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Century and Heritage Farms from Hamilton County honored at the Iowa State Fair on August 12.
Posted: Aug 20 2014 by ppowers

 Three farm families from Hamilton County were recognized at the Iowa State Fair on August 12 during the annual Century and Heritage Farm ceremony. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more for Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm. The Century Farm recipients were Eugene Hendrickson of rural Radcliffe and Wayne and Paula Neuman of rural Ellsworth.  The Hendrickson family farm originated in 1914 and the Neuman family farm in 1882. The Heritage Farm recognized from Hamilton County belongs to the Gourley Brothers located at 1819 290th Street in rural Webster City. The Gourley family originated the farm in 1863. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation have sponsored this recognition program since 1976 as a way to salute Iowa's farm families that have owned and worked on a farm for 100 years or more. This year 344 Century Farms and 86 Century Farms were recognized. 

Clarion City Council updated on White Fox Landing Project.
Posted: Aug 20 2014 by ppowers

 The Clarion City Council met Monday with David Doxtad of the I and S Group on the Whitefox Landing project in the northeast section of the city. Concrete has been poured at the intersection of Willow and 11 Streets to give access to the school parking lot. The retention basin to the project is progressing. A sanitary sewer service extension and the removal of existing clay tiles running under Willow Drive will require a change order for the project to be completed. 

Nancy Huisinga met with the Clarion city council regarding changes in the city recreation department. City administrator Rochelle Pohlman stated that none of the programs have been cut and the decision to make the directors position as a part time one will not affect any programs. The city of Clarion has been fortunate that parents volunteer to coach and handle the practices. Next year the Clarion Goldfield Dows school district will take over the 7th and 8th grade softball program. Team Valley will be in charge of the city wrestling program for youth.

A change order for $3,548 from Wicks Construction to run a new sanitary sewer service extension and the removal of existing clay tiles was approved by the council.

The next scheduled meeting of the Clarion City Council will be Tuesday,September 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications now being accepted for the Webster City Civil Service Commission.
Posted: Aug 20 2014 by ppowers

 The City of Webster City is currently accepting applications to fill an unexpired term on the Civil Service Commission. The application process is in an effort to ensure diversity and representation of the commuity. Applicants must be current residents of Webster City. This position is voluntary. The application deadline is Friday,September 5 at 5:00 p.m. Applications are available now at City Hall at 400 Second Street. If you have any questions please call the City Clerk's office at 832-9141 or the City Manager's office at 832-9151 for more information.

Cyndi Young to speak in Webster City on September 3.
Posted: Aug 20 2014 by ppowers


A voice you hear on KQWC Radio every Monday through Friday at 5:50 a.m. is coming to Webster City on Wednesday, September 3 as the guest of the Webster City Area Chamber Agriculture Committee. Cyndi Young from the Brownfield Network will speak at 7:00 p.m. at Prem Sahai Auditorium.  Young is known for her straight talk and common sense when it comes to rural America and agriculture. She is well versed in what is happening in the world of agriculture. She will talk about agricultural education, agriculture/urban connections and how it can better serve everyone. The program is free of charge for everyone. Young has been with the Brownfield Network since 1998 when she was Regional Farm Director and was promoted to Farm Director and Manager with the network in October,2001. Prior to joining the Brownfield Network, Young worked for the Oklahoma Agrinet and for WTAX Radio in Springfield,Illinois. She in the recipient of the Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 1997 and the Oscar in Agriculture in 2009.

No change in the Hamilton County unemployment rate for July.
Posted: Aug 19 2014 by ppowers

 Hamilton County's unemployment rate for July remained at an even five percent which was the same as in June. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported there were 6,590 people employed in Hamilton County in July while 350 were without work.Iowa's unemployment rate for July was 4.5 percent up from the June figure of 4.4 percent. The unemployment rate for surrounding counties included Boone at 3.8 percent, Franklin at 3.7 percent, Hardin at 4.3 percent, Story at 3.8, Webster at 5.9 percent and Wright at 4.2 percent.

