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Fourth of July closings in Hamilton County.
Posted: Jul 01 2016 by ppowers

 Monday will be observed as a complete holiday in the KQWC listening area for Independence Day. Area financial institutions and professional offices will be closed. Stores will either be open or closed for the day. The Hamilton County Courthouse and Webster City Municipal Building will be closed for the holiday. There will be no city and rural delivery of mail. The Webster City Post Office box lobby will be open for postal box customers however the customer service window will be closed. The Kendall Young Library and Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach Service office will be closed for the holiday. The Webster City outdoor swimming pool will be open Monday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Regular pool hours will resume Tuesday.

June weather in review.
Posted: Jul 01 2016 by ppowers

 Above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall can best describe Webster City's weather for June. Weather records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for last month was 83 degrees and the average low at 59 degrees.The normal high is at 70 degrees. Warmest temperature for the month was 92 degrees set on June 10 and the lowest temperature was 47 degrees on June 2. As for precipitation, we ended the month with 4.79 inches of rainfall.Normal precipitation for June is at 4.81 inches of rain. It was a quiet month for weather with no severe storms in the Webster City area.

The National Weather Service outlook for Iowa for July indicates a month of normal to above normal temperatures and equal chances of precipitation. Last July, the average high in Webster City was 81 degrees and the average low was 60. We measured 3.85 inches of rainfall in July,2015. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Webster City City Council to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 01 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Tuesday afternoon,July 3 at 5:30 in the city council chambers. The meeting is being delayed one day due to Monday's Independence Day holiday. The council will face a brief agenda. They will consider two requests from the Webster City Chamber of Commerce. The first one is to close a portion of Second Street on Saturday,July 23 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Crazy Day Street Fair. The second request  is to close Des Moines Street and the alley south of Second Street  and the alley south of Second Street from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. for the next in the series of Music in the Park events on Thursday,July 28. The council will continue discussion in regards to a residential completion agreement for 1503 First Street plus other matters. The council meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12 at 5:30 Tuesday with repeat telecasts at 7:00 on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Two Fort Dodge 14 year old boys found guilty of robbery.
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers

 Two 14 year old twin brothers from Fort Dodge, Lanell and Javell Coleman were adjudicated delinquent of Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C felony, after a trial in the Webster County Juvenile Court. On June 30,2016 District Associate Court Judge Angela L. Doyle announced the decision in open court. The convictions stem from a March incident where a juvenile male was confronted by the twins near the former Phillips Middle School gymnasium. One of the twin brothers demanded money from the juvenile male, who refused and attempted to walk away. The twins grabbed the juvenile male and pushed him up against a fence, threatening to injure him and holding him there to prevent him from moving. Both Lanell and Javell repeatedly demanded money from the juvenile male and attempted to reach in his pockets for his money and wallet.. The juvenile male was eventually able to run away. The incident was witnessed by three other juveniles. Following the verdict, the twins were placed at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora. They had been held in a juvenile detention facility during the pendency of the court proceedings. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Webster County Attorney Brad McIntyre and was investigated by the Fort Dodge Police Department.

Hamilton County Crimestoppers need your help in solving a crime at the Boondocks on June 19.
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers



 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Hamilton County Crimestoppers need your help in solving a crime that happened recently. On June 19.2016 between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m.,The Boondocks Truck Stop located southwest of Williams off Interstate 35 was burglarized by a male accompanied by an unknown female who were observed on store surveillance footage outside the building. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the male wh...o was captured inside the fuel desk area on surveillance video. The suspect is a white male with a goatee and is bald with a stocky build. The suspect also has tattos on both forearms and one on his left calf. The female had long blonde hair just past her shoulders. No other description is available. During the investigation, it was learned that the suspects were driving a dark colored Dodge Stratus or Intrepid which was described as being in rough shape. The vehicle had a Polk County license plate with the number and letter missing. Hamilton County Crimestoppers is offering a $300 reward for tips leading to the arrest for this criminal activity. All tips are anonymous and can be called to Hamilton County Crimestoppers at 515-832-8437 or text CRIMES with Keyword (IA40) or by calling the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department at 515-832-8636 or 1-800-944-1738.

