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‘It Just Got Better’ officially opens with ribbon cutting

Posted November 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

“Everything just kind of feels better when you’ve gotten something new,” said It Just Got Better store owner Brittni Nohava at her newest venture’s Hawarden Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Nov. 13.

“Life just got better,” she said, explaining how she picked her business’ name. “If you get a new chair, it just got better.”

Nohava has opened a unique “New to You” store at 809 Central Avenue. She buys, sells and trades items as well as takes consignment items.

One will never know what they’ll find when they walk in the door.

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    WS begins TLC implementations

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Oct. 22 meeting, West Sioux School Board members heard a presentation on the Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC) process from Tina Wahlert and Sue Peterson of T & S Consulting Inc.

    West Sioux was approved for $240,000 in TLC funding from the Iowa Department of Education and West Sioux officials hired T & S Consulting to coordinate the process.

    Teachers interested in being part of the TLC team attended

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    City election costs noted

    According to Sioux County Commissioner of Elections Lisa Rowenhorst, the Nov. 3 election costs were the following:

    • Hawarden: $2,146.51;

    • Ireton, $1,575.39 and

    • Chatsworth, $1,279.08.

    No recount requests were filed by the Nov. 13 deadline.

    Ireton veteran speaks to students

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Middle School and Ireton Christian School students heard a presentation from Ireton Veteran Donald Mulder about his Vietnam War experiences.

    He said he enjoyed his talk with the students, who included two grandchildren, Miranda Mulder and Brady Hawkins.

    “I was in the Air Force 185th Refueling Wing. We were activated in May of 1968 and served until May, 1969,” said Mulder.

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    Special Needs parenting set at Hawarden Library

    Jolene Philo will give a presentation on parenting children and adults with Special Needs and Post-Traumatic-Stress in children at Hawarden Public Library at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the meeting room.

    Philo is the daughter of a disabled father and the mother of a child with Special Needs. After 25 years as an elementary teacher, she left education in 2003 to pursue writing and speaking.

    Since then her articles have appeared in regional and national publications including “Focus

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    Jacobs tops Cain by one vote for Hospital trustee

    By Steve Peterson

    The closest election result was one for the final Hawarden Regional Healthcare Board of Trustees’ post.

    Incumbent Kathy Jacobs beat Dan Cain, 209 to 208 votes. James Feldhacker gained the most votes, 317 and Matt Hummel was second with 254 votes, according to unofficial results from the Nov. 3 election.

    Hawarden Results

    For Hawarden mayor Ric Porter had 368 votes, and there were four

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    Coilcraft land request OK’d by Council

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Oct. 14 meeting, Hawarden councilors approved a request by Coilcraft Inc. to purchase a lot in the Hawarden Industrial Park, near the former Staples building which is now used by Coilcraft.

    The vote was 4-0 with Councilor Travis Olson absent.

    “Following Coilcraft’s purchase of the former Staples building at 505 Industrial Road, for safety reasons I looked for a way to keep some of our equipment off Iowa

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    WS School board receives enrollment report

    by Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Shared Superintendent Randy Collins provided information on the school district’s enrollment, which was reported to Iowa Department of Education Oct. 1.

    For the 2015-2016 school year, West Sioux has 819.10 students in actual enrollment, up from 785.10 students in last year’s actual enrollment, a gain of 34 students.

    Collins made the report at the Oct. 22 school board meeting.

    Each student

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    Start planning for Chamber’s Festival of Trees

    Hawarden Chamber of Commerce Retail Community Events Committee will be hosting its Festival of Trees at Hawarden Community Center, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.

    Set up will be on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. Tear down begins at 3 p.m., Dec. 5.

    The Chamber has a limited number of trees available to be reserved for designers. Otherwise, participants will supply their own tree.

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