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Lighted Drive returns for holiday season

Webster City area businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to take part in the annual Lighted Drive at Briggs Woods Park, sponsored by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce.  The displays can be in promotion of a business, a Christmas scene, or just a bright and beautiful ...

Taking the lead

Nicole Stinn always had a love of math and science. Little did she know that would one day lead her to be one of four female county engineers in the state of Iowa. Stinn took the position of Hamilton County Engineer on Oct. 15."I always liked math and science and was pretty good at it, so once ...

Entries for tree festival sought

WILLIAMS?- The deadline to participate in the Williams Public Library Christmas Tree Festival is Thursday, Nov. 10.Any individual, family, organization, church or business can register to decorate a Christmas tree for the event.The cost of entry is five canned goods or nonperishable foods or ...

Vets Day ceremony planned

American Legion Post 191 will hold Veterans Day ceremonies Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Middle School general purpose room.All veterans, families and the general public are invited to attend.

Redesigned DF-J website launches today

Faster. A cleaner design that's easier to navigate. Mobile-friendly.That's the premise behind The Daily Freeman-Journal's redesigned website, which will launch today. The site can be found online at freemanjournal.net."For 160 years, our newspaper has been the leading source of information for ...

Timmons elected sheriff

A total of 7,169 votes were cast among eight reporting precincts Tuesday evening in the general election race for Hamilton County Sheriff. The total number of registered voters in Hamilton County is 10,523. Republican Doug Timmons, Stratford, won the seat with 5,685 votes, 79.3 percent. ...

Grassley keeps his Senate seat

Republican Charles Grassley has won a seventh U.S. Senate term, extending a political winning streak that stretches to the 1950s.Grassley on Tuesday defeated Democrat Patty Judge, a former lieutenant governor who had been seen by national party officials as the party's best hope to dislodge ...

WC voters approve H/M local option tax renewal

Webster City voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of the Hotel/Motel Local Option tax, on the ballot in Tuesday's general election.The measure which would renew the H/M?tax for 10 years, was approved by a margin of 82.5 percent in favor to 17.5 percent against, or 2,621 votes in favor and ...

Bacon re-elected to house

Robert Bacon, R-Slater, was re-elected to his seat in the Iowa House of Representatives Tuesday.Bacon defeated challenger Sherri Taha, D-Slater, for the House District 48 seat.In Hamilton County, Bacon garnered 4,808?votes and Taha had 2,349. District totals were not available at press time. ...

Behn retains Senate seat

Jerry Behn, R-Boone, was re-elected to Iowa Senate District 24 Tuesday, fending off challenger Keith Puntenney, D- Boone.In Hamilton County, Behn garnered 4,639 and Puntenney had 2,496. There were also eight write-in votes. District totals were not available at press time.Behn has served in the ...

Where do I Vote?

The polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at locations all across Hamilton County for the general election.Here's the locations of all the polling sites across the county:Precinct 1: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, Webster Cityincludes City of Kamrar, Cass Township, Freedom ...

Man airlifted after anhydrous exposure

One man was airlifted to a hospital Monday afternoon after being exposed to anhydrous ammonia.The man's name and the hospital that he was taken to weren't available Monday.He came in contact with anhydrous ammonia while working on a tank in a farm field along Keokuk Avenue in Wright County, ...

WCPD plans Christmas shopping event

The Webster City Police Department will be hosting a 50/50 Raffle to help support the B.L.U.E. (Blue Light Uniformed Events) ProgramLast year, the Webster City Police Department was able to take seven children Christmas shopping who may have otherwise gone without."This was a fun and rewarding ...

Youth Advisory Commission moves forward

The Webster City City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance pertaining to the formation of a Youth Advisory Committee Monday evening at City Hall."We are looking at a Youth Advisory Commission made up of three middle school students and three high school and possibly one ...

Paying respects

A huge crowd of Hamilton County residents gathered Sunday morning to pay tribute and offer thanks to a young police officer who was killed in the line of duty last week in Urbandale.A convoy of law enforcement vehicles escorted the hearse bearing the body of 24-year-old Justin Martin traveled ...

Ribbon cutting

JEWELL-- On a beautiful fall morning, the new JewEllsworth Trail was officially opened. Saturday, with a good-sized crowd looking on, Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers cut the ribbon on the concrete recreational trail that now runs between Jewell and Ellsworth.The three-mile ...