Located in the heart of historic West Branch, the Times has been in continuous publication since 1875.

About the West Branch Times
Welcome to, a site we created for you and the community.

Local news has been the heart and soul of the West Branch Times, which has been in continuous publication since 1875 - a year after the birth of our community's most famous son, President Herbert Hoover.

That continues with new ownership--Stuart Clark and Jake Krob purchased the Times on Aug. 15, 2001. The Times had been under the ownership of Mike and Deb Owen since September 1993, when the newspaper was sold by David J. Johnson, who had been editor and publisher for 10 years.

We now have entered a new era with the Times, creating this site to provide news and information to all of our readers who have access to the World Wide Web. This is an exciting venture for us, where we can share news and events from our regular print publication and use the power of the Internet to interact with the community. There will be some things you will find here that are not in the printed version - and there will be some things that are best found in the printed version of the Times. Each is a separate product with its own strengths. We hope to serve you well with both.

This web site has our name on it, and we'll keep it up to date, but we want you to think of it as yours too. Use it, enjoy it, and let us know how we can make it better. We are always eager to hear from you, so feel free to send us e-mail or call us. Our number is 319-643-2131.

Jake Krob

The West Branch Times

An Independent Newspaper

Published Thursdays: 51 weeks a year except the week between Christmas and New Year's Day by West Branch Times Communication Corp.; 124 W. Main Street; West Branch, Iowa 52358.

Official Newspaper for:
Cedar County, City of West Branch, West Branch School District

Stuart Clark and Jake Krob

Gregory Norfleet [gregory (at)]

Tom Burger

Cathy DeValk

Subscription Rates: $30 per year in Cedar and surrounding counties; $33 elsewhere in Iowa; $38 outside Iowa. $30 for e-edition publication. Periodicals postage paid at West Branch, Iowa. Seniors, take $1 off when renewing your subscription!
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