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Former Webster City resident and softball coach charged with crack cocaine possession.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers


A former Webster City resident and Carlisle softball coach was arrested Thursday night on charges of possession of crack cocaine. Jim Flaws turned himself in to Des Moines Police after his arrest on October 16. Flaws is a 1977 graduate of Webster City High School. This summer he was given the Plaque of Distinction Award by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Flaws was named Iowa Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year five times and a finalist for National Coach of the Year this year. Carlisle School Superintendent Bryce Amos said Friday that Flaws is currently on administrative leave while the school district investigates the situation.

Webster City school board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

 A presentation by Webster City Middle School staff members and students will be one of the agenda items facing the Webster City Community School Board when they meet Monday evening at 6:00 at the school administration building. The board will look at a policy and inventory for textbooks, receive the certified enrollment figure for the 2014-15 school year, approve a special education contract and fund transfer. Prior to Monday's board meeting there will be an informal board session with the Webster City, Stratford, and Northeast Hamilton boards at 5:00 in the school conference room.

No change in enrollment for Northeast Hamilton School.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board learned Thursday night that there was no change in the enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the number is at 212 students which remained the same as last  school year. The enrollment count was held October 1. Plans for Professional Development meetings during the school year were discussed. Northeast Hamilton students will be dismissed at 1:30 on the second Wednesday afternoon of each month beginning next month through February plus on April 15 and May 6,2015. 

Northeast Hamilton board members approved 28-E agreements with the Webster City school district for technology, media center director, instrumental music and secretarial work. The board also will be submitting a grant before the deadline next Friday for teacher leadership and compensation.The draft application for the grant will be reviewed for final approval next week.

In other matters,the Northeast Hamilton board hired Chase Pruismann as assistant boys basketball coach for this season. A special education contract between Northeast Hamilton and Webster City was approved. Board members will  be sending out requests to district residents to serve on the School Improvement Advisory Committe. A meeting date of the committee will be announced.

The new district website is online. The address is www.northeasthamilton.org features information about the school and their activities.

The November meeting of the Northeast Hamilton school board will be on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the school elementary media center.

Hamilton County sees a slight increase in its unemployment rate for September.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

 There has been a slight increase in Hamilton County's unemployment numbers for September. The Iowa Workforce Development officer reported the rate for last month was at 4.7 percent up from 4.4 percent in August. There were 6,470 people employed with 320 people without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for September was at 4.6 percent up the August rate 4.5 percent. The unemployment rate for surrounding counties for September included Boone at 3.1 percent, Franklin at 3.8 percent, Hardin at 4.2 percent, Story at 3.2 percent,Webster  at 5.1 and Wright at 3.9 percent.

Webster City Airport Commission to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

 The next Webster City Airport Commission meeting will be Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 at the city hall council chambers. The commission will take a look at current projects, contracts and an update from manager Ralph Storm plus other matters that may come before the commission.

UDMO office to move.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

 Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. would like to announce that after careful thought and consideration the Hamilton County UDMO Outreach office will be moving their office from the All Cultures Equal building to the Webster City downtown location.  The UDMO Outreach office will be closed on Friday, November 21st, 2014 to move to their new location at 711 Seneca St. in Webster City.  The UDMO Outreach office will resume regular business on Monday, November 24, 2014.  The Outreach office will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM (closed for lunch from 12:30PM to 1PM) at its new location. 


UDMO will continue to offer the same services that they have been offering.  The Food Pantry will continue to be opened Monday through Thursday’s from 9AM to noon.  UDMO feels that being centrally located will give individuals and families better access to the services that they provide.  If you have questions about our new location or the services we offer please feel free to contact UDMO at 515-832-6451.       

Hamilton County 4-h'er-Ama set for this Sunday.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

 The annual Hamilton County 4-H'er-Ama is this Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Community Church of Kamrar. 4-H members from across the county and their clubs will be recognized for their service with awards and certificates. The highlight of the day is the announcement of the Chicago awards trip set for Thanksgiving weekend. The event is open to everyone.

Fort Dodge IRS office to close.
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

The Internal Revenue Service  on Wednesday announced it is closing the Fort Dodge, Iowa office located at 1728 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge. The office will close on November 30, 2014. The last day taxpayers can receive service will be Monday, November 3. The office closure is part of a nationwide cost cutting effort that allows the IRS to release more expensive, leased space in favor of underutilized vacant space. All impacted employees will be relocated following the closure. IRS spokesperson Christopher Miller said the IRS  continues to look for ways to maximize efficient use of IRS space and contain increasing rent costs. The closing of the Fort Dodge office supports that effort. The IRS reminds taxpayers that they can often get needed tax information or resolve a tax problem without having to call or visit an IRS office. The IRS website, IRS.gov, provides many of the same services available at a Taxpayer Assistance Center including the ability to get  copies of transcripts,check on the status of a refund or get answers to common tax law questions. IRS offices in Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Davenport will continue to remain open.

Ernst to campaign in Webster City on October 30.
Posted: Oct 23 2014 by ppowers


Republican U.S.Senate candidate Joni Ernst is coming to Webster City on Thursday,October 30 for a campaign stop. She will be appearing at the Webster City Maid-Rite restaurant at 409 Closz Drive from 5:30 until 6:15 p.m. Joining Ernst will be Iowa U.S. Congressman Tom Latham who will be retiring at the end of the year. The public is invited to attend to come hear and meet Ernst next Thursday.

Godwin facing a five year sentence for Operating While Intoxicated charge.
Posted: Oct 24 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.


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