as they try to keep themselves safe while attending to medical emergencies...
03/13/2019 - 2:35pm
The City of Sheffield has a new Chief of Police. Brad Gardner, from the Manchester area, is an Ottumwa native that graduated in the Class of 1987. After serving in the Navy for seven years as a corpsman he attended UNI to pursue an education in Business Administration. In 1998 he became a corrections officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary and...
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