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

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West Branch Times
P.O. Box 368
124 W. Main Street
West Branch, Iowa 52358
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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, West Branch, West Branch School District

Stuart Clark and Jake Krob

Gregory Norfleet

Tom Burger

Jamie Tucker
Cathy DeValk

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

Placing an Announcement in the West Branch Times
There is no charge to place most wedding, engagement, birth, birthday and anniversary announcements with clear connections to West Branch in the West Branch Times. You may email them to or info (at), or mail them to PO Box 368, West Branch, IA 52358. Photos for all announcements may be submitted digitally, in person or via U.S. mail. Digital photos should have a resolution of no less than 200 dpi. Photos sent via U.S. mail should include a self-addressed stamped envelope if they are to be returned. If the announcement and photo are not submitted together, please make a note of this, so that the announcement is not printed without the photo.

Birth announcements must include the full name of the baby, date of birth, the first and last names of the parents and where the parents reside. They may include the time and place of the birth (including hospital), names and ages of siblings, names and cities of grandparents, aunts, uncles and great-grandparents.

Engagement announcements must include the full names of the couple, their place of residence, who if anyone is announcing the engagement and whether a date and place for the wedding has been set. They may include the education and employment information of the engaged couple including high school and college, names of parents and their cities of residence, and the names of grandparents and their cities of residence. Also, the couple may include an invitation to family and friends at the ceremony and/or the reception, and provide the place and time for these events.

Wedding announcements must include the full names of the couple, their place of residence, the date and place of the ceremony and the attendants, if any. They may include the name of the minister, musicians, parents and cities of residence, and grandparents and cities of residence; whether there was a reception and/or a honeymoon; and where the couple plans to reside.

Birthday and anniversary announcements should include relevant names, if there is a reception or card shower, and the time, place and address for the event.

Birthday and anniversary wishes are paid advertisements that cost $18 and appear on the classified page. For those who want to place a display advertisement, call (319)643-2131 or email for prices.

ALL FREE ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE EDITOR. The Times' weekly news and advertising deadline is Monday at 4 p.m.

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