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Webster City artist receives People's Choice honor in local sculpture contest.
Posted: Aug 07 2015 by ppowers

"A Tiger of a Different Sort" is the People's Choice winner in the fifth annual Arts Are Alive Sculpture Show. Jon Kayser's sculpture of a butterfly adorning a tree at West Twin Park was the top vote getter from the visitors during the two days of voting that wrapped up early Thursday evening. The other sculptures that are on display include "Red Trinket" by Zach Bowman, "The Golden Ratio" by Tim Adams,"Journey" by Zach Schnock, and "Constellations" by Maureen Seamonds. All five of the sculptures will be on display until next August at West Twin Park. Last evening visitors enjoyed the music from the Jive for Five group from Fort Dodge followed by a talk by a representative from the Ames Arts Council.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Aug 06 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be this Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the school administration building at 825 Beach Street. The board will be introduced to the new administrators in the district, appoint the board secretary followed by the oath of office and appoint the school board legal counsel for the 2015-16 school  year. There will be the designation of financial depositories and limits for district funds,conduct the second reading on board policy updates, approve a Head Start contract and updates on school facilities by superintendent Mike Sherwood. Monday's meeting is expected to be the final one at the current location. When the Webster City school board meets again on August 24, the meeting will be held at their new location,820 Des Moines Street in the former WCF Financial Bank building.

Fort Dodge Police investigate early Wednesday morning robbert.
Posted: Aug 05 2015 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police and Webster County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a report of a robbery that happened at 3:28 this morning at Casey's General Store at 1230 Third Avenue Northwest in Fort Dodge. According to witnesses, the suspect had his vehicle across the street and fled westbound on Third Avenue Northwest leaving the city limits. A handgun was displayed during the robbery however it was not discharged with no injuries reported. The suspect is described as a black male,approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall,weighing about 170 pounds dressed in all black clothing.Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 515-573-1424.

Clarion City Council faces varied agenda.
Posted: Aug 04 2015 by ppowers

 The Clarion City Council faced a varied agenda at their meeting Monday evening. The council approved the request for a donation of $500 to the Wright Medical Foundation on behalf of the Rief family for the use of an apartment from June 12 to July 31 for their transition to Clarion. An Economic Development and Housing sub-committee was established for the city. Clarion Police Chief Steve Terhark reported that the Clarion Police Department has received its new squad car and that Shayne Hennigar is currently working on updating the Police Department's Policy and Procedures Manual.There was an update by Public Works Director Jon DeVries on the progress being made on the Waste Water Treatment Facility and progress of the Slip Lining Project. Jeff Hamilton addressed the council regarding a written warning for a nuisance property. Hamilton stated he has been working on cleaning up the area this past week and he is working on submitting a building permit. Hamilton stated he hoped to have the property cleaned up by October. Clarion council member Dave Maxheimer requested Hamilton present a written timeline to which he would be accountable. Mayor Mike Nail informed Hamilton that the council will be in touch with him.

Roland Story school board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Aug 04 2015 by ppowers

 The August meeting of the Roland Story Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:30 at the high school board room in Story City. The board will look at building and ground issues, review legislative priorities for the 2016 session next January, approve the property and liability insurance renewal for the school year and the employee benefit compliance program. The Roland Story board will consider open enrollment requests, personnel matters and other issues.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated two accidents over the past weekend.
Posted: Aug 04 2015 by ppowers

 Two accidents were investigated last weekend by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department with details released Tuesday morning...

An accident on Fisher Avenue near Webster City happened Saturday afternoon. Reportedly a southbound 2003 Cadillac driven by Billy L. Thomas of Webster City went off the shoulder of the road,entered the west ditch,striking a field drive and became airborne. The Thomas car hit a city owned utility pole taking out two guide wires. The driver was treated for cuts to his head and arm by the Van Diest Medical Center EMS squad at the accident. The Thomas car was totaled as a result with the damage to the pole and wires estimated at $500. Deputy Dave Turpen investigated the accident.

