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Youth and Family Center hosts Friends Campaign Kickoff on December 1.
Posted: Nov 25 2015 by ppowers

 The Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County invites everyone to the Building Brighter Futures for Youth and Families Appreciation and 2016 Friends Campaign Kickoff on Tuesday, December 1 in the Sampson Room of the Fuller Hall Recreation Center.The event will be from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be holiday treats, hot cider and coffee. There will be a presentation by the new CEO of the Youth and Shelter Services Andrew Allen. The ceremony will feature a Philanthropy Award to Dean and Adele Bowden, Staff Service Award to Cyndi O'Hara and Volunteer Service Awards to both Ron Birkestrand and Ginny Krieger.

No change in the Hamilton County unemployment rate.
Posted: Nov 24 2015 by ppowers

 Officials with the Iowa Workforce Development Office announced Tuesday there has been no change in the Hamilton County unemployment rate for October. The rate last month was 3.8 percent which was the same figure in September. There were 7,060 people employed across Hamilton County in October while 280 people were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for October was at 3.5 percent down from the September rate of 3.6 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties for October were Boone County at 2.5 percent, Franklin at 2.8 percent, Hardin County at 3.5 percent, Story County at 2.1 percent, Webster County at 3.7 percent and Wright County at 3.3 percent.

Webster City Police news.
Posted: Nov 24 2015 by ppowers

 Two Webster City residents are facing charges after an incident at 1515 Wall Street on November 15 with details released Tuesday morning. 26 year old Megan Farwell and 43 year old Bobby Joe Worthen were both charged with Disorderly Conduct by Webster City Police.

Webster City Police charged a 17 year old male juvenile with Fifth Degree Theft,Possession of Marijuana Second Offense and a Juvenile Pickup Order on November 16 after an incident at 1515 Wall Street.

Webster City Police Department begins B.L.U.E. program
Posted: Nov 24 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Police Department would like to announce the development of B.L.U.E. (Blue Light Uniformed Events). Blue Light Uniformed Events has been created in an effort for our department to become more involved with the citizens of Webster City and to give back to those who may not be as fortunate. Our goal is to host several events throughout the year to benefit our residents and increase our sense of community. We thought this would be a great way we as officers coul...d give back and shed a positive light on our department.
The holiday season is a reminder to us all to gather together and lend a helping hand. The first event will be B.L.U.E. - Christmas Edition “A Partner in Blue to Shop with You”. Based on your donations an officer and child will be paired together to go on a shopping spree to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their family. The program will focus on youth between the ages of kindergarten and sixth grade. A child from Pleasantview Elementary, Sunset Elementary, St. Thomas, and the Webster City Middle School will be selected for a total of four students. School counselors will be contacted to submit names of children who they believe would be good candidates and would benefit the most from the program. A letter will be sent home to the parents of the students selected. Based on the list provided we will conduct interviews to make sure the families would be willing to participate. This will be the first year for an event like this and in order to be successful we wanted to start out small. Hopefully, in the years to come we can increase the amount of students and open it up for other local agencies to participate.
Each student will be provided with a specific dollar amount to be spent on gifts for themselves and their family. This is where you come in! We are seeking your financial help in order to make this a successful event. Any donation which could be made would be greatly appreciated. We are hoping this will be a very positive experience, not only for the selected children and their families, but also for the officers involved. The true meaning of Christmas is about giving-there are very few things more rewarding than giving a child in need something to smile about.
Shopko will be hosting the event which will take place on December 22, 2015 at approximately 6:00 P.M. Donations can be dropped off directly at the Webster City Police Department or by mail at P.O. Box 217 Webster City, Iowa 50595 Attention: Officer Jordan Elonich #677.

Webster City Police release details of an accident Monday evening and one on Friday.
Posted: Nov 24 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated a motor vehicle accident shortly before 6:00 Monday evening in the 700 block of Ohio Street. Reportedly a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV driven by Diane Knudsen of Webster City collided with the left rear side of a parked 2006 Cooper Mini with the owner not known. Knudsen overcorrected her SUV when it rolled onto its side coming to to a rest on the driver's side. Knudsen suffered possible injuries in the accident. Damage to both vehicles was estimated at $5000 each. Investigating officer Jordan Elonich charged Diane Knudsen with Failure to Maintain Control.

