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Webster City City Council to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Aug 29 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Tuesday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. The council will officially appoint Shiloh Mork as the new police chief with the oath of office to follow.There will be an update and report from Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Brown on current activities  with the chamber office.A request from Bill McCormick on the sump pump late fee on a utility bill will be considered. In other matters the Webster City City Council will approve a resolution on the official financial report for city streets, a change order from the Tile Pros for the completion of the contract involving the water distribution system project. A lease agreement with FMO Real Estate, L.L.C.,a subsidary of Fairway Outdoor Advertising in connection with their use of a sign located on city property will  be considered by the council. A motion on a request to obtain bids for a brush chipper for the line department will  be looked at. Following the council meeting there will be a work session with officials of Fletcher Reinhardt Company on Smart Meters.

La James Institute facing fraud lawsuit from the state.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa Attorney General Consumer Protection Division Thursday filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against La' James International College in Fort Dodge alleging the cosmetology school engages in deceptive, omissive and unfair practices. The lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court stated what many students experience is a school with extraordinary turnover of instructors resulting in instructorless' classrooms and inconsistent instruction, lack of access to practice their skills and ultimately an institution that treats them more like free labor than students". La' James operates cosmetology and massage schools and salons in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Fort Dodge,Iowa City and Johnston, and has one  location in Illinois and Nebraska. The company is privately owned by Cynthia Becher. The lawsuit seeks a court order barring the defendants from misleading and concealing material information from students, unspecified reimbursement to students and unspecified penalties and costs. There has been no comment by La' James officials on the lawsuit filed Thursday.

Mork to become Webster City Police Chief.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers


Webster City officials announced Thursday morning that Sergeant Shiloh Mork has been appointed to the position of Chief of Police.  Chief Mork has replaced Brian Hughes who resigned earlier this year as he accepted a law enforcement job in suburban Pittsburgh. Mork will officially assume his duties on September 2. Chief Mork is a second generation police officer beginning his career as a patrolman with the Charles City Police Department in 1999. In 2000, he started with the Webster City Police Department as a Patrolman. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and has held the positions of Patrol Sergeant and Investigator Sergeant. Mork has had various assignments throughout his career. He has served as a Neighborhood Watch Liaison, Reserve Officer Liaison, Field Training Officer Supervisor, Investigator, Fleet Manager and Watch Commander. He has been an Adjunct Instructor for Iowa Central Community College for ten years instructing all aspects of law enforcement. Mork earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology with honors in 1997. He has attended various police related managerial trainings including the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leading by Legacy and Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety of Supervision of Police Personnel. Mork said he is honored to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Webster City. He said he is looking forward to strengthening the bond between the citizens and the police,and leading the men and women of the Webster City Police Department as a premier law enforcement agency.

Paton motorist escapes injury in pickup train accident west of Webster City.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers

 Details of an accident involving a train locomotive and a pickup truck Tuesday morning was released Thursday by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. The accident happened three miles west of Webster City on Stagecoach Road. Reportedly a northbound 1999 Dodge Durango pickup driven by Logan Rexroat of Paton struck a westbound Canadian National locomotive at the railroad crossing. Rexroat said he never saw the train coming or the flashing cross lights until he then struck the locomotive. The impact caused the Rexroat truck to spin around coming to rest on the west side of the roadway. The driver escaped injury. There was no damage to the locomotive with the Rexroat picked totaled as a result of the accident. Deputy Scott McConnell investigated.

Webster County Crimestoppers receives 500th tip.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers

 Officials from the Webster County Crimestoppers Wednesday received their 500th tip since the TipSoft program was started.The very first tip on April 17,2009 to TipSoft. Since that day these 500 tips have produced over 2,650 additional conversations held in dialogue with tipsters to gather additional critical information. The tool is used 58% for text tips and 42% for email tips. The system is used consistently throughout the day. It is also used evenly throughout the week. The TipSoft system has been utilized for over 21 categories of crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse to traffic, nuisance animals.and wanted persons. This innovative program allows tipsters to provide completely anonymous information to law enforcement by a text message or an e-mail. It provides the opportunity for law enforcement to dialogue back and forth with the tipster while they remain anonymous and gather any additional information the tipster may have neglected to provide in their original tip. Webster County Crimestoppers is driven by citizens who take the time to report information to law enforcement regarding crime in their communities. The information is often invaluable in solving crime. Funding for this program is made possible by the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and the United Way. The Webster County Crimestoppers organization has been in existence since 1980. Their sustained efforts have been invaluable in aiding local law enforcement in making Webster County a safer place to work, live and visit. This group is organized and run by local citizens who care deeply about their communities. 

