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St. Thomas Aquinas School Ball another big success!
Posted: May 03 2015 by ppowers

 

Another successful Friends of St. Thomas Aquinas School Ball was held Saturday night at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center in Webster City. A grand total of $184,000 was raised for the operation of the school thanks to ticket sales, live and silent auction merchandise, food and donations. The entertainment again this year was the Deuces Wild Piano Duo from the Twin Cities sponsored by Tim and Kathy Finucan. The winner of the $10,000 raffle ticket was Kevin Rubash of Webster City.The $2000 cash winner was Jim Kumm. Winner of the $1000 in SCRIP Gift Cards was Jason Griffin. A big thanks to everyone for supporting this year's ball!

Hamilton County Fatality.
Posted: May 03 2015 by ppowers

 A 52 year old Burnsville,Minnesota woman was killed Friday night in an accident south of Blairsburg at the junctions of Highways 20 and 69. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as Denise Lorine McMahon.Reportedly McMahon was a passenger in another vehicle when she got out and was struck by an eastbound semi driven by John Dully of Clarksville, Tennessee. McMahon was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department assisted the patrol at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

Fort Dodge Police investigating early morning shooting.
Posted: May 01 2015 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge were called to the emergency room of Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center at 12:30 Friday morning where a male was being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. 29 year old Alex Colby Clayton of Omaha was treated for non life threatening injuries. Officers attempted to speak with Clayton and a group of witnessses in trying to track down leads into the case.  The investigation is continuing. Anyonew with information is urged to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department or Webster County Crimestoppers at 515-573-1444.

Avian flu prompts Wright County to declare emergency.
Posted: Apr 30 2015 by ppowers

 The Wright County Board of Supervisors on Thursday morning declared a State of Emergency in Wright County in an effort to take a proactive, preventative approach to the widespread Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

“With the current widespread outbreak of the HPAI in Northwest Iowa, and the potential severe economic impact such an outbreak could cause, we felt it necessary, as a Board, to declare this state of emergency,” explained Board of Supervisor Chairman Karl Helgevold....

The Board of Supervisors stress to the citizens that there are no reports of HPAI in Wright County at this time and that there is no risk to the public.

“Taking this action allows the county to exercise some rights under the emergency management rules to help with a uniform proactive and preventative approach to the HPAI,” said Wright County’s Public Information Officer Stan Watne.

Watne explained the Board of Supervisors will ask the County Engineer and County Sheriff to work together to develop a plan for rerouting certain traffic in the areas of some of the poultry facilities in an effort to help limit traffic and hopefully prevent the spread of the disease.

Wright County leads the state in poultry population with nearly 15 million birds in more than 20 locations across the county. The poultry industry in Wright County employs more than 600 people.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Apr 30 2015 by ppowers

 The next Webster City City Council meeting will be Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. Agenda highlights will include a resolution authorizing the city of Webster City to apply for a grant from the U.S.Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program in the amount of $300,000. Another resolution to be approved is for the city of Webster City to apply for a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program in the amount of $1,000,000. The council will award a contract for the 1700 West Second Street Building Roofing Project to Sadler Coating Systems of Eagle Grove. There will be a motion on a request from the Recreation and Public Grounds Department to obtain bids for a Batwing Mower. A public hearing is set for 5:30 for the Lehigh-Webster Transmission and Webster Terminals Facilities Agreement with the Webster City Municipal Electric Utility, Corn Belt Power Cooperative and Mid American Energy. The council meeting will be telecast on Cable Channel 12 in Webster City with repeat telecasts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Decosters appeal sentences to salmonella outbreak.
Posted: Apr 29 2015 by ppowers

 The father and son who ran an egg production company in Wright County are appealing their sentences in connection with a salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people five years ago. Austin "Jack" Decoster and his son Peter were the former executives of Quality Egg near Clarion in 2010 when the salmonella outbreak occured.Earlier this month,both men pleaded guilty to introducting adulterated food into interstate commerce. They were sentenced to three months in jail along with a year of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett allowed the two to remain free while they appealed the sentence. The attorneys for the Decosters argue that jail time is an unconstitutional punishment for the crime they committed.

Webster City Police investigate two accidents over the past few days.
Posted: Apr 29 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated a car truck accident Tuesday morning at Broadway and the Second Street alleyway. Reportedly an eastbound 2004 Ford Taurus driven by Ronald Sumpter of Webster City was heading through the alley way when he apparently failed to yield. The Sumpter car accidentally struck the right rear side of a north bound 2002 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Murray Anderson also of Webster City. Both drivers escaped injury. Investigating Sgt. Ed Wardell estimated the damage to the Sumpter car at $2250 and an estimated $400 in damage to the Anderson pickup.

Details of a two vehicle accident in the Webster City High School parking lot early last Sunday morning were released Wednesday by Webster City Police. Reportedly a 2000 Dodge Intrepid driven by Christina Demaris and a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup  driven by Tanner Struchen both of Webster City  were both traveling north through the parking lot at the time. The two vehicles collided with one another as they reached the exit on Bank Street. No injuries were reported. Investigating officer Clint Houge estimated the damage to the Demaris car at $2000 and an estimated $1000 in damage to the Struchen pickup.

Hamilton County Conservation Board looks at plans for Jewellsworth trail project.
Posted: Apr 29 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting last week,the Hamilton County Conservation Board entered into a professional agreement with Schnieder and Associates of Des Moines to work on planning the middle portion of the Jewellsworth recreational trail. The trail will like the south Hamilton county communities of Jewell and Ellsworth. This project has been in the planning stages for several years. No date has been set for an official groundbreaking of the trail. In another matter the Hamilton County Conservation Board approved entering a professional agreement with the Fort Dodge Community Foundation for the Parks to People project. This project is a strategic plan focusing on marketing tourism and promoting the outdoor recreational activities in the Boone,Hamilton and Webster counties. More discussion on the project will be coming in future meetings.

Hamilton County Conservation director Brian Lammers said that the campgrounds at Bells Mill, Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake are now open for the season. Golfers are enjoying the new season at the Briggs Woods Golf Course as numbers are beginning to increase since it opened a month ago. The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,May 28 at 9:30 at the Hamilton County Conservation Building in Briggs Woods Park.

Wright County Fatality
Posted: Apr 27 2015 by ppowers

The Iowa State Patrol investigated a one vehicle accident Sunday evening near Woolstock in southern Wright County that claimed the life of the driver. The victim is identified as 56 year old Mark S.Jacobson of Woolstock. Reportedly a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Jacobson was heading south on Wright County Road R-27 approaching a left hand curve. Upon negotiating the curve the vehicle left the right side of the roadway. Jacobson over-corrected the pickup crossing the center line causing the vehicle to rotate in a clockwise direction. The truck then rolled one time ejecting Jacobson coming to rest in the southwest ditch. Jacobson was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation

Passport to Safety set for this Saturday,May 2
Posted: Apr 27 2015 by ppowers

First through sixth grade students and their parents are welcome to be part of a program this Saturday morning,May 2 in the community. "Passport to Safety" is a way to teach students to learn about things they need to know about when it comes to safety in their home, school and community. The event will begin at Webster City High School. Participants will travel to eight different safety locations in Webster City. The locations are Webster City High School, Webster City Fire Station, Fuller Hall, Hamilton County Public Health, Hamilton County Emergency Management, Webster City Police Department, Van Diest Medical Center and Kendall Young Library. Each location will feature three safety activity stations. The participants will get their Passport to Safety stamped and travel to the next location. Parents and Adults must accompany children on this tour. If you have any questions you may contact the Webster City Fire Department at 832-9131.

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