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Council hears update on COVID loan program

Webster City Community Vitality Director Lindsay Henderson gave the City Council an update on the COVID-19 forgivable loan program implemented last May to help area businesses impacted by the pandemic. The city awarded 47 loans either in the amount of $2500 or $5000, totaling $150,000, to ...

Fuller Hall to ease certain restrictions

The Fuller Hall gym is now available for families to reserve for play and exercise, according to Larry Flaws, director of recreation and public grounds. Flaws gave the City Council an update Monday night on the COVID-19 mitigation procedures in place and the changes to restrictions in the ...

Pointing at the paramedic

After watching bodycam footage showing the scene of Zackery Bassett’s apartment the night Andrea Sokolowski died, defense attorneys had a contentious cross examination Friday with perhaps an unlikely witness: the paramedic. At the center of their flashpoint was a routine medical gesture ...

Only two new COVID cases in 24 hours

Hamilton County had just two new positive cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday morning, according to data from the website iowacovid19tracker.org. The data shows that five individuals were tested for the coronavirus during the same period. Two individuals were reported to ...

Public hearings on agenda for council Monday night

Four public hearings will lead off Monday night’s Webster City City Council meeting. The public will be able to join the meeting at 6 p.m. by logging on to Zoom with the meeting ID 859 7876 8320. The meeting will also be broadcast on the city’s Facebook page. The public hearings will ...

Attorneys open Bassett murder trial, examine first witness

Both state and defense attorneys agreed on one thing Thursday: that the circumstances preceding Andrea Sokolowski’s death involved a certain form of intimacy. “Ladies and gentleman, Zackery Bassett loved Andrea Sokolowski to death,” said Assistant Attorney General Keisha Cretsinger in ...

In the deep freeze

Temperatures in Hamilton County and across the state have been bitterly cold this week, but officials with the National Weather Service in Des Moines say that things are only going to get colder over the next few days. On Friday, the high temperature will hover between zero and 5 below. Low ...

Solar power facility coming to Webster County; County will be energy exporter

A large array of solar panels to be set up in northeastern Webster County this year is expected to generate enough electricity to power 30,000 homes, according to local and state officials. When the solar installation is completed, Webster County will be an exporter of energy, according to ...

WC murder trial begins

After a nearly year-long delay caused by the pandemic, Zackery Bassett’s first degree murder trial commenced Tuesday. Bassett is accused of killing his girlfriend, Andrea Sokolowski, on Sept. 22, 2018, at 639 ½ Second Street, an apartment in downtown Webster City. The defendant has pleaded ...

No changes to mitigation efforts

Officials with Hamilton County said Tuesday morning that there will be no changes to COVID-19 mitigation protocols even though the governor has eased certain restrictions and the mask mandate. Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation on Friday which removed gathering limits and ...

Legacy Learning plans special Valentine’s event

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is offering a special Valentine’s event for couples or friends to create a clay heart keepsake. The Heart Keepsake event is set for Thursday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Produce Station Pottery, 723 Superior St., Webster ...

Faith and support

JEWELL — Business advisors recommend that every town needs a variety of 50 businesses in order to thrive. At the top of the list is the need for a grocery store because everybody needs to eat. So when Anderson Market permanently closed in December 2019, community members banded together ...

School staff to receive vaccines

Two tiers of the Webster City Schools staff members will roll up their sleeves to receive COVID-19 vaccinations next week, according to information provided to the school board Monday night. The board met in the administration board room with the public joining in via the Zoom ...

Mobile Food Pantry returns

The Food Bank of Iowa will bring its Mobile Food Pantry to Webster City on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The community partner for the event is St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. The mobile pantry will be held beginning at 3 p.m. at 1610 Collins St. at the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. ...

McFarland Clinics scheduling vaccine appointments

McFarland Clinic in Webster City started administering COVID-19 vaccine to its customers in the 1B priority list last week. According to officials with McFarland Clinic, patients 65 years and older will automatically be added to the 1B priority list. There is no need for patients to call, ...

Christensen is elected president of INA

Terry Christensen, the publisher of The Daily Freeman-Journal and The Messenger in Fort Dodge, has been elected president of the Iowa Newspaper Association. As president of the INA, he will work with the organization’s board of directors to provide oversight and develop policies to guide the ...

School board to meet via Zoom

The Webster City school board will meet Monday night at 6 p.m. The public can join the meeting via Zoom by using the meeting ID 890 3351 2535 and the password WCSB28. The board will review a contract with Seidlitz Education Services for professional development A clinical placement ...

A safe movie experience

Back in early 2020, just as word of the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread across the nation, members of the HERO board of directors were looking at ways they could safely continue to offer movie goers the big screen experience. “We were meeting to look at reducing our ...

Blizzard warning in effect

A blizzard warning is in effect for Hamilton County and much of north central Iowa as a powerful cold front is expected to move into the state early Thursday. The blizzard warning is in effect from 3 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday morning, according to information from the National ...

A sweet thank you

Sam Hurt and Bryce Hrnicek, both sixth graders at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Webster City, were out delivering thank you packages filled with homemade cookies to the school's community partners. The activity was part of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31 through Feb. 6.