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Roland Story School Board approves district tax rate for 2016-17.
Posted: Apr 13 2016 by ppowers

 The Roland Story Community School Board Monday evening approved its proposed budget for 2016-17. The 2016-17 tax rate will be approximately $12.02 per thousand of taxable valuation which is a decrease from this year's $12.10. The Roland Story school board approved the middle school roof replacement project in sections A and C for $106,500 from Academy Roofing. A quote from Peterson's Floors to replace carpeting in all three school buildings and to complete the baseboard replacement at the high school was approved totaling $38,478. The Roland Story school board also approved a quote from Baker Group for $9,944 to improve the drainage of a roof tile on the east side of the high school. Embark IT submitted a bid for $68,098 to replace the wireless internet system pending Federal E-rate funding approval. 

In other matters, the Roland Story school board approved the list of graduates pending successful completion of all district and state requirements. Requests for a foreign exchange students from Germany and The Netherlands were approved. Resignation requests were approved for high school math teacher Andrea Zalaznik,middle school secretary Karen Gogerty and preschool special education associate Sierra Healy. The volunteer contract for Mike Risdal for boys golf coach was approved. Letters of assignment were approved for preschool special education associate Nancy Anderson. The Roland Story school board approved contracts for Tanner Stutzman as high school vocal teacher and musical/variety show director and Phil Skamser as a fourth grade teacher. A contract between the school board and Roland Story Education Association for 2016-17 was approved which is an increase of 3.5 percent. The classified salary increase was approved to 2.5 percent. Roland Story school administrators will see a salary increase of 2.5 percent for next school year.


"Hawaiian Getaway" is the theme for Webster City High School Prom April 23.
Posted: Apr 13 2016 by ppowers

 The theme for this year's Webster City High School Prom is "Hawaiian Getaway". The school will be decked in honor of the 50th state on Saturday,April 23. The school will be open to the public from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. with visitors to use the north lobby doors to enter. The prom walk will be held at 3:00 in Prem Sahai Auditorium. The evening will feature the dance from 9 until 12 midnight with the After Prom party starting at 11:30 p.m.at the high school. Tuxedos will be picked from R Company at the After Prom event. Events at the After Prom will be volleyball,human foosball, ping pong, bean bag toss and ring toss with an appearance of the hypnotist at 3:00 a.m.. Sunday morning. David's Galley will take pictures of the Prom attendees at 1:30 a.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas Ball set for April 30.
Posted: Apr 13 2016 by ppowers

 "Let the Adventure Begin" is the theme of this year's Friends of St. Thomas Aquinas Ball set for Saturday evening,April 30 at the Parish Center on Des Moines Street. The ball is the major fund raiser for the local parochial school that has been in existence since 1952. The evening will begin at 6:00 with the social hour and silent auction. The Heads or Tails Game and Live Auction will start at 7:00 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 9:00 p.m. with the band Slipstream performing with the appearance sponsored by Life and Health Care. Another highlight of the evening is the raffle drawing set for approximately 10:30 on April 30. The grand prize this year is $10,000 in cash. Second Prize is $2,000. The third prize is $1,000 in SCRIP Gift Cards. Raffle tickets are one for $50 or three for $125. Tickets for the ball are $50 each and available at the school office.The ticket price includes three complimentary drinks,hors d'oeuvres from around the world, dessert and the night of entertainment. You may purchase your ball tickets at the school office or church office. The raffle tickets may be purchased at St. Thomas Aquinas School or from any ball committee member. There will be a preview of the ball on Friday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Center with wine and cheese to be served.For more information,please call the school office at 832-1346.

Webster City wins Tree City USA Award.
Posted: Apr 11 2016 by ppowers

 The City of Webster City was recently honored with the 2015 Tree City USA Award at the 26th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau April 7 at the Forte Banquet & Conference Center.


“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” says state forester Paul Tauke. “The City of Web...ster City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.”


