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Click It or Ticket to begin May 18 in Hamilton County.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department will join law enforcement officers across Iowa for the semi annual Click It or Ticket campaign beginning May 18 through 31st. The period is designed to educate the motoring public the importance of wearing seat belts in their vehicles and to obey the speed limit as the summer driving season is about to begin. Crash data  shows that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day than at nighttime. This mobilization across Iowa and the entire United States is created to heighten seat belt enforcement 24-7 but focused enforcement efforts will take place between the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during this time. Over the last ten years,Iowa has averaged 5.3 traffic fatalities during the three day Memorial Day weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed on the nation's roadways in 2013 were not wearing seat belts. The number jumped to 67 percent for males aged 13 to 15. Buckling up in the back seat is just as important. Half of all front seat occupants killed in crashes in 2012 were unrestrained but 61 percent of those killed  in back seats were unrestrained. It should be noted that those fatalities are not just statistics, they are someone's family member or friend. The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau want you to remember that the single most effective way to reduce traffic fatalities is motor vehicle crashes is to wear your seat belt every day every trip!

Webster City High School set for Awards Night and Baccalaureate.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 Over $88,000 in awards and scholarships will be presented to Webster City High School seniors during the annual awards program set for Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at Prem Sahai Auditorium. There will be 98 scholarships awarded to the seniors from several local organizations in the Webster City and Hamilton County area to help the seniors pay for their college education. The annual senior meal will be served after the awards program followed by the annual Baccalaureate service at approximately 7:15p.m. The service will include music and words of encouragement to the graduating class. Thursday will be the final day for the seniors of Webster City High School. The commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00 Sunday afternoon at the Webster City High School competitive gymnasium. There will be 125 seniors receiving their diplomas during the ceremony.

South Hamilton School Board approves an increase in fees for next school year.
Posted: May 12 2015 by ppowers

 The South Hamilton School Board Monday evening approved an increase in fees for the 2015-16 school year.Lunch prices will increase ten cents,breakfast prices increase 20 cents, instrumental rental fee will $10, adult activity passes to $25 and a new family activity pass at a cost of $225.

There will be 59 students graduating from South Hamilton High School on Sunday,May 24 at 2:00 at the school gym in Jewell.The board approved the list of students graduating pending each student's completion of district requirements.  Board members Wil Johnson and Marie Johnson were named to speak at the senior awards ceremony on May 20. The South Hamilton board approved a resolution to renew the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy Public Measure during the school board election on September 8.  The board also approved continuing the practice to honor long term employees with JADE (Jewell Area Development Enterprise) Bucks or a similar token of appreciation for those school employees who have worked in the district for 25 years. 

The following resignations were accepted by the South Hamilton school board: Stephanie Vierkandt as high school football cheerleading coach, Jolene Schaefer for 7 to 12 grade vocal music, Jeri Geneser as art director for Hamilton Holidays with the position not to be replaced and from Katie Hale as varsity basketball cheerleading coach. Contract terminations were approved for Angie Robinson as an At-risk aide, Marlene Austin as a half time special education instructor and Alexis Schnieder as an english language learner support  employee for the South Hamilton district. Transfers for Dan Brodie from at risk to high school social studies teacher, Kris Flaugh for her special education full time position and Marvin Ness as a full time bus route driver.

Hawk Awards were presented to the South Hamilton Elementary Booster Club as Friends of Education and to Marvin Sorto for a Student Achievement Award by the South Hamilton school board. 

Superintendent Ken Howard presented an overview of the Facility Improvement Master Plan from the Baker Group. The report was sent to each of the board members. The report included information, data and recommendations pertaining to several internal systems and facilities improvement necessities due to the current state of roof ventilation, interior lighting, air quality and more. The district has requested the Baker Group research and provide more detailed information pertaining to geothermal versus heating and cooling options and a few other internal systems and options. The Baker Group has submitted a verbal requeist that they be considered as a construction management option. Superintendent Howard will meet with Gary Houdeshell of Lang Construction this week to discuss their interest and offerings for a construction management firm. Howard suggested that the district look at more than one construction management option as a manner of good practice. A further discussion on this issue will be looked at in the future.

Fort Dodge arrests on Friday.
Posted: May 11 2015 by ppowers

 The Fort Dodge Police and the Webster County Sheriff's Departments executed a search warrant at 1819 First Avenue North on Friday morning regarding a previous burglary that had been reported. During the search warrant  property was found inside the residence that was related to other burglaries that had been reported as well as burglaries that had occured the night before. Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were also located inside the residence. Two people were arrested. They are identified as 31 year old Dana Ronald Ayala,Junior. He is charged with five counts of third degree burglary, second degree theft, four counts of fifth degree theft, fifth degree criminal mischief, ongoing criminal conduct and unlawful possession of prescription drugs. 41 year old Jeanne Elizabeth Thompson of Fort Dodge was also arrested at the scene and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ayala is currently being held in the Webster County Jail on $45,000 bond. Thompson was released after posting bond.

