• A Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held Sept. 10 for brothers Jake and James Maakestad. Along with sister Jakota, the brothers are triplets. The ceremony was held at Meier’s Pond, just west of Hubbard. The Court of Honor was held underneath the shelter that James and Jake directed the construction of as their Eagle Scout community project. The boys worked with the Hardin County Conservation Board with the details of the project, raised money for construction expenses and helped with the actual building and finishing of the shelter. — South Hardin Signal-Review

New London

• New London Skatepark Association received its first grant towards bringing a skatepark to town. On Sept. 12, Teresa Roberts received a check from Kelly Carr, Healthy Henry County Communities coordinator. The Skatepark Association was awarded a $4,500 grant from Healthy Henry County Communities. — The New London Journal

West Liberty

• West Liberty, a community of 3,500, is the sixth safest city in the state of Iowa according to the 2017 SafeWise Report. Every year SafeWise identifies the “20 Safest Cities in Iowa.” Last year West Liberty ranked 16th. A lot of that has to do with the community looking out for each other. For the report SafeWise reviews the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics, along with population data for every community in Iowa with a population of more than 3,000 residents. The report evaluates the number of violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.) — West Liberty Index

Madison County

• Madison County has received a lifesaving grant. The Lucas Assist Device for Cardiac Arrest Program grant will provide LUCAS devices for the county at a value of around $60,000. A LUCAS device is a portable, electrically powered lifesaving tool for CPR. It delivers at least 100 compressions per minute, according to the ambulance service director and it never gets tired. — Winterset Madisonian