No injuries in Monday motor vehicle accident at Superior and Ohio Streets in Webster City.
Posted: Aug 19 2014 by ppowers

 A two vehicle accident shortly after 12 noon at Superior and Ohio Streets was investigated by Webster City Police on Monday. Reportedly a northbound 1997 Chevrolet Venture van driven by Howard Davidson of Stanhope was stopped and yielding for southbound traffic so he could turn on to Ohio Street. The Davidson van was struck from behind by a northbound 2005 Dodge Neon driven by Anselmo Garcia Aguilar of Webster City. There were no injuries reported in the accident. Investigating officer Brandon Pritchard estimated the damage to both the Aguilar and Davidson vehicles at $500 each.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday morning.
Posted: Aug 19 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Park Conservation office south of Webster City. The board will get an update on the rural water service for Briggs Woods Park, information on cabin linen service, look at breaking down the costs for cabin utility service, review alternative energy sources for Little Wall Lake and receive an update and quotes on the Briggs Woods Park operations and maintenance building. There will also be a report presented by director Brian Lammers on current activities in the county park and recreation areas. 

Southfield Wellness Community announcing annual car and tractor show.
Posted: Aug 19 2014 by ppowers

 Southfield Wellness Community invites everyone to their 13th annual Cruising South Car and Tractor Show on Sunday afternoon, September 7 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.. The event is a kickoff to National Assisted Living Week September 7 to 13. Last year's show featured nearly 100 vehicles. Over 350 people attended the free event. Individuals will vote for their favorite vintage and late model cars and tractors with awards being given for "People's Choice" and "Driver's Choice".  There will be music from 50s and 60s being played during the afternoon. If you are interested in displaying a car or tractor for this year's show,please contact Southfield Marketing Coordinator Marilyn Middleton at 515-832-3881. Dash plates will be given to the first 100 drivers. There is no charge to register a vehicle or to attend the event. Refreshments will be served and tours will be available at the Southfield Independent and Assisted Living Apartments.

Fort Dodge woman found guilty of fraudulent practices in the second degree.
Posted: Aug 19 2014 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge woman was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court to five years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to Fraudulent Practices in the Second Degree.  Lynnette Ladd, 33, admitted to falsely representing herself to be a veteran of the armed forces of the United States for the purpose of soliciting healthcare and compensation benefits from April of 2012 through April 2013.  Ladd submitted false statements to the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs (“VA”) and fraudulently obtained free and/or subsidized healthcare benefits from the VA Medical Center located at 2419 2nd Ave. N. in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The total value of the VA benefits fraudulently obtained by the Defendant was $9,431.91, and included, but was not limited to, inpatient services, outpatient services, and prescriptions.  Ladd has never served in the military and is not a veteran, and therefore was not eligible to receive VA benefits. 

Fraudulent Practices in the Second Degree is a class “D” felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.  The State of Iowa was represented by First Assistant Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson and the Defendant was represented by Derek Johnson.  This case was investigated by the Criminal Investigations Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.

Sioux City motorist receives injury in a one car accident Monday morning south of Duncombe.
Posted: Aug 18 2014 by ppowers

 A Sioux City motorist was injured in a one vehicle accident on Highway 20 southeast of Duncombe at 9:10 Monday morning. The Iowa State Patrol reported a westbound 2005 Chevrolet Equinox SUV operated by Chelsea Fausch lost control of her vehicle when she suffered an apparent medical condition. The Fausch SUV struck a yield sign before entering the median at Yankee Avenue. The vehicle continued west in the median until it reached Xavier Avenue. At that point the Fausch SUV crossed the eastbound lanes of U.S. 20 before going into the south ditch coming to rest in a bean field owned by Keith Brock of Webster City. Fausch was transported to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge for treatment of possible injuries. The Fausch SUV was totaled as a result of the accident. The accident was investigated by Trooper Kyle Kluender.

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