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Wright County Fatality
Posted: Apr 27 2015 by ppowers

The Iowa State Patrol investigated a one vehicle accident Sunday evening near Woolstock in southern Wright County that claimed the life of the driver. The victim is identified as 56 year old Mark S.Jacobson of Woolstock. Reportedly a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Jacobson was heading south on Wright County Road R-27 approaching a left hand curve. Upon negotiating the curve the vehicle left the right side of the roadway. Jacobson over-corrected the pickup crossing the center line causing the vehicle to rotate in a clockwise direction. The truck then rolled one time ejecting Jacobson coming to rest in the southwest ditch. Jacobson was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation

Passport to Safety set for this Saturday,May 2
Posted: Apr 27 2015 by ppowers

First through sixth grade students and their parents are welcome to be part of a program this Saturday morning,May 2 in the community. "Passport to Safety" is a way to teach students to learn about things they need to know about when it comes to safety in their home, school and community. The event will begin at Webster City High School. Participants will travel to eight different safety locations in Webster City. The locations are Webster City High School, Webster City Fire Station, Fuller Hall, Hamilton County Public Health, Hamilton County Emergency Management, Webster City Police Department, Van Diest Medical Center and Kendall Young Library. Each location will feature three safety activity stations. The participants will get their Passport to Safety stamped and travel to the next location. Parents and Adults must accompany children on this tour. If you have any questions you may contact the Webster City Fire Department at 832-9131.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning
Posted: Apr 27 2015 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The board will receive the annual audit from the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center. Personnel matters involving the sheriff and emergency management departments will be discussed. An agreement with River City Communications will be presented for a review. In other matters,the Hamilton County Supervisors will set the date and time for a Master Matrix hearing and the extension of contracts for drainage plus other matters.

Hamilton County accident.
Posted: Apr 24 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated a one car accident early last Monday evening on County Road R-38 south of Kamrar. Reportedly a northbound 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Tyler Anderson of Blairsburg lost control,entering the west ditch where it struck a field driveway. The Anderson car vaulted over the driveway where it came to rest  on the north side of the road. Anderson suffered a bloody nose as a result of the accident. Damage to the Anderson car was estimated at $2000. Investigating deputy Rod Hicock charged Tyler Anderson with Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Report a Personal Injury Accident.

Northeast Hamilton School Board sets August 24 as the starting date for the 2015-16 school year.
Posted: Apr 24 2015 by ppowers

 August 24 is the date set for the start of the 2015-16 school year for students in the Northeast Hamilton Community School District. The school board Thrusday night approved the school calendar. The calendar features dates set for professional development,parent teacher conferences and Christmas-New Year's vacation. The final day of classes for the 2015-16 school year barring any snow make up days.will be May 26,2016. 

The Northeast Hamilton school board received good news regarding its graduation and drop out rate over the last four years as presented by the Iowa Department of Education. The school had a 100 percent graduation rate with a zero percent drop out rate over a four year period. 

Prior to the regular board meeting Thursday evening, the Northeast Hamilton school board met with their board counterparts from Stratford and Webster City on issues of concern between all three districts. Issues addressed were transportation needs. day care matters and on the school calendar. No action was taken as it was an informational meeting. This was the final joint meeting between the three school boards for this school year.

In other matters, the Northeast Hamilton school board approved to move forward with a day care program. No timetable was set for the day care service with the matter to be looked at a future meeting. The school board approved the tentative list of 14 students to receive diplomas at the final Northeast Hamilton graduation ceremony on May 17. Glenn Tjaaden was hired as summer driver education instructor beginning June 1. There will be 11 students enrolled in this year's course. The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation awarded the Northeast Hamilton district a grant for $2500 for a Safety First program for students. A summer school program for at-risk students in grades kindergarten through fourth will again be offered this year. The board voted to delay setting the fees for school registration and school lunches for next school year until next month. In personnel matters, the Northeast Hamilton board approve the contract recommendation for Virginia Hoelscher for individual and large group speech and the resignations of Adam Vorrie as social studies and history teacher and Sally Greenfield as guidance counselor were accepted. The board also voted not to renew the lease agreement with the Prairie Lakes AEA. The Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing agreement was approved for food and supplies for next school year. An auction will be held this fall at the Northeast Hamilton school for the sale of inventory equipment from the middle and high school building.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday.
Posted: Apr 24 2015 by ppowers

