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South Hamilton School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Oct 09 2015 by ppowers

 The October meeting of the South Hamilton Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. The board will announce who the new board member will be for district two. An agreement for audit services with Cornwell, Frideres, Maher and Associates for the 2016-2020 fiscal years will be considered. In other matters, the South Hamilton school board will consider a subscription agreement with the benefit compliance program provided by Mark J. Becker and Associates,consider a new bus bid, a TLC application for submission, a review of personnel matters, and other matters. There will also be updates by principals Scott Dryer and Paul Hemphill and from superintendent Ken Howard.

Webster City School Board to meet Monday evening at 6:30.
Posted: Oct 09 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:30 at the school administration office at 820 Des Moines Street. The board will review the early retirement policy, approve pre-school contracts, consider a Teacher Leadership Compensation Grant application, and a review of board polices. There will also be a discussion the informal board meeting with the Northeast Hamilton and Stratford school boards. The informal board meeting between Webster City, Stratford and Northeast Hamilton will be held at 5:00 Monday afternoon at the Regional Career Academy in Eagle Grove. In another matter, the Webster City school board will consider a lease agreement with Prairie Area Area Education Agency. A work session follows the regular board meeting for an update on the Board Norms and Protocols. There will be no action during the work session. 

Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Oct 09 2015 by ppowers

 An update on the Webster City sign ordinance will be one of the agenda items when the Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission meets Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. The commissiion will consider ther rezoning a parcel south of the Canadian National Railway and north of East Second Street from A-1 Agricultural to M-2 Heavy Industrial plus other matters that may come before the commission.

Dayton motorist injured in Wednesday morning accident.
Posted: Oct 08 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated a car semi accident at Highway 20 and Racine Avenue east of Fort Dodge shortly after 7:30 Wednesday morning. Reportedly a 1997 Freightliner semi operated by Roger L. Anderson of Duncombe was turning on to Highway 20 when an eastbound 2014 Kia Optima driven by Heather Watts of Dayton struck the rear side of the Anderson semi. Watts was transported to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of injuries. The Watts car was totaled with the damage to the Anderson semi estimated at $15,000. Investigating trooper Randy Steinkamp charged Heather Watts with Failure to Maintain Control.

Clarion City Council hear property concerns from residents.
Posted: Oct 08 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting Monday evening, the Clarion city council heard concerns from residents on property owned by Roger Anderson at 603-605 First Street Southeast. Judy Haugland informed the council that there had been some cleanup of the property but that the safety concerns still existed. Andrea Arne and Kathy Fender addressed the council on the same property. The two residents have been cleaning the property and had some interest in possibly rehabilitating the property into a shelter for abused women. They have found some community support for this project but have not gotten too in depth in the process since they do not own the property. Arne stated to the city council that Anderson would be returning to Clarion this week and she hoped to have him sign over the property to her. The council agreed that while the project could be beneficial to Clarion, they did not feel that this was necessarily the best property to use since it needed an extreme amount for work. After much discussion the council chose to proceed with possible citations against Anderson. They also cautioned Arne that if the property were to be signed over to her she would become financially responsible for the property.

In other matters, the Clarion city council heard the report from the Streets and Utilities Committee on the possibility of adding stop signs making some changes to the parking the business district and modifying the golf cart ordinance. The committee is still doing research before bringing the changes to the city council for review. The Clarion Hotel Motel Board met recently and approved over $6000 in grants this quarter. The Mary and Martha group would be painting the Gazebo at Gazebo Park as part of Make A DIfference Day on October 24th. Adam Russell has been hired to fill the Water Operator position with his day on the job last Monday.The Clarion Lions Cub has completed their portion of the construction of the new building at Lions Park. All that remains to be done is a small amount of work which will be completed by a plumber and electrician.

George Reeves sign dedication set for Saturday in Woolstock.
Posted: Oct 08 2015 by ppowers

 The community of Woolstock invites everyone to the official  unveiling of George Reeves on the Woolstock Town Sign this Saturday,October 10 at 10:30 a.m. Reeves was born in Woolstock in January,1914. He was the star of the television series of "The Adventures of Superman" in the 1950s. For the past ten years,members of the George Reeves Memorial have been encouraging the city to honor him in some way. After several celebrations in Woolstock last year to honor Reeves' 100th birthday and the 55th anniversary of his death,the city worked with the Friends of the George Reeves Memorial to add Woolstock as his birthplace on the new town sign. Featured speaker for the program will be Webster City Area Chamber executive director Deb Brown. A reception will be held at 11:00 at the community hall. After the reception,there will be a caravan tour to the Wilson Brewer Park Museum and Visitors Center in Webster CIty at 12:30. Visitors will see a new display of artwork that was created by George Reeves' fan and expert Tony Bolton of Columbus, Ohio who created these pieces to celebrate George Reeves in 2014. The final stop will be the Heartland Museum in Clarion at 2:00 p.m. The museum is home to two George Reeves displays located in the Woolstock booth and the 1950s Streetscapes with items located in the Wright County Historical Society Library. It is also home to a piece of Superman's cape.

