4,000 in the fryer
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
Damian Stewart, left, and Xander Bowers, both 13 and from West Branch, cook doughnuts Friday night with the Boys Scouts, which gave from 3,600 to 4,000 away during the two-day Christmas Past celebration. The Scouts set up in front of Presidential Motors on Main Street, south of Village Green. Many credited temperatures in the mid-30s to low 40s to drawing the largest crowd in recent history to the 96th annual event. Mayor Roger Laughlin took time at Monday’s City Council meeting to commend West Branch Community Development for spearheading “a great Christmas Past.” Council member Tim Shields said “I’ve never seen it that busy. They did an absolutely wonderful job ... It was amazing and there was so much stuff for everybody to do.”

13 write-ins indicate Mundell, but not approved in recount
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · December 07, 2017
“Thirteen of those 14 wrote in Andy’s name,” recount board member Jodi Clemens said after the three-person panel on Nov. 29 found no change in the West Branch City Council election. “And there’s no recourse for that?”

WBUMC marking 5 decades in building
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · December 07, 2017
In July 1966, Clarence Crew made a motion to construct a new “First Methodist Church” with work to start sometime after Oct. 1.

State OKs new Hoover-Ball plate decals
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · December 07, 2017
Stand by your car, look at the license plate and imagine pushing to the right that jumble of letters and numbers.

No threat at WBHS
News · December 07, 2017 posted a story Nov. 30 with the headline “West Branch police offer extra patrols after school threat,” however, it appears the threat happened in West Liberty.

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‘Urban Chickens’ idea barely passes
by Gregory R. Norfleet and Gordon Tustin · News · November 30, 2017
A new ordinance to allow and regulate urban chickens barely passed the first reading last week when one council member changed his vote just so the full, five-person council could consider the measure.

$74K approved for turf and batting cages
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · November 30, 2017
Three walls up.
Roof on.
Soon, workers will move inside the multi-purpose shed going up east of West Branch High School.
So, the Board of Education on Nov. 13 took the next step: Laying down $74,000 to start putting stuff in it.

‘Past features grow, move a little bit
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · November 30, 2017
The 96th annual Christmas Past brought a couple of substantial changes for the Dec. 1-2 weekend.
The biggie: Two locations to catch the horse-drawn carriage rides.

Luther College selects Kerchner for prestigious President’s Scholarship
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · November 30, 2017
The All-State Band selection and founder of Hannah’s Musical Hope earned an $88,000 scholarship to attend Luther College.

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