Editorials

Iowa Central gets a big boost

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, the college also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. A desire to ...

Another successful citywide cleanup

Hats off to the many volunteers and workers who helped make the citywide cleanup days on Saturday and Sunday another success. We applaud the City of Webster City and the City Council for continuing to offer this opportunity to for local citizens to discard unwanted or unused items. It’s a ...

World Pork Expo is worth a look

The 2017 incarnation of the World Pork Expo gets underway in Des Moines Wednesday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and runs through Friday. This annual event brings together pork producers, exhibitors and visitors not just from across Iowa, but also from throughout the nation. Among the 20,000 to ...

Congratulations to our new governor

Wednesday a landmark transition took place in the Hawkeye State. Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to assume the critical international role of U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds, who has been Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, took the oath of office to succeed him as our state’s chief ...

Congratulations, Class of 2017

It’s that time of year again, as our young people begin the next chapter of their life stories. On Sunday, Webster City High School and South Hamilton High School seniors will mark the completion of their high school careers by receiving their diplomas. Some of the graduates will be ...

Is it time to start the school day later?

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

North Central Career Academy helps teenagers

The North Central Career Academy, located in Eagle Grove at 216 S. Park Ave. — the old Iowa National Guard Armory, is an innovative undertaking designed to give high school students a head start on preparing for a successful work life. Launched by Iowa Central Community College in 2014, ...

Obamacare woes reach Iowa

Huge changes in our nation's health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal officeholders. ...

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 ...