It’s been called one of the best holiday shows around - “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry.
Yes, it’s a holiday classic, said Lois Estell. So The SchoolHouse Company, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council, is presenting the show at the Orange City town hall December 9 – 11 and 16 – 18, at 7:30 p.m. 
Patrick Giannantonio, who plays George Bailey, has loved Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” for years. Giannantonio’s dad ran a small-town pharmacy in New Jersey, and young Patrick’s first job Read The Full Story…
November 30, 2010 - 9:17 am - Posted in News

On November 29, at 6:41 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated an accident that occurred two miles northeast of Hull, IA on 300th Street. Read The Full Story…

November 29, 2010 - 6:14 pm - Posted in News

On Friday, November 26, at 10:06 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of 360th St..   Derek Noteboom, 17 of Orange City, IA was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. Gerald Jansen, 62 of Hull, IA was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger. Jansen was stopped for the stop sign at the intersection facing west on 360th Street and Garfield Avenue in Carmel, six miles northwest of Sioux Center, IA.   Noteboom approached the intersection also westbound on 360th St.; he was unable to come to a stop and struck Jansen’s vehicle.The Noteboom vehicle sustained approximately $500 in damages while the Jansen vehicle sustained approximately $1,000.  Noteboom was cited for Following Too Closely.

November 29, 2010 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

On Thursday, November 25, at 3:20 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eric Swets, age 27, ofHawarden, IA.  Swets was arrested after a Sioux County Deputy stopped his vehicle, a maroon 2002 Chevy Suburban, at the intersection of 370th Street with Highway 75, one mile north of Sioux Center, IA.

Swets was charged with Driving While Barred, an aggravated misdemeanor. Before conducting the stop, the deputy observed Swets switch seats with the passenger, Renee Bern, age 27, also of Hawarden. Bern was cited for Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Drive.

November 29, 2010 - 5:11 pm - Posted in News

On Wednesday, November 24, at 2:35 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle traffic accident that occurred at the intersection of 300th Street and Kennedy Avenue, one and one half miles north of Boyden.  Alyssa LePaige, age 22, of Sheldon, IA was northbound on Kennedy Avenue driving a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. LePaige attempted to pass a vehicle in front of her; in doing that she lost control of her vehicle which entered the west ditch and rolled Read The Full Story…

Friends, Families and new Community Members gathered on Thanksgiving Day at Living Water Community Church in Orange City.

Over 12 churches worked together to prepare a free meal for anyone and everyone wishing to share in this open opportunity for fellowship and food.

243 guests went through the serving lines and over 60 enjoyed carry out meals.  Guests were encouraged to take home meals as well as to enjoy bags of groceries offered.  Many guests brought food to contribute to the meal as well as food items to donate to the Community Food Pantry.  New friends and connections were made as all shared a meal and fellowship tegether.  (Photos provided by Rohn Everson)

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On Sunday, November 28 at 11:06 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 10 at the South Dakota state line, two and one half miles north of Hawarden, IA.

Steven Brandt, age 36, of Hudson, SD, had been northbound on Highway 10 driving a 1999 Ford Expedition. The investigation showed that his vehicle left the roadway and drove onto the right shoulder; he overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. It crossed the highway and hit the guardrail of the bridge that crosses the Big Sioux River. The vehicle landed on its top and slid down the embankment near the river. The investigation revealed that the accident occurred sometime during the night-time hours of Saturday, November 27 or the early morning hours of the 28th. Read The Full Story…

If Daylight Savings has thrown off your internal clock, a good book can make the time fly! Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler explores a connection among Rome in 327 AD, Britain in 1917, and modern Turkey and Egypt. Let these intertwining timelines consume a few hours of your time! Another good time-killer is Stephen King’s collection of four short stories, Full Dark, No Stars. The short stories don’t require the same time commitment, but King’s writing is sure to suck you in and keep you reading!

Other new books: Read The Full Story…

November 29, 2010 - 9:47 am - Posted in News

Northwestern College has received a $5,000 donation from Sanford Health for nursing scholarships. The gift will enable Northwestern to offer $1,000 Sanford Nursing Scholarships to five students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program for the spring 2011 semester.

“We are grateful to Sanford Health for their investment in our nursing program,” says Northwestern’s president, Greg Christy. “This scholarship support will help educate nursing Read The Full Story…

November 29, 2010 - 9:46 am - Posted in Obituaries

There will be a memorial service on Friday. December 3, at 2:00pm, at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Todd De Rooy will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Friday at 1:00pm at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Henry was born on June 6, 1921, in rural Ireton, the son of Fred and Jennie (De Jager) De Jong. He was raised at Ireton and served in the United States Army during World War II.

On February 27, 1948, he married Henrietta J. Gesink in Orange City. They first farmed near Orange City and later moved to a farm west of Maurice. After moving into Orange City, he was employed at the Farmers Elevator until 1986. In semi-retirement, he was custodian at Pluim Publishing in Orange City.

Mr. De Jong was currently a member of the Redeemer United Reformed Church. In earlier years, he belonged to the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, where he served as both an elder and a deacon.

He enjoyed going to the Orange City Adult Activity Center, and he liked to help others with their projects, especially yardwork.

Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years; two daughters, Mary Jane De Jong, of Bradenton, Florida; and Fayola Beth, and her husband, David Vander Veen, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; a son and his wife, Bryan Henry and Gail De Jong, of Waukee; two grandchildren, Benjamen De Jong, and his wife, Emily, and Lindsey De Jong; a great-granddaughter, Abigail De Jong; a brother and his wife, Alfred J. and Winifred De Jong, of Ireton; a sister, Esther Mae Bolkema, of Grand Rapids; a sister-in-law, Gladys Mulder, of Orange City; and his wife’s brothers and sisters and their spouses, Burt and Sally Gesink, Albertha Van Roekel, Ella Vander Windt, Lois Snieder, and John and Arlene Gesink.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ted and Bernard De Jong; and three sisters, Rose Mulder, Rena De Boer, and Ann Mulder.