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WC city manager submits resignation

City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez announced Wednesday that he is resigning his position with the City of Webster City to take a similar position in California. In his letter of resignation to the mayor and City Council, Ortiz-Hernandez said the move would bring his family closer to ...

Making movies with smartphones

Kristian Day, film and TV director, will lead a four-day workshop in Webster City on how to make cinema- style movies with a smartphone. Day is partnering with nonprofit organization Legacy Learning Boone River Valley (LLBRV) to bring storytelling skills via film to the state. Friday and ...

A slice of the good life … and watermelon

STANHOPE — There's nothing better than an ice cold slice of watermelon on a warm summer afternoon. Throw in some music, games and parade and you've got a real celebration. That's just what's going on in Stanhope on Saturday. The 61st annual Watermelon Day, sponsored by the Stanhope ...

Remembering 716 Prospect Street

The recent passing of former Webster City Councilman and Mayor Eugene Gray stirs up memories of the family’s former home at 716 Prospect Street. For 24 years, from 1972 until 1996, Gene and Lois Gray operated a successful antique shop at this address. The 1st Street landmark is easily ...

Council approves agreement with U of I

University of Iowa students will soon be helping Webster City with everything from parks planning to creating downtown murals. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved an agreement with the university in Iowa City to make that possible. The agreement puts Webster City into the Iowa ...

Hearing set for property sale

The owner of the Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge in Webster City has revealed some plans for the former Shady Oaks Motel site he hopes to buy from the local government. Burke Risetter told the City Council on Monday that he wants to expand his business at 1121 E. Second St. to the east. ...

A team with heart

The Webster City Lynx Baseball team has some very loyal and enthusiastic fans. But it could be that little Tucker Jones, age 3, may be the team's biggest fan. On Friday night, the team gave back a little of that love to their young fan with a surprise presentation. Members of the team ...

Downtown art

Art is alive and blossoming in Downtown Webster City, thanks to two new sculptures which have been installed at the corner of Second and Des Moines St. Members of the Arts R Alive in Webster City committee held the sculpture reveal and reception Thursday night with about 30 people gathering ...

Bluegrass on the green grass

STRATFORD — A little bit of a gusty wind blowing through the grounds of the 34th annual Stratford Bluegrass Festival Friday afternoon gave vocalist and guitarist Kody Norris fodder for a well-received joke. “Wow,’ he said. “That blew the tune right off my guitar, and it’s still ...

Bluegrass Festival rolls into Stratford

STRATFORD — The sounds of strumming and picking will be heard this weekend as Stratford Stride presents the 34th annual Bluegrass Festival in the Stratford City Park. Musical ensembles from all over the country will perform during the four-day event. Performances begin this evening at ...

‘Seussical the Musical’ continues

There is still time to see the colorful characters of classic Dr. Seuss stories come to life at Webster City Communtiy Theatre. “Seussical the Musical” runs through Sunday with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the ...

Donation to WBP project

The Webster City Elmo Lodge No. 62 Independent Order of Oddfellows recently made a $400 donation to the Wilson Brewer Park Depot project. Their donation is to assist with the renovation of the Illinois Central Railroad Depot. Pictured from left to right are Delores Ayers, secretary; Lee ...

Supervisors OK, pass CAFO plans on to DNR

A public hearing on a proposed new hog confinement project in section 23 of Blairsburg Township was held Tuesday morning during the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting. A handful of people turned out for the meeting, though there were no verbal objections to the project. County ...

Mobile Crisis Team ready to respond to those in need

Central Iowa Community Services and its partner organization, Eyerly Ball Mental Health Services are now offering mobile crisis response services in Franklin, Hamilton, and Hardin counties. The team servicing this three-county area will be known as the north team. CICS and Eyerly Ball ...

Ross shares overview of first week on the job

Dr. Mandy Ross, the new superintendent of Webster City Schools, gave an overview of her first week on the job during Monday night's school board meeting. Ross, who was hired in March to succeed Superintendent Mike Sherwood, began her duties on July 2. She was formerly the associate ...

Interim board approves survey

Patrons in the Webster City and Northeast Hamilton Schools will be asked to take a survey as they register children for next school year this month. The interim board of the two districts agreed to follow up with the query to determine where families plan to send their children to school ...

Rural That Works conference comes to Hamilton County

JEWELL — A special conference geared for small town folks who are interested in learning from other successful small towns and people will be held Sept. 6 and 7, in Stratford and Jewell. The Rural That Works conference is being hosted by Sarah Thompson and Deb Brown. Information and ...

Poplar Grove Speedway to host Grand Nationals

KAMRAR — The 4-Cycle Speedway Grand Nationals will be held July 12, 13 and 14 at Poplar Grove Speedway at Kamrar. Poplar Grove Speedway has been opened and operated by Tim and Holly Mortenson for the past 22 years. They hold go-kart races every other Sunday from April through ...

Closed — chamber office closes

The doors at the Webster City Chamber of Commerce, 628 Second St., are locked and officials with the organization's board of directors say that the office will remain closed until further notice. In a letter to chamber members dated June 29, Board President Lynn McKinney said all ...

An old-fashioned 4th of July

WILLIAMS — The hardy Williams community marked its 67th annual Fourth of July celebration even though the heat index hovered above 103 degrees. Following the parade, the activities moved to the Williams City Park where games, food and fun were waiting. Community churches served its ...