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Boone County Fatalities
Posted: Aug 12 2014 by ppowers

 Two people were killed in an accident in Boone County on Monday. The Iowa State Patrol reported the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 30 and T Avenue east of Boone. Reportedly a vehicle traveling on T Avenue stopped at the stop sign then headed into traffic when it was hit by another vehicle traveling on Highway 30.The driver of the vehicle that was hit and a passenger died at the accident scene. A second passenger in the vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The other driver was not injured. The names of the victims have not been released by the Iowa State Patrol as of Tuesday morning.

Upper Des Moines Opportunity to take applications for Coats for Kids
Posted: Aug 11 2014 by ppowers

 Upper Des Moines Opportunity (UDMO) is taking applications for their annual Coats for Kids program starting August 18 through September 19. You can come into the UDMO office located in the A.C.E. building at 1440 East Second Street to complete your application if your children are in need of a coat this winter. Income eligible families in Hamilton County whose children are between the ages 0 to 18 are welcome to apply. If you are interested in purchasing a coat for one of the eligible Hamilton County families, you may pick up a coat tag at Mornin' Glory Coffee Shop at 719 Des Moines Street starting September 2. You may drop off the new or gently used coat with the coat tag to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity office located at 1440 East Second Street no later than September 25. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. Monetary donations may be mailed to Upper Des Moines Opportunity at 1440 East Second Street, Suite 2, in Webster City,Iowa 50595. If you have questions about the program please call 515-832-6451.

Fuller Hall to begin fall hours August 19.
Posted: Aug 11 2014 by ppowers

 The Fuller Hall Recreation Center and indoor swimming pool will start their fall hours effective August 19. Hours Monday to Friday will be 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. On Sunday the center will be open from 1:00 until 9:00 p.m.  The Fuller Hall Swimming Pool hours will be from 6:00 until 8:00 a.m., 11:00 until 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. for adult lap swimming. Open swimming will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. On Saturdays, there will be adult lap swimming from 7:00 until 9:00 a.m. and open swimming from 2 until 4 p.m. and again from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. The hours will be in effect until September 27.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Aug 11 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9 in the Supervisors board room. There will be a quarterly report from the Hamilton County Veteran Affairs. The board will look at personnel matters with the county sheriff and conservation departments. Contracts and agreements for the C-STEP project will be considered, consider a resolution  for the vacating of a county road and a review of county substance abuse prevention services. The board will approve a  change order and pay estimate for drainage district 59.

Trial to begin this week for a Fort Dodge man.
Posted: Aug 11 2014 by ppowers

 The trial of a Fort Dodge man accused in fatally shooting a teenager at a bonfire is set for this week in Webster County District Court. 28 year old Derrick McElroy is facing a charge of first degree murder in the death of Brandyn Preston. McElroy is accused of shooting Preston in the neck at a party in May,2011. Preston was paralyzed from the shoulders down as a result of the shooting. He died in January,2012 in his family's care in Tampa,Florida. McElroy pleaded not guilty with his cash bond set at $1 million since his arrest. Jury selection is scheduled for Tuesday.

Humboldt County Motorcycle Fatality.
Posted: Aug 11 2014 by ppowers

 The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department investigated a motorcycle accident early Saturday morning south of Hardy that claimed the life of a Thor motorcyclist. The victim is identified as 38 year old Steven Davis. Reportedly the Davis motorcycle was traveling north on Humboldt County Road P-66 when it left the roadway,sliding through a grassy shoulder and entered a ditch where it overturned. Davis was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Renwick Ambulance and Fire Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.

Webster City Fire Department investigate two reports of homemade bombs Sunday.
Posted: Aug 11 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Fire Department responded to two reports late Sunday afternoon of incendiary devices at local residences. The devices were located on a chair at 930 Third Street and another found at 841 Bank Street. Both of the residences were evacuated. The fire department summoned the Region 5 Hazmat Squad and the State Fire Marshall to investigate both incidents. A bomb technical squad arrived early in the evening to safely detonate the devices. There was no fire and no injuries reported. Both devices contained gun powder and bullets.A 16 year old Webster City male juvenile was responsible for making the homemade bombs and is facing charges by Webster City Police. The juvenile was detained by local police and was taken to Van Diest Medical Center for a mental evaluation.The incident remains under investigation.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Aug 08 2014 by ppowers

 The next Wright County Board of Supervisors meeting will be Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. Agenda items include receiving an improvement petition for Drainage District 35 and the appointment of an engineer for the project. Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer will discuss the purchase of TAC 10 software for the Sheriff's department and how it will affect the towns. Wright County Economic Development Director Brad Hicks will give an update on what it would take for Wright County to become a Home Based Iowa Employer plus other matters. 

High honor for Southfield Wellness Community.
Posted: Aug 08 2014 by ppowers

 For the first time in Southfield Wellness Community history, the Webster City Care Center owned and operated by ABCM Corporation, has achieved the coveted Five Star National Nursing Home Ranking. Every care center in the United States is evaluated by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The CMS and individual states oversee the quality of long term care. Home are evaluated on quality measures, staffing and survey results done unexpectedly each year by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Southfield Marketing Coordinator Marilyn Middleton stated that all care centers are ranked on a 1 through 5 star ranking with 5 stars as the goal. Middleton stated that anyone wanting to know the ranking of any home in the country can go to the medicare.gov website and search Nursing Home Compare by plugging in a zip code or town name. Usually several homes in the area will surface. Middleton said the information provides research based,unbiased information that helps consumers as they shop for nursing home services. As of July,2014, ABCM Corporation owns thirty homes in Iowa and 76% have a 4 or 5 star rating. "No care center is perfect, but the staff at Southfield try very hard to follow recommended health and safety practices in a friendly, caring manner" stated Amy McCollough, Southfield Director of Nursing. "Choosing a care center is a monumental decision for most families and we are honored for the families that have put their trust in us",stated Southfield Administrator John Boughton. "We are proud to be a part of the ABCM Corporation because of their commitment for excellence."


South Hamilton School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Aug 08 2014 by ppowers

 Members of the South Hamilton Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school board room. The items for discussion include the purchase of a new mower, consider the recommended adjustment of a substitute teacher pay rate, approve the substitute teacher and coaches handbooks. The South Hamilton school board will consider board and superintendent operating principles, approve the legislative priorities for submission to the Iowa Association of School Boards, and approve the funding amount for renovations to the district property at 200 Anderson Street. A discussion on the board retreat agenda and goals will be held. Updates from principals Paul Hemphill and Scott Dryer and superintendent Ken Howard will be included at Monday's meeting.

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