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  • ARMED ROBBERY: Des Moines Police Investigate

    Des Moines Police are searching for the person who robbed a hair salon on Sunday night. Police were called around 8:30 p.m. to Confidence African Hair and Beauty Supply at 1602 E Grand Avenue on reports of an armed robbery. A man in a mask came in to the shop with a gun and demanded money from the shop, according police. The suspect left with an unknown amount of money and took off in a car. Police are still investigating […]

  • December 15, 2013

    For more information on Remote Area Medical or to find out more on how to help the Philippines, visit the RAM website here.

  • AQUARIUM FIRE: Small Blaze At Dubuque Museum

    Authorities are investigating what caused a fire in a Dubuque Aquarium Saturday morning. The fire started just before 2:30 a.m. at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  Firefighters said the small fire started on the second floor but was quickly put out by the museum’s sprinkler system. The small fire only caused minor damage and none of the people or the animals at the museum were harmed. Investigators said they do not yet know the cause but they do […]

  • JOHNSTON DEVELOPMENT: City Explores New Project

    The city of Johnston is hoping to improve NW 70th Avenue. The city held a public meeting on Dec. 4 at the library to discuss the potential improvements to the road.  Johnston is interested in developing the area for when the city builds a new high school in the area. The city is gathering input from residents on the possibility of improving NW 70th Avenue from the west city limits to NW 86th Street.  Along with general information on the […]

  • HOLIDAY FUN: Jingle In The Junction

    The city of West Des Moines is getting ready to celebrate the final Jingle in the Junction of the year. The holiday celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday with horse and trolley rides in Historic Valley Junction.  Then at 6 p.m. there will be balloon art, circus performances and themed activities for the family. There will be ice carvings at 6:30 p.m. and of course, Mistletoe Bingo.  Bingo starts at noon and ends at 9 p.m. For a […]

  • December 12, 2013

    There’s still time to sign up for the Special Santa event this Saturday.   The Special Santa event lets kids with special needs talk to Santa in a calm environment. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Iowa Events Center.  You can sign up for the Special Santa event on the website here. Tickets for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival go on sale Thursday.  There are 12,000 tickets available for the festival, but they will likely […]

  • December 9, 2013

    The artwork up for adoption next year as part of the Ames neighborhood art program can be viewed from the city of Ames website here.

  • MORNING FIRE: Clive Home Catches Fire

    Authorities are working to determine the cause of a house fire in Clive. The fire started around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at 10516 Juan Calle Street. Officials at the scene said they believe the fire may have been caused by the home’s gas fireplace, but won’t know for sure until their investigation is complete. The damage to the house was minimal and no one was injured in the fire, according to officials.

  • CENTSABLE HEALTH: Baking Substitutes For Holiday Treats

    Fareway Dietitian Whitney Packebush said experimenting with your recipes while baking can be tricky.   But Packebush did have some tips to help make baking your favorite holiday treats a little healthier. For example, instead of using heavy whipping cream, you can substitute fat-free evaporated milk.  You’ll end up with the same consistency in the end. Packebush also recommended using two egg whites instead of one whole egg because it cuts down on the fat, cholesterol and calories.  Another easy swap […]


    A new kind of book club is getting ready to take over Ames this winter. The Story County Conservation’s Environmental Literature Club is registering new members for an environmental book discussion. The group will discuss one book each month, starting in January with Terry Tempest William’s “An Unnatural History of Family and Place”.  The literature club continues in February with “Encounters with the Archdruid” by John McPhee and finishing up in March with Michael Pollan’s “Second Nature”. The group will […]

  • PET LICENSES: Ankeny Residents Can Now Apply

    Ankeny residents can now purchase their pet licenses for 2014. Pet licenses, which are required for all cats and dogs, are just $10.  The pet licenses help ensure that if lost and animal control finds your pet, they can return your dog or cat to you. The licenses are required to be renewed each year but owners caught without a pet license could be fined up to $100. Ankeny residents are currently allowed up to four dogs or cats per […]

  • HOLIDAY PARTY: Johnston To Host Annual Bash

    The city of Johnston is getting into the holiday spirit a little early this year. The annual Johnston holiday bash is this Saturday at the library.  The party will kick off with Santa but will include the Johnston High School Madrigal Singers and the Summit flute and clarinet choir. Along with crafts and games, party-goers can also decorate Christmas cookies or join in the gingerbread house contest.  The party will wrap up with the official lighting of the tree in […]