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Editorial: Proud of Crestview’s work
Opinions/Editorials · July 30, 2015
Congratulations to Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center for receiving its second Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities.

Minds and Matter: We’re getting ready for school, because August is almost here
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · July 30, 2015
The 2015 – 2016 school year promises to be an exciting one! The West Branch Community School District teachers, administrators, board members and support staff are dedicated to not just graduating every student, but to prepare graduates who are uncommonly ready for success at their places of work, colleges, with their families and in their communities.

Uncommon Words: Try a one-round workout? Hooverball gains attention
by Jerry Fleagle, Hoover Association · Opinions/Editorials · July 30, 2015
Hooverball season is upon us once again, as the approaching Hoover’s Hometown Days celebration nears on Aug. 8, along with the Hooverball National Championship competition.

Letter: After 26 years, Hoeme leaving WB daycare
Opinions/Editorials · July 30, 2015
In August, the West Branch Community Early Learning Center (formerly the West Branch Community Daycare Center) is celebrating 31 years of caring for the children of our community.

Letter: What if the sick took an entrance exam?
Opinions/Editorials · July 30, 2015
After reading in an area newspaper a surprising opinion piece by ACT President Jon Erickson that was titled “ACT an important evaluation of college readiness,” I am starting to think that my higher education from days before there were college entrance exams may have started to wear so thin that my capacity for reality testing has slipped far behind what is acceptable for decision making in these standardized-testing times.

Editorial: Cedar Co. should lead on radios
Opinions/Editorials · July 23, 2015
We hope that when both the City of West Branch and Cedar County Board of Supervisors meet to discuss radio communications between the two entities, neither should consider it “West Branch’s problem.” It is also not “Cedar County’s problem.”

Speaking Volumes: NEIBORS is now called Bridges, and book selection is statewide
by Nick Shimmin, WB Public Library · Opinions/Editorials · July 23, 2015
There was big news last week in that the West Branch Public Library’s ebook service, NEIBORS, is now a service known as Bridges.

Minds and Matter: Gap in commitments and expressed goals
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · July 23, 2015
At a time when the job market requires students to be given a world-class education, as outlined in the Governor’s “Blueprint for Success,” there seems to be a growing gap between the State’s commitments and these expressed goals.

Editorial: Where we should be going
Opinions/Editorials · July 16, 2015
When Rev. Richard Paulus, dressed as Samuel Adams, stepped up to the podium on July 4 to read the Declaration of Independence, the news of the day was rife with controversy in America and across the globe.

Senate Update: Veto of mental health $$ hurts the vulnerable
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · July 16, 2015
As part of ongoing efforts to improve mental health services, we voted this year to make it easier for Iowans to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment closer to home.

Your Capitol Voice: Branstad’s veto of ed funding one of my most disappointing
by Bobby Kaufmann, State Representative · Opinions/Editorials · July 16, 2015
The Governor made final decisions on whether to sign bills or veto them recently.

Letter: Stout shows commitment, dedication
Opinions/Editorials · July 16, 2015
I would like to take a quick opportunity to say “thank you” to Ritchie Stout for his remarkable dedication and commitment to the young kids of West Branch.

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