Wakeman is Hawarden’s new Finance Officer

Posted October 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Pam Wakeman is Hawarden’s new Finance Officer. She began her duties in July. See complete story in this week’s (Oct. 12) Akron Hometowner.


    WS board picks Sellers as its new board director

    by Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board now has a full board.

    That was the purpose of a special board meeting Oct. 3, where Thomas Sellers was appointed. Sellers won by a 3-1 paper ballot over Ivan Schreiner and Ryan Maher, all three being Hawarden residents.

    Sellers began his term at the Oct. 10 meeting and will serve until the September 2017 school board election.

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    Much more than smashing up cars

    By Julie Ann Madden

    To the 1,100 spectators, it may have been just a fun-filled, action-packed Saturday night Sept. 3 in Hawarden.

    But underlying the annual Demolition Derby is the community betterment it does for the residents of the Hawarden community, according to Hawarden Derby Club Chairman Darin Noyes.

    While 43 drivers did their best to smash their competitors’ cars to smithereens and

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    Prosper program helps WS Middle School families

    By Steve Peterson

    This school year West Sioux officials continue to offer PROSPER (Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) and Strengthening Families Program for ages 10 – 14 Middle School students, their families as well as community.

    Donna Mills, West Sioux PROSPER Team Leader, made a presentation at a Hawarden Chamber of Commerce coffee, hosted by the school, Sept. 29. The program is offered through Iowa State Extension’s Orange City office.

    “We are

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    Ireton community turns out for fire department fundraiser

    Ireton Fire Department member Chris Mueller holds up a limited edition .22 calibre gun auctioned off by auctioneer Doug Houlton at the Ireton Fire Department auction. This gun’s bid was for $5,000.

    The event Oct. 1 at Ireton Community Center raised about $70,000 for the department’s new fire truck purchase. A total of 114 bidders participated. A meal was also served.

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    Montes, Topete wear Homecoming crowns

    By Steve Peterson

    Lucero Montes was crowned queen and Isaac Topete king for the 2016 West Sioux Homecoming Sept. 20.

    Montes is the daughter of Maria Montes of Hawarden. Her activities include wrestling cheerleader for three years; golf for one year; soccer for two years and National Honor Society for two years.

    Topete is the son of Fernando and LaRae Lopez

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    Hawarden Fall cleanup Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

    Hawarden Citywide Fall Cleanup will take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at 13th Street and Avenue D dump site.

    Times will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the site will be monitored. Nothing is to be removed from the site.

    No building construction site rubble will be allowed.

    No batteries, paint, paint thinners, oil, chemicals, or other hazardous materials are allowed. Disposals of these can be made during the

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    Housing funds available to Sioux County residents

    Since its inception in 2009, the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund has awarded 21 housing grants and 27 combination repayable loan/grants to Sioux County households. Money remains available to assist low and moderate income homeowners with eligible repairs.

    Eligible repairs include, but are not limited to, basic structural repairs such as roofs, windows and siding. Electrical upgrades, furnace replacements and plumbing repairs are also deemed eligible along with septic tank improvements, hot water heater replacements and lead-based paint reductions. Weatherization such as insulation and handicap

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    Thompson: WS’ TLC efforts off to strong start

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Sept. 12 meeting,West Sioux School Board members received a report on the district’s Teacher Leadership Compensation efforts from Teacher Lead Jan Thompson. TLC has been offered to teachers since early August.

    “So far we have had 43 contacts with teachers which have blown the expectations away. We expected 10 contacts,” said Thompson. “Instructional coaching is a voluntary thing for our teachers. They don’t get told that they have to meet with an instructional coach.”

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    Loan refinancing OK’d

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden City Councilors approved authorization of a preliminary official statement to refinance 2011 Electrical Project bonds.

    The vote at the Sept. 14 meeting was 4-0. Councilor Payne Allen was absent.

    “DA Davidson Inc. of Des Moines will create a final official statement and take it to the market place to try and get interest rates locked in,” said City Administrator Gary Tucker.


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