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Stratford school board faces short agenda Wednesday evening.
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 The Stratford Community School Board held a short meeting Wednesday evening in the school library. The board approved a bid from P and P Electric of Webster City for electric work in the school bus barn.The bid was at $1850. The work is to begin in the next few days. First State Bank and U.S.Bank were named as the bank depositories for school funds. A bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy for milk products was approved. The next meeting of the Stratford school board will be Wednesday,August 20 at 5:30 p.m.

South Hamilton School Board welcomes new superintendent Monday evening.
Posted: Jul 15 2014 by ppowers

 The South Hamilton Community School Board Monday evening welcomed Ken Howard as its new superintendent. Howard began his duties July 1. He succeeds Tim Johnson who resigned on June 30 after three years in the district. During a report to the board Howard requested a board retreat in September to discuss board communication, board and superintendent goals, budget priorities, progress indicator documentation and more. The South Hamilton school board will review personal schedules and select a time and date for the board retreat. 

The board also went on to approve a resolution to sell the Stanhope Bus Barn Property to interested individuals. The property will be advertised to interested groups and individuals. Bids for milk and bread for the 2014-15 school year were approved with Hiland Dairy and Pan O Gold respectively. The board went on to approve slight alterations to the 2014-15 school calendar in order to remove a fine arts concert scheduling conflict with the Fall Parent Teacher Conference dates in November. The last day for the senior class of 2015 will be May 20 of next year. A draft copy of the school board and superintendent operating principles was presented to the board. The principles will be discussed at the upcoming board retreat and approved at a future board meeting. Marie Johnson was appointed as the South Hamilton representative to the Iowa Association of School Board Delegate Assembly. Sue Headley was reappointed as Secretary Treasurer for the school district. 

In personnel matters, the South Hamilton school board approved the hiring of Dawn Chally as assistant girls varsity basketball coach, Rebecca Huisman and Danielle Brown as special education associates and  Angie Robinson was transferred as an E 20/20 associate.

Stratford School Board to meet Wednesday evening.
Posted: Jul 15 2014 by ppowers

 The Stratford Community School Board will meet Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 at the school library. The board will appoint the depository banks for the 2014-15 school year, accept a milk bid plus other matters that may come before the school board.

Back to School sign up is on in Webster City.
Posted: Jul 15 2014 by ppowers

 Parents of students attending Webster City Community Schools can register for the 2014-15 school year. Once again this year there are NO registration fees. Breakfast price for this school year for Kindergarten through 8th grades will be $1.50. The lunch tickets are $2.30 for kindergarten to fourth grades, $2.50 for 5th to 8th grades and $2.55 for 9th to 12th grade students. You may register online at www.webster-city.k12.ia. us. You can also register at the school administration building at 825 Beach Street from 7:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. on Monday through Thursdays. The office is closed on Fridays for the summer. The deadline for completing the school registration form is August 4. Classes in the Webster City Community Schools begin Tuesday,August 19.

New teen librarian for Kendall Young Library announced.
Posted: Jul 15 2014 by ppowers

 Lindsay Anderson will become the new teen librarian at Kendall Young Library in Webster City. Library director Angie Martin Schwarze made the announcement at Monday evening's meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees. Anderson's first day on the job is July 29. She will be replacing Becca Philipsen who resigned last May to move to Colorado.

The Kendall Young Library board approved the audit report presented by Bill Klein of Potter and Brandt CPA. The report presented the numbers for the past fiscal year including the library's financial assetss, investments, salaries of staff members and more. 

Director Martin Schwarze said the digital archives of the Daily Freeman Journal are now complete to June,1984. You can find them on the Kendall Young Library website.

In other matters, the board learned that the summer has been a busy one for staff with the summer reading program. This evening, the movie "Frozen" will be presented at 6 in the downstairs meeting room with popcorn and ice cream to be served.The movie is open to everyone.  A program on gardening with Yvonne McCormick will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Rick Eugene will present a magic show at 6:00 next Wednesday evening. The summer reading program will finish up on Thursday,July 31.

Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday.
Posted: Jul 14 2014 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the hospital conference room. There will be a review of hospital bylaws and consider capital requests. The board will hear a report by Chief Executive Officer Lori Rathbun. There will also be a closed session at the conclusion of Tuesday' meeting.

Webster County ATV fatality
Posted: Jul 14 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated an all terrain vehicle accident late Sunday afternoon in Webster County that claimed the lives of two Fort Dodge residents. The accident happened at approximately 5:06 p.m. on the South River Road a mile and a half south of Fort Dodge. Reportedly a tree on the east side  of the road fell across the roadway striking a northbound Honda ATV operated by 21 year old Jordan M. Ulicki. Ulicki and his passenger 20 year old Sadie Rae Foreman were both pronounced dead at the accident scene by Webster County Medical Examiner Dr. Dan Cole. State Patrol Lieutenant Kelly Hindman said there was no immediate known action which caused the tree to fall. The investigation continues by the Iowa State Patrol. Assisting at the accident scene were members of the Webster County Sheriff's Department, Fort Dodge and Otho Fire Departments, Unity Point-Trinity Regional Medical Center Ambulance Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Applications now being accepted for Webster City Lions Club scholarships.
Posted: Jul 13 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Lions Club is now accepting applications for their annual $500 scholarship. The scholarship is open to students from Webster City who will be Juniors or Seniors in post-secondary education for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. Applications may be picked up at First American Bank, First State Bank, Peoples Credit Union and WCF Financial Bank. The applications are to be returned to Jeff Kluver or Will Johnston at their respective addresses listed on the application. The application deadline is Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The Webster City Lions Club has been awarding this scholarship for over 31 years.

 

Fort Dodge Police investigate Saturday morning incident.
Posted: Jul 13 2014 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge Saturday morning responded to a disturbance between two people at 720 North 15th Street. When officers arrived they found 55 year old Mona Dillard in the front yard. As officers were speaking with Ms. Dillard, a male inside the home began yelling at officers. The male appeared to have a shotgun in his hands so the officers moved Ms. Dillard from the area. Although the male did not point the weapon at them, they were concerned about their safety and that of Ms. Dillard. The male inside the residence was later identified as 60 year old Jimmy Dillard,Sr.-the other resident of the address. The Webster County Sheriff's Department,Fort Dodge Fire and EMS, and Unity Point Trinity EMS  were called to assist as officers spoke with Mr. Dilliard. Law enforcement shut down traffic during the incident on 15th Street. At approximately 7:33 Saturday morning, Dillard exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident. Dillard was checked by Trinity EMS at the scene and released. A shotgun was recovered from the residence. The incident is still under investigation but at this point no charges were filed at this time.

Kendall Young Library Board to meet Monday evening
Posted: Jul 13 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 in the downstairs meeting room.The board will meet with Bill Klein on the 2013 Library Audit and a review of the Computer and Internet policy. Director Angie Martin Schwarze will present her monthly report to the board on current activities at the library.

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