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Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee to meet Tuesday.
Posted: Dec 09 2016 by ppowers

 The December meeting of the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the Webster City City Hall council chambers. The committee will meet with architect Douglas Steinmetz and landscape architect Tim Adams as they will share information on future improvement projects at Wilson Brewer Park. There will be a discussion on considering the advertising of weddings at Mulberry Center Church and acceptance of donations.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Dec 09 2016 by ppowers

 The next Webster City Community School Board meeting will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street. One of the agenda items will discus the resignation submitted by former school board member Paul Stenger and the beginning of finding a replacement. There will be a fund raising request to be considered. The Webster City Educational Services Association and Webster City Education Association will present their intent to bargain for the 2017-18 sch...ool year. There will be a look at water lead testing results, consider an At Risk/Modified Allowable Growth Deposit Prevention Grant, and the first reading on policies for Truancy-Unexcused Absences Regulation and Purchasing Bidding. This will be the only school board meeting for December. The next scheduled Webster City school board meeting is set for Monday,January 9.

Van Diest Medical Center to meet in special session Friday.
Posted: Dec 09 2016 by ppowers

 The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will meet in a special session Friday,December 9 at 12 noon in the cafeteria conference room. The agenda will include a proposal to sell a mammography system from hospital radiology department and a laminar flow glovebox and isolator from the pharmacy department. There will be a closed session of the board to follow.

Webster City man arrested in Fort Dodge after two county pursuit.
Posted: Dec 09 2016 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police officers were notified at 11:46 Thursday morning that a pursuit that had started in Hamilton County was headed towards Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge officers positioned themselves in multiple locations on the east side of the city in an attempt to stop and prevent the pursuit from coming into the city limits of Fort Dodge. As the pursuit continued east, it became apparent that the offender,lated identified as 41 year old Daniel Moss (pictured) of Webster City going... to cross at the intersection located at 160th Street and Paragon Avenue. Fort Dodge Police strategically positioned themselves to deploy the stop sticks in an attempt to safely stop the pursuit. The vehicle Moss was driving ran over the sticks causing two of the four tires to deflate. Moss continued to try and evade officers. The pursuit continued in the Webster County area before entering Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge Police officers assisted by placing themselves in positions that would contain the offender. Moss' vehicle eventually came to a stop in the 400 block of South 17th Street. Moss was then taken into custody without further incident. Moss is a federal fugitive wanted for escape out of Sioux City by the U.S. Marshals Service. Other local charges are pending. The passenger in the vehicle, Bobbi Barden, was released with no charges. Agencies involved in the pursuit were the Webster CIty and Fort Dodge Police Departments, Hamilton and Webster County Sheriff's Department and the Iowa State Patrol.

Eklund recipient of $1500 of Iowa Student Loan giveaway.
Posted: Dec 09 2016 by ppowers

 A Webster City man is one of the 30 parents awarded $1,500 to their student's College Savings Iowa account this winter, thanks to the Iowa Student Loan's Save Now Save Later College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway.Darin Eklund was one of the winners chosen in the program's third year. Eklund and each of the parents selected will receive the $1500 deposited directly to the College Savings Iowa account of their registered child. Registration started September and ended October 30.... The program was open to Iowa residents who have a student in grades nine,10, 11 or 12. Parents who registered were required to complete the co-signer version of Student Loan Game Plan, a free online,financial education tool offered by Iowa Student Loan, with versions for students and for parents. Parents were encouraged to share knowledge and resources with their college bound student. After the registration period, entries were chosen at random from more than 900 qualified participants. Iowa Student Loan works directly with College Savings Iowa on the giveaway. College Savings Iowa is the state's direct sold 529 program, administered through State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.

