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The women of Zion St. John Lutheran Church of Sheffield will be having their annual Holiday Food Fair on Saturday, Dec.14 from 9 to 11 a.m., in the church basement. Coffee, juice, and cinnamon rolls will be served. A freewill offering will be taken. After coffee you can shop for Christmas cookies by the dozen, Christmas candies, cards, napkins, Rada Cutlery, jar mixes, Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate,cocoa, olive oil, homemade horseradish, and homemade apple butter. Proceeds from the fair will be divided between Mary’s Place in Mpls, the Franklin County Food Pantry, and a project within our church. Come join the fun and let Zion St. John help with some of your holiday preparations!

FFA Community Dinner

The West Fork FFA will be holding a Free Will Community Dinner on the 18th of December at the Sheffield Inn from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds of the evening will go towards the Spirit of West Fork Program. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a good meal while helping a great cause. Questions should be directed to Mr. Spurgin at 641-892-4461 ext. 1147.

Christmas Carol at First Grace

First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield will present the Christmas Musical, “Christmas Carol� by Ron and Shelly Hamilton on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Join the Bailey family as they invite an orphan named Jamie to spend Christmas with them this year. Your heart will be warmed as you see God reveal Himself to Jamie and melt away Carol Bailey’s painful memories, creating in them a special bond of love and acceptance. Cast includes: Mrs. Johnson - Meta Lage, Jamie Aunna Lau, John Bailey - Rick Jensen, Carol Bailey - Mary Mollenbeck, Nick Bailey - Samuel Mollenbeck, Leslie Bailey - Macy Rust, Samantha Bailey - Cassie Mueth. Approximately 20 staff and children of Morningside Children’s Home will present the music. In addition, 11 children ages 3 years old through 2nd grades will present the welcome and manger scene. A special thank you goes out to all who are helping make this production a reality.

Special Christmas Services

Zion Reformed Church, Sheffield Dec. 22: 7 p.m. Sunday School Program Dec. 24: 7 p.m. Candlelight Service First United Methodist Church, Sheffield Dec. 22: 5 p.m. “Candles and Carols� Dec. 24: 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Service West Fork United Methodist Church, Sheffield Dec. 24: 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service

Community Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 5 Foot Clinic, 9-11 am, Franklin Co. Public Health, 641-456-5820 Immunization Clinic, 2:30-4 pm, Franklin Co. Public Health, 641-456-5820 Friday, Dec. 6 Retired Sukup Employee Coffee, 7-9 a.m. at Sheffield Inn Foot Clinic, 8:30-10 am, St. Mary’s Church, Ackley, 641-456-5820 Healthy Holidays, 10 am-2 pm, United Bank & Trust, Hampton Blood Pressure Clinic, 8:30-9:30 pm, Franklin Co. Public Health, walk-in More on page 10.

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King talks Farm Bill during visit to area last week By Pat Racette Butler Co. Tribune-Journal & Clarksville Star U.S. Congressman Steve King stopped by three area counties during a visit to the most eastern reaches of his district Nov. 25. King swung through Butler, Franklin and Floyd counties during his trip last week. News about ongoing negotiations over the embattled Farm Bill topped discussion at his visit in Allison, which was likely one of his first stops to Butler County since 2012 congressional redistricting. “This part of the state is not foreign to me,â€? he said. “I spent my grade school years in Hancock County, and I’ve traveled through all of Iowa on construction and business‌a lot of people would sacrifice a great deal to raise their families in the kind of environment you have here.â€? King, who lives in northwest Iowa in Kiron, started a construction business in 1975 before getting elected to the U.S. House 11 years ago. He sold the business to his eldest son, and

they will celebrate 40 years as an establishment in 2014. “Small business teaches you that the sole proprietor that starts out has to know something about everything,� he said. “My concern is regulations keep mounting and are making it harder for small businesses [to exist]. “A common denominator in small communities especially has something to do with leadership that emerges; and when you go into a small robust community on the cutting edge, you think about the leadership that emerges to make the community prosper.� Serving on the U.S. Agriculture Committee as one of the top senior members, King is trying to work with Democrats to have the House of Representatives pass the new Farm Bill that he helped script. “The Democrats write into it and other chairmen weigh-in in similar fashion,� he said. “We came together and [it was] contentious. We have had to fight together for the last two and a half years to get the five-year farm bill passed. If all goes well,

we’ll get it in by Christmas.� The biggest challenge to pass the farm bill is agreeing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, where a $36 billion disagreement exists between the House and Senate. The House wants to cut $40 billion, while the Senate sits at $4 billion. “We’re quite a ways apart, but I sense that is has narrowed some,� he said. “That piece is going to have to come at the conference report [to make the deadline].� During his visit, King also met with area business leaders in a round table meeting and visited local economic development areas. He started the day in Franklin County, and eventually made his way to Floyd and Butler counties.. “We want to feel the rhythm that’s going on in each of the communities,� King said. “When we can help, and it isn’t always that we can, I find that if you’ve built those relationships and you have networks in place, then you can help.� King’s network includes five offices in his district, with each

Congressman Steve King passed through the area last week during a trip through his congressional district. King visited Franklin, Butler and Floyd counties. (Photo by Pat Racette, Butler Co. Tribune-Journal & Clarksville Star) serving seven counties. Merlin Bartz is the district representa-

Emergency Management Commission reviews next year’s budget By Nick Pedley Budget planning topped the majority of discussion during the Franklin County Emergency Management Commission’s (FCEMC) regular meeting on Nov. 26. Emergency Management Coordinator Thomas Craighton handed out a tentative budget he compiled for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Because 2013 was the FCEMC’s year of existence following the county’s split from their parntership with Cerro Gordo County, Craighton said he was uncertain on some of the estimated figures. However, he felt this year’s numbers were on par. “The numbers we’re operating off this year were strictly a guess,� he explained. “Hopefully next year well be better because we have more infor-

mation to show for each line item.� The majority of Craighton’s proposed budget included standard operational costs and expenses for equipment upgrades. Certain categories from last year went completely unfunded because they were unneccessary, while others saw slight boost. Craighton pointed out that he’s only requesting $500 for legal and court services, down from the $4,082 already used so far this year. “We just don’t know that we’ll need to maintain that amount,� he said. The commission unanimously approved the budget, which needs to be turned in by February. The next step in the process will be a budget hearing. “The numbers you approve

are the numbers we work with,� said Franklin County Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier. The group also heard an update on negotiations between the Franklin County and the City of Hampton regarding the situation of the emergency 911 dispatchers. The two entities are trying to come to terms on a contract that would transfer the dispatchers from city employees to county county employees. Eventually, they’d move from their current location at the Hampton Police Department to the Franklin County Law Enforcement Center. Hampton City Manager Ron Dunt was in attendance and relayed information he received from the board of supervisors, who are reviewing the dispatchers’ contracts and hashing out the details of the

employees’ benefit packages. “The county supervisors just don’t have the wording down,� Dunt said. “The feeling that I got from Corey (Eberling) was that they’re OK with it, they just want to tweak the wording.� Richtsmeier had originally thought the city was delaying progress on contract negotiations, and was somewhat surprised by Dunt’s news. “So the supervisors are the ones holding it up? I’d like that reflected in the minutes,� said Richtsmeier. Dunt said he felt a deal was near, and reiterated that only small details stand in the way of both parties coming to terms on a final contract. “We got put on the backburner until the supervisors get it figured out,� he said.

tive for our area. His office is located in Mason City.

