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Roland Story School Board to meet
Posted: Oct 09 2014 by ppowers

 The October meeting of the Roland Story Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:30 at the high school board room in Story City. The board will consider policies on compulsory attendance, a tobacco/nicotine free environment and an employee early retirement incentive. There will be the consideration of membership into the Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Program for this year.A request for allowable growth for the 2014 fiscal year special education deficit will be reviewed. The 2015-16 school year calendar will be discussed by the board. In other matters the Roland Story school board will receive the latest certified enrollment figures, consider personnel matters and a report from superintendent Matt Patton.

No injuries in Wednesday afternoon accident in Webster City.
Posted: Oct 09 2014 by ppowers

 A two vehicle accident at First and Prospect Streets in Webster City late Wednesday afternoon was investigated by local police. Reportedly a southbound 1998 Dodge Intrepid driven by Latasha Huffman of Webster City was stopped at the stop sign when she proceeded into the intersection striking the left side of a westbound 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Lawrence Yates also of Webster City. Both drivers escaped injury in the accident. Damage to the Huffman car was estimated at 1000 dollars and an estimated 500 dollars in damage was done to the Yates pickup. Investigating officer Brandon Pritchard charged Latasha Huffman with Failure to Have a Valid Driver's License and Failure To Yield Upon Entering a Street.

Siepker announces retirement as St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary Principal.
Posted: Oct 09 2014 by ppowers

 At their meeting Wednesday evening,the St. Thomas Aquinas School Board learned of the resignation of principal Duane Siepker. The resignation will take effect at the end of the current school year. This was the second time Siepker has been principal at the parochial school. The first time was from 1997 to 2003. After he left Webster City, Siepker was principal at Seton Catholic School in Ottumwa, Sacred Heart School in Boone, and St. Cecelia's School in Ames. Siepker returned to St. Thomas Aquinas School in the fall of 2012. He has been involved in education for nearly 50 years as a teacher and administrator. The St. Thomas Aquinas School Board will be working with the Catholic Schools department of the Archdiocese of Dubuque to begin the work of finding Siepker's replacement in the coming weeks. It is hoped that a new principal will be hired in time for next school year.

Hamilton County Conservation sponsoring Autumn Night Hike
Posted: Oct 07 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Department invites the public to a Autumn Night Hike on Saturday,October 18 at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. "Iowa's Nocturnal Animals" is the theme of this family oriented event. A free meal will be served from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. sponsored by Boman Funeral Home. Visitors will learn what nocturnal animals roam around at night at Briggs Woods Park. There will be information on coyotes, raccoons, owls, bobcats and more. You are asked to park at the beach parking lot and walk the bike trail to shelter number 2 for the meal.The hike will start every ten minutes starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. A maximum of 30 people per group is permitted. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather. All ages are welcome. Those planning to participate are asked to call the Hamilton County Conservation Office at 832-9570.

Arts R Alive Sculpture tour set for Sunday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 07 2014 by ppowers

 Arts R Alive Sculpture tour will be held on October 12, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  The tour will begin  at 1:45 PM at the West Twin Park Shelter where students from the Webster City High School Art Club and Arts R Alive members will be handing out maps.  Speakers and artists who will be at the various sculpture locations include Tim and Sherry Adams, Jim Bergkamp, Will Groves, Nancy Kayser and Maureen Seamonds.  After the tour visitors are encouraged to stop back at the Shelter for Hot Cider and Cinnamon Donuts.  The tour is sponsored by the Take Pride in Webster City Arts R Alive committee.  For more information please call 515-832-4547.  Rain date is October 19.

