• Christmas closings.
Thursday will be observed as a complete holiday in observance of Christmas around the KQWC listening area. Many area businesses will be closed for the day. Stores on Wednesday will either close early or at their regular time. Many area financial institutions will be closing at 12 noon on Christmas Eve . The Hamilton County Courthouse, all county offices and the Webster City Municipal Building will be closing at 12 noon Wednesday for the Christmas holiday to reopen again on Friday. Friends Forever Social Education Center will be closed December 24 through the 26 for the Christmas period. Kendall Young Library will be closed both Wednesday and Thursday. The Fuller Hall Recreation Center will close at 12 noon Wednesday for Christmas to reopen Friday morning,December 26 at 6:00 a.m. There will be no city or rural delivery of mail Thursday. The Webster City post office box lobby will be open as usual but the customer service window will be closed for the Christmas holiday. Mail service will resume on Friday,December 26. The Hamilton County Iowa State University Extension Office will be closed Christmas Day and December 26 for the Christmas weekend. Webster City school students will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday afternoon, December 23. Classes will resume again on Monday,January 5,2015.
• Northeast Hamilton school board faces brief agenda for the final meeting of 2014.
The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board Thursday evening approved the submission of a modified allowable growth/dropout prevent grant in the amount of $20,512. The grant to be submitted will help fund a targeted afterschool program and summer school program. The additional funding will cover the compensation of teachers involved in the project. A letter of assurance has been signed and forwarded to the Iowa Department of Education indicating the Northeast Hamilton district's interest in pursuing the second round of funding as part of the ongoing Microsoft settlement monies. A decision is expected sometime in the new year on these funds.
The Northeast Hamilton school board discussed the current condition of the district's minivans and possible options for replacement. There was no action taken on this issue to be revisited at next month's board session. Negotiations for next year's contract between the school board and the Northeast Hamilton Education Association will begin in January. The association represents the teaching staff in the district.
A contract was approved by the Northeast Hamilton board for mental health services offered by Coleman Counseling,Incorporated in Eagle Grove. The contract will be in effect for the remainder of the current school year.
The next scheduled informal board meeting between Northeast Hamilton, Stratford and Webster City school boards will be on Wednesday, January 21 at 4:30 at the school library. This is the second of three meetings this school to look at matters in all three districts.
• Humboldt man arrested on robbery charges Thursday afternoon
A 20 year old Humboldt man is in the Webster County Jail in Fort Dodge after possibly involved in two robberies in Humboldt and another one in Fort Dodge Thursday afternoon. Fort Dodge Police arrested Kaleb Lenning. He is facing a charge of second degree robbery at the Days Inn at 3040 Fifth Avenue South at 1:14 p.m. After getting a description of the vehicle involved, a Fort Dodge police officer conducted a traffic stop and found two men inside a vehicle that was believed to be involved in the case. The men were transported to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center for questioning. A description of the suspect in the robbery of the Days Inn matched that of a man involved in two robberies in Humboldt also on Thursday. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department reported robberies at Cenex Cross Roads and at Hy Vee Wine and Spirits. During one of the robberies, authorities said the man displayed a knife and demanded money. Lenning is in the Webster County Jail awaiting his initial appearance. Other charges are expected as the investigation continues.
• Hamilton County sees a ten percent drop in land value for 2014.
• Webster City Fire Department has safety tips for the holiday season.