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In 1931, a decade after Farmers State Bank in Yale first opened its doors, bank employee Jay W. Hemphill arrived at the bank and was confronted by two robbers who had hidden there during the night.They demanded that Hemphill, and later employee W.R. Hitchens when he arrived, give them money from...
At the age of 91, Bea Wright of Panora, attends her first caucus event Monday night. Wright, who lived 40 years in Missouri, said she was intrigued by Iowa's caucus system. Bea and her husband Bill reside at Lakeside Village in Panora.
Bea Wright admits she had to look up the definition of “caucus.”After learning about the gatherings of fellow party members to discuss presidential preferences, elect local party leadership and determine their preferred presidential candidates, Wright attended her first Iowa caucus Monday night at...
Clint Deardorff greets one of the two bulls in his herd of Highland cattle near Yale.
When Clint Deardorff drove up the driveway at a breeder’s facility several years ago and saw the Highland cattle, mirroring his memory of the animals he’d seen in the Scottish Highlands a decade before, he fell in love.He had to have them.And now he does, working as one of just a few Iowa farmers...
A Farmall Super H tractor is split in half as Panorama student Kylie South works to restore it in Evan Babcock's ag mechanics class.
The tractors scattered around the ag mechanics shop at Panorama High School are in various states of repair.Some brightly painted and others still awaiting a fresh coat after being disassembled several times, they all represent hours of work.“This one’s deeply in progress; this one’s almost done;...
Joan Fredricksen, teacher librairan at Panorama Elementary School, listens to students share letters they received from soldiers in Germany at the school Monday afternoon. Third, fourth and fifth grade students sent handwritten letters to the soldiers prior to Thanksgiving.
When Panorama third grade student Joel Cooper wrote letters to soldiers in Germany this November, he wasn’t sure if he should expect a response in return.“I’m really surprised,” Cooper said when more than 100 letters from the soldiers were handed out to students at the elementary school Monday...
Rick Holbrook donated one of his kidneys to his wife Trish on December 9, 2015. The Panora couple have been married 28 years and say they look forward to getting back to life following the transplant.
When Rick and Trish Holbrook met 30 years ago, they knew they were right for each other.When Trish learned she needed a kidney transplant this year, the couple confirmed just how deep their bond goes.On Dec. 9, Rick gave one of his kidneys to his wife.“We have been married 28 years; it was only the...
The sign on the door says it all.“We’re closing. Our last day of business at Panora Oil & Car-Go Market will be December 31, 2015.”Now in its 42nd year, the business was purchased by Kim Lubeck from Lawrence Royer in May of 1974.So why is he selling? “Because it’s time,” Lubeck says without...
Ryan Johnston shares a message with a packed auditorium at Panorama high school where family and friends gathered for a Celebration of Life service for his brother Mark Johnston on Monday, December 7.
Craig, Steve and Ryan Johnston honored their older brother, Mark, like only three little brothers could — with laughter, tears and no small amount of ribbing.Hugging one another after each one became choked up onstage, the Johnston brothers, all Panorama high school graduates, lead their brother’s...
Local 4-H Club members help kids create holiday wreaths at the Panora Community Building Saturday during the Panora Chamber's Breakfast with Santa and Friends event.
A community effort led by the Panora Chamber drew hundreds of children and parents to the Panora Community Building Saturday, December 5, to meet with Santa and Friends over pancakes.“I’m going to ask for a new farm set, “ said seven-year-old Carter Young of Yale, as he approached Santa after...
Students indicate their favorite Republican presidential candidates on paper ballots during a Youth Caucus held last Thursday at Panorama High School.
Guthrie County students are on about the same page as those in the rest of the state in whom they support for president, a mock caucus event showed last week.But they tended to support female candidates — Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton — more than their peers around the state.The event, held at...

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