Webster City was one of 81 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status. To receive the award, a city must, at a minimum, have either a city forester or an active city tree board; have a tree ordinance; spend at least $2 per capita annually for its community forestry program; and have a tree planting and maintenance plan.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Apr 11 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room of the Hamilton County Courthouse. The agenda will include personnel action with the Sheriff, Secondary Roads and Veteran Affairs departments. A contract with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will be considered.A fireworks permit and a liquor license will be approved. The board will consider an agreement with River City Communications. In other matters, the Hamilton County Supervisors will approve a resolution for a stop sign.The date and time will be set for the 2016 fiscal year budget amendment hearing and for a public hearing on the Master Matrix plus other matters.

Wright County Board of Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Apr 08 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors office in the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion. The board will meet with county engineer Adam Clemons on a bridge project for Troy Township and to look at summer help opportunities. A review and discussion on the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) for the 2017 fiscal year benefit plan options for the Wright County Employee Health Insurance plan with comparison to the side fund. A review of the budget amendments and set the budget amendment hearing will be on the meeting agenda plus other matters.

Special Webster City City Council meeting set for Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 08 2016 by ppowers

 A special meeting of the Webster City City Council will be held Monday evening,April11 at 5:30 p.m. The council will make a motion on the community cleanup-drop off event on June 3 and 4 at the Webster City Middle School parking lot. Another motion to be set will be a town hall meeting for Monday,May 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the middle school commons. The proposal to enter into an agreement and contract with GovHR USA of Northbrook,Illinois for a city manager search will be considered. The Webster City City Council will have a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost of the East Second Street Improvement Project beginning at 5:35 p.m. followed by a resolution approving the plans for the work. There will be a closed session of the council to discuss matters in litigation or where litigation is imminent.

Paul Juhl to present program on Mackinlay Kantor's Webster City on April 14 at Kendall Young Library.
Posted: Apr 07 2016 by ppowers

 Kendall Young Library in Webster City invites everyone to a program by Webster City native Paul Juhl on Thursday,April 14 at 6:30 in the downstairs meeting room of the library Juhl will share stories from his book, "Mackinlay Kantor's Webster City,Iowa". The event is being held in conjunction with National Library Week. Copies will be available for purchase and signing for $25.00 each. Proceeds of the book will go toward the Friends of Kendall Young Library. There will also be a meeting of the Friends of Kendall Young Library prior to the presentation.

Ground breaking held Thursday for new AgSource Laboratories facility in Ellsworth.
Posted: Apr 07 2016 by ppowers



A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the new location of AgSource Laboratories in Ellsworth. The new building will be a 15,000 square foot fully integrated facility.  AgSource Laboratories Vice President of Laboratory Operations Steve Frack said the staff is excited about the move which will enable the company to more efficiently serve the needs of customers. Consolidating all functions under one roof will streamline the sample process from shipping and receiving to drying, grinding and sample preparation as well as actual laboratory analysis and reporting.  Frack said the company will have the luxury of designing the laboratory layout themselves which will improve work flow for both the agricultural testing side and also the water and environmental testing labs.  The new facility will be up and running prior to this August. It will be located just off Interstate 35. AgSource Laboratories is working in partnership with the City of Ellsworth and the Ellsworth Development Group which includes representatives from Midland Power Cooperative, Ellsworth Cooperative Telephone Association and the Corn Belt Power Cooperative.  AgSource is a leader in agricultural and environmental laboratory testing and information management services.

South Hamilton Community School Board will meet Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 07 2016 by ppowers

 Two public hearings will  be a part of Monday evening's South Hamilton Community School Board meeting. The first hearing will be on the proposed 2016-17 school budget. The second hearing will on amending the current 2016 fiscal year budget. The South Hamilton board will present the Hawk Pride-Friend of Education Award to Terri Cook on Monday. In other matters, the school board will discuss the master contract agreement for the South Hamilton Education Association for the 2016-17 school year and to issue the contracts for next school year. There will be a look at personnel issues. A resolution authorizing the issuance of $9,900,000 in General Obligation School Bonds for the school renovation project will be looked at. The board will receive updates by prinicpals Scott Dryer and Paul Hemphill and from superintendent Ken Howard. Monday's meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school board room in Jewell.

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