• On Feb. 3, the PCM Foundation/Endowment will host the Seventh Annual “A Night of Trivia” contest/games for teams. It will be in the banquet room at Fore Seasons Golf Practice Center on Highway S74 S, north of Reasnor. The group is hoping for 25 teams to compete with cash prizes and door prizes to be awarded. Cost of the trivia extravaganza is $100 per team with each team consisting of no more than eight players. — Prairie City News


• The Geise Park Development Project took a major step forward Dec. 14, an engineering students from Iowa State University shared a presentation at city hall to help finalize Baxter Hometown Pride Committee’s master plan. The design preserves the park’s storm water collection function while adding a few new features including a splash pad, an amphitheater, a traditional playground, a picnic shelter, additional off-street parking and a nature play area. — Jasper County Tribune


• The Hudson Elementary School received a “Commendable” rating from the Iowa School Report Card, improving their overall score for the third year in a row. Not to be outdone, the secondary school continues it’s trend as one of the highest performing high schools in the state, rated in the top nine percent of high schools statewide. One of the most impressive metrics in Hudson’s data is its graduation rate which hovers between 99-100 percent. — Hudson Herald

West Liberty

• More than 1,400 people rode the railroad between West Liberty and Durant on Sept. 30 thanks to the Iowa Interstate Railroad, Durant and West Liberty Fire Departments. The train made four trips between West Liberty and Durant, dropping off and picking up passengers accordingly. Each trip was packed with more than 360 travelers. All the money raised in West Liberty went towards a new ambulance. The West Liberty Fire Department made around $7,000 to $8,000 for the cause. — West Liberty Index


• Girl Scout Troop 9432 from Wapello got into the spirit of Christmas on Dec. 19 as they headed to the local food pantry and volunteered to help pack Christmas dinner bags. Many of them were excited to help “organize” the assembly line process of packing the bags. Knowing they were helping families in need gave them a good feeling. — Wapello Republican