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Thursday, February 2, 2017
At the annual Leon Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet on Thursday, February 2, 2017, two outstanding community members were honored for... Read more
Monday, September 12, 2016
by The Leon Journal-Reporter The Decatur County Development Corporation is excited to welcome its new Executive Director, Shannon Erb. Erb replaces Ethan Pitt, who... Read more
Sunday, September 11, 2016
by The Leon Journal-Reporter Attention Leon citizens…the City of Leon Administrator position has been filled. In fact, we have a 1991 CD graduate back in town to take on... Read more
Friday, September 9, 2016
Don’t miss out on the annual CD cross country glow run/walk Saturday, October 1 (Saturday of Homecoming) at 7:45 p.m. You can run or walk the 5K or 1... Read more
Thursday, September 8, 2016
The community of Leon and Central Decatur School District has a lot to be excited about at Central Decatur with the new facility upgrades and... Read more
Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Central Trail FFA Chapter will host their annual truck and tractor pull on September 24 at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. The event will begin at... Read more
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
by The Leon Journal-Reporter The Leon RAGBRAI Executive Committee reports a successful event in Leon, closing the books in the black! Income: Beverage Garden -... Read more
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Highway Walkers Media, an adventure documentary film company based in Leon, IA, will screen their film, “Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm” in a free showing at the SCIT Theatre, Sunday... Read more
Sunday, August 7, 2016
To show our appreciation to the community of Leon -- residents, businesses, local non-profits, food vendors, and volunteers -- the RAGBRAI Executive... Read more
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The Leon Community Theatre presentation of State Fair is this weekend at Leon SCIT Theatre!  Friday, August 5th at 7pm Saturday, August 6th at... Read more
Monday, August 1, 2016
by Keegan BethardsLeon Journal-Reporter July 26th, the day there were more bicycles in town than citizens. If you happened to take a look out your window last Tuesday, you may have noticed the few... Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
LAYOUT OF DOWNTOWN SQUARE FOR RAGBRAI:   Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 25 a large portion of the square will start closing to the... Read more
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Please join us for a participatory planning process on broadband technology and community vitality in Leon, including group work sessions and networking that... Read more
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
July13, 2016 The Decatur County Community, The City of Leon Police Department and the Central Decatur PTO are hosting a school supply and backpack... Read more
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Several entities have partnered together, pooling their resources to continue to provide meals for seniors in the Community of Leon. These community partners include... Read more
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The Happy Hippy, owned by Kari and Cory Byrd, opened on Tuesday, June 21 at 306 N Main Street (the old telephone office) selling herbs, t-shirts,... Read more
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The 2016 Fourth of July Parade theme will follow the RAGBRAI theme of "Leon Was Born to Stand Out." Line-up and registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. at... Read more
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Advanced Tickets for the Leon Rodeo, July 1, 2, 3 and 4 are on sale now. Adult tickets are $6 ($7 at the gate) and children's tickets are $5 (ages 3... Read more
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Be sure to check out the hanging baskets around the downtown square in Leon! Huge THANK YOU to Yutzy's Greenhouse in Decatur City for donating all of... Read more
Sunday, March 20, 2016
In an effort to involve as many local vendors as possible, we will also be offering for local non-food vendors to set up in the community center during... Read more
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Food and Vendor Application   RAGBRAI Volunteers Needed - Sign Up Form RAGBRAI will be coming to our town for an overnight stay on Tuesday, July 26.... Read more
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The Leon RAGBRAI Executive Committee, Committee Chairs, and Law Enforcement met with other RAGBRAI town representatives on Thursday, March 10 in Des Moines. The purpose of this meeting was to learn more about... Read more
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
You may receive calls from people asking about RAGBRAI housing arrangements. We ask that you direct them to RAGBRAI has... Read more
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Leon Jr. League registration is taking place NOW and is open until March 11. The forms are available on the Leon Junior League Facebook group. Contact... Read more
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
To help raise the $25,000 in matching funds for the Leon Noel Park, a Schwan’s Cares Fundraiser has been set up. The project is for the Leon Noel Park to... Read more
Monday, February 22, 2016
Article by The Leon Journal-Reporter Lady Cards on to State! Will Play Western Christian Monday night, February 29beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in... Read more
