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  • 06/13/24: Community Calendar

    Jun 13, 2024

    New location for upcoming Hartley blood drive A community blood drive is scheduled from 12:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. It will be held in the social room of Trinity United Church of Christ, located at 140 North 5th Avenue East in Hartley. Donors are asked to use the west door of the church. New donors are especially needed. Appointments are encouraged. Make your appointment by texting LIFESERVE to 999-777, calling (800) 287-4903 or visiting lifeservebloodcenter.org. Food distribution at Trinity UCC planned next week The Food Bank of...

  • 06/13/24: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

    Jun 13, 2024

    Local students on Northwestern Dean’s List Two area students have earned spots on the spring 2024 semester Academic Dean’s List at Northwestern College in Orange City. The Dean’s List is comprised of students who have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or above while carrying a minimum of 12 graded hours. This semester, 404 students qualified for the Dean’s List. Of them, 269 students earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher and are considered Collegiate Scholars. Those included on the Dean’s List are Jasmine Lux, of Sanborn, a junior ma...

  • From Our Files

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|Jun 13, 2024

    • June 16, 1949 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church planned to hold its Sunday service in their new church basement. The congregation was to gather in the old church for a brief farewell devotion and then march to the new church. Services would be held in the basement until the new church furniture arrived. Darold Rost was presented the DeKalb Achievement Award for 1949. The award was presented each year to the senior boy with the best all-around achievement in vocational agriculture and FFA work. His name was engraved on a plaque displayed in the voc...

  • 06/06/24: Community Calendar

    Jun 6, 2024

    New location for Hartley blood drive A community blood drive is scheduled from 12:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. It will be held in the social room of Trinity United Church of Christ, located at 140 North 5th Avenue East in Hartley. Donors are asked to use the west door of the church. New donors are especially needed. Appointments are encouraged. Make your appointment by texting LIFESERVE to 999-777, calling (800) 287-4903 or visiting lifeservebloodcenter.org. EHM fundraiser is June 15 The Everly Heritage Museum will hold its annual fundra...

  • 06/06/24: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

    Jun 6, 2024

    Locals graduate from ISU More than 4,450 graduates received degrees from Iowa State University this spring during commencement ceremonies were held May 9-11 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Local students are listed below. Everly: Jack Davis, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture. Hartley: Jennifer Vander Lee, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine ILCC releases spring honors lists Iowa Lakes Community College recently released the Spring 2024 Honors Lists. This semester, 131 students have earned the prestigious...

  • Rutt named More 104.9 Teacher of the Year

    Jun 6, 2024

    Longtime Clay Central/Everly Elementary teacher Tierny Rutt received a big honor at the end of the school year last month. The first grade teacher at CC/E was named More 104.9 Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony in the music room. Rutt (pictured above, third from left) retired at the end of the school year following a 37-year career. Over the years, Rutt's passion has been teaching all of her students important skills to become successful and productive community members. In addition...

  • From Our Files

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2024

    • June 9, 1949 Everett Brewer, of Storm Lake, was employed by the Burley Appliance Store as a salesman for this area. He was formerly district Philco representative for the E.J. Gustafson Co., of Sioux Falls, S.D. June marked the first month of the Clerk of the Month Contest sponsored by the Hartley Chamber of Commerce. A total of $22.50 in prizes would be awarded to the most courteous clerks. Awards were made by a secret committee upon nominations from the buying public. LaBelle’s Michael Noir, black Labrador owned by Myrle Peters, won the...

  • What does the flag mean to you?

    May 30, 2024

    Each year, the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn fifth graders complete a flag unit in language arts class. They learn about flag etiquette, the history of the United States flag, and the different branches of the U.S. military. The students, along with their teacher, Angie Mayer, even go through each part of the U.S. Flag Code. At the end of the unit, the students are left with a better understanding of what the flag represents and how to show it respect. They then write an essay of 300 words or less...

