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Two people injured in SUV accident east of Webster City Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Aug 28 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated an SUV accident at the eastbound 143 mile marker of Highway 20 east of Webster City shortly before 2:00 Thursday afternoon.  Reportedly the SUV was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway,entered the eastbound ditch, ran up the embankment and struck the overpass bridge where it came to rest. A passenger was able to get out however the drive was pinned inside the vehicle.The Webster City Fire Department used its Jaws of Life to free the driver. The two were transported to Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of their injuries by the hospital's EMS department. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation. The names of the driver and passenger were not immediately available.

W.C. man turns himself in to Fort Dodge police after theater incident on August 14.
Posted: Aug 28 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City man accused of firing a gun outside the Fort 8 theater  has turned himself in to Fort Dodge Police. 23 year old Joseph Oberender has been charged with  assault with a dangerous weapon and reckless use of a firearm. The case was sent to Webster County District Court on Thursday.  Oberender's attorney Darren Driscoll of Fort Dodge said his client waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Oberender posted bond prior to his appearance Thursday in Webster County Magistrate Court.  Oberender is accused of firing a handgun outside the Fort 8 Theater the night of August 14. Witnesses reported seeing Oberender getting into an argument with a juvenile inside the theater. The two went outside where Oberender allegedly fired a single shot from a handgun in the air. There were no injuries in the incident.

Century and Heritage Farms from Hamilton County announced at the Iowa State Fair.
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century and Heritage Farm families during the Iowa State Fair again this year. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 yeard or more in the case of Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm. This year 366 Century Farms and 101 Heritage Farms were recognized. The 2015 Heritage Farms from Hamilton County included the David Carlson farm located near Stanhope of 330th Street. The same Carlson farm near Stanhope was also honored as a Century Farm recipient. The Century Farm honorees this year included the Earl and Mae Etta Cramer farm at 1728 Little Wall Lake near Blairsburg, the R.Kathleen Hemmen Trust farm at 2564 240th Street near Blairsburg and the Larry O'Connor farm at 2111 250th Street near Webster City.

Nessa trial moved to January
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 The trial of a Webster City man facing charges after an incident in Story County is now set for early next year. 53 year old Terry Nessa is accused of first degree burglary, willful injury causing serious injury and third degree criminal mischief. On Wednesday, the trial date for Nessa was set for January 26,2016 in Story County District County. Both Nessa and 50 year old Ted Larson pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against them. The two men allegedly broke into a rural McCallsburg home on December 13,2014. They allegedly assault Lyndal Olson who lived in the residence. Olson suffered injuries as a result. Two vehicles were vandalized in Olson's driveway and are accused of breaking the windows to his barn.The trial for Ted Larson will begin September 15 in Story County District Court in Nevada. Larson is the former head wrestling coach for Webster City High School and district transportation director while Nessa was a former volunteer wrestling coach. Both men have been released on bond.

Nomination papers can be taken out for municipal elections in Hamilton County
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa announced that nomination papers for the November 3 municipal elections are available. The papers can be picked up at the city clerk's office in your community. The terms will all expire at the end of the year. In Blairsburg, Troy Hassebrock is up for election as mayor while there are three members on the city council that will be up for election. They are Arne Fagervik,Shirley J. Nelson and Marlin Pruismann. In Ellsworth, Gregory Campbell is up for election of the community with the terms of Marv Norem, Stephen M. Holt and Dewaine Zimmerman  up for election on the city council. Mickey Walker's term as mayor of Jewell will end at the end of this year with Jewell council members Bruce G. Johnson and Fred Marcalus up for election. Kamrar mayor Jeannette Tempel and and two council members Jason Moon and Amy Pigsley will be up for election this November.In the other communities across Hamilton County, Gregg Wright's term as the mayor of Randall will expire on December 31 with council members Carlene Enderson and Shawn Murphy up for election. Three city council members in Stanhope will face election this November. Terms expiring are those of Roger Hayes,Jr, Susan K. Moore and Nila Zanker. Stanhope mayor Harold Hove is also facing election this year. In Stratford the terms of Travis Sonksen and Rick Woodard will be expiring December 31. In Williams, Jessica Hiemstra's term as mayor will end on December 31 with council members Tracy Nicholson and Patsy Weldin also up for election. In Webster City, the terms of council members Doug Getter and Geary Meyer will end this year. There are two seats on the Fuller Hall Board of Trustee that are up for election. The seats belong to John Van Diest and Dan Asklund. The terms for both members expire December 31,2016. For Kendall Young Library board,the term of Kellee Shey will expire December 31,2015 and L. Richard Anderson's term expires December 31,2016. All nomination papers need to be returned by Thursday,September 17 at 5:00 p.m. to city clerk's office in your community.

