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Tough decisions ahead for NEH

BLAIRSBURG — Declining enrollment will once again force the Northeast Hamilton School Board to make some tough decisions. At Tuesday's public finance meeting, Larry Sigel, a partner at Iowa School Finance Information Service, outlined NEH's financial situation. With declining ...

Streets close today for JunqueFest

Parts of Second Street and adjacent streets in downtown Webster City will close today and will remain closed as organizers and vendors get ready for JunqueFest. Organizers said that as of 7 a.m. today, Second Street between Seneca and Prospect will be closed. Also closing are Seneca Street ...

SO Torch run set for today

The Iowa Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will be held this morning starting at Casey’s General Store on Second Street at 9:30 a.m. A ceremony at the Webster City Middle School will be held at 10 a.m. with Special Olympics athletes to speak to the crowd before parading ...

Outstanding alumni

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has announced that Ann (Peters) Garvey is the recipient of the college’s 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award. The honor is given to individuals for accomplishments throughout their careers, to those who have attained widespread recognitions and ...

Cessna 3.75 scholars named

The following Webster City High School seniors were named as 3.75 Cessna Scholars: • Josie Asklund, daughter of Cassandra and Daniel Asklund, plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to pursue a degree in elementary education. During high school, she was involved in football ...

Inked!

Art comes in a variety of forms. Sculpture, painting, photography and more. In the case of one Webster City man, it’s found in ink. Ben Fox, owner of Underground Ink Tattoo, opened up shop in town in February. “My forte is tattooing,” Fox said. “I like to do high-quality work and ...

Driving in high gear

The Webster City Middle School held it's 3rd annual Toy Fair Tuesday. The toy fair was a class project where 7th graders created a motorized, gear driven toy and added a design to sell to a company. Parents, teachers and students were invited to see the wide variety of motorized toy ...

Senior Life Solutions, VDMC offer screenings

During the month of May, which is designated as Mental Health Month, Van Diest Medical Center is partnering with Senior Life Solutions to raise awareness and help fight stigmas, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care for those suffering from mental illness. Senior ...

Supervisors proclaim May as Mental Health Month

Mental health providers gathered Tuesday morning during the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting to witness the signing of a proclamation. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Patti Treibel Leeds, director of community services for Central Iowa Community Services in Hamilton ...

Honoring our veterans

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Webster City Mayor John Hawkins read the Memorial Day Proclamation Monday morning at the American Legion Avenue of Flags Building at 800 Ohio St. Members of American Legion Post 191 were present as Hawkins proclaimed Monday, May 29 as Memorial ...

JunqueFest opens Friday in downtown WC

In just three days, vendors will begin filtering into Webster City for the Fourth annual JunqueFest. Organizers are expecting thousands of antique, junk and recycled goods fans to come to town to shop the more than 50 booths, This year, there's a change of venue. Vendors, food, and music ...

Board OKs support staff agreement

The Webster City School Board approved a tentative agreement with Webster City Educational Support Association Monday evening. The total package for wages is $60,500, a 2.65 percent increase. “That brings that contract into compliance with current legislation,” said Superintendent Mike ...

WCHS seniors earn diplomas

Friends, family, and faculty filled the Webster City High School Gymnasium Sunday afternoon to celebrate new beginnings for the Class of 2017. The district presented 138 diplomas. Two diplomas were presented to the family members of two seniors who were unable to be at Sunday’s event. ...

SH graduates 55 students

JEWELL — To the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the high school band, the 58 graduating South Hamilton seniors entered the school gymnasium Sunday afternoon as students. When they left an hour later, they were alumni. On a cloudy, breezy day when the temperature was ...

NEH board OKs pay increase

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton school board approved a pay hike for nonbargaining employees at its regular meeting on Thursday night. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Mike Sherwood and Principal Mike Kruger, the board approved a pay increase of $0.15/hr. for nonbargaining ...

Legion announces parade plans

As Memorial Day approaches, the American Legion Post 191 is in the process of making plans, weather permitting, for their parade and services at the North Des Moines Street Bridge, Cass Cemetery, Boulevard of Valor and Graceland Cemetery. The Legion is seeking participants for the parade as ...

DARE graduates

STRATFORD — Stratford Elementary students received certificates commemorating their graduation from D.A.R.E. Thursday afternoon. The 5th and 6th grade class of 22 students has been participating in D.A.R.E. for the past 10 weeks with Hamilton County Deputy Dave Turpin. Turpin shared ...

2 charged in Randall burglary

Two individuals were arrested following a reported residential burglary on Wednesday in Randall. An investigation was initiated and conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies investigated the burglary and executed a search warrant on a residence in Zearing, according to ...

Stratford man arrested for arson

STRATFORD — A Stratford man was arrested on arson and meth charges following the investigation of a fire in Stratford on Sunday. A residential fire was reported at 413 Locust St. in Stratford and the Stratford Fire Department requested assistance from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s ...

Wrestler raises funds for Australia trip

WEBSTER CITY — Carson Hartnett will try out waiting tables this weekend, all in an attempt to add to his piggy bank for an upcoming wrestling excursion. Hartnett, a Webster City High School junior, will be a Grid Iron employee for the day on Saturday, as he continues to fund raise for a ...