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Courthouse is site for flag collection

The Hamilton County Courthouse is now a retired American flag disposal site. In partnership with the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriff's Association, Hamilton County has installed a flag retirement box in the first floor lobby of the ...

Something new everyday

“Everyday there’s something new. I’m learning all sorts of different things,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons. “Thank goodness I have good staff that has taught me a lot of things.” Timmons, who took office on Jan. 1, 2017, just celebrated his one year anniversary as ...

‘All My Sons’ comes to WCCT stage

Webster City Community Theatre is set to present the award-winning drama about a fateful World War II decision in February. The 1947 post-war play, written by famed playwright Arthur Miller, is directed by Abby Sturtevant Sharp, with assistance from Trese Arends and Mark Dohms. Miller’s ...

Making an impact

The impact that Iowa Central Community College has on the region extends far beyond the degrees and certificates it awards to students each year. It has an economic impact of about $217 million a year, according to a study by Ernie Goss, the MacAllister Chair and professor of economics at ...

Weekend workshops provide learning opportunities

To help beat those winter blues, Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is offering a variety of workshops this weekend. Unbeatable Baking, Iowa Style Join blue-ribbon baker, food writer, farm cook and Iowa author Darcy Maulsby at the end of January for a winter baking weekend. “This ...

New chief nursing officer hired

Van Diest Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge announced the hiring of new a chief nursing officer at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting. Amy McDonough was not present at the meeting but will be formerly introduced at the February board meeting. She previously worked at ...

Years of use

When Iowa Central Community College welcomed its first students in 1966, the community college system that exists in the state today was a new concept. Since then, hundreds of thousands of students have strolled across the Fort Dodge campus. The latest figures available from the college show ...

A smooth adjustment

“I’m just really excited to be back in the area,” said Dr. Kyle Heffernan. “When you work hard to become proficient and excel at your craft and then get a chance to move back to an area like this and give back to the area that gave so much to you, it’s a pretty rewarding ...

NEH board hears report on reorganization work

Blairsburg — The Northeast Hamilton school board learned the district's taxable valuations for the 2019 fiscal year and heard about what the next steps in the reorganization process are at its regular board meeting on last week in Blairsburg. NEH taxable valuations will be $198 million, ...

In the beginning

Back in 1966 there were only two employees of what was then the Area V Community College-Vocational School: Donald Klucking, of Webster City, and Edwin Barbour, of Eagle Grove. Klucking was the school’s secretary and business manager. Barbour, who at that time had been Eagle Grove’s ...

Presentations given at town hall meeting

Four presentations were given during Monday evening’s town hall meeting. A representative with Iowa Central Community College spoke about the upcoming Bond Referendum election to be held on February 6. The proposed $25.5M bond would be spent on a series of projects including ...

Search criteria discussed

The Webster City school board held a brief meeting Monday night, followed by a work session with representatives of McPherson and Jacobson, the firm assisting with the search for a new superintendent. The board took an initial look at the 2018-2019 school calendar which Superintendent Mike ...

Working out the details

Members of the Youth Advisory Commission met Sunday evening to discuss plans for a proposed Frisbee golf tournament. Frisbee golf or what many refer to as “frolf”, is a recreational game that mixes components of both golf and Frisbee. Players throw a disc from a tee to a target. Frolf ...

WC school board to meet tonight

The Webster City Board of Education will meet tonight to discuss the title opinion on Van Diest Medical Center property. This item, tabled from the January 8 meeting of the board of directors, concerns the real estate gift agreement with Van Diest Medical Center. The board may approve ...

VDMC limiting visitors

Van Diest Medical Center announced that a hospital-wide visitor restriction has been placed into effect as of Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 due to a significant increase in hospitalizations for influenza (respiratory “flu”). Officials believe it is critical to reducing potential exposure to the ...

DCI agent injured in Webster City crash

An accident Wednesday in Webster City injured Scot M. Ely, of Webster City, according to the Iowa State Patrol, which is investigating the crash. Ely is a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. An ISP report said Ely was northbound in the right lane on Superior ...

Town hall at WCMS

A town hall meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Webster City Middle School commons. There will be a presentation by Iowa Central Community College on the Bond election to be held on February 6, Hamilton County Advocates, and presentation by Webster City Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield.

ICCC $25.5M bond referendum on ballot

Voters in Hamilton County and eight other counties on Feb. 6 will decide whether to approve a $25.5 million bond referendum which fund many building upgrades for Iowa Central Community College. The Webster City Campus of ICCC hosted an open house and tours of the facility Thursday morning ...

Reynolds stresses worker training; She touts Future Ready Iowa

FORT DODGE — Growing Iowa by getting the state’s residents ready for the jobs of the future is the primary goal of Gov. Kim Reynolds some nine months after becoming the state’s chief executive in a transition she describes as seamless. “Workforce is my No. 1 priority,” Reynolds ...

Sherve-Ose to discuss ‘Mississippi Misadventures’ at library

An author visit that was postponed due to the severe weather on Jan. 11 has been rescheduled for tonight, Jan. 18 at Kendall Young Library. Kendall Young Library will host Anne Sherve-Ose on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. She will discuss her adventures paddling the Mississippi River at a book ...