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Sugar rush
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
Seven-year-olds Kendra Rarick, left, and Audrey Muckler, both of West Branch, rush to pick up goodies Saturday morning in the playground of Hoover Elementary for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the City of West Branch Parks and Recreation Department. Parks Director Melissa Russell said special needs student and West Branch High School graduate Ciara Warden, along with her aides, spent weeks filling thousands of plastic eggs with candy in preparation for the event that draws hundreds. “It was a great help,” Russell said. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and the weather brought 70-degree temperatures and sunny skies.

BOE considering solar for new building
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 20, 2017
The $300,000 multi-purpose building planned for the east lawn of West Branch High School may very well end up running on solar power, the Board of Education heard last week.

Council to call PV land ‘Cubby Park’
by Rick DeClue · News · April 20, 2017
On Monday, the West Branch City Council voted to name the recreation center and park land in Pedersen Valley “Cubby Park - in Memory of Mark Worrell.”

Hoover panel in national broadcast on NPR’s Power and the Presidency
News · April 20, 2017
Iowa Public Radio will partner with National Public Radio and member stations around the country for A Nation Engaged, fostering conversation on the topic of Power & the Presidency with the question: “How powerful should any American president be?” according to a press release from the Hoover Presidential Foundation.

U.S. wants teen studying Russian
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 20, 2017
At the combined senior night April 13 for West Branch track and golf teams, John Muckler stepped onto the field first.
But he’s not a senior.

News · April 20, 2017

News · April 20, 2017

Kaufmann visit heated at times over Republicans’ law changes
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 13, 2017
Nearly 70 people showed up Saturday in what state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann called “easily our best” West Branch crowd for a Town Hall meeting; a meeting that turned contentious at times with arguing and shouting and stretched for three hours.

Pedersen Valley ball field plan OK’d by council
by Rick DeClue · News · April 13, 2017
The West Branch City Council decided to move forward with the most recent design for Phase 1 of the proposed recreation center in Pedersen Valley on Monday. The plan shows three ball fields — one of which may eventually disappear.

Council OK’s housing plan off Hilltop
by Rick DeClue · News · April 13, 2017
IWB’s Matthew Adam and his partners, developers pursuing the construction of 19 townhouses on Hilltop Drive in Pedersen Valley, believe that West Branch is just not on the radar of other Iowa City builders.

School board: Colbert not running
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 13, 2017
West Branch School Board President Mike Colbert announced Monday he would not run for re-election in the fall when his first term ends.

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