  • 05/30/24: Community Calendar

    May 30, 2024

    IGLFC planning seminar for novice anglers June 4 The Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club will host an adult fishing seminar for novice anglers on Tuesday, June 4 at The Loft at West O. Couples are welcome and encouraged. A variety of topics will be discussed, and pizza and beer are included. Seating is limited. See the ad on Page 8 for more details. Red’s Catering menu Red’s Catering in downtown Hartley will be serving a variety of specials on Wednesday, June 5. See the ad on Page 4 for more details. Summer reading program at HPL The Hartley Pub...

  • 05/30/24: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

    May 30, 2024

    Disaster Recovery Fund activated in Clay County Following the severe weather events on May 21, the Clay County Community Foundation (CCCF) has activated the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) on behalf of Clay County. Established in 2020 to support vulnerable populations, the DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give charitably, with the reassurance that donations will be quickly moved to resources where they are needed most to adapt to evolving priorities in Clay County. The flexible nature of the fund ensures that the county can quickly mo...

  • From Our Files

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 30, 2024

    • June 2, 1949 Frank Miles, former editor of the Iowa Legionnaire and veteran of both world wars, addressed those in attendance at Memorial Park in Pleasant View Cemetery. He emphasized that Memorial Day should mean as much to those who did not have servicemen in the war as those who did or lost them. Superintendent John W. Harold announced that Darwyn V. Snyder, of Sioux City, was selected as the vocal and band instructor for Hartley High School. He also had charge of the town band. Mr. Snyder was a graduate of Morningside College and p...

  • 'Keep believing in yourselves'

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 30, 2024

    Fifty-three eighth grade students at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School are looking toward the future as they are ready to move on to high school. During the awards program on May 23, students signed a class banner indicating they intend to attend school regularly, volunteer in their community, participate in extracurricular activities, and earn the grades and credits necessary to graduate in four years. "Be prepared to meet the challenges, keep striving for excellence, stay curious, be kind,...

  • 05/23/24: Community Calendar

    May 23, 2024

    National Poppy Day is Friday The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms. Local residents are encouraged to wear or purchase a poppy to honor those who have worn our nation’s uniform on National Poppy Day, Friday, May 24. All donations received will be used by the American Legion Auxiliary for programs that support veterans, the military com...

  • 05/23/24: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

    May 23, 2024

    Justin Moore coming to the 2024 Clay Co. Fair The Clay County Fair officials last week announced Justin Moore with a special guest to be announced later as part of the SRG Concert Series on Thursday, Sept. 12. Multi-Platinum hitmaker Justin Moore has built a loyal following over the past decade with his traditional country sound and captivating live shows. The Arkansas native just notched his 12th No. 1 with “You, Me, and Whiskey,” a smoldering duet with Priscilla Block. Over his 10-plus yea...

  • H-M-S High School Class of 2024 scholarships and awards

    May 23, 2024

    American Legion Auxiliary of Post #288: Brennan Stoltz. Sons of the American Legion, Hartley: Kinsey Schirmer and Brett Stoltz. Staff Sgt. Shane Koele Leadership Award: Brennan Stoltz. Staff Sgt. Leroy Webster Leadership Award: Kinsey Schirmer. Onyx Lodge #419, Sanborn Masonic Lodge: Alexis Grover. American Citizenship Award: George Vargas Calderon. Class of 1952 Scholarship Award: Heather Elgersma. Arlene Houston Memorial Scholarship: Jenna Buren. H-M-S Education Association Scholarship: Jenna...

  • High school students' work featured at show

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    The artistic talents of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School students were on display during the annual art show. Artwork in a number of media was on display in the student center. The show was held in conjunction with the spring concert and senior recognition on April 30. • H-M-S vocalists receive top scores for duet Sophomores Lillian Van Loon and Jordan Lux were featured at the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn spring concert on April 30. They earned perfect scores for their performance of "Ezekiel's W...

