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Webster City woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud
Posted: Jul 24 2015 by ppowers

 A 44 year old Webster City woman has been charged with commiting Social Security fraud for a five year period. Karlotta Venegas pleaded guilty to one count of supplemental social security income benefits fraud. In a plea agreement, Venegas admitted that between August,2008 and September,2013 she hid from Social Security that she had been outside the United States for more than 30 days on eight separate occasions. Authorities said she would not have entitled to benefits during the time. During the period, Venegas received more than $23,000 in benefits. Venegas remains free with sentencing to be set at a later date. She faces a possible maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine,a $100 special assessment and three years of supervised release following imprisonment.

Boone River Cleanup coming August 1.
Posted: Jul 24 2015 by ppowers

 Volunteers are needed for the annual Boone River Cleanup set for Saturday,August 1. The cleanup is a community service project by the City of Webster City, Hamilton County Conservation Department and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Hamilton County. Since the first cleanup in 2007,over 20 miles of the Boone have been cleaned up by volunteers. During the cleanup, the volunteers recovered 646 tires, six tons of scrap metal and two tons of trash. Check in will be at 7:00 a.m. at Shelter 1 at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. A free t-shirt will be presented to the first 50 people who register. This year's cleanup route will be from Briggs Woods to the Albright Canoe Access area. Lunch will be provided after the cleanup with beverages available. Shuttle services will be provided. The canoes will be available on a first come first serve basis. Participants are asked to bring work gloves, a garden trowel or small shovel, sunscreen, snacks, insect repellant and head covering. A clean set of clothes and shoes to change into will be needed. Old tennis shoes are suggested but open toe shoes are not recommended. Rules for the cleanup include the parents must sign a waiver and medical information form for youth under 18 years of age. Children ages 14 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the strenuous activity,this cleanup is NOT recommended for children 13 and younger. All volunteers must abide by Iowa Boating Laws set forth by the Department of Natural Resources. Alcohol consumption while participating in the event is not allowed. For more information please the Hamilton County Extension Service at 515-832-9597.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jul 24 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the conservation office at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. The board will meet with Scott Griffin of G6 Power Solutions regarding the plans for a Solar Array at Little Wall Lake Park near Jewell. There will also be a discussion on a cabin floor plan and architect plans for the Briggs Woods Golf Course Club House.  Conservation director Brian Lammers will present his report on current activities in the park and recreation areas across Hamilton County plus other matters that may come before the board.

Fun continues at the Hamilton County Fair
Posted: Jul 24 2015 by ppowers

 Race fans enjoyed another action packed Thursday Night Thunder show at the Hamilton County Fair as race drivers competed for cash prizes at the speedway. Here is what's happening Friday at the fair. The judging of Junior Beef will be at 8:00 this morning at the show arena. The Bucket /Bottle Calf show will be held at 5:00 this afternoon in the show arena. The Hamilton County Fair Foundation pancake breakfast will be from 7:00 until 8:30 today and Saturday morning at the Crestvew Nursing and Rehabilitation tent. Hypnotist Brian Imbus will perform at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 on the Ed Prince Stage. Keith West will have his magic and illusion show strolling act through the day today. The Smith Amusements will open at 2:00 this afternoon. The Pedal Pull will be at 3:30 south of the Co-op Building sponsored by the Hamilton County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance Agents. This evening at 6:30 there will be trailer races, country singer Levi Riggs and fireworks all beginning at 6:30 at the grandstand. The weekend events include the Keith West Magic and Illusion Show at the Ed Prince Stage at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The Bill Riley Talent Show at 4:00 p.m.at the Ed Prince Stage. The Junior Swine will be judged at 8:00 Saturday morning. An archery demonstration will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Claude Horse Arena. Racing at the Hamilton County Speedway begins at 6:00 with Hot Laps and the racing to follow. It will also be Kid's Night at the Speedway. On Sunday there will be a Horse Show at 9:00 a.m. The Hamilton County Fair Showdown begins at 11:00. Parade of Champions at 1:00. The announcement of the 4-H Fair Scholarships at 2:00. The Supreme Hamilton County Senior Showman Competition begins at 2:30. All of these events will be held in the Show Arena at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. There will be ten $10 drawings for kids 12 and under at the Keith McCollough Plaza sponsored by WCF Financial Bank. The Stacy Flynn Eve of Destruction Demolition Derby begins at 5:00 at the grandstand. The Hamilton County Fair wraps up Monday morning with the livestock auction set for 8:00 a.m. You can find out more about the other events at the fair by going to www.hamcoexpo.com.

Fort Dodge Police make a late night arrest on Wednesday.
Posted: Jul 23 2015 by ppowers


A 35 year old Fort Dodge man was arrested late Wednesday night after a break in at a Fort Dodge eating establishment. Patrick Nolan Setz has been charged with Third Degree Burglary and Possession of Burglar's Tools. The Webster County Communications Center received a call at about 11:35 p.m. from a citizen reporting that a burglary was in progress at the Tom Thumb Deli and DQ at 201 North 15th Street. The citizen gave a clothing description and direction of travel of Setz. When officers arrived on the scene they noticed entry had been gained to the building. Setz was wearing clothing matching the description given by the witness who was walking in the area of Hardee's restaurant. Setz was then arrested by Fort Dodge Police on the charges filed against him. He was then taken to the Webster County Jail where he remains as of Thursday morning.

