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More donations needed for Coats for Kids.
Posted: Sep 29 2016 by ppowers

 Officials with Upper Des Moines Opportunity are in need of more coats for the Coats for Kids project. There is a great need for adult sized coats for teenage kids plus the need for monetary gifts. If you would like to make a donation, you may bring your coats and or monetary donations to the Hamilton County Upper Des Moines Opportunity office at 711 Seneca Street. For more information,please call UDMO at 515-832-6451 between 8 and 4 weekdays.

Cruise to the Woods return Sunday
Posted: Sep 28 2016 by ppowers

 One of the biggest classic car and truck shows returns this Sunday with the annual Cruise to the Woods sponsored by the W.C. Cruisers. The cruise will be held Sunday,October 2 at the former SunKissed Meadows Golf Course which is a 30 acre park along the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge. The day will feature over 1,200 classic autos with ten cruise routes from across Iowa. There will be door prizes, music and trophies. The cruise will leave Stratford at 10:30 Sunday morning. There will be no Saturday events as in years' past. The cruise has been held for over 30 years. It was first held at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City but later moved to Dayton and eventually to Fort Dodge. You can find out more about the Cruise to the Woods by visiting wccruisers.com


Hamilton County Public Health to offer a flu shot clinic Wednesday.
Posted: Sep 27 2016 by ppowers

 Hamilton County Public Health will be holding a drive through flu clinic at the Webster City fire station this Wednesday,September 28 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. The clinic will feature both the regular and high dose flu vaccine. The regular dose is $25.00. Those age 65 and over attending are asked to bring their Medicare card. If you have any questions, please call 515-832-9565.

Monday is the final day to register for the Coats for Kids program sponsored by Upper Des Moines Opportunity.
Posted: Sep 23 2016 by ppowers

 This MondaySeptember 26  is the deadline for applications to be received for the annual Coats for Kids program through Upper Des Moines Opportunity. Eligible families are being asked to complete the application if your children are in need of a coat this winter. Income eligible families in Hamilton County with children up to age 18 are welcome to apply. In addition, interested individuals wanting to purchase a coat for one of the families may do so by visiting Mornin' Glory Coffee Shop at 719 Des Moines Street. Please drop off the new coat with the coat tag  to the UDMO office at 711 Seneca Street through September 30. Monetary donations are also accepted. For complete information please visit the UDMO office at 711 Seneca Street in Webster City or by calling 515-832-6451.

Wtight County Supervisors set August 8 for public hearing on urban renewal area for Prestage Foods plant.
Posted: Jul 12 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Monday, the Wright County Board of Supervisors set August 8 as the date for a public hearing on the designation of the Wright County Urban Renewal Area and on the Urban Renewal Area Plan and Project. The project involves the planned pork processing facility to be built by Prestage Foods,Incorporated to be located five miles south of Eagle Grove. 

The board also approved the 28-E agreement with the city of Dows for law enforcement services in the community beginning August 1,2016.

A group of residents from the Lake Cornelia area met with the supervisors on wild flowers in the ditch on the west side of Lake Cornelia. The supervisors recommended that the issues of wild flower and native grasses to be planted be presented to the Wright County Conservation Board at a future meeting. The area discussed was on O'Brien Avenue.

Hamilton County Conservation Board discuss cabin opening at Briggs Woods Park.
Posted: Jun 16 2016 by ppowers

 The date of July 1 is the scheduled opening day for the new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers informed the county conservation board Thursday afternoon that final there are some odds and ends that need to be finished up in the cabin. An open house for the Hickory Cabin attracted some 80 people on Tuesday evening as conservation staff gave tours of the building. 

The conservation board looked at capital equpment purchases for the 2017 fiscal year beginning in two weeks on July 1. There are plans to purchase a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck in the amount of $27,440 through state government bids with Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny. The new truck would replace a conservation patrol vehicle. Another item that is expected to be purchased is John Deere Pro Gator for $15,000. The board will take final action on the purchases next month.

Little Wall Lake residence roof quotes were tabled until a future meeting. There was also discussion on plans for the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards to be held in Fort Dodge and Webster City September 15 to 17. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,July 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office.

Jewell man charged with animal cruelty.
Posted: May 04 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Jewell Police took numerous calls on Tuesday afternoon on a report of  possible animal abuse regarding a Facebook video. Upon reviewing the video that was posted via Facebook,Hamilton County Deputy Ryan Rupiper observed a small Pitbull type puppy in immediate need of assistance. Additional law officers responded to the scene in Jewell. Contact was made with the owner of the puppy and voluntary entry was made to the residence. The puppy was immediately removed from the residence and transported to the Jewell Veterinary Clinic by law enforcement. The puppy's owner,22 year old Paul Gage Arndt of Jewell has pending charged for Animal Torture. As a result of the investigation, Arndt will also be charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Evidence was turned over to the Hamilton County Sheriff's office voluntarily. The case remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Hamilton County deputies were assisted by the Jewell Police Department and the Jewell Veterinary Clinic.

Man wanted in New Year's Day burglaries has been caught.
Posted: Mar 22 2016 by ppowers

 A West Des Moines man wanted in connection with two burglaries on New Year's Day has been arrested. 33 year old Matthew L. Moore was apprehended by Jasper County authorities. Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said Moore was taken to the Hamilton County Jail in Webster City where he is scheduled to make an initial appearance on a charge of third degree burglary. Moore is accused of breaking into Rungo's Bar on the morning of January 1. Later that same morning, the Iron Sadddle Saloon in Dayton was also broken into. After his initial appearance in Hamilton County,Moore is scheduled to make an appearance before the Webster County Magistrate with a date and time to be set. 

Please attend Power Up YOUth tonight at WC High School during Conferences.
Posted: Mar 10 2016 by nstark

Power Up YOUth invites parents & caregivers to test their knowledge (during Parent Teacher Conferences today from 2pm - 7pm) about indicators that their teen might be using drugs. Staff from Asbury, Community & Family Resources and UDMO will be on hand in the Plan Room at the Webster City High School (down hall near auditorium). They will have a mock bedroom set up. Adults are asked to enter the room to identify items that suggest drug use. A list will be shared so that parents can see if they missed any indicators. Please attend this if possible as it may be interesting and shocking.

Lankford arrested on additional sex abuse charges.
Posted: Mar 10 2016 by nstark

Case update - Lankford arrested on additional sex abuse charges. Lucas Lankford, 39, of Fort Dodge, is now facing additional charges related to the sexual abuse of a child. Lankford was initially arrested on 9/14/15, on 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, class "B" felonies. Lankford was out on bond set at $25,000. Through the ongoing investigation, dectives with Fort Dodge/Webster County Cyber Crimes Unit forensically examined digital data seized during the search... warrant on 9/14/15. On 3/8/16, Lankford was charged iwth the following additional charges: 3 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (class "B" felony), 3 counts of Incest (class "D" felony), and 1 count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, (class "C" felony). Lankford was arrested by Fort Dodge Police Detectives and returned to the custody of Webster County Jail. At his appearance on March 9th, 2016, Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered that Lankford be held on $100,000 cash only bond on the new charges. As with all cases, Mr. Lankford is considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

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