Franklin County Accident
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers

 A Madison,Wisconsin motorist was injured Wednesday afternoon on Highway 65 south of 240th Street in Franklin County. The Iowa State Patrol reported a northbound 2001 Freightline semi driven by John Stier of Grand Meadow,Minnesota approaching a southbound farm tractor. A southbound  2009 Chevrolet Colora truck driven by Matthew Schlachter of Iowa Falls failed to maintain control of his vehicle and collided with the Stier semi, a 2012 Nissan Rouge SUV driven by Anne Grady of Madison, Wisconsin and a 2005 Harley Davidson Motorcycle operated by Vonn Aaron of Hampton. Grady was air lifted to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City  where she was reported in critical condition. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department assisted the Iowa State Patrol in the investigation of the accident.

Preparations continue for RVTV in Webster City September 8.
Posted: Aug 27 2014 by ppowers

 Preparations continue for the return of RV TV on Monday,September 8 in downtown Webster City. After a highly successful appearance last year, the crew from WHO Television of Keith Murphy and Ed Wilson will be appearing together in preparation for the Iowa Iowa State football game on September 13. Volunteers are needed to help with this community event. If you are willing to help out please call the Webster City chamber officer at 515-832-2564. The highlights include a chili contest at 6:00 p.m. There will be tailgaiting during the late afternoon and evening. A tug of war  contest, human foosball, and nickel scramble will also be a part of the festivities. Teams for these events are being organized by calling the chamber or on the evening of RVTV. Last year, a huge crowd was on hand in the downtown area of Webster City to kick off the big football game. More information on this event can be found at the www.visitwebstercityiowa.com website.

Webster City Middle School beginning its magazine sale.
Posted: Aug 27 2014 by ppowers

 Students at Webster City Middle School will again be selling magazine subscriptions,music and other items through next Tuesday,September 2. Both new and renewal  subscriptions may be ordered through the middle school students. Each student has the opportunity to earn individual prizes while contributing to the overall sales campaign. Additionally, a percentage of each sale stays with Webster City Middle School. Monies are earned for a variety of education activities including field trips, assembly presentations and student celebrations. If you have any questions or want a middle school student to stop by your house, you may call the Webster City Middle School at 515-832-9220.

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Aug 26 2014 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 at the elementary media center. The board will be updated on work to the bus garage, set work sessions and meeting dates. There will be the appointment of a board secretary, desginate financial depositories and legal counsel, consider  a proposal for well abandonment and technology, get a professional development update and other matters.

Emerald Ash Borer discovered in Story County
Posted: Aug 25 2014 by ppowers

 Two Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) larvae collected by a homeowner from a residential tree in Story City and have been positively identified as EAB by a federal identifier.  Story County is the thirteenth confirmed infestation in the state.A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, 2014 and remains in place."We continue to monitor EAB closely and the Story City infestation is the 9th confirmed infestation in Iowa during 2014. The Iowa EAB Team again reminds Iowans to not move firewood as that is the quickest way to start an infestation in a new location,” said State Entomologist Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

 The City of Story City has inventoried the street trees in the community and working with the Story City Tree Board will continue to monitor, assess, and address ash trees. Story City will have information available for private property owners at www.cityofstorycity.org after September 1st.The Iowa EAB Team provides EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners and includes officials from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service.The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states increases the risk of spreading EAB infestations. Most EAB infestations in the United States have been started by people unknowingly transporting infested firewood, nursery plants or sawmill logs. Besides being transported by vehicle, the adult beetle can also fly short distances of approximately two to five miles.

 With the exception of trunk injection, the window has closed for using other preventive methods against emerald ash borer this year. Trunk injections can be done by certified pesticide applicators until September 1, 2014.  Other control measures (soil injection, soil drench, and basal trunk sprays) will need to wait until mid-April to mid-May 2015.  This gives people the opportunity to have landscape and tree service companies to bid on work, and for the landowner to review these bids before next spring.Please contact Iowa EAB Team members to have suspicious looking trees checked in counties not currently known to be infested. The State of Iowa will continue to track the movement of EAB on a county-by-county basis. Before a county can be officially recognized as infested, proof of a reproducing population is needed and an EAB must be collected and verified by USDA entomologists.


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