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Nonprofit gets name change

Opportunity Village, a nonprofit supporting people with disabilities, is now known as One Vision. The new name was announced simultaneously in Fort Dodge and Mason City. About 70 people, including family members, clients and supporters gathered for a celebration at Best Western Starlite ...

Energy and education

Seven lucky Webster City youngsters got their five minutes of fame on Tuesday. The kids joined Iowa Public Television’s Dan Wardell to film an episode of the Kid’s Clubhouse series at Kendall Young Library Tuesday morning. Urban Espinoza, 8, Aloura Sue Hilts, 11, Zahmaria Jensen, 7, ...

Exploring issues in history

Interested in history? Visit the historic Mulberry Center Church on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. to gain insight on what issues led to the start of the Civil War. Humanities Iowa presenters, Dr. Tom Morain and Dr. William Juhnke, in debate format, will take opposing positions to explore ...

Trustees renew affiliation contract

The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the renewal of the hospital's management services and affiliation agreement with Mercy Health Network Tuesday night during its regular monthly meeting. The contract, which will be for a one-year term, was approved at a cost of ...

Honorary chair to lead Relay For Life Survivor’s Lap

Jodene Firsching of Webster City said a positive attitude and laughter are what helped her through treatment for breast cancer. She also credits her supportive family and friends. Firsching is the 2017 Honorary Chairman for the Relay for Life of Hamilton County. This year's relay takes place ...

Council examines fireworks ordinance

Due to new fireworks legislation at the state level, the City Council of Webster City went over the first reading of a proposed ordinance amending the city fireworks code. The first reading was approved during Monday night’s council meeting. The General Assembly of the State of Iowa has ...

Seven groups named as grant finalists

Seven Webster City area organizations were named as finalists for the next round of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants and will give presentations on their prospective projects. The H/M Tax Commission met June 15 to review the applications. Those selected as finalists included the Avenue of Flags, ...

Relay for Life returns

Nearly 40 cancer survivors will be in attendance at this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Hamilton County. The annual event kicks off Thursday at West Twin Park at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. During opening ceremonies, the American Legion will ...

Fireworks ordinance on agenda

Due to new fireworks legislation at the state level, the City Council of Webster City will be going over the first reading of a proposed ordinance amending the city fireworks code tonight. The General Assembly of the State of Iowa has enacted new legislation relating to the possession, ...

Mobile pantry to make WC stop

The Food Bank of Iowa Mobile Pantry Program is returning to Webster City on Tuesday, June 20. The pantry will be set up at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1000 Des Moines St., from 4 to 6 p.m. The pantry is available free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring bags, baskets or boxes ...

Free movie tonight

The Bee Inspired Advisory Council is inviting community members to a free showing of the movie, “The Breakfast Club.” The event is scheduled for tonight, Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Webster Theater, located in Webster City. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend the film. ...

WC’s night to shine

It was a big night for Webster City. The downtown was flooded with residents eagerly awaiting the premiere of “Made in Iowa” at the Webster Theater. The 6 p.m. showing was packed with community members who had the first chance to view the documentary and watch the live streaming ...

Car museum to open for Dad’s Day

WILLIAMS —To honor Dads on Father’s Day, they will receive free admission to the Hemken Collection Vintage Auto Museum on Sunday, June 19 from 1-5 p.m. Located at 202 Main Street in Williams, the museum features 65 vintage and collectible vehicles from the early years of the ...

Stenger awaits sentencing on lascivious acts charge

WEBSTER CITY — A former member of the Webster City school board is awaiting sentencing after making an Alford plea to lascivious conduct with a minor. Paul Stenger, 64, made the plea on June 1. The Iowa Code defines lascivious conduct with a minor as someone who is at least 18 years old ...

Driving forward

Webster City recently welcomed their newest auto dealer to town. Brian Spangler, owner of Spangler Automotive, in Glidden, made the decision to expand his business by purchasing the old Pizza Hut building and transforming it into a car sales lot. Spangler, 35, and a former Webster City ...

Retiring Old Glory

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Members of the Webster City American Legion Post 191 pay tribute Wednesday night while ceremoniously burning retired flags in the North Alley. The legion collects retired and used flags throughout the year to be properly disposed of each year on ...

‘Made in Iowa’ to premiere

The premiere screening of a new documentary, filmed in Webster City, is set for Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. at the Webster Theater. Webster City residents have been collaborating with Square to tell the story of determination and optimism after the closing of Electrolux in 2011. The ...

Moller to perform recital tonight

It’s not unusual for someone to invite friends to their home. But when Don and Delayna Beattie invited their colleague and close friend to their home in Jewell, it meant that Stephan Moller had to travel from Vienna, Austria to take advantage of their hospitality. It’s a distance that ...

Engineer urges motorists to follow detours

Motorists taking shortcuts to avoid the posted detour for the James Street construction project maybe creating more work for the county roads department, according to County Engineer Nicole Stinn. The James Street project effects travel from the west side of Webster City and the overpass on ...

Fireworks display set for LW Lake

JEWELL — The Hamilton County Conservation Board will host the 12th annual Fireworks over the Lake on Monday, July 3 at Little Wall Lake Park. Starting approximately at 4 p.m., there will be rendition drawings for a new lodge at the park on display. Donations will be accepted for this ...