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South Hamilton Community School Board to meet Monday evening in Jewell.
Posted: Feb 06 2016 by ppowers

 A meeting of the South Hamilton Community School Board will be this Monday,February 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. The board will present a Hawk Friend of Education Award to Gene Greenfield at Monday's meeting. A discussion and approval of the 2016-17 school calendar will be on the agenda. Other items for discussion will include a look at the 2016-17 Modified Supplemental Amount Application for Dropout Prevention program, consider a fundraising request from Gaige Pickering, appoint two directors to serve on the Bargaining Ad Hoc Committee, and consider procedures of operation for district policies and procedures.The South Hamilton school board will receive update from principals Paul Hemphill and Scott Dryer and from superintendent Ken Howard.

Wright County Board of Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Feb 05 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors' office in the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion. The board will be hearing reports from county engineer Adam Clemons, appoint a new Veterans Administration commissioner and weed commissioner. There will be a review of courthouse security renovation plans and funding sources. The Wright County Supervisors will set March 7,2016 as the date for the county budget hearing plus other matters.

Kendall Young Library Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Feb 05 2016 by ppowers

 The Kendall Young Library board of trustees will meet Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the downstairs meeting room of the library. The board will review the library's by-laws and personnel policy. There will be a look at goals and objectives for 2016. Kendall Young Library director Angie Martin Schwarze will present her report on library events. Richard Carlson of Farmer's National Company will present his report on the library farm plus other matters.

One person dead in Nevada fire this morning.
Posted: Feb 04 2016 by ppowers

 One person has died as the result of a fire early Thursday morning in Nevada. The fire happened at 875 West N Avenue at about 3:00 a.m. The name of the victim has not been released. There were no other injuries reported. Fire departments from Nevada, Colo and Cambridge were on the scene in extinguishing the flames. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Webster City Hot Lotto winner files lawsuit.
Posted: Feb 04 2016 by ppowers

 

 

 

A Webster City man, who claimed a $9 million Hot Lotto jackpot nearly five years ago, filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming he deserved a much bigger prize.

In May of 2011, Larry Dawson won the first jackpot after a previous jackpot in the game was “rigged.” Attorney Jerry Crawford of Des Moines is representing Dawson.

“But for the rigging of the lottery by the lottery executive, our client would’ve won a cash value of $16 million, in total,” Crawford said. After taxes, Dawson collected $6 million in 2011.

Just a few months earlier, a $10 million cash value Hot Lotto jackpot was won. But, Eddie Tipton, a former executive with the Multi-State Lottery Association was recently convicted of fraud for “fixing” the game and trying to claim that prize.

Crawford believes that $10 million prize should go to Dawson. “The question that our lawsuit poses and that we think should be very easy to answer is if you can’t trust the lottery to pay you in full when you win, why should you ever play?” Crawford said.

After Tipton unsuccessfully attempted to redeem the ticket for the Hot Lotto prize and the redemption time expired, the $10 million was ruled to be an “unclaimed prize” and distributed back to the Iowa Lottery and other participating state lotteries.

Attorney Nick Mauro, who’s also representing Dawson, claims the Lottery broke its own rules. “The money that we’re talking about in this lawsuit was always intended and always earmarked to go to a jackpot winner,” Mauro said. “This money was never intended to go to the states’ general funds…or whatever the lottery does with its half of the profits. This was always intended to be jackpot money.”

Iowa Lottery officials issued a statement, saying “It is impossible to rewrite history. No one can know what would have occurred in this case had any event in it been changed. We believe that Mr. Dawson rightfully was paid the jackpot to which he was entitled.”

Crawford is surprised with the response. “We know our client won. We know their executive rigged the game. I’m a little surprised they want to be on that side instead of our side, to be honest,” Crawford said.

Crawford and Mauro spoke with reporters this afternoon in their law firm’s office in downtown Des Moines. Larry Dawson did not attend the news conference.

“He and his wife are not the kind of people who are looking for any limelight or attention. They could have been here, but they prefer not to be,” Crawford said. Crawford noted Larry and Kathy Dawson have donated a lot of their winnings to charity and they should not be viewed as “greedy” for filing the lawsuit.

“But, they also think that if somebody plays the lottery…you know, the odds aren’t exactly what we call ‘great’ to win the lottery and if you actually win, you should get your prize,” Crawford said.