Illness cancels supervisors meeting Monday

Supervisors Corey Eberling and Mike Nolte both called in sick prior to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday morning, consequently cancelling the session due to a lack of a quorum. The supervisors were scheduled to tackle a host of regular business like department updates, funding requests and manure management plan renewals. The appointment of a member to the compensation board and review of the memorandum of understanding for the 911 emergency dispatchers topped old business on the agenda. “The meeting was cancelled, not postponed,� said Franklin County Auditor Michelle Giddings. “They’ll just have to reschedule everything from today for another meeting.�

West Fork FFA sees busy two months By Bret Spurgin, West Fork FFA Advisor The West Fork FFA Advanced Animal science class went to the North Iowa Boar Stud in Riceville where they were able to see the facilities and observe the process of every day life for these animals. They learned about the care given to animals, how to collect semen from the boars and some of the basics that a person getting into the business would need to know. Everyone on the trip had a lot of fun and learned a lot about collecting semen for artificial insemination. The West Fork FFA introduced a new community project this year called Feed a Farmer. Some of the FFA members went to the Rockwell and Chapin co-op to serve a meal to farmers or anyone else that came. The meal included hamburgers, chips, water and bars

that were donated by the other FFA members. For the first time, there was a good turnout and many people learned more about the West Fork FFA. “It was a great way to give back to our farmers,� said Zach Greimann, an FFA member that helped out. The West Fork FFA plans to continue this project and in the future hopefully expand it to other co-ops in the district. This year the 86th annual FFA National Convention was held in Louisville, Ky. The West Fork FFA left on Tuesday, Oct. 29. During their drive there they went to Kinzie factory in Williamsburg, Iowa. They toured the museum and learned the history and background of how Kinzie grew. Wednesday morning they woke up and toured the St. Louis Arch and the museum. After that they drove all the way to Kentucky that day.

On Thursday morning they got up bright and early and got into official dress to head to the first open session of the convention. FFA members then sat and listened to guest speakers like the University of Louisville’s basketball coach. They then went to the career show and talked to colleges from all over America. They also went to a workshop were they had speakers talk to us about setting goals in life and not being afraid to be ourselves – they were actually pretty fun and interesting. That night they went back to the convention for another session. After that session they went to Louisville slugger where they toured the factory and museum. They finally got settled down that night, all worn out and their feet hurting. Friday was their last day at the convention, so they packed

up that morning, got into official dress, went to another session at the convention and got to go shopping at the FFA mall. There they bought souvenirs and mingled with people from all over the country. After that they headed home back to Iowa. They stopped at the I-80 truck stop, ate supper and then

it was only around three hours until they got back home! “Overall, it was a great experience and am so thankful I got the opportunity to go. I learned how to be a better leader and set goals and am ready to share it all with my FFA chapter,� said Madison Steenhard.

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Winter Sports Preview in this issue!

3<IO<#G<PNDN>JHDIBOJOJRI The Sheffield Community Club would like to invite all the children to come and visit Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Sheffield EMS Building from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Pictures will be taken by Sanders Photography and cookies and drink will be available for all the children and their parents. Santa is excited to visit with all the children of Sheffield! Sheffield Merchants will hold their annual Christmas Party at 2:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Inn. Coffee, hot cider and cookies will be served. Drawing for Sheffield Bucks and Gift Certificates. All welcome to attend.


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The Sheffield Press DECEMBER 5, 2013 Sheffield, Iowa

Cobwebs Collected from The Sheffield Press

December 5, 1963 Sheffield-Chapin cagers won a double-header from CorwithWesley girls and boys teams on Wednesday night before a capacity homecoming crowd in the gym at Sheffield. The Spartanettes topped the opener 56 to 50 in a hard played contest which was close all the way. The Spartans ran up a topheavy count of 74 to 37 with the entire host club squad seeing action against the Vikings. Leona Bruhn meshed in the scoring swing and hit the hoop from the field and at the gift line for a big 33 points for homecoming scoring honors. She netted 11 doubles and 15 free throw chances. Pam Atkinson was credited with 11 points, Donna Foell added 8 and Bev Levitt 4. Ilene Schmalbeck saw action in the fourth quarter. Karen Emhoff, Diane Grunhovd, Jane Frey, Jeanne Brayton and Linda Bonjour were in the defensive zone. The team made 20 field goals and 16 of 30 free throws. They were charged with 19 fouls six of which benched Frey in the fourth. Wednesday night on the local floor in the homecoming boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game the opposition jumped into the pot and began to stew. They chose a full court press offensive which has been the ace-in-the-hole for the Spartans, who quickly capitalized and held quartertime advantages of 19-5, 34-16, 58-31 and a final 7437. Coach Dave Long used every suited member of his squad. Ron Foell pumped in 15 field goals for a 30 count and game scoring honors. Chuck Schmalbeck, senior newcomer to the squad this fall, had his best night swishing the nets with 10 from the field for 20 points, while during the same time he

grabbed 22 rebounds off the boards to top this department. Dick Larson added 9 points, Butch Skovgard 8, Gary Heflin 3, Rick Taylor 2 and Denny Boehlje 2. Skovgard pulled in 14 rebounds for second place. Dave Levitt, Les Corporon, Gene Persons, Bill Knopf, Jim Blood all saw action in the fourth. The team made 35 doubles and only 4 of 15 tries in the gift circle. They erred 19 times, five of which sent Larson to the showers in the fourth. Leona Bruhn, Sheffield-Chapin Community school senior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Bruhn of Chapin, was crowned homecoming queen before a capacity crowd in the gym at Sheffield Friday night. Ron Foell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clem Foell of rural Rockwell, a senior and outstanding guard on the basketball team, was named king of the homecoming festivities. Queen Leona and King Ron were elected by the entire high school student body to reign over the homecoming festivities which included the cage games at the school and the dance and recreational period which followed in the Lions Den of the Memorial Hall. The Queen and King were crowned between the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball games with Corwith-Wesley. Mary Schaefer, 1962 queen, who is attending State College of Iowa at Cedar Falls, placed the crown on the head of the Queen-elect and extended congratulations. Queen attendants were Diane Grunhovd and Vicki Van Laere, seniors; Jeri Schroeder, junior; Pam Atkinson, sophomore; Nicki Schrupp, freshman. The King was crowned by Jerrit Koenigsberg, 1962 king, a student at State College of Iowa, Ce-

