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Thursday LWV Straw Poll results.
Posted: Jul 25 2014 by ppowers

 There were 47 people who cast ballots Thursday at the Hamilton County League of Women Voters Straw Poll in the Ed Prince Building. Each year visitors to the Hamilton County Fair stop by the booth to vote on issues affecting the local,state and national scene. The first question was "Should the U.S. Congress pass an immigration law that includes a path to citizenship?" 26 of the visitors said yes to this question while 21 voted no. Thursday's second question was should the Iowa Legislature raise the gas tax for the maintenance and construction of roads and bridges? 26 of the fair goers were in favor of an increase with 21 voting no. Should a picture I.D. be required to vote if you are already registered to vote? 37 said yes and 11 voted no to this question. The fourth question is should Iowa legalize the sale of marijuana (cannabis oil) within the state?  32 said yes while 15 voted no. The final question is should bicyclists be better instructed to follow the same rules as motor vehicles? 44 voted yes while 3 voted no. While at the League of Women Voters booth, you can register to vote for the upcoming election and become a member of the League of Women Voters.  Membership is open to anyone. We will have the final results of this year's Straw Poll on Monday on KQWC Radio plus on kqradio.com and on our Facebook page.

New manager announced for Webster Theater
Posted: Jul 25 2014 by ppowers

 Officials with the Help Entertain and Restore Organization (HERO) announced Thursday the hiring of a new manager for the Webster Theater. Keri Holmes Rojas will begin her managerial duties August 7. The HERO board said Rojas brings skills in marketing, design,systems processing, small business ownership and retail management. Rojas said that she is thrilled to be returning to the city she was born and being excited to help renew the downtown Webster City area.  Rojas is a native of Hampton where she was the manager of Cornerstone Cottage and president of the Franklin County Historical Society. Rojas graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Technology and Occupational Safety. She has worked as corporate director of safety for Avery Denison Corporation, owner and operator of Kaleidoscope and the general manager of AmercInn. The theater is expected to reopen in September after it was closed in March,2013.

Webster City School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Jul 25 2014 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the school administration building at 825 Beach Street. Items facing the board will include the acceptance of a paperless board meeting software contract. A resolution approving an interfund loan will be considered. The authorization to gain access to an account will be looked at by the school board. In other matters, there will be a review of the Iowa Association of School Board Fiscal Management Conference,look at work session topics for the school year and schedule presentations by staff and students for the 2014-15 school year.

Eagle Grove man facing charges following a Wednesday afternoon incident.
Posted: Jul 25 2014 by ppowers


A 39 year old Eagle Grove man is facing charges following an incident Wednesday afternoon. Eric Jason Bell has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Willful Injury and Going Armed with Intent. Eagle Grove Police and the Wright County Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a female being shot in the 400 block of Northeast Third Street just before 4:00 p.m. 29 year old Deanna Arrendondo of Eagle Grove received injuries to her face and head as a result of being shot with a CO2 powered BB gun pistol. She was transported to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion for treatment and was held for observation.  Bell allegedly shot  Arredondo with the pistol during an argument in front of Bell's residence. Bell was being held on a bond of $10,000 at the Wright County Jail in Clarion. The Algona Police Department K-9 and the Iowa Fire Marshall's Office also assisted in the investigation.

Computer scam in Webster City.
Posted: Jul 25 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Police Department has received several complaints of individuals identifying themselves as Microsoft or another established business stating that there is a problem with the individual's computer. The caller will generally state they can fix the problem remotely and ask for credit card information to compete the transaction so that they can quickly fix the problem. A well established business WILL NOT  solicit funds over the telephone for remote services such as these being offered. If there are any questions about the validity of a phone call, please contact the Webster City Police Department at 515-832-9166 before you provide any personal or banking information over the telephone.

