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Outstanding finish
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
West Branch Board of Education President Kathy Knoop presents a diploma Sunday to Kokouvi Fidele Drovane Akakpo at the 137th annual Commencement at West Branch High School. Akakpo and Julia Re Diemer were named Outstanding Boy and Girl, respectively, an honor decided by secret ballot for students displaying positive leadership, hard work and respect for others. Being the day before Memorial Day, Superintendent Kevin Hatfield recognized four members of the Class of 2015 entering military service: Samm Rozinek, Travis Wolf, Jacob Schreiber and Austin Black; they then received a standing ovation from the crowd. Principal Shannon Bucknell said the 55 graduates “made the most of their time in high school,” through dual-credit courses, extra-curricular activities and volunteerism. Senior choir members sang “100 Years” by John Ondrasik. Senior Alyssa Tisinger shared her memories of her classmates. Teachers Michelle Bacon-Curry and Clare Keeney served as staff speakers and shared a slide show where they had taken “selfies” with students, giving each one nicknames that reflected their personalities. This was in addition to the annual slide show showing then-and-now pictures of graduates.

Teen in custody after tense standoff
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 28, 2015
A tense standoff between the West Branch police chief — gun drawn — and an armed teenager asking the chief to “Do a head shot,” ended peacefully minutes after it started Friday at the West Branch Village.

Salt problem: Fix it, or buy the property?
by Rick DeClue · News · May 28, 2015
The city of West Branch could spend more than $300,000 over the next six to seven years to resolve salt contamination and storm water issues near its public works building on Cookson Drive.

Pupils say they want Leader In Me to stay
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 28, 2015
A tour of Hoover Elementary on Thursday showed children with an understanding of the Leader In Me concepts and a willingness that those concepts continue in years to come.

Park vote discussion set
News · May 28, 2015
The West Branch Parks and Recreation Commission will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at City Hall, 110 Poplar Street.

School board hires several staff
News · May 28, 2015
The West Branch Board of Education approved several hirings, resignations and transfers at its most recent regular meeting.

Several earn physical fitness awards
News · May 28, 2015
Hoover Elementary School announced several pupils in grades three through five who earned Presidential Physical Fitness Awards or National Physical Fitness Awards.

CALENDAR
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CHURCH NEWS
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Sheriff: Signal switch could leave WB officers in danger
by Rick DeClue · News · May 21, 2015
Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington said, concerning the planned December switch to “P-25” digital emergency communications for law enforcement agencies throughout the county:

$945K for parking, restroom upgrades
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 21, 2015
Two contractors last week won a total of $945,000 worth of facility projects in the 15-year plan to improve West Branch Community Schools.

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