Thursday, July 24, 2014

Courier News

New playground at Odebolt-Arthur Elementary (Click photo to enlarge it)

Golf event to benefit O-A/BC-IG athletics

Sac County Mutual Telephone Company will sponsor the 14th annual four-person best ball nine-hole golf outing to benefit O-A/BC-IG student athletes at the Ida Grove Country Club this Friday, July 25. The shotgun start begins at 2:30 p. m.

The $40 entry fee includes green fees and a steak supper. The dinner only ticket is $25. All proceeds will be donated to the O-A/BC-IG Booster Club to support O-A/BC-IG student athletes.

Door prizes and flag prizes will be awarded along with several special fun contests.

For more information contact Kurt Hofmeister (712-369-3474) or Sac County Mutual Telephone (712-668-2200).

O-A/BC-IG sets registration, open houses

Area school registrations are set for the next two weeks.

Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove students may register:
Monday, July 28, from noon to 6 p. m., at the O-A/BCIG Middle School in Odebolt or
Monday, Aug. 4, from noon to 6 p. m., in the conference room at the Battle Creek-Ida Grove Elementary School in Ida Grove. Students may register at any location. 

All school registration forms for 2014-15 must be turned in by Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Registration fees for O-A/ BC-IG students are as follows:
  • Book fees—K-3 elementary, $35; fourth/fifth elementary, $40; middle school, $55; and high school, $70. Each student is responsible for their own college-level class books.
  • Music—$10 for band and vocal uniform fee, $20 for percussion rental and $35 for instrumental rental.
  • Activity tickets—$35 for K-12 students, $70 for adults, $170 for family and senior citizens (age 62) free pass available upon request.
  • Breakfast—$1.25 daily for elementary and intermediate students, $1.35 daily for middle school students, $1.45 daily for high school and $1.60 daily for adults.
  • Hot lunch—$2 daily for elementary, intermediate and middle school students; $2.25 daily for high school students; and $3.30 daily for adults. Second entrĂ©e costs $1.10, second meal (all ages) is $2.25 and high school juice is 50 cents.
  • Milk—BC-IG alternate kindergarten-second grade, $27 a semester, $54 a year; O-A preschool and kindergarten, $6 for 20 days; extra milk, 30 cents.
  • Town bus—$25 a semester; maximum $50 a semester and $100 for the year.
  • Driver’s education—$350.
In-service days will be Friday, Aug. 15, and Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 18 and 19. The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 20.

O-A/BC-IG open houses are:
Monday, Aug. 18—4 to 6 p. m., BC-IG Elementary and 5 to 7 p. m., O-A/BC-IG High School. Tuesday, Aug. 19—5:30 to7: 30 p. m., O-A Elementary and O-A/BC-IG Middle School. 

Sixth grade orientation is 5:30 to 6 p. m. in the middle school gym. 

Students are encouraged to bring their supplies, find their rooms and/or lockers and meet their teachers.

Odebolt man arrested on weapons charge
Just before midnight on July 12, Sac County Sheriff’s deputies responded to gunshots in the 400 block of South Main Street in Odebolt. During the course of the investigation, they determined some sort of domestic dispute had occurred.

It is alleged that during this domestic dispute Dustin Pope, 23, discharged a 9mm handgun at least twice in the air. It is further alleged that Pope pointed the handgun at neighbors as they came out to help.

Pope was arrested and transported to the Sac County Jail where he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor; reckless use of a firearm, a simple misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a simple misdemeanor.

A second person, Kyle Dene Terry, 25, of Holstein, was arrested by the Iowa State Patrol and charged with interference with official acts, after Terry allegedly refused to leave after ordered by law enforcement.

The investigation is continuing. The Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.

Ethanol plant explosion investigated

An explosion Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Arthur has the plant shut down until officials can inspect the damage.

Arthur Fire Chief Paul Rydberg reported the Arthur Fire Department was paged out at 8:45 p. m. and remained on the scene until 1:15 a. m. July 18.

Rydberg said the Odebolt and Ida Grove Fire Departments, Odebolt and Ida Grove ambulances, Arthur First Responders, Ida County Emergency Management and Ida County Sheriff’s Off

Jake Reint, a spokesman for Flint Hills Resources, said the explosion took place in a grain dryer, but the extent of the damage and the cause of the explosion are currently unknown. No one was injured in the explosion.

The plant employs about 50 people and is operated 24 hours a day, Reint said. Flint Hills Resources thanks the members of the Arthur, Ida Grove and Odebolt volunteer ire departments for their quick response and support during the incident.

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