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Rotary Club of Decatur County held their 90th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, January 30th at the Leon Golf and Country Club! Back Row: Chris... Read more
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
2014 Citizen of the Year Maggie Lindsey presented the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award to Naida Hill. "Choosing the next citizen of the year was a challenging task for myself and the other past... Read more
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Decatur County 4H County Council and From the Ground present the 5th annual Sweetheart Dinner on Saturday, February 13, with the dinner being served at... Read more
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The big announcement was made last Saturday evening that Leon would be an overnight stay for RAGBRAI 2016. The annual bike ride is taking the southern route... Read more
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
For the third straight year, South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) announced that citizens will have an opportunity to win $1,000 for the... Read more
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Go APE (After Prom Events) committee of junior and senior parents is hosting a fund raiser supper and silent auction on Friday, January 22, from 5:30 p.m.... Read more
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
by Superintendent Chris Coffelt Even though construction has stopped due to the onset of winter, the District continues to make progress toward completion... Read more
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The State Farm Insurance office has completed its move and is now located at 102 W. First St., Suite 1, in Leon. State Farm Insurance has been serving... Read more
Sunday, January 10, 2016
  Information Compiled by The Leon Journal-Reporter, Inc. January 7 ... The Decatur County Hospital acquired a MCI trailer that could be used for... Read more
Saturday, December 26, 2015
The Leon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Citizen of the Year Celebration will be Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Leon Golf and... Read more
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
1st Place: Bob and Elizabeth Hamilton 2nd Place: John and Jane Chaillie 3rd Place: Lila Deemer Read more
Friday, December 18, 2015
The City of Leon, in conjunction with the Leon Visioning Committee, has been awarded a $50,000 DEKKO Foundation grant to make improvements at Leon’s... Read more
Thursday, December 17, 2015
In order to continue to support the multiple community events that Chamber sponsors throughout the year, our membership dues have had a small increase.  The Leon Chamber of Commerce is collecting... Read more
Sunday, September 20, 2015
There is now a community “Little Free Library” located at Decatur County Hospital by the Emergency Department! Hospital staff will be getting it all stocked up with our... Read more
Monday, September 14, 2015
Decatur County Hospital, Decatur County Public Health, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, and Decatur County Community Services are partnering... Read more
Monday, August 31, 2015
Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Decatur County Prayer Shawl Ministry has been hand making and providing prayer shawls to patients at Decatur County Hospital. The ministry is a... Read more
Friday, August 14, 2015
Click Here for Picture from Day 1 Click Here for Pictures from Day 2    Due to the efforts of many community groups and individuals, the Masonic Park, ... Read more
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
There's a new person in charge at the Decatur County Development Corporation, and he is excited to get started! Ethan Pitt is the new director of the Decatur... Read more
Friday, July 24, 2015
Whether you drive a car, pickup or a semi, you can count on having a mechanic shop to go to. There are several in the area, and Hill's Automotive is one that... Read more
Friday, July 17, 2015
Decatur County Hospital has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems (AAHHS) with zero deficiencies. Accreditation... Read more
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Decatur County Hospital is pleased to announce that as of Monday, July 13, Eugene Yoder, ARNP, became a full-time advanced registered nurse... Read more
Thursday, July 9, 2015
A sum of 757 contestants contended for the top prize money during the 53rd Leon Rodeo, on a bright and sunny Fourth of July weekend. This figure continues to rise... Read more
Thursday, July 9, 2015
True Value, a business that was once on the town square, has relocated! The new store, Gilbert True Value, is a subsidiary of Gilbert Home Comfort. This True... Read more
Friday, July 3, 2015
Loring Miller was this year’s Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshall. He was followed in the parade by fellow Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Decatur County. Loring is... Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
 Well, it's not brand new, but in case you didn't know, The Cutting Edge, featuring Dylan Hill as the well-known barber in town, has made his home here in Leon joining his... Read more
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Decatur County Freedom Rock Dedication was held last Sunday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. The dedication was planned to be outside, but due to inclement... Read more
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Thanks to generous grants from GRM Networks and Net INS, we have purchased a drinking fountain at Leon Noel Park (Little League Fields). Thank you so... Read more
Monday, May 25, 2015
