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Hamilton County Board of Health to meet Thursday.
Posted: Jul 13 2014 by ppowers

 The July meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health will meet Thursday afternoon at 5:00 at the public health office at 820 James Street. The agenda items will include a look at the PTO (Paid Time Off) policy, adopt a bioterrorism plan, look at a computer server update and a year end review of the 2014 fiscal year. Public Health Director Shelby Kroona will present her report on current activities in the public health office.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 13 2014 by ppowers

 A ribbon cutting of the BMX Bicycle Course at East Twin Park will be one of the highlights at Thursday's Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The commission will be updated on the Dog Park at Sketchley Park, look into the possibility of including students with the commission and finalize the picnic table loan policy plus other matters. The commission meeting begins at 5:15  Thursday afternoon at the outdoor swimming pool.

South Hamilton School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Jul 14 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the South Hamilton Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the Middle School High School board room in Jewell.The board will consider a resolution to sell the Stanhope Bus Barn, accept milk and bread bids,and to make changes in the 2014-15 school calendar. In other matters the South Hamilton school board will review board and superintendent operating principles, appoint an Iowa Association of School Board Delegate Assembly Representative, authorize signatories for  the district, and reappoint the secretary and treasurer for the district. The South Hamilton board Monday will approve the emergency, student,teacher and support staff handbooks and look at personnel issues. Monday's meeting will be the first one for Ken Howard who became South Hamilton superintendent on July 1.

RV TV is coming back to Webster City!
Posted: Jul 10 2014 by ppowers

 It's official!  The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Keith Murphy, Ed Wilson and the two sports guys will be having another year of RVTV!  They had such a great time in Webster City last year, they are starting here on September 8.  RVTV plans to go to three of the best locations starting with Webster City and visit two new locations.  Webster City, Jefferson and Albia are repeat locations and Boone and Montezuma are two new ones."We're working out the details and are very excited to participate in RVTV again this year.  Andy Fales told us we were the best and biggest they had ever had.  This year Andy will be in town early to cover a yet undecided historical location and will be on tv in Des Moines during RVTV.  We'll keep everyone updated on the plans as we figure them out.  I promise it will be another great event featuring the rivalry between Iowa and Iowa State!" said Deb Brown, Chamber Director. 


Hetland Cemetery Walk set for July 16th.
Posted: Jul 10 2014 by ppowers

 After being postponed last month, the Hamilton County Cemetery Preservation Society will host a Cemetery Walk at the Hetland Cemetery southeast of Ellsworth on Wednesday,July 16 at 6:30 p.m. This cemetery is one of Hamilton County's six pioneer cemeteries meaning that there are less than 12 burials in the last 50 years. There will be a chance for you to meet the pioneers that helped settle southern Hamilton County. A demonstration on stone repair and a search for unmarked graves will be a part of the evening. The cemetery is located at 350th Street and Young Avenue three miles southeast  of Ellsworth.

2014 Hamilton County Fair Queen candidates announced.
Posted: Jul 10 2014 by ppowers

 Six ladies will be competing for the title of Hamilton County Fair Queen this month. The names were released Thursday afternoon. The candidates are Morgan Gourley, the 18 year old daughter of George and Kathy Gourley of rural Stanhope, Kaleigh Greufe, the 19 year old daughter of Randy and Sandra Greufe of rural Blairsburg. Jenna Heeren the 18 year old daughter of Jeff and Jodi Heeren of rural Jewell. Another contestant is Megan Hughes, the 18 year old daughter of Craig Hughes. 18 year old Gina Moline, the daughter of Chris and Christina Moline and 18 year old Ashley Price the daughter of Martin and Sandi Price, all from Webster City. The current Hamilton County Fair Queen is Erin Anderson. She will surrender her crown on July 23 to one of the six candidates. The winner will represent Hamilton County at the Iowa State Fair Queen contest next month in Des Moines.

