• Trick or Treat Night set for Friday night in Hamilton County.
Friday night will be the night for all ghosts and goblins to roam the streets of Hamilton County communities as it's time for Beggar's Night. In Webster City,the downtown business district will welcome the youngsters from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the stores identified by a poster on the window.Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Southfield Wellness Community and Windsor Manor will be open from 3:30 until 5:00 for children to get their treats. The first annual Trunk or Treat event to be held in the parking lot of Webster City High School will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Over 20 cars loaded with Halloween treats will be parked waiting for the youngsters to come by. The official resident trick or treat hours in Webster City will be 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Elswewhere in Hamilton County, the towns of Blairsburg,Kamrar and Stratford will observe trick or treat hours from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 7:00 at the Kamrar fire station Friday evening. The trick or treat hours in Ellsworth, Jewell, Randall Stanhope and Williams will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. There will be a Halloween party for the kids in Stanhope at the Community Building from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served for the trick or treaters at the Ellsworth and Jewell fire stations early Friday evening.
Hamilton County law enforcement officials ask motorists to be on the lookout for the youngsters in the residential areas as they make their visits.Children should stop in to the homes of people they know. Home owners are asked to leave their porch lights on to welcome the youngsters. Children should wait until they arrive home and enjoy their treats.
• Van Diest Medical Center is an important part of Hamilton County's economy.
│ Van Diest Medical Center (VDMC) generates nearly 300 jobs that add more than $13 million to Hamilton County’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, Van Diest Medical Center employees by themselves spend nearly $1.8 million on retail sales and contribute more than $107,000 in state sales tax revenue. “Having a strong hospital at the center of a rural community is a huge economic driver for the community and the area. Economic growth is essential to the future of Webster City and Hamilton County and the hospital’s presence is not only vital to the health of the people who live here, but it contributes significantly to the nearby towns and their ability to prosper economically,” shared Lori Rathbun, Van Diest Medical Center CEO. “Beyond quality health care and the economic impact our hospital provides to the area, it’s the people who work at the hospital and what they bring to the community that makes the impact even greater. Physicians like Dr. Reda Daher, and many other health care professionals who put down roots, start families, and strengthen neighborhoods that help to keep rural Iowa communities healthy and thriving,” Rathbun further stated. The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector. The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact.
The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,437 people and create another 57,792 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits, and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.Iowa’s health care sector, which includes employed clinicians, long-term care services and assisted living centers, pharmacies and other medical and health services, directly and indirectly accounts for 307,402 Iowa jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment
“People are often unaware of the contributions that hospitals make to their local economies, including the number of people they employ, the significance of hospital purchases with local businesses and the impact of their employees’ spending and tax support for an entire region,” said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO. “Just as no one provides the services and community benefits found at community hospitals, there is also no substitute for the jobs and business hospitals provide and create.”The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government and consumer audiences. All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are IHA members.
• Jack Hatch and Monica Vernon to appear in Webster City Wednesday afternoon.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch and lieutenant governor candidate Monica Vernon will make a joint appearance Wednesday afternoon in Webster City. Both candidates are traveling across the state in their Fresh Start Tour. They will be appearing at 1:30 p.m. at Second Street Emporium. The public is invited to attend.
• Iowa DNR investigates manure release near Williams.
• Air Choice One to provide air service from Fort Dodge.