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Information sought in Fort Dodge fire

FORT DODGE — Investigators looking into a fire at a vacant house Saturday evening are asking the public for any information on “suspicious activity” in the area around the time of the fire. The fire was reported at 6:22 p.m. at 1811 Fourth Ave. S. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve ...

‘Sometimes, they may just need to talk’

Last week, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new law which will expand mental health services across the state of Iowa. The law creates six access centers to provide short-term care for people in crisis and doubles the number of teams across the state that provide 24/7 flexible treatment and ...

Chilly egg hunt

STANHOPE — A frigid temperature and high winds didn’t keep youngsters from hunting for eggs at the annual Stanhope Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning. There was plenty of candy and prizes to go around, including one special golden egg that was hidden for each age group. After the hunt, ...

Council to meet tonight

The City Council of Webster City will hold a public hearing Monday night during its regular meeting on the 2018 Beach Street water main extension. According to a council memo, the project will loop the water mains from the water tower behind the Webster City Day Care to the water mains ...

Lehigh receives state grant for water plant

LEHIGH — Major work on the water plant in Lehigh is moving forward thanks to a state Community Development Block Grant. “Our filter system is in need of replacing, and new water lines form the well to the filter, and then new pumps to push the water up to the water tower,” said Lehigh ...

Austin Hanks to open for ZZ Top

When ZZ TOP takes the stage June 30 for the annual Shellabration concert, they’ll be playing to an audience warmed up into the red zone by direct support act Austin Hanks. Shellabration Inc. President Jim Reed announced his appearance this week. Hanks and ZZ TOP have a strong ...

ZZ TOP tickets go on sale tonight

Shellabration Inc. President Jim Reed announced that tickets for the June 30 Shellabration show featuring ZZ TOP and opening act Austin Hanks will go on sale at midnight tonight. Tickets are $38 in advance and increase to $45 on June 18. They can be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com ...

Minor injuries in train-semi crash

A driver received minor injuries in a train-semi accident Thursday morning just north of 220th Street on McMurray Avenue, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons. Robert Mitchell of Webster City was southbound on McMurray Avenue when he collided with the westbound Canadian ...

Fox named Firefighter of Year

Jeffrey Fox, right, was recently named Firefighter of the Year for the Webster City Fire Department. His award was presented by Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield, left. Fox joined the the department as a volunteer in June 2014. According to Stansfield, Fox has attained several certifications in the ...

A new district?

Voters in the Webster City and Northeast Hamilton School Districts on Tuesday will decide if the two school systems will reorganize into one district. If the measure is approved on Tuesday, the two districts would form a new school district in 2019-2020 school year. The two districts ...

Ernst expresses tariff concerns

The tariffs proposed by President Donald Trump are a source of concern for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who said she’s worried they could hurt Iowa farmers and the rest of the country’s economy. “So what we don’t want to see is an all-out trade war where the American economy is ...

Donation to Stratford Fire

WC Cruisers Treasurer Al Trampel presents Strattford fire chief Dan Ostrem with a donation of $500 for the department’s help with the Cruise To The Woods, Iowa's largest cruise and car show, last fall.

Destination for vintage

JEWELL — Downtown Jewell is becoming a destination for vintage. At least that’s how Maranda Van Cleave sees it. Early this month she opened Mustard Seed Revival at 629 Main St.. The new shop joined three other stores on Main Street in Jewell that each offers a unique approach to the ...

County OKs housing study

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to move ahead with a housing study for the county. Board Chairman Dan Campidilli said the study will be conducted by RDG Schutte Wilscam Birge Inc. of Omaha and will look at eight of the communities in Hamilton ...

Supervisors concerned about possible loss of backfill funds

The Board of Supervisors of Hamilton County expressed concern Tuesday morning about the potential loss of state-funded backfill dollars which make up for the reduction in commercial and industrial property tax credit. Supervisor Doug Bailey said that the state established the backfill fund ...

On the alert

Campers, hikers, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy Hamilton County Parks this summer while remaining secure in the knowledge they will be notified of any potential severe weather. Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system. The system can be ...

Amanda Ross named new superintendent

An Ames school administrator was selected Monday night as the next Webster City schools superintendent. Dr. Amanda Ross, currently the associate superintendent for Ames Community School District, was extended a contract for the Webster City position following a closed session meeting of the ...

Board OKs 2018-2019 budget, calendar

The Webster City school board approved the 2018-2019 school budget Monday night, setting the tax asking at $14. 8279 per thousand of valuation. During a public hearing on the budget, Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the general fund portion of the tax asking was $12.74. The management ...

Grants awarded by Enhance Hamilton County Foundation

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation awarded $101,711.04 in grant funds to 14 Hamilton County organizations Tuesday night during their annual Grant Awards ceremony held at the Webster City Middle School. Over 50 guests attended to receive grant monies and to learn more about the projects ...

Digging out from spring snow

City crews were out in force over the weekend clearing out large drifts of snow following the Saturday snowstorm. Webster City accumulated about 8.5 inches of snow on Saturday and many businesses closed for the day. Blizzard conditions prevailed for much of the morning, with snow eventually ...