It started with a simple Christmas gift.But Lucas Gremler, about 12 at the time, didn’t just put the yo-yo from his grandparents in a drawer after trying a few mostly unsuccessful Walk the Dogs and Loop the Loops.Instead, he started checking out YouTube videos breaking down different yo-yo tricks....
A ribbon cutting ceremony during halftime of Panorama's football game Friday honored school, community and business leaders who guided the efforts from start to finish of the new athletic complex in Panora.
The Panorama Community came together Friday, August 28, to celebrate the new, splendidly green turf, at the high school’s new football stadium.The night started with the Booster Club Membership BBQ where hundreds enjoyed a dinner with the fixings before the first home football game of the season....
Panorama Elementary School students and teachers say the Pledge of Allegiance during a flag raising Tuesday, the first day of school.
It included crayons, Minions and giggles.But the first day of school at Panorama Elementary School started out on a serious note, with the continuing tradition of a flag raising to mark the first day.Mike Arganbright — an Air Force veteran and Veterans of Foreign Wars member — and Robert Laidley —...
Panorama principal Mark Johnston and wife Danielle, a kindergarten teacher at the school, will celebrate 21 years of marriage on August 6. The couple say they are humbled by the support they have received from their Panther family since Mark's diagnosis of esophageal cancer in December.
Sitting in a colorful classroom inside Panorama Elementary School, Mark Johnston cracks a smile with his wife Danielle, a kindergarten teacher in the building, over a daily text message he receives from a friend.“Some are not appropriate, but those types of things brighten your day and make you...
Jake Kemble switches to electric guitar for his final song at Panora's fourth annual Art in the Village June 13.
When he was about 12, with rock classics on the brain, Jake Kemble saved up $99 to buy a guitar and amplifier. He took them home and started playing. At first, it wasn’t always pretty, his father, Scott Kemble, recalled with a laugh. “I told my wife, ‘If that little boy ever makes anything that...
Bacon makes everything better. The second annual “BACooN Ride” — a 72-mile cruise on bicycles around the interior loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail — certainly sizzled in Guthrie County on June 20. The salty, fatty, flavorful food was everywhere as riders traveled from Waukee to Adel, Redfield...
Deb Moylan (left) and Mardi Russell have been running Abigail Annie's, a home decor, gift and antique shop and interiors business, for 15 years in Panora. The store is holding an open house June 18 and 19.
Resting on a plaid armchair, a battered sign lists “Man Cave” rules.They include: “Women by invitation only. Best way to be invited: Bring alcamahol; show up naked.”It’s one of the more quirky items available for sale at Abigail Annie’s Interiors, a home decor, gift and antique shop and interiors...
Sharing a booth with Barbara Vaske (right), Christina Catron adds beads to pendants she sells during the fourth annual Art in the VIllage, held June 13 at the Guthrie County Historical Village.
Scattered among old train cars and buildings, Iowa artists sold their wares. Musicians performed for an audience lolling on the grass, their mics, amps and cords strung across makeshift stages in front of an old post office and law office.The Guthrie County Arts Council’s fourth annual Art in the...
Doris Bennett and grandson Travis Geopfert, pose for a picture at the Drake Relays in 1999. Geopfert is a two-time Drake Relays champion in the decathalon.
Doris Bennett knows a little bit about the Drake Relays.Bennett, 77, who has local ties to some big-time track and field enthusiasts from Panora, hasn’t missed the world-class track meet held every April in Des Moines in 48 years.This spunky, sport-loving grandma and her late husband, Pete, turned...
 Joe Hanner, Guthrie County Conservation Board Director, points to a map located at Leon Mill Park in Panora that shows the Middle-South Raccoon River Water Trail. One trailhead starts down the Middle Raccoon River at the Lenon Mill Park  and stretches 36.5 miles. The other begins on the South Raccoon River at Nations Bridge Park nine miles south of Panora and runs for 34.2 miles. Hanner promotes outdoor activities in the county.
Joe Hanner is from Guthrie County, so its only fitting the director of the Guthrie County Conservation Board (GCCB) would promote outdoor activities in the county.    “There’s a lot to offer in Guthrie County regarding outdoor recreation and natural resources,” said Hanner, who grew up at Stuart...


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