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Documenting history

Filmmaker Colleen Bradford Krantz visited Webster City Monday afternoon to scope out the scene for her documentary project “Unintended 1900.” Bradford Krantz, 44, toured the original Hamilton County Courthouse with several community members before she returns on Saturday to film. ...

High winds cause fascia debris to fall

High winds loosened the decorative fascia on a downtown business Monday afternoon. According to Webster City building inspector Elise Timm, a four foot section of fascia loosened at 645 Second St. Monday around 2:15 p.m. “Because of high winds today –we did receive winds up to 45 miles ...

So you want to start a business?

The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a free seminar tonight entitled “So You Want to Start a Business.”  The session will be held at the Hamilton County Extension Office, 311 Bank St., Webster City, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Brook Boehmler from the Small Business ...

Board OKs school calendar

The 2017-2018 school calendar was approved Monday evening during the Webster City school board meeting. Classes are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 23. The last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, May 25. Christmas break will be from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, ...

Action vs. reaction

Students in the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association Citizens Academy were taken through a series of simulations with local law enforcement Thursday evening at the Hamilton County Conservation building. Iowa State Patrol trooper Dennis Schnathorst has been in law enforcement for ...

NEH OKs contracts

BLAIRSBURG —The Northeast Hamilton School Board approved teacher contracts and the 2017-2018 school calendar at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 20. The contract with the Northeast Hamilton Education Association added $215 to the teacher base salary of $27,765 plus an additional ...

Eagle Scout of year honored

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Webster City High School Senior Brian Borkowski was honored with Eagle Scout of the Year on Saturday afternoon at an American Legion Conference at The Bridge. Pictured from L-R are American Legion 8th District Commander Marvin Carr, Brian ...

Juggling, unicycles and fun

BLAIRSBURG — Williams Area Development Corporation hosted the Hanson Family Jugglers for a Family Fun Night at the Northeast Hamilton gym Monday night. The Hanson family from Kanawha, Iowa feature Mark and Christina Faye and their four children. Mark holds two Guinness World Records for ...

WC schools respond to violence rumors

Webster City School District officials sent a statement to parents of high school students Wednesday, responding to rumors about alleged threats of violence by a student. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said in the statement that the district was aware of the rumors. “Whenever the ...

Education is key in prevention

Education is imperative to help prevent child abuse, according to officials with Building Families. “Our goal is that every child be healthy, happy and successful,” said Angela Wesselink, Parent Coordinator with Building Families, “I work on helping parents – our goal is preventing ...

Sheriff’s Office, DEA to hold prescription drug collection

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The drug take-back will ...

Sidewalk work begins

Crews were beginning the groundwork on South Superior Street Wednesday as the sidewalk project gets underway in Webster City.

Technology talks

In the last five years, the Webster City School District has seen a rapid increase in the use of technology. As technology and the use of social media increase at all age levels, the district is working to give students the tools to successfully utilize it. “Since we went to 1:1 with the ...

Donations roll in for Pocket Lady

Linda Williams of Webster City retired from the Webster City School District in 2016 due to health issues, but she hasn't had a chance to enjoy her retirement. She's spent many days in hospitals and medical facilities. Known to elementary children for many years as the Pocket Lady and as the ...

Grant process begins

Applications for the 19th round of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants open today, according to H/M Tax board members. Hotel/Motel tax grants are for the purpose of increasing tourism and visitors to Webster City. Individuals who wish to apply for grant money must attend a mandatory grant training session ...

Exploring Thailand

Diane Bahrenfuss, a Webster City teacher, recently traveled half-way around the world to a country she never dreamed she would visit. A trip to Thailand wasn't on her radar until her son, Dalton Keane, took a job teaching English in Chiang Mai in the mountainous northern part of the country. ...

WC utilities receive state honor

The Iowa Area Development Group honored Webster City Municipal Utilities with the Economic Development Impact Award Monday evening during the City Council meeting. In recognition of their leadership and support, Webster City was presented with a IADG Impact Award for project development. ...

Clean-up days are approved

The City Council approved the the dates and times for the city-wide Cleanup-Drop-off Event Monday evening during its regular meeting. The dates are Friday, June 9 from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Webster City Middle School parking lot. The city ...

Moriarty honored

A plaque was presented to Dr. Leo Moriarty at Monday evening’s city council meeting for his many years of service with the planning and zoning commission. Above, Webster City Mayor John Hawkins shakes with Moriarty after presenting him with a personalized plaque for his service.