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Road to recovery

By ANNE BLANKENSHIPablankenship@freemanjournal.netMax Bailey, his parents and sister are finally together again in the U.S. and planning for what comes next in their lives.The infant, son of McKinley and Jessica Bailey, was born June 5 in Costa Rica. McKinley Bailey is a Webster City native ...

Feeding a need

Most school bags are filled with notebooks, pencils, pens, and three-ring binders. Organizers and volunteers in the Webster City School District are putting a different type of bag together for students in need.The Backpack Program provides meals for students in the district who are unable to ...

Flag raising starts new year at NEH

"I know that together, we are going to have a great year!" said Northeast Hamilton Elementary School Principal Mike Kruger at the opening day ceremony in Blairsburg on Tuesday.As NEH students returned from summer vacation, they gathered at the south side of the school to participate in the ...

‘Smooth start’ for school in WC

Students in the Webster City Community School District began the 2016-2017 academic year Tuesday morning.The new year is off to a positive start according to several Webster City school administrators."It was a good first day," said Webster City Superintendent Mike Sherwood. "We had a nice ...

Iowa Central to train Prestage workers

Iowa Central Community College will provide training for prospective employees for the new Prestage Foods of Iowa pork processing plant to be located south of Eagle Grove.The program, Iowa Industrial New Jobs, provides flexible funding for employee training.The program is set up to train for ...

No soft water

Officials with the City of Webster City have announced that there will be a temporary halt to the water softening process at the Webster City Water Plant.Due to maintenance at the Water Plant, water softening is being discontinued until completed. City officials said the maintenance and ...

Wright Co. enters deal with Prestage

CLARION - The Wright County Board of Supervisors has entered a deal with Prestage Foods of Iowa LLC that will allow the company build its multi-million dollar pork processing plant on a 150 plus-acre stretch of land five miles south of Eagle Grove.Supervisors approved a resolution entering the ...

Plea hearing

A Webster City man has admitted his guilt to extortion after a prior guilty plea had been denied.James Risetter, 69, of Webster City, pleaded guilty to one count of extortion in Webster County District Court Monday afternoon.At the plea hearing, Risetter admitted that, on April 27, he walked ...

Chamber coffee

The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Coffee is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1 at Van Diest Medical Center.Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. with program to follow from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.This is an opportunity to meet new Chamber members, hear latest news regarding Chamber ...

New in town

"Where shall we do life?" is the question young Dan Scarrow was pondering not long ago.Lucky for the community of Jewell and the whole area, the young dentist and his wife decided to do life in Jewell. Jewell Family Dentistry opened for business in June on the Main Street there and already is ...

Victim in Saturday fatality identified

Brett Neal, 23, of West Des Moines, has been identified as the man who died in a two-vehicle accident Saturday on U.S. Highway 169 west of Lehigh, according to crash reports filed with the Iowa State Patrol.The crash was reported at about 6:15 p.m.Neal was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway ...

Dinner and auction

The benefit dinner for Dr. Morgan Pommrehn-Jass and the Jass family will still be taking place on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Webster City Middle School.The 35-year old Alden resident passed away last Monday. She was the wife of Webster City High School industrial technology teacher and tennis ...

Homer event

A Threshing Bee will be held on Aug. 27 and 28 in Homer. Events will begin at 8 a.m.The West Central Region Cockshutt & Co-op Club will be hosting all makes of garden tractors and implements featuring the Cockshutt Delux Series.The Lions Club will be hosting a pancake breakfast on ...

Summer songs

First American Bank Plaza drew a crowd of over 100 people Thursday evening for the third Open Mic Night."Bad Tactics" performed a variety of songs along with other members of the community.Rickey Nelson, of Eagle Grove came out to the event to enjoy some good music and even performed for the ...

New roles ahead

"We are going to have great year!" said Northeast Hamilton Principal Mike Kruger during the Back-to-School open house in Blairsburg on Wednesday.On Wednesday students were invited to visit the school, meet their teachers and drop off school supplies for the new year that begins next week."We ...

Brief meeting

The Donald Trump Campaign will be hosting a Grassroots/Volunteer organizing meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Webster City Maid-Rite.The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is expected to last a half hour.

Prevention and protection

While the Zika Virus has presented itself mainly in southern areas of the United States and various other countries, Iowa is starting to see some travel-related cases.There are 13 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Iowa as of August 12. Local public health administration and the Iowa ...

Open Mic night

Open Mic in the Park returns again tonight to First American Bank Plaza.Music is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and go until 10 p.m."Bad Tactics" will also be performing tonight.Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, a good attitude, and a willingness to enjoy some open mic and ...