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Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Mar 06 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the school administration building. The board will consider an asbestos abatement bid,consider a fund raising request, and look at the proposed lunch price increase for the 2015-16 school year. There will be the consideration of voluntary transfer requests and approval of a contract recommendation. The Webster City school board will meet in closed session to conduct a hearing to suspend or expel a student.

Webster City school announcements.....
Posted: Mar 06 2015 by ppowers

 All Webster City Community School students will be dismissed 2 hours early on Thursday,March 12 for PreK to Fourth Grade and High School Parent Teacher Conferences. The conferences at the Pleasant View and Sunset Height Elementary School buildings  will be from 2:00 until 7:30 p.m. Conferences at Webster City High School will also be from 2:00 until 7:30 p.m. The Webster City Middle School staff will meet for professional development.

There will be no school for students attending Webster City Community Schools from Monday, March 16 through Friday,March 20 for Spring Break. The Administration Building will be open regular hours March 16 to 19. Classes will resume on Monday, March 23.

South Hamilton Community School Board to meet Monday evening
Posted: Mar 06 2015 by ppowers

 The next South Hamilton Community School Board meeting will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. The board will discuss plans for elementary summer school, approve early graduation requests, appoint two board members to an ad hoc support staff salary committee and set the hearing date for the Fiscal Year 2016 school budget.. There will be updates by principals Scott Dryer and Paul Hemphill, activities director Todd Coy, building and grounds director Curt Stoecker and superintendent Ken Howard. The South Hamilton board will meet in a closed session for the mid year review and evaluation of the superintendent.

Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss Sign Ordinance.
Posted: Mar 06 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Planning and Zoning Commisison will meet Monday evening at 7:00 in the city hall council chambers. The commission will continue to update the city's sign ordinance plus other matters that may come before the commission.

Mother of Evelyn Miller takes to the witness stand in Frederiksen trial.
Posted: Mar 06 2015 by ppowers

 Testimony from the mother of Evelyn Miller was presented to jurors Thursday afternoon in Hamilton County District Court. Noel Miller told the jury the events surrounding the night her daughter went missing on July 1,2005. She said that the front door to the apartment she shared with Casey Frederiksen was not working properly. A butter knife was used to open the door. She also testified that on the night Evelyn went missing, she ran outside notifying neighbors searching for her daughter. Another person testifying Thursday afternoon was Richard Carter,who was in a federal prison while Frederiksen was serving time for child pornography. Carter described some of the conversations he had with Frederiksen over the death of Evelyn Miller. He said Frederiksen's story changed many times. Carter testified that Frederiksen said if investigators knew what he knew, Frederiksen would get a life sentence. In one of the conversations he had with Frederiksen, Frederiksen admitted to sexually assaulting Miller.During the period of cross examination, Carter admitted that he was in prison for distribution of child pornography. He also said he was concerned that Frederiksen might not be telling the truth about the death of Miller.Others testifying Thursday were retired FBI special agent Randy Van Gent who interviewed Frederiksen in 2005. The trial resumes Friday morning at 9:00 in Hamilton County District. Casey Frederiksen is charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual assault on the death of five year Evelyn Miller in July,2005. The trial is expected to continue into next week.

Squaw Creek Watershed project to receive water quality initiative funding.
Posted: Mar 05 2015 by ppowers

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Thursday that three additional watershed demonstration projects have been selected to receive $1.4 million in funding through the Iowa water quality initiative over the next three years. In addition to the state funds, the three projects will provide an additional $1.4 million in matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts as well as other in kind contributions. One of the projects to receive funding will be the Squaw Creek Watershed Water Quality Improvement project for Boone, Hamilton and Story Counties. The grant award is for $609,164 with the total project amounting to $930,788. The Prairie Rivers of Iowa R C and D, in cooperation with the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority is leading the effort in the Squaw Creek Watershed. The project will take a collaborative approach involving multiple stakeholders to address runoff in the watershed through practice implementation, outreach/education events and assessment. The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority established a strategic plan in 2014 to help guide and target implementation efforts within the watershed. The plan includes an assessment of the watershed that will help assess and target locations for best management practices to protect and improve water quality. The partners in the project include the Squaw Creek Watershed Management,the Story and Boone County Supervisors, Hamilton Story and Boone County Soil and Water Conservation Districts,City of Ames, Story County Conservation Board, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association,Heartland Cooperative, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Technical Service Provider Network, Emmons and Oliver, Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute and Dupont Pioneer. The two other projects announced are in Sac, Carroll and Calhoun Counties with the Elk Run Watershed Water Quality Initiative and in Buena Vista and Pocahontas Counties with the Headwaters North Raccoon River project.

