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Fort Dodge man charged with illegal tattooing.
Posted: Sep 26 2014 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police in coordination with the Webster County Health Department and Webster County Attorney's Office investigated multiple tips related to the tattooing of minors and the operation of illegal tattoo establishments within the Fort Dodge area. Through their investigation the Webster County Health Department became aware of at least one individual who is alleged to have operated an unlicensed tattoo establishment out of his residence. A search warrant was obtained for the Jesse James Blair residence at 403 A Street in Fort Dodge. On September 19 investigators with the Fort Dodge Police and Webster County Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant at the Blair residence. Substantial evidence related to the operation of an illegal tattoo establishment was located and seized. Through their investigation officers learned of multiple individuals who received tattoos within the residence. Officers arrested 31 year old Jesse James Blair for Tattooing from an Unlicensed Establishment, a serious misdemeanor. The Fort Dodge Police Department is asking anyone with information related to illegal establishments or the tattooing of minors to contact the Environmental Health Division of the Webster County Health Department in Fort Dodge at 515-573-4107.

Fort Dodge motorist injured in a one vehicle accident in Hardin County Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Sep 25 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in the westbound lane of Highway 20 at the 181 mile marker in rural Hardin County. Reportedly a 1997 Ford Explorer pickup truck  driven by Marques Johnson of Fort Dodge was heading east when it left the roadway. Johnson over corrected the truck which lost control entering the median and rolled several times. Johnson was air lifted to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo for treatment of his injuries. A passenger, Jordan Blocker of Calumet City was transported to the Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls by Ackley Ambulance for treatment. The Hardin County Sheriff's Department assisted State Trooper Andrew Hobart in investigating the accident.

Legion Tootsie Roll Drive set for Saturday.
Posted: Sep 25 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City American Legion Post 191 will be holding their yearly Tootsie Roll drive this Saturday, September 27 from 8 until 12 noon. The locations will be at East and West Second Streets and South Superior Street. Donations will be distributed among local charities. 

Hamilton County G.O.P. Open House set for Wednesday.
Posted: Sep 25 2014 by ppowers

 An open house will be held Wednesday,October 1 at the Hamilton County Republican headquarters at 531 Second Street in downtown Webster City. Hours will be from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Information about the candidates and the issues will be available plus campaign signs for distribution. The annual chili supper and auction will be held Saturday,October 25 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Ed Prince Building on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Candidates for office on the Republican ballot have been invited to appear. There will be more information on this event in the coming weeks.

Homecoming coronation ceremonies set for Thursday night.
Posted: Sep 25 2014 by ppowers

 The crowning of this year's Homecoming queen and king at two Hamilton County high schools are set for Thursday night:

Webster City High School will have its Boom Night event at 7:00 at Prem Sahai Auditorium. The candidates for queen include Grace Bryan, Kenady Highland, Harleigh McKee, Hannah Meyers and Olivia Tasler. The king candidates are Kyle Anderson, Cody Blair, Seth Crouthamel, Rylee Lawson and Cal Zahn. There will be recognition of the cross country, football and volleyball players plus special skits will be a part of the event. 

The coronation at South Hamilton in Jewell will begin at 8:00 p.m. at Robert Jensen Auditorium. The South Hamilton high school queen candidates are Sidney Alsager, Melinda Johnson, Carly Swenson, Amanda Teig and Sarah Rueger. The king candidates for this year are Andy Cook, Jacob Heeren, Caleb Olson, J.D. Rader, and Sam Waid. Before the coronation ceremony, there will be a chili dog feed in the school cafeteria from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. A bonfire will be held in the south student parking lot at 9 p.m.

On Friday the annual Homecoming parade will be held in downtown Webster City at 2:30. The parade begins at West Twin Parks with the floats, bands, fire trucks and other entries heading north on Seneca then west on Second and turning south on Des Moines Street where it will end at the Middle School. 

South Hamilton will face Ogden in its football contest at 7:00 p.m. Friday night while Webster City will take on Greene County at 7:30 p.m. KQWC will have the South Hamilton football game on FM 95.7 with the Lynx coverage on AM 1570. Both games will be streamed online on kqradio.com. The South Hamilton Homecoming dance will be from 10 until 12 midnight Friday night. The Webster City Homecoming dance will be held Saturday night from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m.

