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Prom time in Hamilton County!
Posted: Apr 11 2014 by ppowers

 Two Hamilton County high schools will be celebrating Prom this Saturday evening...

The South Hamilton Prom will be an out of town affair this year. The event will be held at America's Incredible Pizza in Urbandale. The annual Promenade will be held in the high school gym at 5:45 p.m. with a one dollar spectator fee. Buses will leave for Urbandale at 7:00 p.m. The buffet dinner for the Prom attendees will be at 8:30 with dancing beginning at 10:15 p.m until 12 midnight. The after-prom party will be from 12:30 until 4:30 Sunday morning with games and refreshments. The prom participants will leave Urbandale at 4:30 and arriving in Jewell one hour later.

The Williams Community Building will be the location for the Northeast Hamilton Prom festivities Saturday with the theme,"Enchanted Evening".Pictures of the prom participants will be at 5:00 p.m. The annual Prom walk will be from 6:00 until 7:15 Saturday evening. Doors to the public will close at 7:30. The dinner to be catered by Hickory Park will be served at 7:45p.m. Students will dance the night away from 9 until midnight followed by the After Prom party until 4:00 Sunday morning. The estimation jars will return to the Prom this year with a chance to win a gift card or 10 dollars in cash.


Kroona honored by Morningside College
Posted: Apr 10 2014 by ppowers


Shelby Kroona of Webster City was honored at Morningside College in Sioux City on Wednesday as the 2014 nursing alumna of the year by the Nylen School of Nursing and the Morningside Student Nurses' Association. Kroona graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in biology from Morningside in 1995. She received her Master of Public Health with a focus in health care administration from Des Moines University. Kroona is the director of Hamilton County Public Health. She was the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Maud Adams Nursing Research Day at the Morningside campus. During the opening remarks,the Nursing Alumni Scholarship was presented in Kroona's honor to Tatiana Hohenfield of Bladen,Nebraska,a senior who will graduate this spring from Blue Hill Community Hill School. Hohenfield plans to attend Morningside College this fall.The scholarship is presented each year to a student who shows potential for outstanding professionalism in nursing. Kroona serves on many community board and colitions in Webster City and across the state. The nursing research day started in 1983 as a tribute to the late Maud Adams, a former chair of the Morningside College nursing department. Before she came to Morningside, Adams served as a staff nurse, instructor and administrator in various public health agencies and nursing programs.

Stanhope City Council approves power cost adjustment.
Posted: Apr 10 2014 by ppowers

 At a meeting Tuesday night, the Stanhope City Council voted to approve an electric power cost adjustment of one half cent per kilowatt for the billing period ending April 20 for bills due and payable May 20,2014. City clerk Ron McKenzie presented a report on the Midwest Independent System Operator electric transmission fee charges and that an application for  point to point coverage has been made to the Midwest Independent System Operator that may significantly reduce charges that are passed on through Heartland Consumers Power District of Madison, South Dakota.

The council approved submitting a bid for a 1995 Freightliner Tel-Elect truck to the CIty of Strawberry Point,Iowa retroactive to March 31,2014. Stanhope Fire Chief presented a report to the council on fire maintenance issues and possible changes as it pertains to territory served within Webster Township. 

In other matters, the Stanhope City Council tentatively scheduled the Spring Clean Up day for Saturday,May 10 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. subject to concurrence from the Trash Man,Incorporated. The council approved the use of the Stanhope Park Food Stand and or old Community Building by Bountiful Baskets Food Coop subject to payment of rental fees in effect

There was a closed session of the council to discuss the hiring for the position of Public Works Superintendent with the Seach Committee. 

Johnson resigns as South Hamilton Superintendent;Dryer's contract renewed for 2014-15 as principal.
Posted: Apr 09 2014 by ppowers

 A busy meeting for the South Hamilton Community School Board on Tuesday night. Tim Johnson submitted his resignation as superintendent to take effect June 30,2014. Johnson has been superintendent since 2011. The school board will begin advertising his replacement. Prior to a closed door meeting,the South Hamilton board from several people expressing their support of Scott Dryer as middle school high school principal. For over four and a half hours the board met to decide Dryer's future. Late Tuesday, South Hamilton board president Will Johnston announced that Dryer's contract  would be renewed for the 2014-15 school year.Board member Kempton Young announced he is resigning his position immediately.

