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Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday night.
Posted: Oct 20 2014 by ppowers

 The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the hospital conference room. The board will receive the 2013-14 Audit, review hospital bylaws, appoint a nominating committee, make appointments and reappointments to the medical staff, approve an additional privilege request and capital requests. The board will also discuss the zoning and planning for the old hospital property on Ohio Street. Van Diest Medical Center Administrator Lori Rathbun will have a report on current activities at the hospital plus other matters.

Fort Dodge Police apprehend 15 year old in Saturday morning incident at Snell Crawford Park
Posted: Oct 24 2014 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police arrested a 15 year old male juvenile Saturday morning after an incident at Snell Crawford Park. A woman was stabbed while running on the trail in the park. Officers made contact with the victim on the trail about a mile east of the park. The victim received non life threatening injuries to her neck and arm. She was transported to Unity Point Medical Center for treatment. The youth matching the description given by the victim and other witnesses at the scene was identified and apprehended nearby. Information obtained during the investigation has led officers to believe the incident was related to an abduction attempt on the Snell Crawford Trail last August. The juvenile has been charged with Attempted Murder and Going Armed with Intent in relation to Saturday's incident. The juvenile has also been charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in relation to the incident last August 4 at Snell Crawford Trail. He is being held in a juvenile detention center to wait for his initial court appearance. The identity of the youth is not being released due to his age.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet next Thursday.
Posted: Oct 17 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,October 23 at 9:00 at the Briggs Woods Golf Course Clubhouse south of Webster City. The board will get an update on the JewEllsworth Trail project and the Little Wall Lake Aerator. There will be a look a farm contracts with Natural Resources and plans for a concrete trail at the Briggs Woods Golf Course. Conservation director Brian Lammers will share an update on current activities in the park and recreation areas of Hamilton County.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Webster City City Council will be Monday at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers. The council will make an appointment to the Civil Service Commission for the unexpired term ending April,2016. A motion from HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization) to consider the request to remove a city street fixture will be considered. The council will consider a proposal from Bolton and Menk,Incorporated for engineering services in connection with the raw water line project. In other matters, the Webster City City Council  on Monday will consider a request to obtain bids for improvements to be made to the furnace and central air unit at the local water plant. An agreement with Robb's Tree and Stump Service of Story City for the 2014-15 tree trimming and removal service in the city will be discussed. Four public hearings for November 3 will be set. The hearings include the rezoning of property from Light Industrial to Heavy Industrial  on Des Moines Street,the proposed use of  the property at 401 Des Moines Street and 1700 Second Street and the proposed sale of city owned property located in the West New Castle Addition on Seneca Street. After the completion of the meeting, the council will have a work session on smart meters. The Webster City City Council meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12 at 5:15 on Monday.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Grants applications will be available October 24.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 The Hotel/Motel Tax Board would like to announce the schedule for the 14th round of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants.  Hotel/Motel tax grants are for the purpose of increasing tourism and visitors to Webster City. The schedule is as follows: Grant Applications are open on October 24,2014.Training for grant applicants at City Hall will be Thursday November 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm (all applicants must attend to have their request considered for funding). Grant Applications are due on November 13,2014. The First Round review to determine finalists will be November 18 at 5:00 p.m. The Letters  will be sent out to the Finalists on November 19,2014. The Final televised presentations will be December 3, 2014  at 6:30 p.m. A final determination of recommendations will be made on December 3 or 4, 2014. A recommendations memo to City Hall will be sent to City Hall by 4;00 p.m. on December 9,2014. The final recommendations will be made to the city council on December 15 at 5:15 p.m. Grant applications can be obtained at the City Clerks office in City Hall or online at www.webstercity.com.   For additional information please contact City Hall at 832-9151.

Ladies Night Out tonight in Webster City.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 Twenty Webster City merchants are gearing up for one of the biggest shopping days of the year with the annual Ladies Night Out. The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce is expecting a great turnout for this event. Discounts will be found in many of the stores. Shoppers will have the chance to receive 1 of 2 Gift Certificate Baskets from the merchants. One entry for every $20 spent at participating locations. A third gift certificate basket will be awarded with no purchase necessary if shoppers submitted a postcard received in the mail from the Webster City chamber. There will also be $50 in Webster City Bucks for dining at participating restaurants.Ladies Night Out has been held over the last few years and has grown in popularity. Hours will be from 12 noon until 9 tonight.

