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Panorama recognizes the top of it's 2018 graduating class during commencement on Sunday. In the top 10 percent are (from left) Nicole Rolfes, Jensen Wilke, Carson Fisher, Madison Fear, and salutatorian Devyn Kemble, valedictorian Samuel Webster.
Graduates decked out in navy blue caps and gowns marched into a packed Panorama high school auditorium for commencement on Sunday afternoon. The high school choir performed special music, a senior slide show was played, and awards presented.  Seniors Jensen Wilke and Samuel Webster delivered the...
Panorama recognizes the top of its 2018 graduating class during commencement on Sunday. In the top 10 percent are (from left) Nicole Rolfes, Jensen Wilke, Carson Fisher, Madison Fear, and salutatorian Devyn Kemble, valedictorian Samuel Webster.
Graduates decked out in navy blue caps and gowns marched into a packed Panorama high school auditorium for commencement on Sunday afternoon. The high school choir performed special music, a senior slide show was played, and awards presented.  Seniors Jensen Wilke and Samuel Webster delivered the...
Dive team members from the Southwest Iowa Dive Team were on scene Friday morning, May 18, doing their best to locate a missing boat occupant that fell into the water at Lake Panorama in Panora on Thursday evening. The body of 22-year-old Kenton Greaves, a student-athlete at Grandview University in Des Moines and from Brooklyn, New York, was recovered from the water on May 19 at 2:12 p.m.
Dive team members recovered the body of 22-year-old Kenton Greaves from Lake Panorama on Saturday afternoon.  Greaves, a native of New York, and a student-athlete at Grand View University in Des Moines, fell into the water while boating with friends on Thursday afternoon, according to a press...
Pete D’Alessandro
Our interaction with Iowa 3rd Congressional District Democratic candidate Pete D’Alessandro stretches back into the 1990s. Pete is that rarest of political breeds: he does what he says he will. He’s earned our trust. In that respect, and many others, Pete D’Alessandro hews to the legacy and...
Anthony Kokakis, founder of Yoga Flexer, developed the product to help give his wife, Janie who was a Division I track athlete at the University of Northern Iowa, a way to get back in shape after the birth of their first child.
Anthony Kokakis recalls his wife’s fitness accessories spread all around their house with limited use.  “The house was a mess,” he said. “I’m looking at all these accessories and there’s no structure, she’s not using them.” He thought, “I need to roll them into one, right now, I need to figure out...
Enjoying the annual Senior Tea hosted by the Women's Service Organization in Panora and honoring Panorama senior girls and their guests are (back to front) Nicole Rolfes and mom Paula, Jensen Wilke and mom Kendra.
    It's that time of year again when seniors begin entertaining thoughts of graduation and life after high school. The Women’s Service Organization (WSO) in Panora recognized that fact in their annual event to help Panorama high school senior girls prepare for the transition.  The WSO, a group...
Julie Fulton (left) and Sue Bump are opening Reshape, a fitness studio at 111 1st Street in Panora. A variety of classes, including kickboxing, spinning and yoga, will be available seven days a week. The first classes will be held this Sunday, April 29.
With a love of fitness and a desire to challenge others, Sue Bump and Julie Fulton, are opening Reshape LLC in Panora.  Located at 111 1st Street, in the old Treasures building, just across the street from the Panora Public Library, the beautifully renovated fitness studio will offer a variety of...
ParadisePad comes in a variety of sizes and ranges in weight from 30 to 35 pounds. The pads hold between 900 and 3,000 pounds, depending on the size, and range in price from $300 to $700 per pad.
A father-son business making a big splash got its start at Lake Panorama.  Mike Hayden and his son, Austin, created ParadisePad, a foam water raft designed for water enthusiasts in 2011. Seven years later, the company is a world-class operation with thousands of boaters choosing to float in...
Music has always been a passion of Greg Simmons, band director at West Des Moines Valley high school. Mix in the art of teaching music to young people, and Simmons has found a secret to success.  A Panorama high school graduate, Simmons is in his sixth year as a band director at Valley. He’s in...
Three  Panorama high school graduates met in a chance encounter in Pompeii, Italy. They are (from left) Elly Arganbright, Grace Arganbright, Allison Schafer. The Arganbright sisters were touring Rome over the Thanksgiving break and bumped into Schafer who is studying abroad in her final semester as a student at the University of Iowa.
A chance encounter brought three small town girls from Panora together on the other side of the world during a recent overseas adventure.  Elly and Grace Arganbright, daughters of Tom and Page Arganbright of Panora, were touring Italy together over the Thanksgiving holiday when they ran into...

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