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Death of Dayton man under investigation
Posted: Sep 30 2015 by ppowers

 Webster County authorities are investigating the death of a Dayton man. Webster County Sheriff James Stubbs said deputies were sent to a home in the 200 block of Eighth Street Southwest in Dayton on Tuesday after a report was received of an unresponsive man. The man was found to be dead from a gunshot wound. He is identified as 55 year old Roger Alan Brown. An autopsy is planned today by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office. The State Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the case.The Dayton Police and Iowa State Patrol are also investigating. Anyone with information on this incident should county Webster County Crimestoppers in Fort Dodge at 515-573-1444 or the Webster County Sheriff's Department at 515-573-1410.

Hamilton County Conservation Board looks at improvements at Bells Mill, solar energy contract.
Posted: Sep 30 2015 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Tuesday, the Hamilton County Conservation Board discussed plans for the solar energy project at Little Wall Lake Park near Jewell. Earlier this month a representative from G6 Power Solutions met with the Hamilton County Supervisors on their proposal of installing solar panels at the entrance to the park. The system would be the first of its kind to be used by a conservation department in the state. The Conservation Board recommended to director Brian Lammers to meet with the County Supervisors at their October 13 meeting to consider a 20 year lease agreement for the solar panels. Lammers said if approved,the solar panels would benefit a savings in energy to the Conservation Department.

In another matter, Lammers informed the board that construction on the latest camper cabin facility at Briggs Woods Park is continuing. The footings have been poured with the cement to the floor to be poured on Thursday. Logs for the new cabin will be delivered this week. The goal is to have the cabin completed sometime later this fall. Once completed, this would be the seventh camper cabin facility at Briggs Woods.

Another highlight of the meeting was a tour of Bells Mill Park. The conservation board saw the new fire ring installed for the use of campers. The good news this year was that there was no flooding at the park. Director Lammers said that camping at Bells Mill has been up this year. The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be October 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office.

Two Webster City residents facing drug charges.
Posted: Sep 30 2015 by ppowers

 Two Webster City residents are facing charges after an incident on Monday. Webster City Police were dispatched to 1539 Second Street,Apartment 3 to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. When officers arrived they spoke with the occupants 26 year old Ty Kenneth Wildt and 20 year old Destiny Christine-Ann Sumpter. While speaking with the occupants,several items of drug paraphernalia were observed in plain view. A search warrant was executed on the apartment at which time several more items of drug paraphernalia were located as well as Methamphetamine packaged for sale. Both Ty Kenneth Wildt and Destiny Christine Ann Sumpter were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,a Simple Misdemeanor and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony. A simple misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of at least $65 but not to exceed $625. In addition imprisonment of not to exceed 30 days in lieu of a fine or in addition to a fine.A Class C Felony is punishable by a prison term not to exceed five years and a fine of at least $750 but no more than $7500. Webster City Police Chief Shiloh Mork said the investigation into this matter is ongoing. Additional charges are anticipated.

Webster City Community Theatre celebrates the past season Sunday night.
Posted: Sep 28 2015 by ppowers

 A celebration of the past season and a look ahead to the 2015-16 season for the Webster City Community Theatre was held Sunday evening. The cast and crew from "Alone Together Again", "Almost,Maine","The Trial of Goldilocks" and Monty Python's Spamalot" were recognized plus the cast from the Iowa Community Theater Association competition of "Honeymoon Motel" and the Camp Creamery production of "The Unknowns Freak Out Roswell". The Willing Worker Award was presented to both Brian Borkowski and Carol Zills. The Newcomer Award was presented to Elaine Beermann. The President's Award went to Lynn Leksell. Angela Rottering is the new Webster City Community Theatre president for 2015-16 with Al Yungclas as past president. Cathy Olson is vice-president, Barb Wollan as secretary, Jim Heerema as treasurer, Sam Ose is a new board member with Barb Wollan and Stephanie Hill also serving on the theatre board. The 2015-16 season for the Webster City Community Theatre will begin this Friday evening with "Drinking Habits" to be directed by Sally Evans. Show dates are October 2,3,8 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 4 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for all reserved seats. For reservations stop by the Webster City Community Theatre box office weekdays from 5:00 until 7:00, Saturday morning from 10 until 12 noon and one hour before show time. You can also call the box office at 832-4456 or by visiting www.wcctonline.org. Other shows this season include "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," "Cheaper by the Dozen," and "Fiddler on the Roof."

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Sep 25 2015 by ppowers

 The next Webster City Community School Board meeting will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street. The agenda includes approval of 28-E agreements, approve a fixed asset disposal,review the District Developed Service Delivery Plan, and consider a Modified Allowable Growth Request.  In other matters, the Webster City Community School Board will review a special education contract, consider a fund raising request and a Teacher Leadership Compensation Grant application. The board will meet in a work session following the regular board meeting for an update on the Board Norms and Protocols with no action to be taken.

