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Final Music in the Park for the season to be held Thursday evening.
Posted: Sep 23 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the final Music in the Park  for the season on Thursday,September 29 at First American Bank Plaza from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring your lawn chairs. Entertainment will be provided by Peter Odegaard and River Glen plus there will be open mic acts. The Hy Vee Grill will be selling a meal for five dollars. The chamber will host a 50/50 raffle with one luck winner being drawn Thursday evening at 9:00 p.m. Other proceeds will be used to help provide more opportunities to enjoy events and activities in Webster City.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Sep 23 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors office in Clarion. Wright County engineer Adam Clemons will present an update on the road conditions due to the flooding of the past week, take action on an amendment to Wright County Secondary Roads 2017 fiscal year budget and approve a resolution to revise the Wright County 2017 Five Year Road Program. Wright County Transit Coordinator Courtney Stewart will present the 28-E agreement between Wright County and the city of Clarion to the supervisors. A proposal for a transit assistant to help with the new requirements for the MCO billing and other transit related items will be discussed. 

Webster City School Board to elect board president and vice president Monday evening.
Posted: Sep 23 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. There will be the election of a board president and vice president for the 2016-17 school year, learn about a high school music trip, and select a delegate assembly representative to the Iowa Association of School Board convention this November in Des Moines. There will be the second reading on board policies pertaining to equal education opportunities and on anti-bullying and harassment. In other matters, the Webster City school board is expected to approve 28-E agreements  with the Northeast Hamilton school district, consider an interfund loan,approve a modified allowable growth request and a fundraising request plus other matters. 

South Hamilton announces its Homecoming Queen and King candidates for 2016.
Posted: Sep 23 2016 by ppowers

The South Hamilton High School Homecoming Queen and King candidates have been announced.The queen contestants are Katie Austin, Stephanie Greenfield, Alissa Moss, Paxton Wicks and Ady Wintermote. The king candidates are Blake Barquist, Collin Hill, Luke Peters, Gabe Rueger and Treyton Twedt. The coronation ceremony is set for Thursday,September 29 at 7:00 at the high school gymnasium. A chili dog feed will be served at 5:00 p.m. There will be a homecoming parade set for 2:00 Friday afternoon through the Jewell business district. The Hawks will face the Madrid Tigers at 7:00 Friday night. The game will be broadcast live on KQWC FM 95.7.

Candidates for November 8th ballot now official
Posted: Sep 22 2016 by ppowers

 Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa has released the names of the candidates who will be seeking office in the November 8 general election. In Hamilton County the only contested race is for sheriff as Republican Doug Timmons will face Rod Hicok who was nominated by petition. The winner will succeed long time sheriff Denny Hagenson who is retiring at the end of this year. The other county office seats are uncontested. They include Doug Bailey of Webster City for first district county supervisor, Dan Campidilli of Webster City for second district supervisor and county auditor Kim Schaa. There will be three way race for the two seats on the Van Diest Medical Center board of trustees. The candidates are incumbents David Taylor and Kirk McCollough and challenger Ronald Casbon. In the state legislative races,Republican incumbent  Jerry Behn of Boone will face Democratic challenger Ketih Puntenney of Boone for the District 24 Senate seat. The state representative race in District 48 will feature Republicant incumbent Robert Bacon facing Democratic challenger Sherrie Taha. Voters in Webster City will decide on renewing the hotel and motel tax for another ten year period beginning January 1,2018 through December 31,2027 at a rate of seven percent with the proceeds of the tax to be used in the promotion and development of recreational, entertainment and cultural attractions, events and facilities in Webster City.

Patterson,Pruismann elected Northeast Hamilton school board president and vice president.
Posted: Sep 20 2016 by ppowers

 Eric Patterson was elected to serve as president of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board for the 2016-17 school year while Marlin Pruismann was elected board vice president. The two were sworn in by board secretary Kathy Biere at the monthly board meeting last Thursday evening in Blairsburg. The school board that the portable building on the school premises has been moved and the district is lining someone up to clean up the area. The propane tank will need to be moved from the portable house and the water/sewer line needs capped off. There will also be a few areas on school grounds cleaned as well. Northeast Hamilton principal Mike Kruger informed the youth flag football is being held at the school football field during the month of September. A professional development day was held September 15 with staff making career development plans based on the common core. The Northeast Hamilton staff participated in a professional development day last Monday with Diane Sweeney in Webster City. The certified count for students will be held October 3,2016. A lane change for Josh Vanderloop was approved.

