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4-1 vote OKs $40,000 in fees
by Rick DeClue · News · April 24, 2014
By a 4-1 vote, the West Branch City Council on Monday approved creating a new storm water utility fee expected to generate about $40,000 in new revenues.

BOE gives 3.75% raises; same as teachers negotiated
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 24, 2014
School support staff members and principals will get a 3.75-percent pay increase after the Board of Education last week voted 3-2 to bump up the superintendentís recommendation of 3.3 percent.

Drama club gets hospitable
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 24, 2014
How do you save a dying town?
The supermarket and rendering plant both closed and residents are moving away in droves.
Yet, the four Futrelle sisters see an opportunity when they learn a salsa company representative will visit Fayro, Texas, in the hunt to find a new factory location.

Lions Club wins $5K grant, plans to fight hunger
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 24, 2014
For $5,000, the West Branch Lions Club wants to feed up to 20,000 people.

MSWB plans calendar app with help of grant
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · April 24, 2014
Main Street West Branch wants to funnel all there is to see and do into a calendar app for your smartphone, and recently received word it got a state grant to make it happen.

Verizon tower goes up
News · April 24, 2014
Workers with Muti of Champaign, Ill., constructed a 197-foot tower Friday afternoon at 213 Northridge Drive, just west of North Fourth Street.

Absentees ballots available
News · April 24, 2014
Absentee ballots are now available for the Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 3. Voting in office may begin April 24.

Blood drive May 13
News · April 24, 2014
The West Branch Lions Club will host a community blood drive from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at West Branch United Methodist Church, 203 North Downey St.

Chief: Worst field fires in four or five years
News · April 24, 2014
After West Branch Fire Department sprayed down the edges of a field fire April 10, a reporter asked WBFD Fire Chief "about the field fire." He replied, "Which one?"

Cops will pick up drugs, too
News · April 24, 2014
On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the West Branch Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Day care changing name
News · April 24, 2014
West Branch Community Day Care announced March 17 that it would change its name to West Branch Community Early Learning Center.

Griebahns win bronze
News · April 24, 2014
Lynn and Brenda Griebahn of Iowa City, owners of the Balloon House in West Branch, competed in the USA Dance National Championships amateur dance competition held in Baltimore, March 28-30.

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