 A presentation on Hamilton Regional High School will be made at this Monday's Webster City Community School Board meeting. The board will discuss the WCF Financial Bank possession agreement for the building at 820 Des Moines Street. Bread and milk bids for next school year will be presented. Contract settlements with the Webster City Education Association and the Webster City Educational Services Association will be reviewed by the board. In other matters, the Webster City Community School Board will look at non bargaining and administrative salaries, review the 2014 audit, and the April 23 meeting with the Stratford and Northeast Hamilton school boards. The board will also accept resignations and contract recommendations. Meeting time is set for 6:00 Monday evening at the school administration building at 825 Beach Street.

Free Summer Lunch Program returns this year to Webster City.
Posted: Apr 22 2015 by ppowers

 For the third year, the Webster City School Lunch Program is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. The meals will be provided at the Webster City Middle School Commons at 1101 Des Moines Street. Meals will be served from 11:30 until 12:30 Monday through Fridays from June 8 to July 31. There will be no meals served on Friday,July 3 for the 4th of July weekend. Parents are welcome at a cost of $3.50 for adult.

Eight people injured in two vehicle accident Tuesday morning east of Ellsworth.
Posted: Apr 22 2015 by ppowers

 Details of a two vehicle accident late Tuesday morning east of Ellsworth at Highway 175 and Interstate 35 were released Wednesday morning by the Iowa State Patrol. Reportedly a westbound 2012 Ford Van driven by Guillermo Gonzalez Gutierrez of Grundy Center made a left hand turn in front of 2014 Chevrolet Silverardo pickup truck driven by Richard L. Cole of Jewell. The Cole pickup struck the passenger side of the Gutierrez van causing it to roll on to its side. Both drivers were transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames for treatment of their injuries. Three of the passengers in the van were also transported to Mary Greeley for treatment. Those transported were Blas Aguilar Silva, Oscar Avalos Alba,and Francisco Garcia Aguero all of Alden. Three other passengers Gabriel Celleli Gonzales, Victor Hernandez Barboza,and Gonzalo Garcia all of Alden were treated at the accident scene and refused treatment. Damage to both the Gutierrez van and Cole pickup was estimated at $6000 each. Charges of Failure to Wear a Seat Belt and Failure to Yield Upon Left Turn were filed against Guillermo Gonzalez Guillermo by the Iowa State Patrol.

Northeast Hamilton school board to hold hearing on its proposed school calendar for 2015-16 on Thursday.
Posted: Apr 21 2015 by ppowers

 A public hearing and adoption of the 2015-16 school calendar of the Northeast Hamilton Community School District will be one of the agenda items when the school board meets Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will review the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing Agreement,take a look at the district graduation and dropout rates,and look at both the district day care and summer school programs.In other matters the Northeast Hamilton school board wil approve the tentative graduation list, receive a facility update, plans for driver's education this summer and set fees for registration and school lunches for next school year. Contract recommendations and resignations from staff will be looked at by board members. Updates by superintendent Mike Sherwood and from principal and assistant superintendent Mike Sherwood will be presented at the board meeting.

Hamilton County sees a drop in its unemployment rate
Posted: Apr 21 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa Workforce Development office announced Tuesday that Hamilton County's unemploment rate for March was at 4.7 percent. In February the rate for the county was at 5.2 percent. There were 6,890 employed across the county last month while 340 who  were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for March was at an even 4 percent down from the 4.1 figure in February.The unemployment rates for surrounding counties in March included Boone at 3.2 percent, Franklin at 4.2 percent, Hardin at 4.4 percent, Story at 2.3 percent, Webster at 4.8 and Wright County at 4.4 percent.

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