Webster City City Council looks at plans for ash tree removal and electrical line trimming contract.
Posted: Oct 07 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council Monday afternoon discussed the plans for the removal of ash trees in the city due to the reports of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle found in Boone and Story counties. Webster City City Manager Ed Sadler said the current contract does have some special considerations to address including three areas in the city with varying number of ash trees.Graceland Cemetery has approximately 75 trees that will need to be removed. The city staff proposes to accomplish this by only removing 20 trees this first year and each successive year until complete. This includes a plan to replace 12 of these 20 with transplants, container plants and or seedlings as determined by the Cemetery Maintenance Staff. Wilson Brewer Park has 6 ash trees that would need to be removed with further plans to replace half of those removed with transplants or container plants at least 3/4 inches in diameter or greater. Wehrheim Park only has 5 young trees that would need to be removed as part of the contract.  The council has previously awarded tree trimming contracts as an outgoing process that they have bid every year for electrical line clearing. In the past the city has just removed Ash trees that were in the way of electrical lines. It is the expansion to remove all Ash trees in the right of way that is different  than in the past.  The funding for the removal project will come for the city's electric funds. Webster City City Council members voted to send out requests for pricing for tree trimming and Ash tree removal. The proposals are due by October 14 at 5:00 p.m.and reviewed at the October 20th council meeting.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Oct 03 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors room of the county courthouse in Clarion. There will be a discussion on funding the shower and restroom facility at Lake Cornelia Park. The appointment of Jeremy Dodge as a Wright County Sheriff's Deputy will be made. A contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation to work within the Drainage District 36 right of way on Highway 3 will be approved. There will be a public hearing on the annexation of additional lands into drainage district 39 will be held at 10:00 a.m.

KQWC AM and FM sold to Riverfront Broadcasting,LLC.
Posted: Oct 03 2014 by ppowers

 NRG Media LLC announced Thursday the sale of its Northwestern Iowa radio properties in Algona, Boone,Humboldt and Webster City to Riverfront Broadcasting LLC. The seven radio properties include KLGA FM and KLGZ AM and FM in Algona, KWBG in Boone, KHBT-FM IN Humboldt and KQWC AM and FM in Webster City. NRG Media Chief Executive Officer Mary Quass said the new owners are a perfect match for the Northwe...stern Iowa stations,"It has been great working with the radio teams in all four markets. They have been an integral part of the company for years and a significant contributor to the company's growth. Quass added that at the same time,she is equally excited for the stations. Riverfront Broadcasting shares the same culture. Quass said she is confident they have a robust broadcasting future ahead. Riverfront Broadcasting LLC in Yankton, South Dakota and currently owns stations in Pierre, Mitchell and Yankton,South Dakota. Owned by Carolyn and Doyle Becker, Riverfront Broadcasting LLC launched in 2004 with properties in Nebraska City,Nebraska and has grown to include 7 markets and 15 stations including many properties when it was in partnership with Waitt Media. As a family owned operation,Riverfront Broadcasting LLC brings a dedicated sense of purpose to their operation. Carolyn Becker owner of Riverfront Broadcasting LLC believes in serving the local communities and taking care of their clients,listeners and employees. This is not going to change with the ownership. Co-owner of Riverfront Broadcasting LLC, Doyle Becker said the company has had a fantastic relationship with NRG Media over the years and are excited to expand the company footprint into Iowa. The sale is expected to be completed by December 31,2014. With the change in ownership there will be no changes in programming and staff at the stations.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 02 2014 by ppowers

 The next Webster City City Council meeting will be Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the council chambers. The items for discussion will include a resolution authorizing and approve entering into a 28E agreement between the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and the City of Webster City Police Department, consider a motion on a request to proceed with replacing of replacing the methane gas burner line at the Wasterwater Plant which will be over budget by $393 and make a motion on the second reading of the proposed ordinance on enforcing public offenses. The first reading of a proposed ordinance on signs will be read at Monday's council meeting. A motion on setting property values will be reviewed by the council members. There will be a public hearing on the proposed sale of city owned property located in Webster City with the motion on an offer to purchase 1700 Second Street. The Webster City City Council will meet in a closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring performance or discharge is being considered.

Retail Job Fair comes to Fort Dodge.
Posted: Oct 02 2014 by ppowers

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance will sponsor a Retail Job Fair on Tuesday,October 7 from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. Visitors will learn about over 100 job opportunities in the area with new and existing businesses. The event will be held at Iowa Central Community College's Bioscience and Health Sciences Building at 1 Triton Circle in Fort Dodge. Area retailers such as Menards, Wal-Mart and the new Sassy Strawberry frozen yogurt will be present at the Retail Job Fair with applications and information regarding employment. To learn more and to view a running list of employers that will be attending the Retail Job Fair, you may contact Emily Mason at 515-955-5500 or by e-mailing at Emily@greaterfortdodge.com. The event is sponsored by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance's Workforce Committee,Iowa Works and the Iowa Central Community College.

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