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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.    ...
01/12/2016 - 5:38pm
O’Malley becomes first 2016 Democratic presidential candidate to visit Franklin County By Nick Pedley      Immigration reform, reduced college loan debt and a strengthened middle class were some of the priorities shared by Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley during a visit to Hampton Sunday afternoon....
01/12/2016 - 5:34pm
For 2010 senior Hampton-Dumont baseball star Gustavo Canseco, offers to play in college were shadowed by a depressing reality.      Canseco was an undocumented immigrant. His status and ineligibility for financial aid made college a far-off option.      “It was really heartbreaking,” he said....
01/12/2016 - 3:39pm
Though he recently announced that 2016 will be his final year in law enforcement, Franklin County Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier isn’t ready to kick back and relax quite yet.      “I’ve still got a lot of things that need to get done before I’m finished here,” he said. “I’ll stay plenty busy...
01/05/2016 - 2:50pm
Mayors in two western Franklin County communities have moved on from local government after more than three decades of combined service.      Jim Warwick, of Coulter, and Kent Morton, of Latimer, stepped away from office in their respective cities this month when their terms expired. Both served on their city councils before...
01/05/2016 - 2:49pm
Empty birdcages at county fairs across Iowa may be full yet again this summer following a recent announcement.      The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced last week that as of Jan. 1, live bird shows are allowed at fairs, auctions, exotic sales and other gatherings. The events were banned last May in...
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