In other matters, the Northeast Hamilton school board learned the first informal board meetings for the 2016-17 school year with Northeastg Hamilton, Stratford and Webster City will be held October 10 at the Webster City school office at 5:00 p.m. Marlin Pruismann and Sara Zorn will represent the board at the meeting. The school board approved 28-E agreements with Kathy Biere as regional business officer and Lanette Willems with the Pleasant View media center. Gene Greenfield will be a transportation director at South Hamilton schools in addition to Northeast Hamilton. Other 28-E agreements from Webster City were approved for Rachel Dunn as instrumental band instructor, Cathi Hildebrand as business manager, Ben Hobert for art, Kathy Houck as teacher librarian and Matt Matteson for technology. The next Northeast Hamilton school board meeting will be Thursday,October 20 at 6:00 at the elementary media center.

Hamilton County's unemployment rate in August up slightly.
Posted: Sep 20 2016 by ppowers

 Hamilton county's unemployment rate for August was at 4.1 percent which is up  slightly from the July figure of 4 percent. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported Tuesday that there were 7,040 people employed last month while 300 were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for August stood at 4.2 percent up from the July rate of 4.1 percent.  The unemployment rates for surrounding counties included Boone at 2.9 percent, Franklin at 3.8 percent, Hardin at 4.2 percent, Story at 2.9 percent, Webster at  4.7 percent and Wright at 4.4 percent

Webster City City Council updated on chamber events.
Posted: Sep 20 2016 by ppowers

 Webster City Area Chamber director Deb Brown presented an update to the city council Monday evening on the upcoming events in the community. The fourth in the series of Music in the Park and Open Mic night is now set for Thursday,September 29 from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the First American Bank Plaza with Peter Odegaard and River Glenn to entertain. Food will be served by Hy Vee. A Coffee and Calendar meeting is set for Wednesday,October 12 at 7:30 in the city hall council chambers to go over setting dates for activites in 2017. Ladies Night Out returns October 20 with many Webster City merchants participating. Over 2000 dollars in prizes will be awarded that evening. The Iowa Architectural Associates will meet in Webster City October 27 and 28 to work on a revitalization project in the downtown area.Christmas in the City will be held November 20 with a tree lighting ceremony,music and much more to kick off the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is set for November 26. The Lighted Drive at Briggs Woods Park will return this year with the help of the Webster City Boy Scouts. The next quarterly chamber coffee will be held December 7 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds show arena. The coffee will be a kick off for the centennial year of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce in 2017.  A downtown revitalization meeting is set for Wednesday,September 21 at 5:35 at the Kendall Young Library.

A request from Van Diest Medical Center to share 30 percent of the costs for the extension of the water main from the east property line east to Edgewood Drive at 2350 Hospital Drive was approved by a vote of 3 to 1 with council member Jim Talbot voting no and council member Matt McKinney abstaining. The total cost is estimated at $75,337.

The council gave its support expressing its intent to enter into a development agreement and to provide economic development for a 60 unit multi family housing complex in the Red Bull Division Urban Renewal Area. The date of October 3 at 5:50 p.m. was set for a public hearing to enter into a ten year wastewater services agreement between the city of Webster City and Iowa's First,Incorporated doing business as Vero Blue Farms in connection with the company's use as a customer of the sewage system.  Webster City city council members set October 17 at 5:45 p.m. for a public hearing on the receipt and approval of proposals for the disposal and development of certain city owned real property in the West Second Street Urban Renewal Area at 1700 West Second Street.  A request to approve a budget amendment to allow for the purchase of a  Digital Radio Repeater for the Police Department was also approved. The repeater would replace a system that has been used by the police department since the late 1990s.

Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Sep 20 2016 by ppowers

 A public hearing to approve the bid packages for the construction of clinic shell space will be one of the agenda items at Tuesday's Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. in the family health clinic board room. There will be the approval of a resolution authorizing bank account access and capital requests for September. A presentation of the hospital audit report will be a part of the meeting. Van Diest Medical Center CEO Lori Rathbun will present her monthly report on activities at the hospital. There will also be a closed session of the board at the conclusion of the meeting.

Harcourt man killed in one vehicle crash near Stratford Sunday evening.
Posted: Sep 19 2016 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated a one vehicle accident on Hamilton County Road D­54 at 340th Street a mile and a half north of Stratford shortly before 7:30 Sunday evening. Reportedly a westbound 1990 Chevrolet pickup driven by 46 year old Timothy Gail Haffner of Harcourt failed to negotiate a curve and exited the roadway. Haffner lost control of the truck where it rolled several times before coming to rest on its passenger side. The driver was partially ejected through the side window. Haffner was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The Iowa State Patrol along with the Hamilton and Webster County Sheriff's Departments investigated the accident with assistance by the Stratford Fire Department and EMS.

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