January 23, 2015 - 11:12 am - Posted in Community Calendar

orange city arts council (2)ORANGE CITY – The fourth annual An Evening of Dance will feature preschoolers through high school students, dancing at the Unity Christian Knight Center Saturday, Feb. 7.

The dance teams from MOC-Floyd Valley High and Unity Christian High, and students from Just For Kix and Robin’s School of Dance will present an hour-long show.

The 7:00 p.m. performance will feature a variety of dance styles, under the leadership of dance instructors Melissa Knobloch, Katrina Roeder, Marissa Wiese and Robin Van Es Dohrer.

Unity and MOC-FV will be performing separately on Feb. 7, but also one dance together. Four ensembles from Robin’s School of Dance will perform. And, of course, the young dancers from Just for Kix will steal the show.

Dance titles include Riptide, Make it Shine, Clap Your Hands, Splish Splosh and Fever.

The show is a celebration of the art of dance, said Becky Donahue, coordinator of the show for the Orange City Arts Council. Many families are part of the dance community, but each year the Arts Council offers An Evening of Dance, to share the dancers’ talents with the broader citizenry.

Seating is reserved this year, and tickets are required for everyone who is not dancing in the show. Tickets may be purchased at the Orange City Chamber windmill office, from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Admission is $4 for adults, free for students through college.

An Evening of Dance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. For more information, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Or see www.orangecityarts.net.

formal dress wrist corsage prom_sxcOperation Prom is a day of pampering and “shopping” for a free dress for girls who need them on Saturday, February 7, at the Sioux Center First Reformed Church Family Life Center. Private appointments can also be made when registering online at www.frcsc.org/operationprom.cfm.

Anyone with a dress to donate may drop it off at the Sioux Center, West Sioux, Central Lyon, Western Christian, or Unity Christian High School offices any school day between 8:30-3:30. If you have questions, call Kayla at 712-441-3999.

January 19, 2015 - 1:23 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

unity logoUnity Christian High School is hosting an Open House for parents of middle school students on Thursday, January 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come for an informal information night about the school.

January 15, 2015 - 2:13 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

sioux county sheriff emblemAPPLICATIONS FOR ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF DEPUTY SHERIFF for Sioux County may be obtained from the Personnel Director of the Sioux County Civil Service Commission, P.O. Box 18, 210 Central Avenue SW, Orange City, Iowa 51041, Sioux County Website (siouxcounty.org), and also the Sioux County Sheriff’s website (siouxcountysheriff.com). Application packets will be available, Friday, January 9th, 2015 GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS Applicant must be a citizen of the United States. Must be able to speak, read and write the English language. Applicants must be between the ages of eighteen and sixty. APPLICANT MUST FURNISH: Current Iowa Driver’s License, birth certificate, military discharge papers, high school diploma (or equivalency). Applicant must also provide a physician’s statement which indicates that the applicant is physically capable of performing the duties of a deputy sheriff. Written, agility, drug and psychological tests are required.Full details of qualifications are not set out herein. For more information, consult the Personnel Director for the Civil Service Commission. FAll applicants must return signed application with ALL attachments to the Personnel Director by 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2015. If submitting application by USPS, it must be postmarked by Monday, January 26, 2015. Time and place of examination will be made available to each applicant. Time and place of examination will be made available to each applicant. Testing date is MONDAY, FREBRUARY 9TH, 2015.

January 13, 2015 - 3:00 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop to maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification scheduled for February 3 at the Sioux County Extension Office. Applicators can choose to attend the session scheduled from 9:30 – 11:30 am or 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Applicators should call the ISU Extension Sioux County office, 712-737-4230 for more information. The workshop is offered by Iowa State (ISU) University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or take and pass the exam once every three years. If applicators fail to attend the two hours of continuing education each year, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify. Each year nearly 200 confinement site applicators fail to attend training and must pass the remedial exam prior to be eligible to renew their certification for the following year.

The workshop serves as initial certification for those applicators that are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and as continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.

The 2015 Confinement site program will include rules for applicators as well as land-application requirements, work plan agreement with DNR and EPA Region 7, manure sampling and testing, and case studies.

Operators must be certified to handle, transport and apply manure if the confinement livestock operation has more than a 500 animal unit capacity, unless the manure is applied by a commercial manure applicator.

According to DNR requirements, the certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate, payable at initial certification and then every three years for renewal. Confinement site applicators are also required to pay an annual education fee of $25. All fees and application forms must be sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to complete certification requirements.

For applicators who cannot attend the workshop, Sioux County will hold a repeat showing on February 19 for applicators to view the certification materials. Applicators requesting to view the training materials on dates not scheduled at the Sioux County Extension office must schedule an appointment and will be charged a fee of $10 per person. The fee does not apply to the February 3 workshop or scheduled repeat showing dates.

Anyone not able to attend training should schedule an appointment with their DNR field office to take the certification exam. In addition to scheduling an appointment to take the exam, applicators must bring a pencil, photo ID, and a calculator.

For more information about meeting dates and locations, or to schedule an appointment to attend training, contact the ISU Extension Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or access a list of the training locations at the Iowa Manure Management Action Group website at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confinementsitebrochure.pdf.

band tromboneThe Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: The Memory of All That: Gershwin Tribute on Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 PM in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Guest artist is award-winning entertainer Spider Saloff, who earns rave reviews from audiences and the press for bringing Gershwin’s music to life. In this performance with NISO, Saloff will be joined by her pianist/music director Jeremy Kahn who has performed with jazz greats world-wide.

November 12, 2014 - 11:50 am - Posted in Community Calendar

western logoAll 5th-8th graders are invited to an open house on Tuesday, November 18th at 7 pm at Western Christian High School in Hull to learn more about Western. You can visit with teachers, coaches, and staff; tour the school; and see how God is working in the lives of young Christian men and women.

Please RSVP to 712-439-1013 or e-mail wes.fopma@westernchristianhs.com

November 6, 2014 - 10:00 am - Posted in Community Calendar

pointsettiasThe Hull Kiwanis will be holding their 14th annual Poinsettia Sale and craft fair on Thursday, November 20th at Natural Beauty Growers. These beautiful Poinsettias will be sold at wholesale prices with over 7 acres of festive holiday plants to choose from. This is an amazing event with poinsettias as far as the eye can see in many, many colors! Many local craft vendors will also be present. Please come and see the awesome beauty on Thursday, November 20th from 2 to 8 pm at Natural Beauty Growers located on HWY 18 between Hull and Boyden.

October 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm - Posted in Community Calendar


To honor our local Veterans, the Sioux County Veterans Affairs Commission will host a FREE BREAKFAST ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH from 7 am – 9 am at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. Sioux County Veterans and their immediate families are invited to join the Commission for Cinnamon and Caramel Rolls, Fruit, coffee, and juice! There will be free gifts available for our service members as well as several information booths to browse through at your leisure while breakfast is served, including free blood pressure screening and door prizes

October 29, 2014 - 3:57 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

A weekend conference for mothers and their teenage daughters, grades 7-12, is scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8 at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. “His Revolutionary Love” will feature Lynn Cowell, an author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, sharing about relationships, communication, confidence and self-esteem.

The conference begins Friday at 6 pm and ends Saturday at 1 pm. Tickets are $50 for 2 attendees and $15 for each additional teen prior to October 31st. After October 31st, the cost is $65 for two tickets and $20 for each additional teen. Individual tickers for female youth leaders or moms with younger daughters are available for $30 per person. The registration fee includes a Friday evening meal and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register, visit www.trinityoc.com