Stanhope City Council looks at street closures for Watermelon Day.
Posted: Jul 10 2014 by ppowers

 The Stanhope City Council Tuesday evening looked at plans for Watermelon Day on July 19. Stanhope deputy city clerk Jessica Murray said that there were no specific security or police concerns for the day long celebration. It was reported that all operations would be similar to previous years with a parade, entertainment in the park and free watermelon from 1 until 5 and again from 7 until closing time. The council approved the closing of Iowa Street from Parker to School Streets from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. There would be no parking on Parker Street from Iowa to Railway Streets from 6:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.. Bute Street in Stanhope will be blocked off from Iowa Street to Main Street from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Stanhope City Park and ball diamond facilities would be used for the Watermelon Day festivities on July 19 with a rain date of July 20th. The council approved Jessica Murray to attend the city council workshop in Council Bluffs on September 25th. In other matters, the Stanhope City Council approved Bradley Anderson to join the Stanhope Fire Department. The council approved a resolution for a power cost adjustment effective August 20th of seven cents per kilowatt.  Council members also approved the annual use of the Stanhope Community Center Community Room for Ron McKenzie for his nearly 30 years of city service.

Kraft crowned Wright County Fair Queen.
Posted: Jul 10 2014 by ppowers

 Jenna Kraft of Goldfield was crowned Wednesday night the 2014 Wright County District Junior Fair Queen in ceremonies at Greenwood Park in Eagle Grove. Kraft will go on to the Iowa State Fair Queen competition next month in Des Moines. Ashlyn Mayo of Belmond was crowned Fair Princess. Helping with the coronation was the 2013 Wright County Fair Queen Adelai Swanson, 2013 Wright County Fair Princess Kalli Olson and the 2013 Iowa State Fair Queen Kelsey Smith.

Clarion City Council approves Rental Housing Code.
Posted: Jul 09 2014 by ppowers

 At a meeting Monday evening, the Clarion City Council voted to approve the Rental Housing Code. The code will focus the regulations on the rental properties in the Clarion community. The regulations includes providing the minimum standards to safeguard the health,property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the occupancy, location and maintenance of all residential buildings in the Clarion community. The Clarion Public Safety Committee will meet to discuss the position of housing inspector and return its recommendations to the council at a future meeting. A contract for technical assistance to administer a Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation program to the MIDAS Council of Governments not to exceed $18,000 was approved. A similar technical assistance contract for the sanitary sewer collection system to Planscape Planners not to exceed $18,000 was approved by the Clarion city council.

In other matters the Clarion city council approved the first reading of both the base rate and per thousand gallon rate of the Water Utility and Sanitary Sewer Utility Service fees to take effect at the end of the next month. The second reading will be held at the July 21 meeting. Lisa Hagie was appointed to the  Iowa Specialty Hospital board with Ken Stoakes and Judith Ritter reappointed to another term on Iowa Specialty Hospital board of directors. Contracts with I.E.D.A. and the City of Clarion were approved for the city to receive funds for the Community Block Grant for Housing and Sewer improvement projects.

Nancy Duitscher requested approval to place park benches at Clarion Evergreen Cemetery. Duitscher has had a family donate funds for one bench at this time. The benches will be secured on a cement pad and made from maintenance free materials. She was asked to work with the Clarion Department of Public Works on placement of the bench so as not to interfere with any maintenance at the cemetery.

Randall City Council updated on the fire station project.
Posted: Jul 09 2014 by ppowers

 Progress continues to be made on the Randall fire station. The Randall city council Tuesday evening learned concrete work has been completed on the building. The builders will return to finish up before other interior work can be completed. Additional outside concrete work needs to be done after the builders complete the work. The goal is for the completion later this summer.

Linda Wild met with the council to ask about the possibility of a community brush pile to be used by citizens whenever they need to dispose of yard waste. Mayor Gregg Wright will check with area towns to see if there is a possibility that the city of Randall might partner with other towns.

Two representatives from the South Hamilton Youth Area Youth Soccer program spoke to the Randall city council. Erin Gasaway and Anna Christensen asked for the support in any possible for their group. The council informed that they had been included in the budget and would receive funding for $750 to continue with the youth soccer program for next season.

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