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Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Nov 09 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the board room of the county courthouse. The agenda will include reports from the Freedom Rock Committee,Elderbridge Agency on Aging and the Clerk of Court. There will be personnel issues with the Hamilton County Social Services and Sheriff's Departments.Contracts and agreements with Thermal Services, U.S. Cellular and Community and Family Resources plus other matters. 

Fort Dodge man charged after early morning chase on Saturday.
Posted: Nov 09 2015 by ppowers

 An 18 year old Fort Dodge man is in the Webster County Jail this afternoon after he was arrested early this morning after a high speed chase through the city. At about 4:20 this (Saturday) morning,Fort Dodge officers were dispatched to the Marian Home at 2400 Sixth Avenue North for a report of a suspicious person peeking inside the windows with flashlights. When the officers arrived they noticed a truck in the area of the Marion Home. Officers attempted to stop the truck howe...ver the driver sped off and refused to stop for the officer. A short pursuit then ensued through the residential area. The pursuit ended when the driver of the truck, Onterrail Altman,Jr.,struck a utility pole at North 22nd Street and 16th Avenue North. He then fled on foot through a yard and into a nearby wooded area. Altman was then apprehended by Fort Dodge Police. He is facing charges of Driving Under Suspension, Speeding, Reckless Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, Carrying Weapons, Eluding Law Enforcement and Interference with a Weapon. After being treated at Unity Point Hospital for minor injuries,Altman was transported to the Webster County Jail. A Fort Dodge Police patrol unit was damaged in the pursuit.

Hamilton County Democrats to co-host an event in Ames on November 15.
Posted: Nov 09 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Democratic Party is co-hosting a presidential candidate event in Ames that will feature former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Sunday, November 15.The mid-day event is the Central Iowa Democrats’ Fall Barbecue to be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on the ISU Campus on Mortensen Road (west of the Reiman Gardens). The program will begin at 12:30 pm and doors will open by 11:30 am.Tickets are being reserved at a brisk pace and are available online or through local Democratic Party committees in the host counties of Hamilton, Hardin, Boone and Story. Admission for the barbecue is $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Only a limited number of meal tickets will be available at the door. A $10 ticket can be purchased for admission to the event without the meal. Proceeds of the fundraiser will be shared by local Democratic Parties of the four host counties, as well as the student organization, ISU College Democrats.While Clinton and O’Malley will both be present to speak on behalf of their presidential campaigns, the third major candidate, Vermont Senator Bernie Saunders, will be represented by Cornel West. West is a prominent academic and activist.Sunday’s fall barbecue is the first major event planned jointly by the Hamilton, Hardin, Boone and Story County Democratic Parties. Local party leaders say they chose to offer a relatively low-cost ticket to attract a large crowd and scheduled the event to follow the 2nd Democratic Presidential Primary debate which will be held the prior evening (Nov. 14) in Des Moines.


Grant applications invited for Williams Morrison Trust.
Posted: Nov 06 2015 by ppowers

 The William Morrison Trust was established in 1950 under the Will of William Morrison with the sole purpose being to benefit the needy people of Webster City,Iowa. The Trust is now accepting  grant proposals for such projects.Proposals for projects will be accepted from individuals, churches, organizations, schools or governmental bodies. Requests for general operational funds will not be considered. Morrison was born in 1858 in Salem,New York. He moved to Hamilton County and farmed for many years before moving to Webster City after he was married in 1926. Morrison's generous bequest has been funding projects for the needy in Webster City for over 64 years. An advisory board of local citizens meets to select projects for the trust to support. The trust is managed by its trustee, First State Bank of Webster City. Grant applications can be picked up at First State Bank in Webster City or you can request a grant application by emailing willj@fsbwc.com. Questions should be directed to Will Johnston at the First State Bank Trust Department at 515-832-2520. The deadline for returning the applications is Friday, December 4,2015.

Kendall Young Library Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Nov 06 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the library. The board will discuss a security camera policy,plan the 2016 budget,plans for the annual appeal and a collection development policy update. There will also be a report by director Angie Martin Schwarze on current activities at the library. Richard Carlson of Farmers National Company will present his report to the board on the operation of the library farm plus other matters.

Rotary Leadership Banquet set for Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Posted: Nov 06 2015 by ppowers

 The 67th annual Webster City Rotary Club Leadership Banquet is this Tuesday,November 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church beginning at 6:00 p.m. The local service club will honor the students from South Hamilton and Webster City High Schools for their role in the classroom and the community. Featured speaker for the evening is Drake University Law Professor James Albert. Albert has been with the school for 34 years. He is the author of several books. Albert is the president of a foundation that builds classrooms in the jungle of Belize and sends hundreds of impoverished children to high school in Belize who, without his foundation, would never have been able to walk through the front door of a high school.There will be 30 students to be honored by the Rotarians this year. The South Hamilton students to be honored include Alesha Arnold, Brady Berg, Abby Elsner, Diana Garcia, Alyssa Hegland, Raquel Holt, Noelle Houck,Michael Lewis, Landon Quam, Matthew Schroeder, Salena Schmitz and Troy Woodall. The Webster City High School students to be honored by the Rotary Club include Caitlyn Anderson,Jenna Arbaugh, Courtney Biere,Cassidy Bultena, Landon Daniels, Courtney Elsberry, Ryan Ferrari, Allie Flaws, Ashley Flaws,Connor Foster, Kenzie Garvey, Caroline Hippen, Gabbie Hoversten, Cassidy Janssen,Victor Jergens,Kayla Miller, Collin Oswald and Cole Zahn.

