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Stratford School Board to meet Wednesday evening.
Posted: Oct 15 2014 by ppowers

 The October Stratford Community School Board meeting is Wednesday evening at 5:30 at the school library in Stratford. The board will look at the district's at risk program, review certified enrollment figures and an estate settlement. Superintendent Sarah Binder will present a report on student achievement, plans for parent meetings and family nights, professional growth and development and a TLC update. There will be the first reading on board policies for employees, students and education program. The Stratford board will have a Monsanto check presentation ceremony plus other matters.

Boone investigating cyber crime incident.
Posted: Oct 15 2014 by ppowers

 Authorities in Boone announced Tuesday that they are investigating a report of a male juvenile high school student attempting to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile high school student. An arrest has been made for the charge of extortion. The incident happened in late August. Upon further investigation,it was revealed that numerous past and present High School students  were in control and operated several online based storage accounts that contained various photographs and videos of nude juvenile females. Over 100 users had access to the accounts. Boone Police said it appears the collection was amassed over several years by area high school students. During the investigation law enforcement officers seized and took over several separate online based accounts and email accounts that contained the nude pictures and videos  of the female high school juveniles. Several search warrants have  been executed and legal processes have been put in place to maintain and secure the digital evidence. As of Tuesday, multiple females mostly minors have been identified on the accounts in question. The Boone County Attorney’s Office,Boone Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit are working to identify each and every invididual in the videos and photos. Notification to the victims and their families has already begun. The Boone ACCESS Assault Care Center is providing victim services to those who may be affected by this incident. Additional charges could be forthcoming.Authorities in Boone announced Tuesday that they are investigating a report of a male juvenile high school student attempting to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile high school student. An arrest has been made for the charge of extortion. The incident happened in late August. Upon further investigation,it was revealed that numerous past and present High School students  were in control and operated several online based storage accounts that contained various photographs and videos of nude juvenile females. Over 100 users had access to the accounts. Boone Police said it appears the collection was amassed over several years by area high school students. During the investigation law enforcement officers seized and took over several separate online based accounts and email accounts that contained the nude pictures and videos  of the female high school juveniles. Several search warrants have  been executed and legal processes have been put in place to maintain and secure the digital evidence. As of Tuesday, multiple females mostly minors have been identified on the accounts in question. The Boone County Attorney’s Office,Boone Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit are working to identify each and every invididual in the videos and photos. Notification to the victims and their families has already begun. The Boone ACCESS Assault Care Center is providing victim services to those who may be affected by this incident. Additional charges could be forthcoming.

Warm Hearts Warm Homes in need of volunteers.
Posted: Oct 15 2014 by ppowers

 The Central Iowa R.S.V.P. in partnership with several other local community organizations is seeking volunteers for the upcoming Warm Hearts Warm Homes Winter Weatherization program to be held in Webster City on Saturday,November 15. Volunteer teams of four to five members are being sought to provide the manual labor to assist low income individuals and families, the elderly, veterans and the families of thse currently deployed with basic winter weatherization services. Services will include putting plastic around windows, sealing leaks in doors and windor frames and the installation of door sweeps. Those interested in receiving assistance with winter weatherization of their homes are encouraged to pick up an application at the Upper Des Moines Opportunity office, Hamilton County Public Health or the Veteran's Affairs Office in Webster City.The project goal is to service 30 homes and to have 15 volunteer teams. The teams will assemble at 8:00 a.m. at the Central Iowa RSVP office at 749 Second Street to receive their instructions and partake in a free breakfast prior to heading out to conduct their winter weatherization efforts. Teams will be done no later than noon. If you would like more information on submitting an application or to register your team, contact volunteer coordinator Becky Koppen at Central Iowa R.S.V.P. at 515-832-2525.

Hawk Pride Awards presented Monday evening at South Hamilton School Board meeting.
Posted: Oct 14 2014 by ppowers

 The South Hamilton Community School Board Monday evening presented the first ever Hawk Pride-Friends of Education Awards. The awards will be presented at each monthly meeting. The first Hawk Pride- Friend of Education award went to Scott Ervin with the Hawk Pride-Superior Achievement Award presented to Rusty Wintermote. Will Johnston was re-elected as school board president with Joely Swenson named as school board vice-president. South Hamilton Superintendent Ken Howard discussed the October 1 Professional Development Day with the board. He said the teaching staff toured the buildings during the day. The groups provided lists of ideas, concerns, and more that will be added to the information gathered from other upcoming stakeholder tour data to create an updated facilities that needed inventory.

