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Democracy in action

Webster City High School seniors had the opportunity to see democracy in action Monday morning at Prem Sahai Auditorium. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley visited the high school for a town hall meeting and to hear questions students. WCHS Principal Brent Jorth said the opportunity was one that the ...

City council approves 2015-2016 audit

The City Council of Webster City observed two presentations Monday evening. Justin Jacobsma, with Williams & Company P.C. presented the 2015-2016 City of Webster City audit. According to Jacobsma, there was an “unmodified opinion” on the audit, which is positive. “The ...

Food bank returns Tuesday

The Mobile Food Bank of Iowa will return to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help individuals overcome food insecurity. Individuals are encouraged to bring bags, laundry baskets, or boxes to carry their food in. No I.D. is required. According to the ...

Magic in Stanhope

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Billie Shelton Frosty’s Wintertime Magic Show was a hit with Stanhope-area youngsters Saturday when Mike Prestley put on his magic show at the community center. The show was sponsored by the library. Some 35 children from preschoolers through elementary ...

NEH to hold Reading Night

BLAIRSBURG —Northeast Hamilton Elementary School will present Family Reading Night on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will include two activity stations where families can participate. At one of the stations, Leslie Pralle Keehn, Prairie Lakes AEA Instructional ...

Council meets tonight

The City Council of Webster City will observe two presentations tonight. Williams & Company P.C. will present the 2015-2016 City of Webster City audit. Gary Groves, Wilson Brewer Historic Committee Chairman, will update the council on potential plans and progress with Wilson Brewer ...

NEH board reviews initial budget draft

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton school board Thursday night reviewed the initial 2017-2018 budget, received the initial proposal from the NEH Education Association and approved $500,000 for summer work projects. With Superintendent Mike Sherwood absent from the meeting, Principal ...

Lively learning

Locals joined Chad Eells Wednesday night at Home Appliance and Repair to hone their construction skills. Workshop participants learned how to properly cut and measure boards. They also learned about the different tools used to cut and measure types of wood materials. This Legacy ...

Ready to set sail

The Webster City Community Theatre is getting ready to set sail on another production this weekend. “Murder on a Budget” opens Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Webster City Community Theatre. Writer and director Sally Evans said the play centers around a high school class ...

WCFD investigates house fire Tuesday

Webster City Firefighters were called to investigated a house fire shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke coming from the eaves of a home at 1040 Bluff St, owned by Holly Mortenson of Webster City. A fire was found in the bathroom ceiling on the east side of ...

Brown resigns from WC Area Chamber

Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Brown has announced that she will be stepping down from her position on March 24. Brown, who came to Webster City in March 2013, said she's ready to continue with the next chapter of her life. She announced on her blog, “Need a Little ...

Wilson Brewer Historic Park Commission readies presentation to council

Members of the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee met Tuesday morning to discuss their upcoming presentation to the Webster City City Council. The committee will update the council on what the WBHPC has been working on over the past few months. This includes showing the overall conceptual ...

A Valentine serenade

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Karen Hinderks, center in red, was surprised by a visit from the Purple and Gold Singers of Webster City High School. The group was busy all day Tuesday delivering singing Valentines to many local residents. The students delivered a flower, ...

Supervisors hear updates on county roads, flu

The conditions of the gravel roads in Hamilton County are starting to improve, according to County Engineer Nicole Stinn. She gave an update on the roads Tuesday to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. She said the wet, muddy non-paved roads are under the care of her roads crews and ...

Technology talks

The Webster City School Board observed a second grade technology integration presentation Monday night. “We have some second graders who are here today,” said Dawn Scholtens, instructional coach at Sunset Heights Elementary School. “The coaches teamed up together to work with the ...

Firefighter of year

— Submitted photo Captain Brandon Hayes, right, was named the Firefighter of the Year for 2016 by the Webster City Fire Department Saturday night. He’s pictured with firefighter Don Wills. Hayes has been department member for 25 years. He served as interim fire chief for about six months ...

Dodging for a cause

SHIFT Happens is encouraging the community to duck, dodge, dip, and dive for a cause. This year's Dodge For A Cause Event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24 at Jeff Gym in Webster City. City. Check-in starts at 5 p.m. and the event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration is only $5 per ...

New season, new skills

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is offering a diverse selection of workshops for the months of February and March. Welding Skills for Sculpture Join Doug Abbott on Saturday, Feb. 25 to hone the basic skills it takes to make beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork. The morning ...

School board tonight

The Webster City School Board will observe a second grade technology integration presentation Monday night at 6 p.m. The WCEA Initial Proposal and WCESA Initial Proposal are on the board’s agenda. A fundraising request is also on the board agenda. Two contracts are on the agenda: ...

Remembering winter adventures

I recently saw a headline about winter adventures. Since so far our winter has been mild and open, I guess the closest we can come to winter adventures is to read about them. But I can’t help remembering the kind of fun that was found on sleds when I was growing up. We were lucky to ...