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Webster City Community School Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: May 27 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community School Board will meet Tuesday evening at 6:00 at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street. Items on the agenda will include a student presentation of the Webster City Middle School Makerspace program. The high school engineering students will make a presentation on what they have learned this school year. Other agenda items will feature a look at legislative priorities, board policies, debt service payment authorization, and consider a debt service payment authorization agreement with the Credit Bureau Services of Iowa. Agreements for ethernet services and with the A.E.A. for purchasing items will be considered by the board. The board will approve a juvenile court services liaison agreement for the 2016-17 school year and an agreement with Northeast Hamilton for superintendent sharing. There will be a look at personnel matters including resignations, contract recommendations and a volunteer transfer request. The Webster City school board will meet in closed session for the annual evaluation of superintendent Mike Sherwood.

Hamilton County to honor America's war dead on Monday with special services.
Posted: May 27 2016 by ppowers

 Hamilton County will pay tribute to the nation's war dead on Monday morning with special services in honor of Memorial Day. In Webster City,American Legion,VFW and Legion Auxiliary members will assemble at 8:15 at the Legion Hall for transportation to the services in the community. The first service will be at the Marshall Crippen Bridge for those service members lost at sea at 8:45. The service will be lead by the American Legion Auxiliary. The next service will be at 9:15 when the American Legion will conduct the service at the Cass Center Cemetery. The Memorial Day Parade will form in the 700 block Second Street north alley at 10:10. The parade begins at 10:25 heading south on Des Moines Street to the Boulevard of Valor. A presentation of the roses at the markers will be held along with the recognition of active duty military personnel by the  Auxiliary. The parade will continue into the entrance of Graceland Cemetery and to the Memorial Stage. The service will begin at 11:00. The featured speaker will be American Legion Post 191 Commander Dale Caquelin. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to Jefferson Gymnasium with the service beginning at 10:30.


In Stratford, the Memorial Day service begins at 10:00 at the school gym sponsored by the Stratford American Legion Post. Corine Anderson will be the featured speaker as she will talk about the Freedom Rock project coming to Stratford in 2020. A lunch will be served after the service in the school cafeteria with a free will offering.

The Williams American Legion Post will have its service at the Veterans Memorial in the city park at 9:30. This will be followed by brief services at the Blairsburg, Williams and St. Mary's Cemeteries.


Open house set for new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park set for next month.
Posted: May 25 2016 by ppowers

 Plans were announced Tuesday for the open house of the new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. The announcement was made during the monthly meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board held at Little Wall Lake Park. Director Brian Lammers said the public can tour the new cabin from 5:00 until 8:00 on Tuesday evening,June 14. Conservation staff will be on hand to answer questions about this latest cabin. Reservations for the cabin can now be made by calling the Conservation Office at 515-832-9570.

With the Memorial Day weekend coming up, director Lammers said there are still some camping sites available for patrons at Bells Mill, Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake. Customers can make reservations by calling the Conservation office at 515-832-9570 or by visiting www.mycountyparks.org to find out if there is available space.

Director Lammers presented a quote for the roof project to the Little Wall Lake park residence and shower house. Wind damage was done to the structure earlier this year. The existing roof is over 25 years of age. The quote from Seamless Pros of Jewell came in at $16,000 to replace the roof with a steel roof system. The board asked Lammers to gather two more quotes to be reviewed at next month's meeting.

Crews from Peterson Construction of Reinbeck met with Hamilton County Conservation officials earlier this week on the Jewellsworth Trail project. Work is expected to begin the week of June 20 for the three and a half mile trail linking Jewell and Ellsworth. A formal ground breaking ceremony will be announced by the Conservation department.

In other matters, Russ Appel from the Briggs Woods Golf Course discussed the plans for the events center. A private fund raising project is continuing to get the project started. The construction is set for this September. 

Following the meeting, members of the board toured Little Wall Lake Park. They toured the location where the solar ray panels will be located, the camper cabins and other buildings in the park area.

The next meeting of the conservation board will be June 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Briggs Woods Conservation Office south of Webster City.

Ames motorist escapes injury in a one vehicle crash near Randall Friday night.
Posted: May 23 2016 by ppowers

 An Ames motorist escaped injury in a one vehicle accident late Friday night two miles southwest of Randall at 390th Street and Rigsley Avenue. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department reported a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Devin Ellsworth rolled over on its passenger side entering the east ditch. The pickup received an estimated $6000 in damage. Investigating deputy Ryan Rupiper charged Devin Ellsworth with Failure to Maintain Control.

No injuries in Eagle Grove Fire on Friday evening.
Posted: May 23 2016 by ppowers

 A fire in the business district of Eagle Grove Friday evening is under investigation. The Eagle Grove Fire Department reported the fire started in an abandoned upstairs apartment in the 200 block of West Broadway shortly before 6:00 P.M. Firefighters from both Eagle Grove and Goldfield remained on the scene for five hours in battling the flames and smoke. There were no injuries reported. Assistant Fire Chief Tom Peterson reported smoke damage was done to four buildings with one of them receiving fire damage. The buildings will be closed until further notice.

Hamilton County Board of Health to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: May 16 2016 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County Board of Health meeting will be Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the board conference room at 820 James Street. The agenda will include a look at personnel issues, approve board of health authorizations, plans for home and value based Medicare and an update on managed care organizations. Public Health Director Shelby Kroona will present her report to the board. A closed session of the board will be held at the counclusion of the meeting for the annual evaluation of the director.

Volunteers needed for tree planting on Thursday.
Posted: May 16 2016 by ppowers

 The City of Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Department would like to ask for volunteers for planting trees in observance of the Community Service Day for the graduating seniors at the Webster City High School. The seniors will be planting trees and adding mulch to existing trees at two different locations. They will be performing this community service project on Thursday, May 19th from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The first location is along the Boone River adjacent to Nokomis Park (directly east of the North Des Moines Street bridge and the north entrance of the Boone River Recreational Trail). The second location is across the street from Riverside Park (130 First Street) near the previous tree plantings. If you are interested please contact Kent Harfst at 832-9193.

Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: May 16 2016 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the new Family Health Clinic Board Room. The board will approve the Mercy Health Network Management Services and Affiliation Agreement and the 2016-17 budget. There will be approval of a resolution setting the date for a public hearing on the proposal to enter into a pass through loan agreements with the City of Webster City  for the Rural Economic Develop Loan Grant. There will be approval of capital requests. Van Diest Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Lori Rathbun will present her monthly report. The board will also meet in a closed session at the conclusion of the meeting.

Two people injured in Saturday afternoon accident in Webster City.
Posted: May 16 2016 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated a two vehicle accident shortly before 2 Saturday afternoon at Highway 17 and the Highway 20 northeast on ramp south of Webster City. Reportedly a northbound 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara X  driven by 25 year old Daniel Garnett of Webster City accidentally struck the rear end of northbound 2000 Chevrolet K 1500 pickup truck driven by 16 year old Adyson McKinney of Fort Dodge. McKinney was in the process of making a left turn on the Highway 20 on ramp. McKinney and an unknown passenger were taken to Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Garnett escaped injury in the accident. Investigating officer Dylan Bouge reported both the Garnett and McKinney vehicles were totaled in the accident.

Truck fire investigated by Webster City Fire Department on Saturday morning.
Posted: May 16 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Fire Department responded to a report of a pickup truck fire late Saturday morning at First and Beach Streets. Reportedly smoke was coming from a 1979 Ford F-150 pickup truck owned by David Beauchamp of Webster City when firefighters arrived on the scene. Webster City firemen remained on the scene for a half hour in extinguishing the blaze. There was no exact cause determined. 

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