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Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday.
Posted: Nov 07 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the administration building at 825 Beach Street. The board will review and approve special education and Head Start contracts, receive a textbook inventory,approve the seniority listing, consider a modified allowable growth request and fundraising request. There will also be a presentation on the Rural School Advocates of Iowa. The Webster City Community School Board will meet in a work session after the meeting to discuss finances. 

Illegal immigrant from Hampton pleads guilty in federal court.
Posted: Nov 07 2014 by ppowers

 An illegal immigrant from Hampton pleaded guilty this week in U.S. Federal Court in Cedar Rapids to charges filed against him.44 year old Abe Hernandez Labra was charged with one count of making false statements in a passport application, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to vote and one count of harboring an illegal alien. In a plea agreement before the court, Hernandez-Labra admitted that he is a Mexican citizen who illegally entered the United States. He admitted that he purchased a birth certificate and Social Security number of an American citizen born in Puerto Rico and assumed that identity. Falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen,Hernandez-Labra used those documents to obtain Iowa driver's licenses which he in turn used to apply for and fraudulently obtain a U.S. passport in 2008 and to unlawfully register and vote in the 2012 federal election. He also admitted that during 2014 he harbored and encouraged an illegal alien to reside unlawfully in the U.S. by providing work and a residence  and by not reporting the alien to immigration authorities. Hernandez Labra is in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade. The date for the sentencing has yet to be set.The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Tvedt. Several agencies investigated the case including the Webster City Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

Stratford School recipient of $10,000 Monsanto Grant.
Posted: Nov 07 2014 by ppowers

 Officials with the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program through Monsanto presented a check for $10,000 Thursday afternoon to the Stratford Community School District. The check was presented before a school concert. The money will be used for space, time and materials for Kindergarten through 6th grade students to invent. The students will use real and computer generated materials to create three dimensional one-of-a-kind designs and use programming language to write programs to print and produce three dimensional prototypes of original designs. The nominating farmers for this project at Stratford included Brian Young, Darrell Young, Debbi Wirtz, Kelli Carlberg, Leland Carlson, Lorraine Young, Marie Carlson, Marilyn Carlson, Mark Scott, Rick Carlson, Rick Jones, Robert Wirtz and Stacy Young. Stratford school superintendent and principal Sarah Binder thanked the Monsanto Fund officials for the generous contribution.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers and Donations are needed.
Posted: Nov 07 2014 by ppowers

 The Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers for its annual campaign set for later this month. Volunteers are needed to assist with this project over the Thanksgiving holiday. The bell ringing will take place at Fareway and Hy-Vee on November 26,28 and 29. There are hourly shifts starting at 9:00 a.m. with the last shift starting at 6:00 p.m. that still need to be covered especially on the 28th and 29th. If you are interested in signing up for an hourly bell ringing shift please call 515-297-1635. 90 percent of Salvation Army donations received during these three days stay in Hamilton County. The funds are used to provide emergency services for Hamilton County income eligible residents. Last year approximately $2,500 was collected during the bell ringing program.

South Hamilton School Board to meet Monday evening
Posted: Nov 06 2014 by ppowers

 The November meeting of the South Hamilton Community School Board is this Monday evening at 6:00 at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. The agenda will include the announcement of the Hawk Pride-Friends of Education/Superior Achievement Award winners for November. There will a review of the district needs assessment survey findings for the district, consider a request for modified supplemental funding, approve South Hamilton Work rules, a reading of board policies, discuss the revised school calendar with the addition of hourly calculations only and update the enrollment status for the school district.The board will get updates from principals Paul Hemphill and Scott Dryer and from superintendent Ken Howard.

Fort Dodge man arrested for Stanhope burglaries.
Posted: Nov 06 2014 by ppowers

 The EJS (Ellsworth Jewell Stanhope) Police Department has identified the suspect in burglaries that occured on October 26,2014. 23 year old Clayton Curtis Brown of Fort Dodge has been charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony. The investigation is continuing with more charges to follow. EJS Police Chief Steve Butler said the department received several anonymous tips through Hamilton County Crimestoppers that helped identify Brown as the suspect. On November 5, the EJS Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence in Fort Dodge. Items pertaining to the Stanhope burglaries were found in this residence leading to the burglary charge. The EJS Police Department was assisted by the Fort Dodge Police Department and the Webster County Sheriff's Office.

Veterans Day ceremonies set for Tuesday in Hamilton County.
Posted: Nov 06 2014 by ppowers

 Hamilton County will join the nation Tuesday to honor the nation's veterans on their special day. In Webster City,the annual ceremony  on Veterans Day will be held at 10:30 at the Webster City Middle School multi purpose room. This year's featured speaker is Dean Block. Rev. Pete Peterson will lead the opening and closing prayer. Tuesday's ceremony is sponsored by American Legion Post 191. The annual Veterans Day soup supper will be served from 5:00 until 7:00 Tuesday evening. All veterans and guests are invited to attend. This Sunday afternoon the Depot Museum will be open from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. to honor area veterans. Refreshments will be served.

This Tuesday a Veterans Day service will be held at South Hamilton High School in Jewell. Coffee and rolls will be served at 8:15 in the school library. Valet parking will be provided. The annual Veterans Day program begins at 9:00 in the high school gymnasium. Following the program there will be a reception with cake and coffee to be served.

The Northeast Hamilton Veterans Day program begins at 1:00 Tuesday afternoon in the school gymnasium in Blairsburg. The service will be conducted by the Williams American Legion Post.

Hamilton County Exposition Annual Meeting set for November 19.
Posted: Nov 05 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Exposition will hold their annual meeting on Wednesday,November 19 in the Hamilton County Events Center on the county fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. In order to be a voting member of the exposition, a reservation is due to the office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday,November 12. To reserve your ticket, please call the Hamilton County Fair office at 832-1443. Tickets are $12.00 and includes a smoked pork chop dinner.

New fish farming facility coming to Webster City.
Posted: Nov 04 2014 by ppowers

 There is something "fishy" coming to Webster City. The Webster City City Council Monday afternoon approved the rezoning plans for two properties in a M-2 Heavy Industrial district of which Vero Blue Farms plans to use. The former Kenco warehouse facility at 401 Des Moines Street will be used for its fish farming or aquaculture business. The former Beam Manufacturing plant at 1700 West Second Street will be used for seafood processing and packaging. Without any objections,the council approved both property requests. Once the facilities are up and running,Vero Blue Farms will be employing over 150 people. Company president Keith Driver said Webster City was selected as the right location for a fish farming operation with the success of the Iowa's First facility operated by Jeff and Mark Nelson near Blairsburg.The goal is to have the Vero Blue Farms operation open for business by some time early to mid next year. An open house will be held Friday,November 14 from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m.at the former Beam Manufacturing building at 1700 West Second. You will learn more about the future plans of Vero Blue Farms.

Webster City man killed in Monday accident near Boone.
Posted: Nov 04 2014 by ppowers

 A 37 year old Webster City man was killed Monday morning in an accident on Highway 17 and 190th Street in Boone County. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as Matthew A. Graham. Reportedly a 1999 Ford Taurus driven by Graham and a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Katrena Gillis of Stratford were both traveling southbound on Highway 17. The Graham car was slowing down or stopped to make a left turn onto 190th Street. The Gillis vehicle struck the rear end of the Graham car pushing it into the northbound lane of 17 when it was struck by a northbound 2013 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Martin Frederickson of West Des Moines. Graham was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Both Gillis and Frederickson were both take to the Boone County Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

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