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Fort Dodge family escapes injury in Monday night house fire.
Posted: Jan 26 2016 by ppowers

 Four members of a Fort Dodge family escaped unharmed after a fire destroyed their residence Monday night. The fire happened at about 9:45 p.m. at 717 Riverside Street Northwest. When the Fort Dodge Fire Department arrived, flames were coming from the back side of the house.Smoke detectors recently installed at the home helped save the lives of the family. The family cat survived the fire after it was found hidden in a dog kennel.The cause of the fire last night remains under investigation. Firefighters remained on the scene for about two hours.

Webster City school board accept retirement requests.
Posted: Jan 26 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting  Monday evening, the Webster City Community School Board approved the resignations and early retirement requests of five long time employees. They include Middle School Sixth Grade teacher and High School Cross Country and Track coach Tony Bussan,Elementary music instructor Rosine Kennedy, Business office staff member Linda Bourne, Curriculum Coordinator and Alternative School Administrator Linda Williams and school maintenance employee Michael Smith.The resignations and retirement requests will take effect at the end of the school year.
The Webster City school board set February 22 at 6:00 p.m. for a public hearing on the 2016-17 school calendar.The calendar information will be forwarded on to the teaching staff for a review. The tentative first day of classes will be Monday, August 22.Staff orientation will be held for three days on August 8.
Topics for future school board work sessions were discussed. They include the issue of bullying, the dropout rate,school finance,technology issues,the Career Academy in Eagle Grove. The work sessions are held at the second board meeting of the month. Dates for work sessions will be Monday, February 22,March 28,April 25 and May 23.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the board room of the Hamilton County Courthouse. The board will receive the annual report from the weed commissioner,consider a personnel matter with the sheriff's department and approve a liquor license. The supervisors will consider a wellness program agreement, a contract with Access Systems and approve the Iowa Department of Transportation Cooperative Agreeement. The final plans for four culvert projects will be considered. The projects are located on 260th Street near Ziegler Avenue, County Road R-77 north of D-41,320th Street east of Lake Cairo Drive and on Nelson Avenue just south of Country Road D-56. 

A night of wrestling to be one of the highlights at the 2016 Hamilton County Fair.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 Work on this year's 99th annual Hamilton County Fair is underway. The dates for this year's fair will July 19 to 24. One of the new grandstand entertainment features will be a night of Impact Pro Wrestling and Trailer Races set for Friday,July 22. The fair will feature the Hamilton County Fair Queen Coronation on Wednesday,July 20,two nights of racing on July 21 and 23 and the Demolition Derby set for Sunday,July 24. The annual parade to kick off the fair will be Tuesday,July 19 through the downtown area of Webster City. There will be more information coming from fair officials on the exposition.

Clarion man injured in Friday night snowmobile accident near Alden.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 A 29 year old Clarion man was injured in a snowmobile accident Friday night near Alden in Hardin County. The Iowa State Patrol reported a 2007 Polaris snowmobile operated by Eric Weber was traveling southbound through a farm field when he did not notice a gravel road in front of him. The Weber snowmobile went over the roadway,went airborne with the driver ejected. Weber was flown by air care to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. His condition is not known as of this morning. The accident remains under investigation.

Graceland Cemetery Advisory Committee to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 The Graceland Cemetery Advisory Committee will meet Thursday afternoon,January 28 at 4:00 p.m.  The committee will review the rules and regulations of the cemetery. There will also be a review of the current fees and charges for the opening of graves, lot sales, monument permits, easement change and miscellaneous fees. The Graceland Cemetery Advisory Committee will discuss the possibility of a proposed pet cemetery plus other matters.

Sadler one of the finalists for Sidney,Nebraska city manager position.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 Webster City city manager Ed Sadler is one of three finalists for the position of city manager in Sidney,Nebraska. Interviews with Sadler and the two other candidates will take place this week. The two other candidates are  Cheryl Beatty, the assistant city manager and finance director of Junction City,Kansas and Dan Dean, a former town manager in Mead,Colorado.Sadler has been city manager in Webster City since June,2006.He has more than 30 years of experience in local and state governments. Sadler was assistant city manager for Aspen,Colorado before moving to Webster City.  Sidney is located in the western part of Nebraska with a population of approximately 6,800 residents.

Wright County is the latest Home Base Iowa Community.
Posted: Jan 22 2016 by ppowers

 State officials announced today that Wright County received designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) Community. Through this process, Wright County has demonstrated their commitment to hiring, supporting and welcoming veterans into their community. Business and community leaders, along with local veteran organizations, attended the designation ceremony held at the Heartland Museum.

Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program assisting veterans and transitioning service members. Currently, Iowa’s unemployment rate is under four percent, but businesses need skilled workers. This program helps connect these businesses with qualified veterans looking for career opportunities. Countless resources help veterans and their families with education and in transitioning to a new community with focused support and individuals who want to help. Home Base Iowa’s private-public partnership provides a high level of commitment and resources for our veterans, transitioning service members and their families.

The program works to connect transitioning military members with quality jobs in Iowa companies.  Iowa has much to offer veterans and transitioning service members -- including no state taxes on military pension, a cost of living below the national average and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. To date, members of the Iowa Business Council, Iowa’s largest employers, have hired more than 1,700 employees through Home Base Iowa.

Home Base Iowa designates qualified communities based on four standards:  10 percent of hiring businesses within the community must become Home Base Iowa businesses, the community must develop an incentive package for veterans and an HBI signage plan to prominently display the designation. Communities must also obtain a resolution of support from the appropriate local governing body. Wright County met these criteria and will offer an incentive package that includes various discounts for veterans, first-time home buyer or home renovating incentives, and assistance to any veteran seeking employment within the community.

Home Base Iowa is a unique, non-profit private-public partnership that focuses on recruiting veterans and active duty service members for quality, well-paying private-sector jobs in Iowa. The Home Base Iowa Act provides the following incentives for veterans;

  • Military Pension Income Tax Exemption - fully exempts military pensions from state income tax.
  • Permissive Veterans Hiring Preference - allows veterans preferential treatment in hiring decisions for both public and private organizations.
  • Military Homeownership Assistance Program - provides veterans $5,000 toward down payment or closing costs of a home by using the Iowa Finance Authority program.
  • Higher Education Incentives – provides automatic, in-state tuition to veterans, their spouse and their dependents.

The initiative is currently co-chaired by Congressman Leonard Boswell and Casey’s CEO Bob Meyers, both of whom are veterans themselves. For more information on Home Base Iowa, please visit www.HomeBaseIowa.gov

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Jan 22 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors office in Clarion. The board will receive the county treasurer's semi-annual report,approve a tax suspension request per DHS eligibility and a meeting with Shelly Zabel with Community and Family Resources to give update on their program and funding request. There will also budget meetings with county officials as a part of the meeting.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday morning.
Posted: Jan 22 2016 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County Conservation Board meeting will be Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office south of Webster City. The board will be updated on the construction of the new cabin at Briggs Woods Park. The annual report by Jason Gilmore on the activities at Little Wall Lake Park. A memorandum of understanding with Legacy Learning Boone River Valley will be presented. In another matter, the Hamilton County Conservation Board will take a look at the 2016-17 fiscal year budget. Conservation director Brian Lammers will present his report on activities in the park and recreation areas of Hamilton County.

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