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God Squad’s Easter Egg Hunt proves fun for all Saturday

Posted April 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

Friendship Assembly of God hosted its annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt April 4. The hunt was for ages up to five-years-old. The weather was perfect for the event held at Hawarden’s gazebo. Hawarden Fire Department and police department brought vehicles.

    Join Hawarden librarians in celebrating Library Week

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    Val Haverals

    Celebrate National Library Week with the Hawarden Public Library on April 12 – 18.

    This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilites @ Your Library!”

    The week begins with the librarians participating in a literary event for the young child sponsored by WeeCare. On Monday, April 12, librarians will be at the Hawarden Community Center from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Make sure to stop by

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    News from Alcester-Hudson by Tim Rhead

    I know I’m a little late on this one but I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter. Hopefully, everyone was able to spend some time with their families and get a little rest. We traveled to my wife’s nephew’s place near Conde, S.D. This was the first time I’ve been to that part of the state. It was a nice area and many people had already been in the fields up there. I think it’s a little dryer up that way so they were able to get in the fields quicker.

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    WS receives 2013-2014 audit

    by Steve Peterson

    Graham Forbes of Williams & Company Certified Public Accountants presented the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 audit March 23.

    “We have audited the school for the last several years. The gist of the audit process is for us to give an opinion on the school’s financial statements. The opinion states in our opinion, the financial statements contained in this document are fairly presented in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities. That is an unmodified

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    WS Jazz Choir receives ‘Excellent’ rating

    The West Sioux Middle School Jazz Choir traveled to Norfolk, Neb., on Monday, March 23 to compete in the Northeast Jazz Festival.

    The two-day festival is held on the campus of Northeast Community College. The Choir competes in the open Middle School Division of Show Choirs and Jazz Choirs.

    This year the Jazz Choir earned a rating of “Excellent” for their performance.

    The choir performed “One Note Samba,” “Drive My Car” and “Blue

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    Bushby set to serve as Hawarden ambulance director

    By Steve Peterson

    Cathy Bushby, a 1994 alum of West Sioux High School, is the city’s new full-time Hawarden Ambulance Service Director. Except for college, Bushby has lived all her life in Hawarden.

    “Our staff is just glad to have it over and move forward on a united front,” said Bushby, approved to be director at the March 25 city councilors’ meeting.

    One goal Bushby

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    Foot Care Clinic to be held in Alcester

    Nathanael Parish Health Ministry is offering foot care at Nathanael Lutheran Church in Alcester on Monday, April 13. Anyone needing foot care is welcome to come. Professional screening, assessment, education, and treatment will be provided by Faith Kinkner, RN, who is trained and certified in foot care. Treatment includes toenails clipped and filed, electric grinding of thick nails, corns; and calluses buffed, plus blood pressure. The cost is $25.00.

    To register for the Foot Care Clinic, sign up on the sheet at the message board in the

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    Ireton Elementary presents spring concert

    By Steve Peterson

    Ireton Elementary School presented its annual concert March 26 at the West Sioux High School gym with Grades TK-1 students.

    Jill Orban, Music Specialist, led the students with the help of Accompanist Janet Smit.

    Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Deanne Dekkers, Shannon Chaffun, Mary Schiefen and Kristine Marco sang “Loco-motivation;” “Everybody Says” and “Train is a Comin.’”

    Kindergarten and first graders of Michelle Swanson

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    WS School Board approves FY 2016 budget

    By Steve Peterson

    The West Sioux School Board met March 23 Board members, following a public hearing when no comment was received, voted unanimously to approve the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget, which is due by April 15.

    The tax levy rate was approved for $17.50 as proposed, which is an increase from $17.33 in FY 2015, and the 10-year low of 16.6 in FY 2007 and a high of $24.43 in FY 2009.

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    Students step forward for inclusion at PLUS forum

    By Steve Peterson

    When John Vandenburgh first asked for high school students to join him at the microphone and explain things which may need improving at West Sioux High School, only two students responded.

    The Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) leader asked a second time and explained why students did not show support initially.

    Then one row of students stepped forward and soon almost the entire auditorium of Grades 9-12 came forward in

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