Hamilton County sees drop in unemployment rate for August.
Posted: Sep 24 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa Workforce Development office announced Tuesday the August unemployment rate for Hamilton County dropped to 4.5 percent. In July the rate was at an even five percent. There were 6,620 people employed in the county last month while 310 people were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for August remained at 4.5 percent which was the same rate in July. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties included Boone at 3.1 percent, Franklin at 3.6, Hardin at 4.1 percent,Story at 3.2 percent, Webster at 5.2 percent and Wright at 3.9 percent.

Reward being offered for vandalism along the Boone River Recreational Trail
Posted: Sep 23 2014 by ppowers

 The City of Webster City is offering a $250.00 reward for information concerning vandalism that has recently occurred to benches on the Boone River Recreational Trail Bridge overlooking the Boone River.  In addition, vandalism also occurred along the fence and a trail sign near Briggs Woods Park.  Please call the Webster City Police Department at (515) 832-9166 if you have any information.  All persons contacting the Police Department will remain anonymous.

Wright County Supervisor highlights.
Posted: Sep 23 2014 by ppowers

 An update on road and maintenance projects was presented during Monday's meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors.County engineer Adam Clemeons said the 150th Street bridge eight miles west of County Road K will be closed for two and a half weeks due to repair work. The Baxter Bridge southeast of Eagle Grove will be open to traffic on Wednesday after a repair project that started a few weeks ago. Clemons said that a county gravel road north of Rowan will be closed for culvert work. It is hoped that the road will reopen in the next two to three weeks.

Wright County Conservation Director Bruce Lindner and ranger Eric Rector met with the supervisors on a restroom/shower facility to be constructed at Lake Cornelia Park northeast of Clarion. The  proposed facility would be located at the east area of the campgrounds. The total project amounted to  $305,000 however the total project cost $473,000. The conservation department plans to search for grant money for the project with more information to be presented at next week's meeting.

A public hearing was set for November 17 for the classification report for Drainage Districts, 176,130 and 31 at 10:00 a.m.

Webster City Community Theater annual meeting and dinner this Sunday evening.
Posted: Sep 23 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Community Theater members and friends will gather Sunday, September 28 at the Community Theater at 6:00 p.m. for the annual meeting and recognition dinner. They will celebrate the past season by recognizing the 125 volunteers who were involved in "House Guests Can Be Murder", "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", "The Dixie Swim Club", "Moonlight and Magnolias" and "Guys and Dolls". Each volunteer will receive a token of appreciation from the organization. Those attending are to bring either a main dish, side dish or dessert to share for the potluck dinner. Table service, coffee and lemonade will be provided. Family and Individual annual memberships will be renewable at the event for only $10. Following the meal, President Al Yungclas will present a summary of the season and announce winners of the Willing Worker, Friend of W.C.C.T. and President's Award. Directors for the 2014-15 season's shows will introduce their productions: "Alone Together" by Bill Greenley and Angela Rottering; "Almost, Maine" by Dr. Mark Andrew; "Relatively Speaking" by Mike Kroona for the AACT (American Association of Community Theaters) Fest and "Monty Python's Spamalot" by Wil Groves. Anyone interested in learning more about the Webster City Community Theater is invited to attend this Sunday.

Iowa State Patrol investigate two vehicle crash on I-35 in Hamilton County.
Posted: Sep 23 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated a two vehicle accident at the southbound 135 mile marker of Interstate 35 northeast of Ellsworth Friday afternoon with details released Tuesday. Reportedly a southbound 1995 model station wagon driven by Angela Bridges of Iowa Falls was not able to slow down in time when she struck the rear side of a 2006 model station wagon driven by Mary Haugen of Dows. Haugen was slowing down due to the traffic in front of her in the construction zone of the highway. Both drivers escaped injury.Damage to the Bridges vehicle was estimated at 4000 dollars and an estimated 2000 dollars in damage to the Haugen vehicle. The accident was investigated by Trooper Mark Anderson.

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