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Veterans Day services in Hamilton County set for Wednesday.
Posted: Nov 05 2015 by ppowers

 Hamilton County will pay tribute to the nation's servicemen and women on Wednesday during Veterans Day services. 

The South Hamilton High School Veterans Day service will be held at the high school gym in Jewell beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be music, video presentations and speakers as a part of the program. The ceremony will be open to the public.

The Webster City American Legion Post 191 will have its traditional service at 10:45 Wednesday morning at the Boulevard of Valor on Des Moines Street. The guest speaker will be Legion Commander Dale Caquelin. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Webster City Middle School multi purpose room. Three groups of Legionnaires will be speaking to the eighth grade middle school students at their classrooms during morning and afternoon sessions.

Webster City High School will have a Veterans Day program Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with the public invited to attend the ceremony.

Brown award Regent Scholarship from U.S. Chamber Foundation.
Posted: Nov 04 2015 by ppowers

The Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Deb Brown, Executive Director, of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background.

“Regent scholarships offer executives the opportunity to attend Institute and learn about emerging industry trends, expand their organizations’ influence, and grow their peer network,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.  Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Each of the Regent Scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s five sites in 2015. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM graduate recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. In addition, all credit hours earned through Institute may be applied toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) industry certification.


Miller and Talbot win Webster City City Council election
Posted: Nov 04 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City voters went to the polls Tuesday to select their choices to serve on the city council. Brian Miller and Jim Talbot were the top vote getters in unofficial returns from the Hamilton County Auditor's offce. Miller received 755 votes and Talbot with 568 votes. Webster City city council member and mayor Doug Getter received 432 votes.  There were a total of 1,765 votes counted in Tuesday's election.Both Miller and Talbot will be sworn in at the January 4,2016 council meeting. The two new elected members will be working with the rest of the current Webster City city council members in the transfer process for the next two months. Current council member Geary Meyer will be stepping down at the end of this year after serving the past five years.

In the uncontested races in Webster City's municipal election Tuesday. John Van Diest received 788 votes for his seat on the Fuller Hall Board of Trustee for a four year term beginning this January 1, 2016. Dan Asklund received 801 votes for his Fuller Hall board seat beginning January 1,2017. Steve Vande Zande received 824 votes for a seat on the Kendall Young Library Board effective January 1,2016 with Carol Yanda receiving 825 votes for a seat on the Kendall Young Library board effective January 1,2017.

Webster City Police investigate two motor vehicle accidents on Monday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 03 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigate two motor vehicle accidents in the community Monday afternoon...

The intersection of Lynx Avenue and Elm Street was the location of a car van accident at about 3:20 p.m. Reportedly a 1994 Buick Century driven by Cameron Moen was exiting the Webster City High School parking lot when he slowed at stop sign, continuing without yielding to a northbound 2014 Ford Econoline Van driven by David Elledge also of Webster City. The Elledge van collided with the passenger side of the Moen car. There were no injuries reported. Damage to both vehicles estimated at $1000 each. Cameron Moen was charged with Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Another two vehicle accident happened at Prospect and Division Streets at 3:38 p.m. Reportedly a southbound 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Cody Cebula of Webster City failed to stop at a stop sign when his truck accidentally collided with a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Melissa Gillette also of Webster City.Both drivers escaped injury in the accident.Damage to both the Cebula and Gillette vehicles was estimated at $1500. A charge of Failure to Obey a Stop Sign was filed against Cody Cebula. Both accidents were investigated by officer Jordan Elonich.

Fort Dodge Police apprehend two after a Monday morning chase.
Posted: Nov 03 2015 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police Monday morning were involved in a motor vehicle pursuit. Officers observed a traffic violation on a silver Chevrolet Cobalt in the area of Hawkeye Avenue and Seventh Avenue North. The officer activated his emergency lights to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and sped off at a high rate of speed. The driver of the suspect vehicle continued for several blocks before crashing into a residential foundation in the 900 block of Fourth Avenue North. At that time, the driver of the vehicle fled the area while two passengers remained on the scene and were identified as an 18 year old adult male and a 12 year old juvenile. The driver fled the area on foot and information given by a witness led officers to 319 North 9th Street. The witness indicated that the subject ran into that residence following the pursuit. Officers then entered the residence to pursue the suspect. In doing so, a female occupant attempted to prevent officers from entering the residence. The male suspect was then located in the basement of the home. The driver of the vehicle, a 17 year old juvenile from Fort Dodge was arrested and later transferred to the Iowa Juvenile Court System and charged with Eluding Law Enforcement,Interference With Official Acts, Child Endangement and Multiple traffic offenses.The female at the residence was identified as 38 year old Tajuanna Gully. Gully was arrested and booked into the Webster County Jail. She was charged with Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations and Interference with Official Acts. The 18 year passenger was released without any criminal charges. Following the incident, officers with the Webster County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the residence of 319 North 9th Street. During the execution of the search warrant, narcotic related items were located inside the residence. The Webster County Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Fort Dodge Police Department, the Webster County Sheriff's Office and the State of Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The investigation is continuing into the incident.

