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Warning signs

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month and Van Diest Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, ...

Cleanup, Dropoff event still under consideration

The date and time for a possible Clean Up, Drop Off Day in Webster City is still up in the air after the City Council of Webster City discussed the logistics of the event Tuesday night during the council meeting. The council is considering a shortened, one-day event either on Oct. 3 or ...

Masks to be required at courthouse

Starting on Monday, anyone with business at the Hamilton County Courthouse will be required to wear a face covering before entering the building, following an announcement by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. The requirement relates to both the public and staff members in the public ...

Date set for LOSST election

The date for the upcoming Local Option Sales and Service Tax election has been set for March 2, 2021 following action taken Tuesday morning by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa said a change in the law has prevented the county ...

Public hearing on the agenda for City Council

The City Council of Webster City will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday night in the council chambers and will hold a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2020 Hot Mix Asphalt street improvement project. The public can listen into the ...

FD suspect ID’d in Hamilton Co. burglary

STRATFORD — The suspect in a Hamilton County burglary in August was identified Friday by the Hamilton County Sheriff. Sheriff Doug Timmons said that Daniel Shane Anthony, 30, has been charged with four counts stemming from the burglary of the Copperhead Saloon in Stratford during the early ...

To Protect and Serve

Brandon Pritchard, Senior Patrol Officer, Webster City Police Department How long have you been in law enforcement? Almost 11 years. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I worked for the Webster County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy for a short time ...

A walk in the park

There’s a new paved walking path in Webster City that will give walkers a shady stroll through the community’s history. The new walking path through Wilson Brewer Park, located at the corner of Superior and Ohio streets, was recently completed. The path and landscaping around the park ...

Vehicular homicide ends in plea deal

By ELIJAH DECIOUS The Fort Dodge woman charged with vehicular homicide has agreed to a plea deal in which she could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution for her role in a fatal 2018 crash. Aisha Ismail, 26, entered a guilty plea after fighting ...

FD man sentenced in burglary, kidnapping

The Fort Dodge man accused of burglary and kidnapping a woman at knifepoint in May has been sentenced to up to five years in prison through a plea agreement. Through the agreement, Leon Drayton Sr., 34, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, domestic abuse assault while using or displaying a ...

Keeping patients, staff safe

Back in March and April, Van Diest Medical Center was working with other area health care professionals to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. They developed plans in the event of a surge of cases, along with procedures to keep patients and staff safe as they interacted in the clinic and ...

No outdoor movie this weekend

The Webster City outdoor movies, which have been shown throughout the summer, will be taking a break this weekend due to the home Lynx football game and the Labor Day weekend, according to organizers. Officials with the Webster Theater said the movies at Availa Bank Plaza will return on ...

‘Farm to town, life retold’

CLARION –Where can you find an original soda fountain, a replica of a 1950s kitchen, a small town garage, teddy bears, a hat collection and tractors all under one roof? The answer is the Heartland Museum in Clarion. Those displays and several more have been a part of the museum since it ...

Ernst gives coronavirus aid negotiation update

EAGLE GROVE — Less than three weeks after Sen. Chuck Grassley said a compromise on the next coronavirus aid package is within reach, Iowa’s junior senator divulged the frustrations brought by a stalemate after weeks of negotiations. “I’m not as optimistic (as Sen. Grassley),” ...

To Protect And Serve

How long have you been in law enforcement? 10 years. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I worked for the Iowa Falls PD to begin my career for 4.5 years and still work there currently in a part time officer role. What's an interesting fact about you that ...

New trial date set for Mulholland

A new trial date for Leah Mulholland, the former Webster City Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant, has been set for Dec. 15 in Hamilton County District Court, according to online court documents. Mulholland, 40, is charged with ongoing criminal conduct – influence enterprise, a ...

Reclaiming her time

FORT DODGE – By age 14, Lillie Weir’s best friend went by a few different names — Tina, Crystal and Ice, to name a few. You may know her former demon by its clinical name: methamphetamine. The child of parents who grappled with her own struggle in similar ways, Weir didn’t envision ...

Love a little

It’s been a tough six months with the COVID-19 pandemic, severe weather and all of the related challenges for Iowa families. Many area families are struggling to pay utilities, bills, rent and mortgages, all while trying to put food on the table. A Jewell woman has started a program to ...

Open air performance

Despite the pandemic, Webster City Community Theatre has found a new way to bring live performances to their audiences. Even though the performing arts center is shuttered right now, the troupe will move to an outside venue Sunday to perform three short plays. Billed as an "Outdoor Pop-Up ...

Outdoor movie set for Saturday

This week's outdoor movie will be shown on Saturday instead of the usual Friday night screening. Officials with the Webster Theater said the move was made so as not to conflict with the Lynx home football game Friday night. This week, the classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" will be shown on ...