The groundbreaking at Webster City Community Theatre last Friday is the latest of many encouraging signs that Webster City is still moving forward. The closing of Electrolux last year was feared by many to be irrecoverable. However, the fact that the, in addition to a $100,000 bequest, $176,000 needed for the expansion was raised in six months from 350 donors belies those concerns. It's not the only bright point in our community, however.
The new competition gym at the high school was an $8 million project financed by a city bond issue that passed by more than an 80 percent margin. The facility will provide a venue for not only local sports teams but also for regional and district competitions which will bring thousands of dollars into the local economy. Other events have given people outside of Webster City an opportunity to see our thriving community.
This summer's selection as a RAGBRAII overnight host, saw thousands of bicyclists visit our downtown and tour our streets. We had an opportunity to showcase what makes Webster City a great place to live and work. The Freeman Journal has received several letters from riders complimenting our hospitality.
Visitors to Webster City buy everything from gas to groceries, and stay in our local hotels. Fareway and HyVee have both recently completed or begun expansion of their facilities. Casey's General Stores recently completed building a new store in the former McCullough Brothers location. At one time, it was feared that building would stand vacant, but instead now is part of a very busy intersection.
Town and Country Insurance and First State Bank's recent expansions have radically reshaped the look of downtown Webster City making the east end of Second Street more open and attractive. The farmer's market in the City Hall plaza nearby continues to expand with more vendors and more types of products offered.
All of the above point to a sense of hope and encouragement that seemed impossible last year after the full impact of the Electrolux closing was realized. Though there is still more work to be done to continue to build on Webster City's successes, there are still plenty of opportunities to grow and expand our community.