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dar Falls. King attendants were Les Corporon and Gary Heflin, seniors; Jim Blood, junior; Jeff Loken, sophomore; Jeff Sheriff, freshman. David Levitt, president of the student council, was master of ceremonies and presented the queen, king, and their attendants. Milt Radar was a Thanksgiving day guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Massee. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Crawford of Minneapolis, Minn., were week end visitors in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rohn Jr, and Ron near Rockwell, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jensen and Marcia in Sheffield. Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Mrs. Milo Rodemeyer and Joan were Ruth Ann Moseback, Nancy Herman, Marilyn Nelson, Janet and David Rodemeyer, of Grinnell college, Grinnell; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Atkinson and Ricky of Mason City; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Atkinson and John and Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Atkinson. Janet Rodemeyer spent the week end and returned to Grinnell college on Sunday. December 6, 1973 Sheffield area deer hunters bagged eight deer while hunting Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning in the Lansing area. The weather conditions for hunting were not good. Temperatures were 40 to 50 degrees, and without snow making woods travel difficult and warm. The humid atmosphere made the woods quiet and leaves slippery. Matt Bechtel, son Brian, and Ed Buss were deer hunting week end guests in the home of Ted Bechtel at Lansing. Matt and Ed hunted with a group of 10 local men, the party of 12 bagging 11 bucks and one doe. Ed bagged a 10-point buck and Matt a 6-pointer. Another group of 31 hunters and caretakers, a majority of whom were local men, killed 6 deer, 2 bucks and 4 does, in the Lansing area. Casey Heuberger bagged the prize 10-point buck. Dale Mulford, former Sheffield superintendent, and two sons of Grundy Center, and Jim DeBower of Carroll, joined the Sheffield hunters again this year. Matt Bechtel, Sheffield Webelos leader with 23 years of Scouting service, was presented an Award of Merit plaque at the Boy Scout Lakeland District banquet held Monday night, Dec. 3. Atty. Evan (Curly) Hultman of Waterloo, Winnebago Council president, gave the featured address of the evening and made the presentation of awards in the Methodist Church at Garner before a capacity attendance. Lakeland district is the number one district in the council according to Hultman. Bechtel has been in Scouting 23 years. At Sheffield he has served as Cubmaster for several years and in recent years has been the Webelo leader. He has also filled in with the Cubs, and assisted with the Boy Scout program. Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel were accompanied to the Recognition Banquet by Mrs. Dorrel Tldman and Mrs. James Chantrill, Den Mothers. Sheffield-Chapin basketball teams won a pair of North Star Conference contests Friday, Nov. 30, when they invaded the hardwood at Kanawha. Spartanettes posted a 76-56 victory after hold-

ing a narrow 42-39 halftime edge. Spartans rang up a 53-40 edge following a 3-point margin at the half, 21-19. The score at the quarters read 21-21, 42-39, 57-43 and a final 76-56 with Spartanettes out front most of the way. Priscilla Rust pumped in 11 from the field and 17 of 20 free throws for a big 39 points and game scoring honors. She notched 15 of 16 gift shots in the first half. Val Edgington came through with 26 points, Mary Lahner 7, Karen Samuelson 2, Becky Peter 2. Lavon Stock pulled in 10 rebounds, Rachelle Hemm 9 off the boards and 3 steals, Bonnie Stock 3 rebounds to pace the defensive zone efforts. Mary Beck saw action in every quarter with Ned Bohach using his entire suited squad. The team planted 25 doubles and 26 of 32 free throws. They fouled 21 times. For the Spartans Tom Koenigsberg dumped in 10 field goals and 2 of 5 gift shots for 22 points and game scoring honors. Bob Rabey added 19 points, Terry Peter 10, Kenny Rust 2. Doug Peter and Roger Kuck saw some action in each of the quarters, Coach Jim Cuvelier using his top six all the way. The team is credited with 24 field goals and 5 of 11 gift shots. They fouled 14 times. Tim Koenigsberg topped rebounders with 16, Terry Peter pulling in 7. Mr. and Mrs. Luther Younge spent the Thanksgiving week end in the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hansen and family, at Ludden, N. D. Mr. and Mrs. George Rust have returned to their home following a three weeks visit in the home of their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Adrian, at Dallas, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brozenec and

four children were Thursday dinner and supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kammrad and Don. The family moved from Amboy, Ill., into the Grace Baptist parsonage on Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Emil Ubben of Rockwell accompanied by their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mason, Brenda, Brian and Rhonda, traveled to LaCrosse, Wis., Thursday a week ago to spend Thanksgiving with their son and brother, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ubben and Stephanie. December 8, 1983 Approximately 360 persons signed up at the open house held at the Sheffield Savings Bank on Friday, Dec. 2. Harold J. Gallagher, Executive Vice President of the local bank, commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone seemed to be in a festive mood.â&#x20AC;? Hot cider, coffee and cookies were served throughout the day. Winners of the hams were: Roberta Atkinson, Bonnie Ewers, Karl Lubkeman, Donna Siems and Jeff Meints. Turkey winners were: Eva Sheriff, Herb Jensen, Winnifred Allison, Richard Mason, Dorothy Hobbiebrunken and W. E. Ayers. The Sheffield-Chapin Spartanettes were rebellious as they turned back the Rebels from Rockwell-Swaledale 77-62. S-C stuttered a portion in the opening stanza and trailed 22-19. Not to be subdued, they stormed back in the second quarter and led 41-36 at intermission. The third quarter found the local gals expand their lead to 61-42 and then charge home with the win in the final phrase. It was a total performance, intensive guard work and finessing offensive work, that culminated the victory. The guards really put their tennie

runners to work, constantly being in the right place at the right time and took R-Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game away from them forcing them outside. Tonya Crotty and Kathy Smit each collected nine big rebounds, Jeanne Heimer added a smooth five off the boards. Smit and Heimer each had four big thefts and Crottty added two. It was a fine display of defensive prowess. The front court took advantage of pressure defense and found many scoring opportunities on back doors and lob passes to hit a sizzling 31-50 from the field for 62% and fine charity shooting, hitting on 15-20 for 75%. Traci Prall had a fine evening, dumping in many outside shots and moving in when the opportunity presented itself. She accumulated 39 points in the process. Lisa Heuberger hustled and scratched herway to a fine performance as she totaled 34 big ones on drives, layups and nice out shooting. Kacy Bohach and Kris Peters each contributed some fine passing and set ups, each totaling two pints, but played an instrumental part in offensive splurge. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Riis of Hampton were Thursday evening visitors with mr. and Mrs. Elmer Weber. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Koenigsberg were in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday night, Dec. 3, to attend the Bethel College presentation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Festival of Christmasâ&#x20AC;? concert. Their daughter, Jane Koenigsberg, is a member of the choir. December 9, 1993 Merlin Plagge of Sheffield was reelected to his fourth two-year term as president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) by county voting delegates on Friday, Dec. 3, during the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an COBWEBS to page 5

