Guthrie County Vedette

Panora native and Panorama High School graduate Travis Geopfert has logged a lifetime on the track and field scene.As a prep at Panorama — almost 20 years ago — he  was a member of the school’s first state track championship in 1997. The Panthers placed in six events at Drake Stadium in Des Moines...
There was a loving and caring energy inside Panorama Elementary school last Friday as special guests, the grandparents of second graders, filled the hallways.Panorama celebrates Grandparents Day annually with a special school day where grandparents are welcomed into their grandchildren’s classroom...
Ismael Galvan Jr. sat in the driver’s seat of his minivan with his family and watched as flames rolled from the former Carmen’s Mexican Restaurant building in Panora on Saturday afternoon.  The fire was a training for the Panora Fire Department.“I didn’t know this was happening today,” Galvan said...
Once again the Panorama school chose one of its own to be a principal. A 2004 graduate of Panorama, Elizabeth (Gerlich) Ratcliff of Panora was hired by the school board last Thursday at a special meeting. She will also serve as the school improvement coordinator. Ratcliff has been Dean of Students...
The structure of the Premier Tech Solutions being constructed at 218 Main St. in Panora
A new business will join Panora’s Main Street as a local provider for websites and technology help by the end of the summer.  Although only a skeleton of a building now, the soon to be 1,200 square foot structure at 218 Main St. will be Premier Tech Solutions in a matter of months.  The joint...
Forty years ago, an adult education class was held in Panora to teach local residents how to make stained glass. While most of the other students chose a simple suncatcher as their first project, a woman named Linda Burgess decided her heart was set on making a stained glass window. As a child, she...
Lake Lumber owners Tom and Sharon Neel are shown with Tom’s mother Dorothy in the company’s kitchen showroom.
Lake Lumber in Panora will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017. How the business survived to that ripe old age, while many independent lumberyards went out of business, includes a lot of interesting stories. Sit with Dorothy Neel, her son Tom, and his wife Sharon for an hour, and the stories...
Cathy VanGundy has been spreading the word of God for 14 years - nine at Hope Parish Churches and her remaining five at the United Methodist Church in Panora.  She gave her last sermon Sunday, June 26, as she officially retired from her position as pastor. VanGundy has had quite the career since...
Panorama golf team members (from left) coach Hal Rossow, Will Babcock, Aaron Klinge, George Appleseth, Max Monthei, Reid Cobb, Adam Hackfort and coach David Van Ahn hold a state chamion pennant and trophy following a win at the Class 2a state golf meet on May 28. The Panthers defended their 2015 title by nine strokes over St. Edmond and Kuemper Catholic.
Repeating shots is a golf trait that usually leads to low scores. Repeating rosters, at least at the high school level, can work, too.  Panorama, led by players who were with them a year ago, successfully defended their Class 2-A boys state golf championship Saturday at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort...
Damon Owen loved baseball.  He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and grew up cheering for the University of Missouri. His passion and drive led him to play baseball at both St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus and later Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.  While in college...

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