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Stanhope City Council faces several issues.
Posted: Sep 10 2014 by ppowers

 On Tuesday evening,the Stanhope City Council met with the city's public works superintendent Mike Hanson  on plans by the Iowa Department of Transportation to come back and paint crosswalks, raise shut off valves and fix curbs. The work will begin in the next few weeks. One curb has already been worked on. Stanhope council members decided to have handicap access by the post office to move to a second spot instead of the first due to the position of curb access. Hanson told the city council that the city council boom truck needs a tune up.

Stanhope council members made a decision to make the main entrance doors at the Stanhope Community Center to be open so the men's and women's restrooms which are tornado shelters are accessible to the public.

The council gave approval of giving Hamilton Animal Services in care of Jewell Animal Hospital a donation of $750 to help care for stray animals and $75 of that to be used to pay for the shelter permit. There was also the approval for the installation of an alarm system for the water treatment plant only if it is put in for Jetco Electric to be put in agreement knowable for training and to look into start up services. 

Beggars night in Stanhope will be Thursday,October 30 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.. The Stanhope Community Center will be used for a Halloween party for the youngsters October 30 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Randall City Council receives fire station update.
Posted: Sep 10 2014 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Tuesday evening, the Randall city council learned that the new fire station building is waiting for another inspection by Alliant Energy regarding the electrical connections. Gas lines will also be inspected. More grading needs to be done as well. Astro Builders will be replacing steel that was damaged when nails were not properly placed. The goal is to have the fire trucks move into the building in mid October.

The contract between the city and the South Hamilton school district for the use of the Randall Gym was approved. The council will notify South Hamilton officials that the locker rooms are no longer available for use.

Lynne McKern spoke before the Randall council  on if the city could do anything about the water problem in her basement. Water comes back up the floor drain with force causing major flooding in the basement. Council members told McKern that they were sympathetic to her problem but because the city is drained by tiles that are generally unmarked, little can be done for  such a problem.

The Randall council set Friday, October 31 for Trick or Treat night with the times to be set.

A delegation of the Randall City Council will be checking city property for vehicles and items that need to be removed from property. A letter from the City Attorney will then be sent to those individuals.

South Hamilton School Board receives technology update,increase the adult lunch rate.
Posted: Sep 09 2014 by ppowers

 Technology matters in the South Hamilton Community School District were presented at Monday's school board meeting in Jewell. District technology director Loyal Winborn presented an overview of technology in a powerpoint presentation. Winborn shared the costs,the infrastructure and the needs of the students and teaching staff. The goals include trying to lower the total cost of ownership on IT (Information Technology) assets, upgrade and maintain a faster and more reliable 1 to 1 system, improve the start of the school year IT transition, and improve check in, inventory management and imaging practices.There would be more reporting on network monitoring and forecasting. Another goal is to develop and follow 5 to 10 year plans with yearly updates and revisions. No action was taken by the board following the presentation.

South Hamilton Superintendent Ken Howard informed the school board on the early enrollment figures for the district. He said it's an increase from last year. As of August 29, 379 students are attending elementary school, 355 at the middle and high school building and 34 in the preschool. The numbers do not include students that are home schooled. The enrollment numbers may fluctuate between now and  the October 1,2014 "Count Day". Last year there were 369 attending South Hamilton elementary, 347 students at the middle school and high school building and 37 attending preschool.

The South Hamilton school board voted to increase the cost of adult lunch tickets from the current $3.20 to a new price of $3.50 effective immediately. The Iowa Department of Nutrition contact officials at South Hamilton that the current rate does not meet the minimum allowable charge of $3.27 as required by state and federal guidelines thus the reason for the increase.

An upgrade was approved for ten exterior lighting units to LED systems was approved by the South Hamilton board. The upgrade should satisfy this necessity by providing the lighting and energy efficiency desired.

