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Jewellsworth Trail Project receives grant voting.
Posted: Aug 20 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board has applied for a $7500 in funding through Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. This is in part with Wellmark's 75th anniversary celebration. Wellmark of Iowa has offered this grant opportunity for community projects such as trails. There will be 10 contest winners. The Hamilton County Conservation Department found out that their grant application is one step closer to being funded if it can gather enough public support and votes through an online voting process. The JewEllsworth Trail project will be online for public voting at www.Wellmark.com/75 from now through September 7. You are invited to share this project with fellow community members, friends and family. Public voting is one of four final factors Wellmark will use to determine the ten winners of $7500. There is only one vote per ISP address per day will be allowed through September 7. Trail projects take time and require local match dollars for future grants to be implemented. If you would like to make a donation to complete the JewEllsworth Trail, please contact Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers at 515-832-9570. All donations are tax deductible.

Chung joins Van Diest Medical Center's health care team.
Posted: Aug 14 2014 by ppowers

 Officials at Van Diest Medical Center are pleased to announce that Kristin Chung, PA-C will join their health care team. Kristin is a Certified Physician Assistant with a Family Medicine background.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Kristin will be practicing out of the Main Clinic, currently located in Van Diest Medical Center, and providing care in the Emergency Department at the hospital.“Kristin brings a broad spectrum of knowledge that will enable us to provide a wide range of family medicine services to patients,” shared hospital Chief Executive Officer Lori Rathbun. Kristin will be working with Dr. Reda Daher, Board Certified Internist, also joining the hospital medical team in October of this year.  “This is a very exciting time for area residents with the recent successful recruitment of two new providers.  Offering specialized internal medicine, family practice, and emergency services will continue to benefit our community greatly while supporting the future viability of our county hospital.” Lori Rathbun further stated.   Dr. Daher earned his medical degree from Des Moines University and completed his internal medicine residency at University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He brings extensive experience working in the hospital inpatient and intensive care setting.  Dr. Daher will see patients in the Main Clinic and provide services in the Emergency Department at Van Diest Medical Center.


Stratford City Council holds a public hearing on Downtown Revitalization
Posted: Aug 13 2014 by ppowers

 The Stratford City Council held a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant Revitalization Facade Project. Stacy Lentsch of the MIDAS Council of Governments presented a review the status of funded activities. A general description of project accompishments to date of work  completed incudes repointing, repairing historic masonry interior and exterior  carpentry, new aluminum framed storefront assemblies, insulated glazing and preparing, painting and finishing of new and existing surfaces of two existing buildings. More specific details include repointed masonry joints, replaced damaged bricks, painted second story window frames and lintels, cleaned exterior masonry,installed backup framing for wood panels at storefront level, storefront window framing and more. The total expenditures to date reflect that $186,300 has been expanded has been expanded in CDBG funds and $5,318 has been expanded in local funds. Total expended to date is $191,618. General description of remaining work includes installlation of decorative painted wood panels below the windows at both buildings, interior wood window stools and trim at both buildings and exterior awning frame and fabric cover on both buildings, cleaning of completed work areas interior and exterior, plus completion of punch list walkthrough and subsequent items from the punch list on both buildings.

The original project was to restore 23 buildings in the central business district of Stratford to prevent further decline of the area and improve energy efficiency of the buildings through the proposed improvements. The project was amended to include only 2 building restorations. The city of Stratford  received $383,602 in C.D.B.G funds from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.There have been two contract amendments that resulted in a reduction of project funds. The final contract amount is at $158,576 of which is $118,721 has been paid to date.  Persons authorized to receive and respond to citizens proposals , questions and complaints concerning the funded activities will be Stacy Lentsch, MIDAS Council of Governments at 515-576-7183,extension 214. 

The council voted to approve the CDBG Downtown Revitalization Facade Project to reimburse the city  of Stratford $46,196 for claims to Peterson Construction and the MIDAS Council of Governments. The Stratford city council also set the public hearing date of September 8 for the CDBG Housing Project.

Stanhope City Council approves resident to have sheep.
Posted: Aug 13 2014 by ppowers

 At their Tuesday night meeting the Stanhope City Council approved the request of Chris Canon to have some sheep only with the approval of every neighbor and provides the city with letters from every neighbor in their support. A request from Ronald and Dorene Geerdes for a building permit was approved for the tearing down of a garage and replacing it with a new one at 600 School Street. The permit would be for a 12 month period.

Residents of Stanhope will be receiving a full bill mailed to them instead of postcards.This will be implemented beginning this fall. The council approved the request.

In another matter, the council approved the setting of new rates for the Stanhope Community Center Community Room to $10 an hour with the use of the kitchen at $5 an hour. The all day rate would be $80 and use of the kitchen will be at $20. Everyone that uses the Community Room must pay the $150 deposit even for a free use or non profit event.

The Stanhope council approved the power cost adjustment for all bills that are due September 20.There was approve for the ordinance book update by the MIDAS Council of Governments.

Judkins to be honored at Iowa State Fair on Friday with Life Saving Award.
Posted: Aug 13 2014 by ppowers

A Webster City man will be honored Friday morning at the Iowa State Fair as one of the recipients of the Governor's Lifesaving Award. Wayne Judkins is one of the six to receive the special honor. On March 3,2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Tom Boeding and Judkins were playing racquetball at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center. During the exercise session Boeding unexpectedly collapsed. Wayne Judkins immediately ran to the front desk of Fuller Hall to get help and advised employees to call 9-1-1. He then quickly ran back to help Boeding by administering CPR. In a short period of time with the help of an employee an Automated External Defibrilator was used to deliver lifesaving treatment to Boeding. He was transported to a hospital where Boeding underwent bypass surgery. Other recipients include Paula Lash of Runnells, Sandra Morrow of Coralville, Shondra Eister of Tiffin,Tara Dekkers of Ireton and Seth Thompson of Treynor. KQWC Radio congratulates Wayne Judkins for this high honor! The ceremony will be held at 10 Friday morning at the Susan Knapp Ampitheater at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines

South Hamilton School Board looks at year ahead.
Posted: Aug 13 2014 by ppowers

 As a new school year begins Monday,the South Hamilton Community School Board this week looked at preparations for the opening day. Building and grounds director Curt Stoecker informed the school board that everything is ready for the new school year after the work completed on floors, lighting and new equipment in the classrooms. South Hamilton superintendent Ken Howard discussed with the board about the positives observed during the first weeks in his new position. There was also an increase in students going out for the fall athletic program. The South Hamilton board approved the final sale of the Stanhope Bus Barn. 

