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Webster City School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 07 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:00 at the school administration building. Monday's agenda will include a transportation presentation by director Ted Larson, approve a fund raising request, and plans for the informal board meeting with Northeast Hamilton and Stratford school board officials on April 21 in Blairsburg. There will be a discussion on the end of the school year. The first reading on the school district wellness policy will be held. In personnel matters, the Webster City school board will consider resignations, approve contract recommendations and voluntary transfer requests plus other matters.

Relay for Life Pancake Fundraiser coming April 17.
Posted: Apr 07 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Relay for Life Commitee is hosting a Chris Cakes All You Can Eat Pancake Fundraiser at the Bridge at Des Moines and Division Streets in Webster City on Sunday,April 17. Serving time will be from 10:30 until 1:00 p.m. The cost is a freewill donation. The money raised will help support the work of the American Cancer Society in fighting this disease. There will be a gourmet dessert sale as a part of the fundraiser. The American Cancer Society has some promotional things they are giving out for all Hamilton County relay teams that register early. The goal is to have 20 teams for this year's relay set for Thursday,June 16 at West Twin Park from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. The relay will feature the same format of food,music,games,luminaries, a walking path and the survivors and caregivers walks. The Webster City Fire Station will serve as the Survivor Station for this year's relay with a free meal to be served to each survivor and guest. If you have any questions, please contact either Pat Nokes or Marsha Halbach in Webster City.

Roland Story Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 07 2016 by ppowers

 The April meeting of the Roland Story Community School Board will be this Monday evening at 6:30 at the high school boardroom in Story City. Two public hearings will be a part of the agenda. The first one is for the 2016-17 school budget. The second public hearing is for the roof project at the middle school. The Roland Story school board will approve the list of seniors for graduation, consider a request for a foreign exchange student,look at open enrollment requests, review personnel matters and a report by superintendent Matt Patton.

Highway 20 improvement meeting set for Tuesday in Fort Dodge.
Posted: Apr 04 2016 by ppowers

 The Iowa Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting Tuesday,April 5 to discuss the proposed improvement on U.S. 20 from Webster County P-59 east to the west junction of Highway 17 in Hamilton County. The proposed improvement is scheduled to take place in two phases. The first phase will be work on Webster County roads P-59 to just east of P-73 this year. The second phase will be east of Webster County Road P-73 to the west junction of Iowa 17 in Hamilton County would be tentatively completed in the next five years.  U.S. 20 traffic will be maintained during construction. Side road at grade intersections will be closed and traffic detoured during construction. Traffic at the westbound ramps of the west Iowa 17 interchange will be detoured to the east Iowa 17 interchange at Webster City. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Triton Room at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus at 2031 Quail Avenue in Fort Dodge.The meeting will be conducted utilitzing an open forum format. Iowa DOT  staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be made. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for March in Webster City.
Posted: Apr 01 2016 by ppowers

 Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation can best summarize Webster City's weather for the month of March. Precipitation for the month brought 1.70 inches of rain or melted precipitation and four inches of snow to the Webster City weather reporting station on Radio Hill. Normal precipitation for March is 2.18 inches of rain or melted precipitation with 5.7 inches of snowfall. Temperatures for the past month showed an average high of 51 degrees and the average low at 29 degrees. The warmest temperature for the month was 71 degrees set twice on March 7 and 8  and the coldest temperature was 3 degrees below zero on March 2. 

The National Weather Service outlook for Iowa for April is predicting temperatures to be above normal with equal chances of precpitation for the month ahead. Last April,the average high in Webster City was 62 degrees and the average low was 35. Total rainfall last April was 3.78 inches with a half inch of snow recorded. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

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.

Fatal Traffic Accident on Sunday, 3/6/16, involving 6 year old child
Posted: Mar 08 2016 by nstark

Captain Tony Janssen, states that the Webster City Police Department continues to investigate a fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred in the 1500 block of Bank Street Sunday afternoon at 3:45 P.M.

53 year old Wesley Newman from Webster City was west bound on a 1982 Handa Gold Wing motorcycle when he struck six year old Jason Ramos-Nolasco who had ridden his bicycle into the street from the high school parking lot.

Ramos-Nolasco was transported to Van Diest Medical Center by ambulance, then air lifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, where he later died from his injuries he had received in this accident.

Newman was examined by paramedics at the scene, but was not transported for medical treatment.

Agencies assisting with this investigation are the Iowa State Patrol, Hamilto County Sherriff Department, Van Diest Medical Center, and the Webster City Fire Department.

This accident remains under investigation by the Webster City Police Department and Iowa State Patrol. Criminal charges are pending the results of this investigation.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Mar 04 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City City Council is set for this Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the city hall council chambers. Monday's meeting will be the final one for Ed Sadler as city manager. The council will formally accept his resignation at this meeting.Kent Harfst will be appointed as interim city manager to take effect on March 11 at 5:00 p.m. The resignation of Don Cook on the Webster City traffic committee will also be accepted. The Webster City city council will consider a motion authorizing the mayor and the city clerk to enter into a contract with Mid Iowa Development Association Council of Governments to provide technical services for the Community Development Block Grant City Housing Program. The date and time of March 21 at 5:45 will be set for a public hearing on a proposal to enter into a General Obligation Corporate Purpose Loan Agreement and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed five million dollars. A resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to enter into a settlement agreement and general mutual release with Kluesner Construction,Incorporated of Farley,Iowa will be discussed. There will be a motion on a request to seek proposals for crack sealing of concrete streets in the city and for mosquito control service this year. The council will meet in closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment,hiring performance or discharge is being considered. Monday's council meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12 in Webster City at 5:30 with repeat telecasts Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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