The lawsuit was filed against the Iowa Lottery Authority and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MSLA). It’s the first in what could be several lawsuits filed by players claiming they were ripped off by games allegedly rigged by Eddie Tipton. The former security director of the MSLA is also accused of rigging jackpots in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma

No injuries in Monday afternoon fire south of Webster City.
Posted: Feb 02 2016 by ppowers

 Two Hamilton County fire departments responded to a house fire four miles south of Webster City Monday afternoon.The fire was reported at 2740 Inkpaduta Avenue. The Webster City and Kamrar fire departments battled the flames through the afternoon. The fire was confined to the upstairs residence of the home. There were no injuries reported. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Auderer, Nokes to reign over Winterfest.
Posted: Feb 02 2016 by ppowers

 

Cole Nokes (left) and Morgan Auderer (right) were crowned as the 2016 Winterfest King and Queen at a ceremony held Monday afternoon at Prem Sahai Auditorium at Webster City High School. The two will reign over the week's festivities leading up the annual Winterfest dance set for Saturday night from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m.at the high school. The other queen contestants this year were Courtney Biere, Carly Jacobson, Kayla Miller, and Chelsea Wagoner. King contestants were  Brandon Ausenhus, Connor Foster, Alec Fuhs and Colin Oswald. The Winterfest royalty will be honored during Thursday night's girls and boys basketball games with Humboldt at the high school gymansium.

No injuries in Saturday night trailer fire.
Posted: Feb 01 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Fire Department was dispatched Saturday night to a report of a trailer fire in lot 59 at 1220 East Second Street. The call was received at 10:08 p.m. When fire trucks arrived, there was light smoke coming from the trailer but the fire was already out. There were no injuries reported with the cause undetermined. Damage was done to a carpet and furniture inside the home. Webster City fire fighters were on the scene for nearly an hour.

Hamilton County Caucus locations for Monday night.
Posted: Jan 31 2016 by ppowers

 Here are the locations for Monday night's Caucuses in Hamilton County...

All of these events will begin at 7:00 p.m. with registration at 6:30 p.m.
Democrat locations:
Cass-Freedom-Fremont and Independence townships will meet at the Trinity Lutheran Church Activity Room in Webster City.
Blairsburg,Liberty and Williams townships will meet at the Williams Community Center....
Clear Lake,Hamilton,Marion and Webster townships will meet at the Stratford School Lunch Room.
Lyon and Ellsworth townships will meet at the South Hamilton High School Library in Jewell.
Lincoln, Rose Grove and Scott townships will meet at the Ellsworth Public Library.
Webster City First Precinct- Pleasant View Elementary School.
Webster City Second Precinct- Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary.
Webster City Third Precinict-Sunset Heights Elementary School.

Any questions about the Democratic caucuses, please contact Democratic party chair Kathy Getting at 515-854-2250.

Republican locations:

Cass-Freedom-Fremont and Independence townships will meet at the R.S.V.P. Community Center at 729 Second Street in Webster City.
Blairsburg,Liberty and Williams townships will meet at the Northeast Hamilton School in Blairsburg.
Clear Lake, Hamilton, Marion and Webster townships will meet at the Stanhope Public Library.
Lyon and Ellsworth township caucus location is the South Hamilton Elementary School Cafeteria.
Lincoln, Rose Grove and Scott townships will meet at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.
Webster City First Precinct- Webster City High School Cafeteria at 1000 Lynx Avenue.
Webster City Second Precinct- Webster City Middle School at 1001 Des Moines Street.
Webster City Third Precinct is The Bridge at 905 Des Moines Street.
Any questions on the caucuses for the Republicans please contact party chair Becky Kepler in Webster City.

January weather in review.
Posted: Jan 31 2016 by ppowers

 Weather for January in the Webster City area featured below normal precipitation with above normal temperatures. Records at the Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for the month was 25 degrees and the average low at 10 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was 41 degrees set on January 14. The lowest temperature was 14 degrees below zero on January 17. Normal high for January is at 17 degrees. As for precipitation, we ended January with two inches of snowfall with .82 in the form of rain or melted precipitation.

The National Weather Service outlook for February in Iowa indicates it will be a month of near to above normal temperatures with equal chances for precipitation. Last February,the average high was 23 degrees and the average low was 2 degrees above zero. There was 15 inches of snow measured in February,2015 with one inch in the form of rain or melted precipitation. KQWC Radio is the official weather observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

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