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Governor Branstad declares Wright and three Iowa counties eligible for disaster emergencies.
Posted: Jun 24 2015 by ppowers

 Governor Terry Branstad Tuesday issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Davis, Humboldt,Monroe and Wright counties in response to Monday's severe weather. The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe storms that significantly impacted the counties on June 22. In addition,the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Progam for the four counties. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $40,180 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Jewellsworth recreational trail will have a ground breaking next spring!
Posted: Jun 23 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board learned Tuesday that next year work will finally begin on the recreational trail linking two communities in the southern part of the county. Conservation director Brian Lammers said that there is full funding for the Jewellsworth trail to start in 2016. Lammers met this month with the Jewell city council on preparations for the project. He told the board that he will make a similar presentation to the Ellsworth city council in July. Bid letting for the three and a half mile trail will be in January. Construction will begin next spring with the completion by the fall of 2016. Lammers will be in contact with the Iowa Department of Transportation for final arrangements for the traill that has been years in the planning stages.

The Hamilton County Conservation Board voted Tuesday to renew its marketing contract with Prairie Rivers and its consultant Jessica Johnson for another year. Johnson spoke to the board about the promotion of the camper cabin facilities in each of the three parks.She said that there has been positive feedback on the usage of the cabin facilities. On a related note, the conservation board agreed to have an architect for the new cabin project at Briggs Woods Park. The cabin would be used as both a clasroom with the Legacy Learning Center and for overnight guests. Further information on the plans will be shared at a future conservation board session.

In another matter,the board approved a professional agreement with the Fort Dodge Community Foundation for the Parks to People project. This is a joint effort in promoting the parks and recreation areas in Boone, Hamilton and Webster Counties. 

Director Lammers said that Briggs Woods, Bells Mill and Little Wall Lake parks are expecting a large number of campers for the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend. The annual fireworks show at Little Wall Lake will be held on Friday night,July 3 with a rain date of Sunday,July 5. 

Nominations for Hamilton County school board elections to begin July 6.
Posted: Jun 23 2015 by ppowers

 Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa has released information on the school board elections set for September 8. The terms for each office is for four years will be from this September through September,2019. In the Northeast Hamilton school district, there will be three seats up for election. The seats include Eric Patterson for Director District 1, Mike Rapp for Director District 2 and At Large director Roxanne Anderson. There are three seats up for election at South Hamilton. The board members whose terms expire this September include Mike Grove for the District 2 Director seat, Amber Van De Pol for District 3 Director and Joely Swenson for the District 5 Director seat. There will be two seats up for election in Stratford. Those terms expiring include April Carlson and Christina Bauer. In Webster City, the terms that will be expiring on the school board include those of Juli Jaycox, Beth Van Diest and Dan Ryherd. Candidate filing will begin July 6,2015 and ends on July 30th,2015 at 5:00 p.m. All of the nomination papers are to be filed with the school board secretary for the respective school district.The nomination papers can be obtained from the school board secretary, county auditor's office and at the  Iowa secretary of state's website. Each of the candidates is nominated by petition. If you have any questions,please call the Hamilton County Auditor's office at 515-832-9510.

Webster City Police Department investigated two vehicle accident Monday afternoon.
Posted: Jun 23 2015 by ppowers

 A car truck accident in the 1800 block of Superior Street Monday afternoon was investigated by Webster City Police Monday afternoon.Reportedly a 2002 Mitsubishi  driven by Kylie Brinkman of Webster City was stopped at the driveway entrance to Kum and Go waiting to enter. A 1993 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Sean Vogelbacher was passing through the intersection through a yellow light failing to see the Brinkman car who was stopped at the time. The front side of the Vogelbacher pickup struck the rear side of the Brinkman car pushing the car some 150 feet. A passenger in the Brinkman car, Gavin Wagner of Webster City suffered possible injuries in the accident. Investigating officer Jordan Elonich estimated the damage to both the Brinkman and Vogelbacher vehicles at 3000 dollars each.

W.C.F.D. called to Casey's on Second Street for an investigation.
Posted: Jun 23 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Fire Department was called to Casey's General Store at 1300 Second Street late Monday morning to investigate a smoke report. When fire fighters arrived smoke was coming from a furnace in the kitchen area. A blower to the furnace was removed and the power was briefly cut to the furnace.There was no further damage reported. The most probable cause was a seized blower motor.

Webster City Police investigating sewage deposit incident
Posted: Jun 23 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police Department is investigating the depositing of items into the sanitary sewer system in the area of West Second Street. Sometime between Tuesday,June 16 and Thursday,June 18 several items were deposited in the sanitary sewer system causing a sewer back up in at least one residence. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the act. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Webster City Police Department at 515-832-9166. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Hamilton County Crimestoppers by calling their tip lines at either 515-832-8473 or 1-800-873-8477. You can text your tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) and type in the keyword "IA40" before you type in your  message.

