Friday, April 06, 2012

Courier news

(Courtesy of the April 4, 2012 Ida County Courier on-line edition -


Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt and Bethel Lutheran in Kiron will observe Holy Week with a 7 a. m. sunrise service at Bethel followed by Easter breakfast, a 9:30 a. m. Easter Celebration at Faith and a 2:30 p. m. Easter Sunday service at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center.

First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt will hold Easter breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a. m. on Easter Sunday. The Easter Sunday worship service begins at 10 a. m. with new members joining. There is no Sunday school.

St. Martin Catholic Church will observe the holiday with a noon Good Friday service and a 10:15 a. m. Easter Sunday Mass.

Trinity Lutheran Church’s schedule of services begins with two services on Good Friday—a “Tre Ore” service at 1 p. m. and a “Tenebrae” candlelight service at 7 p. m., an Easter vigil candlelight service at 8:30 p. m. on Saturday and a 7 a. m. Easter sunrise service followed by Easter breakfast.

United Methodist Church in Odebolt has scheduled a 7:30 a. m. Easter Sunday sunrise service, followed by breakfast and a 10:30 a. m. Easter Sunday worship service.


Evangelical Free Church in Arthur Easter breakfast will be served at 9 a. m., followed by a 10 a. m. Easter Sunday worship service.

Arthur United Methodist Church will observe Easter with a 9 a. m. service on Easter Sunday.


Renovations to the Richland #1 school house in Odebolt are well underway.

In the past week, Greg Neville Construction crews replaced and shingled the roof and put new windows on the east and west walls of the school.  (Courier photo by Deb Loger)

O-A accepts superintendent’s resignation

The Odebolt-Arthur School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dani Trimble during a special meeting March 30.

The resignation was accepted with regrets. Board President Paul Neumann told Trimble it “was an honor and privilege to have Trimble serving the district.”

Trimble has accepted a superintendent position at Alburnett Community School in Alburnett, Iowa.  Read the rest of the story in the Courier.

Dollars For Scholars ‘Evening For Education’ set for April 22

The O-A/BC-IG Dollars for Scholars Foundation Board announces its third annual “Evening for Education” fund-raiser on Sunday, April 22, 5 p. m., at Skate Palace in Ida Grove.

Those attending will enjoy a dining experience in the festive setting provided by the previous night’s junior–senior prom at Skate Palace. The meal includes beef, salad, potato, vegetable and dessert served tableside by O-A/BCIG High School students. The evening begins with a one-hour reception at 5, dinner at 6 and entertainment at 7:30. Following the meal will be a live auction and the results of the silent auction.

After the auction, music will be provided by a cappella vocal band, “Home Free.” Suggested attire is business to business casual, and Knop Photography will be on hand for portrait packages with a percentage of the proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

All proceeds will go toward scholarships provided each year to O-A/BC-IG seniors who apply. Last year, 69 graduates received $186,069. The scholarships have been made available to O-A students starting with the 2010 class at 25 percent of the full scholarship amount through the 2013 class at 100 percent of the full amount.

Paul Neumann is the O-A/ BC-IG Dollars for Scholars’ Foundation chairman for this event. Table sponsorships are available by contacting Neumann at 712-369-0035 and are available at three levels—silver, purple and black for tables of 12, 10 and eight with reserved seating. Single seat tickets are also available for $40 a person.

Tickets are available from Neumann or other foundation board members: Rita Freese, Evelyn Lawhead, Marcia Cates, Lorraine Johnson, Mike Rickert, Linda Burk, Renee Bengford and Tammie Dausel.

The board is also asking for items to be donated for a live and silent auction also held that evening. Donations for the live and silent auctions can be given to any of the foundation members or by calling 712-365-0035. A list of the items will be published before the event.

All tickets must be purchased in advance. 

BC-IG, O-A boards plan joint meeting

The Battle Creek-Ida Grove and Odebolt-Arthur School Boards will hold a joint meeting on Monday, April 9, 6:30 p. m., at Odebolt.

Dialogue/action items include consideration of the timeline for moving grades four and five for BC-IG, senior graduation list, O-A/BC-IG family handbook, fee schedule, 28E agreements for 2012-13, district employee job descriptions, major/minor softball and baseball funding,PPEL/Capitol projects and board self-evaluation process.

Happiness Express donates to music

The vocal music department of O-A/BC-IG High School is the recipient of a $300 check presented by the Happiness Express Chorus of Denison.

The gift represents a portion of $3,700 that is being distributed to vocal music departments of 10 area high schools and two vocal music workshop programs.

“It costs money to run a vocal music program,” said Jerry Einspahr, a member of the chorus. “With the budget cuts being experienced by our local schools, the chorus decided to step in and help. Our show patrons and local business sponsors have been very supportive in past years, so we are returning a portion of our spring show profit to the communities in which our members live.”

Business sponsors helping to make this possible include Dr. Jay Bleil Chiropractic, First State Bank, Galleria Portraits, Lackman Miniature Ponies and Murray Jewelers, all of Ida Grove; and Einspahr Furniture, Cubby’s, Bar V Feedlot (Kevin Carstensen), Pan-Agra, Inc. and Swanson Insurance and Real Estate, all of Odebolt.

Members from the Odebolt and Ida Grove area include: Kevin McFarland, Jerry Einspahr and Joe Wadsley, Odebolt; and Rod Schneider, Ida Grove.


The Happiness Express Chorus, under the direction of Rod Schneider, returns to the Denison High School Fine Arts Center, located at 819 N. 16th St. in Denison, on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. for its production of “Senior Harmony: Mayhem at Tranquility Acres.”

“This year’s production has a men’s chorus from an assisted living center being turned loose on an unsuspecting audience. We make fun of our age and we aren’t afraid to speak our mind,” said Schneider.

Tickets may be purchased from chorus members: Rod Schneider (364-3788), Jerry Einspahr (830-7337) or Kevin McFarland (371-3501).

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