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The Sheffield Press

DECEMBER 5, 2013 Sheffield, Iowa

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A holiday headache

There are plenty of reasons to like this time of the year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beautiful holiday decorations light up the area, businesses are buzzing with shoppers and everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood is brightened by the spirit of the season. December is a magical snowdusted month filled with joy and merriment, just like all those oldtimey movies. However, the Christmas season has its pitfalls. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rather frantic time of the year that has everyone scrambling to put up the tree, string up the lights and get the kids to play practice at church on time. Troubles abound, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not one holiday headache I dread more than shopping. I guess I exemplify the stereotypical American male. I put it off until the last minute, and often find myself wandering the aisles of a huge department store scratching my head 48 hours before the big day.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tried and true method Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used for years, but it has its obvious flaws. First and foremost, my last minute shopping leaves me with very few options. The good stuff has been picked over already once I get to the store, and all the hot deals have long since expired. The junk thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left is far too dumb and useless to actually wrap up and give to somebody. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painstaking to sit through someone fake a thank-you after opening a gift both you and everyone else knows is terrible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ohâ&#x20AC;Śthe first season of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Frasierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on DVDâ&#x20AC;Śthanks.â&#x20AC;? I just feel like all my gifts are so impersonal. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m rather self-conscious

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about it, and I always think the person is going to hate whatever it is I give them. I envy people who always give thoughtful and heartfelt presents that hit it out of the park each time. Their gifts reduce someone to tears of joy or make them jump up and down in happiness â&#x20AC;&#x201C; how do they do it?! I usually feel so overwhelmed by my gift-giving ineptitude that I settle for the lowliest gift of them all â&#x20AC;&#x201C; cold hard cash. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, I love getting money, but I would rather give someone a present that means something special. Giving somebody cash just seems like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m throwing money at a problem and hoping it goes away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25 bucks. Go buy a case of beer or get your carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil changed. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to buy you a gift at all.â&#x20AC;? Giving someone money isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that bad, though, because it saves my bacon when it comes to yet another one of my holiday flaws:

wrapping presents. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m awful at it. Just recently, I bought my niece a Barbie for her birthday. Mind you, Barbie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come in some outof-this-world, no-way-youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re-gonna-wrap-this style packaging. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rectangular box, and it took me 25 minutes to wrap. I wasted half my roll of paper on it, and after I was finished it looked like somebody tried to wrap it with their feet. I better buy more bags. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to fix my Christmastime conundrums. I suppose I should hit the stores a bit earlier, but sometimes I just get too busy. I think I might dedicate the next two Saturdays to perusing the local shops in hopes that something might catch my eye. My niece and nephew are easy to shop for, but the rest of the family is a little more difficult. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just buy them an action figure or something with Minnie Mouse on it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it takes a little more thought. It may seem like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more Grinch than Santa when it comes to Christmas, but I genuinely enjoy the holidays. Everyone is in a giving mood this time of the year and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly the real reason for the season. Far too often do we get caught up in the commercialized nonsense of it all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to get someone a special gift, but spending time with loved ones is what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find in a mall.

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5HSRUWLQJIURPWKH)UDQNOLQ&RXQW\&RXUWKRXVH REAL ESTATE The Franklin County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office recorded the following real estate transactions: â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: William McMillen Rev. Trust to Larry and Rickie Renee Hansen, SW ¼ 23-91-21, 20132449 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Gene McMillen Rev. Trust to Larry and Rickie Renee Hansen, SW ¼ 23-91-21, 20132451 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Delores Bender to Schaapje and Sumsum, Lot 1 Blk 8 Hampton, 20132456 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Monte and Laura Beemer to Stephen and Sheri Mathis, Tr SE ¼ NE ¼ 21-92-20, 20132458 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Howard and Dorothy Abbas to Howard and Dorothy Abbas, Tr S ½ SW ¼ 16-9120, 20132466 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Walton Farms to Randy and Kyndra Walton, SE ¼ SE ¼ 5-93-21, 20132467 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Wilrena Wike to Darryl Lumley, Tr Lot 6 Blk 11 Holdens Add, 20132470 â&#x20AC;¢ Quit Claim Deed: Jeanne and Joseph McCurnin to Joseph McCurnin, NE ¼ 17-90-20, 20132469 â&#x20AC;¢ Special Warranty Deed: Bayview Loan Servicing to Roy Plagge, Tr SW ¼ SE ¼ 11-92-21, 20132472 â&#x20AC;¢ Special Warranty Deed: Mavis Schroeder to the public, Tr N ½ SE ¼ 6-93-19, S ½ SE ¼ 6-93-19, N ½ SW ¼ 5-93-19, 20132465 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Kathy Bobst to Growmark, Inc., Parcel C SE ¼ 2993-20, 20132483 â&#x20AC;¢ Quit Claim Deed: Janet and William Johnson to Maifeld, Inc., E ½ W ½ SW ¼, NW ¼ NW 1/4 25-9119, 20132478 â&#x20AC;¢ Quit Claim Deed: Beverly and Steven Greiner to Maifeld, Inc., E ½ W ½ SW ¼, NW ¼ NW 1/4 25-9119, 20132479 â&#x20AC;¢ Quit Claim Deed: Judith Burris to Maifeld, Inc., E ½ W ½ SW ¼, NW ¼ NW 1/4 25-91-19, 20132480 â&#x20AC;¢ Court Officer Deed: Estate of Mildred Burkley to Maifeld, Inc., Tr NW ¼, E ½ W ½ SW ¼, NW ¼ NW 1/4 25-91-19, 20132481 â&#x20AC;¢ Quit Claim Deed: Estate of Carl Burkley to Maifeld, Inc., Tr NW 1/4 25-91-19, 20132482 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Debra Hansen Trust to Iowa Select Farms, Parcel A E ½ SE ¼ 12-90-21, 20132488 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Steven Kruckenberg to Steven and Susan Kruckenberg, Parcel B NW ¼, 12-93-21, 20132497 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Michael and Mary Sell to Jeffrey and Bee Sell, N ½ SE ¼ NE ¼ 36-91-20, 20132498 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Michael and Mary Sell to Jeffrey and Bee Sell, E ½ E ½ SW ¼, SW ¼ SE ¼ 24-91-19, 20132499 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Jeffrey and Bee Sell to Michael and Mary Sell, Parcel A E ½ SE ¼ 20-90-19, 20132500 â&#x20AC;¢ Warranty Deed: Charles and Joyce Jorgensen et al to Curtis and Linda Dow, Parcel C, E ½ NE ¼, NE ¼ SE 1/4 , 7-91-21, 20132504 â&#x20AC;¢ Court Officer Deed: Estate of Constance Hendrickson to Valerie Anderson, Tr NE ¼ SE ¼ 28-92-20, 20132503 REPORT FILED FROM Franklin County Attorney Franklin County Attorney Daniel Weichmann, Jr. reports activities for the months of October and November. According to the report filed, he office handled the following case load: 23 trial informations filed, 30