Hamilton County Conservation Board looks at water service for Briggs Woods Park.
Posted: Jul 24 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board is looking into the possibility of meeting with Webster City city officials for water service to the campground at Briggs Woods Park. Conservation director Brian Lammers suggested a meeting with Webster City city manager Ed Sadler on the options for water and infrastructure needs in connecting the service. Lammers also will be in contact with Xenia Rural Water on other matters for water service at the park. No date has been set for these meetings. Lammers will also be meeting the Hamilton County Supervisors on the water issue for the Briggs Woods Park area. Another area being explored is for having the city of Webster City on the electrical lines in the park and the possibility of getting rid of the overhead lines that have been in the park for many years. Several ideas were shared during the meeting Thursday morning for water service.

The Hamilton County Conservation Board approved the purchase of a Kubota zero turn mower for Little Wall Lake park in the amount of $16,132 from Cassidy Brothers Implement in Webster City. 

In other matters,the Hamilton County Conservation Board tabled action on a proposal for linen service for the modern cabins at Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake Parks. One of the options presented was from the Super 8 Motel was a service for $4.00 per set. There was discussion on pricing options. Discussion will continue at next month's board meeting.

Engineering work is underway on the Jewellsworth trail project. New fabricated signs have been placed along the Boone River Recreational Trail at Riverside Park and at Briggs Woods Park.

The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,August 21 at 9:30. A meeting for long range planning purposes has been set for Thursday,September 11 at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Park office.

Hamilton County LWV Straw Poll results for Wednesday released.
Posted: Jul 24 2014 by ppowers

 50 people participated in Wednesday's straw  poll at the Hamilton County Fair sponsored by the Hamilton County League of Women Voters. The poll asks fair goers a series of questions on local, state and national issues.The first question was should the U.S. Congress pass an immigration law that includes a path to citizenship. 29 voters said yes while 18 voted no. Question number two was should the Iowa Legislature raise the gas tax for the maintenance and construction of roads and bridge? 23 voted in favor of an increase with 25 voting no Wednesday. The third question is should picture I.D. be required to vote if you are already registered to vote? 39 voted yes with 10 voting no. The next question was should Iowa legalize the sale of medical marijuana(cannabis oil) within the state?  26 voted yes and 21 voted no to this question. The final question is should bicyclists be better instructed to follow the same rules as motor vehicles?  46 said yes with three of the voters voting no. The straw poll continues through Sunday at the Ed Prince Building. While at the booth, you can find out on becoming a member of the League of Women Voters. You can also register to vote at the booth.

Home invasion incident in Webster County.
Posted: Jul 24 2014 by ppowers

 A home invasion incident was investigated in Coalville by the Webster County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened shortly after 12 noon when a female reported a male inside her residence. The individual described was a bald white male with a stocky build wearing a white tank top. He forcibly entered the residence. In a news release it stated that a struggle ensued and the homeowner was able to retreat to a back bedroom where her firearm was located where she discharged the weapon at the suspect when he then ran from the residence.The investigation was conducted and evidence was gathered in the case. Anyone with information should contact Webster County Crimestoppers at 515-573-1444.

Heeren crowned Hamiton County Fair Queen
Posted: Jul 24 2014 by ppowers


Jenna Heeren of Jewell was crowned the 2014 Hamilton County Fair Queen Wednesday evening during ceremonies in front of the fair grandstand. She is the daughter of Jeff and Jodi Heeren of rural Jewell. Heeren received the crown from retiring fair queen Erin Anderson of Webster City. Heeren is a 2014 graduate of South Hamilton High School in Jewell. This fall she will be attending the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Heeren was represent Hamilton County at the Iowa State Fair Queen contest in Des Moines. The first runner up and Miss Leadership was Megan Hughes of Webster City. Second runner up was Kaleigh Greufe of Blairsburg. Ashley Price of Webster City was named Miss Congeniality. The other contestants in the fair queen contest  were Morgan Gourley of rural Stanhope and Gina Moline of Webster City.

RV TV planning meeting is coming Monday,July 28.
Posted: Jul 23 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City is preparing for the return of RV TV on September 8. Keith Murphy and Ed Wilson of WHO television will be in town to get residents excited for the Iowa-Iowa State football game in Ames on September 13. A planning meeting for RV TV will be held Monday,July 28 at inTandem Marketing at 501 Bank Street beginning at 12 noon. A committee is being planned for this big celebration. Everyone is invited to help be a part of this event.

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