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September unemployment rate for Hamilton County down slightly.
Posted: Oct 27 2016 by ppowers

 Hamilton County saw a drop in its unemployment rate for September. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported Wednesday the rate was at 3.7 percent down from the August rate of 4 percent. There were 7,120 people employed across Hamilton County while 270 people were unemployed. The September unemployment rates for surrounding counties included Boone County at 2.9 percent, Franklin County at 3.3 percent, Hardin County at 3.9 percent, Story County at 2.5 percent, Webster County at 3.8 percent and Wright County at 4 percent.

Jewell man still missing after two weeks.
Posted: Oct 27 2016 by ppowers

 The whereabouts of a 23 year old Jewell man still remain a mystery after his disappearance two weeks ago. On October 13,Jesse Leopold was last seen leaving his place of employment. Jesse's father,Jerry Leopold of Boone said that Jesse told his supervisor he was going to get his medicine just before an early evening lunch break. The next morning on October 14, the Ford pickup truck was found on Canyon Road in Ledges State Park in Boone County unlocked and with the keys in it.Boone County Sheriff Sgt. Cole Hoffman said there are no signs of foul play or that a crime has occured. Members of the Boone County Search and Rescue has searched Ledges Park several times and along the Des Moines River in trying to find Jesse Leopold. A Facebook page entitled "Find Jesse Leopold-Boone,Iowa"has been created to help locating him.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday at Little Wall Lake Park.
Posted: Oct 27 2016 by ppowers

 The October meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 in the Hilltop Cabin at Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell. The board will recognize LeRoy and Barb Sadler on their retirement as greeters at Little Wall Lake Park,plans for the Little Wall Lake residence and shower house, review the positions for park officer, and consider the Little Wall Lake Solar Agreement recommendation. There will also be an update on the Briggs Woods Event Center. Hamilton County Conservation director Brian Lammers will also present his report to the board regarding current activities in the park and recreation areas of the county.

City wide leaf pick up begins November 15.
Posted: Oct 26 2016 by ppowers

 The annual Webster City city wide leaf pick up will be held on Tuesday,November 15 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Residents are reminded to have their leaves in plastic bags and on the curb by 7:00 a.m. The bags need to be tied. Please do not place sticks or any other tupe of yard waste or rubbish in the bags. Only leaves and grass clippings are allowed. Crews will make one trip through the city. Volunteers are needed to help pick up leaves and place them in the compost pile. You may contact Kent Harfst at 832-9193 if you are interested in helping with this project or have any questions.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Oct 24 2016 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room of the county courthouse. The board will sign a proclamation for Crisis Intervention Month, review a personnel issue in the county social services department and set the date and time for a budget amendment hearing plus other matters. 

Jewell City Council to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Oct 21 2016 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Jewell City Council will be Monday evening at 7:00 at the city hall. The council will hear from a representative from the Trash Man to discuss weekly recycling in the community. There will be discussion on updating the park board ordinance,approve a motion to remove Karen Culpepper a signer on all of the city of Jewell's bank accounts, and look at a request for a new street light to be installed.There will be a look at yard repairs needed due to a water leak,discuss approved the use of the city electric sign,review a lot rebate and tax abatement requests for 406 South Street and an update on the Jewell water plan plus other matters.

Northeast Hamilton sees slight increase in enrollment.
Posted: Oct 21 2016 by ppowers

 At its meeting Thursday night, the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board received the certified enrollment for the 2016-17 school year. Assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger said the enrollment stands at 195 students. Last year's enrollment was at 193 students. The board accepted the resignation of part time school nurese Julie Olson. Kruger said her position will be advertised. In another personnel issue, the board approved the contract recommendation of Julie Payne for serving as ELL and special education instructor once a week. 

Last week's Trojan Spirit Night was well attended with a great turnout enjoying a meal and activities. A special thanks goes out to all the volunteers that participated in the kitchen, the classrooms and gymnasium. The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Commission will meet in January to look at issues including school finances, building needs, bullying and harassment matters and more. A date will be set at a future board meeting.

Kruger announced that a new elevator will  be installed next week at the school. Plans were announced for an all school trip to the Iowa Wild hockey game in Des Moines on Thursday,November 10 at 10:30 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The next Northeast Hamilton school board meeting will be on Thursday,November 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the elementary media center in Blairsburg.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday.
Posted: Oct 20 2016 by ppowers

 The next Webster City Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:00 at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street. The board will take action on the ag department aquaculture and animal lab proposal, approve the textbook inventory, approve fund raising requests and special education contract. The certified enrollment for the Webster City school district will be announced at the board meeting. There will be a a review of a board policy on wellneess plus other matters.

Fort Dodge man facing charges after Tuesday incident.
Posted: Oct 19 2016 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man is facing charges after his arrest Tuesday afternooon. Fort Dodge Police were asked to perform a welfare check for a female at 1517 First Avenue North, Apartment 3. Officials had been directed to the residence in reference to an incident that had occured in Humboldt County earlier in the day. When officers arrived at the residence,they discovered a female appearing as though she had been assaulted. The victim,38 year old Shelby Kirchgatter of Fort Dodge was transported to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Officers on the scene apprehended 50 year old Craig Collins of Fort Dodge. Collins was charged with Domestic Assault in the Third Degree or Subsequent Offense and Willful Injury, both Class D Felonies. The incident originated in Humboldt County earlier in the day on Tuesday. As a result, Collins may face additional charges outside of Webster County. With this being a multi-jurisdictional case, the Fort Dodge Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are working to continue this investigation.

Hamilton County Conservation Board award contract to Mason City architectural firm for B.W. Conference Center pending approval.
Posted: Oct 19 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board Wednesday morning awarded a contract to a Mason City architectural firm for designing the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center. Skott and Anderson submitted the bid of $78,000 for the work with Schlotfeldt Engineering of Webster City to assist in the engineering aspect of the project. Another firm,Peters and Associates of Omaha had a similar bid presented to the board. The decision with Skott and Anderson is pending approval by Hamilton County Attorney Pat Chambers. Ground breaking on the center is slated for next spring. Contributions to continue to come in to the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center project.As of today,approximately $470,000 in pledges,donations and grants have been received. The total cost of the center is estimated at $1.2 million. The work will also involve improvements to the well system through Xenia Rural Water. Contributions to the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center are welcome in any amount by sending your checks to Briggs Woods Golf Course,2501 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City,Iowa 50595. If you have any questions please call the course office at 515-832-9572. You can also make your donation online at www.enhancehamiltoncounty.org

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