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Warrior girls get on track with pair of wins

 

Freshman standout Ali Hoffert drives toward the lane during last week’s 48-36 win over UIC foe North Fayette Valley. Hoffert dropped 12 points and had a team-high 12 rebounds, as well as an assist, a pair of steals, and a block. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warrior girls get on track with pair of wins

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

After a rough 0-2 start for the South Winneshiek girls’ basketball team, the Warriors turned it around and notched a pair of wins over Upper Iowa Conference foes North Fayette Valley and Clayton Ridge.

North Fayette Valley

The Warriors hosted the NFV TigerHawks Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Calmar as they picked up their first win of the season by a score of 48-36.

“We did a better job defensively tonight,” said coach Steve Hoffert after the rivalry win. “Our rebounding was key and we took care of the basetball.”

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CFS successful in LEGO League program

 

CFS’s Lego League team, Hydro Diamonds, are off to state! Members of the team include (front, l-r) Haylee Hanson, Holly Schmitt, Katie Shimek, Izzy Kuboushek; (back) Rachel Meyer, Autumn Schmitt, Maddy Jansen, and Kalissa Schmelzer. (submitted photo)

 

CFS successful in LEGO League program

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

In its first year of competition at CFS Schools, the FIRST LEGO League program is off and running. The boys’ team, The Plunging Pirates, and the girls’ team, Hydro Diamonds, recently participated at the Regional competition in Cedar Falls. With a strong performance, the Hydro Diamonds were one of nine teams to advance to the Iowa FIRST LEGO League State Championship to be held on Jan. 14, 2018.

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New water meters being installed in Ossian

 

The Ossian City maintenance crew, including Don DiLaura, is preparing to begin replacing the old residential and commercial water meters (right hand) with the newer Badger Ultrasonic meters (left hand). The new meters will be more accurate than the old meters, which are over 20 years old. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

New water meters being installed in Ossian

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The City of Ossian’s maintenance department will be working vigorously over the coming weeks to install the approximately 425 new Badger E-Series Ultrasonic Water Flow Meters throughout the community. The new water meters arrived last week, and after a short test run, the meters are being installed in every Ossian residence and commercial site.

“The current water meters are outdated and were due to be replaced,” explained City maintenance worker Don DiLaura. “The old meters were recommended for 20 years and were installed in 1996, so they were due.”

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Cookie & Candy Extravaganza at the Elgin Library

Cookie and Candy Extravaganza at the Elgin Library

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 16, the Elgin Public Library will hold its annual Cookie & Candy Extravaganza. The event will take place at the library from 9 a.m. to noon.

Whether you are donating the suggested $15.00 or providing at least four dozen of your famous goodies, please have them to the library Friday between 1p.m. and 5 p.m. or Saturday morning by 8 a.m.

We hope you can also come and fill a box with special treats made by other members of the Friends group. For $5.00 a pound, you can take home a very nice selection of holiday sweets. Or, you can take the kids with you and deliver a box of Christmas cheer to that special someone you know. You will likely receive a nice smile and a big thank you in return.

 

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Bingo! Elgin Legion hosts popular games on Tuesdays

 

American Legion Post 352 of Elgin hosts bingo the first three Tuesdays of every month from October through May at the Elgin Tap in Elgin. Connie Pfister and Marilana Sutter (l-r) dab their bingo card after caller David Katsumes reads off a number.  

 

Elgin Legion hosts popular game on Tuesdays

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

American Legion Post 352 of Elgin has just the thing to turn that dull Tuesday evening during the winter months into a great time with family and friends. 

Don’t miss bingo at the Elgin Tap the first three Tuesdays of the month through May. In June July, August, the American Legion will host bingo one Tuesday evening per month, before bumping back up to two Tuesdays in September and then back to three Tuesdays from October through the following May. 

“We have a good following, as people come from Clermont and Wadena and even as far away as West Union and Fayette,” said bingo caller David Katsumes. “The only organizations that can host bingo are nonprofit organizations such as American Legions, Lions Clubs, and other service organizations. We got a permit from the Iowa Department of Revenue because we have to collect 7 percent sales tax on every pot and send it in quarterly. We have to write down exactly how many cards are sold.”

Bingo cards are 50 cents per card per round, and the winner receives a small pot based on the number of cards sold that round. The Legion will play 16 rounds of regular bingo each evening. A person simply needs to get five numbers in a row horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or get a number in each of the four corners. A final blackout round is played at the end of the evening. To win the blackout round, a contestant simply needs to fill in the entire bingo card.

