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Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jun 20 2015 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Hamilton County Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in their board room at the Hamilton County Courthouse. The items on the agenda include resolutions for appropriations for both the 2015 and 2016 Fiscal Years. There will be personnel aciton for the county emergency management, sheriff and social service departments followed by a cellular telephone reimbursement and 2016 fiscal year salary certifications. An appointment for a Hamilton County Mental Health Advocate will be made at Tuesday's meeting. In another matter, the Hamilton County Supervisors will set the date and time for a public hearing on the Master Matrix for Gourley Research Group L.L.C. There will also be a look at drainage issues for Farley,Johnson and Squaw Creek Lower Main drainage areas in the county plus other matters. Tuesday's supervisors meeting will be streamed on line at the www.hamiltoncounty.org website.


Hamilton County Crimestoppers chalks up another individual from its Most Wanted Poster.
Posted: Jun 19 2015 by ppowers

The nost recent Hamilton County Crimestoppers Most Wanted poster has netted yet another arrest. 26 year old Patrick David Morrow turned himself in to authorities at the Hamilton County Jail Thursday evening. Morrow was wanted on a two day mittimus for Operating While Intoxicated First Offense. Three others have been arrested since the poster appeared two weeks ago. The others included Joseph L. Craig Jr. for a violation of probation with the original charge being Driving While Barred, Heath F. Cahill for Contempt of Court for Domestic Abuse Second Offense and Garrett Russell Carpenter for Contempt of Court for Dangerous Drugs. There are six other individuals who are still wanted for different charges. You can find the Hamilton County Crimestoppers poster on the KQWC Facebook page,in a recent edition of the Daily Freeman Journal and the posters can also be picked up at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Webster City Police Department. All of the tips remain anonymous. If you have information please Hamilton County Crimestoppers at 515-832-8437 or 1-800-873-8477. You can also text your tips to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) with the keyword (IA40). The tipsoft program is sponsored by WCF Financial Bank

Fort Dodge motorist injured in a one vehicle accident south of Jewell Thursday evening.
Posted: Jun 19 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated a one vehicle accident south of Jewell on Highway 69 and 365th Street near Little Wall Lake Park early Thursday evening. Reportedly a northbound 2004 Lincoln Aviator driven by 48 year old Tammy S. Moore of Fort Dodge left the roadway entering the east ditch. Moore attempted to recover and over corrected the vehicle to the left forcing it to roll onto its top and into the west ditch where it struck an embankment at 365th Street. The Moore vehicle rolled onto its wheels sliding across 365th Street where it came to rest in the northwest ditch. Moore was air lifted to Unity Point Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment of her injuries. Her condition was not immediately known as of late Friday morning. The Moore vehicle was totaled as a result of the accident. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department assisted the Iowa State Patrol at the accident scene.

Arts R Alive Sculpture Committee accepting entries for sculpture contest.
Posted: Jun 19 2015 by ppowers

 The Arts R Alive Sculpture Committee will sponsor its fifth annual Public Art Sculpture Event in Webster City on August 5 and 6. The mission of the Arts R Alive Sculpture Committee and the objective of the project is to promote sculpture as a public art form and to showcase local and regional artists through partnerships between other art and cultural interests in the city, region and state. Up to ten sculptures will be chosen to be displayed. The ten artists will receive a monetary stipend and their works will be on exhibit for a year. Others may be removed anytime after October 15,2015. The sculptures will be located in West Twin Park. You can find out more about entering the contest by going online to www.wcpride.com


Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jun 19 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Tuesday morning at 9:30 at their office in Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. The board will review a golf course report, recieve a marketing update and contract with Prairie Rivers and a discussion on the cabin floor plan. There will also be an update by director Brian Lammers on current activities in the county park and wildlife areas.

Fort Dodge Police arrest juvenile in June 9 shooting.
Posted: Jun 19 2015 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police on Tuesday arrested a male juvenile wanted in connection with a shooting on June 9. The juvenile apprehended was charged with Attempted Murder, Going Armed with Intent and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon. The name of the juvenile is not being released at this time. The incident on June 9 happened at Fifth Avenue North and 10th Street when the juvenile allegedly shot 21 year old Joseph Guillen of Fort Dodge. He was first taken to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center and then to a Des Moines hospital by life flight for treatment of a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Guillen has since been released from the hospital. The second victim, a 15 year old whose name is not being released sustained a non life threatening wound to his hand. Fort Dodge Police said the investigation is still continuing. Anyone with information on the case should contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 515-573-1426.

