October 30, 2010 - 2:05 pm - Posted in News

10/29/2010 2:26 PM

The Orange City Phoenix Project has officially entered phase two. Local dignitaries broke ground on Friday morning for the nearly 4 million dollar Orange City Events Center.
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October 29, 2010 - 3:45 pm - Posted in News


Things are Cooking in Orange City!
It is time for the Annual Chamber Dinner again. All chamber members are invited to join in this wonderful evening of fellowship and celebration of all the GREAT things happening in Orange City.


When: November 16th
Where: Landsmeer Golf Club
Time: 5:30 pm Social Time
         6:00 pm Catered Meal
         7:00 pm Business Meeting and Awards Presentations

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. will be taking applications through April 29, 2011, for the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program.  This is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of primary heating costs. Read The Full Story…

October 28, 2010 - 11:10 am - Posted in Sports

Fourth-ranked Northwestern held off 18th-ranked Dordt last night 3-2 in a thrilling GPAC volleyball match played in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Raiders improved to 14-0 in the GPAC and 30-0 overall. They also won their 56th straight conference regular season match, dating back to the 2007 season, tying the record held by the Defenders from the 2002-06 season. Dordt fell to 10-4 in the GPAC, 29-6 overall.

The Raiders won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-22, led by Hillary Hanno, who had nine of her match-high 20 kills in the first two sets, and Kate Buyert, who hit five kills early on. Heather Goehring added four ace serves in the first two sets.

Dordt came back to win the next two sets, taking the third set 25-18 and winning the fourth 25-23 to force the decisive fifth set. Dordt scored first in the final set and held an early lead until the Raiders were able to tie it at six. The teams exchanged the lead over the next few points until Northwestern scored four straight points to open up a 12-8 lead. Buyert had a kill and a solo block during the run. Dordt battled back to cut the lead to one, 13-12, but the Raiders forced a sideout off a Hanno kill and then Buyert finished off the Defenders on match point with another block to win it, 15-12.

Northwestern hit .155 for the match and were led by Hanno with 20 kills. The senior moved into third place all-time, passing Megan Meyer, with 1,882 kills. Hanno added 17 digs and two blocks. Buyert and Jennie Jansen  had 11 kills each and hit .259 and .364, respectively. Both players had three blocks and Buyert added 12 digs. Rylee Hulstein totaled eight kills, most of them coming in the final two sets, and posted a team-best 18 digs. Kaitlin Beaver lofted up 50 assists, four kills, 12 digs and went a perfect 21-for-21 from the service line. Goehring had a total of five ace serves. Jaci Moret had 14 digs as six Raiders totaled double figures in digs for the match.

Dordt hit .206 for the match, led by Kendra Potgeter with 17 kills and 11 blocks. Danae Geels totaled nine kills and three blocks and Brittany Landegent added eight kills and 11 blocks.

The Raiders head to Lincoln, Neb. to play Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday.

If you loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, this is the biography for you! Many readers of Stieg Larsson’s novels lament the author’s early death at age 50, and the fact that he penned only three novels before his passing. The Man Who Went Too Soon by Barry Forshaw shows us the life of this acclaimed author in his roles as journalist, editor, political activist, and author who never knew his own fame. See how the creative genius lived his life through this new biography.


Curious about changes in colleges? In Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities, Mark C. Taylor gives his recommendations for college reform, particularly an end to tenure, cooperation among disciplines, and response to new technologies. More information on the reform of our higher education institutions can be found in Anya Kamenetz’s new book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education.


Looking for religious guidance from your favorite authors? New books by Philip Yancey, N.T. Wright, and John Piper have made their way to our shelves and are waiting for you to come find them. What Good is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters by Philip Yancey describes Yancey’s travels throughout the world and efforts to find answers to spiritual questions. His travels included meetings with leaders of an underground church in China, the untouchables in India, Christians in Johannesburg, and more. N.T. Wright’s study of the historical Jesus explores the Last Supper and Easter as historical events. He challenges readers to take on a role in the world that is more like that of Jesus in The Challenge of Jesus Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. John Piper brings us a new exploration of the question: “why do bad things happen to good people?” in his book Job.

Other books to consider:

            Facing Your Giants: A David and Goliath Story for Everyday People by Max Lucado

            The Simple Secrets of Happiness: Stories and Lessons to Help You Find Joy in Life and Fulfillment in Work by Glenn Van Ekeren

October 28, 2010 - 10:07 am - Posted in News

Kid’s Connection on Tuesday November 2 will be visited by Lisa Laird and Pockets Full of Fun. Lisa and a couple of her friends will be talking about Joy – the next Fruit of the Spirit in the series! The show will start at 3:45 but Kid’s Connection runs from 3:30 till 6:00 in the basement of First Reformed Church in Orange City, IA. Kid’s Connection is a free after school program for elementary school aged kids.

October 27, 2010 - 1:26 pm - Posted in News

On Tuesday, October 26 at 1:05 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle accident that occurred on Hwy 75, one mile north of Maurice, IA. Read The Full Story…

October 27, 2010 - 1:13 pm - Posted in News

On Tuesday, October 26 at 7:03 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car versus deer accident that occurred at Highway 75 near Maurice, IA.

Cathy Vandeweerd, age 39 of Le Mars, IA was northbound on Highway 75 driving a 2002 Toyota, when she hit a deer that was crossing the roadway.

Vandeweerd was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and was not injured.  Her vehicle received approximately $1,500 in damages.





October 27, 2010 - 12:16 pm - Posted in News

The Orange City Parks and Recreation are once again hosting their FREE Tulip Giveaway.  You have opportunity to pick your tulips up between 8:00 a.m.. to 4:00 pm. at the Windmill Park in downtown Orange City.  The Free Tulip Giveaway will take place on October 27, 28 and 29.  Plan now for your beautiful landscaping in the Spring.  Join the many lawns that will be displaying their tulips proudly for the 2011 Tulip Festival.  And the best part is it costs you nothing  and you also benefit from the exercise as you find them a home in your ground.  Meet you at the park!

October 25, 2010 - 5:53 pm - Posted in News

Note change in date!  See you there!