Fort Dodge man found dead early Wednesday morning.
Posted: Oct 07 2015 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the area of Fourth Street Northwest at 6:51 Wednesday morning. On arrival officers were informed that multiple gunshots had been heard in the area but it was unknown what might have  happened. Upon further investigation, officers eventually came across a vehicle that had been obscured from view and unusually parked in a nearby wooded area. Officers cheked out the vehicle when they discovered an unconscious male in the drivers seat. He was identified as 30 year old Wendell Clark of Fort Dodge. Clark was transported to Unity Point Hospital  by ambulance where he was pronounced dead as the result of a gunshot wound. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting Fort Dodge Police in their investigation of the shooting.Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Dodge Police at 515-573-1426 or Webster County Crimestoppers at 515-573-1444.

Reservations are now being taken for Warm Hearts Warm Homes.
Posted: Oct 07 2015 by ppowers

 Volunteers are neeeded for the Warm Hearts Warm Homes Winter Weatherization Program set for Saturday,November 7 in Webster City sponsored by Central Iowa RSVP. There is a need for auditors to go into applicants' homes to measure window sizes and furnace filter sizes.If you are willing to assist as an auditor, you may contact the RSVP office at 832-2525.Volunteer teams of four to five members are needed to provide the manual labor to assist low income individuals and families, the elderly,and veterans with basic winter weatherization needs. The services will include putting plastic around windows, sealing leaks in doors and window frames and installing door sweeps.  Eligible residents who would need assistance with the winter weatherization of their homes are encouraged to pick up an application at Upper Des Moines Opportunity,the Hamilton County Public Health office or the Veterans Affairs office. The application deadline is Friday,October 16. The goal of the project is to service 30 homes and to have 15 volunteer teams. The teams will assemble at 8:00 a.m. at the Webster City Community and Senior Center at 749 Second Street to receive their instructions with a breakfast to be served before the work begins.If you would like more information, please call the Hamilton County RSVP office at 832-2525.

Larson pleads guilty in Story County incident.
Posted: Oct 06 2015 by ppowers

 A Webster City man has pleaded guilty to the charges filed in Story County District Court in Nevada after an incident last December near McCallsburg. 50 year old Ted Edward Larson made his court appearance Monday and was sentenced on charges of Serious Assault which is a serious misdemeanor and Second Degree Criminal Mischief which is a Class D Felony. Larson made an oral motion for reconsideration of the sentence with 14 days of his taking in to custody. The State did not resist the reconsideration and therefore the defendant's sentence will be reconsidered on October 20th at 8:30 a.m. in Story County District Court. The appeal bond is fixed in the amount of $2,500 on the charge of Serious Assault and $7,500  for Second Degree Criminal Mischief. The court sentenced Larson to one year in the Story County Jail on the Serious Assault charge but will be given credit for any time previously served. Larson would pay a fine of $315 plus the statutory surcharge of 35 percent and court costs. On the Second Degree Criminal Mischief charge, Larson is committed to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed five years. He would be given credit against that sentence for any time previously spent in custody because of his inability to furnish bail. Larson would be delivered to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale. Larson would pay a fine of $750 plus a surcharge of 35 percent, the $125 law enforcement initiative surcharge and court costs. The periods of confinement on both charges will be served concurrently.Larson was ordered to make victim restitution payments plus prohibited from having any contact with Lyndal Olson and his family members for the next five years. The Department of Corrections will prepare and file a presentence investigation report on Larson. The sentence will be reconsidered on October 20 as Larson made an oral motion to reconsider his sentence at the time of his guilty plea and sentencing. Larson and Terry Nessa were accused after they broke into the rural McCallsburg residence of Lyndal Olson on December 13,2014. Olson was assaulted in the incident. Nessa is scheduled to go to on trial early next year on similar charges.

Webster City Police investigate two motor vehicle accidents in the community Monday.
Posted: Oct 06 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated two motor vehicle accidents in the community on Monday....

The intersection of Broadway and Second Street was the scene of a two car accident shortly after 7:30 a.m. Reportedly a southbound 2005 Pontiac G6 operated by Cade M. Hilpipre of Webster City  was stopped at the intersection when he then entered the intersection colliding with an eastbound 1999 Olds Alero driven by Kelly Trask also of Webster City. Both drivers were treated for possible injuries at the scene by the Van Diest Medical Center EMS staff. Investigating Sgt. Ed Wardell reported both the Hilpipre and Trask cars were totaled. There were no charges filed.

A one vehicle accident happened at 2:31 p.m. Monday afternoon on Superior Street. Webster City Police reported a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Trevor L. Wright of Webster City was making a right turn onto Superior Street from the Farm Service Agency parking lot. Wright reportedly was distracted by items inside his SUV when his vehicle went off the right side of the street striking a city owned utility pole. Wright escaped injury in the accident. Investigating officer Brandon Pritchard reported an estimated $2500 in damage to the Wright SUV and $3000 in estimated damage to the light pole.

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