The second accident happened at 9:56 Sunday night on Highway 17 near Stanhope. Reportedly a southbound 2006 Honda Accord driven by Joseph Doolittle of Ames struck a bed mattress in the middle of the highway causing ridge and front bumper damage to his car. The mattress reportedly fell off a southbound Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Alejandro Guiterrez Videl of Clarion. There was a report of other items that fell off of the same truck at the accident scene. Authorities stopped Videl in Boone County requesting him to return to the accident scene to retrieve his items. Damage to the Doolittle car was estimated at $3000 with no damage to the Videl pickup. The accident was investigated by Hamilton County Deputy Ryan Rupiper.

Fort Dodge Police apprehend burglary suspect.
Posted: Aug 03 2015 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police arrested 18 year old Sean Robert Robell early Monday morning after a burglary at the Tom Thumb Deli. Officer Zach Stanley said he heard an audible alarm sounding. Other officers responded to the Tom Thumb Deli. When they arrived they found a broken window on the north side of the building. The officers searched the buildong and found no one inside. While the officers were conducting their investigation at the scene,a citizen approached them and told the officers he had information about the burglary. The information the citizen provided lead the officers to a residence where Robell was located. Robell was charged with Third Degree Burglary and Third Degree Criminal Mischief. 

Arts R Alive Sculpture Show this week.
Posted: Aug 03 2015 by ppowers

 The annual Arts R Alive Sculpture contest returns this week to Webster City. The event will be held August 5 and 6 in West Twin Park at Bank and Superior Streets.Music will begin both evenings at 5:00 p.m. Voting for the sculpture contest will be Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The musical entertainment on Wednesday will be the Sister Act Quartet from Jewell with the sculptors explaining their works at 6:00 p.m. On Thursday, the Jive for Five from Fort Dodge will provide the music while Kerry Dixon from Ames Fine Arts will speak on the importance of art and the role it plays in the communities. The Peoples Choice Award winner will be announced on Thursday. There will be complimentary wine, cheese and lemonade served both evenings.

July weather in review...
Posted: Aug 01 2015 by ppowers

 The month of July ended as one of above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall in Webster City. The average high for the month was 81 degrees with the average low at 60 degrees.Normal high is 74 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was 91 degrees set twice on July 11 and 12 The lowest temperature was 49 degrees on the morning of July 3. July brought 3.85 inches of rainfall to Webster City. Normal rainfall is 4.15. There were no severe storms reported in the Webster City area for all of July.

The National Weather Service outlook for August in Iowa predicts below normal temperatures and normal to above normal precipitation. Last August in Webster City,the average high was 79 degrees and the average low was 61 degrees. As for rainfall we ended up with  4.46 inches. KQWC Radio is the official Webster City observer for the National Weather Service.

All of the Hamilton County School Districts announcing their candidates for school board.
Posted: Aug 03 2015 by ppowers

All of the four Hamilton County school districts have released the names of the candidates who will be running for school board on September 8. At Northeast Hamilton,there will be no opposition for the three seats. Eric Patterson will be unopposed for District One Director, Thea Wibholm will be running for the Director 2 seat being vacated by Mike Rapp and Sarah Zorn will be the at large board member as she will succeed Roxanne Anderson. In Stratford Christina Bauer will run for re-election for her seat. April Carlson will not seek another term on the Stratford school board. There will be a write in candidate for Carlson's seat in the September election. There will be a new member of the Webster City school board this September. Beth Van Diest and Juli Jaycox will seek re-election for their two seats on the board while Paul Stenger will become a new member of the board. Stenger will take over the seat held by Dan Ryherd who decided not to seek another term on the Webster City board. 

Voters in the South Hamilton school district on South Hamilton will decide on a public measure on whether or not to issue an amount not to exceed $9.9 million in funds to remodel, repair, improve, furnish and equip the existing South Hamilton high school building including mechanical and electrical upgrades. There will be three school board seats to be decided on at South Hamilton. Amber Van De Pol will run for her District 3 seat while Joely Swenson will be seeking her District 5 board seat. Voters will have to write in their candidate for District 2 board seat since current member Mike Grove decided not to seek re-election.

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