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Pearl hunters
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
Dozens of pupils turned out Monday at Hoover Elementary for the One School, One Book Family Night after finishing “The Year of Billy Miller.” Teachers prepared six rooms with activities based on scenes from the book, like “Find the Pearl,” a race that ended with digging in a basket full of balls for the “pearls.” Pictured, from left, are Finley Rushton, 7, second grade, Presley Rushton, 4, preschool, Maddux Rushton, 8, third grade, and Sawyer Jeffries, 8, third grade. Other rooms had children playing games with family members, making art, writing poetry and reading history for clues.

BOE gives $142K in raises before new law on unions
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · February 23, 2017
Just two weeks after making their initial proposal, West Branch teachers approved a new contract with more than $142,000 in additional salaries and benefits for the coming school year.

Trump order reminds of split family
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · February 23, 2017
Albeit reluctantly, the owner of Mexico Lindo restaurant, 315 East Main, closed for one day on Feb. 16 to take part in the Day Without Immigrants boycott.

Bridge closing Monday
News · February 23, 2017
South of Interstate 80 and west of Baker Avenue/X30, a three-quarter mile section of 300th Street will close Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 a.m. for about 12 weeks to replace a bridge, according to the Cedar County Secondary Road Department.

School board meeting Thursday
News · February 23, 2017
The West Branch Board of Education will host a special meeting 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Central Office.

Blood drive March 14
News · February 23, 2017
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will host a blood drive 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at West Branch United Methodist Church, 203 North Downey St.

Two place at spelling bee
News · February 23, 2017
West Branch Middle School pupils Isaiah Franzoni and Nina Torkelson placed at the Regional Spelling Bee competition sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, according to information from the school.

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Court: City must pay $495K to Acciona promptly
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · February 16, 2017
The City of West Branch last week lost its appeal in the case brought against it by Acciona Windpower and must pay $495,000 in Tax Increment Financing rebates in a lump sum.

Pet oxygen masks donated to WBFD
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · February 16, 2017
West Branch Fire Department recently received new equipment to help resuscitate cats and dogs pulled from burning homes.

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