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Webster City City Council looks at plans for ash tree removal and electrical line trimming contract.
Posted: Oct 07 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council Monday afternoon discussed the plans for the removal of ash trees in the city due to the reports of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle found in Boone and Story counties. Webster City City Manager Ed Sadler said the current contract does have some special considerations to address including three areas in the city with varying number of ash trees.Graceland Cemetery has approximately 75 trees that will need to be removed. The city staff proposes to accomplish this by only removing 20 trees this first year and each successive year until complete. This includes a plan to replace 12 of these 20 with transplants, container plants and or seedlings as determined by the Cemetery Maintenance Staff. Wilson Brewer Park has 6 ash trees that would need to be removed with further plans to replace half of those removed with transplants or container plants at least 3/4 inches in diameter or greater. Wehrheim Park only has 5 young trees that would need to be removed as part of the contract.  The council has previously awarded tree trimming contracts as an outgoing process that they have bid every year for electrical line clearing. In the past the city has just removed Ash trees that were in the way of electrical lines. It is the expansion to remove all Ash trees in the right of way that is different  than in the past.  The funding for the removal project will come for the city's electric funds. Webster City City Council members voted to send out requests for pricing for tree trimming and Ash tree removal. The proposals are due by October 14 at 5:00 p.m.and reviewed at the October 20th council meeting.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Oct 03 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors room of the county courthouse in Clarion. There will be a discussion on funding the shower and restroom facility at Lake Cornelia Park. The appointment of Jeremy Dodge as a Wright County Sheriff's Deputy will be made. A contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation to work within the Drainage District 36 right of way on Highway 3 will be approved. There will be a public hearing on the annexation of additional lands into drainage district 39 will be held at 10:00 a.m.

KQWC AM and FM sold to Riverfront Broadcasting,LLC.
Posted: Oct 03 2014 by ppowers

 NRG Media LLC announced Thursday the sale of its Northwestern Iowa radio properties in Algona, Boone,Humboldt and Webster City to Riverfront Broadcasting LLC. The seven radio properties include KLGA FM and KLGZ AM and FM in Algona, KWBG in Boone, KHBT-FM IN Humboldt and KQWC AM and FM in Webster City. NRG Media Chief Executive Officer Mary Quass said the new owners are a perfect match for the Northwe...stern Iowa stations,"It has been great working with the radio teams in all four markets. They have been an integral part of the company for years and a significant contributor to the company's growth. Quass added that at the same time,she is equally excited for the stations. Riverfront Broadcasting shares the same culture. Quass said she is confident they have a robust broadcasting future ahead. Riverfront Broadcasting LLC in Yankton, South Dakota and currently owns stations in Pierre, Mitchell and Yankton,South Dakota. Owned by Carolyn and Doyle Becker, Riverfront Broadcasting LLC launched in 2004 with properties in Nebraska City,Nebraska and has grown to include 7 markets and 15 stations including many properties when it was in partnership with Waitt Media. As a family owned operation,Riverfront Broadcasting LLC brings a dedicated sense of purpose to their operation. Carolyn Becker owner of Riverfront Broadcasting LLC believes in serving the local communities and taking care of their clients,listeners and employees. This is not going to change with the ownership. Co-owner of Riverfront Broadcasting LLC, Doyle Becker said the company has had a fantastic relationship with NRG Media over the years and are excited to expand the company footprint into Iowa. The sale is expected to be completed by December 31,2014. With the change in ownership there will be no changes in programming and staff at the stations.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 02 2014 by ppowers

 The next Webster City City Council meeting will be Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the council chambers. The items for discussion will include a resolution authorizing and approve entering into a 28E agreement between the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and the City of Webster City Police Department, consider a motion on a request to proceed with replacing of replacing the methane gas burner line at the Wasterwater Plant which will be over budget by $393 and make a motion on the second reading of the proposed ordinance on enforcing public offenses. The first reading of a proposed ordinance on signs will be read at Monday's council meeting. A motion on setting property values will be reviewed by the council members. There will be a public hearing on the proposed sale of city owned property located in Webster City with the motion on an offer to purchase 1700 Second Street. The Webster City City Council will meet in a closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring performance or discharge is being considered.

