Friday, May 16, 2014

Courier News 5-14-14

Courtesy of the Ida County Courier -

O-A/BC-IG Seniors graduate on Sunday

Commencement exercises for 81 Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove seniors will be at 2 p. m. this Sunday, May 18th, in the high school gymnasium.

The program will begin with prelude music and the processional “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the O-A/BC-IG High School band, under the direction of Eric Wells.

Superintendent Dr. Nick Ouellette will welcome the audience.

Senior choir members will sing “Our Love Will Live On” by Lantz. Linda Johnson will direct the choir.

O-A/BC-IG High School Principal Patrick Miller will present the seniors with their scholastic recognition awards and then recognize/address of the valedictorian and salutatorian.

Odebolt-Arthur Board President Traci Bengford and BC-IG School Board President Brian Riessen will distribute the diplomas.

Miller will then present the graduates to the audience, followed by the recessional.

The seniors have chosen black, purple and silver for their class colors. The class flower is the purple amaryllis.

The class motto is “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Ours begins today.”

The class song is “We Run This Town” by Luke Bryan.

(See the May 14, 2014 edition of the Ida County Courier for a list of graduates and a special section with photos of the graduate.)

Plans finalized for Odebolt Creek Days
Plans are being finalized for the 20th annual Odebolt Creek Days Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.

Little Ms. And Mr. Creek Days contest: Kids ages five-10; stop by Shear Magic to get an envelope. Collect as much money as you can and return it with earnings to Shear Magic by June 1. The girl and boy with the most money will be crowned during Creek Days 2014. The winners will be grand marshals for the parade.

Friday activities begin with the all-school reunion held at the Odebolt Community Center. The social hour is from 5 to 6 p. m., followed by the meal from 6 to 8 p. m. The Bowling Alley will host the band Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z from 9 p. m. to midnight.

A full day of activities is planned for Saturday, beginning at 7 a. m., with a 5K walk and run hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, starting at the Odebolt school house and Chris Cakes pancake breakfast at the fire station from 7 to 10 a. m.

At 8 a. m., the ninth annual truck show begins on Main Street, and the three-on-three basketball tourney gets underway at the O-A/BC-IG Middle School outdoor courts; the car/motorcycle show and shine is from 9 to 11 a. m. on Third Street and the kids’ tractor pedal pull kicks off at 9 a. m. on Main Street.

All day activities include: kids’ sidewalk chalk art show, sandbox indings, inflatables, bingo, beer garden and food stands. A vendor fair will be held along the creek walk, starting at 11 a. m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Candy Lane Theme.” The parade starts at 1 p. m., followed at 2 p. m. by the beanbag tourney (Second Street) and sand volleyball tourney (community center). The day concludes with DJ Wet Willy, performing from 8 p. m. to midnight at the community center.

Sunday’s activities start at 1 p. m. with the bucket brigade (Main Street), beer garden (Third Street) and barbecue cook-off (Main Street). Bathtub races will be held at 2 p. m. on Third Street, followed by a tug-of-war at 3 p. m. at Third and Willow Streets. Fireworks will go off at 10 p. m.

The entry fee for the barbecue cook-off is $25. There is a cash payout fo first, second and third place. Register by June 1st by emailing

Other activities
The A. E. Cook Corn Trophy, from Brookmont Farm (Odebolt’s Cook Ranch), will be available for public viewing in the lobby at First State Bank in Odebolt from June 16–July 25 and during Creek Days. A special presentation will be held on Saturday during Creek Days’ festivities.

The Peterson Pioneer Home, Iowa Rural Schools Museum and the Odebolt Historical Museum will be open during Creek Days -hours yet to be announced.

Fly your flag—IOWA vs ISU - Show your team spirit and support Creek Days at the same time. Odebolt will fly the flag of the team that raises the most money. It will fly from Creek Days 2014 to Creek Days 2015. You will find donation cans for each team in most local businesses.

View the on-line Creek Days schedule            See the Creek Days page for updates

 Odebolt council: The Odebolt City Council recently filled the late Keith Flink’s seat on the council. Members of the council are, from left: Todd Bengford, James Scott, Lee Hemer (appointed to fill Hemphill’s unexpired seat), City Clerk Christy Hoefling, Mayor Butch Hemphill, Ruth Ann Mohr (appointed to fill Flink’s unexpired seat) and Mike Hoefling. (Photo submitted) 

Odebolt hunt: Youngsters three and under scrambled to collect eggs at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center (ONRC) April 19. The O-A Richland Robins 4-H Club sponsored the hunt for children zero to nine-year-olds. Egg hunt winners were Elizabeth Becker (zero to three-year-olds), Brynn Lindskoog (four-to six-year-olds) and Ethan Humpal (seven-to nine-yearolds). ONRC coloring contest winners were Derrick Lewis (zero to two-year-olds), Shaeley Wiig (three-and four-year-olds), Emmaleigh List (five-to six-year-olds) and Mackenzie Horsley (seven-to nine-year-olds). Daisy Thayer won the employee coloring contest basket. (Courier photo by Deb Loger)

Hike-Bike-A-Thon collects $68,000
The 20th annual Whitey Thompson Hike-Bike-A-Thon raised about $68,000 and had 648 participants during Wednesday’s event on the Pleasant Valley Trail in Ida Grove.   Proceeds go to Dollars For Scholars scholarships for all O-A/BC-IG graduating seniors who apply.

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