Lankford sentenced to 65 years for sexual abuse, incest and exploitation of a minor.
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man was sentenced Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, exploitation of a minor and incest. 39 year old Lucas Lankford made his appearance in Webster County District Court where he pled guilty to two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree,Incest and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  Lankford admitted that on June 7,2013, he had sexual intercourse with his 9 year old biological daughter. On September 11,2015, he had sexual intercourse with his 11 year old biological daughter. Lankford also admitted that on June 7,2013, January 18,2014 and March 15,2015, he photographed or filmed the sex acts he committed against the child. Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson stated that the sexual abuse that the child endured was horrific and will undoubetdly impact her life forever. The fact that her perpertrator was her biological father and that all of the actions were videotaped make the crimes even more disturbing. She went on to state that a lengthy prison sentence will protect the other children in the community from further offenses by the defendent. In imposing Lankford's sentence Wednesday,District Court Judge Thomas Bice called this case the most "disgusting, repulsive and sickening case he's ever seen". He emphasized that the very nature of the offense warrants  consecutive prison sentences. Judge Bice addressed Lankford  saying "People like you cannot be in our community. We need to protect our children". Judge Bice sentenced Lankford to the maximum periods of incarceration by law on each of the charges:25 years in prison on each charge of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, 5 years in prison on the charge of Incest, and 10 years in prison on the charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The prison sentences were ordered to be served consecutively to each other for a total of 65 years in prison. Both charges of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree carry a 70 percent mandatory minimum, meaning that Lankford will be required to serve at least 35 years in prison before being eligible for parole. The convictions carry a special sentence committing the defendant to lifetime parole and also requiring him to register as a Sex Offender for the rest of his life.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board reviews recommendations
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board reviewed grant applications from four organizations. The board voted to recommend that $54,401 would be distributed in the latest round of funding. The HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization) Board is expected to receive $15,000 for the new seating project at the Webster Theater. The group requested $22,000. The Legacy Learning Boone River Valley organization will receive $10,000 for its programs. The original request was for $30,000. As for the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce,the board approved a total of $23,580 for its advertising and marketing program of community activities. A recommended request for the Webster City Community Theater for $5,821 was also approved by the Hotel Motel Tax Board for promtion of its shows and Camp Cremery. All  of the recommendation by the board will be submitted to the Webster City City Council for review and approval at their July 18th council meeting.

Williams will celebrate its 65th annual Fourth of July celebration on Monday!
Posted: Jun 29 2016 by ppowers

 The annual Williams Fourth of July celebration is set for Monday. The Williams Lions Club is sponsoring this event that has been held for 65 years in the Hamilton County community that is well attended each year. The day kicks off with a parade set for 10:00. There will be prizes in five categories including churches and organizations, commercial businesses, costumes and floats,machinery cars and antqiues and horses. All entries need to be registered at the Co-op elevator before 9:30 on Monday. The grand marshals of the parade is the 2006 Northeast Hamilton State 8 man championship football team. The other events for the day will include  foot races at 11:15. A free Iowa Lions Kidsight vision screening program aimed at children ages eight months to Kindergarten will  be held at 12 noon until 1:30. Other events through the day will include a firemens equipment demonstration at 12:30, Little Princess program at 1:30, Kids Pedal Pull at 2:00, and the Gustafson's will perform at from 3:00 until 4:00 in the park. There will be cash drawings at 3:30.The Mercy North Iowa Air Medical Helicopter will be on display from 7:30 until 9:00 in the park. The celebration concludes with the fireworks show at 9:45 in the city park. Other activities will include lunch served by the Williams area churches  in the shelter house, a cake walk,games, a train ride,space walk and Lions Bingo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Elm Lake meeting set for July 6.
Posted: Jun 29 2016 by ppowers

 The staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be on hand on Wednesday,July 6 from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m.,at the Wright County Conservation Board shelter on the north end of Lake Cornelia for an informal meeting to talk about the current state of Elm Lake and potential future management plans. The 460 acre shallow natural lake suffers from a high carp population that uproots aquatic vegetation and stirs up sediment causing poor water quality  with little recreation value. DNR wildlife biologist T.J. Herrick said the first step is to talk with people who enjoy Elm Lake and how they can partner to make the lake betterr. The Iowa DNR has been working to improve shallow lakes for the past decade. Results of previous shallow lake restorations can be seen at Rice Lake and Silver Lake in Worth County.

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Jun 28 2016 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton school board will meet Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The meeting will include a board policy manual update, facilities study information and approval of the superintendent sharing agreement. There will be the approval of contract recommendations, review a P-Card rebate to the district,approve an open enrollment application,an Iowa Communication Network (ICN) agreement and MISIC (Mid Iowa School Improvement Consortium) membership contract for the 2016-17 school year. Northeast Hamilton superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger will share their reports to the board plus other matters.

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