The family of Eugene Kipp are pleased with a new community memorial park in Yale that has been started in memory of their father and grandfather, a longtime member of the community who passed away last fall. PIctured are (from left) Kevin Kipp, Paige Kipp, Theresa Kipp, Heidi Kipp, Kendall Kipp, and Ron Eike, owner of Wood Duck Tree Farms, who donated a variety of eight trees for the memorial park.
Eugene Kipp will continue giving to the community of Yale for many years to come.  Kipp, who spent 25 years working for the city of Yale, passed away on November 14, 2015, at the age of 71. A Community Memorial Park has been established with the planting of eight trees in his memory.  Ron Eike,...
This year’s graduating class at Panorama High School should have included 69.  Those accepting their diplomas this year made sure to honor their former classmate, Dominic Higgins, who died in 2013 at the age of 16.  The majority of them had “Dom” lettered onto their caps.  They mentioned him in...
The Moylan family — (from left) Lynnea Andersen, Pat, Deb, Devan, Shaun and Shane Andersen — visits Muckross House in Co. Kerry, Ireland, during a family trip in 2013.
It’s all green at the Moylan household this time of year.For this Panora family, St. Patrick’s Day has always been something to celebrate. But more than that, in a traveling nod to the family’s Irish heritage, its members have visited Ireland — one more than 20 times.Pat and Deb Moylan of Panora,...
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...


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