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â&#x20AC;¢ 10:23 p.m.: Deputies checked on suspicious activity near the intersection of Vine Ave. and 125th St. Upon arrival, a tractor and plow were at the end of the driveway. Deputy advised the caller. Wednesday, November 20: â&#x20AC;¢ 8:02 a.m.: Deputies were advised of an erratic semi driver on Highway 3, who turned north onto Raven Ave. â&#x20AC;¢ 6 p.m.: Deputies arrested Jonathan Elphic, 29, Hampton, for harassment. Thursday, November 21: â&#x20AC;¢ 7:08 a.m.: Deputies were called to Olive Avenue for a car-deer accident. According to the report on file, Gregory Moore, 36, Hampton, was northbound on Olive Avenue in a 2006 Ford Fusion, when two deer crossed the roadway in front of him. Moore stated he attempted to avoid the deer, striking and killing one of them. The air bag on the vehicle deployed on the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side and the driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle where he was able to park the vehicle in a field drive. Damages were estimated at $5,000 to the Fusion. â&#x20AC;¢ 7:25 a.m.: Deputies were called to Mallard Ave., two miles north of Bradford, for a report of a cardeer accident. According to the report on file, Michael Highsmith, 40, Redford Township, Mich., was southbound on Mallard Ave., in a 2012 Dodge pickup when a deer came into the roadway and into the path of the vehicle. The deer struck the front passenger side bumper of the truck. Damages were estimated at $2,500. â&#x20AC;¢ 12:01 p.m.: Deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle in her lane earlier this morning. Requested to speak with a deputy. â&#x20AC;¢ 12:21 p.m.: Deputies assisted medical personnel in the 1900 block of Vine Ave. Franklin General and Sheffield EMS were paged. â&#x20AC;¢ 10:23 p.m.: Deputies checked on suspicious activity near the intersection of Vine Ave. and 125th St. Upon arrival, a tractor and plow were at the end of the driveway. Deputy advised the caller. Friday, November 22: â&#x20AC;¢ 4:43 a.m.: Deputies assisted

medical personnel in the 100 block of Washington, Geneva. Franklin General was paged. â&#x20AC;¢ 8:35 p.m.: Deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of the 1900 block of Nettle Ave. â&#x20AC;¢ 11:10 p.m.: Deputies assisted a motorist from Wisconsin who broke down trying to get to Wisconsin. She was taken to the Hampton Police Station. Saturday, November 23: â&#x20AC;¢ 6:07 p.m.: Deputies performed a welfare check in the 1100 block of Quail Ave., Hampton. Sunday, November 24: â&#x20AC;¢ 8:20 a.m.: Deputies broken a subject back from the Hardin County Jail in Eldora for court. â&#x20AC;¢ 11:10 a.m.: Deputies transported a prisoner to the Hardin County Jail. Monday, November 25: â&#x20AC;¢ 1:42 p.m.: Deputies assisted fire personnel from Geneva, Bradford, Hampton, and Ackley at a house fire at 1751 75th St., Geneva. Deputies assisted with traffic control. â&#x20AC;¢ 2:10 p.m.: Deputies received a report of cattle out near the intersection of Grouse Ave. and 40th St. Deputies attempted to contact several people in the area.

â&#x20AC;¢ 4:37 p.m.; Deputies received a traffic complaint of a vehicle heading southbound on Highway 65 from Cerro Gordo County. â&#x20AC;¢ 4:40 p.m.; Deputies took a complaint of a speeding vehicle on West St., Latimer. Tuesday, November 26: â&#x20AC;¢ 9 a.m.: Deputies were advised that someone had driven on the ballparks in Latimer. â&#x20AC;¢ 10:54 a.m.: Deputies were advised of a street light out near the intersection of Akir and Kelly in Latimer. â&#x20AC;¢ 3:07 p.m.: Deputies were advised of a subject walking southbound from the 174 mile marker on I-35. Deputies found the subject and drove them to the county line. â&#x20AC;¢ 4:09 p.m.: Deputies received an open static line call in the 400 block of N. 4th St., Sheffield. The Sheffield officer checked and found no one home. IOWA STATE PATROL Saturday, November 30: â&#x20AC;¢ 6:20 p.m.: Thomas Frank Reints, 61, of Parkersburg, was northbound on Highway 14 north of Parkersburg in a Case tractor, and Morgan Mark Uhlenhopp, 16, Parkersburg, was northbound on Highway 14 in

a 1999 Buick Park Avenue. Uhlenhopp failed to observe Reints tractor as he approached the tractor from behind and struck the tractor. After impact, the car entered the west ditch and caught fire. Uhlenhopp was taken to Sartori Hospital by Sartori Ambulance. The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Butler County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, Parkersburg and Aplington Police, Parkersburg Fire and Ambulance Services, and Sartori Ambulance. Damages estimates were unavailable. Friday, November 24: â&#x20AC;¢ 9:18 p.m.: Jaimes Reyes Santos, 43, Goodell, was eastbound on County Road R-33 in a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the south ditch, and hit a utility pole and rolled. Santos was ejected from the vehicle. Santos and a passenger in the vehicle, Armando Romero-Soto were both pronounced dead at the scene. Damages were estimated at $8,000 to the Jetta. Saturday, November 23: â&#x20AC;¢ 7:02 a.m.: Scott McCormick, 54, Clarion was northbound in a 2007 Ford on I-35 near the 170 mile COURTHOUSE to page 9

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Northey: Consider an Iowa grown Christmas tree this holiday season Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans to consider choosing a fresh, Iowa grown Christmas tree to decorate their home during the upcoming holiday season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Selecting a fresh Christmas tree can be part of a great family tradition and is an opportunity to connect with an Iowa farmer and support the local economy,â&#x20AC;? Northey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iowa is fortunate to have more than 100 Christmas tree farms in all parts of the state, so everyone has the opportunity to get their own fresh tree to help celebrate.â&#x20AC;? A directory of tree farms across Iowa is available on the Iowa Christmas Tree Growerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.IowaChristmasTrees.com. On the site there is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Find a Farmâ&#x20AC;? link on the top left-hand corner of the page. Besides the location of the farms, the directory also includes a phone number and hours of operation for each farm to assist in planning. These farms devote over 1,500 acres to Christmas tree production in Iowa and as a result harvest approximately 39,500 Christmas trees each year. The result is a $1 million dollar industry contributing to Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. Following are tips to keep in mind to make your trip to a Christmas tree farm more enjoyable:

â&#x20AC;˘ Be sure you know what size tree fits in your home, both height and width, before you leave. Trees always look smaller in the field and there is nothing worse than bringing a tree indoors only to find itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too big. â&#x20AC;˘ Where comfortable cloths, sturdy shoes, and gloves that you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid to get dirty. You are going to a farm! â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure the tree you pick has a straight trunk and will fit properly in your tree stand. â&#x20AC;˘ Fresh trees need water. Once you get your tree home remember to check the water daily. Trees can use up to a gallon of water daily. â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure you unplug any tree lights before you leave home or go to bed. â&#x20AC;˘ Remember â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fresh cut Christmas trees are biodegradable! Recycle your tree after Christmas. If you are not putting the tree up right away, store it in an unheated garage or some other area out of the wind and cold (freezing) temperatures. When bringing the tree into the house cut off one inch at the base end and place the tree in a bucket of warm water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Follow these tips and your will be able to enjoy a beautiful, fresh and locally grown Christmas tree throughout the holiday season,â&#x20AC;? Northey said.