Hamilton County Supervisors to address Avian Bird Flu Plan for the county on Tuesday.
Posted: May 11 2015 by ppowers

 An update on the Avian Bird Flu Plan for Hamilton County will be discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. There have been no cases reported in Hamilton County with three of the cases reported in Wright County and several other locations in northwest Iowa. The board will have a public hearing on the 2015 fiscal year Hamilton County Budget Amendment followed by the budget adoption and appropriations. The board will be approving the secondary road 2015 fiscal year revised Department of Transportation budget. There will be reports from the Hamilton County Cemetery Preservation Society and the Clerk of Court. Personnel action with the public health, social services and sheriff departments will be presented to the board. The board will approve a library services contract and fireworks permits. Two public hearings on the Randy Schaa and Chad Arnold master matrix facilities will be presented to the board. Meeting time is 9:00 Tuesday morning in the supervisors board room.

Webster City letter carriers thanks everyone for Stamp Out Hunger
Posted: May 11 2015 by ppowers

 Nearly 15 hundred pounds of food was collected by letter carriers in Webster City Saturday during the annual Stamp Out Hunger program. Residents were asked to leave their non perishable food items by their mailbox to be picked up by the carriers. There was a receptacle at the Webster City post office for residents to drop off their food and other items. Late Saturday afternoon, the food was delivered to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity food pantry A big thanks to the community for their support in their annual food collection drive.

Webster County Fatality.
Posted: May 10 2015 by ppowers

 Two Harcourt residents were killed and another motorist was injured in a two vehicle accident at Highway 175 and Samson Avenue in southern Webster County on Friday morning. The Iowa State Patrol reported a southbound 1989 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 19 year old Colten Bills of Dayton apparently failed to stop at the stop sign and struck an eastbound 2001 Ford Taurus driven by 56 year old David Castenson of Harcourt. David Castenson was transported to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge where he was pronounced dead of his injuries. A passenger in the Castenson car 85 year old Velma Castenson was also transported to Trinity for treatment.Velma Carstenson died Saturday at the Fort Dodge hospital.  Bills was taken to the Boone County Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Charges are pending with the accident under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Webster County Sheriff's Department.

Simon Estes enjoyed by a large audience Sunday afternoon at Prem Sahai Auditorium!
Posted: May 10 2015 by ppowers

 

 

 

 

 Hamilton County was stop number 46 for world renowned opera singer Simon Estes Sunday afternoon as he entertained the audience at Prem Sahai Auditorium in Webster City.He is traveling to all 99 counties in Iowa for his Roots and Wings tour to help benefit county foundations. For over 90 minutes Estes presented ten musical selections including Ol' Man River, Without a Song, He's Got the Whole World in His Hand, You'll Never Walk Alone and others. A group of Hamilton County Hig...h School Choir members joined Estes in the closing number,'The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Soprano Leah McIntire-Barnett presented four selections during the afternoon concert. 2015 marks 50 years for Estes singing opera and spirituals to audiences all over the world. Funds from the Webster City Roots and Wings concert will go toward an endowed scholarship fund to be administered by the Webster City Community Theater. Estes will be speaking Monday morning to students from all over Hamilton County at the Webster City High School about his career and on life growing up in Centerville. The program will be at 9:00 a.m. with the public invited to attend.

Two more cases of Avian Flu in Wright County
Posted: May 08 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Friday afternoon two more probable cases of avian flu in Wright County. The cases include a commercial laying operation with an estimated 2.9 million birds and another commercial laying operation with an estimated 1.1 million birds. Other cases announced Friday include two turkey farms in Buena Vista county and turkey farms located in Cherokee, Sac and Palo Alto counties. This brings to 37 cases in the state.  State officials have quarantined the locations. All of the birds will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease. 

Webster City School Board will meet Monday.
Posted: May 08 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the school administration building at 825 Beach Street. Highlights on the agenda will include a building trades presentation, math adoption for the 2015-16 school year, approve the tentative graduation list, and a review of the 2014 audit. There will also be a review of the substitute pay rates, a call for legislative priorities in the 2015 session, and a celebration of school board appreciation week. The Webster City school board will accept resignations and contract recommendations at Monday's board session.

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