|Editorial: Step up to the plate, Herbie!
Opinions/Editorials · May 05, 2016
When the Washington Nationals baseball team revealed Racing Herbie, a mascot that looks like President Herbert Hoover, West Branchís most famous son has something no other Racing President has: A presidential library and museum.
City Lights: Redi-Mix move benefits east side
by Matt Muckler, City Administrator · Opinions/Editorials · May 05, 2016
Earlier this week, the City Council took action that will move the Croell Redi-Mix concrete plant out of the core of our town and into the West Branch Industrial Park.
Uncommon Words: From listening to eating right, leadership applies to everyone
by Jerry Fleagle, Hoover Presidential Found · Opinions/Editorials · May 05, 2016
Last week, I was invited to Hoover Elementary in West Branch for Leadership Day. This being my first one, I didnít quite know what to expect.
Editorial: WBFDís quick response
Opinions/Editorials · April 28, 2016
West Branch citizens benefit from a fire department with a quick response time with an average that exceeds national standards.
Minds and Matter: Embracing change: Why schools want to move toward project-based learning
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · April 28, 2016
Embracing Change: Why Project-Based Learning?
First, as a proud, long time public school leader, educator, coach and parent, I find the seemingly endless beating of the anti-public school drum, well, offensive.
Senate Update: Finalizing a budget that keeps promises
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · April 28, 2016
As we wrap up the 2016 session, we are working on a responsibly balanced state budget based on details of an agreement between the House and Senate.
Editorial: Burgerís outstanding leadership
Opinions/Editorials · April 21, 2016
What caught our attention when Hoover Elementary Principal Jess Burger won the School Administrators of Iowa 2016 Elementary Principal of the Year was something her mother said: Sheís been deeply interested in education since as far back as kindergarten.
Minds and Matter: K-5, 6-12 schools centerpiece to 15-year plan
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · April 21, 2016
West Branch students, staff, families and community members deserve outstanding school facilities.
Letter: From RINOs to Righty Dems: How to pick?
Opinions/Editorials · April 21, 2016
Over the past 30 years the most conservative-minded members of the Republican Party have turned it into a haven for people who consider change a sinful thing ó so much so that progressively inclined party members have been treated as Republicans-In-Name-Only heretics to be driven unwelcome from the GOP ó a Grand Old Party because it was once that of two forward moving visionaries that were so outstanding that they are affixed looking out on posterity from atop Mt. Rushmore: Presidents Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
Editorial: Wrestling with numbers
Opinions/Editorials · April 14, 2016
Fewer high school wrestlers took the mat this year, yet West Branch Wrestling saw their hard work turn into wins where they could get them, improvement throughout the season and another state qualifier.
School district not laying off full-timers with budget fix
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · April 14, 2016
Todayís article is the first in a series of three communications designed to update stakeholders regarding the ongoing strategic work happening in the West Branch School District.
Editorial: Music keeps growing, going
Opinions/Editorials · April 07, 2016
So much has been said about music, but we need to say something specific about it here, in West Branch: Donít let it end.