Growing Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Middle Class During the holidays, Iowans give back and help those in need. This year, the Legislature encouraged charitable giving by increasing tax credits for donations to the community foundations. Those measures wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enough, however, unless we see more board-based economic growth. Even though the worst of the national recession is over, many of our families, friends and neighbors continue to struggle. According to the Washington Center for Equitable Growth (http://equitablegrowth.org/), this uneven recovery has increased the gap between the very well off and nearly everyone else. A shrinking middle class would be bad news for Iowa, a state with many small businesses and communities. This year, the Legislature took a comprehensive approach to strengthening and growing Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle class by: â&#x20AC;˘ Investing in education. We fought for and won two years of significant increases to help K-12 students get the best start possible. To boost student achievement, we are keeping class sizes small for young learners, raising standards, improving teaching and encouraging innovation. We also froze instate university tuition for the first time in 30 years, so all Iowans can

pursue the opportunities that lead to good careers. â&#x20AC;˘ Cutting taxes. We cut property taxes for every homeowner and business, especially for our local small businesses. Working families who pay the largest percentage of their income in taxes will get a boost from an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit. â&#x20AC;˘ Creating good local jobs and training Iowans to fill them. The landmark, bipartisan investments made this year by the Legislature are helping Iowans improve their skills and their familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prospects while at the same time expanding Iowa businesses and easing shortages of skilled workers â&#x20AC;˘ Expanding access to affordable health care and mental health services for all Iowans, whether they live in the city or rural communities. With new health care security, medical bills will be much less likely to force middle-class Iowans into foreclosure and bankruptcy. If middle-class Iowans cannot make ends meet, all Iowans will be in trouble. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investments can make a real difference, but there is more we can do to grow Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle class. Finding those solutions will be at the top of our agenda for the next legislative session, which starts January 13th.

COBWEBS to page 5 nual meeting in Des Moines. He is a member of the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Iowa Health System (Methodist and Lutheran Hospitals of Des Moines), Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota. Saturday, Dec. 4, S-C/M-T Jazz Band traveled to Webster City where they placed Second in 1A District Jazz Competition, which qualifies them for the Iowa Jazz Championship to be held in Des Moines in April. Outstanding soloists/musicians awards were given to Jane McLaughlin, Todd Shreckengost, Ben Wolf, Jill Etnier, Sean Cameron and Julie Roseland. Mrs. Sue Bunting is the director. The S-C/M-T Speech Team will be in action of Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Mohawk Oral Interpretation Festival to be held at the Mason City High School. There will be three preliminary rounds. Finalists will be posted around 2:00 p.m. with the final round beginning at 2:30 p.m. Contestants will be able to earn points towards their speech letter. Contestants, coached by Sandy Batalden, include the following: Prose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jaimie Okusko, Donn Saylor, Lance Guth, Ida Podlecki, Sonja Wimpelmann, and Brian Watt. Poetry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ida Podlecki. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Literature â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shawn Johnson, Travis Harris, Jane McLaughlin, and Eliz-

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West Fork Elementary Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Littlest Reindeerâ&#x20AC;? (JZ Photos)

The West Fork Elementary, grades kindergarten, first, second and third at Sheffield, presented their winter concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Littlest Reindeer,â&#x20AC;? by John Jacobson, Monday evening, Dec. 2, in the north gym at Sheffield, before a capacity crowd. Shelby Wilson was the director, with Cindy Hemm the accompanist. Musical selections included â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Ready for Christmas,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Littlest Reindeer,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up! Up! Up!,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stuck in the Chimney,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A

Special Gift,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up! Up! Up! (Reprise).â&#x20AC;? Special Thanks go to: Jacee Arbegast and Celeste Staudt, student directors; Mike Schluetter, lights and sound. Thanks to Haley Baker, Justin Bonjour and Trevor Russell for setting up risers and working backstage. Thanks to the following students for your help with set and props: Jacee Arbegast, Haley Baker, Amanda Blum, Justin Bonjour, Hiina Domae, Sam Harper, Nicole

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grams. Extra Thanks to the work study students Jacee Arbegast and Amanda Blum for your extra works during this process. Thanks to the Elementary and Custodial Staff for helping everything run smoothly. And Thanks to the administrators and parents for your support of music at West Fork! â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Littlest Reindeerâ&#x20AC;? cast is as follows: Santa, Josiah Chibambo; Mrs. Claus, Kira Strashko; The Littlest Reindeer, Kimber Hanson;

Dasher, Trevor Guritz; Dancer, Sage Suntken; Prancer, Breckyn Dickman; Vixen, Brynn Christianson; Comet, Mallery Meier; Cupid, Kinsey Lambertsen; Donner, Justin Schulz; Blitzen, Noah Atkinson; Rudolph, Carmine Bolland; Elf 1, Hunter Lane; Elf 2, Jaxin Barnes; Elf 3, Tanner Russell; Elf 4, Ethan Shields; Elf 5, Cole McKee; Doll 1, Tia Reason; Doll 2, Alicia Fink.

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By Mary Lou Semler The Franklin Chorale will present the annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ located at 22 1st Ave. SW, Hampton, south of the band shell. An elevator is located on the east side of the church. A free will offering will be accepted to help defray expenses for music and uniforms. Your generosity has always been greatly appreciated. Directed by Jesse Bunge, the Chorale will offer Christmas selections both old and new. This year, the special guest is classical guitarist Jeffrey Van, who will join the Chorale on one of his own compositions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Lullaby.â&#x20AC;? The noted classical guitarist from Minneapolis will also be featured during the middle solo segment of the concert. Mr. Van performed with the Franklin Chorale for the 1986 Christmas concert and the Chorale is very excited to have him back. This year marks the 36th season for the Franklin Chorale, which was formed in 1978. Past directors include founder Mary Lou Sem-

