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Wright County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday morning.
Posted: Apr 22 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors office in Clarion. The agenda includes a meeting with county engineer Adam Clemons. A quote from Larry Harrah will present a quote for Drainage Ditch tree spraying and removal to the board. Becky Phipps will present a proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and introduce members of the Sexual Assault Response Team. A private tile hearing withing Drainage District 131 will be held at 10:00 a.m.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday,April 28.
Posted: Apr 22 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board will be updated on the solar array project at Little Wall Lake at their next meeting on Thursday,April 28 at 9:30 a.m. There will be an update on the Briggs Woods Park cabin construction project, approve the name of the cabin and set rental rates.  A report on Briggs Woods Golf Course will be presented to the board including the new clubhouse addition project.A pro shop concession agreement will  be considered. The JewEllsworth Trail Construction project will be updated by the board. Hamilton County Conservation Board director Brian Lammers will present his annual report. The meeting will be held at the Briggs Woods Conservation office south of Webster City.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 22 2016 by ppowers

 The next Webster City Community School Board meeting will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street. The agenda for this meeting is for the settlement of the Webster City Educational Services Association,approve the non-bargaining and bargaining salaries for the 2016-17 school year and review the bread and milk bids for next school year. In other matters, the Webster City Community School Board will set the lunch prices for 2016-17, revise next year's school calendar, a review of the informal board meeting held in Blairsburg on Thursday evening, and discuss the superintendent evaluation. The Webster City school board will accept resignations, contract recommendations and voluntary transfer requests plus other matters that may come before the board.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission look at outdoor pool season and Junquefest.
Posted: Apr 22 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Park and Recreation Commission set the dates of operation for the municipal swimming pool for this year Thursday evening. The dates for this year will be Monday,June 6 through Sunday,August 21. The outdoor pool hours will remain the same as in past years. Adult lap swimming from 11:30 until 1:00 and open swimming from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m seven days a week. The outdoor pool will be open on Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m. on a trial basis this season. Preparations for the Junquefest May 27 to 29 were also discussed at the meeting. This is the third annual event featuring dealers and collectors from Iowa and several states. Junquefest will be held at Wilson Brewer Park  and across the street. The event is expected to draw upwards to 5000 people to Webster City on Memorial Day weekend as a showcase for antique dealers and collectors. Over 90 collectors are expected to be in Webster City for the weekend event.

The Park and Recereation Commission discussed the possibility of offering baseball and softball leagues for Kindergarten and first graders on Monday and Wednesday evenings this summer and second through fourth grades on Tuesday and Thursday evening. There will be more information coming from Fuller Hall on the league changes in the next few weeks for parents of these students.

"Pack the Park" was a positive one for the future of Lions Park.
Posted: Apr 22 2016 by ppowers

 An estimated 50 people attended Thursday evening's community awareness meeting at Lions Park in Webster City. The discussion centered on the future direction of the park located on Lynx Avenue.  Several city officials attended the meeting as they showed their support of the park. The main issue covered focused on updating the playground equipment, a shelter and improving the basketball court facility.  The Webster City Lions Club will be serving pancakes and sausages at the Fly-in set for Saturday,May 14 as a fund raiser for the park. Organizers of the park improvement project  will be promoting the revitalization effort at the event next month. Jade Williams is organizing the effort for the Lions Park project. Williams is seeking community input  on the space as well as what type of equipment and shelter they would like to see in the space. If you have any further questions or comments you may contact Jade Williams at 515-297-2778 or Ryan Williams at 515-297-2455.

Stratford Community School looks at projects and submission of a school grant.
Posted: Apr 21 2016 by ppowers

 At a meeting Wednesday evening, the Stratford Community School Board approved plans for two projects for the upcoming summer maintenance season. Superintendent Sarah Binder said the work will include replacing the asphalt playground and  installing new doors around the school grounds. Bids for these projects will be reviewed at next month's board meeting. Binder also informed the board on plans to submit a grant to Monsanto's America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program for the school STEM lab. The board will find out in a few months on whether or not the school will receive the grant. Monsanto awarded the Stratford Elementary School with grant funds for the school library a few years ago. Contracts for the certified and non certified staff were approved by the board.  In other matters, the board approved the school audit for 2014-15 from Nolte Cornman and Johnson. The recent parent teacher conferences proved to be a successful one with 100 percent participation.  Summer school will return again this year to Stratford elementary school for 15 days. The students participating will participate in reading fundamentals along with courses in math and language arts.

