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Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Dec 22 2014 by ppowers

 The final meeting of 2014 for the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The board will look at personnel issues for the county sheriff, EMS,safety and wellness departments. The awarding of a contract for the County Road R-33 resurfacing project will be presented to the board for approval. There will also be a resolution for bridge postings and a wellness program agreement plus other matters.

Webster City Community Theater announces cast for "Almost,Maine".
Posted: Dec 22 2014 by ppowers

Webster City Community Theater has announced its cast for its upcoming production of "Almost,Maine". The production is a series of short stories featuring 19 actors in independent scenes. Each scene takes place at approximately the same time, on the same evening in the middle of winter, at the time of the Northern Lights, in a place called Almost,Maine. The residents of the town find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Cast members include Larry and Sharon Helm, Dale and Therese Arends, David Borer, Mary Sealine, Sarah Kopriva, Sam and Nichole Ose,Kyle Clum, Maggie Breitenkamp,Mikey Paisley, Peter Almstalden, Pete Neumeister, Angela Rottering, Al Yungclas, Susan Leman, Paul Wagner and LuAnn Jackson. Directors for "Almost,Maine" are Mark Andrew, Stephanie Hill, Doug and Loween Getter, Angela Rottering and Al Yungclas. Rehearsals will begin the first week of January. Production dates are February 6 to 8 and 13 to 15. Tickets will go on sale January 31st at $12.  Webster City Community Theater punch cards are available through December 31. They are good for 4 admissions to any of the shows this season at a cost of $45. You may contact Loween Getter to order your punch card at 515-297-0846 or online at www.wcctonline.org. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the production of "Almost, Maine" is encouraged to contact Executive Director Mark Andrew at 515-835-2101.


Wright County Board of Supervisors to meet Monday.
Posted: Dec 22 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The agenda includes approving the final plans for a bridge project in section 16 of Eagle Grove Township and a railroad crossing in section 25 in Eagle Grove Township. The board will meet with C.S.S. coordinator Jen Sheehan to present information the 28E on Targeted Case Management. The engineer reports on Drainage Districts 35 and 93 will be presented for review. There will be a presentation by Goldfield Access Network General Manager Jared Johnson to discuss Rural Call Completion and the problems with long distance or wireless calling to rural areas landline telephones. The board will meet with the Wright County Secondary Road Union to exchange initial proposals for a new contract followed by a closed session to conduct collective bargaining negotiations.

Christmas closings.
Posted: Dec 19 2014 by ppowers

 Thursday will be observed as a complete holiday in observance of Christmas around the KQWC listening area. Many area businesses will be closed for the day. Stores on Wednesday will either close early or at their regular time. Many area financial institutions will be closing at 12 noon on Christmas Eve . The Hamilton County Courthouse, all county offices and the Webster City Municipal Building will be closing at 12 noon Wednesday for the Christmas holiday to reopen again on Friday. Friends Forever Social Education Center will be closed December 24 through the 26 for the Christmas period. Kendall Young Library will be closed both Wednesday and Thursday. The Fuller Hall Recreation Center will close at 12 noon Wednesday for Christmas to reopen Friday morning,December 26 at 6:00 a.m. There will be no city or rural delivery of mail Thursday. The Webster City post office box lobby will be open as usual but the customer service window will  be closed for the Christmas holiday. Mail service will resume on Friday,December 26. The Hamilton County Iowa State University Extension Office will be closed Christmas Day and December 26 for the Christmas weekend. Webster City school students will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday afternoon, December 23. Classes will resume again on Monday,January 5,2015.

Northeast Hamilton school board faces brief agenda for the final meeting of 2014.
Posted: Dec 19 2014 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board Thursday evening approved the submission of a modified allowable growth/dropout prevent grant in the amount of $20,512. The grant to be submitted will help fund a targeted afterschool program and summer school program. The additional funding will cover the compensation of teachers involved in the project. A letter of assurance has been signed and forwarded to the Iowa Department of Education indicating the Northeast Hamilton district's interest in pursuing the second round of funding as part of the ongoing Microsoft  settlement monies. A  decision is expected sometime in the new year on these funds.

The Northeast Hamilton school board discussed the current condition of the district's minivans and possible options for replacement. There was no action taken on this issue to be revisited at next month's board session. Negotiations for next year's contract between the school board and the Northeast Hamilton Education Association will begin in January. The association represents the teaching staff in the district. 

