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Appealing to sharks
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
West Branch High School junior Cade Aspelmeier and senior Nick Madsen make their Shark Tank pitch Dec. 19 in Entrepreneurship Class. Instructor Michelle Carter said giving students their choice of business to pursue, so long as it solves a community problem, led to “100 percent completion” of the project in both years of the exercise.

School project: Project puts MS pupils ‘a few feet’ from robotics, tech spaces, more teachers
News · January 12, 2017
Editor’s note: This is the second week in a five-week series asking members of the West Branch Board of Education about the proposed $19.11 million referendum and the $20 million to $21 million addition project. A vote on the referendum is set for Feb. 7.

Penalties, delays cause problems at show choir competition opener
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · January 12, 2017
A timing penalty upset one of West Branch High School’s show choirs making the evening finals at Des Moines Christian’s season-opening competition, Illumination, on Saturday.

Info meeting, community forum soon on $19.11M bond
News · January 12, 2017
The West Branch Board of Education will host an informational meeting 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Main Street Sweets, and a community forum 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at West Branch High School.

WBPD quietly upgrades radio system
by Rick DeClue · News · January 12, 2017
A year and a half ago, the West Branch Police Department was under pressure to switch to a new digital system to coordinate with Cedar County dispatch.

Satellite voting Jan. 14, 31 for $19.11M bond
News · January 12, 2017
West Branch Community Schools organized two early dates for voters to cast their ballot on the $19.11 million referendum to build additions at West Branch High School and Hoover Elementary.

School tours Monday prior to $19.11M bond
News · January 12, 2017
On Monday, Jan. 16, the West Branch Board of Education will host a public tour of the high school, middle school and elementary school.

‘We’ll look for kids who don’t party’ — Shark Tank project gets students focused
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · January 12, 2017
“Consider yourselves like the sharks on Shark Tank,” business instructor Michelle Carter told her guest judges at the back of the West Branch High School classroom.

City taking trees
News · January 12, 2017
The City of West Branch is currently picking up Christmas trees that are placed at the curb with plastic, ornamentation and stands removed, according to a memo to the West Branch City Council.

County: We will try to plow quickly, but patience helpful
News · January 12, 2017
Cedar County’s Secondary Road Department will work hard to try to get roads open as quickly as possible following a snow or ice storm, county engineer Robert Fangmann said.

Loebsack visiting Reid’s Beans
News · January 12, 2017
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa City, will visit Reid’s Beans, 106 East Main, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, for the first of his 2017 “Coffee with Your Congressman” visits.

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