Superintendent Howard informed board members on recent meetings with safety consultants to determine the best and most effective manner by which South Hamilton Schools might upgrade facilities safety for the short and long term. There will be more information provided at a future board meeting. The board also approved the proposal to insulate and side the elementary gym's exterior wall with the work to be performed in the coming months.  Mike Grove was appointed to be the board representative for the facilities planning sessions and meetings during the 2014-15 school year.

 In personnel matters, the South Hamilton board Monday evening approved the hiring of Nathan Hill as the new head varsity boys basketball coach. Hill replace B.J. Terrones who resigned this summer to accept the boys varsity basketball coaching position in Gilbert. Marlene Austin was hired as a half time or four hours per day elementary special education associate. Kara Sloan will be 7th grade volleyball coach. Lance Keller will be a volunteer varsity/ junior varsity football coach, and Rusty Wintermote for high school student council. Resignations were accepted assistant high school boys basketball coach Jeremiah Ubben and assistant girls softball coach Hannah Kofron.

There will be a school board retreat this Wednesday,September 10 at 5:30 at the middle school high school board room in Jewell.

Webster City Community School Board faces brief agenda Monday evening.
Posted: Sep 09 2014 by ppowers

 A brief agenda faced the Webster City Community School Board at their Monday evening meeting. The board approved the list of 14 teachers eligible for lane changes amounting $21,469 for this school year. Three fund raising requests were approved. They included a request from the Spanish Club to sell Butter Braids with the proceeds to benefit their activities and scholarships. The club hopes to raise $1500 through the sale this fall. The second request came from the cheerleaders with the sale of painting paw prints. The cost would be $20 for the first paw print and $10 thereafter. The cheerleaders hope to raise $700 to cover their expenses. The final request approved came from the softball and volleyball team members for the sale of Christmas wreaths through Stony Creek Landscapes in Webster City.The goal for the two athletic teams would be $1000.

In another matter, the Webster City school board reviewed the membership for this school year for those willing to serve on the School Improvement Advisory Committee. The board will take final action on the list at their September 22 board session. Members of the advisory committee will take a look at student achievement goals at a meeting date to be announced.

The Webster City school board approved the hiring of high school mathematics instructor Mark Fisher to be the head baseball coach for next summer. Fisher served as assistant baseball coach for five years at Corning,Waterloo Columbus and Grundy Center. He was also head baseball coach at Corning High School for two years. Fisher takes over the coaching duties after Troy Smock resigned earlier this year to accept the Athletic Director position at Tipton high school.

Board members looked at their plans to attend the Iowa Association of School Boards convention set for November 19  through 21 in Des Moines. The delegate assembly is set for November 19 and 20.  Superintendent Mike Sherwood and the board will be attending the two days of meetings and workshops at the Iowa Events Center.

Fort Dodge Police investigating poaching incident Sunday night.
Posted: Sep 08 2014 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police officers were dispatched to the 10 block of North First Street at 8:12 Sunday night to investigate the report of possible shots being fired. When officers arrived the caller was located and stated that a male subject got out of a dark colored SUV and shot at something in the open field near the nature trail. The male then returned to his vehicle and left on Central Avenue. Upon checking the area, officers found of a Canadian Goose which had been shot. Officers checked the area but were not able to locate the vehicle in the area. The state hunting season for Canadian Geese does not open until September 27th and waterfowl hunting within the city limits is illegal. Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver in the incident is asked to call Fort Dodge Police at 515-573-1426.