Stenger resigns from Webster City school board.
Posted: Dec 08 2016 by ppowers

 THE WEBSTER CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION THIS MORNING FROM BOARD MEMBER PAUL STENGER DATED DECEMBER 5,2016. THE RESIGNATION IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND DOES NOT REQUIRE BOARD ACTION. THE DISTRICT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH IOWA CODE WILL BE PUBLISHING A NOTICE OF VACANCY AND THE INTENTION OF THE BOARD TO THE VACANCY BY APPOINTMENT. THE TERM EXPIRES IN SEPTEMBER,2019.

THE RESIGNATION COMES IN THE WAKE OF CHARGES FILED AGAINST PAUL STENGER WITH LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD AND SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE FILED ON TUESDAY. THE ARREST OF STENGER BY WEBSTER CITY POLICE STEMS FROM AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST HIM INVOLVING AN INDIVIDUAL UNDER THE AGE OF 18. IN COURT DOCUMENTS, THE VICTIM TOLD POLICE THE ABUSE HAPPENED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. A HEARING FOR PAUL STENGER IS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20 IN HAMILTON COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board make final recommendations for funding.
Posted: Dec 08 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting Wednesday evening,the Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Committee reviewed and made their final recommendations for funding the requests made by eight organizations to the committe. The ACE Community Center-All Cultures Equal request for $18,600 for two signs and marketing support was approved. The original request from ACE was for $23,900. The request from American Legion Post 191 for a storage location for the Avenue of Flags at Graceland Cemetery. The committee voted to postpone the request from the Legion until the next round grant monies are available from the Hotel Motel tax committee. The Arts R Alive in Webster City's request of $3,600 for marketing efforts including the sculpture contest next August,music and two new sculpture pads at West Twin Park. In other requests, the board voted to award $25,000 to the Briggs Woods Golf Course and Hamilton County Conservation Board for the new event center at the golf course. The original request was for $50,000. The conservation board can reapply for more grant funds in the next cycle in the spring. Another request approved by the board was for Legacy Learning Boone River Valley was for $19,640 to be used for marketing,art workshops, downtown revitalization and an artist in residence program. The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and Iowa Antiques Network request for $2,825 was approved to help promote next May's Junque Fest at Willson Brewer Park. A request from the Webster City Lions Club for $35,000 was approved for improvements to Lions Park located on Lynx Avenue. One of the improvements was for the purchase of playground equipment. The Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee's request of $21,619 for rehabilitation and improvements to the park was also approved. All of the requests by the Hotel Motel Tax Board will be forwarded to the Webster City City Council at their December 19th meeting for final approval.

Webster City fire fighters battle early morning garage fire.
Posted: Dec 08 2016 by ppowers

The Webster City Fire Department members braved the cold and wind in battling a garage fire early Thursday morning. The call was received at 1:08 from the David Choate residence at 930 Third Street. When firemen arrived, the entire garage was engulfed in flames. The exact cause of the fire is unknown. There were no injuries reported. The Webster City Police Department were also on the scene plus the EMS department of Van Diest Medical Center. Local firefighters were on the scene for two hours in extinguishing the blaze.

Auditions for "Murder on a Budget" will be Sunday and Monday at the Webster City Community Theatre.
Posted: Dec 07 2016 by ppowers

 Webster City Community Theatre announces auditions for its next production, Murder on a Budget, written and directed by Sally Evans. Lousy weather, a second-rate cruise ship, a cast of unusual characters and classmates, not to mention a murder, combine to make this reunion of the Higby High class of 1968 their worst...and yet, most comical. 

Copies of the script are now available for checkout from the Kendall Young Library. Auditions will be held at the theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 pm and Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 pm. There are roles for 7 men, 6 women, and a narrator. All characters are in the 40-60 year age range (or made to look that way). Production dates are Feb. 17-19 and 24-26,2017.

Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Dec 07 2016 by ppowers

 A brief agenda faces the Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission at their next meeting set Monday,December 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Webster City City Hall. The commission will consider the Ruth Merrill Trust Minor Subdivision in Hamilton County plus any other matter that may come before the commission 

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