More testimony in Case Frederiksen trial Thursday.
Posted: Mar 05 2015 by ppowers

 Jurors in Hamilton County District Court yesterday heard more testimony in the third day of the trial of 35 year old Case Frederiksen. Wednesday's testimony came fron Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation special agent Jeff Seward,Jr.. Seward told the jury he stepped down from the investigation due to a tremendous emotional toll that he was facing. Others testifying included FBI agent Jennifer Sullivan who interviewed Frederiksen in an Illinois prison in 2007. Frederiksen was serving time for charges of child pornography. She told jury members Frederiksen told her he saw a man grab Evelyn Miller while holding a knife to her body on July 1,2005.Sullivan said Frederiksen told her he didn't bring up the man with the knife earlier because he didn't want the girl's mother to be mad at him for not stopping it. During cross examination, Sullivan said Frederiksen never admitted to killing Evelyn Miller during her questioning. Others testifying through the day were former Iowa DCI agent Mike Morris and Floyd County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Crooks. The trial resumes at 9 Thursday morning. Frederiksen is charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual assault in the death of five year Evelyn Miller in July,2005. The trial is being held in Hamilton County instead of Floyd County due to a change in venue.

Webster City FFA receives a generous donation.
Posted: Mar 05 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City FFA has received a $2500 donation from Hamilton County farmer Kreg Kantak and America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization pay for their 65 members to attend leadership conferences which will help them gain leadership and agriculture experience. Webster City FFA advisor Kurt Veldhuizen said the local chapter is excited and grateful for the donation. The chapter wants to continue to market agriculture to the community through the agriculture career fair and the agriculture presentation that the chapter puts on for the elementary students. For five years, America's Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources and more. America's Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America's Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America's Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society's needs through agriculture and how food is grown. 

Testimony continues Wednesday in Casey Fredericksen trial.
Posted: Mar 04 2015 by ppowers

 Today will mark another day of testimony in the trial of Casey Frederiksen in Hamilton County District Court. Jurors spent yesterday hearing the testimony from the father of Evelyn Miller, Andy Christie. Christie told the jury  he knew Frederiksen since high school and were best friends for a long time. He said he planned to pick up Miller the night of her death on July 1,2005 but found out she was missing. Christie also talked about the demeanor of Frederiksen during the search for Miller when he was frustrated with police. Others testifying before the jury included Tanya Martinez who was a next door neighbor of Noel Miller, the mother of Evelyn Miller. The final witness Tuesday afternoon was Scott Katcher who was kayaking the Floyd River when he discovered the body of Evelyn Miller in early July,2005. A jury of five women and seven men along with two alternates are hearing testimony in this trial in Hamilton County District Court. Casey Fredericksen is charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual assault in the death of five year old Evelyn Miller. Frederiksen was watching Miller for her mother when allegedly sexually abused the girl and stabbed her to death. The trial is being heard in Hamilton County on a change of venue from Floyd County.

Two people arrested after chase in a four county area.
Posted: Mar 04 2015 by ppowers

 A high speed chase in Webster County ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two individuals. The Webster County Sheriff's Department and Fort Dodge Police arrested Jesse Carlson and Cori Benson after a chase with speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The incident started at about 2:15 when a Fort Dodge Police officer attempted to make a routine traffic stop on a Mitsubishi Lancer traveling through downtown Fort Dodge. The car reached 60 miles per hour as it traveled through several streets in Fort Dodge.The Webster County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol joined Fort Dodge Police in the pursuit of the speeding car. The chase made its way through Webster County as the chase ended up with speeds over 100 miles per hour. It was reported that the vehicle was traveling through Vincent at speeds over 80 miles per hour.  The chase ended when the driver lost control of the car at Bach Grove Avenue and 160th Street northwest of Webster City. Both Carlson and Benson were transported to the Webster County Jail  facing numerous charges. There were arrest warrants issued for the two.

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