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Hamilton County sees slight increase in June unemployment rate.
Posted: Jul 22 2014 by ppowers

 The June unemployment rate for Hamilton County stood at 5.1 percent. The Iowa Workforce Development office announced Tuesday that the rate is up from the May figure of 4.9 percent. There were 6500 people employed in the county last month while 350 were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for June was 4.4 percent which was the same rate in May. The unemployment rate for surrounding counties include Boone at 3.5 percent,Franklin at 4 percent, Hardin at 4.4 percent, Story at 3.8 percent, Webster at 5.8 percent and Wright at 4.4 percent.

Wright County Supervisors receive update on road work near Woolstock.
Posted: Jul 22 2014 by ppowers

 There is good news for motorists who travel on Wright County Road C-70 near Woolstock. Wright County Engineer Adam Clemons informed county supervisors Monday that the bridge is expected to reopen sometime this week. The bridge was closed due to a renovation project over the past few months. Clemons also informed the supervisors that the gravel is now back in place after the heavy rains of mid to late June. 

In another matter the Wright County Supervisors approved an agreement for transportation service between the city of Clarion and the Wright County Transit Service.

Northeast Hamilton Community School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Jul 21 2014 by ppowers

 The July meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 7:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. Agneda items include a review of the professional development calendar, FAST training update, plans for the Iowa Association of School Board fiscal management conference. set board work sessions, review board policy and set dates and times for board meetings. There will also be an update from Northeast Hamilton Superintendent Mike Sherwood.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jul 21 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9 in the supervisors board room. The board will meet with Hamilton County treasurer Shari Vermett with her semi-annual report and settlement of assets. There will be audit reports from the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency and Region Five Hazardous Materials Response Commission. The board will look at personnel issues with the Veterans Affairs and Social Services Departments. A federal aid agreement for the Tunnel Mill Road will be reviewed by board members. In other matters, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will consider a fireworks permit and a tax suspension plus other matters. 

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday.
Posted: Jul 20 2014 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County Conservation Board meeting will be Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office. The board will review quotes for a new mower at Little Wall Lake Park. A quote from Xenia Rural Water for Briggs Woods Park will be discussed. There will be a golf course report from Russ Appel. Director Brian Lammers will report on the past month in Hamilton County's park and recreation areas.

Summer Night salutes Agriculture
Posted: Jul 20 2014 by ppowers


Saturday was a busy one in downtown Webster City as the annual Crazy Day was held. Shoppers searched for bargains in the downtown stores during the day. Another highlight of the day was the annual Crazy Day Car Show with 77 cars and trucks entered. There were numerous awards presented to the drivers and their vehicles. The second in the series of Summer Night events sponsored by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. This month it was a salute to agriculture. New and antique farm machinery was on display through the evening. The Webster City FFA served up a meal of burgers, chips and a drink with all proceeds benefitting their many activities. Officials from the Hamilton County Fair met with visitors selling POP passes for the fair that opens this Tuesday evening.The final Summer Night event for the year will be Friday,August 15.


Stanhope Watermelon Day is set for Saturday!
Posted: Jul 18 2014 by ppowers

 The 57th annual Stanhope Watermelon Day is Saturday sponsored by the Stanhope Lions Club. The event attracts a large crowd each summer to the community.The fun begins with a parade through the business district at 10:30 with this year's theme, "For The Good Times". Rides,Bingo and the food stands will open at 11 a.m. Midwest Inflatables will offer their Inflatables from 11 until 5. The softball tournament resumes at 12 noon Saturday. The Sugar Creek Cloggers will perform at 12 noon followed by the Elite Power Tumbling group at 12:30. Brad Morgan will be in concert from 1:15 until 2:15 p.m. The Sheltered Reality Drummers perform at 2:30p.m. Ken Frette will take to the stage at 3:45. Jesse and the Seldom Seen Band performs from 5 until 7 p.m. The games for the afternoon include Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at 1:00 and the Nickel Dig at 2:00 p.m.  A drawing for the winners of $750 in cash will be at 8:00 p.m. with only one winner per family and need not be present to win. The highlight of the day is the serving of free watermelon from 1:00 until 5:00 and again from 7:00 until closing time. You need to bring your own fork.

Calhoun County Accident investigated by the Iowa State Patrol.
Posted: Jul 18 2014 by ppowers

 A 16 year old Fort Dodge motorist was injured Wednesday evening in a one car accident on 180th Street in rural Calhoun County. The Iowa State Patrol reported a westbound 1993 Chrysler New Yorker driven by Caryn Dawson entered the north ditch after losing control of the car. The Dawson car rolled onto its top. Dawson was transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge for treatment of possible injuries. Damage to the Dawson car was estimated at 2000 dollars. Investigating trooper Niles charged Caryn Dawson with Failure to Maintain Control.

Clarion City Council to meet Monday.
Posted: Jul 18 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Clarion City Council will be Monday afternoon at 5:00 in the city council chambers.  Agenda items include a discussion on transit issues with the Wright County Transit System followed by the approval of a transportation contract between the city of Clarion and the Wright County Transit System. An update on the Clarion Housing Project will be presented by David Doxtad of the I and S Group. The council will approve the first reading of an ordinance on increasing the water utility service fees for residents plus other matters.

Patton welcomed as new Roland Story Superintendent.
Posted: Jul 18 2014 by ppowers

 On Monday Matt Patton was welcomed as the new superintendent of the Roland Story Community School District at the monthly board meeting.  Patton started his work as superintendent on July 1 as he succeeded Mike Billings who retired after 14 years on June 30. One of the board agenda items was the approval of the 2014-15 goals for the superintendent. They are to complete the superintendent entry plan, effectively carry out the facilities master plan and successfully implement the teacher leadership plan.  The board approved the annual board resolutions appointments and assignments with the elimination of the specific month to set and review board goals and providing superintendent Patton with the flexibility in determining which personel groups are required to receive annual trainings. 

The Roland Story board approved the submission of legislative priorities to the Iowa Association of School Boards. One of the priorities is to support the repeal of the mandatory school start date. Another is to support the setting of supplemental  state aid by the date specified in the Iowa Code at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects the actual cost increases experienced by school districts and area education agencies. One other priority is to support the use of physical plant and equipment levy  (PPEL)funds for the maintenance and repair of transportation equipment that can be purchased or financed with PPEL funds.

In other matters the Roland Story school board tabled the decision on the property and liability insurance until the renewal numbers are received.The milk, bread and fuel bids were approved with Anderson Erickson, Bimbo Bakeries and Key Cooperative respectively.  Contracts were approved for sixth grade teacher Rachel Wilkinson, high school special needs associate Desiree Brent and for bus driver William Garland. A volunteer high school football contract for Michael Stensland was approved by the Roland Story board.

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