Fort Dodge woman arrested after Tuesday night incident.
Posted: Apr 20 2016 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge woman was arrested Tuesday night after an incident at an apartment at 1327 Second Avenue North. When Fort Dodge Police arrived they could hear a female crying for help from inside the apartment. An officer immediately entered into the upstairs apartment and found an elderly woman identified as 76 year old Nancy Urich of Fort Dodge being assaulted and choked by another female identified as 42 year old Shari Lynn Mason,also of Fort Dodge. The officer was able to get Mason off of Urich and then called for medical assistance. Urich was transported by ambulance to the Unity Point Emergency Department where she was treated for her injuries. As of Wednesday morning,the injuries are not believed to be life threatening. During the investigation, officers learned that a child was present during part of the assault of Urich. The child was not harmed. While paramedics with the Unity Point Ambulance Service were on the scene treating Urich,one paramedic was assaulted by Mason. The paramedic was not injured. Mason was taken into custody and transported to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center where she was booked into jail on charges of Willful Injury (a Class C Felony), Child Endangerment and Assault While Displaying A Dangerous Weapon (both Aggravated Misdemeanors) and Assault On Persons of a Certain Profession (Simple Misdemeanor). Fort Dodge Police was assisted by the Webster County Sheriff's Office, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Webster County Attorneys Office and the Unity Point Hospital and Ambulance Service.

Community conversation on health care to be held Wednesday evening at ACE Center.
Posted: Apr 20 2016 by ppowers

 Another in the series of community meetings sponsored by All Cultures Equal (ACE) will be held Wednesday evening at 5:30 at their center located at 1440 East Second Street. The meeting is open to the community and will focus on health needs for English as a Second Language residents. A meal will be served followed by the discussion with health care providers in the Webster City and Hamilton County area.

Two Hamilton County Sheriff Deputy Candidates announcing meet and greet events.
Posted: Apr 20 2016 by ppowers

 Two of the three Republican candidates running for Hamilton County Sheriff will be hosting meet and greet events this weekend. Doug Timmons will have a meet and greet this Saturday,April 23 from 10 until 12 noon at the Blairsburg Opera House. On Sunday,April 24, Bill Derrig will be hosting his meet and greet at the Webster City R.S.V.P. building from 2 until 4 p.m. You are invited to meet the candidates,ask questions and enjoy refreshments.

The three Republican candidates for Hamilton County Sheriff will be participating in a forum in Williams on Tuesday,May 3 at 7:00 pm at the Williams Community Building. Bill Derrig, Ken Peck and Doug Timmons will be appearing for questions and comments from the audience.The three candidates will face each other in the June 7 primary with the winner going on to the November general election. The winner in November will become the new sheriff replacing Denny Hagenson who is retiring at the end of this year.  In addition, the two Republican candidates for Second District Hamilton County Supervisor will be appearing in the same forum. Incumbent Wes Sweedler of Williams and challenger Dan Campidilli of Webster City will face each other in the June 7th primary election.

Wright County Supervisors approve establishment of a five ton embargo.
Posted: Apr 19 2016 by ppowers

 This is a busy time of year for farm machinery and trucks traveling on many county roads.Bridges on county gravel roads can take a toll with all the traffic. At a meeting on Monday, the Wright County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to establish a five ton embargo on selected bridges in the county. Signs will be erected by county maintenance crews reminding truck drivers on the embargo in the coming days. The Wright County Supervisors met with Lacie Litton of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on the Health Savings Accounts offered by the Iowa State Association of Counties. The accounts are offered for all county employees. Litton informed the board that there will be no increase this year for these accounts from the health insurance provider. The supervisors will meet with Litton again in July to review the accounts and come back with a decision.

In another matter, the Wright County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of an employee for case management services for the 36 clients in Franklin County due to the ending of that county's case  management program coming to end because of the Medicaid reimbursement law that went into effect earlier this month. The new employee will be hired in the next few weeks.

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