Clarion City Council discusses building permit issue.
Posted: Nov 06 2015 by ppowers

 At their meeting earlier this week, the Clarion City Council met with a group of residents regarding the building permit requested by Jeff Hamilton to build a garage on his property at 802 Third Street Southwest. The residents echoed concens about the condition of Hamilton's property and its effect on their home values and the way it detracts from the appearance of their neighborhood. Their concerns also included if and when the project would be completed. After much discussion the Clarion City Council agreed that while the neighbors' concerns are valid, Hamilton's request does comply with all City Ordinances and Codes. Clarion mayor Mike Nail told the council members that he was removing the Hamilton building permit from consent agenda and would be voted as a separate item. The council approved the building permit for Hamilton.

Everything is ready for Warm Hearts Warm Homes this Saturday.
Posted: Nov 05 2015 by ppowers

 Eleven teams from across Webster City will be participating in Saturday's annual "Warm Hearts Warm Homes" Winter Weatherization program sponsored by Central Iowa R.S.V.P. The volunteers from each team will be weatherizing homes. The task will include putting plastic around windows, sealing leaks in doors and window frames, and installing door sweeps. There will be 24 homes that will invite the volunteers representing Webster City banks, schools, churches and the Iowa Central Community College nursing students. There is still a need for a few more volunteers. You may call the R.S.V.P. office in Webster City at 515-832-2525.

Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Nov 05 2015 by ppowers

 The November meeting of the Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission will be Monday evening at 7:00 in the Sampson Room at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center. The agenda will include the consideration of the Minor Subdivision Plat of Malaise's Addition in Hamilton County. The commission will continue updating Webster City's sign ordinance plus other matters. that may come up at the meeting.

Adoption Saturday comes to Webster City on November 14.
Posted: Nov 05 2015 by ppowers

 Iowa KidsNet is proud to join child welfare advocates and families across the country in celebrating November’s National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness for the more than 107,000 children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted from foster care and to recognize the people who make a difference in their lives. “Iowans who serve as foster or adoptive parents can make a lifelong difference for children and teens in out-of-home care,” said Theresa Lewis, project director for Iowa KidsNet. “Every young person deserves to have a permanent connection to a caring adult.”


Iowa KidsNet is the single statewide contact for Iowans seeking to become foster parents or adopt from foster care. There is an ongoing need for more Iowans to serve their communities in this way, especially for those willing to foster or adopt teens, sibling groups and children with special needs or behaviors. There is also a need for more African American and Latino families to become foster or adoptive parents.According to the Iowa Department of Human Services, as of August 31, 2015, there were 798 children in Iowa who were legally eligible for adoption, meaning their parental rights have been terminated. These children and teens are currently placed in settings such as pre-adoptive homes, foster family homes, relative care or a non-family setting such as residential treatment, supervised apartment living or shelter care.


The need to establish permanent connections is especially urgent for older youth, said Lewis, whose family adopted a teenage boy from foster care in 2014. More than 23,000 teenagers turn 18 and age out of foster care each year without permanent family connections, and they need support to make a successful transition to adulthood.


“National Adoption Month reminds us that everyone, no matter their age, deserves and needs a family,” Lewis said. “Young people aging out of foster care deserve a home to visit during holidays and a caring person they can call upon when they need a listening ear. Many 18-year-olds need a parent’s guidance when it comes to navigating personal finance, obtaining healthcare or renting an apartment. These are all ordinary ways foster and adoptive parents can make an extraordinary difference.”Iowa will also host nine National Adoption Day events across the state this year. Celebrated nationwide during November’s National Adoption Month, National Adoption Day is a day when courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates come together to finalize adoptions of children from foster care. In 2014, approximately 4,500 children across the nation had their adoptions finalized at a National Adoption Day event.To learn more about becoming an Iowa foster parent or adopting from foster care in Iowa, attend a local information session. Learn more and see upcoming dates at www.IowaKidsNet.com.


Iowa KidsNet is a statewide collaboration of agencies that utilizes a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents. Iowa KidsNet is a partnership of six Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Children’s Square USA, Family Resources, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Quakerdale and Youth and Shelter Services. For more information, call 1-800-243-0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet.com.


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