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Kendall Young Library Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Aug 10 2016 by ppowers

 The August meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees will be Thursday evening at 6:00 in the downstairs meeting room of the library. The board will review the 2015 audit, the 2017 budget and hear the report from the library finance committee. There will be an update by Richard Carlson of Farmers National Company on the library farm. Kendall Young Library director Angie Martin Schwarze will present her monthly report on the past month's activities at the library.

Webster City man killed in Fort Dodge motorcycle accident.
Posted: Aug 08 2016 by ppowers

 A Webster City man was killed early Monday morning in a motorcycle accident in Fort Dodge.The victim is identified as 21 year old Avery Scott Jackson. Fort Dodge Police Sergeant Dan Charlson observed the motorcycle,a 1999 Honda operated by Jackson greatly exceeding the posted speed limit though he was unable to clock the vehicle at that time. Charlson attempted to catch up to the motorcycle and did several blocks later. He engaged his emergency signals and attempted to stop Jackson. The motorcycle took off north on Williams Drive from Seventh Avenue North. The vehicle was accelerating away from the patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle driven by Jackson lost control as it entered the 1700 block of Williams Drive,striking a curb,a mailbox and then a tree. Jackson was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcycle came to rest on the front porch on the front porch of a nearby residence.The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol with assistance by the Fort Dodge Police Department, Fort Dodge Fire Department and the Webster County Medical Examiner's Office.

Another successful Boone River Clean Up Day.
Posted: Aug 08 2016 by ppowers

 Nearly 40 volunteers spent Saturday morning cleaning up a 4.6 mile stretch of the Boone River. This was the tenth annual clean up project. The work this year focused on the Boone River between Riverside Park and Briggs Woods Park.At the conclusion of Saturday's clean up, there were 56 tires collects, 1,260 pounds of scrap metal and three yards of garbage collected.A meal was served for all of the volunteers at the conclusion of the clean up. The event was jointly sponsored by the city of Webster City,Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Aug 08 2016 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be held Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The board will consider a personnel matter with the county sheriff's department,approve a resolution for a tax penalty and costs abatement and make an appointment to the Veteran Affairs Commission. Contracts and agreements with Janssen Waterproofing,Incorporated and McGill Computer Services will be considered.  The Hamilton County Supervisors will consider a pay estimate and change order for Drainage District 47 with a hearing date for the project. The engineer's report and hearing date will be set for Drainage District Seven plus other matters.

Wright County Supervisors set for another hearing of the Prestage Foods pork processing facility.
Posted: Aug 08 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the second floor courtroom in Clarion. Wright County Economic Development Director Bryce Davis  will present the Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area plan document followed by the reading of letters mailed to the Wright County Auditor's office concerning Prestage Foods of Iowa to be placed on file. The public hearing on the designation of the 2016 Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area.The board is expected to approve a resolution to declare the necessity and establish an Urban Renewal Area and Plan and projects for the 2016 Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area. An ordinance providing for the division on taxable property in the 2016 Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area pursuant to the Code of Iowa will be considered. Another resolution setting a date of meeting at which it is proposed to approve a development agreement with Prestage Foods of Iowa,LLC including the annual appropriation tax increment payments will be a part of the board meeting.

South Hamilton Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Aug 08 2016 by ppowers

 The August meeting of the South Hamilton Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. The agenda for the meeting includes a discussion for an open study hall proposal for juniors and seniors,approve the list of members for the South Hamilton School Foundation for the terms beginning this Fall,and consider the fundraisers for the South Hamilton Music Boosters for 2016-17. The second reading and approval of the revised South Hamilton Good Counduct Policy will be a part of the meeting. There will be a look at personnel matters. Reports will also be presented by principals Paul Hemphill and Scott Dryer and superintendent Ken Howard plus other matters.

Farm Leasing Meeting set for Wednesday.
Posted: Aug 05 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office will sponsor a farmland leasing meeting on Wednesday,August 10 at the extension office at 311 Bank Street in Webster City from 9:00 until 11:30 a.m. ISU Farm Marketing specialist Kelvin Liebold will be the featured speaker at this program. The topics to be covered include the Iowa Cash Rental Rate Survey and Land Values Survey, Comparison of different types of leases, Lease termination,Impacts of yields and prices, Calculating a fair cash rent, use of spreadsheets to compare leases,review issues unique to this year's production and an outlook for 2017 and review the nutrient reduction strategy. The cost to attend is $20 or $30 per couple. It includes a set of beneficial materials regarding farm leasing arrangements and farmland ownership. Resources on farmland surveys and leasing arrangements also are provided. For reservations, please call the ISU Extension and Outreach office at 515-832-9597.

Webster City schools announcing open houses and orientation events.
Posted: Aug 04 2016 by ppowers

 With the start of the new school year less than three weeks away, the Webster City Community Schools have announced the schedule of open houses and orientation programs for students and parents.The Webster City Middle School will hold an orientation for incoming middle school students and students new to the district on Tuesday,August 16 at 6:30. There will be an open house at the middle school from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,August 18. Pleasant View Elementary School will hold its back to school nights on Wednesday,August 17 and Thursday,August 18 from 4:00 until 7:30 p.m. The back to school night at Sunset Heights Elementary will be held Wednesday,August 17 from 4 until 6 p.m.

Webster City High School will host an orientation for students new to the district and incoming freshmen at Prem Sahai Auditorium on Thursday,August 18 at 6:00 p.m. An open house will follow the orientation. Students can meet their teachers, find their locker and try out their combinations. There will also be an Activities Fair feauring information on extracurricular activities this school year. Other events at the high school include Ipad user sessions in the school library for new students and  parents. An orientation for students who are taking classes at Iowa Central Community College will also be held the evening of August 18. The Eligibility and Good Conduct meeting will be held from 7:45 until 8:00 p.m. on August 18 in the high school competition gymnasium.  Classes in the Webster City Community Schools will begin Tuesday,August 23 with two hour early dismissals on August 23 and 24.

Webster City Town Hall meeting set for Monday evening.
Posted: Aug 04 2016 by ppowers

 The next Webster City City Council Town Hall meeting is set for this Monday evening,August 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the north lobby of the Webster City High School. Residents are invited to share their ideas and comments about the community during this meeting. There will be updates on the summer work projects in the community and the search for a new city manager plus other matters.

Drinking water advisory for Stanhope residents.
Posted: Aug 03 2016 by ppowers

 Residents of Stanhope are being advised of a drinking water advisory for the community.The city of Stanhope Water Supply is conducting water tower maintenance on Thursday,August 4. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is recommended that the water be boiled before using for  drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used. It is also recommended not to drink the water without boiling it first. Brink all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes. Residents who would like more informaton may contact Stanhope water superintendent Larry Runyan at 515-845-1720. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. Bacteria samples will be collected after the maintenance work is completed. The advisory is a precaution until the bacterial sample results are available. Stanhope residents will be notified when results are available and the advisory is lifted.

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