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In their own words

A special program tonight at Van Diest Medical Center will offer the public an opportunity to learn more about mental illness and mental illness conditions. NAMI: In Our Own Voice will be presented Thursday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the VDMC clinic board room. The presentation will ...

WC man sentenced to federal prison for illegally possessing firearms

A man who illegally possessed more than 60 firearms was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison. Greg Claude, 53, from Webster City, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 29, 2019, guilty plea to possession of firearms by a controlled substance abuser. At the ...

Hicok enters race for county sheriff

Rod Hicok announced today that he has entered the race for Hamilton County Sheriff as a Republican candidate in this years’ Primary Election on June 2. Hicok has 39 years of law enforcement experience and training, 29 years with the Iowa Department of Public Safety and 10 years with the ...

ICCC board OKs salary freeze

FORT DODGE — The Iowa Central Community College Board of Directors voted to approve a salary freeze for the college’s administrators and president on Tuesday night. “Tonight, we’re asking the board to approve a freeze for the administrative salaries for the 2020-2021 year,” ...

Changes ahead for Friends Forever

Some changes are coming for a Hamilton County-based social services agency, according to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. Doug Bailey, chairman of the board of supervisors, announced Tuesday that Friends Forever will be moving out of the county’s control to become a non-profit ...

A good problem to have

It’s a good problem to have. That was the summation of Webster City School Board members when Pleasant View Elementary and Northeast Hamilton Elementary principals Mindy Mossman and Jessica Hector reported at Monday’s regular school board meeting that Kindergarten enrollment continues to ...

Photography exhibit to open Jan. 20

Brendan Hoffman, photographer-in-residence at the Daily Freeman-Journal, brings his exhibit of photographs entitled War in Ukraine to Webster City Jan. 20 through 26. The war in eastern Ukraine began nearly six years ago. After showing the work last year at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern ...

Under construction

Work began in the Shashi Station offices of Central Iowa Recovery on Jan. 13 with a targeted mid-May opening date.Central Iowa Recovery's primary focus is intensive psychiatric rehabilitation through three sub-acute support programs - Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service, Peer Support ...

BreakThru gathers in downtown Stratford

Shakespeare Avenue in Stratford is pretty much like many other small town main streets: here's the grocery store, a couple of restaurants, a clinic and a chiropractor's office, the library across the street. That's until you get to the attractive storefront with an awning, the windows painted ...

Jewell grocery store to close today

JEWELL – More than 100 Jewell-area residents met Saturday afternoon to discuss how to best proceed in keeping the grocery store open in their community. Like several other towns in the area, Jewell (population 1,215 at the 2010 census) will soon lose its only grocery store. The Jewell ...

Happy birthday, Mr. Young

Reaching a milestone birthday is certainly something to celebrate. But when the milestone is a 200th birthday, well, that’s really noteworthy. Jan. 19 will mark the 200th birthday of early Webster City benefactor Kendall Young. The local library, which was named in honor, plans to ...

John Kerry stumps for Biden in Fort Dodge

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Thursday during a campaign stop in Fort Dodge on behalf of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, wasted little time before sharply criticizing President Donald Trump. Kerry spoke to an audience of about 60 people at Biden’s campaign ...

Plain re-launches PrimeLife practice in Webster City

When Melanie Plain started PrimeLife Integrative Medicine in 2014, she thought she would just be doing some integrative medicine consults. Now, Plain runs two PrimeLife clinics — one in Ames and one in Webster City. Plain, a certified physician assistant, recently re-opened her Webster ...

Account established for WC parks

Inspired by the community's passion for preserving East Twin Park, a donor has stepped forward to open a fund at the Enhance Hamilton County Community Foundation. The Fund will facilitate charitable donations for the enhancement and preservation of East Twin Park, as well as, all of the ...

WC man sentenced on meth and gun charges

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while possessing a firearm was sentenced Jan. 2 to 12 years in federal prison. Jaime Candelario-Mercado, 38, from Webster City, received the prison term after an Aug. 28, 2019, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, ...

Women in the Wilderness camp planned

A Williams woman will once again lead a wilderness camp in 2020 for other adventurous woman. The Women in the Wilderness Camp session July 12-18 at Elbow Lake, Minnesota. This marks the third year for the camp. Organized and conducted by Anne Sherve-Ose, WOW campers will learn basic ...

Fundraiser for East Twin Park started

A new online fundraiser has been started to raise money for upgrades at East Twin Park. The fundraising effort comes on the heels of Monday night’s City Council meeting when the council voted to unanimously turn down a proposed deal to sell East Twin Park to an development group. The ...

KYL announces Festival of Chocolate to move to March

The Kendall Young Library will hold its annual Festival of Chocolate Sunday, March 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. That’s a change from the late January date used since the event began in 2013. Organizers hope the change from winter to spring will tempt more folks to turn out for the “all things ...

The people spoke …. and the council listened

Scores of concerned community members attended the Webster City City Council meeting at City Hall on Monday night. On the agenda was a public hearing on a resolution for the council to accept an offer from The Overland Group, a commercial developer out of Birmingham, Alabama, to purchase the ...

Former Shopko property sold

The City of Webster City today announced the purchase of the existing building located at 200 Red Bull Division Drive, formerly the location of Shopko. The owners of Appliance Plus, Gary and Brenda Fox, Oelwein have purchased the building. “We are a small company that will be ...