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Pack the bus

Webster City area residents were invited to “Pack the Bus” with school supplies starting Monday morning. A Webster City Schools minibus is parked in the parking lot at Hy-Vee and Jon Johnson, store director, and Sonja Brennan, general merchandise manager, shown posing with the bus, say ...

Board hears report on new school year

Dr. Mandy Ross, new Webster City superintendent of schools, told the school board Monday night things are on track for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Ross said new teachers are currently in training sessions and returning staff members will be back on Monday to prepare for the ...

Ten new teachers join WC district

Ten new teachers will be joining the Webster City Community Schools staff when the 2018-2019 school year begins in just a couple of weeks. Starting off the new staff roster is Ben Baker, who was raised and currently resides in Eagle Grove with girlfriend Misty, daughter Cora, 3, and son, ...

Poplar Grove Speedway lights up the track

KAMRAR — A ribbon cutting was held Saturday at Poplar Grove Speedway in Kamrar just before officials flipped the switch for the lights to come on for the DREAM ALIVE Race. According to owners, Tim and Holly Mortensen, the dream came alive after 22 years of dreaming of racing under ...

Playing through

Many local and out-of-town golf enthusiasts turned out for the 21st Annual Webster City Fire Department Golf Tournament, held at the Briggs Woods Golf Course this past Sunday. The tournament was booked to capacity for yet another successful year, according to Chuck Stansfield, Webster City ...

A day at the swimming pool

With temperatures soaring into the 90s, Thursday was the perfect day to cool off at the Webster City outdoor pool.

Sogard joins the DFJ staff

The Daily-Freeman Journal is pleased to welcome Buena Vista University alumnus Courtney Sogard. Sogard will be a part-time reporter for the DFJ. She said looks forward to getting out and wielding a camera, pen and paper in hand, getting some great photos and stories from the citizens of ...

Candidate for state auditor stops in WC

Rob Sand, a Democrat from Des Moines, said he's running for state auditor in Iowa because he feels the office needs to have a watchdog, preferably one with law enforcement experience to investigate taxpayer-funded corruption. Sand made a stop in Webster City Wednesday morning to visit with ...

County ends funding for Hamilton Hometowns

STANHOPE — One agenda item generated lengthy discussion, debate, and at times disagreement among board members, county supervisors, and the dozen people who attended Tuesday evening’s meeting of the board of Hamilton Hometowns. At issue was county funding for the group, originally ...

One dead following motorcycle accident

An Ottumwa woman has died as result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night on Interstate 35 in Hamilton County. The 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Todd A. Burnstedt, 52, of Ottumwa, was traveling southbound near the 128 mile marker when the rear tire blew. ...

Celebrating police-community partnerships

Despite morning rain showers and some threatening clouds earlier in the day, the Hamilton County National Night Out drew hundreds to West Twin Park Tuesday night. Billed as a evening of community building, the event is designed to promote community-police partnerships, bringing law ...

Variety of classes offered by LLBRV

With the arrival of August and the start of school just around the corner, Legacy Learning Boone River Valley has been busy putting together some late summer-early fall workshops on a wide variety of topics. Tonight and next Wednesday, learn about the basics of food preservation in a ...

Iowa youths begin term on State 4-H Council

Thirty-nine Iowa youths, including Emma Bailey of Webster City, are beginning their 2018-2019 terms as State 4-H Council members following an induction ceremony during the 2018 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, June 28. These young leaders will serve as ambassadors for the Iowa 4-H Youth ...

Storms bring tree damage, power outages

Webster City residents were busy cleaning up downed limbs and branches Sunday afternoon after a mid-morning storm with heavy rain, winds and hail moved through the community. Many properties experienced tree damage, like the damage above located in the 1000 block of Division Street. Parts of ...

Building relationships, building trust

Hamilton County residents are invited to take part in the upcoming National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at West Twin Park. The event celebrates police and community partnerships, according to Sheriff Doug Timmons, one of the organizers. Timmons said the National Night Out ...

Artist at the forge

STRATFORD — Ty Murray has been hitting pieces of red hot steel with a hammer since he was about 9 years old when he was introduced to the art by his dad, Bill Murray. It may have been a way for his dad to keep the children busy. “Dad had a forge, he had coal, he had the anvil, he had ...

Burgers and sweet corn

American Legion Post 191 served up a pork burger and sweet corn feed Saturday night. The meal which drew Legion and auxiliary members as well as folks from the community, was a fund raiser to help offset costs for their building expansion. Pictured in the kitchen at the Legion Hall are, from ...

Celebrating the Arts

The 10 pieces of sculpture that are included in this year’s Arts R Alive project in Webster City had their public debut Thursday evening in West Twin Park. The public art display features works from several Iowa artists, including Webster City artist Tim Adams whose piece is called ...

WCFD battles trash fire

Webster City Fire Department responded to a trash fire just West of the Hamilton County Fair Grounds. The call came in around 10:05 a.m. Wednesday that black smoke was coming from the area. WCFD responded and found a large pile on fire. Witnesses noticed two people leaving the area around the ...

On with the show

Forty-three youngsters — ages 7 through 8th grade —have had a busy week learning songs, memorizing lines and rehearsing dance routines, all part of the fun at Camp Creamery, presented by the Old Creamery Theatre and hosted by Webster City Community Theatre. The camp, a tradition at ...