A contract was approved by the Northeast Hamilton board for mental health services offered by Coleman Counseling,Incorporated in Eagle Grove. The contract will be in effect for the remainder of the current school year.

The next scheduled  informal board meeting between Northeast Hamilton, Stratford and Webster City school boards will be on Wednesday, January 21 at 4:30 at the school library. This is the second of three meetings this school to look at matters in all three districts.

Humboldt man arrested on robbery charges Thursday afternoon
Posted: Dec 19 2014 by ppowers

 A 20 year old Humboldt man is in the Webster County Jail in Fort Dodge after possibly involved in two robberies in Humboldt and another one in Fort Dodge Thursday afternoon. Fort Dodge Police arrested Kaleb Lenning. He is facing a charge of second degree robbery at the Days Inn at 3040 Fifth Avenue South at 1:14 p.m.  After getting a description of the vehicle involved, a Fort Dodge police officer conducted a traffic stop and found two men inside a vehicle that was believed to be involved in the case. The men were transported to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center for questioning. A description of the suspect in the robbery of the Days Inn matched that of a man involved in two robberies in Humboldt also on Thursday. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department  reported robberies at Cenex Cross Roads and at Hy Vee Wine and Spirits. During one of the robberies, authorities said the man displayed a knife and demanded money.  Lenning is in the Webster County Jail  awaiting his initial appearance. Other charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Hamilton County sees a ten percent drop in land value for 2014.
Posted: Dec 18 2014 by ppowers


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Thursday released the 2014 Land Value Survey. Hamilton County witnessed a 10 percent drop in its farmland value this year. The value per acre in 2014 was at $9,779 compared with $10,907 in 2013. The state average was $7,943 per acre down from the 2013 price of $8,716. The land values for surrounding counties included Boone at $9,391, Franklin at $8,517, Hardin at $8,976, Story at $9,628, Webster at  $9,405 and Wright at $9,458. A complete report on the Iowa State Land Value Survey can be found at http://www.card.iastate.edu/land-value/2014/

Webster City Fire Department has safety tips for the holiday season.
Posted: Dec 18 2014 by ppowers

 As the holiday season is upon us, the Webster City Fire Department reminds all residents to be safe during this time of year. Local fire chief John Conyn recommends that your smoke detectors be checked out. Be sure to feed your Christmas tree with water each day. The extension cords should be put to good use. Another recommendation is to practice a fire escape drill while everyone is home. Other safety items include watching for trip hazards, put candles out before going to bed, check the lint filter in your dryer and cooking in a safe area. Another recommendation is to make sure that the space heater in the home has a good foundation and clear the path around the unit. When done with your fire, cool the ashes outside. If you have any further questions on fire safety in the home during the holidays, be sure and call the Webster City Fire Department at 832-9131.

Clarion City Council rename street in honor of the founder of Hagie Manufacturing
Posted: Dec 18 2014 by ppowers

 The Clarion City Council this week announced the renaming of 8th Street Northwest to Ray Hagie Drive. Hagie founded the company that bears his name in 1947. A new sign will be installed in the next few weeks. 

Florene Swanson representing Vision 2020 presented the council with a Certificate of Equality for advancing gender equality through shared leadership among women and men on appointed boards and commissions of the Clarion City Council. Swanson told the council that there are four counties and seventeen cities in Iowa are compliance. The council approved the reappointment of Steve Terhark as police chief, Rich Bordwell as city attorney, and city administrator Rochelle Pohlman.

There was a discussion on a list of properties in Clarion that have junk, junk vehicles or other unsightly debris. Police Chief Terhark has sent letters to many of the addresses on a list presented to the council. A meeting is scheduled for this Monday between police chief Terhark, city administrator Rochelle Pohlman and mayor Mike Nail to discuss derelict properties

The Clarion city council voted to discontinue metering individual mobile homes located in the Mobile Home Parks and water supply will be metered through a meter located in the water pit located in the mobile home park.

Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will meet Thursday night.
Posted: Dec 16 2014 by ppowers

 The December meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will approve a modified allowable growth/dropout prevention grant for the district, consider the purchase of a school vehicle, discuss negotiating for the new school contract,review last month's Iowa Association of School Board convention and plans for mental health services. There will be reports by school superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent Mike Kruger

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