In other matters the South Hamilton school board voted to increase the substitute teacher pay rate for the 2014-15 school year. The rate will be raised to $100 from the current $90per day to better align with area schools in an increasingly competitive market. A newly created "Substitute Teacher Handbook" was approved by board member along with the 2014-15 version of the South Hamilton Coaches' Handbook. A review of the school board/superintendent operating principles was held. The final review of them will be during a board retreat in September.  There was discussion on upgrades and repair to the superintendent's residence at 200 Anderson Street. The board approved the funding amount and bids for the work on the home.

The South Hamilton school board Monday evening accepted the resignation of B.J. Terrones as head boy's basketball coach. Terrones will become the head  boy's basketball coach at Gilbert high school a this season after two successful seasons with the Hawks. The South Hamilton team appeared at the state basketball tournament last March in Des Moines. The South Hamilton board approved the hiring of Sara Utrera as a part time food service employee at the elementary building.  

The date of September 10th was set for a board retreat. At that time they will look at issues and goals for the South Hamilton school district. 

Webster City couple fatally injured in two vehicle collision near Boone.
Posted: Aug 13 2014 by ppowers

 A Webster City couple were fatally injured in a two vehicle accident at mid morning Monday at the junction of Highway 30 and T Avenue east of Boone. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victims as 76 year old Marie Hooker and 80 year old Ronald Hooker. Reportedly a southbound 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by Marie Hooker was stopped at a stop sign on T Avenue when she pulled in front of a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by Jane Ham of Boone.  Both Ronald and Marie Hooker were both pronounced  dead at the accident scene. A passenger in the Hooker car, 79 year old Donna Porter of Duncombe was flown by air care to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.  Ham and her passenger Lyle Mattson also of Boone were transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames for treatment. The Iowa State Patrol were assisted by the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Wright County Supervisors approve contract for work on Iowa Township drainage district.
Posted: Aug 12 2014 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors Monday appointed McClure Engineering for the improvement project at Drainage District 59 in Iowa Township. The project will cover 619 acres. A final estimate will be presented to the county supervisors at a meeting in the next few months. 

The board accepted the resignation of Colleen Bartlett as assistant director to the Wright County Economic Development office. Her last day on the job will be August 19. Bartlett will be employed with Iowa Central Community College for the new regional academic career academy to be located in the Eagle Grove Armory. The academy is a joint effort with Iowa Central Community College and the Webster City, Fort Dodge, Clarion Goldfiled Dows,Northeast Hamilton and Humboldt school districts.

Wright County Economic Development Director Brad Hicks met with the supervisors on the creation of a Homes Based Iowa Employer program for the county. The program would be aimed at veterans in the county with the creation of new jobs. There will be more information presented to the board in the coming weeks. 


Webster City teaching staff had a busy summer
Posted: Aug 12 2014 by ppowers


Webster City Community School District Curriculum Coordinator Linda Williams (pictured) spoke before the Webster City school board Monday evening as she outlined the summer professional development classes. Fifteen staff members attended the Learning Communities at Work Institute in Minneapolis in June. Williams attended the American Society of Curriculum Directors Conference on National Teaching Excellence in late June. The summer classes for staff included topics on Project Based Learning,Google Drive, How to Define, Design and Deliver Your Curriculum and Using Educational Puzzles. A few of the workshops this summer were Technology Integration and Instruction for the 21st Century Learner, Strategies for Beginner and Struggling Readers, Early Literacy Implementation Training, Iowa Choral Directors Association Summer Symposium and Everyday Math Training. Williams said each of the classes were excellent for those staff members who attended in preparing for the new school year. 

The preparations for the new school year continue. Superintendent Mike Sherwood informed the board that landscaping has been completed at the Middle and High School buildings, the new walk off carpeting has been installed at both Pleasant View and Sunset Heights, cement work at the bus drop off at Sunset Heights on Mary Lane, new signage in the parking lot at Pleasant View and Sunset Heights schools.

In personnel matters, the board approved the hiring of Courtney Hippen as Juvenile Court Liaison. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts double major in Criminal Arts and Sociology. She has had training in criminal offenders, youth in crime, criminology and psychology in law. Hippen has been a dispatcher at the Webster City Police Department and at the Hy Vee Food Store.

Cathi Hildebrand was reappointed as Webster City school board secretary for 2014-15. Jim Hanks of the Ahlers Cooney law firm of Fort Dodge was reappointed as the school board legal counsel for this school year.

Boone County Fatalities
Posted: Aug 12 2014 by ppowers

 Two people were killed in an accident in Boone County on Monday. The Iowa State Patrol reported the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 30 and T Avenue east of Boone. Reportedly a vehicle traveling on T Avenue stopped at the stop sign then headed into traffic when it was hit by another vehicle traveling on Highway 30.The driver of the vehicle that was hit and a passenger died at the accident scene. A second passenger in the vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The other driver was not injured. The names of the victims have not been released by the Iowa State Patrol as of Tuesday morning.

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