Two Webster City men facing charges in Saturday morning incident.
Posted: Sep 08 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Second Street at 4:07 Saturday morning to investigate a report of a person yelling. Officers arrived on the scene and observed a male in the empty lot between the apartment complex at 1539 Second Street and the residence at 1503 Second. When officers approached the male, they observed him in possession of a pump action shotgun. The male pointed the shotgun at officers on two instances and took off on foot. The male was observed getting into a vehicle and fleeing the scene. The vehicle was located minutes later behind 1112 Third Street. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence. They were able to gain entry into the residence and located the male inside. He was taken into custody without further incident. The male was identified as 29 year old Aaron Scott Brinkman of Webster City. Brinkman was charged with Assault on a Peace Officer (Class D Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Serious Misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor).He was transported to the Hamilton County Jail.  54 year old Lynn Brinkman of Webster City was charged with Aiding and Abetting Assault on a Peace Officer (Class D Felony). A simple misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up $625 and imprisonment of up to 30 days. A serious misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $1,875 and imprisonment of up to one year. A Class D Felony is punishable by a fine of up to $7500 and imprisonment of up to five years. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. The Webster City Police Department was assisted by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and the Iowa State Patrol.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Sep 08 2014 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Agenda items include the recognition of roads scholars,acceptance of the substance abuse annual report, take personnel action with the county assessor and social service departments, and consider contracts and agreements with Counsel and with JJG Grant Management,L.L.C. The supervisors will approve a liquor license for the Pilot Travel Center near Williams,accept a resolution for the vacating of a county road,approve the specs and plans for a remodeling project in the courthouse second floor restroom. There will be the setting of the date and time for a bid letting on the restroom remodel project plus other matters.

Belmond man killed in truck train accident Sunday afternoon.
Posted: Sep 08 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated an accident involving a pickup truck and train four miles northeast of Eagle Grove late Sunday afternoon that claimed the life of a Belmond motorist. The victim is identified as 33 year old Jesse Froelich. Reportedly a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup operated by Froelich was traveling south on Wright County Road R-33 when he drove around the north side crossing gates into the path of an eastbound Union Pacific train at 240th Street. The train configuration was two engines with no other cars attached. All advanced emergency warning equipment including the lighted cross bucks and drop down crossing gates were operational at the time of the collision. Froelich was pronounced dead at the accident scene by the Wright County Medical Examiner. He was the lone occupant of the pickup truck. The Wright County Sheriff's Department, Clarion and Eagle Grove Police, Union Pacific Police and the Eagle Grove Fire Department assisted the Iowa State Patrol at Sunday's accident scene.

Jefferson motorist injured in two vehicle accident in southwest Webster County Saturday afternoon.
Posted: Sep 07 2014 by ppowers

 A two car accident in southwest Webster County was investigated early Saturday afternoon by the Iowa State Patrol. The accident happened at the intersections of Webster County Roads P-33 and D-60 east of Farnhamville. Reportedly a westbound 1999 Buick Lesabre driven by 90 year old Floyd Wilson of Farnhamville stopped at the intersection and proceeded into the intersection striking the rear driver's side corner of a southbound 2012 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 66 year old Jennifer Hupp of Jefferson. The impact sent the Hupp auto to enter the east ditch. The accident report stated that Wilson left the scene of the accident and returned home. Hupp was transported to the Greene County Hospital by the Farnhamville ambulance for treatment of her injuries. Damage to the Wilson car was estimated at 300 dollars with the damage to the Hupp auto estimated at 2000 dollars. Investigating trooper Neil Morenz charged Floyd Wilson with Failure to Obey a Stop Sign and Failure to Yield the Right of Way.

Wright County Fatalities
Posted: Sep 07 2014 by ppowers

 Two people were killed and two people injured in a car semi accident early Friday evening at the intersections of 140th Street and Ida Avenue in rural Wright County. The Iowa State Patrol reported a southbound 2007 Chevrolet Coupe driven by Dustin Schakelford of Houston, Texas struck an eastbound 2007 Mack truck driven by Travis Nickell of Goldfield. The Schackelford car struck and was lodged in the trailer of the wheel area of the semi trailer operated by Nickell and was drug east on 140th Street until the semi came to a stop. A passenger in the Schakelford car, 19 year old Frankie Miranda of Katy, Texas and a five year old child from Britt were killed in the accident. The name of the child has not been released. Another unidentified child,a two year old  from Britt was taken to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion for treatment of injuries.  Schakelford was transported by Mercy Life Flight to Mercy North Iowa in Mason City for treatment of injuries. Nickell escaped injury in the Friday evening accident. The Hancock and Wright County Sheriff's Departments assisted the State Patrol at the accident scene.

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