Middle schoolers perform at choir festival

Posted March 18, 2015 at 8:35 pm

By Steve Peterson

West Sioux Middle School hosted its annual Vocal Festival March 3.

Adam Orban, chorus teacher at Sheldon Community Schools, was the clinician. Jim Gullickson, West Sioux Choral Director, organized the event.

West Sioux Sixth Grade Choir sang “Happy” and “YMCA” to begin the show.

Akron-Westfield’s Sixth Grade Choir, under the direction of Ryan Schuknecht, performed “Let There be Song” and “We’re the Men.”

Akron-Westfield’s Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir sang “Misty Morning” and “Pretty Little Angel Eyes.”

West Sioux Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir sang, “Count on Me” and “Counting Stars.”

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    WS hosts Quiz Bowl

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux High School hosted the War Eagle Conference Quiz Bowl March 7 featuring eight teams.

    Gehlen Catholic beat South O’Brien for the championship. Gehlen Catholic beat Unity Christian in one semifinal, and South O’Brien beat Remsen-St. Mary’s in the other semifinal.

    West Sioux’s varsity squad of Shania Marienau, Taylor Lauters, Logan Veen-Stege and Nathanael Bunge had two wins and 940 points. Tom Dorhout

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    Students enjoy Read Across America Carnival

    Hawarden Public Library held its Read Across America Carnival for West Sioux Grades TK-5 students on March 10 and 11 at Hawarden Community Center. Students earned points to participate by reading books, explained Library Director Val Haverhals. About 30 volunteers pitched in for the two days, with Grades 2-5 on the first day and TK, Kindergarten and first graders the second day. The carnival was sponsored by the library, Peoples Bank and Hawarden Community Foundation. Tom Nabity was in costume as the “cookie mouse” and three West Sioux

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    Hillcrest hosts Winter Ball

    Hillcrest Health Services and Mica Hill Estates held a fun annual Winter Ball on March 6. Queen Eldora VanDenBerg and King Earl Kooi reigned.


    New Life Christian Bookstore celebrates 25 years

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Chamber of Commerce congratulated New Life Christian Book Store on its 25th year of business in downtown Hawarden. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 12.

    “It was a dream my patents, Larry and Peg Nelson, had,” said manager Lynn Van Ballegooyen, a West Sioux High School alum.

    The store opened in 1990.

    Store hours are,

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    Ten WS speech contestants headed to state

    West Sioux high School had 13 students compete in 17 performances on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the District Individual Events Speech Contest, which was held at West Lyon.

    They earned 13 Superior “I” ratings and four Excellent “II” ratings. The students with “I” ratings advance to the state competition.

    Of those advancing, three students are performing in two categories at State Individual Events Speech Contest on

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    Allen wins by five votes

    By Steve Peterson

    Payne A. Allen was the unofficial winner of the Hawarden City Council seat, according to Sioux County Auditor’s Office.

    There was an election day tie in votes cast at Hawarden Community Center with Allen and James Feldhacker each receiving 90 votes. Allen had 12 absentee votes to seven for Feldhacker, so Allen won, 102-97.

    Rodney Matz had 35 votes and four absentee votes for 39 total votes.

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    Many enjoy KC’s fish fry

    St. Mary Catholic Church Knights of Columbus hosted its popular annual fish fry, catered by Central Catering, on Feb. 27 at the Parish Hall. Knights of Columbus members working the fish fry included (l-r:) Dave Larsen, Dick Dunn, Ivan Huenink, Curt Winterfield, Robert klocke, Mark DeSutter. John Feldhacker, Jim Feldhacker ad Greg Schumacher. In back is Bill Feldhacker.

    Councilors discuss Electric Upgrade Project funding

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Feb. 25 meeting Hawarden councilors voted 4-0 to approved a resolution to set a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 on proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Electric Distribution Improvement Project: Phase II Construction.

    “We bid the materials and they came in well under budget, about $100,000 under the estimate,” said Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker. “We bid those early because it takes about 12 weeks for

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    Chamber showcase, craft fair set for Saturday, March 14

    More than 40 businesses, not-for-profits and crafters are anticipated to participate in the Hawarden Home Showcase & Craft Fair, sponsored by the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, March 14.

    The event will be at the West Sioux High School gym from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a concession stand and door prizes.

    If the weather cooperates, it’s a great way to break the “cabin fever,” said Chamber Director Cathie Brown.

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