Editorials

A chance for students to explore options

The past two weeks, students at Webster City High School have had a unique opportunity. With the guidance, permission and encouragement of the school's administration and teachers, the students have been exploring new challenges and opportunities. Spring Term was new this year and was an ...

Keeping history alive in Webster City

Right in the midst of Webster City is a jewel of great historical relevance. The Wilson Brewer Park, home to the Depot Museum and a complex of buildings dating back to the earliest settlers, serves as a significant reminder of the colorful and rich heritage of Webster City and Hamilton ...

Youth Advisory Committee a positive step

The City Council of Webster City is forming a Youth Advisory Committee to help bring younger voices into the direction of the community. The commission will include middle school and high school students, who will provide recommendations about ways to improve life in Webster City for young ...

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 ...