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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.


Wright County GOP event draws a good crowd Friday evening.
Posted: Aug 25 2014 by ppowers


Nearly sixty people attended the annual Wright County Republican fundraiser on Friday, August 22 at Water’s Edge near Lake Cornelia. Far right, Bob Malloy who emceed the event, chats with State Auditor Mary Mosiman and State Republican Co-Chair Dr. Cody Hoefert. Besides the meal, candidates, candidate representatives, and elected officials at the county, state and national levels spoke briefly of their government service and/or candidacy. Mosiman purchased one of the nearly two dozen pies sold at the popular pie auction. County Republicans will be opening their campaign headquarters on Tuesday, September 2 at East Central Avenue in Clarion (former location of Cayler’s Auto Supply; most recently Joan’s Upholstery), west of Wright County Motors, for the balance of the 2014 election season.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Aug 25 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in the supervisors board room at the county courthouse. The board will receive a quarterly report from the county recorder, review personnel matters from the conservation and public health departments and accept the final change order and pay estimates for drainage district 223. A public hearing will be at 9:30 for the sale of county property.

Two accidents investigated by Webster City Police Friday afternoon
Posted: Aug 25 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated two motor vehicle accidents in the community Friday afternoon...

The vicinity of James Street and Mackinlay Kantor Drive was the scene of a two vehicle accident at 3:34  p.m. Reportedly a 2013 GMC Yukon SUV operated by Erin Hoversten Majewski of Webster City was stopped at the stop sign when she saw a semi truck with a trailer making a left turn off James Street onto Mackinlay Kantor Drive. The Hoversten Majewski vehicle began to back up to avoid the semi from hitting her SUV. In the end, the SUV struck  the front end to a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Emily Koppen of Woolstock. There were no injuries reported. Damage to the Hoversten Majewski SUV was estimated at $1000 and an estimated $3500 in damage to the  Koppen car. Investigating officer Joel Delaney cited Erin Hoversten-Majewski with unsafe backing on a highway.

At about 4:28 Friday afternoon an accident happened in the 1300 block of Second Street. Reportedly a 1992 Honda Accord driven by Shamari Khamsai of Webster City was pulling north on to Second from the Casey's General Store parking lot when Khamsai apparently failed to yield on entering the street and collided with an eastbound 1995 Chevrolet K-2500 pickup truck driven by Wayne Deakman of Cochise, Arizona.  Khamsai and a passenger in the Deakman pickup were taken to Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Khamsai car was totaled with damage to the Deakman pickup estimated at $500. Investigating Sgt. Shiloh Mork charged Shamari Khamsai with Failure to Yield on Entering the Roadway and Violation of an Instruction Permit.

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

 The Webster City Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the school administration building. The board will learn about the annual trip next spring to Washington,D.C. by the Webster City Middle School eighth grade class. Transportation director Ted Larson will update the board on the current condition of the current fleet of buses, vehicles and other transportation related items, and consider fund raising requests. A technology update will be presented by a group of seventh grade staff members. The board will get a report on the opening of the new school year by superintendent Mike Sherwood.

Webster City City Council to meet for work session Monday evening.
Posted: Aug 25 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet for a special work session Monday evening at 5:30. The session will focus on potential future housing in the community. There will be no action taken during this work session. Prior to the work session at 5:15 the council will meet in a closed session to discuss the purchase of real estate in the city.

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