• Fort Dodge authorities investigate possible animal neglect case.
Police in Fort Dodge Saturday responded to a report of possible animal neglect at 310 and 312 G Street. It was alleged that the owner of the property 61 year old Kathleen Bond had taken in numerous dogs and cats and was unable to care for them resulting in unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions. The residence at 310 G Street was vacant at the time while Bond was living at 312 G Street. Bond cooperated with law enforcement and permitted officers to inspect both residences. Officers observed obvious signs of animal neglect inside both of the residences but due to high levels of ammonia in the air they were not able to enter and complete the investigation. Due to the results of their investigation, both houses were secured to prevent anyone from going inside without appropriate equipment. The Fort Dodge Fire Department responded as members wore hazardous material suits and self contained breathing apparatus to determine the levels of ammonia and any other health threats. While inside fire fighters noted approximately eight dogs and between 40 to 50 cats combined in the two residences.Webster County Animal Control Officer Blaine Hepp as well as volunteers with Almost Home Animal Shelter responded and assisted in the recovery of the eight dogs from 312 G Street. The animals were impounded and will be evaluated and treated for any neglect or injuries. Authorities said it was determined that it was safe for the cats to remain at the residences in the short term while Almost Home and Animal Control Officer Hepp worked to identify rescue shelters that would take them in. The investigation into this incident continues.
• Arts R Alive Sculpture Event set for August 6 to 8.
The Fourth Annual Arts R Alive Sculpture event will be held at West Twin Park in Webster City August 6 to 8,2014. Seven artists have submitted pieces for the event which is sponsored by the Take Pride in Webster City Committee with funding coming from the Hotel Motel tax, WCF Financial Bank and the Rotary Club. Voting for the People's Choice Award will take place in the park from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 6 and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday,August 7. "Artist Talk" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6 will feature the artists giving comments about their piece and answering questions. Martin Arthur, director of the Hearst Center for the Arts at the University of Northern Iowa will judge the pieces and make comments about them on Thursday,August 7 at 6:30 p.m. Music and refreshments will be provided each evening. Josh Seiser will provide recorded music on Wednesday and the Jive For Five brass band, a group of area band instructors will provide live music from 4:30 until 6:30 on Thursday evening.
• Back to school registration dates announced.
As the summer celebrations are beginning to wind down, it's time to think about back to school registration. School districts in the KQWC listening area have announced the dates for sign up.
Webster City School registration continues though August 4. There are no registration fees for students attending the Webster City schools. You may register at the Webster City school website or at the school office Monday through Thursdays from 7:00 until 4:45 p.m. The school office is closed on Fridays for the summer.
Stratford school registration dates will be August 4 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. and August 5 from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the school office in Stratford.
The registration for students attending South Hamilton in Jewell will be Tuesday,August 5 and Thursday,August 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school office.
The Northeast Hamilton school registration date is Tuesday, August 12 from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the school office in Blairsburg. Registration packets will be mailed this week which will contain more information and details regarding the registration process.
Sign up for classes at Roland Story will be this Thursday,July 31 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. and Friday,August 1 from 12 noon until 3:00 p.m. in the high school commons in Story City.
Registration at Eagle Grove will be Tuesday,August 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for all grades at the high school in Eagle Grove.
Clarion Goldfield Dows registration dates are Tuesday,August 5 from 11 until 7 and Wednesday,August 6 from 10 until 5 at the high school cafeteria in Clarion.
The sign up for those attending Belmond Klemme school will be Monday,August 4 from 11 until 7 at the Jacobson Elementary School lunch room in Belmond.
Classes for the 2014-15 school year will begin August 14 at Roland Story. Eagle Grove and South Hamilton will begin the new school year on August 18. The new school year arrives August 19 for Webster City,St. Thomas Aquinas, Northeast Hamilton, Stratford, Clarion Goldfield Dows and Belmond Klemme.
• Final results of the Hamilton County League of Women Voters Straw Poll released.
• Fort Dodge Police investigate early Saturday shooting incident.