Webster City Police investigated two accidents over the weekend.
Posted: Nov 02 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated two motor vehicle accidents over the weekend...

On Friday afternoon, local police were called to Superior Street and Fairmeadow Drive to investigate a two vehicle accident. Reportedly a southbound 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by Charles Westfall of Webster City accidentally struck the rear side of a southbound 2014 Cadillac operated by Debbie Berggren of Stanhope who was stopped for the red light at the time. There were no injuries. Investigating Captain Tony Janseen estimated the damage to the Berggren car at $1500 with minor damage to the Westfall vehicle.

A two vehicle accident on Superior Street was investigated on Saturday afternoon. Webster City Police reported a northbound 2014 Ford Edge SUV driven by Lee Bahrenfuss of Webster City was switching lanes when his SUV accidentally struck the front passenger side of a northbound 1999 Chrysler Town and Country Van driven by James Risetter also of Webster City. There were no injuries in the accident. Both the Bahrenfuss and Risetter vehicles each received $1000 in damage. Officer Jordan Elonich investigated the accident.

Fort Dodge Police investigating incidents of vandalism.
Posted: Nov 02 2015 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge are investigating reports of criminal mischief and theft complaints involving windows broken out of vehicles and items being taken as well as other forms of entry last Saturday. There were 12 incidents reported throughout the city of Fort Dodge. Over the past couple of weeks,Officers have taken reports for similar incidents in other areas of the city. The Fort Dodge Police are asking anyone who may have heard or saw anything suspicious or out of place to contact the Police Department with the information. The Police will follow up with any leads that come in making your assistance crucial. Anyone with information about these crimes should contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 515-573-1426

Fun night for Halloween in Hamilton County.
Posted: Nov 02 2015 by ppowers

 A fun time was experienced by children of all ages across Hamilton County Saturday night with Beggars' Night activities. The day started with a preschool party at Fuller Hall. Webster City store owners welcomed kids and their families into their participating businesses to pickup their treats in the afternoon. Each of the nine Hamilton County communities had special hours early Saturday evening designated for trick or treating. There were other activities across the county. The second annual Trunk or Treat Candypalooza event was held in the parking lot of Webster City High School. A Halloween party was held at the Stanhope Community Center. Members of the Kamrar Fire Department held a party for youngster in the Kamrar community. Refreshments and treats were served at the fire stations in Ellsworth,Jewell and Williams. The evening wrapped up with a Halloween party for middle school youth at Fuller Hall. A safe and fun time was experienced by everyone. We trust that the kids collected plenty of candy and other goodies on Saturday evening!

October weather in review.
Posted: Nov 02 2015 by ppowers

 The month of October will end as a month of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for Webster City. Records at the KQWC Weather Reporting station on Radio Hill showed the average high for the month was 64 degrees and the average low was 38. The normal high for October is 52 degrees. The warmest day in Webster City for the month was 84 degrees set October 11 with the lowest temperature being 25 degrees on October 17. Total rainfall for October was 1.86 inche...s in Webster City. Normal rainfall is at 2.58 inches.
The National Weather Service outlook for Iowa for November indicates above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Last November in Webster City, the average high was 38 degrees and the average low was 16 degrees. There was 6.5 inches of snow with 0.45 inches of melted precipitation. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Three expelled Clarion Goldfield Dows High School students facing sex abuse charges.
Posted: Oct 30 2015 by ppowers

 The three Clarion Goldfield Dows High School students who were expelled last week as the result of a reported hazing incident are now facing more charges. 18 year old Seth Pille, 17 year old Michael Schaffer and 16 year old Tristan Mewes on Thursday were charged with three counts of third degree sexual abuse and will be tried as adults.The three are already charged with hazing and simple assault. Clarion Police Chief Steve TerHark said the incident involved older football... players grabbing the younger players and assaulting them with their finger. It happened after school and before football practice near the locker room. At least six of the victims have come forward claiming they were assaulted in the alleged hazing incidents. The Clarion Goldfield Dows School Board expelled the three students for the rest of the school year last week.

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