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Adventures in shopping

A popular annual Chamber of Commerce event is returning this week and will expand to offer shoppers more opportunities to browse for bargains. Ladies Night Out will be a three-day adventure this year, according to Melissa Miller, Chamber membership director. The event will begin Thursday ...

Local woman’s estate leaves nearly $680K to KY Library

The Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees on Monday night received a six-figure gift on behalf of the estate of Cleo Graham. A check for $479,891.90 was presented by Graham’s nephew and niece, Tracy and Kolleen Taylor. Includiong an initial donation of $200,000, the total distributed by ...

WC’s newest business to take part in Ladies Night Out

Denim and Babes is one of Webster City’s newest businesses. The boutique will officially open its doors in conjunction with Ladies Night Out Thursday. Sarah Orton, owner, said she had always dreamed of owning a boutique but really didn’t think it could happen. She was a full-time nurse ...

Representing America

Terry Branstad had been the American ambassador to China for just a few days when he arrived at a city along the border with North Korea to learn more about the tense situation there. North Korea had recently test-fired some missiles, and neither the United States nor China was happy about ...

Council moves closer to approving use of OFV, golf carts

Off-road vehicles, known as side-by-sides, and golf carts may soon be able to travel portions of Webster City streets if the City Council of Webster City approves the third reading of the new ordinance. The council approved the second reading Monday night during its regular session. A ...

Second Street to open soon

The extensive Second Street construction project is nearing completion and should reopen to travel within the next couple of weeks, according to a report given to the City Council of Webster City Monday night. Public Works Director Ken Wetzler said there is currently one approach to an alley ...

Council hears COVID-19 update

Eighty-three people are currently in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 in Hamilton County, according to Shelby Kroona, county public health administrator. Kroona presented an update to the City Council on Monday night during the regular council session. She said during the week ...

Pack the Paddy Wagon

Area residents are invited to stop out Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help Pack the Paddy Wagon for a food drive to help local food pantries. The event, hosted by the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association and Webster City Hy-Vee, will be held at the Hy-Vee Store. Donated food and ...

Police ID two juveniles in bomb threat

Two Webster County juveniles have been identified as the individuals who called McDonald's Restaurant in Webster City Wednesday night with a bomb threat. Following an investigation into the incident, two juveniles from Webster County were named as the subjects responsible for the call to ...

Council to continue ORV, golf cart discussion

Discussion on the proposed ordinance to allow off-road utility vehicles and golf carts to use the streets within the city limits of Webster City will continue Monday night during the regular City Council meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually and area residents can ...

Legon to host chili supper

American Legion Post 191 will host a drive-through chili supper on Friday. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes chili, crackers and a cinnamon roll. A free will donation will be taken. To pick up the meal, those attending are asked to drive down the alley behind the ...

‘At a steady pace’

Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election is continuing "at a steady pace" in Hamilton County, according to Kim Schaa, Hamilton County auditor and commissioner of elections. The courthouse opened Oct. 5 for early voting during regular courthouse business hours. The lower level lobby of the ...

Carvings painted at BW Golf Course

Volunteers Dennis Bahr, pictured, and Quintin Rottering worked on painting the carved eagle and other animals tucked into the nooks and crannies of an old tree stump at the 16th hole at Briggs Woods Golf Course earlier this week.

Flu clinics planned across the county

Hamilton County Public Health has announced a series of adult walk-in flu clinics across the county on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Public Health nurses will be traveling to the following communities to provide flu shots at the scheduled times. No appointment is necessary. • Stanhope Community ...

Drug Take Back event is Oct. 24

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Drug Take Back Event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24. Area residents who have expired, unused or unwanted medications are invited to drop them off for disposal between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. No liquids or needles can be accepted. The event ...

Public input sought on broadband survey

The City of Webster City is seeking input on the possibility of a developing a fiber broadband utility. In the late 1990s, Webster City was one of 30 Iowa communities that successfully passed a referendum to establish a municipal communications utility with a ballot issue approval of 84 ...

SPOOKY SETTING

This home at 1328 Bank Street is all ready for Halloween with a spooky graveyard setting in the front yard. Gravestones and candelabra, ghosts and skelatons adorn the scene. If you know of a home in Hamilton County that has gone above and beyond to decorate for the Halloween holiday, please ...

When the walls come tumbling down

FORT DODGE — A gaping hole has opened in the north side of the old JC Penney store at Crossroads Mall as crews begin to tear it down. The demolition job is the latest step in the redevelopment of the mall into a site called Corridor Plaza that will feature multiple buildings housing stores, ...

‘A little bit of everything’

The owners of one of Webster City’s newest businesses bring more than three generations of experience in the appliance industry. Appliance Plus is a family-owned business serving rural Iowa since the 1950s. Owner Gary Fox said his grandfather started the family business, selling General ...

Iowa Central to issue remaining $9 million GO bond

FORT DODGE —Iowa Central Community College will open the bidding for the sale of a $9 million general obligation bond next week. The Iowa Central Board of Directors passed a resolution to sell the GO bonds at its meeting on Tuesday evening. These bonds have already been approved by the ...