Editorials

Branstad announces final agenda

Gov. Terry Branstad announced (Jan 10) in his Condition of the State address - delivered at a joint session of the Legislature - a sensible plan of action for 2107. The governor's vision for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: • A budget that is balanced, stable and stays ...

Iowa’s rural economy remains strong

In the 21st century, Iowa’s economy is becoming more diversified. By any measure, however, the agricultural sector is at the heart of what keeps the Hawkeye State prosperous. Just before Christmas, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released a detailed analysis of how agriculture ...

Back Iowa Central on Tuesday

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, Iowa Central also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. It’s no ...

ICCC students show spirit of giving

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for ...

Remember those in need this holiday season

The Christmas season is a time of joy and love for most. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom Christmas is just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness and hopelessness. ...

A proud moment for Webster City

Tomorrow night, the Webster City Lynx will face the Pella Dutch in the UNI-Dome for the 3A state title. What a tremendous accomplishment for these  young men. We know that they will give 110 percent as they shoot for the stars in the contest Thursday night. But it takes more than just ...

Today we pay honor to our veterans

More than nine decades have passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. It was late morning in France when the armistice ending that conflagration took effect. All those years ago, many Europeans and Americans expected the ...

Make your voice heard tomorrow

Election Day is almost upon us. On Nov. 8, those citizens who choose to vote have the opportunity to shape the future of our community, state and nation. Given the impact American policies have almost everywhere in the world, it is really no exaggeration to say that the voices of this country's ...

Hotel/Motel tax should be renewed

On Nov. 8, local voters will be asked to decide whether Webster City should continue to collect a 7 percent hotel/motel tax. This tax gets collected from people staying at local hotels, motels and beds and breakfasts. All of that money is distributed to organizations and projects that are ...

Forum is opportunity to learn more

The Nov. 8 general election is quickly approaching. And while much attention has been given to presidential race, there are some local races of importance that will be decided in the election as well.In Hamilton County, there are two candidates for the office of Sheriff. Doug Timmons, a ...

It’s time to make your voice heard

Election Day is Nov. 8, but many states make it possible for citizens to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance of that date. Here in Iowa the early voting option began Thursday.Those Americans who choose to vote have the opportunity to shape the future of our community, state and ...

Welcome back to school, Hamilton County students

The whooshing sound you may have heard this week was the sound of hundreds of area parents sighing in relief that school has started again. Slightly softer was the sigh of relief by hundreds of area kids who are secretly glad that summer vacation is over and they can go back to the classes, ...

Music in the Park events bring WC together

Another successful music in the parks is in the books. Thursday night saw a full-house at open mic night. This was the third and final such event for this year.The celebrations held monthly June, July and August provided a welcome and fun way for neighbors to gather, share a meal and listen to ...

Attend the Hamilton County Fair

The Hamilton County Fair is now in full swing. This year's event, themed "Our Roots Run Deep - Ribbons, Rides and Racing," marks the 99th year for the annual celebration.The official opening took place last night with the fair parade through downtown Webster City. But if truth be told, many ...

Music in the Park a rousing success

The First American Bank Plaza was filled with music Thursday night for the summer's first Music in the Park event. Several hundred people from the community gathered to hear local musicians play. It was an open mic, so many local singers and performers shared their talents with the ...

Support your local farmers market

There's nothing quite like the flavor of homegrown tomatoes or leaf lettuce. But if you're not blessed with a green thumb, you may have resigned yourself to missing out on the sublime pleasure of garden-fresh produce. Luckily, there is another option: your local farmer's market.Farmer's markets ...

Relay for Life 2016 is Thursday

Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. Perhaps a loved one or friend, or perhaps you yourself have battled cancer. Its a battle that no one should face alone.The 2016 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Hamilton County is Thursday night. The event brings together ...

Forum was a chance to learn about candidates

Last Thursday night, local citizens had the opportunity to hear from candidates running for Hamilton County sheriff and District 2 supervisor. The Daily Freeman-Journal candidates forum was a chance to meet Bill Derrig, Ken Peck and Doug Timmons - the sheriff candidates, and Dan Campidilli and ...

Learn about the candidates at forum Thursday

The June 7 primary election is quickly approaching. And while much attention has been given to state and congressional races, there are some local races of importance that will be decided in the primary as well.In Hamilton County, there are three Republican candidates for the office of Sheriff. ...

Congratulations Class of 2016

This is the time of year when thousands of words are written about our high school graduates heading off to face the world. We've done our best to give them the education and skills that will allow them to be successful happy people, no matter what path they choose.The lessons that will count ...