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Fort Dodge Police arrest two individuals after a Thursday evening chase.
Posted: Jul 17 2015 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge Thursday evening attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a stop sign violation. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop after Officer Nathan Wolfe activated his emergency lights and the vehicle sped off at an apparent high rate of speed. Officer Wolfe ran the plate on the vehicle which came back as stolen from another city. Officers pursued the vehicle for less than two minutes until it was forced to stop in the 2100 block of South 17th Street. The driver who was identifed as 18 year old James Beam of Fort Dodge and a passenger,21 year old Ashley Troge of Mason City,attempted to flee the scene on foot. A short foot pursuit ensued and both were eventually arrested. During the arrest officers discovered a quantity of prescription pills in a plastic bag and drug parapernalia. The Iowa State Patrol was requested by Fort Dodge Police to conduct the accident investigation. Beam was charged with a Stop Sign violation, Reckless Driving,No Insurance, Speeding, Eluding,Interference with Official Acts,Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Three counts of Possession with Intent, and Theft in the Second Degree. The passenger, Ashley Troge, was charged with Interference with Official Acts with her bond set at $300.

Webster City Community Theater announcing the shows for 2015-16.
Posted: Jul 17 2015 by ppowers

 As the Webster City Community Theater is into its final weekend of "Monty Python's Spamalot",the list of shows for 2015-16 have been announced. The first show of the new season will be "Drinking Habits" by Tom Smith and directed by Sally Evans. Auditions for this show will be August 9 and 10 at 7:00 both evenings. Production dates will be October 2-4 and 9-11,2015. This year's Christmas production is "Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells" based on the best seller by Barbara Park to be directed Stephanie Hill. Show dates will be December 4 to 6 and 11 to 13 with auditions set for October 12 and 13. Another show in  the upcoming season is "Cheaper by the Dozen" to be directed by Doug Getter and Al Yungclas with the production set the first two weekends in April,2016. The summer musical for next July is "Fiddler on the Roof" directed bY Loween Getter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Jul 17 2015 by ppowers

 The July meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will be receiving a construction update, set the board meeting schedule for 2015-16, set the work sessions and presentations for future board meetings and a budget update. There will be the acceptance of a contract recommendation. Reports by superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger will also be presented at the board session.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 17 2015 by ppowers

 A brief agenda awaits the Webster City City Council at their next meeting set for Monday afternoon at 5:15 at City Hall. The council will have a public hearing at 5:30 on the proposed lease of city owned property adjacent to White Fox Road for Vic Weisberg doing business as Weisberg Implement.  A request from the Webster City Street Department Supervisor to obtain bids for a new snow plow will be discussed. The resignation of Pat Westcott from the Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board will be considered. Monday's council meeting will be telecast on Cable Channel 12 at 5:15 on Monday with repeat telecasts at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Light agenda faces the Stratford school board on Wednesday.
Posted: Jul 16 2015 by ppowers

 The Stratford Community School Board faced a light agenda at their monthly meeting on Wednesday. The board appointed First State Bank and US Bank to serve as the financial institutions for depositories. A bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy was accepted for milk products for the coming school year. The financial reports for the month were approved. The next meeting date of the Stratford school board will be August 19 at 5:30 at the school library.

Xenia Rural Water issues boil advisory for 850 customers in central Iowa.
Posted: Jul 16 2015 by ppowers


Xenia Rural Water District is advising residents of Xenia's Eastern portion of the North Water Service Area to boil their water before consumption following a water main break north of Stratford. The District (shown in yellow) is in the process of repairing the water main and service to the customers should be restored shortly. IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING FIRST. Bring all water to a boil,let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using or us...e bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking,making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. The boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes. After the water service is restored to the community, the district will test the water to ensure it is safe for consumption. A notice will be given to the residents when the boil advisory has been lifted. If you have any questions please call 515-676-2117 or visit www.xeniawater.org. A total of 850 customers including the residents of Kamrar are affected by this boil water advisory.