Sears store in Fort Dodge to close in January.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 After 50 years in business, the Sears store at the Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge will close its doors in  mid January. Sears was one of the first stores to open in the mall in 1964. The closing was announced Wednesday to  its employees. Corporate officials at the Hoffman Esates,Illinois firm said the closing of the Fort Dodge Sears is part of a series of closures across the country including the K-Mart stores in Ames and Clive. Sears has stores in 30 locations across Iowa. A liquidation sale of the Fort Dodge store will begin later this month. The Fort Dodge Sears automotive center closed in September.

Stanhope City Council faces a brief agenda at their October meeting.
Posted: Oct 16 2014 by ppowers

 The Stanhope City Council Tuesday evening faced a brief agenda at their monthly meeting. The council approved the resolution authorizing a power cost adjustment for the billing period ending October 20. The November council meeting will be held on Monday,November 10 instead of November 11 due to Veteran's Day. Polly Hayes was approved to clean the old community building once a month. A service agreement between the city of Stanhope and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities in the amount not to exceed $1500 was approved. A building permit for 760 Viking Court was approved. A request from Mickie Shubin from Community and Family Resources to place a flyer in next month's utility bill for residents was approved. The flyer will include information about the state social host ordinance to comply with the grant Community and Family Resources received. Beggar's Night in Stanhope will be on Friday, October 31 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Stratford School Board to meet Wednesday evening.
Posted: Oct 15 2014 by ppowers

 The October Stratford Community School Board meeting is Wednesday evening at 5:30 at the school library in Stratford. The board will look at the district's at risk program, review certified enrollment figures and an estate settlement. Superintendent Sarah Binder will present a report on student achievement, plans for parent meetings and family nights, professional growth and development and a TLC update. There will be the first reading on board policies for employees, students and education program. The Stratford board will have a Monsanto check presentation ceremony plus other matters.

Boone investigating cyber crime incident.
Posted: Oct 15 2014 by ppowers

 Authorities in Boone announced Tuesday that they are investigating a report of a male juvenile high school student attempting to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile high school student. An arrest has been made for the charge of extortion. The incident happened in late August. Upon further investigation,it was revealed that numerous past and present High School students  were in control and operated several online based storage accounts that contained various photographs and videos of nude juvenile females. Over 100 users had access to the accounts. Boone Police said it appears the collection was amassed over several years by area high school students. During the investigation law enforcement officers seized and took over several separate online based accounts and email accounts that contained the nude pictures and videos  of the female high school juveniles. Several search warrants have  been executed and legal processes have been put in place to maintain and secure the digital evidence. As of Tuesday, multiple females mostly minors have been identified on the accounts in question. The Boone County Attorney’s Office,Boone Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit are working to identify each and every invididual in the videos and photos. Notification to the victims and their families has already begun. The Boone ACCESS Assault Care Center is providing victim services to those who may be affected by this incident. Additional charges could be forthcoming.Authorities in Boone announced Tuesday that they are investigating a report of a male juvenile high school student attempting to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile high school student. An arrest has been made for the charge of extortion. The incident happened in late August. Upon further investigation,it was revealed that numerous past and present High School students  were in control and operated several online based storage accounts that contained various photographs and videos of nude juvenile females. Over 100 users had access to the accounts. Boone Police said it appears the collection was amassed over several years by area high school students. During the investigation law enforcement officers seized and took over several separate online based accounts and email accounts that contained the nude pictures and videos  of the female high school juveniles. Several search warrants have  been executed and legal processes have been put in place to maintain and secure the digital evidence. As of Tuesday, multiple females mostly minors have been identified on the accounts in question. The Boone County Attorney’s Office,Boone Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit are working to identify each and every invididual in the videos and photos. Notification to the victims and their families has already begun. The Boone ACCESS Assault Care Center is providing victim services to those who may be affected by this incident. Additional charges could be forthcoming.

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