  • 05/16/24: Community Calendar

    May 16, 2024

    H-M-S Class of 2024 to graduate Sunday The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School Class of 2024 will hold its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m., in the H-M-S Event Center. The public is invited to attend. Check out annual graduation tab featuring portraits and profiles of the senior class inside this edition. Dates changed for Junior Golf Academy at Meadowbrook Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club has adjusted the schedule for its annual Junior Golf Academy next month to June 11, 12, 19 and 20. The camp is open to local children in...

  • 05/16/24: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

    May 16, 2024

    NCC achieves top rankings for online programs Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) in Sheldon has secured top positions in three prestigious University HQ rankings for 2024. NCC is ranked as the fifth-best institution nationally for online Associate Degrees in Business, seventh in the Top 50 Best Online Associate Degrees nationwide, and stands as the leading institution in Iowa across all online college offerings. Criteria used for these rankings include factors such as admission rates, graduation rates, net price, availability of online prog...

  • From Our Files

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    • May 19, 1949 The Hartley Community Recreation Association met for its annual spring meeting. Plans for the activities of the coming summer were discussed, and Richard McCarty, Richard Anderson and Mrs. Louis Anderson were elected to serve three-year terms on the board. Fifty-one seniors of the Hartley High School received their graduation diplomas at commencement ceremonies. Dr. Earl A. Roadman, president of Morningside College in Sioux City, was the guest speaker. Friday the 13th lived up to its tradition at the John Olhausen home. L...

  • Relays return at CC/E

    Iesha Toft, S-N Contributor|May 16, 2024

    The weather couldn't have been better on Monday for the kickoff of Clay Central/Everly's reinstated K-6 Maverick Relays. The event was hosted at the former CC/E football field and track in Royal. The day was divided in two, with K-2 grade events hosted in the morning and 3-6 grade events in the afternoon. K-2 participated in four field events first, including the football toss, Frisbee throw, softball toss and kickball kick. Students then headed to the starting line for the 50-meter, 100-meter...

  • 2 winners named in HPL poetry contest

    May 9, 2024

    The Hartley Public Library sponsored a poetry contest, “Write from the Hart,” during the month of April. Two winners – Clare Hibbing (first place) and Josie Hibbing (second place) – were selected in the adult category. There were no submissions in the youth category. Clare Hibbing received a $35 Amazon gift card for her winning submission. The library staff and board of directors would like to thank those who participated. “I Miss You” By Clare Hibbing Days drag without you here Every sunrise and every sunset Seem like they are permanently...

  • 2 students honored at governor's ceremony

    May 9, 2024

    Two local students were recognized by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg on April 28 for outstanding academic achievement at the 22nd Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 424 high school seniors from across Iowa. Locally, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School...

  • 05/09/24: Community Calendar

    May 9, 2024

    Make a lei at Hartley library Monday The Hartley Public Library will host an adult craft event, “Create a Lei,” on Monday, May 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. Participants will create Hawaiian leis out of paper, yarn and beads. All are welcome to attend. Junior Golf Academy at Meadowbrook Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club will host its annual Junior Golf Academy next month. The camp is open to local children in third grade through high school. See the ad on Page 3 for complete sign-up details. Mother’s Day brunch at Crazy Bob’s Crazy Bob’s in Hartley i...

  • CC/E food program receives grant

    Iesha Toft, S-N Contributor|May 9, 2024

    Clay Central/Everly recently received two Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Outreach Grants of $500 each to benefit the CC/E student snack program and Mav Pack backpack program. ISEA's mission is to "promote quality public education by placing students at the center of everything we do while advocating for education professionals." Members of the CC/E community help assemble and prepare the snacks and backpacks each week for the CC/E students....

  • CC/E students lend a helping hand

    Iesha Toft, S-N Contributor|May 9, 2024

    CC/E fifth graders enjoyed the wonderful weather last Wednesday by heading out to Everly and Royal residents for a day of service learning. Students worked hard the entire day to help different homeowners with their yard work. The students' servant hearts and helping hands truly shined in the work they did. The homeowners were incredibly grateful and the Mavericks were thankful that they were able to take a load off of citizens' plates and help some very kind and wonderful community members in...

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