Blairsburg motorist injured in Tuesday night accident
Posted: Sep 24 2015 by ppowers

 A Blairsburg motorist was injured Tuesday evening in a one vehicle accident  two miles south of Blairsburg on Highway 69 and 240th Street. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department reported a northbound 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by David McMenamin crossed the center line into the southbound lane of traffic while he was apparently tuning the dial to the vehicle's radio. Another vehicle was coming toward the McMenamin van. McMenamin corrected back to the northbound lane when he lost control of the vehicle, entering the east ditch where it rolled twice and came to rest in a nearby field. McMenamin was taken to Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City by a private car for treatment of injuries. Damage to the van McMenamin was totaled. Investigating deputy Ryan Rupiper charged David McMenamin with Failure to Maintain Control.

No change in Hamilton County's unemployment rate for August.
Posted: Sep 24 2015 by ppowers

 There has been no change in Hamilton County's unemployment rate for the month of August. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported Thursday the rate was 3.9 percent which was the same rate in July. There were 6,970 people employed in August across the county while 280 people were unemployed. Iowa's unemployment rate for August was at 3.4 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties in August included Boone County at 2.7 percent, Franklin County at 2.7 percent, Hardin County at 3.3 percent,Story County at 2.3 percent, Webster County at 4.5 percent and Wright County at 3.7 percent.

Groves honored with Successful Farming/ Loren Kruse 4-H Leader Award.
Posted: Sep 24 2015 by ppowers


Wilfred "Wil" Groves the III of rural Jewell is the recipient of this year's Successful Farming/Loren Kruse Outstanding 4-H Leader Award.  Groves is a past 4-H leader of the Freedom Warriors 4-H Club and has served 4-H as a volunteer leader in Hamilton County for over 35 years. Award nominations are made by current or past 4-H members. Groves was nominated by a former 4-H club member, Lee Ryherd. Ryherd said that he was fortunate to have a project leader like Groves when he started in 4-H. Ryherd said Groves said his enthusiasm,excitement and knowledge helped make learning a new skill enjoyable. Groves used creative ideas to motivate his club members to learn new things. Recognizing that communication was an important life skill for them to learn, Groves issued a challenge. If the club had 100 percent of the membership participate in the county communications competition. Groves would take the club roller-skating and he would skate in his long red underwear. The club accepted the challenge and it was a memory that his 4-h'ers will never forget. Groves has been previously honored as a Hamilton County Alumni Leader and an Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. He is active at First Congregational United Church of Christ,Friends of Kendall Young Library, Webster City Community Chorus and the Webster City Community Theatre.

At Home in the Heartland comes to Kendall Young Library on Saturday.
Posted: Sep 23 2015 by ppowers

 Kendall Young Library in Webster City will host the mobile exhibit "At Home in the Heartland:How We Got to be 'Us'" this Saturday,September 26 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Housed in a retrofitted school bus, the exhibit was created by TRACES Center for History and Culture. The exhibit will address such questions as who we are as Iowans and as a nation? How did we get to be the way we are? How have we changed over time and how we might change in the future?  The Iowa that existed as little as 35 years ago is gone. Sweeping long term changes in the region's agriculture,economy, technology, politics and demographics have altered the ways we live. In the process we have lost old treasures even as we have gained new possibilities. Multimedia displays in this exhibit provide the opportunity to examine these changes together. Over the next 18 months, TRACES will take its exhibit to all 99 Iowa counties. Founded in 2001,TRACES brings people of different backgrounds and perspectives together. TRACES first focused on World War II history. Now that most of that generation is gone and new crises face us, it is shifting its focus from preserving "traces" of World War II to issues of civic life in the 21st century. The "Bus-eum" will be parked at the library during open hours on Saturday,September 26. Admission is free, that to support from Humanities Iowa, the John K. and Luise V. Hanson and Martha-Ellen Tye Foundations,Chester P. Luick Memorial Trust,Vander Haags,Incorporated and Kendall Young Library.

REAP meeting coming to Briggs Woods Golf Course next month.
Posted: Sep 23 2015 by ppowers

 Iowa's Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assemblies begin this fall, giving all Iowans an opportunity to discuss what their vision is for Iowa's outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources,land management and more. REAP assemblies are locally led meetings where issues can be brought forth and voted upon. Participants can discuss the program, recommend changes and discuss impacts in their region. Delegates may also be selected from the local meeting to attend the REAP congress in January at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Each assembly represents a region of counties. Participants are required to attend the region for the county in which they reside.  Each year,REAP provides funding for local projects through a grant process. Each year the requests for city and county grants exceed the amount available by two or three times. Since the program debuted in 1989, more than $300 million has been awarded to more than 14,500 projects. The REAP Assembly meeting will be held Tuesday,October 20 at the Briggs Woods Golf Course south of Webster City. A free chili supper and social will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by the meeting from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. For reservations or for more information, please call the Hamilton County Conservation office in Webster City at 832-9570.

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