The Franklin Chorale will host their annual concert Sunday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Special guest is Jeffrey Van. (Photo courtesy of Mary Lou Semler) ler, Mark Lehmann, Bonnie Stewart and new director, Jesse Bunge, Hampton-Dumont High School and 7th-8th vocal music teacher. The Franklin Chorale is accompanied by Savannah Veenstra, Hampton-Dumont Middle School music educator. The Handbell Choir from Zion Lutheran Church, Sheffield, under the direction of Diane Wills, will join the Chorale for â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Saw Three Shipsâ&#x20AC;? along with Glenda Green, Hampton, on a piano duet accompaniment for the same piece. Brad Van Horn, Sheffield, will accompany â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Come, All ye Faithfulâ&#x20AC;? on

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the pipe organ, which also includes audience participation. On Monday evening, December 9th, the Franklin Chorale is looking forward to joining the HamptonDumont Vocal Music Department at the Church of the Living Word, for their Christmas concert. The Chorale will be singing the Spanish piece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Villancicoâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Nightâ&#x20AC;? with the combined high school and middle school choirs, all under the direction of Jesse Bunge. Members of the 2013-14 Franklin Chorale include sopranos Mary Mollenbeck, Andrea Gibson, Julie Baltes, Margaret Smith, Erin Torkel-

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COURTHOUSE to page 9 marker when a deer came out of the median and on to the roadway. McCormick was unable to avoid the deer and a collision occurred causing approximately $1,700 in damages to the vehicle. Thursday, November 21: â&#x20AC;˘ Rick L. Busch, 52 Cresco, was northbound on Butler County Road T-16 in a 2013 Dodge Charger, approximately 1.1 miles south of Dumont, when a deer ran eastbound across the road in front of the vehicle. The deer struck the front end of the vehicle, causing approximately $5,000 in damages. Monday, November 18: â&#x20AC;˘ 4:51 p.m.: Jingsheng Li, 64, Urbandale, was southbound on I-35 near the 161 mile marker in a 2006 Honda, when he swerved to avoid another vehicle, entered the west ditch, causing minor damage to the vehicle as it came to rest on the shoulder. Damages were estimated

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Warhawks open with road win By Kristi Nixon GARNER – Sydney Shreckengost led a trio in double figure scoring with 14 as the West Fork girls basketball team started the season right with a 49-37 win at GarnerHayfield/Ventura on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Courtney Larson and Lindsey Peterson each added 11 points as the Warhawks fought off a second quarter surge by the Cardinals. Coach Rodney Huber’s squad ran out to a 19-7 lead after the first eight minutes, but withstood a 12-2 second quarter to take a 21-19 halftime lead. After the break, the Warhawks put the pressure on and never trailed. Larson added 10 of the team’s 15 assists and three steals while Peterson led in rebounding with seven. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s Maddie Tusha led all scorers with 16 but the Cardinals shot just 15-of-46 from the field. The Warhawks had another road test at New Hampton before they play in their home opener against West Hancock on Monday, Dec. 9. West Fork 49, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 37 West Fork (1-0, 0-0) – Taylor Logan 3-5 1-4 7, Courtney Larson 3-6 5-6 11, Mickee Guritz 0-1 0-2 0, Kelsey Nierengarten 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Shreckengost 2-4 0-0 6, Lindsey Peterson 4-7 3-5 11, Anne Jorgenson 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Shreckengost 6-8 1-4 14, Kaitlyn Liekweg 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 18-36 10-21 49. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (0-1, 0-0) – Mackenzie Haag 1-4 0-0 2, Maddie Tusha 6-15 2-4 16,

St. Paul Christmas Bazaar

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton will be holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30-11 a.m. The menu will include food, crafts and used treasures, and a coffee bar.

Old Fashioned sing-Along

Bring a new friend to the Windsor Theatre’s Old Fashioned SingAlong on Sunday, December 8, 4-5 p.m. in Hampton. Please join Dawn Groszkruger, who will lead an hour’s worth of Christmas carols. Diane Wills of Hampton will be the accompanist and we always look forward to Maynard playing his spoons. Last month’s sing-along drew a crowd of fifty. We all enjoyed the little ones on stage and Margaret Smith played the piano beautifully. There is no admission charge. However, if you wish to donate to the theater’s renovations, a basket is provided. A lyric book will be handed to you as arrive and the concession stand will be open for your sweet tooth. For more information, call Dawn at 641-425-8716.

Chris Cakes pancake breakfast

The Cub Cadet Childhood Center in Latimer will be sponsoring a Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, December 7, from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Latimer Community Center. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, toppings, and drinks. A free will donation will be taken. Come join them for breakfast before Santa arrives at the Latimer Fire Station at 10:30 a.m.

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A youth snowmobile safety class will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Hampton State Bank. The class is for individuals ages 11 and up. Lunch will be provided. To register, call Chad Mulford at 641-425-6855. Cost is $10 per person.

Candle-Stick Chapter DAR Lindsey Peterson (25) of West Fork looks up for a rebound in front of a Garner-Hayfield/Ventura player on Tuesday, Nov. 26. (Rick Ermer photo) Emily Spilman 6-14 0-1 12, Tiara Van Gerpen 1-3 0-3 2, Grace Tusha 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Younge 0-2 0-0 0, Madee Hejna 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Van Gerpen 0-3 1-2 1, Shelby Rayhorns 1-4 2-5 4. Totals 15-46 5-15 37. West Fork 19 2 16 12 - 49 G-H/V 7 12 10 8 - 37 Three point goals – WF 3-6 (M. Shreckengost

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2-2, S. Shreckengost 1-2, Liekweg 0-2); G-H/V 2-14 (M. Tusha 2-8, T. Van Gerpen 0-1, Haag 0-2, Spilman 0-3). Rebounds – WF 23, 5 off. 18 def. (Peterson 7, Larson 4, Niegengarten 3, S. Shreckengost 3, Guritz 2, Jorgensen 2, Logan, M. Shreckengost); G-H/V 24, 10 off. 14 def. (M. Tusha 6, Haag 4, Younge 3, M. Van Gerpen 3, Rayhons 3, Spilman 2, T. Van Gerpen 2, Team). Assists – WF

15 (Larson 10, Peterson 2, Logan, S. Shreckengost, Liekweg); G-H/V 9 (Spilman 4, Haag 2, Rayhorns 2, T. Van Gerpen). Steals – WF 11 (Larson 3, Guritz 2, Jorgensen 2, S. Shreckengost 2, Logan, Liekweg); G-H/V 13 (Spilman 5, M. Tusha 3, M. Van Gerpen 2, Haag, G. Tusha, Rayhorns). Blocks – WF 0; G-H/V 1 (Haag). Total fouls – WF 17; GH/V 20. Fouled out – None.

Peterson nabs second team all-state By Kristi Nixon SHEFFIELD – West Fork senior Lindsey Peterson took home one more honor after the 2013 volleyball season. The outside hitter for the Warhawks was recently named second team all-state in Class 2A by the Iowa Girls Volleyball Coaches Association. Peterson was the top hitter in the state in kills per set average at 6.68. She helped lead her team to a 1512 record after finishing with more than 1,000 kills, digs and set assists in her career. Three from 2A state champion Dike-New Hartford were not only on the first team but two of the three were on the elite team as well, including Briana Weber and Rachel Koop, both juniors. Brooke Morgan was the other member of the Wolverines to earn first team status in 2A.