In other matters, the South Hamilton school board approved the recommendation and purchase proposal/request made by Technology Director Loyal Winborn for purchasing up to 150 Chromebooks for students. Specific information and outline for the Chromebooks will be shared at a later time. Board meetings will continue to be held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. for the 2014-15 school year. Marv Penning was approved to serve on the South Hamilton School District Foundation Board for a three year term replacing Alex Woodall. South Hamilton board members approve the district's administrative team's recommendation to utilize the services of Teen Driver,Incorporated for driver education services for next summer. Next month the board will be receiving an overview of the enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. The numbers are being worked on at this time.

In personnel matters, the South Hamilton school board approved the hiring of Don Burton as junior varsity boys basketball coach, Megan Miller as wrestling cheer coach, Katie Hale as basketball cheer coach and Alexis Schnieder as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor. 

 

Eagle Grove man injured in Sunday evening motorcycle accident in Humboldt County
Posted: Oct 14 2014 by ppowers

 A 50 year old Eagle Grove motorist was injured Sunday evening in a motorcycle accident in eastern Humboldt County. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department reported an eastbound 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle  operated by Robert Wepel was traveling on Highway 3. As he neared the intersection with Highway 17, the motorcycle left the roadway and overturned. Wepel was transported to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge for treatment of his injuries.

Kendall Young Library Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Oct 13 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the downstairs meeting room of the library. Board members will discuss the sending of the fund raising letter to those who have contributed to the library in the past. A discussion on the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds will be held. Director Angie Martin Schwarze will present her report to the board on current activities at the library. The Farmer's National Report will be presented by Richard Carlson.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Oct 13 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The board will look at reports from the clerk of court, county sheriff and the second judicial district. There will be personnel action with the county assessor and the emergency management office. Resolutions to cancel outstanding warrants and a tax abatement will be considered. The board will consider approval to proceed with the final plans and purchase the right of way for a culvert project on county road D-25 west of Interstate 35 in rural Hamilton County plus other matters.

Nice day for a sculpture tour in Webster City.
Posted: Oct 13 2014 by ppowers

 

The statue of Abraham Lincoln at Webster City High School was one of the stops during the Arts R Alive Sculpture Tour Sunday afternoon sponsored by the Take Pride 4 Arts Alive Committee. Wil Groves described the statue that was presented to Lincoln High School in Webster City 101 years ago in 1913. The statue moved from Lincoln to the present location of the high school on Lynx Avenue over 50 years ago. Lincoln High School where the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center on Des Moines Street is now located on Des Moines Street.Other stops included the Butterfly Garden Sculpture at the east end of Third Street, the statues at the old post office at Des Moines and First Streets, the Red Bull Division sculpture near the Hamilton County Courthouse and more. An estimated 30 people took part in the afternoon tour. After the tour refreshments were served in the West Twin Park shelter.

CROP Walk draws 50 to Brewer Creek Park.
Posted: Oct 13 2014 by ppowers

 

An estimated 50 people participated in Sunday afternoon's  CROP Hunger Walk at Brewer Creek Park in Webster City. The annual event is to help raise money for the work of Church World Service with a portion of the funds to return to Hamilton County to be used for the food pantry at Upper Des Moines Opportunity in the ACE Building on East Second Street. The walk was sponsored by the Webster City Ministerial Association. The participating were asked to bring peanut butter and bars of soap to help stock up the food pantry. There is no final figure on how much was collected in Sunday's walk.

Webster City Fire Department investigate car fire Saturday evening.
Posted: Oct 13 2014 by ppowers

 

The Webster City Fire Department were summoned to a car fire early Saturday evening in the 1200 block of Second Street. When firemen arrived, flames were originating from the engine compartment to a 1981 Plymouth Horizon driven by Justin Stein of Webster City and owned by Michael Rockwell also of Webster City. Stein said he filled the car with gasoline at a nearby service station. A short time later the car was caught fire. Firemen used water, foam and dry powder extinguisher to put out the blaze. Stein escaped injury. Local fire trucks were on the scene for a half hour with the Webster City Police Department providing traffic assistance. The cause of the car fire has been undetermined.

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