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Queen McKenna to reign

McKenna Mitchell of Webster City was crowned the 2018 Hamilton County Fair Queen Thursday night during a coronation ceremony held at the fairgrounds grandstand. Mitchell is the 18-year-old daughter of Ted and Janet Mitchell. She is a 2018 graduate of Webster City High School. Mitchell was ...

Family donates $100K to Wilson Brewer Park

The Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee received a large donation Tuesday morning that officials say will help with upgrades and renovations planned for the Depot Museum. A $100,000 gift was given by Floyd Poole, on behalf of his aunt Mabel Raska and late uncle Verner Raska. The Raskas, ...

Bovines, Equines and Little Buckaroos

Floats, firetrucks, walkers and riders entertained crowds gathered along downtown Webster City Tuesday night for Hamilton County Fair Parade. The theme for this year’s fair is “Bovines, Equines and Little Buckeroos.” Businesses, 4-H Clubs, churches and civic groups were part of the ...

VDSC donates van to daycare

Riverview Early Childhood Center recently received the donation of a 15 passenger van by Van Diest Supply Company. Riverview officials said the donation will help to get children to and from activities in the community while they are at the center.

SOS donates defibrillator to WCPD

— Submitted photo Members of SOS — Serving our Servants — recently donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Webster City Police Department. Above, Kristen Ruppel presents the unit to Chief Shiloh Mork.

Hamilton County Fair opens today

The Hamilton County Fair officially begins today and will feature the parade through downtown Webster City. The parade begins at 6 p.m. featuring the theme, “Bovines, Equines and Little Buckaroos.” Following the parade, the Farmer Challenge will take place in the show arena. The ...

Unoccupied house burns to the ground in rural Webster County

LEHIGH — An occupied house with no utilities burned to the ground in rural Webster County Monday afternoon. The house, located at 3070 Brushy Creek Road, was fully engulfed when volunteer firefighters arrived. No one was injured, Todd Bingham, Duncombe volunteer fire chief reported. ...

Annual Stanhope celebration welcomes large crowds

STANHOPE — Mother Nature smiled on Stanhope Saturday with cool, sunny and dry conditions for the 61st annual Watermelon Day. The celebration is part family reunion and part carnival, with plenty of simple, homegrown fun that’s all centered in the town park. A morning parade that ...

Wastewater plant to service Prestage is on track

EAGLE GROVE — A multi-million-dollar wastewater plant will be ready to service Prestage Foods of Iowa’s state-of-the-art pork plant by Nov. 1, according to Bryce Davis, Eagle Grove city administrator. Davis said city officials completed a walk-through of the wastewater facility last ...

Fair time is here again

It's that time again — time for the Hamilton County Fair. This year's exposition, with the theme “Equines, Bovines and Little Buckaroos,” begins Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds. While most of the activities begin Tuesday, 4-H Static Exhibits and booth judging gets ...

Locker holds ribbon cutting

Stanhope Locker and Market held their grand opening Friday afternoon, starting with a ribbon cutting to officially the business. Long a fixture in Stanhope, the business has new owners, Amy and Andy Walsh. Co-owners Wes and Shaunna Zanker wielded the scissors that officially cut the ribbon ...

Pingel will lend a hand to save the Humota in Humboldt

Jeff Pingel, of Webster City, is all too familiar with seeing a local movie theater close. In March 2013, Webster City’s theater had what many believed would be a final showing. “I just remember going to the last movie here and I was pretty sad,” Pingel said. “It’s something you ...

Unconditional surrender

President Ulysses S. Grant will make a visit to Webster City Saturday afternoon as Humanities Iowa presenter Peter J. Grady performs “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant.” The program will be held at the Mulberry Center Church on the grounds of Wilson Brewer Historic ...

WC city manager submits resignation

City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez announced Wednesday that he is resigning his position with the City of Webster City to take a similar position in California. In his letter of resignation to the mayor and City Council, Ortiz-Hernandez said the move would bring his family closer to ...

Making movies with smartphones

Kristian Day, film and TV director, will lead a four-day workshop in Webster City on how to make cinema- style movies with a smartphone. Day is partnering with nonprofit organization Legacy Learning Boone River Valley (LLBRV) to bring storytelling skills via film to the state. Friday and ...

A slice of the good life … and watermelon

STANHOPE — There's nothing better than an ice cold slice of watermelon on a warm summer afternoon. Throw in some music, games and parade and you've got a real celebration. That's just what's going on in Stanhope on Saturday. The 61st annual Watermelon Day, sponsored by the Stanhope ...

Remembering 716 Prospect Street

The recent passing of former Webster City Councilman and Mayor Eugene Gray stirs up memories of the family’s former home at 716 Prospect Street. For 24 years, from 1972 until 1996, Gene and Lois Gray operated a successful antique shop at this address. The 1st Street landmark is easily ...

Council approves agreement with U of I

University of Iowa students will soon be helping Webster City with everything from parks planning to creating downtown murals. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved an agreement with the university in Iowa City to make that possible. The agreement puts Webster City into the Iowa ...