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It’s showtime

Four children, a magical wardrobe, a lion and a bevy of forest animals will take to the stage tonight for six performances at Webster City Community Theatre. “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” a play is based on a story from C.S. Lewis, “The Chronicles of Narnia” and ...

WC native is new theater manager

Ann McLaughlin remembers the summer movies at the Webster Theater when she was a child. That’s the first place she saw the Three Stooges and Pink Panther. And seeing the community’s efforts to revive the shuttered movie house was one of the reasons she decided to move back to her ...

Remember the moon landing?

Do you remember the Apollo 11 moon landing that occurred July 20, 1969? If so, the Daily Freeman-Journal invites you to share your recollections of that day. Send an email to editor@freemanjournal.net or drop them off at our office, 720 Second St., Webster City. Be sure to share your name ...

Bluegrass sounds return to Stratford

STRATFORD — The sounds of bluegrass music will once again fill the city park of Stratford as the 35th annal Bluegrass Festival gets under way tonight. Sponsored by Stratford Stride, the event will bring the talent of seven different bands over the course of for days. The Tony Rook Band ...

Back-to-School program taking applications

Upper Des Moines Opportunity is now taking applications for the Back-to-School Program. Low-income families can sign up for a new backpack and school supplies for their children in preschool through high school. UDMO is also in need of donations of new school supplies and new ...

Car show attracts hundreds to Kamrar

The annual Kamrar Free Car Show was held Sunday, June 30. Hundreds of car enthusiasts turned out for the event held around the streets of Kamrar. Pictured are the trophy winners and their awards presented at the close of the show.

WC doctor admits making Medicare claim false statements

A Webster City doctor faces possible imprisonment and a substantial fine for false statements he made to the United States Attorney’s Office about Medicare claims that he had billed for his nursing home patients. Dr. Joseph X. Latella, 76, Webster City, plead guilty in federal court ...

Supervisors give update on clinic

The work continues on the remodeling of the former Webster City Medical Clinic, according to Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Bailey. Bailey said the next group to move into the facility will be Hamilton County Public Health. “We believe it will be Aug. 15 when they will ...

County OKs agreements with VDMC for jail care

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved an agreement with Van Diest Medical Center to provide medical services to inmates at the Hamilton County Jail. Sheriff Doug Timmons explained that part of the federal contract, the jail must provide medical services for ...

Healthy lunches for kids

There’s a buzz of activity these summer days right around lunch time at the Webster City Middle School and Pleasant View Elementary School. Webster City Schools are participating in the Summer Food Service Program once again this year, with lunch served Monday through Friday to all ...

Seven candidates to compete for Fair Queen

Seven young women will compete for the title of 2019 Hamilton County Fair Queen, according to organizers. Emma Bailey is the 18-year-old daughter of Kent and Milissa Bailey of Webster City. She is a 2019 graduate of Webster City High School. During high school, she was involved in girls ...

VDMC trustees receive certifications

DES MOINES — A group of 76 Iowa hospital trustees and 14 Iowa hospital boards from across the state were honored recently at the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Trustee Recognition Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Des Moines. The event was held in conjunction with an annual IHA ...

Project AWARE begins river cleanup week

BOONE RIVER – It’s not every day hundreds of strangers converge on a river to pick up trash. That, however, is exactly what will happen this week, when over 300 volunteers will spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about, and exploring more than 60 miles of the Boone River between ...

Auditor: Chamber funds mishandled

Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in Webster City Chamber of Commerce money was mishandled over a five-year stretch, apparently largely by an employee whose actions went routinely unchecked, a state audit shows. The audit released Wednesday by State Auditor Rob Sand’s office spans Oct. ...

Thousands turnout for Williams celebration

Thousands lined the streets of Williams Thursday morning to help the community mark its 68th annual Independence Day celebration and the town's sesquicentennial. Over 30 members of the Iowa Chapter of the American Legion Riders advanced the colors to start the parade with a reciting of the ...

Kids parade, cookout attracts large crowd

The first Williams Fourth of July Kids’ Parade and Cook-Out was held Wednesday night on Main Street. Iowa Falls Bank hosted the cook-out that served close to 200 people, despite the soggy weather. “We usually hold our customer appreciation in Iowa Falls, but because this is Williams’ ...

Rotarians cleanup Boulevard of Valor

Teamwork worked to perfection when Rotarians and several volunteers came together to clean up the Boulevard of Valor on Des Moines Street between Bank and Elm Streets. See the results when you drive by the median. The knockout rosses planted several years ago are in full bloom. Those ...

Taking a trip to Narnia

Audience members will have a chance to step through the wardrobe and visit the magical kingdom of Narnia as the Webster City Community Theatre’s summer production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe opens next week. The play is based on a story from C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of ...

State auditor: Webster City Chamber of Commerce money misspent

More than $239,000 in Webster City Chamber of Commerce money was mishandled over five years, apparently by an employee whose actions went routinely unchecked, according to a report released Wednesday by Auditor of State Rob Sand. The report covered the period of Oct. 1, 2013 through June 30, ...

Celebrations, fireworks displays planned for holiday

Fireworks displays will light up the night skies this week as Hamilton County celebrates the Fourth of July. On Wednesday, July 3, Van Diest Supply Company will be again sponsoring the annual fireworks display beginning at approximately 10 p.m. at the Webster City High School. There ...