• School board discusses Corning partnership

    VILLISCA – Villisca and Corning are in the first stage of whole-grade sharing within the next two years.
    At the Villisca School Board meeting last week, Superintendent William Stone notified the board he has sent in the paperwork to the Iowa Department of Education and hired an independent financial group to investigate the validity and possibility of the two schools working together.

  • Iowa Western College honors college supporters

    COUNCIL BLUFFS - Two long-time supporters of Iowa Western Community College were honored Aug. 7 at the college’s annual Black Tie Patio Party, held in conjunction with the Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships auction and dinner.

    For the 11th straight year, the Patio Party was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Marshall. The Black Tie Harvest will be held Sept. 18 at Iowa Western.

  • School board to discuss Corning merger

    VILLISCA – The possibilities of Villisca and Corning becoming a whole-shared school are on the horizon, as both school boards have been researching the possibilities and benefits of the two districts combining.
    The Villisca school board will be meeting Thursday in the board room at Villisca High School, where the main discussion will be on the option of sharing the junior high and high school with Corning.

  • Penton graduates, Aug. 14

    Brian Willett Brooks Penton, DDS MSD, currently serving as a Major in the Air Force, is graduating from the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Texas at Houston on Aug. 14.
    He and his wife and children will leave on Aug. 16 for Yokota Air Force Base in Japan, where he will serve for three years.
    Brian is the son of Jerry (deceased) and Sandy Penton of Villisca.

  • Northwestern College graduates, May 8

    ORANGE CITY – Stephen Smith of Henderson was among 268 students earning bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern College, Orange City, at commencement exercises on May 8.

  • Varilek speaker at commencement, June 10

    Rex C. Varilek was a featured speaker at the Southeast Community College Milford Campus spring quarter commencement exercises which was held on June 10 in the welsh Center.
    Varilek has also been selected to receive the Southeast Community College, Milford Campus “Outstanding Alumni” award. Varilek received his degree in Diesel Technology in 1981.
     He is currently the owner of Precision Diesel, Inc. of Red Oak.

  • Scholarships awarded

    LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has awarded scholarships to nonresident students who will enroll in the 2010-11 academic year, which begins Aug. 23. The scholarship winners are from 37 states.
    The nonresident scholarship programs were created in 1995 to identify and reward the most talented students from states other than Nebraska who attend UNL. The scholarships are awarded based on transfer grade-point averages for transfer students, or on academic accomplishments in high school and admissions test scores for 2010 high school graduates.

  • School expenses may qualify for tax credit

    With the arrival of August, families with school-aged children are paying school registration fees and starting to buy school supplies.
    Examples of qualifying expenses include school registration fees, required school supplies, and fees for extra-curricular activities. The expenses must be related to coursework and activities at an accredited school. Driver’s education fees qualify if they are paid to the school.  Expenses that do not qualify include school lunches, transportation, and clothing for everyday wear. 

  • Essex School 3rd quarter honor rolls

    A Honor Roll
    3rd grade - Daniel Ohnmacht. 4th grade - Kelsi Leininger. 5th grade - Anna Carlson, Devan Gray, Kaitlyn Kelley, and Nathaniel Martin. 7th grade - Andrea Allen and Amber Ohnmacht. 8th grade - Seana Perkins. 10th grade - Quentin Bangston. 12th grade - Janelle King, Mitchell Nicholas, and Dylan Ross.
    A-B Honor Roll

  • BVU students selected for summer research internships

    STORM LAKE - Seven Buena Vista University science students have been accepted for competitive summer research programs, including two for on-campus research projects and others who will study at major research institutions in the region.