Local News

Board to name to new head of schools

By ANNE BLANKENSHIP ablankenship@freemanjournal.net The new superintendent of schools for Webster City is expected to be named Monday night as the Webster City school board meetings in regular session at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building. Last week, the board members interviewed ...

NEH school board approves $3.66M budget

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton School Board approved a $3.66 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year at its regular meeting on Thursday, March 22. Following a public hearing, the board approved the budget which includes a tax levy of $10.91 per $1,000 property value.  This ...

Twenty-five inducted into National Honor Society Sunday

Twenty-five new members of  National Honor Society were inducted into the Webster City High School Chapter Sunday afternoon in Prem Sahai Auditorium. New members include three seniors — Lucas Rohmiller, Reece Taylor and Kaitlyn Wagner, along with 22 juniors — Natalie Asklund, Brady ...

Easter egg hunt is tomorrow

Children and their parents, grandparents or caregivers are invited to the Webster City Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, sponsored by Southfield Wellness Community and the City of Webster City. This year, the popular family event has a new venue — Fuller Hall Recreation Center. In past years ...

Two correctional officers assaulted by FDCF inmates

FORT DODGE — Two correctional officers at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility were assaulted by two inmates Wednesday evening, causing minor injuries to both officers. Neither the officers or the inmates were identified by the Iowa Department of Corrections, which released a statement ...

Hamilton County Pheasants Forever celebrate 30 years

The Hamilton County Pheasants Forever 30th anniversary dinner will beheld Monday, March 26 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds Show Arena, Doors open at 5 p.m. and the dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets for the prime rib dinner featuring a large hors d’oeuvres table are $55 which ...

‘The absence of normal’

Human trafficking is the second most profitable industry in the world, second only to drugs. —Michael Ferjak A truck driver parked at a gas station in New Kent, Virginia, thought the presence of black curtains on a nearby RV was strange. Even more strange, he thought, was when he briefly ...

NEH, WC patrons hear about the impact of upcoming reorganization

BLAIRSBURG — In the second of a series of public information meetings, Northeast Hamilton administrators presented the facts about the proposed school reorganization plan on Tuesday night in the media center. More than a dozen people attended the meeting to learn and ask questions about ...

Marvets sentenced to 344 months in prison for child sexual exploitation

EAGLE GROVE — Jason Marvets, who admitted to child exploitation and extortion involving two underage girls, has been sentenced to federal prison. Marvets, 30, of Eagle Grove, was sentenced to more than 28 years in prison on Monday. He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of ...

In celebration of veterans

A special evening of food, auctions and entertainment will benefit Honor Flight veterans. Webster City High School will host a USO Show Friday night to celebrate all veterans and their service. The event will begin with a supper at 5:30 p.m. served by the FFA. Porkburgers with all the ...

Let’s talk local housing

FORT DODGE — Webster County is one of six Iowa counties that aren’t part of a local housing trust fund that receives state money to help low income households, according to Vickie Reeck, the community and economic development director for Fort Dodge. Reeck spoke to the Webster County ...

Interns to help with Junquefest

The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce have announced that two interns will be working with the organization as it gets ready for the upcoming 2018 Junquefest. Breean Hoyt will be graduating in May from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a ...

Medians to remain in place

The concrete medians at the intersection of Fair Meadow Drive and Superior Street that are despised by at least some residents will remain in place when the road juncture is rebuilt this year. The Webster City City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to keep the medians that Mayor John ...

Council considers Corn Belt agreement

Webster City officials are considering an agreement that could pay dividends, but could also mean the local government would be responsible for paying off debt incurred by an electricity supplier. The City Council on Monday received information on the proposed Combined Transmission System ...

Let them eat cake

FORT DODGE —Once a year, there’s one place where people can support a local organization that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence. They do it by bidding on auction items paired with cakes. This year is the 23rd annual Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center’s cake ...

Public meeting planned

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton School District will hold a public informational meeting on the district's proposed school reorganization with Webster City on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the NEH Media Center. School administrators will give a presentation which outlines the ...

Interviews to be held for three finalists

Three candidates for the Webster City School superintendent position will have interviews this week with the school board and other stakeholder groups. Full-day interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The three finalists are: Dr. Jesse Ulrich, of AHSTW (Avoca, ...

‘The game is afoot’

A program about Sherlock Holmes, the great detective made famous in stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, will be presented at Kendall Young Library on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room Richard Caplan will present “Sherlock Holmes in Turn-of-theCentury ...

Two arrested for Thursday thefts

Two Harcourt men are facing charges following arrests Thursday morning in Webster City. The Webster City Police Department responded to a report of a theft from a property in the 800 block of Boone Street shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday. The reporting party gave a description of the suspect ...

Weekend escapes and creative outlets

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley has a wide variety of workshops and classes planned for spring. Each offers participants a creative outlet to experiment and try new hobbies, including quilting, writing, jewelry making and others. City Quilts – Quilting Retreat Looking for a weekend ...