Weber was the 2A player of the year and D-NH coach Diane Harms was named 2A Coach of the Year. IGVCA Class 2A All-State Volleyball First Team Briana Weber, Jr., Dike-New Hartford; Rachel Koop, Dike-New Hartford, Jr.; Brooke Morgan, Dike-New Hartford; Jamie Gesink, Western Christian, Jr.; Kasey Reuter, Hinton, Sr.; Haley Moss, Western Christian, Sr.; Alissa Pollema, Western Christian, Sr.; Karlie Taylor, EddyvilleBlakesburg/Fremont, So. Second Team Kylie Ferguson, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Sr.; Ema Altena, Western Christian, Sr.; Lizzy Blough, DikeNew Hartford, Jr.; Kally Frisch, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Sr.; Riley Sents, Grundy Center, Jr.; Lindsey Peterson, West Fork, Sr.; Jade Schaap, Western Christian, Sr.; Gra-

cie Myers, Treynor, Sr. Third Team Tasha Alexander, EddyvilleBlakesburg-Fremont, Sr.; Haley Birks, South Central Calhous, Jr.; Brynn Reichardt, Des Moines Christian, Jr.; Katelyn Schechinger, IKM, Jr.; Tori Owens, Iowa City Regina, Sr.; Kayla Prosser, South Hardin, Sr.; Lauren Hedlund, Hinton, Sr.; Abby Musser, WoodwardGrander, Jr. Honorable Mention Ashley Henkenius, South Central Calhoun, Sr.; Paige Shafer, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Jr.; Ellie Herzberg, Manson-NW Webster, Sr.; Brooke Hagen, Lake Mills, Jr.; Matti Munger, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Jr.; Sam Halbur, MV-AO, Sr.; Augusta Sinclair, Pleasantville, Sr.; Becca Pagel, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Fr.; Haley Weepie, Wapsie Valley, So.; Maddison Russell, West Branch, Jr.

By Kristi Nixon DES MOINES – Two area players earned a spot on the all-district teams in their respective classes. AGWSR’s Olivia Ingledue was named to the Class 1A Northeast District while Lindsey Peterson of West Fork got the nod in the Class 2A Central District. Both are seniors. Ingledue helped lead a surprising post-season run for the Cougars before bowing out in the regional final – a game before the state volleyball tournament. As the team’s libero, Ingledue finished with 462 digs, for an average of 5.19 digs per set. State champion team Janesville’s Shelly Sorenson was named the 1A Northeast District Coach of the Year. Peterson, meanwhile, proved she was one of the best hitters in the

state, also recently being named second-team all-state by the Iowa Volleyball Girls Coaches Association. She tallied 474 total kills. Darwin Sents of state-qualifying team Grundy Center was the 2A Central District Coach of the Year. 2013 Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association All-District Volleyball Teams Class 1A Northeast Hattie Davidson, NorthwoodKensett, So.; Destiny Christopher, Janesville, Sr.; Elizabeth Seehase, Tripoli, Sr.; Nicole Baumgartner, Starmont, Jr.; Olivia Ingledue, AGWSR, Sr.; Amanda Riniker, East Buchanan, Jr.; Samantha Tschirgi, Central Elkader, Sr.; Madison Wood, Rockford, Sr.; Kendyl Sorge, Janesville, Jr.; Sylvia Amlie, Janesville, Sr.; Brittney Hanson, Janesville, Toni Moeller, Tripoli, Sr.; Anna Backstrom, Janesville, Jr.;

Paige Figanbaum, Tripoli, Sr.; Kayla Schaufenbuel, Turkey Valley, So. District Coach of the Year: Shelly Sorenson, Janesville Class 2A Central Alarie Craven, West Marshall, Sr.; Erika Veurink, Des Moines Christian, Sr.; Augusta Sinclair, Pleasantville, Sr.; Stephanie Faust, Grundy Center, Jr.; Brittany Zimmer, Des Moines Christian, Jr.; Emily Dolan, North Butler, Sr.; Josie Youel, North Tama, Sr.; Tori Manning, Woodward-Granger, Jr.; Brynn Reichardt, Des Moines Christian, Jr.; Abby Musser, Woodward-Granger, Jr.; Lindsey Peterson, West Fork, Sr.; Riley Sents, Gruundy Center, Jr.; Kayla Prosser, South Hardin, Sr.; Kenzie Siemens, North Butler, Sr.; Katie Lindaman, Grundy Center, So. District Coach of the Year: Darwin Sents, Grundy Center

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Lindsey Peterson puts down a kill during regional play against Nashua-Plainfield. Peterson was named second team allstate in Class 2A, announced recently. (File photo)

The Candle-Stick Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m., at Godfathers Pizza in Hampton. Lunch is OYO. Educational program is “Women’s Safety” presented by Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer.

Texas Hold’em Tournament

Sheffield Betterment Foundation held a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament on Friday Nov. 29 at Ridge Stone Golf Club. 36 players had a very good time; prizes were paid out to the top five. Winners were: 5th place: Mark Marzen, 4th place: Larry Greimann, 3rd place: Rick Beckman, 2nd place: Steve Sheppard, and 2013 1st place went to Mark Foster. We look forward to seeing all the players and some new ones again in 2014. Thank you to players and volunteers alike, for making the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament a success.

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Continued from front page Saturday, Dec. 7 4-H Club Officer Training, 9-11 a.m., Franklin County Extension Office, Hampton PROSPER Gift Wrapping, 10 am-1 pm, Franklin County Extension Office Free Movie, 1 p.m., Windsor Theatre, Hampton – sponsored by PROSPER Tuesday, Dec. 10 AA Meeting at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, at 8 p.m. The Sheffield American Legion Harlo Ray Massee Post 277 meets the second Tuesday of each Month Wednesday, Dec. 11 Blood Pressure & Med. Min, 10-11 am, Hampton Senior Center, walk-in Thursday, Dec. 12 Foot Clinic, 8:30-10 am, Sheffield EMS, 641-456-5820 Friday, Dec. 13 Blood Pressure, 8:30-9:30 am, Franklin Co. Public Health, walk-in Monday, Dec. 16 West Fork School Board, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 AA Meeting at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 Immunization Clinic, 2:30-4 pm, Franklin Co. Public Health, 641456-5820 Friday, Dec. 20 Blood Pressure, 8:30-9:30 am, Franklin Co. Public Health, walk-in Tuesday, Dec. 24 AA Meeting at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Sheffield, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 Blood Pressure, 8:30-9:30 am, Franklin Co. Public Health, walk-in Blood Pressure, 8:30-9:30 am, Ackley State Bank, Geneva, walk-in

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