Stratford School Board to meet June 24.
Posted: Jun 18 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Stratford Community School Board will be held Wednesday,June 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the school library. There will be a discussion on setting the registration and meal fees for the 2015-16 school year, approve the rates for the ELC (Early Learning Center and after school program.There will be the swearing in of the new board secretary. The dates of Auguust 11 and 12 will be the tentative dates set for back to school registration forthe 2015-16 school year. In other matters,Stratford school superintendent Sarah Binder will report on the summer school program,child care and on the distirct's Affirmative Action Plan. The board will accept a staff resignation and hiring a new vocal and instrumental music instructor. The district's 2014-15 transportation report and recommendations for the 2015-16 school year will be presented. An update on summer building projects will be shared to the board.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Jun 18 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board will be this Monday evening,June 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. The board will hear from four of the previous grant recipients on how they spent the grant money they were awarded. The groups include the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Doodle Bug Reunion, HERO and the Legacy Learning Center. The representatives will be offered five minutes each for their presentation followed by five minutes of questions from board members. Five group representatives will make their presentations for the request for funding. Janet Toering will speak for All Cultures Equal, Janet Adams for Arts R Alive in Webster City, Mike Brandrup for the Legacy Learning Boone River Valley,Deb Brown for the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Loween Getter for the Webster City Community Theater. Each of the representatives will be given ten minutes for their presentations plus five minute for questions. The board will make their final selections some time next week for final approval by the Webster City City Council at their July 6 council meeting.

Iowa Legacy Run coming to Webster City
Posted: Jun 18 2015 by ppowers

 This Saturday morning,June 20, the Webster City American Legion will welcome the participants in the Iowa Legacy Run Grand Ride. A breakfast will be served at the American Legion Hall downtown at 7:30 a.m. for the motorcyclists and the general public. A free will offering will be taken. Each of the motorcyclists are driving one thousand miles across Iowa beginning Friday raising funds for the Legacy Scholarship Fund. The main goal of the fund is to assist the children who lost a parent fallen in combat since 9/11 and planning to attend college. The federal government provides a stipend of around 37 thousand dollars for college of dependent children of deceased veterans. It is predicted that when a majority of these children come of age to attend college, the average cost will be in the neighborhood of $133,000 without a significant change in the federal allotment provided by the government. Last year through all the events and fund raising, the American Legion and the American Legion riders raised over one million dollars nationally. Iowa also received its first recipient of the Legacy Scholarship. Identities of the recipients are kept confidential. The motorcycle rally will finish in Des Moines at the Amvets Center on Sunday afternoon with the celebration set for 1:00 p.m. Donations for the Legacy Run Scholarship can be made to the Iowa Legacy Run in care of Triumph Community Bank, P.O. Box 1030 in Bettendorf, Iowa 52722.

September 8 is tentative date for an election at South Hamilton for building improvement projects
Posted: Jun 16 2015 by ppowers

 The South Hamilton Community School Board Monday evening set Tuesday,September 8 as a tentative date for a school bond election for improvements to the classrooms and other projects. Angelo Architectural Associates presented a total construction project cost at $8.8 million dollars. Some of the project highlights include a new auditorium addition, renovate the existing auditorium, a new fire sprinkler system, renovating three science classrooms, renovate the high school rotunda and two story library/commons area and new electrical lighting and power system upgrades for 60 percent of the building. Residents of the South Hamilton school district are invited to a series of informational meetings next week that will focus on the proposed construction project and the possible September 8 election. The meetings will be held at Elim Lutheran Church in Randall at 6:30 p.m on Tuesday, June 23. In Stanhope at the Community Center on Thursday,June 25 at 6:30 p.m. The final meeting will be in Ellsworth at the Public Library with the meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday,June 27. Facility tours will be offered at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday,June 23rd. You can find out more about the proposed school improvement project by visiting the South Hamilton School website.

In other matters, South Hamilton Superintendent Ken Howard informed the school board Monday evening on the district's Home School Assistance Program  (HSAP)for 2014-15. The district benefits from providing the services in that HSAP students are counted in the annual certified enrollment totals and a number of families choose to dual enroll and or send their children fulltime to South Hamilton. The funding derived from the state of Iowa for 2014-15 based upon HSAP enrollment exceeded the costs incurred by several hundred dollars. 

A report on summer projects was presented to the South Hamilton school board. The gym ceiling has been painted with the bleacher and flooring to be completed in the next two to three weeks.

In other matters, the South Hamilton school board approved the 2015-16 handbooks for students, parents and staff. A bid from Performance Concrete Polishing for VCT/mastic removal and decorative concrete application in the south hallways and art room was approved. The board tabled action on a contract with Angelo Architectural as the district's attorney Rick Engel has not completed the contract document review.  Resignations were accepted from elementary special education instructor Sari Terrones and middle/high school special education instructor Linda Janssen. The South Hamilton school board approved the hiring of Deborah Boldt for elementary special education, LaRonna Orr for middle school/high school special education and Myles Finn as  7 through 12th grade music instructor.

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