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Sheriff warns of scam

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is reminding citizens to be aware of ongoing scams. Scammers are trying to get your hard earned money by using various scams. Sheriff Doug Timmons said most recently his office received a call from a concerned grandparent. The grandparent received a ...

Supervisors adopt 2018 county budget

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget including a 2.5 percent wage increase Tuesday morning following a public hearing on the matter. Supervisors David Young and Dan Campidilli outlined the major points in the budget. Supervisor Doug Bailey was ...

EHCF awards more than $90,000 in grants

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation awarded $90,764 in grant funds to 14 Hamilton County organizations Tuesday night during their annual Grant Awards ceremony held at the Stratford Community Center. More than 40 guests attended to receive grant monies and to learn more about the projects ...

Woman dies in one car accident

A Fort Dodge woman is dead following a one-vehicle accident late Tuesday morning near Webster City. The accident occurred at the 147 mile marker east bound on U.S. Highway 20. The driver, who was identified as Michelle Salter, 54, of Fort Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene. The Iowa ...

Pritchard joins Webster County Sheriff’s department as deputy

Webster County’s newest deputy will be a former Webster City police officer. Brandon Pritchard is scheduled to start work under his new badge on March 20, after approval by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. “He’s been over there for 6 to 8 years. He is field training ...

WCCT to hold musical auditions

Auditions for Webster City Community Theatre's summer production of “Church Basement Ladies” are scheduled Sunday, March 26 at 4pm and Monday, March 27 at 7pm. Auditions will be held in the First Congregational Church UCC, 1000 Willson Avenue. Perusal scripts and music are available for ...

Snowy start to spring break

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra While many Webster City residents spent Monday afternoon shoveling and scooping sidewalks, students hit Hospital Hill for some Spring Break sledding. Pictured above are Chasity Harrison, 23, and Brock Trammell, 3, getting ready for another tube ...

One dead in Highway 20 accident

A single car accident occurred late Tuesday morning at the 147 mile marker east bound on Highway 20. There was one fatality. The first call to respond was received at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons, the driver for some apparent reason left ...

Looking to the future

Tentative goal priorities for the City of Webster City were discussed last Thursday evening. The City Council along with City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, met with the police chief, fire chief, and city department heads to set future goals. “The goal session is pretty much designed to ...

Town hall planned for Saturday

Rep. Rob Bacon, R-Slater, House District 48, and Sen. Jerry Behn, R-Boone, District 24 will be in Webster City, March 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. Originally scheduled for City Hall, the meeting has been moved to Webster City Middle School, according to organizers. The meeting is open to the ...

Gardening program offered at Extension

“Vegetable Garden Layout: Getting the most out of your space” is the topic of a program to be held March 28 at the Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 311 Bank St., in Webster City starting at 6:30 p.m.. Presented by Yvonne McCormick, Extension Horticulturist, this ...

Books and badges

There is a law enforcement presence at two Hamilton County schools - and its a good thing. Alternating every other Friday between Northeast Hamilton or Stratford Elementary schools, Hamilton County Deputy Alex Pruismann visits classrooms to read to students as a part of the Books ...

Chief: Fatal WC blaze remains under investigation

WEBSTER CITY — Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a Wednesday night fire in Webster City that killed one man and left a woman in critical condition. Webster City Fire Chief Charles Stansfield said Friday that investigators are still working. But he also raised the ...

Artist welcomed to Hickory Cabin

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley welcomed new Artist in Residence, Diane Kunzler, to Webster City with a reception at the Hickory Cabin on Sunday afternoon. Kunzler is the first artist in a series to work at the cabin. She will be working at Briggs Woods from March 13 through 17 at the ...

Man dies in WC house fire Wednesday night

One person is dead and another is in critical condition following a house fire late Wednesday night in Webster City. The names of the people were not released by authorities as of Thursday night. A man and a woman were found by firefighters in the upstairs apartment at 603 Ohio St. ...

Head-on collision

A head-on collision occurred on Thursday afternoon at the intersection of 220th St. and Erickson Ave. According to David Turpen, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy, a Chevy headed west bound on 220th St. crossed over the center line and was struck by a pickup truck headed east bound on 220th ...

Springing into action

Special to the Daily Freeman-Journal Editor’s Note — Megan Burney, a student at Webster City High School and an aspiring journalist, job shadowed at the DFJ during Spring Term. Bar Rafaeli once said, “Have the passion, take the action and magic will happen.” Kids are told all ...

Duffel bag for a change

Special to the Daily Freeman-Journal Another way that students could get involved was by creating a project they felt passionate about. Kylie Lantz, a sophomore at Webster City High School, created a project for the community. Lantz decided for her passion project to take action and ...

Nothing like a good book

Sunset Heights Elementary School students visited Kendall Young Library Monday afternoon to read books and get acquainted with the library. An estimated 300 students come in once a month from September to May. Kendall Young Library Children’s Librarian Linda Brown explained the ...

Reception set for artist at Briggs Woods

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is hosting a reception for the new Artist in Residence in the Park, Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hickory Cabin in Briggs Woods Park. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Diane Kunzler has a degree in Art from Graceland University, Lamoni and an ...