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Fort Dodge man arrested on parole violation Wednesday evening.
Posted: Nov 19 2015 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police on Wednesday evening were notified that a subject with active arrest warrants was currently in a room at the Comfort Inn Motel. Officers arrived on the scene and attempted to make contact with the subject, identified as 32 year old Jeremiah Preston. Neither Preston nor a female occupant of the room answered the door. An officer located outside of the motel observed Preston remove a window screen and attempt to jump out of the second floor window. The officer identified himself with Preston climbing back into the room. Officers were eventually able to make entry into the room without incident with Preston taken into custody. A female occupant in the room was briefly detained and then released. Preston was arrested on the Violation of Parole with no bond.Preston was charged with eluding law enforcement, controlled substance violation, and failure to affix drug stamp with bond set at $35,000. Preston is also charged with possession of a firearm as a felon. He is being held in the Webster County Jail.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 19 2015 by ppowers

 The November meeting of the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will be Thursday afternoon at 5:15 p.m. in the Sampson Room of the Fuller Hall Recreation Center. The commission will receive a fall and winter program update, plans for the Winter Health Fair on January 16 and other matters that may come before the commission.

Huckabee to come to Webster City Friday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 19 2015 by ppowers

 Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is coming to Webster City this Friday afternoon. The former Arkansas governor and Fox News commentator will appear at the Maid Rite on Closz Drive at 2:00 p.m. This is the second time Huckabee is making a run for the White House. He campaigned for the Republican nomination in 2008. Huckabee was the winner in the Iowa  G.O.P.  Caucus that year.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board selects candidates for latest round of funding.
Posted: Nov 18 2015 by ppowers

 Six organizations will make their request for funding before the Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board next month. At a meeting late Tuesday afternoon, the board approved the selection of the Webster City Arts R Alive committee, Hamilton County Fair Foundation, The Bridge, Webster City Chamber of Commerce and Iowa Antiques Network and the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee. Representatives of these organizations will make their requests at a meeting set for December 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Hotel Motel Tax board approved an extension of the grant from Troy Johnson and the Hamilton County Saddle Club for another year in the amount of $4,079.

Vavroch elected to South Hamilton Community School Board.
Posted: Nov 18 2015 by ppowers

 Duane Vavroch of Jewell was the winner of Tuesday's special school board election to fill the second district seat on the South Hamilton school board. In the unofficial returns released by Hamilton County Auditor Kim Schaa, Vavroch received 66 votes while the other contestants Mark Grubb received 48 votes and Chris Gunderson received 28 votes.The election was called because there were no candidates for the board seat last September. The South Hamilton school board advertised to find residents willing to serve on the second district board seat without success. Vavroch will be sworn in at the next scheduled meeting of the South Hamilton school board on December 14. 

Larson reinstated as Webster City School Transportation Director.
Posted: Nov 17 2015 by ppowers

 Ted Larson is back as Webster City Community School Transportation Director. The Webster City school board Monday night voted to reinstate Larson as director after he was suspended last December following an incident at a rural McCallsburg residence and arrest by the Story County Sheriff's Department. Larson was originally sentenced to one year in prison for assault causing bodily injury and five years for second degree criminal mischief. Last month,on October 20, a reconsideration hearing was held in Story County District Court in which Larson was given probations. The Webster City school board room was filled with supporters of Larson.Fifteen of the supporters shared their comments to the school board asking that Larson be rehired. There was one person objecting to allow Larson to be rehired. Paul Olson whose son Lyndal Olson was attacked described the circumstance on the night of December 13,2014 at his rural McCallsburg residence involving Larson and Terry Nessa. 

The Webster City school board met with Ted Larson for about an hour last night in a closed session. After the closed door meeting with the board,Larson thanked everyone in the lobby of the school office for their support. The board returned to open session and made their decision to reinstate Ted Larson as transportation director. He is scheduled to return to work today. 

Two people killed in late Monday night accident.
Posted: Nov 17 2015 by ppowers

 Two people were killed late Monday night in a one vehicle accident. It happened just before midnight at one of the onramps at Highways 20 and 17 south of Webster City. The names of the victims have not been released. The accident is being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Webster City Police Department.

Webster City City Council approves appointments.
Posted: Nov 17 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council approved appointments to city committees at their meeting Monday evening. Lindsay McCormich Welch and Gary Groves were appointed to the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee with Paul Dahl and Amy Shannon to serve on the Webster City Traffic Study Committee.

The council also set Monday, December 7 for a public hearing on the amending of the sign ordinance. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. The council went on to pass and adopt the ordinance on the rezoning property from an A-1 agricultural district to a M-2 heavy industrial district for the property located on East Second Street owned by Webster City Custom Meats.

In other matters, the Webster City City Council approved the extension of the wholesale firm power contract with Corn Belt Power Cooperative of Humboldt through December 31,2055. Council members also agreed to review and make recommendations regarding amending the term of the same wholesale firm power contract every five years for the length of the contractual term.

An agreement between the city and Williams and Company,P.C.for auditing services for the fiscal years 2016 through 2018 was approved by the council.The total amount of the agreement was at $118,000.

Webster City Airport Commission chairman Scott Bargfrede spoke to the city council on the operation of the municipal airport. He informed the council on the new engineering agreement with DJR Engineering for their services. He also presented information on the five year plan for the airport.One of the projects includes a two tank fuel system that would cost $310,000.

There will be a work session for the city council next Monday evening at 5:30 regarding the East Second Street improvement project. No action will be taken during the work session.

November meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health is set for Thursday.
Posted: Nov 16 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health will be Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at their office at 820 James Street in Webster City. The board will hear from Christine Hassebrock on a Tobacco Grant,case management self assessment and policies, a look at personnel matters, a review of HIPPA polices and a report by director Shelby Kroona plus other matters.

Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Nov 16 2015 by ppowers

 The November meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center board of trustees will be Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital conference room. The board will consider a donation request, conduct the annual policy review,and approve the capital requests for November. Van Diest Medical Center C.E.O. Lori Rathbun will present her monthly report on current activities at the hospital. There will be a closed session of the board at the conclusion of Tuesday's meeting.

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