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PRESS, *:-REPORTER GET NEW L MANAGER -- see A3 ? I, [ DISTRICTS LOOK AT CHANGE OF CHURCH NIGHT FOR 2003-04 -- Next Week Iowa Newspaper Association General Excellence Winner proudly serving the communities of Boyden, Hull and Rock Valley 0 l lOW t week's weather on page A2 A2 News A3 A4 A6 A7 BI B3 134 B5 by Randy M. Cauthron Index-Reporter AREA -- School buses are an extremely safe form of transporta- tion for the young pas- sengers they transport every day that local educational institutions are in session. Boyden- Hull School District Superintendent Dennis Ohde stressed that point over-and-over again; and the superin- tendent suggested that when a driver sees a yellow school bus in the distance or stopped along the side of the road, they should pay close attention to what When The Bus' Red Light is Flashing It's just like a stop light, when there's yellow you slow down and proceed with caution; when it turns red you stop and don't go. The fine is $145 and is one of the worst driving violations in terms of your driver's license record. is going on around them. "Our priority is the safety' of that yellow vehicle," Ohde remarked. "When the amber lights and eventual- ly red lights are flashing, this should be a signal to all drivers to be aware." And being aware means following the letter of the law to perfection; otherwise substantial moving violation fines, possible accidents, and perhaps even injuries might follow. "It strikes me with awe when people run through the flashing red lights. What is the issue? What is the prob- lem? It just makes me angry," admitted Ohde. A recent accident involving a pair of cars occurred when one vehicle stopped to allow school children to exit a bus near Boyden. A second car slammed into the rear end of the stopped car, then left the scene. Nobody was reported injured in the accident and an alleged sus- pect was apprehended later after the damaged vehicle was found hidden near the Boyden maintenance shed. Reports from the scene indicated that the first car was stopped and waiting for the bus to turn off its safety lights when the second car hit it from behind. The Boyden-Huli bus was not impacted nor was it BUS SAFETY -- see A3 Blood Bank Blood Bank in Sioux County for a in December stops in Sioux include: Legion Hall in 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 Trailer Goodwill Ambassador be in Boyden begin- 20 until Jan. 26. can be placed in the from Lee's Health Partners are provided through age 18 Community Health each month at the fol- -- Hull Community Room, 3:30 to 28 -- Hegg Memorial Conference Room, ).m, i lce Fishing Clinic Fishing Clinic, hosted Sioux County Board will take Jan. 25 from 1-5 p.m: Boating and Area in Rock Valley. family, a bucket for and ice fishing if you have them. is required at Education Hunter Education Sponsored by the Sioux Conservation Board, on Feb. 22, from 8 at Oak Grove Park. , equired by Feb. 17 at 712-552- by Randy M. Cauthron Index-Reporter BOYDEN -- Aside from address- ing monthly billings matters, the Boyden City Council meeting con- sisted mainly of updates regarding work on the new library/city offices project. The mild winter weather has allowed work to continue for the most part, and with completion still being anticipated near March 1, the Boyden councilmen agreed that it was time to begin advertising for a new part-time city clerk to handle the responsibilities. Logan Vanden Brink, the long- time city clerk will remain in his position for a period of time to be involved in the training. "The city clerk is not a job that someone can just jump into," explained John Doorenbos, Boyden's mayor. The transition will take place as Boyden's new office will include new technology and a person who understands how to use it effective- Community Club to revise Welcome books Outgoing Boyden Community "Club President Ron Damstra suggested that the town's "wel- come" book is in desperate need of updating based on comments received from sever- al parties including the person who presents them to the newly arriving Boyden residents. Pastor Matthew Draffen made it his first order of business to appoint a committee consisting of Pastor Randy Nicholas, Don Damstra, and Kim Ten Haken to work with a representatives of the DEMCO printing group and create a new welcome publica- tion. In other business, Ten Haken began her term as treasurer for the club after being secretary in 2002; and L. Gene Schafer and Pastor Randy Nicholas were chosen to fill the vice president and secretary positions. ly. Doorenbos indicated that at the present time, only a part-time city clerk would be needed to accom- plish the list of monthly tasks that they will be assigned regarding the city's business. Recent work on the new structure included newly studded interior walls, the ventilation system, and electrical wiring. The window frames are m and glass was expect- ed to be by the end of last week. But Frances Van't Hul has a of her life She remembered by Jeanne Visser special green thumb when it receiving her first African Contributing Writer comes to growing these deli- violet plant from Mrs. Kuiper, cate beauties. In her small, from Boyden. Van't Hul isn't HULL -- The African vio- one bedroom apartment at the sure of the year, but she knew let is a beautiful flowering Homestead in Hull are 16 it was shortly after she and house plant, but also has a very healthy African violet her husband, Ed, were mar- reputation as being a bit diffi- plants. Two of them are huge, ried. They celebrated 64 years cult to grow. Many amateur at least 14 inches across, of marriage last year before plant lovers know from expe- More significantly, the 85 Ed died in February. rience that African violets year-old Van't Hul has had That first plant had a pink need special attention or they some of the plants for much die easily. PLANTS --see Ag Results remain a mystery, deadline for charges Friday, Van Oort remains in jail by Randy M. Cauthron Index-Reporter ROCK VALLEY -- A patholo- gist's declara- tion that he has found the definitive cause of death in the alleged murder of Dick Post on April 16, 2002 has changed Christine Van Oort very little pub- licly as Christine Van Oort remains jailed, suspected of committing the crime. The results of the pathologists findings were forwarded to the Sioux County Attorney and Sioux County Sheriff's Office, but those findings remain a secret as both agencies have remained quiet on the results in the immediate after- math of the findings. Deadline for the county attorney's office to file formal charges is Friday, April 16. FINDINGS -- see A3 i the Index-Reporter a-line along with Press at--