Retail Job Fair comes to Fort Dodge.
Posted: Oct 02 2014 by ppowers

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance will sponsor a Retail Job Fair on Tuesday,October 7 from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. Visitors will learn about over 100 job opportunities in the area with new and existing businesses. The event will be held at Iowa Central Community College's Bioscience and Health Sciences Building at 1 Triton Circle in Fort Dodge. Area retailers such as Menards, Wal-Mart and the new Sassy Strawberry frozen yogurt will be present at the Retail Job Fair with applications and information regarding employment. To learn more and to view a running list of employers that will be attending the Retail Job Fair, you may contact Emily Mason at 515-955-5500 or by e-mailing at Emily@greaterfortdodge.com. The event is sponsored by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance's Workforce Committee,Iowa Works and the Iowa Central Community College.

Second suspect caught in Links Golf Course burglary and theft incident.
Posted: Oct 02 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Police Wednesday arrested a 30 year old Webster City man who was wanted in connection with the September 14 burglary and damage at the Webster City Links Golf Course. Christopher William Hawken was arrested without incident by officers Wednesday afternoon. Hawken is charged with Theft in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Hawken was the second suspect wanted by officers in regards to the incident at the golf course. Another individual was apprehended last Thursday. Avery Scott Jackson was charged with Burglary in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree as a result of the burglary. There were numerous items reported missing and damaged. Each of the three charges filed against Hawken are Class D Felonies. It carries a confinement of up to five years and a fine of at least $750 and no more than $7500.

W.C.C.T. celebrates the 2013-14 season.
Posted: Oct 01 2014 by ppowers

 Last Sunday, the Webster City Community Theater held its annual recognition night to honor the cast and crew of the shows of last season. A token of appreciation was presented to the cast of "House Guests Can Be Murder", The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", "The Dixie Swim Club", "Moonlight and Magnolias" and "Guys and Dolls".  The Willing Worker Awards were presented to the Nilles Family and Sue Heerema. The Friend of Webster City Community Theater award was presented to Yvonne McCormick of Farmhouse Kitchen and Gardens for the treats served up during intermission time of each performance. This season the Webster City Community Theater will begin with "Alone Together Again" on November 14 for six performances.The cast features Cathy Olson as Helena, Paul Wagner as George, Al Yungclas at Pop, Sally Evans as Grace and Virginia Continelli as Ruth. Other shows this season will be Almost,Maine in Februrary, "Once Upon a Crime:The Trial of Goldilocks" in April and "Monty Python's Spamalot" next July.

Webster City Police keeping close eye on students after reported abduction attempts in Boone,Webster and Greene Counties.
Posted: Oct 01 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Police continue to monitor the reports from three central Iowa counties after attempted child abductions were reported on Sunday and Monday. Officers will keep a close eye on school grounds in the city in the coming weeks. Last Sunday the Webster County Sheriff's Department reported two different girls were targeted in separated incidents. The first abduction was reported in Gowrie at 2:50 Sunday afternoon and later that same day in Dayton at 5:09 p.m. Webster County Sheriff James Stubbs said a 13 year old girl reported a man wearing a ski mask came from behind some bushes and approached her at Brockett Park in Gowrie. The girl ran north to the business area on Market Street. In Dayton a five year old girl was riding her bicycle near Third Street Northeast and Fifth Avenue Northeast. The girl told sheriff's deputies that a white van pulled over near her and a man wearing a ski mask followed her on foot. She reported the man was talking to someone in the van. Both children are okay. Anyone with information on these incidents should contact Webster County Crimestoppers at 515-573-1444. A similar incident occured in Grand Junction on Monday and in Boone on Monday evening. Webster City Police Chief Shiloh Mork said officers will continue to keep a close eye on these reports in preventing a similar incident in Webster City.

September weather in review.
Posted: Oct 01 2014 by ppowers

September was a month of above normal temperatures and precipitation in Webster City. Records at the Radio Hill weather reporting station for the month showed the average high at 73 degrees and the average low at 48. Normal high for September is 63 degrees. The warmest day for the month was 88 degrees on September 4 with the lowest temperature being 31 degrees on September 13. The 31 degree temperature on that date was a new record for Webster City breaking the old  record of 34 degrees set on September 13,1931 and again on September 13,1975. As for precipitation we ended September with 4.57 inches of rainfall.

The National Weather Service outlook for October in Iowa shows we will be in for normal to below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Last October in Webster City the average high was 62 degrees and the average low was 36 degrees. Total rainfall for October,2013 was 1.96 inches of precipitation. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

No school Monday in Webster City.
Posted: Oct 01 2014 by ppowers

 Students in the Webster City Community Schools will be away from the classroom on Monday,October 6 due to professional development day for the staff. The staff will learn positive behavior support techniques for dealing with behaviors that are impeding the ability of the classroom teachers to deliver instruction for all children when some children are dealing with  Attention Deficit Hyper Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and other challenging behaviors. School will resume on Tuesday,October 7.

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