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VBS held at First Baptist Church

Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm

by Steve Peterson

Hawarden churches’ annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) concluded Aug. 1. This year’s event was held at First Baptist Church with the “Weird Animals – Where Jesus’ love is One-of-a-Kind” theme. About 120 children, ages transition kindergarten to Grade Five, participated. Participants sing to start one of the sessions.

Molly Morgan, with stuffed animal, “sprays” her group with imagination in one small group setting. She was assisted by Holly Dekkers.

Katie Anderson and Christine Strong coordinated Hawarden VBS.

    Tractor Poker Run fun to help bring wall here

    The Sons of the American Legion and Calliope Village will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Hawarden Tractor Poker Run on Saturday, Aug. 30 as part of Big Sioux River Days.

    Participants will gather at Calliope Village at 8 a.m. and leave at 8:30 a.m.

    It is open to all ages of tractors, minimum MPH is 10; with an extra seat for a passenger.

    Entry fee is $35 per single and $40 per

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    School days start include ‘active shooter’ drills

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Grades 6-12 students and staff are off to a strong start for the school year.

    “We had our tornado, fire drill and active shooter drills this morning. Staff received the information on ALICE and this year we shared it with the students,” said Grades 6-12 Principal Ryan Kramer.

    The first two days were late start class schedules.

    Changes in this year’s

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    WS approves levy, school calendar

    By Steve Peterson

    The West Sioux School Board held a public hearing July 21 regarding an Instructional Support Levy (ISL) and voted to continue the levy for another five years.

    “It’s an extremely important source of revenue for the General Fund, about $250,000 a year. There are two types of school districts in the state, those that have the ISL and those that will,” said West Sioux Shared Superintendent Randy Collins.

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    WS board renews Instructional Support levy

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board held a public hearing July 21 regarding an Instructional Support Levy (ISL) and voted to continue the levy for another five years.

    The vote was 4-0 with Board Member Tim McKenney absent at the time.

    “It’s an extremely important source of revenue for the General Fund, about $250,000 a year. There are two types of school districts in the state, those that have the ISL and

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    Auction benefits Old City Hall restoration

    The Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society will be hosting its second annual online auction in its effort to restore the Old Hawarden City Hall.

    The online auction bidding will be from Tuesday, Aug. 26 through 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2, depending on the category. Beyer Auction & Realty, www.beyerauctionrealty.com will handle the auction and registrations.

    An open house viewing of items will be at Old City Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.,

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    Lauters receives Eagle Scout

    By Dodie Hook

    It’s the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouting: Eagle Scout. Brian Lauters of Hawarden attained that goal as he was presented with his Eagle Scout badge Aug. 10 in Hawarden.

    Surrounded by family, friends, and Scouts from Pack 209 and Troop 209, Lauters received his medal from his Scout Master Roger Johnson who was assisted by Assistant Scout Master Dick Dunn. Lauters named both these men as his mentors.

    To

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    WS alum creates mobile tech business

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A summer job with the City of Hawarden has led to a West Sioux Class of 2011 alumnus to a “Shark Tank” television show casting call.

    Ryan Martinez, the son of Randy and Amy Martinez of Sioux Falls, S.D., worked last summer with the Hawarden employees.

    “I noticed we weren’t getting enough work done that we could have been doing,” said Martinez. “Not that it was anybody’s fault. It’s

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    Former Hawarden man’s new trial decision reversed

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A Hawarden man, serving life in prison for a 1995 murder conviction, lost an appeal for a new trial.

    A jury convicted Guillermo Escobedo of first-degree murder, willful injury and assault in the Jan. 14, 1995 death of Justin Younie who also was from Hawarden. Another man, Co-defendant Cesar Herrarte was also convicted in this case.

    Escobedo had petitioned the court for “post-conviction relief…asserting ineffective assistance of trial counsel

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    School year set to dawn at West Sioux

    By Steve Peterson

    Summer is nearly over as school begins Thursday, Aug. 14 for West Sioux Community School students.

    Teachers have been coming back to their classrooms preparing them for the first day as well as custodial staff have been working hard on making the buildings shine inside and out.

    “We’ve had a smaller senior class so there is a strong probability that we’ll have larger numbers this year, although it won’t be

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