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Supervisors pay tribute to public health workers

Just a day after national Public Health Thank You Day, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors offered thanks Tuesday morning to the staff and administration of Hamilton County Public Health. Meeting in a socially-distanced meeting in the basement of the Hamilton County Courthouse, Board ...

‘Spreading the virus like wildfire’

A local public health official on Tuesday urged Hamilton County residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to not travel or gather in groups outside of their household for the coming Thanksgiving holiday. “I know that this will be hard and it’s ...

Middle school food drive a success

The Middle School Student Council was able to put on a Food Drive for the month of November. It was held from Nov. 2 through 20. The students collected 1,585 items for the community. Even with transitioning to online learning and the pandemic, students stepped up to help the community. ...

Lotus Treasures to open Friday

A new shop in downtown Webster City is offering a wide array of treasures and bargains, just in time for the start of Christmas shopping season. The shop is also helping to fund the efforts of the Lotus Community Project, a homeless shelter for women and children and a transitional living ...

Board votes to submit waiver for remote learning

The Webster City school board voted Monday to submit the waiver application to the Department of Education which would move the district to remote learning for the period of Nov. 30 through Dec. 11. The board met at the school administration building with some board members and the public ...

WC Schools seek waiver for remote learning

Webster City Community Schools is seeking a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education to temporarily move to remote learning. Officials cited the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the area and the increasing numbers of staff and students in quarantine as the reason for requesting ...

Family business to close

A Webster City business is closing down operations after 60 years in business. Jaycox Construction will hold a sale today and tomorrow at the company’s shop, 1712 W. Second St., to sell many of the businesses’ tools and other items. Jaycox Construction was started in 1960 by Roger ...

‘Tis the season

Christmas in the City is returning this year to Webster City, though it may look a little different than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Chamber officials said the events planned will still usher in the holiday season with fun and colorful activities. Christmas in the City is ...

A community star

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November – this year, Nov. 19, 2020 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day. This is a day to celebrate the power of rural while recognizing the unique healthcare challenges that rural ...

Weatherization program to focus on veterans

RSVP has long served its communities by doing a winter weatherization project every fall. This year, the focus for winter weatherization will be to serve veterans. Central Iowa RSVP is seeking local veterans whose residences need to be weatherized. The materials provided will include plastic ...

COVID testing site is on the move

Citing a high demand for COVID-19 testing, Community Health Center of Fort Dodge has moved its test site to the east side of the city. Rapid testing will now be offered at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., beginning today. “A larger indoor space was needed ...

Campaign tops $2.7M for St. Thomas Aquinas Church

The Rev. Stephen Meyer of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church announced that through a special capital campaign, Faith in Our Future,the church raised more than $2.7 million. The funds raised far surpassed the initial minimum goal of $2 million. The contributions will allow the church to ...

Emergency funding for childcare program requested

Childcare was on the agenda for the City Council of Webster City. The council, led by Mayor Pro-tem Brian Miller, met via the Zoom teleconferencing platform Monday night. Mayor John Hawkins was absent from the proceedings. McKinley Bailey, executive director of Building Families, ...

Parking lot upgrades complete at KYL

Work on an expanded and improved parking lot at Kendall Young Library is nearing completion. The library received a grant from Enhance Hamilton County Foundation last year which has allowed the facility to widen the parking lot and to create diagonal parking spaces. An anonymous donor and ...

Special school board meeting called for Friday

The Webster City Community School Board will meet in special session on Friday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Due to the current pandemic, the meeting will be conducted via the Zoom teleconferencing platform and the public can take part in the meeting using the ID 825 3894 4566 and the password ...

Lobbies close

Two Webster City financial institutions have announced additional building restrictions due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. Officials with WCF Financial Bank, 401 Fair Meadow Drive, and People’s Credit Union, 310 First St., said the lobbies of both businesses would be closed ...

‘A crisis moment’

“We’re in a crisis moment in Hamilton County. We’re in a crisis moment at the health department. We need everyone to help us.” Those attending or listening to the live-streamed Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning heard a noticeably frustrated Shelby Kroona, public health ...

Still time to register for adopt a family Christmas program

Officials with Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. have announced that there is still time for families to register for the Christmas Adopt A Family program. The program allows income-eligible Hamilton County residents to signup for the program which will help make the holidays a little ...

Mobile food pantry planned for Jewell

JEWELL — The Food Bank of Iowa’s mobile food pantry is coming to Jewell on Thursday, Nov.19 and food is available for anyone in need, according to officials,11 The pantry will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Lutheran Church parking lot, 439 Main St., in Jewell. Organizers ...

EG teen severely injured in crash

EAGLE GROVE – An Eagle Grove teenager was severely injured in a single-vehicle car accident on Sunday afternoon, just east of U.S. Highway 17 on 285th Street. According to the crash report from the Iowa State Patrol, a 16-year-old, who was not identified because they are a minor, was ...