Two Cedar Rapids residents arrested in Monday robbery at Verizon Wireless.
Posted: Jun 23 2015 by ppowers

 Two Cedar Rapids men are in custody after a robbery Monday at the Verizon Wireless store at 2317 Superior Street. Webster City Police received a report of two black males entered the store. While one of the males stood watch, the second jumped over the counter and took several Apple I-Phones as well as the clerk's wallet. The males then left the store in a dark colored four door pickup truck. While investigating the robbery report, a Deputy from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department observed a vehicle matching the description the subjects left on Highway 20 and attempted to stop the vehicle. After a pursuit through three counties, the vehicle was stopped and the two occupants were apprehended near Dike. The vehicle the fled in was reported stolen out of Cedar Rapids. 19 year old Jequen Jordan Ellis was charged with Theft in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony and 20 year old Tairee Shyraw Henderson was charged with Aiding and Abetting Theft in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony. Additional charges are pending for both men. Assisting the Webster City Police Department were the Hamilton and Hardin County Sheriff's Departments and Iowa State Patrol.

Wright County Supervisors declares State of Emergency due to Monday's severe weather.
Posted: Jun 22 2015 by ppowers


The Wright County Board of Supervisors Monday declared a State of Emergency for the county as a result of the severe weather earlier in the day.Wright County was included in Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings with damage reports received by sheriff's officials.The Wright County Sheriff's Offices responded to an accident involving a semi north of Eagle Grove on Highway 17 at about 7:05 Monday morning. The tractor/ trailer unit had been blown off the roadway by a storm system that moved through the area. There were no injuries in that incident. Highway 69 between 245th Street and 260th Street has been closed since about 7:30 Monday morning due to power lines across the roadway. Several power poles along the highway in that area were blown over during the storms. The Clarion Fire Department and Sheriff's Office also responded  to a report of a house blown off its foundation in the 2400 block of Quincy Avenue. It was determined that the residence was not occupied.There was also significant damage to the hog facility at the same location but all workers were accounted for and there were no reports of injury. It was reported that a worker at one of the poultry sites received minor injuries related to the storm and he was transported by a private vehicle for treatment. The town of Galt suffered significant damage to trees along with damage to some homes in the area. Galt has also lost power to their city water supply. The cities of Belmond, Clarion, Eagle Grove and Goldfield also reported damage to trees and power lines. The State of Emergency allows for the expenditure of emergency funds as well as for the  implementation of mutual aid agreements with local and state agencies. Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer asks residents to please avoid the damaged areas to allow workers to safely make repairs and remove debris.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jun 20 2015 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Hamilton County Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in their board room at the Hamilton County Courthouse. The items on the agenda include resolutions for appropriations for both the 2015 and 2016 Fiscal Years. There will be personnel aciton for the county emergency management, sheriff and social service departments followed by a cellular telephone reimbursement and 2016 fiscal year salary certifications. An appointment for a Hamilton County Mental Health Advocate will be made at Tuesday's meeting. In another matter, the Hamilton County Supervisors will set the date and time for a public hearing on the Master Matrix for Gourley Research Group L.L.C. There will also be a look at drainage issues for Farley,Johnson and Squaw Creek Lower Main drainage areas in the county plus other matters. Tuesday's supervisors meeting will be streamed on line at the www.hamiltoncounty.org website.


Hamilton County Crimestoppers chalks up another individual from its Most Wanted Poster.
Posted: Jun 19 2015 by ppowers

The nost recent Hamilton County Crimestoppers Most Wanted poster has netted yet another arrest. 26 year old Patrick David Morrow turned himself in to authorities at the Hamilton County Jail Thursday evening. Morrow was wanted on a two day mittimus for Operating While Intoxicated First Offense. Three others have been arrested since the poster appeared two weeks ago. The others included Joseph L. Craig Jr. for a violation of probation with the original charge being Driving While Barred, Heath F. Cahill for Contempt of Court for Domestic Abuse Second Offense and Garrett Russell Carpenter for Contempt of Court for Dangerous Drugs. There are six other individuals who are still wanted for different charges. You can find the Hamilton County Crimestoppers poster on the KQWC Facebook page,in a recent edition of the Daily Freeman Journal and the posters can also be picked up at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Webster City Police Department. All of the tips remain anonymous. If you have information please Hamilton County Crimestoppers at 515-832-8437 or 1-800-873-8477. You can also text your tips to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) with the keyword (IA40). The tipsoft program is sponsored by WCF Financial Bank

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