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Trigger pull
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
After pulling the pin, West Branch High School junior Sophie Nopoulos watches the sling of her team’s trebuchet — a catapult-like device — launch a seed ball into the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site prairie May 16. Matt Cain’s and Lynette Cummings’ engineering and physics students had to design and build devices to throw the two-inch seed balls at least 100 yards into the prairie in the exercise. Some of the devices worked, others broke and at least one sent the seed ball backwards. “I thought they did great!” Cain said. “Many of them struggled, but in the best kind of way. They struggled because, unlike a traditional test question or project assignment, there was no straightforward path to a ‘correct’ solution. This project really challenged them to deal with the complexities involved when you try to apply conceptual understanding to real-world applications.”

BOE OK’s $272K after bids come under budget
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 25, 2017
Woodruff Construction of Tiffin earned the restroom project at Hoover Elementary with a bid of $272,000, which the West Branch Board of Education approved May 8.

Counteroffer puts council close to filling top post
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 25, 2017
A couple steps remain, but the City Council offered the city administrator job on Saturday and received a counteroffer Monday.

Council tweaks concession stand to bring cost down
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 25, 2017
The Cubby Park concession stand plans, until last week, looked like a single-story building with the middle cut out, allowing people to walk through or sit at picnic tables in the shade.

Memorial Day events scheduled around West Branch
News · May 25, 2017
Once again, local groups will host several activities to mark Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.

Council favoring CCEDCO, but wants director to visit
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 25, 2017
At last week’s City Council meeting, the members leaned toward continuing their support for Cedar County Economic Development Corp.

Storm causes damage in country, city's edge
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 25, 2017
West Branch Fire Chief Kevin Stoolman said storm spotters did not report seeing a tornado when a strong thunderstorm passed through the area May 17, but a 60-mile-per-hour wind spread damage mostly in the countryside.

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News · May 25, 2017

Governor honors Kron
News · May 25, 2017
DaLana Kron, a senior at West Branch High School, was recognized April 30 by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 15th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

WBMS pupil will appear in upcoming edition of the Friends of Acadia Journal
News · May 25, 2017
Editor’s Note: Ellison Walsh of West Branch will appear in the upcoming quarterly publication, Friends of Acadia Journal, which features articles on Acadia National Park, two islands on the coast of Maine. The Journal has given the Times permission to reprint the article:

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