School board election nomination papers are due by July 30.
Posted: Jul 23 2015 by ppowers

 Area residents are reminded that next Thursday,July 30 is the deadline for those interested to submit their nomination papers for the September 8 School Board Election. All papers are to be filed with the school board secretary for the respective school district. There will be three seats up for election at Northeast Hamilton. The terms expiring are those of Eric Patterson for director in District 1, Mike Rapp as District 2 director and Roxanne Anderson as an at-large director. At South Hamilton,the seats up for election include those for Mike Grove in District 2, Amber Van De Pol in District 3 and Joely Swenson in District 5. Two seats will expire in September on the Stratford school board. The seats belong to April Carlson and Christina Bauer.There will be three seats expiring on the Webster City Community School board. Terms expiring are those of Juli Jaycox, Beth Van Diest and Dan Ryherd.Nomination papers can be obtained from the school board secretary in the respective district, the Hamilton County Auditor's office and at the Iowa Secretary of State website.

Chamness is new Hamilton County Fair Queen!
Posted: Jul 23 2015 by ppowers



Lillian Chamness of Blairsburg is your 2015 Hamilton County Fair Queen! Chamness was crowned in a ceremony held Wednesday evening at the fair grandstand. She succeeds last year's winner Jenna Heeren of Jewell. Chamness will go on to represent Hamilton County at the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest in Des Moines next month. Olinca Padierna was crowned Miss Congeniality. Olivia Young was honored as Miss Leadership. There was a tie for second place runner up. They were Madalyn Anderson and Amanda Teig. First place runner up was Jenna Short. The other contestants in this year's contester were Kayla Carlson, Lynne Chalfant, Hannah Fritz, Melinda Johnston, Kali Lucas, Kayla Lucas, Leah Meyer, Taylor Pruismann,and Ashley Richardson. Congratulations again to Lillian Chamness and all the other contestants in this year's queen contest!

Fiorina to visit Webster City on Thursday
Posted: Jul 22 2015 by ppowers

 The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and one of the Republican presidential hopefuls will make an appearance in Webster City on Thursday. Carly Fiorina will be at the Webster City Maid Rite on Closz Drivey at 1:00 p.m. She will be meeting with supporters and discuss on the reasons why she is running for president next year. The event is open to the public.

Hamilton County Fair is in full swing!
Posted: Jul 22 2015 by ppowers

 Floats,fire trucks,ambulances and farm machinery were all a part of Tuesday evening's Hamilton County Fair Parade through downtown Webster City. The parade marked the kickoff to the 98th annual exposition that continues through Sunday. Following the parade, kids of all ages enjoyed a night on the midway with the carnival from Smith Amusements. Today there will be numerous judging events beginning this morning through the afternoon at Floral Hall. Hypnotist Brian Imbus will perform this afternoon at 3 and 5 p.m. plus a performance right after the fair queen coronation ceremony.  The evening grandstand program is the 2015 Hamilton County Fair Queen contest. Fifteen ladies are competing for the title at 7:00 p.m. The contestants are Lillian Chamness of Blairsburg, Kali Lucas and Kayla Lucas both of Boone, Amanda Teig of rural Jewell, Melinda Johnston of rural Stanhope, Kayla Carlson of rural Stratford, Madalyn Anderson, Lynne Chalfant, Hannah Fritz, Olinca Padierna, Taylor Pruismann, Ashley Richardson, Jenna Short and Olivia Young all of Webster City and Leah Meyer of Williams. The current queen Jena Heeren of Jewell will surrender her crown tonight to the new queen. The winner will represent Hamilton County at the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest in Des Moines next month. Other highlights at the fair includes two nights of racing on Thursday and Saturday, the trailer races,country singer Levi Riggs and fireworks all beginning at 6:30 on Friday and the Demolition Derby set for Sunday at 5:00 p.m. You can find out more about the fair at www.hamcoexpo.com

Tuesday morning fire destroys Fort Dodge business
Posted: Jul 21 2015 by ppowers

 The Fort Dodge Fire Department is investigating the cause of an early morning fire today to Jim’s Floor Covering on Fifth Avenue South. The call was received at 4:08 this morning. When fire trucks arrived,the southeast corner of the business near a warehouse was engulfed in flames. Flames caused the roof to the building to cave in. The Webster City Fire Department assisted Fort Dodge fire fighters at the scene.There were no injuries reported in the blaze. The fire was under control in about 90 minutes. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett said the damage estimate to the store was at one million dollars . The state fire marshall has been called in to assist the Fort Dodge Fire and Police Departments to investigate the cause.

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