Northeast Hamilton Community School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00. Agenda items include a child care update, a tour of the child care rooms,review the proposed work session schedule for 2015-16 and set the November meeting date. There will be an appointment of the board secretary, consider an open enrollment request, designate financial depositories and legal counsel for the school board, approve an FM Controls contract, consider a school vehicle repair and purchase, discussion an interfund loan and a reminder of the September 8 school board election. Northeast Hamilton superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger will present their reports to the board.

Arrest warrant issued for Webster City man following an incident in Fort Dodge.
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for 23 year old Joseph Joby Benjamin Oberender of Webster City following the investigation of an incident occurring outside the Fort 8 Theatre at 1417 Central Avenue in Fort Dodge during the evening of August 14,2015. Witnesses stated that Oberender was involved in a verbal argument with a juvenile male inside the theater. They then exited the building, where Oberender displayed a handgun and fired one shot into the air. No one was injure...d in the incident. Oberender is charged with Assault While Using or Displaying a Dangerous Weapon,an aggravated misdemeanor and Reckless Use of a Firearm,a simple misdemeanor. Anyone with information concerning this case or on Oberender's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 515-573-1426 or Webster County Crimestoppers anonymously at calling 515-573-1444,online at www.wccrimestoppers.com or by texting "LEC" and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Your help would be appreciated.

Plans for RVTV continue to shape up.
Posted: Aug 26 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City is preparing to welcome back the crew from WHO TV for the third appearance of RV TV on Thursday,September 10. The event is centered around the Iowa-Iowa State football game on Saturday,September 12 at Jack Trice Stadium. Highlights for late afternoon and early evening of fun include the Des Moines Street Regatta.Participants are invited to build a cardboard boat,put it on four wheels, make an oar out of a stick with rubber on the bottom,and enter the race. The event sponsor is Home Appliance. After a successful time last year, the MAC Life Church of Blairsburg will be bringing back Human Foosball to downtown Webster City. The Kid Zone End Zone sponsored by Building Families will feature a variety of kids games and activities for children and families.Other events include tailgating, bounce houses,tug of war,a giant postcard and more. Volunteers are needed for RV TV. You can call the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 515-832-2564.

Tour of Little Wall Lake Park highlights Tuesday's Hamilton County Conservation Board meeting.
Posted: Aug 25 2015 by ppowers

 Members of the Hamilton County Conservation Board toured the Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell as part of their monthly meeting. Conservation director Brian Lammers and the board visited the campground area,looked at the future location of a new shower house to replace an old one, and considered what to do to replace the old playground equipment. The board also learned about the possibility of a new open shelter in the park. One of the future projects at Little Wall Lake is the installation of a solar array system in the park. Lammers said the system should not affect any of the camp sites. A representative from G 6 Power Solutions based in Urbandale and Lammers will present a program at the September 8 Hamilton County Supervisors meeting on the firm's intentions to install the system.

In another matter, the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be finalizing plans with an architect on plans for yet another Legacy Cabin project. The proposed cabin will house a downstairs classroom for activities for the Legacy Learning Center at Briggs Woods Park and room for beds in the upstairs area of the cabin. Work on the cabin will begin next month with the installation of footings and concrete. The new cabin is expected to be completed by sometime in 2016.

The Hamilton County Conservation Board also met in a closed session to discuss the possible purchase of real estate.

Applications being accepted for Webster City boards and commissions.
Posted: Aug 25 2015 by ppowers

 The City of Webster City is currently accepting applications for vacancies on the following Boards and Commissions. They include the Hotel/ Motel Tax Board as a Business Community Representative, City Planning and Zoning Commission and two vacancies for the Traffic Study Committee. The application process is in an effort to ensure diversity and representation of the Webster City community. Applicants must be current residents of Webster City.These positions are voluntary and applications will be taken until the vacancies are filled. Applications are available at City Hall,400 Second Street or on the www.webstercity.com website under the Info and Resources tab and need to be turned in to the City Clerk's office. If you have any further questions, please contact the City Clerk's office at 832-9141 or the City Manager's office at 832-9151 for more information.

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