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West Sioux Homecoming Royalty

Posted September 30, 2015 at 8:20 pm

West Sioux Homecoming Coronation took place Sept. 22 in the West Sioux gym with announcer Nic Engleman. During the program, Jeanna Negaard was awarded the Spirit Award for all her support of the Falcons. Other events during the ceremony were Camyron Ballard singing “Bright;” the Newly Royal Game where the royalty candidates answered questions about each other; and Falcon Philosophy along with the crowning of the King and Queen.

The entire court consists of (Front Row l-r:) Taylor Pies, daughter of Tim and Kristi Pies; Margaret Jamtgaard, daughter of Danelle Jamtgaard; Queen Amanda Mace; Allyson Westra, daughter of Darrell and Lorna Westra; Jordan Steckelberg, daughter of Richard and Ashley Steckelberg; (Back Row l-r:) Jett Boyer, son of Aaron and Joyce Boyer; Justin Negaard, son of

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    More candidates than seats in Hawarden, Ireton, Chatsworth

    By Steve Peterson

    The deadline has come and gone for candidates to have their names on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballots.

    The following candidates have filed as of the Sept. 17 deadline:

    In Hawarden: for mayor, incumbent Ric Porter. For Council Member, incumbent Travis Olson, Derek Allen, and John Feldhacker, candidates for two seats Terms are for four years.

    For Hawarden Regional Healthcare Board of

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    EDC: Loan needed to repay spec building

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors heard a proposal from the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for financial assistance at the Aug. 26 regular meeting.

    Chamber of Commerce President Michelle Klocke made the presentation on behalf of the Chamber and the EDC regarding future financing of the spec building located in Hawarden’s south industrial park.

    Councilors voted 4-1 to continue discussions about the loan with the EDC on Sept. 9.

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    ALICE training conducted for WS Grades 6-12

    By Steve Peterson

    On the second day of classes West Sioux Grades 6 – 12 students learned their options if an active shooter situation ever were to be at West Sioux. It is known as ALICE: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

    “We did it internally with students. In the first phase students were told over the loud speaker that there was an active shooter in school and they had to barricade their classes. Myself and a teacher went around

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    Hawarden man sentenced for distributing child pornography

    A Hawarden man who distributed child pornography was sentenced Aug. 19 to 13 years in federal prison. James Ney, age 33, had pleaded guilty to one count distribution of child pornography. Ney admitted that, in 2013, he distributed child pornography to others.

    In addition to prison, a special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Ney must also serve a five-year supervised release. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

    This case was prosecuted by

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    WS School Board has two new members

    By Steve Peterson

    According to unofficial results from the Sept. 8 school board election, these were the results for West Sioux Community School Director seats.

    In District No. 3, write-in candidate Larry Gregg received 162 votes and six were scattered.

    In District No. 4, Danielle Gradert received 168 votes and six were scattered.

    In District No. 1, Russell Coons received 163 votes and two were scattered.

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    WS Board approves 1 more Multi-Age class teacher

    By Steve Peterson

    With an additional 11 fourth and fifth grade students enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year, West Sioux School Board unanimously agreed to hire one additional Multi-Age Fourth-Fifth Grade classroom teacher.

    Action came at a special school board meeting Aug. 20, six days before the new school year starts and after registration Aug. 18. Any staff member could apply.

    The West Sioux Elementary School in Hawarden had 64 Fourth Grade students

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    West Sioux calendar of events

    Sept. 18: Early out Friday for staff development.

    Oct. 16: Early out Friday.

    Nov. 3 and 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences.

    Nov.6: No school following Parent-Teacher Conferences.

    Nov. 13: Early out Friday.

    Nov. 25 – 27: Thanksgiving holiday, no school.

    Dec. 23 – 31: Christmas Break, no school.

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    WS staff learns mental health issues plan

    By Steve Peterson

    Thanks to a federal grant West Sioux Community School District staff members received training in the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) system just before the current school year began.

    “We will be training 125 teachers this year and next year. Next year we’re training the Akron-Westfield staff. This is a two-year grant we received from the Department of Health and Human Services, Project Aware, Now is the Time,” said At-Risk Coordinator Laura Hensley.

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    Westfield man seeks mayoral seat

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A Westfield resident announced his intention to seek the mayoral seat at the Aug. 25 council meeting.

    Mike Tadlock, who lives at 321 Union St., has been a Westfield resident for five years.

    “I’ve always contemplated the idea of being mayor,” Tadlock told The Akron Hometowner. “With Mayor Bill Hummel choosing not to run, I thought this would be the opportunity for me to run for mayor and make

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