South Hamilton School Foundation embarking on "Leave a Legacy" project.
Posted: Jul 16 2015 by ppowers

  Officials with the South Hamilton Community School District Foundation have announced plans for a fund raising project. The project is entitled "Leave A Legacy" Campus Improvement Project. For a donation of $100,contributors can have their name engraved into a brick or paver as a lasting record of support of the South Hamilton school district. It will be permanently installed in the campus improvement project. You can find out more about the project by going to the South Hamilton school website.

Stratford City Council faces varied agenda this week.
Posted: Jul 16 2015 by ppowers

At a meeting this week,the Stratford City Council approved a quote of Mongan Painting for $21,022 for blasting and painting the pool basin and bathhouse floors plus power washing the west bathhouse wall with the project funded from the Local Option Sales and Service Taxes designated for the outdoor swimming pool. The work will take place later this summer. A quote for $400 from Ben Conrad to cleanup the property at 1301 Tennyson Avenue and to follow through with legal proceedings to place a lien on the property for costs incurred. Another quote approved was for $500 from August Enterprises for post home owner removal asbestos inspection for an abatement at 1201 Tennyson Avenue. Those approving the quote included council members Chase Haman, Larry Runyan and Travis Sonksen with council member Rick Woodard abstaining. Jerry Janney was approved as Stratford Library Board Trustee. The following fee changes were approved. The house mover permit fee will be at $50. Excavation permit fee will be $5 with the Demolition permit fee will be at $50. The Stratford City Council approved a resolution establishing an energy efficiency goal for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years and for future budgeting purposes the goal for 2017 and the resource commitment that is expected to meet that goal.Another resolution was approved establishing a $25 fee for insufficient funds checks and creating a cash payment only policy for individuals who have passed more than two dishonored checks to the City of Stratford in any given period of six months.

Webster City American Legion appoints new officers.
Posted: Jul 16 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City American Legion Post 191 appointed new officers for 2015-16 at their meeting Tuesday evening. Dale Caquelin is the new Commander, Russ Naden is First Vice Commander, Gaylord Paine is Second Vice Commander, Marvin Carr was named Adjutant, Bruce Johnston as Chaplain, Lee Ayers as Historian, Mel Randal as Sergeant-at-Arms, and Dick Kliegl as Service Officer. Other officers include Jim Burnett as Finance Officer, Richard Peterson as Membership Officer with Randy Youngdale, Kevin Carlson and Ron Keigan as Executive Board members. Following the ceremony, Caquelin presented a certificate of appreciation to Keigan for his two years at the helm and Mike Whipple for his nine years as Sergeant-at-Arms.

South Hamilton School Board sets September 8 for school bond election
Posted: Jul 15 2015 by ppowers

 Voters in the South Hamilton Community School District will go to the polls September 8 to decide not only the candidates for  school board but to decide on approving a school bond issue. At their meeting Monday evening, the South Hamilton Community School Board approved a resolution for a special election on the issuance of $9,900,000 worth of General Obligation Bonds for improvements to the school buildings. School officials held a series of meetings in June informing residents about the election and the need for improvements and renovations to the Robert Jensen Auditorium, the middle school high school rotunda and library area, the science class rooms and other areas around the school. Further information meetings are tentatively scheduled for sometime in August. In a related matter,the South Hamilton school board decided to adhere to the district's legal counsel's recommendation by not approving a binding contract with Angelo Architectural Associates. The board will continue using the current written and verbal understandings up to and until the September 8th school bond referendum is held. Any contract would then be based upon the the questions' passage and or the work to be completed if the vote is not successful.The status of this conclusion may need to be reviewed and altered if the circumstances change between now and the September 8th election due to projected timelines, time sensitive tasks or other issues.

The South Hamilton school board approved the 2015-16 Middle/High School Staff Handbook. Janet Greufe and Ken Howard were approved as additional authorized signatories for the school district.Sue Headley was re-appointed as board secretary and treasurer. A depository resolution with First American Bank at a limit of $6,000,000 and with First State Bank at a limit of $500,000.

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