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A night of wrestling to be one of the highlights at the 2016 Hamilton County Fair.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 Work on this year's 99th annual Hamilton County Fair is underway. The dates for this year's fair will July 19 to 24. One of the new grandstand entertainment features will be a night of Impact Pro Wrestling and Trailer Races set for Friday,July 22. The fair will feature the Hamilton County Fair Queen Coronation on Wednesday,July 20,two nights of racing on July 21 and 23 and the Demolition Derby set for Sunday,July 24. The annual parade to kick off the fair will be Tuesday,July 19 through the downtown area of Webster City. There will be more information coming from fair officials on the exposition.

Clarion man injured in Friday night snowmobile accident near Alden.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 A 29 year old Clarion man was injured in a snowmobile accident Friday night near Alden in Hardin County. The Iowa State Patrol reported a 2007 Polaris snowmobile operated by Eric Weber was traveling southbound through a farm field when he did not notice a gravel road in front of him. The Weber snowmobile went over the roadway,went airborne with the driver ejected. Weber was flown by air care to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. His condition is not known as of this morning. The accident remains under investigation.

Graceland Cemetery Advisory Committee to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 The Graceland Cemetery Advisory Committee will meet Thursday afternoon,January 28 at 4:00 p.m.  The committee will review the rules and regulations of the cemetery. There will also be a review of the current fees and charges for the opening of graves, lot sales, monument permits, easement change and miscellaneous fees. The Graceland Cemetery Advisory Committee will discuss the possibility of a proposed pet cemetery plus other matters.

Sadler one of the finalists for Sidney,Nebraska city manager position.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 Webster City city manager Ed Sadler is one of three finalists for the position of city manager in Sidney,Nebraska. Interviews with Sadler and the two other candidates will take place this week. The two other candidates are  Cheryl Beatty, the assistant city manager and finance director of Junction City,Kansas and Dan Dean, a former town manager in Mead,Colorado.Sadler has been city manager in Webster City since June,2006.He has more than 30 years of experience in local and state governments. Sadler was assistant city manager for Aspen,Colorado before moving to Webster City.  Sidney is located in the western part of Nebraska with a population of approximately 6,800 residents.

Wright County is the latest Home Base Iowa Community.
Posted: Jan 22 2016 by ppowers

 State officials announced today that Wright County received designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) Community. Through this process, Wright County has demonstrated their commitment to hiring, supporting and welcoming veterans into their community. Business and community leaders, along with local veteran organizations, attended the designation ceremony held at the Heartland Museum.

Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program assisting veterans and transitioning service members. Currently, Iowa’s unemployment rate is under four percent, but businesses need skilled workers. This program helps connect these businesses with qualified veterans looking for career opportunities. Countless resources help veterans and their families with education and in transitioning to a new community with focused support and individuals who want to help. Home Base Iowa’s private-public partnership provides a high level of commitment and resources for our veterans, transitioning service members and their families.

The program works to connect transitioning military members with quality jobs in Iowa companies.  Iowa has much to offer veterans and transitioning service members -- including no state taxes on military pension, a cost of living below the national average and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. To date, members of the Iowa Business Council, Iowa’s largest employers, have hired more than 1,700 employees through Home Base Iowa.

Home Base Iowa designates qualified communities based on four standards:  10 percent of hiring businesses within the community must become Home Base Iowa businesses, the community must develop an incentive package for veterans and an HBI signage plan to prominently display the designation. Communities must also obtain a resolution of support from the appropriate local governing body. Wright County met these criteria and will offer an incentive package that includes various discounts for veterans, first-time home buyer or home renovating incentives, and assistance to any veteran seeking employment within the community.

Home Base Iowa is a unique, non-profit private-public partnership that focuses on recruiting veterans and active duty service members for quality, well-paying private-sector jobs in Iowa. The Home Base Iowa Act provides the following incentives for veterans;

  • Military Pension Income Tax Exemption - fully exempts military pensions from state income tax.
  • Permissive Veterans Hiring Preference - allows veterans preferential treatment in hiring decisions for both public and private organizations.
  • Military Homeownership Assistance Program - provides veterans $5,000 toward down payment or closing costs of a home by using the Iowa Finance Authority program.
  • Higher Education Incentives – provides automatic, in-state tuition to veterans, their spouse and their dependents.

The initiative is currently co-chaired by Congressman Leonard Boswell and Casey’s CEO Bob Meyers, both of whom are veterans themselves. For more information on Home Base Iowa, please visit www.HomeBaseIowa.gov

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Jan 22 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors office in Clarion. The board will receive the county treasurer's semi-annual report,approve a tax suspension request per DHS eligibility and a meeting with Shelly Zabel with Community and Family Resources to give update on their program and funding request. There will also budget meetings with county officials as a part of the meeting.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday morning.
Posted: Jan 22 2016 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County Conservation Board meeting will be Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office south of Webster City. The board will be updated on the construction of the new cabin at Briggs Woods Park. The annual report by Jason Gilmore on the activities at Little Wall Lake Park. A memorandum of understanding with Legacy Learning Boone River Valley will be presented. In another matter, the Hamilton County Conservation Board will take a look at the 2016-17 fiscal year budget. Conservation director Brian Lammers will present his report on activities in the park and recreation areas of Hamilton County.

Conversation on Industry in Webster City set for January 27.
Posted: Jan 21 2016 by ppowers

 All Cultures Equal of Webster City will sponsor an International Dinner and Conversation with Industry on Wednesday evening, January 27. The event will be held at the ACE Center at 1440 East Second Street from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. Officials with Webster City Custom Meats, Van Diest Supply Company, Iowa Select Farms and All Culture Equal will discuss about employment issues. This is the second in the series of meetings focusing on various topics. The cost is $10 per person For reservations please call the A.C.E. at 515-832-4153.

School calendar for 2016-17 will be discussed at next Webster City school board meeting.
Posted: Jan 21 2016 by ppowers

 When the Webster City Community School Board meets Monday evening, there will be an initial discussion of the 2016-17 school calendar.The board will set a public hearing date for next year's school calendar. A review of the informal board meeting with the Stratford and Northeast Hamilton school boards will be presented. Topics for future work sessions will be discussed.The Webster City school board wll approve the applications for early retirement and resignations plus other matters. Meeting time is at 6:00 p.m. at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street.

Hagenson to retire in December as Hamilton County Sheriff.
Posted: Jan 20 2016 by ppowers


After a long career of service to the people of Hamilton County, Denny Hagenson has announced that he will be retiring as county sheriff at the end of the year. Hagenson made the announcement of his retirement to his staff on Tuesday. He joined the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1994.For 21 years he was employed as an officer for the Hamilton County Conservation Department. Hagenson was elected as county sheriff in 2004 when he succeeded retiring sheriff ...Scott Anderson.He will have served the citizens of the county for 12 years when he retires on December 31,2016. Since the announcement was made by Hagenson on Tuesday morning, William Derrig and Ken Peck have announced their intentions to run for Hamilton County Sheriff as Republican candidates in the June 7th primary election.

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