On December 28, 1846, Iowa was granted official statehood. Since then, towns have come and gone, names have been established and changed, and some of the wildest stories have taken place right down the street. Linda McCann has researched those wild stories and become one of Iowa’s most proli…

Remember when we were kids and adults always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” What started as a mermaid, ninja and dinosaur in kindergarten turned into an athlete, president and actor in middle school, which then turned into more attainable careers like accountant, nurse and…

Wartburg College recognized 494 students who were named the 2021 Winter/May Term Dean’s List. Local students recognized, were: Caleb Andrews of Center Point; Alexa Coller of Center Point; Michael Holtz of Center Point; Carlea Jones of Center Point.

Kylee Trimble, Alburnett, and Garron Barber, Center Point, were among more than 10,500 Iowa State University students recognized for outstanding academic achievement. They were named to the spring semester 2021 Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point ave…

Iowa State University recognized 4,798 spring graduates on May 7 and 8. Students had the opportunity to attend in-person ceremonies and celebrations at Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium, which were livestreamed for those who preferred a virtual option.

This spring, some 5,300 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students received their degrees under extraordinary circumstances. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to upend traditional educational practices across campus and the country, the 2020-21 academic year…

At the Senior Night, May 18, Allyn Miller and Jim Carver presented students with Alburnett/Otter Creek Lions Club Scholarships. Pictured from left: Allyn Miller, Raegan Heims, Shane Neighbor, Rhea Armon, Megan Neighbor, McKenna Parker, Hunter Caves, and Jim Carver. Students will receive $300…

The Friends of the Center Point Library annual used book sale will be Friday June 11, 3 – 7 p.m. and Saturday June 12, 9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. in the library community room. Hardcovers are $1, paperbacks are .50 cents and children’s books .25 cents. There will be a special sale of books and colle…

More than 10,500 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2021 Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum…

Close to 50 students from Central City Schools volunteered their time during the school’s Community Service Day to help clean and plant flowers at a couple of local attractions.

If you’ve ever gone to Mt. Clark cemetery or seen it from the road over any Memorial Day weekend, the flag display is spectacular. This display is the result of hard work by Central City’s dedicated American Legion Post 421 members who gladly take on the almost daunting task to decorate vete…

Peyton Kriegel of Center Point was named to the University of Sioux Falls’ Spring 2021 Dean’s List. Kriegel is majoring in Biology. Kriegel was among more than 600 students named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

American Legion Post 421 led the Memorial Day ceremony at the bridge in Central City with support from the Central City High School band playing patriotic music. Fire trucks blocked off the bridge while the ceremony took place. Pastor Vicki Engelmann offered a prayer for deceased veterans as…

Wildcat readers! It is time to say our farewell for the year. The Wildcat Scratch will not be putting out new editions until next school year. We appreciate each and every one of our readers and we hope you will return to reading our students’ writing after our summer hiatus.

On Sunday, May 23, Central City held a graduation ceremony for the graduating class of 2021 in the new gym. Principal Jason McLaughlin, followed by Superintendent Dr. Tim Cronin, Valedictorian Emma Fritcher, and Matt Miers, spoke at the ceremony congratulating the class of 2021.

School’s out for the summer! A perfect daytime getaway is a fishing trip to a pond or lake in your neighborhood. Find a fishing spot near you with our Fish Local map, then keep the experience fun and positive with these handy tips:

Two local students were named to the Harding University dean’s list for the spring 2021 semester: Abby Riggs, of Center Point, is a Senior elementary education major; and Andrew Sleege, of Center Point, is a Sophomore accounting major.

Abigail Riggs of Center Point recently received a diploma at Harding University’s Spring commencement ceremonies May 7-8. She received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. Harding University is a private Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas.

The Iowa Base of the United States Submarine Veterans recently met at the Walker American Legion Hall Post 376.

On Thursday, May 20, the North Linn state track qualifiers headed to Des Moines to compete on the Blue Oval at Drake Stadium. Freshman, Skylar Benesh, was the only athlete that competed on Thursday. She competed in the long jump and placed 8th in the state. Then, Benesh performed well in the…

There was plenty of excitement, and chirping, at the Linn County Fairgrounds May 18, as local 4-H members and family members attended the first 4-H Broiler Chicken Project coordinated by the Iowa State Extension and Outreach Linn County 4-H.

Gluten-free diets are a necessity for people who have Celiac’s Disease, a condition that causes an immune reaction in the small intestine from eating gluten. This reaction causes damage to the small intestines that can lead to pain and other symptoms. Going gluten-free also is a choice for p…

On May 14, the North Linn boys and girls varsity track team traveled to the district meet in Belle Plaine. For the girls’ team, the distance medley relay automatically qualified for the state meet, with the runners, Jaden Benesh, Kaitlyn Sommerflet, Olivia Rauch, and Macy Boge at a final tim…

On Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, Central City performed Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. for an excited audience. School House Rock Live is based on the popular 1970’s show Schoolhouse Rock! The musical and show alike use catchy songs to teach about history, science, English, etc.

Brent Winterhof retired from Center Point-Urbana at the end of the 2018-19 school year but he has remained active with the school. Winterhof remains as an announcer on Stormcast broadcasts but his passion project has been the creation of Center Point-Urbana historical website.

On Tuesday night, May 11, art projects lined the halls of the school and walls of the library. Art students showcased the projects they made throughout the school year. Some of the projects included clay sculptures, self-portraits, shading drawings, and pastel creations.

This summer the Coggon Ecumenical Council will again provide a sack full of mostly non-perishable items for any area residents that are sometimes food insecure. This summer’s program called Food For Folks will begin Saturday, June 5th, and continue on Saturdays through August 21. Pre-packed …

Groups of “coffee lovers” met at the Historical Hall for a free cup of coffee this past week and were treated to freshly baked, homemade cinnamon rolls donated by Harold and JoAnn Annis.

The Friends of the Center Point Library annual Book Sale is Friday, June 11, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hardcovers are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents and children’s books are 25 cents. There will be a special sale of collectibles and books from late Librar…

Two long-time American Legion Ray Post 376 of Walker members were recently recognized with the Continuous Service award. Past Dept. Commander, Mike Etzel, Marion, was on hand to present the awards to Grant McKee and Clarence Reierson. McKee’s wife, Marcella, accepted the award for her husban…