Katsumes isn’t your run-of-the-mill, monotone bingo caller. In fact, the local attorney adds a little charm to each call with unique sayings to differentiate certain numbers. 

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Turning Hawkeye into an Internet hub

 

Hawkeye Telephone Company is trying to turn Hawkeye into an Internet communication hub by expanding its fiber network across northeast Iowa. Alex Soderquist, Hawkeye Telephone Company general manager, holds some of the fiber optic cables it uses.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Turning Hawkeye into an Internet hub

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Hawkeye Telephone Company is expanding its fiber optic network across northeast Iowa in hopes of making Hawkeye a telecommunications hub for the area. 

Alex Soderquist, Hawkeye Telephone Company general manager, noted that in the past year the company has run fiber from West Union to Decorah, going through Eldorado, Festina, and Calmar. This allowed Soderquist to connect to Decorah’s MetroNet, which is a ring of fiber-optic cables that run around the city. He recently ran fiber-optic cables through Manchester and to Fayette, as well. The company’s headquarters in Hawkeye is the main hub for most of its services, but it also has a smaller hub in Maynard. 

“The idea behind doing this was a couple different reasons,” Soderquist said. “One, we are trying to expand our commercial services beyond the areas we have had in the past, so getting ourselves up to Decorah was a big step. We want to offer a fiber-optic option versus what other [telecommunication] providers are currently giving them.

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A purchase made with Hawkeye in his heart

 

Marilyn and Keith Westpfahl (l-r) of Hawkeye recently purchased the former DanDi’s Dollar and Variety Store in Hawkeye from Daniel and Diane Pischke. The couple will also take possession of the east portion of the building after the first of the year. The Westpfahls hope to renovate the first floor of building back to its former glory, and they are looking for some excitement and support from the Hawkeye community as they begin the process of applying for a Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program grant.

 

A purchase made with Hawkeye in his heart

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

When Keith Westpfahl purchased the DanDi’s Dollar and Variety Store building, which is also the former opera house, in Hawkeye, it was a purchase that came directly from his heart. 

The 78-year-old man had Hawkeye’s future in mind when he purchased the building from his friends Daniel and Diane Pischke in May. 

“He made this decision out of his heart and out of love for the community of Hawkeye, which he has called home for pretty much his entire life,” said Marilyn Westpfahl, Keith’s wife and co-owner of the building. 

Now that the two own the structure that was built in 1900, they can begin the long process of restoring the building. When the two decided to take on this tall order, it was with the intent that they would restore the building to its former glory, which includes a large glass storefront.

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Meet your new WUPD officers

Meet your new WUPD officers

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The West Union Police Department recently hired a pair of new full-time police officers, including Daniel Duehring and Makenz Kriener. The new deputies will officially begin their patrols upon completion of training at the law enforcement academy. The two will complete the 15-week program, which begins Jan. 2, 2018, at the same time.

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Pat Ritter new Assistant County Attorney

Pat Ritter

 

Pat Ritter new Assistant County Attorney

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

During their regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, the Fayette County Supervisors approved Pat Ritter of West Union as the new Fayette County Assistant County Attorney.

The discussion between the Fayette County Supervisors and Nathan Lein, Fayette County Assistant County Attorney, about Pat Ritter's employment was held in closed session. Ritter was then approved in open session. 

He has been hired as part-time, but he will receive all full-time employee benefits with a salary of $70,838; he will begin his new position after the first of the year. He has to be classified as part-time because he owns his own law firm, Ritter Law in West Union. 

Ritter will replace J.D. Villont, who recently turned in his resignation, effective at the end of the year.

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Differences exist between chronic truancy and absence

 

There’s a difference between chronic truancy and absence, but it’s the child who is missing school who truly loses in the end, no matter what kind of definition the absence is given. North Fayette Valley student Emily Guyer (front, right) wonders where her fellow classmate is as Harley Stone (back, right) raises his hand to answer a question, while Andrew Schmitt completes a worksheet.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Differences exist between chronic truancy and absence

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It was brought up at the November North Fayette and Valley school board meetings that the administration had noted in the school newsletter that some students were nearing being considered chronically absent.

At the meeting, Stacy Cumming, Valley school board member, asked how the buildings take attendance, because she had heard that each building takes attendance differently. That is somewhat true, as some buildings in the district do differ in how they take attendance.

This article will discuss what it means to be truant and chronically absent, what the attendance policies are, how truancy affects learning, and the policies, procedures, and recourse the school has when it comes to chronic truancy and absence. By policy, a student is considered excessively absent when he or she has missed 10 or more days of school. 

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