Leath suspends the remainder of Veishea activities at Iowa State.
Posted: Apr 09 2014 by ppowers


Iowa State University President Steven Leath announced Wednesday afternoon that the remainder of this year's Veishea celebration is suspended effective at 5 p.m. today,April 9. The cancelation will impact almost all Veishea-affiliated activities including the parade, concerts, food vendors and Veishea Village. The football scrimmage is still on for Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at Jack Trice Stadium. Leath's announcement is in response to the early Wednesday morning incident in the Campustown area which resulted in property damage and a serious student injury. During a news conference at the ISU Memorial Union,Leath said he is extremely disappointed and saddened by the conduct exhibited by those involved in the events overnight. He said that he is disheartened that this happened during Veishea week, which is supposed to highlight the best of Iowa State University.Leath said every effort is being made to identify those individuals responsible. He was adamant that this type of conduct will not be tolerated Any student involved in the Campustown incident may face criminal charges as well as student disciplinary action which could lead to expulsion from the university.  President Leath will appoint a task force to examine the future of Veishea. He said he expects to hear recommendations from the task force and make a decision about future celebrations in the coming months. Veishea has been held at Iowa State University since 1922.

Randall City Council looks at water meter issues.
Posted: Apr 09 2014 by ppowers

 At their meeting Tuesday night, the Randall City Council met with city public works director Alan Hanson on the various replacements for water meters and the costs associated with them. Hanson said he had some in stock but once those have been used a replacement product will need to be selected. He also talked with officials of Central Iowa Rural Water and Xenia Rural Water. Officials with Xenia will be in Randall on Thursday to look at the system and hopefully give cost estimates associated with emergency hookups and other options.

With the sale of the current fire station building, a new location needs to be found to post city notices. Randall city clerk DeAnn Frisk will look into finding bulletin boards with plexi-glass that could be posted outside either on the shelter or the water treatment plant. The city drop box will need to be moved to a location near city hall as well. As for the new fire station, the trees have been removed north of the gym for the building. The footings are expected to go in later this week. The building materials have been delivered so the building should go up soon with completion later this year.

The Randall city council plans to get in contact with Martin Pest Control for mosquito control this summer. The city clerk will contact Joe Martin to start working on the contract.

Fort Dodge arrests.
Posted: Apr 09 2014 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police on Sunday were dispatched to the Dr. Tom Shelly residence at 714 15th Avenue North to investigate a burglary. Evidence and information developed during the investigation has led to three arrest warrants being issued for 31 year old George Johnson of Fort Dodge for the crimes of Third Degree Burglary, Second Degree Criminal Mischief and First Degree Theft. Johnson also has an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation which has a bond of $25,000. 

Early Monday morning at around 1:00 a.m., officers from the Fort Dodge Police Department were again dispatched to 714 15th Avenue North for a burglary in progress. Evidence and information developed during the investigation has led to the arrests of 30 year old Amanda Cullum and 51 year old Martin Fye both of Fort Dodge for the crime of Second Degree Attempted Burglary. Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody stated that once Johnson is in custody further information will be released. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of George Johnson of Fort Dodge is asked to call Webster County Crimestoppers at 515-573-1426.

WCF Financial Bank ground breaking scheduled for April 16
Posted: Apr 09 2014 by ppowers





Officials with WCF Financial Bank in Webster City announced Tuesday that ground will be broken on the future location of the bank Wednesday,April 16 at 4:00 p.m. on Fairmeadow Drive. “We are excited to break ground and begin construction,” said Stephen Mourlam, WCF Financial Bank President and Chief Executive Officer. “The new facility reflects our strong commitment to the future of Webster City and surrounding communities.” Mourlam noted that WCF Financial Bank will close their offices at 4:00 pm on April 16 to allow all staff to participate in the groundbreaking. This includes both the lobby and drive up.“The new building will provide an environment to improve our customer experience, support future growth of our institution and the services we provide,” said Mourlam. The new facility will feature green building materials, front door parking, a comfortable waiting area complete with a fireplace and easy access to the ATM and drive up facilities. In addition, it will allow for customers to be served in a professional, confidential, secure and timely manner. This year marks the 80th year of service by Webster City Federal.


Street closing takes effect Wednesday morning in Webster City.
Posted: Apr 09 2014 by ppowers

 Beginning Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Park Ave., between East Second St. and East Dubuque St. will be closed to traffic to allow the Contractor to repair a storm sewer.  During this work please use Second Street to access around the construction.It is anticipated this work will be on going for the rest of this month tentative completion Date is April 30, 2014 dependent on favorable weather conditions.  The Contractor is planning to make every effort to have the work completed as soon as possible. The City of Webster City wants to thank the public for their cooperation during this time.If there are questions regarding these temporary street closures, please contact Matt Alcazar at the Public Works Department at 832-9139.



Kepler benefit a big success.
Posted: Apr 08 2014 by ppowers

 An estimated $15,000 was raised at Saturday's benefit for Dave Kepler at the Bridge in Webster City. The event was to help pay Kepler's medical expenses. Matching funds will be made by Thrivent Financial. The fund raiser featured a meal, quilt raffle, silent auction and bake sale. Event organizers would like to thank everyone for their support at the benefit.

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