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Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Dec 04 2014 by ppowers

 The final meeting of the year for the Webster City Community School board of directors will be Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the school administration building at 825 Beach Street. The agenda includes the consideration of a fundraising request, approve special education contracts, review board police series 800, and consider a modified allowable growth dropout prevention program for the district.

Hamilton County Conservation Department to host wildlife poaching program.
Posted: Dec 04 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Department will host a program Friday evening from 7:00 until 9:00p.m. at the Briggs Woods Conservation office south of Webster City on "Wildlife for Sale and Poaching". Hamilton County Conservation staff members Jason Gilmore and John Laird will discuss illegal poaching and black market trade of wildlife worldwide including Iowa. Those attending will view many exotic specimens that have been confiscated by conservation officials. The public is invited to attend this program.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Committee to hear presentations for funding Wednesday evening.
Posted: Dec 02 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board will meet Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the city hall council chambers. Board members will hear presentations from seven previous grant recipients. They include Art in Boone River Country, HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization), Keep Iowa Beautiful, Kendall Young Library, Webster City Community Theater, Wilson Brewer History Park Committee and the Webster City Women's Club. The seven finalists for funding will make their presentations. They are the Border Brigade Archery club, Hamilton County Saddle Club, Kendall Young Library, Legacy Learning Boone River Valley, Webster City Chamber-Iowa Antique Network, Webster City Community Theater, and the Wilson Brewer Historic Committee. Each of the presentations will last between five to seven minutes with a time for questions to follow. On Thursday afternoon, the board will determine the final recommendations on projects and the funding level to be presented to the Webster City City Council on Monday, December 15. Thursday's meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday's presentation will be televised live on cable channel 12 in Webster City.

Fort Dodge woman sentenced to Federal Prison for use of Fire to commit wire fraud.
Posted: Dec 01 2014 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge woman who conspired to use fire to committ wire fraud by causing a home to be destroyed by fire and collecting proceeds from a bogus insurance claim alleging the fire was accidental was sentenced November 25 to 10 years in federal prison. 67 year old Shirley Weimer received the prison term after an April 1,2014 guilty plea to conspiracy to use fire  to commit wire fraud. Evidence presented by the United States Attorney's Office at the change of plea hearings and sentencings revealed that Weimer hired a tenant, Lisa Young to burn down the rental property where Young was living. Young recruited her adult children into the conspiracy as well as her ex-husband. After an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the residence, the conspirators tried again and successfully burned the rental property,putting first responders, neighbors and insurance adjustors at risk. Weimer then received $78,593  from the insurance company for her bogus insurance claim. Weimer was sentenced in Sioux City by U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Weimer was sentenced to 120 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed and she was ordered to make $78,593 plus interest in restitution to State Farm Insurance. She must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal prison system. Previously Ashley Straight, Gerald Straight, and Lisa Young were sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy receiving prison sentences of 13 months imprionment each for Ashley Straight and Gerald Straight and 7 months for Lisa Young. Weimer is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

Webster City Community Chorus to present holiday concert this weekend.
Posted: Dec 01 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community Chorus under the direction of Don Anderson,will present its 28th annual holiday concert, "Sing We Now of Christmas" on Saturday,December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday,December 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church at 921 Des Moines Street. The concert will feature sacred and secular holiday songs, the instrumentalists and soloists on several pieces. A free will offering will be taken which goes toward the purchase of music and other group expenses.

November weather in review.
Posted: Dec 01 2014 by ppowers

 Near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation can best describe Webster City's weather for  the month of November. Weather records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for November was 38 degrees and the average low was 16 degrees. Normal high for November is 37 degrees. The warmest temperature for November was 58 degrees set five times on November 2,3, 4, 5 and 6 with the lowest recorded temperature set last Thursday morning, November 27 at six degrees below zero. The temperature was a new record for Webster City with the old record of five below zero set on November 27,1898. As for precipitation we ended up with 45 hundredths of rain or melted precipitation and 6.5 inches of snowfall. 

The National Weather Service outlook for Iowa for December predicts above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Last December, the average high in Webster City was 26 degrees and the average low was 5 degrees. There was 10 inches of snow recorded last December with 48 hundredths of it in the form of rain or melted precipitation. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Wright County Supervisors will meet Monday morning.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room in Clarion. The board will meet with county engineer Adam Clemons on road updates. Mental Health/Developmental Disabled  Coordinator Jen Sheehan will give an update on Case Management and possibly request to make an offer to hire an office manager in the Professional Building. A hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on the the agreement for Drainage District 39.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Webster City is cancelled.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The annual Turkey Trot 5K fun run and walk scheduled for Thanksgiving morning in Webster City sponsored by the local parks and recreation department has been cancelled due to the cold and snowy conditions.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The next Webster City City Council meeting will be Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. Agenda items will include a report by Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Brown on chamber activities in the community. A resolution approving the executed warranty deed conveying the remaining portion of Lot 3 in the Wall Creek First Addition to Lynn and Debbie Jaycox will be considered. The purchase of a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe for the Webster City Police Department will be presented for review. The council will set Monday,January 5 at 5:30 for a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2015 Street Improvement Project. There will be a public hearing on the submittal of a Community Development Block Grant application to the Iowa Department of Economic Development will be held at 5:30. Monday's council meeting will be telecast live on cable channel 12 with repeat telecasts at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Webster City Police Dept. Employee Association and the city begin new contract negotiations.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 Members of the Webster City Police Department Employee Association AFSCME (American Federation of State County Municipal Employees) Local 1941 made their proposal for a new three year contract on Wednesday morning.The union is proposing a three percent across the board wage increase for each year of the agreement. Other proposals included an increase in the accrual of Compensatory time from 64 hours to 80 hours, the addition of personal day, the allowing of 100 rounds of ammunition per month to each officer for training purposes and access to the Fuller Hall recreation center at no cost to the employees of the police department. The city came back with its counter proposal to association. It is for an increase of one percent in wage rates for employees for each year of the agreement. Talks between the city and the police department employee association will be behind closed doors. The association represents the police officers and dispatchers. The contract when approved will take effect July 1, 2015 through June 30,2018.

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