ATLANTIC – Produce in the Park will host Christmas Market at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic on Thursday, Dec. 23 from 3-7 pm. This holiday farmers market is being held just two days before Christmas, so shoppers can enjoy delicious local foods on Christmas day. Christmas Marke…

ATLANTIC — Due to the chance of winter weather around the corner, the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department will begin closing all the Sunnyside Roads Friday morning on Dec. 10. The closed roads do not mean then end of fun at Sunnyside Park. Stay tuned for all the winter recreation availa…

ATLANTIC — A variety of local performers sang and performed a number of holiday favorites duing a Holiday Concert on Sunday night.

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SOUTHWEST IOWA – Akin Building Center is trying to bring a little light to people in need as part of the “Operation Be The Light” program.

CASS COUNTY – After months of discussion on whether to vacate part of 570th Street in Brighton Township, and replace a bridge there with a box culvert, the Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to do so on Tuesday morning.

CASS COUNTY – The Cass County Board of Supervisors agreed on Tuesday to create a tax abatement policy for commercial and industrial property in unincorporated parts of the county, and will consider approval of it after the policy is written.

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education today awarded four $1 million competitive grants through the Career Academy Incentive Fund to prepare more high school students for success in college, postsecondary training and the workforce.

The Cass County Conservation Board’s annual Turkey Coloring Contest Winners were announced last month. The contest was held between Kindergarten Students in Cass County and first, second and third place was awarded in each class. Pictured are Griswold contest winners.

CASS COUNTY – The Cass County Board of Supervisors will consider an economic development policy for commercial or industrial startups in the county after resident Kim Comes inquired if the county had any kind of tax abatement for new county businesses.

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Staff at the Atlantic Chamber announced the winners of the lighted parade held Saturday night. Best Overall went to Heritage House-A WesleyLife Community; Best Holiday Spirit went to Villa Dance Company, and Best Use of Lights went to Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

ATLANTIC – The recount of the mayor runoff election votes will be held on Friday, according to Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman.

ATLANTIC – The annual reconciliation check for the city of Atlantic, for Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds, came in a little higher than normal in November — at $177,000, it is the third largest reconciliation check the city has received.

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EXIRA — While Christmas trees and lights are an integral part of celebrating the holiday, and families take care to decorate and light up their homes, Exira goes all out, with the help of local residents and the Exira Community Club.

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A recent report detailed widespread supply shortages at IDOC prison commissaries around the state. Soap, deodorant, detergent, writing materials, thermal shirts, socks, underwear and canned meat and noodles are all in short supply.

Officials at the Atlantic Police Department are warning residents to be aware of a Medicare scam that is going around the area again.

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ATLANTIC – The Atlantic archery team kicked off the year hear at home Saturday, Dec. 4, with the largest tournament in the home Atlantic archery invitational with 427 archers signed up.

Amy Coenen, assistant vice president of ag and business banking at TS Bank in Atlantic, has successfully completed the 2021 Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) Introduction to Commercial Lending, which was held in Cedar Rapids on Oct. 18-20.

ATLANTIC- Cass County Public Health is holding a vaccination clinic on Friday, Dec. 3 at Cass County Public Health from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This walk-in clinic will provide Moderna booster vaccinations only.

About 3.3 million American households have children under 6 years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards. Even low levels of lead exposure can result in damage to the brain and nervous system, learning and behavior problems, growth and development, hearing and speech problems an…

LONDON (AP) — Tech tools like digital contact tracing apps and artificial intelligence that European governments rolled out to combat COVID-19 failed to play a key role in solving the pandemic and now threaten to make such monitoring widely accepted, a new report shows.

MORSHYN, Ukraine (AP) — A small spa town in western Ukraine is standing out in a European country where only 29% of the people have received COVID-19 vaccine shots, and locals credit their community spirit for fending off the worst of the pandemic.