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Getting down to business

Members of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce gathered Thursday morning at the Ed Prince Building for the organization's quarterly meeting. The event was hosted by the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Chamber Executive Director Linda Christianson gave a report on the recent three-day ...

Speaker to discuss area ghost towns

Writer and photographer Dave Baker will present talk on the “Ghost Towns of Hamilton County” Saturday afternoon at the Mulberry Center Church in Wilson Brewer Park. The program will begin at 1 p.m. Baker, the creater of the Iowa history blog, “Iowa: The 29th State,” will ...

Scott shares his story

STANHOPE  — “I am glad for the heart, but I feel sad for the family,” Jim Scott told those assembled for the SALT meeting in Stanhope on Thursday morning. Scott, of rural Stratford, was speaking of his gratitude for the heart transplant he received on Oct. 1 in Omaha. The donor ...

It’s Jubilee time in Jewell

JEWELL — Jewell will roll out the red carpet this weekend as the community hosts the annual Jewell Jubilee, featuring a barbecue, ice cream social, parade and kids activities. The fun begins Friday night with the Main Street Barbecue. Smoked beef, pork and turkey will be served along with ...

How the candidates fared in Hamilton County

Nearly 17 percent of Hamilton County registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's Primary Election. According unofficial election results, 1,627 ballots were cast at the eight precincts around the county. Nine-hundred twenty-three Republican ballots were submitted and 698 Democratic ballots ...

Warwick wins Republican nomination for treasurer

Judy Warwick defeated fellow county treasurer's office employee Cheryl Westrum to secure the Republican nomination for Hamilton County treasurer. Incumbent Treasurer Joni Hilpipre is retiring at the end of 2018 and is not seeking re-election. Warwick received a total 515 votes, or 57.35 ...

Clean-up days set

Area residents will have an opportunity to clean up their properties and get rid of unwanted items Friday and Saturday as the City of Webster City hosts a clean-up, drop-off event at the Webster City Middle School. The event will be held Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 ...

Relay for Life goes on the road

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Hamilton County will go on the road this year as the annual fundraiser will be held in Stanhope on Wednesday, June 20. The new venue will allow the Relay activities to coincide with Stanhope's Wednesday Night in the Park. Events get underway at ...

One dead in accident on north Duncombe curve

DUNCOMBE — A fiery crash left one person dead after two vehicles collided Monday afternoon east of Fort Dodge, according to Trooper Mark Anderson, of the Iowa State Patrol. The accident was reported shortly before 3 p.m., on the north Duncombe curve along 200th Street. Names of those ...

Council votes to join housing trust

An agreement that would help local homeowners who meet certain income requirements pay for upgrades like new roofs was approved by the Webster City City Council Monday. The council voted unanimously to join a regional housing trust fund that includes Hamilton and Webster counties. That ...

Dust busters: Trees, technology help Iowa Select Farms control odors

WILLIAMS — What if odor from swine confinement barns could be reduced by 65 percent or more? It’s possible with trees and technology, according to Iowa Select Farms, which is incorporating evergreens and innovative electrostatic fencing at its new 4,800-head Hale Finisher Farm near ...

City accepts property donation

A piece of land that could be used for a future extension of Lynx Avenue was accepted by the Webster City City Council Monday. The real estate was donated to the city by the Marilyn L. Williams Living Trust. It extends south of the current southern endpoint of Lynx Avenue. City Manager ...

Council makes appointments to city boards and commissions

A bid to appoint former Councilman Mark Gillette to the Airport Commission was rejected by the majority of the Webster City City Council Monday evening. Councilman Jim Talbot moved to appoint Gillette to a four year term on the commission. Mayor John Hawkins and councilmen Matt McKinney and ...

Outdoor pool to open Monday

The Webster City Outdoor Pool will open this afternoon for the summer. The pool will be open daily for adult lap swimming from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open swimming will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. each day. Also on Monday, Fuller Hall will begin its summer schedule. The facility will be open ...

Hamilton County Polling Sites

The polls will be open in Hamilton County from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the Primary Election in Tuesday. Polling locations are as follows: • Precinct 1 — City of Kamrar, Cass Township, Freedom Township, Fremont Township, Independence Township: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, ...

Entries for fair queen contest available

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 Hamilton County Fair Queen Contest. Girls who reside in Hamilton County or who reside in a county adjoining Hamilton but the majority of her activities are in Hamilton County are eligible. Contestants must be at least 16 years of age and not ...

Just one contested county race in primary

There is just one contested county race in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Two Republicans are seeking the nomination for the  office of Hamilton County treasurer — Judy Warwick and Cheryl Westrum. Both are longtime employees of the Treasurer’s office. Colleen Hanson is seeking the ...

Demolition begins on downtown buildings

All that remained of the former Home Appliance building late Thursday afternoon was the rear wall. That structure and two adjacent buildings are being demolished to make way for an expansion project by First State Bank. The sidewalk and portions of the bank parking lot are fenced off for ...

Candidates for county treasurer share their views

Colleen Hansen Democrat Resident of Webster City for 42 years Background: I was raised in Logan in southwest Iowa and attended Commercial Extension Business College in Omaha, Nebraska, after graduating from Logan-Magnolia High School. My first ...

Naig to make stop in WC Monday

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be Webster City Monday for a public meet and greet at Second Street Emporium. This event is scheduled for noon and is open to the public. Area residents are invited to attend to have a conversation on issues facing Iowa and agriculture. ...