The Leon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Dark Dream Tattooing on Thursday, May 14th. Address: 106 N. Main StreetPhone: 641-223-3188Hours of operation: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tattooing and piercing is offered Pictured: Maggie Lindsey, Dan Greenhalgh (artist), Shane Akers, Tim Hutchson (co-owner... Read more
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Thank you again to everyone who came out yesterday for the Community Clean Up and Project Day! It was successful and a lot of fun! These are just some... Read more
Sunday, May 3, 2015
The Leon Chamber of Commerce received a $300 grant from the South Central Iowa Community Foundation, as well as $327 from Leon's New Horizons, Inc.... Read more
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Today, New-2-U presented a check to the Leon Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $327 to go towards Chamber's hanging basket project. The money originally... Read more
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The Decatur County Freedom Rock was unveiled Wednesday, April 22, by ceremoniously removing the large tent covering it with local Veterans and Boy Scouts being among the first to view it. Even though... Read more
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Leon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 2 for Amber Hill Photography at 303 N. Main Street, Suite 1. Back row: Larry... Read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Fusion Studios -- Owner Kat Akers Read more
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2013 Citizen of the Year Heidi introduced the 2014 Citizen of the Year, "The 2014 Citizen of the Year hails from a farm in small town Iowa. Though the Citizen... Read more
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Shane Akers, President; Kolton Hewlett, Secretary; Maggie Lindsey, VP; Marcia McAlpin, Treas. Read more
Thursday, January 15, 2015
January 1... Thieves targeted chain saws in four break-ins at two Leon businesses, Barker Implement and Leon Plumbing and Hardware. Barker Implement and A&M Green Power merged to form Agri-Vision. The merger of... Read more
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Congratulations to the following Leon Noel Winners! Read more
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Decatur County's Freedom Rock was deliveredin October. Donations are being accepted at the Decatur County Development Corporation. Painting on the... Read more
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Farm Bureau has been offering a plethora of services to their customers for almost a century. On December 29, 1917 Farm Bureau chose Leon as its home... Read more
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Leon City Council finalized the city administrator contract with Greg Crocker on Thursday, November 13, during their regular council meeting. Greg was born in... Read more
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
H&R Block has been servicing the Leon community since 2005 with the goal to keep tax services in Leon and to establish the business as a community run... Read more
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The Leon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Hour Place, a new convenience store located at 210 E 1st Street, on Thursday, November... Read more
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Roy Havens, a self-employed insurance agent, could be called many things: charismatic, a jokester and most importantly knowledgeable about his... Read more
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Congratulations to the prize winners at the Leon Fall Festival! Read more
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
A relaxed mood and lots of personality grab your attention when you enter The Style Studio, owned by Shannon Gentry.  "They say in beauty school that customers... Read more
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Cutting Edge is more than just a place to get your hair done or to get a quick shave, it's a place where friends meet.  "They aren't just customers, they're... Read more
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Two, bright friendly faces greet you once you enter the office of Johnston Realty that has been servicing the community of Leon since 1996. Jim... Read more
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
M & M Welding, located on 404 National Street in Decatur City, has provided welding and custom metal designs to the Decatur County area since the... Read more
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Leon MFA Agri Services is more than just a store where farmers can buy their supplies, it’s a community of farmers. "We’re an organization built by farmers for... Read more
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Little River Inn Motel, currently owned by Monty and Laura Beemer, greets visitors with friendly hospitality and a charismatic atmosphere that helps draw travelers near... Read more
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Central Decatur School District has been a huge part of Leon since the school district consolidated in 1955. The school district currently consists of... Read more
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The sales and services AgriVision provides the community of Leon has been apart of the Decatur County area since 1936; however, it hasn’t always been known as... Read more
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Commercial Roof Coatings, LLC has been serving the Decatur County area since 1983. Ivan Stoltzfus started his journey by working on his family farm... Read more
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett The Leon City Council met for their regular meeting on Thursday, July 10, at 7:00pm in the council chambers. It was reported that... Read more
