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No injuries in a two vehicle accident near Jewell.
Posted: Feb 23 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated a two car accident a mile southwest of Jewell on 250th Street. The accident happened last Thursday morning. Reportedly a 2007 Hyundai driven by Jacob Heereen of rural Jewell was exiting his driveway at the time.Heeren looked both ways when he apparently to see an oncoming 2015 Ford Fusion driven by  Kayla Lucas of Boone. His vision was obscured by the hillcrest west of his driveway. The Heeren car failed to yield the right of way when his car collided with the Lucas auto. Both vehicles collided with one another. There were no injuries. Investigating Deputy Scott McConnell estimated the damage to the Heeren car at $3000 with no  estimate available to the Lucas car.                                                                                  

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Feb 23 2015 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The board will take action on a change in the personnel policy, approve a liquor license, and accept the dental policy agreement with Delta Dental. The board will consider a bank resolution for Independence Township plus other matters.

Webster City School Board to receive initial proposal from WCEA on Monday.
Posted: Feb 20 2015 by ppowers

 The members of the Webster City Education Association will make their initial proposal for a new contract at Monday's meeting of the Webster City Community School Board for the 2015-16 school year. The board will come back with their counter proposal to the association. The board will take a look at preliminary budget information for the coming school year, set the public hearing date for the 2016 Fiscal Year budget, approve a budget guarantee resolution and consider a special education contract. In other matters, the Webster City school board will receive an update on the career academy in Eagle Grove followed by plans for the superintendent evaluation. In personnel matters, the board will receive contract recommendations and accept a resignation.  The meeting of the Webster City School Board will begin at 6 this Monday evening at the school administration building at 825 Beach Street.

Northeast Hamilton School preparing for whole grade sharing transition activities.
Posted: Feb 20 2015 by ppowers

Preparations for the transition of students from Northeast Hamilton to Webster City Middle and High Schools were discussed Thursday night by the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board.Northeast Hamilton Assistant Superintendent Mike Kruger said an open house for all Northeast Hamilton middle and high school students and their parents will be Tuesday evening. The Webster City Middle School will have their open house from 5:30 until 6:15 and continuing at the High School from 6:30 until 7:15p.m. The staff from the Webster City Middle and High Schools have been working with the Northeast Hamilton  students in preparing them for next year's change. The Northeast Hamilton Middle and High School will end classes after 53 years this spring while those students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade will continue to attend school in Blairsburg.

The Northeast Hamilton board applied for an Enhance Hamilton County Foundation grant to be used for its Crisis Team. Plans for next week's Professional Development Day were discussed as the school staff will meet with their Webster City counterparts on a book study, crisis team and other issues. 

In personnel matters the school board approved the hiring  Shannon Muhlenbruch for boys track this spring. Chase Pruismann was hired as head boys's baseball coach with Adam Vorrie an assistant baseball coach for this final season. The board tabled action on issues regarding the school calendar and the budget guarantee resolution until both matters are decided in the Iowa State Legislature. At their next meeting on March 19th, the Northeast Hamilton board will have a budget hearing for the 2015-16 school year.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Feb 20 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday afternoon at 1:00 at the Briggs Woods Park Conservation office south of Webster City. The board will receive an update on work to the Briggs Woods Golf Course club house. There will be a look at financial matters including the 2016 Fiscal Year budget. A report on conservation activities will be presented by director Brian Lammers. The Hamilton County Conservation Board will meet in a closed session to discuss real estate matters.

Stratford School Board accepts two resignations .
Posted: Feb 19 2015 by ppowers

 Two employees at Stratford Elementary School submitted their early retirement requests to the school board Wednesday evening. Darrell Borer and Linda Swedlund opted for early retirement after their many years of service. Stratford superintendent and principal Sarah Binder said she will post the two job openings on the Teach Iowa website. Binder said the goal is to have the two new staff members in June. Binder also informed the Stratford school board that she plans to meet with Webster City school superintendent Mike Sherwood to discuss the financial options for a School Business Officer(SBO) between the Webster City and Stratford school districts.

The Stratford school board also approved the third and final readings on board policies for district employees, students and the education programs.

At their March meeting, the Stratford school board will have a budget hearing for the 2015-16 school year along with the proposed district calendar hearing. Superintendent Binder said the goal is to authorize the largest legal budget possible. Budget authority is not the same as the line item budget where districts need to spend within their revenue and not spend savings and borrow against authority. The proposed tax rate for the Stratford school district is $14.33 per $1,000 taxable valuation which is a slight decrease from the 2014-15 tax rate of $14.36 per $1000 taxable valuation.

In other matters, the Stratford school board approved a recommendation that child care be offered this summer  entering Kindergarten through Second Grade. Superintendent Binder told the board the district has the available Early Learning Center (ELC) staff and space and families will utilize the child care for the 3 or 4 year olds when there is a child care for the 5 to 7 year olds. Otherwise families have to find child care for the older child. Binder said many times famililes are not able to use the center for the younger child.  The school board voted to use the same rates as the Early Learning Center for the summer program. Childcare will be offered for youngsters up to five years of age.

The Iowa Assessments have been completed with the results to be announced this spring. The Stratford School Board also set the March meeting date for March 25. There was a strategy session at the conclusion of Wednesday's meeting.

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Feb 18 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be held Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will discuss the initial budget for next school year, whole grade sharing transition activities, professional development plans, a budget guarantee resolution, plans for the 2015-16 school calendar and contract recommendations for next school year. The board will also receive reports by Superintendent Mike Sherwood and Assistant Superintendent and Principal Mike Kruger.

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

 The monthly meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the medical center conference room. One of the agenda matters is a public hearing on the county hospital budget and tax asking for the 2016 fiscal year. There will be a review of the medical center budget for 2015-16 and the organizational chart, appointment of medical directors, approve medical staff appointments and capital requests for the month of February. Van Diest Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Lori Rathbun will present her monthly report. The board will also meet in a closed session at the conclusion of the meeting.

Former longtime Hamilton County Sheriff Farnham dies at 84.
Posted: Feb 16 2015 by ppowers


A former longtime Hamilton County Sheriff has died. Jerry Farnham died at his home in Webster City early Saturday morning at the age of 84. Farnham joined the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department where he was a deputy for 18 years after serving the U.S. Air Force. Farnham was elected as Hamilton County Sheriff in 1972 after the retirement of another long time Hamilton County Sheriff E.R. Rap Lear. Farnham retired as sheriff in 1992. During his retirement he enjoyed restoring gas engines, John Deere tractors,and woodworking. Farnham also enjoyed farming in the spring and the fall. A Memorial Service for Jerry Farnham will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00  at Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Flagg officiating. Following the service a private burial will be held. Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon from 1:00  until the time of service. The Foster Funeral and Cremation Center of Webster City is in charge of arrangements.

Two vehicle accident investigated Sunday afternoon by Webster City Police.
Posted: Feb 16 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated a car van accident late Sunday afternoon at the intersections of Boone and Prospect Streets. Reportedly a westbound 2000 Olds Intrigue driven by Leidi Diaz Mendez of Webster City was approaching the uncontrolled intersection when the car failed to yield to a southbound 2009 Chrysler Town and Country Van driven by Leticia Santiago Ruiz also of Webster City. The Ruiz van collided with the Mendez car. Both drivers escaped injury. Extensive damage was reported to both vehicles. Investigating officer Brandon Pritchard charged Leidi Diaz Mendez of Webster City with Violation of an Instruction Permit and Failure to Yield to a Vehicle on the Right. Leticia Santiago Ruiz was charged with having No Driver's License.

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