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Godwin facing a five year sentence for Operating While Intoxicated charge.
Posted: Oct 22 2014 by ppowers

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Chase Lane Godwin, 44, was sentenced in Webster County District Court to 5 years in prison for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury, a class “D” felony. On October 27, 2013, 17 year old Emma Kiefer was driving home after babysitting when Godwin’s vehicle broad-sided hers at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 50 west of Lehigh.  Godwin’s blood alcohol level was determined to be 0.229.  The testimony presented at trial established that even though the intersection was well-lit and properly marked, Godwin was so intoxicated that he ran the stop sign and collided with Kiefer at a minimum speed of 44 mph.  Kiefer was seriously injured as a result of the collision. On September 17, 2014, following a two-day trial, a jury found Godwin guilty of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Serious InjuryAt the sentencing hearing, members of Kiefer’s family presented victim impact statements and the State requested that the Defendant be sentenced to the maximum term of incarceration permitted by law.  The Honorable Thomas J. Bice then ordered Godwin to serve the maximum sentence of five years in prison and to pay a $7,500 fine plus 35 percent surcharge.  Godwin was taken into custody following the sentencing proceedings, and has been transferred to the centralized intake center, the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, in Oakdale, Iowa.  After he is evaluated, Godwin will be assigned to a specific prison facility. The State of Iowa was represented by Assistant Webster County Attorneys Joseph L. Tofilon and Jennifer A. Benson.  Godwin was represented by Kent Balduchi of Des Moines.The case was investigated by the Webster County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol with the assistance of the Fort Dodge Police Department.


Dr. Daher welcomed by Van Diest Medical Center Board Tuesday night
Posted: Oct 22 2014 by ppowers


The Van Diest Medical Center Board Tuesday evening welcomed Dr. Reda Daher to the community. Dr. Daher will be specializing in internal and emergency medicine. He was joined by Van Diest Medical Center C.E.O. Lori Rathbu during the monthly board meeting.  Dr. Daher earned his medical degree from Des Moines University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa. An open house to honor Dr. Daher will be  held in the next few weeks.

Northeast Hamilton Community School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Oct 21 2014 by ppowers

 The October meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board agenda includes a discussion on teacher leadership and compensation grant update, review the membership in the school improvement advisory committee, approve special education contracts, and plans for next month's meeting of the Iowa Association of School Boards. Other agenda items include the certified enrollment for the school district, approve 28-E agreements, acceptance of contract recommendations,and look at professional development issues. There will also be an update on the regional career academy in Eagle Grove. Superintendent Mike Sherwood and associate superintendent Mike Kruger will have reports on what is happening at Northeast Hamilton over the last month.

Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday night.
Posted: Oct 20 2014 by ppowers

 The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the hospital conference room. The board will receive the 2013-14 Audit, review hospital bylaws, appoint a nominating committee, make appointments and reappointments to the medical staff, approve an additional privilege request and capital requests. The board will also discuss the zoning and planning for the old hospital property on Ohio Street. Van Diest Medical Center Administrator Lori Rathbun will have a report on current activities at the hospital plus other matters.

Fort Dodge Police apprehend 15 year old in Saturday morning incident at Snell Crawford Park
Posted: Oct 19 2014 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police arrested a 15 year old male juvenile Saturday morning after an incident at Snell Crawford Park. A woman was stabbed while running on the trail in the park. Officers made contact with the victim on the trail about a mile east of the park. The victim received non life threatening injuries to her neck and arm. She was transported to Unity Point Medical Center for treatment. The youth matching the description given by the victim and other witnesses at the scene was identified and apprehended nearby. Information obtained during the investigation has led officers to believe the incident was related to an abduction attempt on the Snell Crawford Trail last August. The juvenile has been charged with Attempted Murder and Going Armed with Intent in relation to Saturday's incident. The juvenile has also been charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in relation to the incident last August 4 at Snell Crawford Trail. He is being held in a juvenile detention center to wait for his initial court appearance. The identity of the youth is not being released due to his age.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet next Thursday.
Posted: Oct 17 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,October 23 at 9:00 at the Briggs Woods Golf Course Clubhouse south of Webster City. The board will get an update on the JewEllsworth Trail project and the Little Wall Lake Aerator. There will be a look a farm contracts with Natural Resources and plans for a concrete trail at the Briggs Woods Golf Course. Conservation director Brian Lammers will share an update on current activities in the park and recreation areas of Hamilton County.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Webster City City Council will be Monday at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers. The council will make an appointment to the Civil Service Commission for the unexpired term ending April,2016. A motion from HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization) to consider the request to remove a city street fixture will be considered. The council will consider a proposal from Bolton and Menk,Incorporated for engineering services in connection with the raw water line project. In other matters, the Webster City City Council  on Monday will consider a request to obtain bids for improvements to be made to the furnace and central air unit at the local water plant. An agreement with Robb's Tree and Stump Service of Story City for the 2014-15 tree trimming and removal service in the city will be discussed. Four public hearings for November 3 will be set. The hearings include the rezoning of property from Light Industrial to Heavy Industrial  on Des Moines Street,the proposed use of  the property at 401 Des Moines Street and 1700 Second Street and the proposed sale of city owned property located in the West New Castle Addition on Seneca Street. After the completion of the meeting, the council will have a work session on smart meters. The Webster City City Council meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12 at 5:15 on Monday.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Grants applications will be available October 24.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 The Hotel/Motel Tax Board would like to announce the schedule for the 14th round of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants.  Hotel/Motel tax grants are for the purpose of increasing tourism and visitors to Webster City. The schedule is as follows: Grant Applications are open on October 24,2014.Training for grant applicants at City Hall will be Thursday November 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm (all applicants must attend to have their request considered for funding). Grant Applications are due on November 13,2014. The First Round review to determine finalists will be November 18 at 5:00 p.m. The Letters  will be sent out to the Finalists on November 19,2014. The Final televised presentations will be December 3, 2014  at 6:30 p.m. A final determination of recommendations will be made on December 3 or 4, 2014. A recommendations memo to City Hall will be sent to City Hall by 4;00 p.m. on December 9,2014. The final recommendations will be made to the city council on December 15 at 5:15 p.m. Grant applications can be obtained at the City Clerks office in City Hall or online at www.webstercity.com.   For additional information please contact City Hall at 832-9151.

Ladies Night Out tonight in Webster City.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 Twenty Webster City merchants are gearing up for one of the biggest shopping days of the year with the annual Ladies Night Out. The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce is expecting a great turnout for this event. Discounts will be found in many of the stores. Shoppers will have the chance to receive 1 of 2 Gift Certificate Baskets from the merchants. One entry for every $20 spent at participating locations. A third gift certificate basket will be awarded with no purchase necessary if shoppers submitted a postcard received in the mail from the Webster City chamber. There will also be $50 in Webster City Bucks for dining at participating restaurants.Ladies Night Out has been held over the last few years and has grown in popularity. Hours will be from 12 noon until 9 tonight.

Sears store in Fort Dodge to close in January.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 After 50 years in business, the Sears store at the Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge will close its doors in  mid January. Sears was one of the first stores to open in the mall in 1964. The closing was announced Wednesday to  its employees. Corporate officials at the Hoffman Esates,Illinois firm said the closing of the Fort Dodge Sears is part of a series of closures across the country including the K-Mart stores in Ames and Clive. Sears has stores in 30 locations across Iowa. A liquidation sale of the Fort Dodge store will begin later this month. The Fort Dodge Sears automotive center closed in September.

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