West Branch

• Residents of West Branch Village could see changes in their water bills in the future if the City Council agrees to combine West Branch Village’s wastewater treatment with the city’s new system. Currently, West Branch Village and the city have separate water treatment processes and pay accordingly. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources in December sent the city a new permit with more stringent guidelines for the city’s wastewater treatment system. The city must meet the new guidelines by 2020 and cannot do it with the current lagoon system. West Branch Village expects to get its own new guidelines soon. — West Branch Times


• Orange Elementary School students took part in a Read-A-Thon last week. The 350 students took pledges and read for one week raising more than $16,000. Half of the money will go directly to classrooms to buy books. More than 198 students raised $25 individually and won the prize of taping the principal to the wall during the ROAR assembly. Kara Oberhau raised the most individually with $475 which earner her “Principal of the Day.” Little did she know as principal she would be taped to the wall right along side the adult principal. — Hudson Herald


• Leaders in both the Colfax-Mingo and Baxter Community School Districts reached a sharing agreement for the position of curriculum director for the 2018-19 school year. The contract, approved by the Colfax-Mingo school board Monday, concludes more than six months of negotiations between the two districts. With Baxter already having a curriculum director, it was a great opportunity for C-M to fill the key educational position it has not had for many years. — Jasper County Tribune


• It’s five days of “Teen Fandom Pandemonium” at the Marion Public Library, just for teens. The library is celebrating Teen Fandemonium Week every afternoon of spring break March 12-16 from 2:30-5 p.m. Community teens voted for their favorite fandoms during the past few month, and the top five selections will be featured during the week. Teens visiting the library that week will watch related movies and TV shows, play geeky games, make some fandom-inspired crafts and nosh on food fit for the biggest fans. Fandom topics selected are: DC/Marvel, Anime, Doctor Who, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. — Marion Times