Details of an accident last Friday evening on East Second Street near Sketchley Park were released Tuesday morning by the Webster City Police Department. Reportedly an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Steven McFarland of Webster City lost control of his car swerving into the path of a westbound 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Guillermo Lopez Capetillo of Ellsworth. McFarland and a passenger Ross Freeman of Webster City both fled the scene. The police report stated that Freeman suffered a possible head injury as a result of the accident. The McFarand car was totaled while the Lopez Capetillo truck received an estiamated $5000 in damages. Webster City Police officer Jordan Elonich charged Steven McFarland with Failure to Prove Security Against Liability, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Driving While Revoked while Guillermo Lopez Capetillo was charged with Failure to have a Valid Driver's License.


The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Nov 23 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in their board room of the Hamilton County Courthouse. A public hearing on the Hamilton County 2016 Budget Amendment will be held followed by the adoption of it and set appropriation for the 2016 fiscal year. There will be personnel action with the county sheriff and  appointments to the Veteran Affair Commission plus other matters.

Two Fort Dodge residents facing drug and other charges after Friday incident.
Posted: Nov 23 2015 by ppowers

 Officers with the Webster County Drug Task Force last Friday executed a search warrant at 2024 Fifth Avenue North in relation to an ongoing narcotics and firearms investigating involving the occupants of the residence. Inside the residence officers located the two occupants, 19 year old Jerique Bryson and Kelsey Jones of Fort Dodge. Through the officers on scene investigation they discovered and seized a large amount of multiple different kinds of narcotics along with a loaded firearm from the residence. Through the continue investigation by the Drug Task Force,Bryson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Webster County Jail. Bryson was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Drugs filled with Codeine While Possession of a Fireams within 1,000 feet of a School, Possession of a Firearm as a Felon, Possession with Intent to Deliver Alprazolam While In Possession of a  Firearm within 1,000 feet of a School and  three counts of Possession of an Unlabeled Prescription Medication. The investigation is continuing by Fort Dodge law enforcement authorities and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. 

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet this Tuesday morning.
Posted: Nov 23 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board is set for Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the Conservation Office in Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. The board will receive an update on the cabin construction project at Briggs Woods Park, review the Briggs Woods Golf Course Clubhouse addition business plan and consider a Legacy Endowment Expenditure Policy. Director Brian Lammers will present his report on activites in the Hamilton County park and wildlife areas.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission looks at fall and winter activities.
Posted: Nov 20 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission Thursday afternoon looked at the fall and winter activities offered at Fuller Hall. Director Kent Harfst presented the attendance figures for the Saturday morning Youth Basketball program. The third and fourth grade girls have 28 participants while the third and fourth grade boys have eight participants. The fifth and sixth grade girls have eight participants with six participants in the fifth and sixth grade boys program. Harfst informed the commission that due to the low registration numbers, the fifth and sixth grade boys and girls teams have been combined. They will continue to practice and scrimmage together.

A Swing Style Christmas Dance is coming to Fuller Hall on Saturday night, December 5 from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. The Continuing Education program at Iowa Central is sponsoring the dance at a cost of $10 per person.

Fuller Hall will host the Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Wednesday, November 25 at 12 noon and the annual Turkey Trot at Brewer Creek Park next Thursday morning, November 26 at 9:00a.m. The cost of the Turkey Trot are two non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry.. 

The third annual Fuller Hall Winter Health Fair is coming Saturday,January 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. So far 20 vendors have registered for the event. It is hoped that 30 to 35 vendors will participate. Businesses and organizations interested in the fair should contact Kent Harfst at 515-832-9193.

Thursday's meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission was the final one for 2015. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21 at 5:15 in the Sampson Room of Fuller Hall.

Jaycox crowned 2016 Iowa Honey Queen.
Posted: Nov 20 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City senior, Maia Jaycox was crowned this past weekend in Cedar Rapids at the Iowa Honey Producer Association annual meeting as the 2016 Iowa Honey Queen. Maia is the daughter of Scott and Juli Jaycox of Webster City; she became interested in beekeeping when her family started keeping bees, next fall she plans on attending Iowa State University undeclared.

As the 2016 Iowa Honey Queen, Maia will serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the Iowa Honey Producers Association, an organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout Iowa. During her year long reign Maia will speak and promote in venues statewide about the importance of honeybees in our daily lives and how honeybees are the connection between plants and our plates. She will also share information about the many uses for honey, including how it can sweeten your entire home. She will promote the honey industry at county fairs, farmers markets, festivals, radio interviews, the state fair and schools.
The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country. In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.

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