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett Opening on April 1, 2005, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa (CHCSI) has been serving the community of Leon for just over 9 years.... Read more
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
by Cait DeMoss Westside Tire and Service has been serving the community of Leon for sixteen years. It was established by Garland Draper in 1998 at the... Read more
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Doug Kouba was selected by the parade committee as the 2014 Leon 4th of July parade Grand Marshall. Kouba was recruited to Leon in January of 1967 to be a... Read more
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
by Cait DeMoss Beachy’s General Store, owned and operated by Crist and Marlene Beachy and family, has been serving the community of Leon for the past three... Read more
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Ever been locked out of your car, home, lock-box? Call Leon Lock and Key at 446-6362, and your problem will be fixed in no time. Leon Lock and Key is owned... Read more
Sunday, June 22, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett The Leon City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, June 23, at 7:00pm in the council chambers. City Clerk Angie Blades... Read more
Sunday, June 15, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett The Decatur County Hospital Board of Trustees met in the hospital administrative board room on Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m. Trustees... Read more
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett The Leon City Council met for their regular meeting on Thursday, June 12, at 7:00pm in the council chambers. The department heads gave... Read more
Monday, June 9, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett Leon Car Wash and Laundromat, located at 201 East 1st Street and owned by Jason and Cayle Buckingham, has been re-serving the community of... Read more
Monday, March 31, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett  Casey’s General Store has been serving the community of Leon for the past 37 years, originally coming to town in 1977. Casey’s has been located at their... Read more
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett The Little River Lake Road that connects Highways 2 and 69 by the Little River Lake is in dire need of repair. The center line of the... Read more
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett For the past thirty years, Jack DePond Insurance has been providing services for people all across Iowa. Jack moved from Polk County to... Read more
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
by Kolton Hewlett  The Leon City Council met for their regular meeting on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00pm in the council chambers. The department heads all... Read more
Monday, January 13, 2014
Barker Implement and A & M Green Power have announced the agreement to merge two of Iowa’s premier John Deere dealers. The merger will create a company well... Read more
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
On Thursday, January 9, the Leon Chember met at the Leon Golf and Country Club for their annual banquet and Citizen of the Year Celebration.  2012 Citizen of the... Read more
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
A look back at community news for January 2013 - with thanks to The Leon Journal-Reporter staff for providing the information. January 2...  Jean Campbell,... Read more
Friday, November 29, 2013
by Kolton Hewlett For almost fifty years now, Westview Acres Care Center has been providing our community with a quality service for the elderly. Westview Acres... Read more
Monday, October 14, 2013
by Kolton Hewlett State Farm Insurance has been serving the community of Leon for over twenty-seven years now.  Originally they were located in Lamoni.  Since they had several clients... Read more
Monday, September 23, 2013
by Kolton Hewlett Terrace Park Assisted Living has been serving our community for over thirteen years now.  Terrace Park was built in 2000 due to the need in our community for a... Read more
Saturday, August 10, 2013
by Kolton Hewlett Opening in 2005, ALCO Discount Store has been serving our community for the past eight years. With 217 stores in 23 different states across the... Read more
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
 by Kolton Hewlett The Leon City Council met for their regular meeting on Thursday, August 8, at 7:00pm in the council chambers. The department heads all gave reports on... Read more
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
by Kolton Hewlett             On Thursday, May 2, a variety of community members, past and current educators, concerned parents, businessmen, council members, and library staff met in the council chambers at 7:00pm... Read more
Friday, April 26, 2013
by Kolton Hewlett On Saturday, April 27, the Leon Chamber of Commerce hosted their Leon Community Clean Up Day.  Their goal was to involve as many people as possible in order... Read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
For nearly fifteen years Marilyn Saxton, owner of South Central Cellular, has been serving Leon's community's cellphone needs…and it all started because of an... Read more
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The birth of Denny's Plumbing in Leon occurred in 1994, under the owners of Denny (2nd generation owner) and Beth Hearron. Leon became their location of... Read more
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
As one of the fifteen original Hy-Vee stores to be opened, Leon Hy-Vee has served the community of Leon for over seventy-five years. With a goal to provide "good... Read more