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Iowa Central Class of 2021 graduates; virtual ceremony held

FORT DODGE — A total of 592 graduates completed their Iowa Central Community College studies Thursday evening during a commencement ceremony that featured the playing of ``Pomp and Circumstance’’ and remarks by speakers clad in academic caps and gowns. ``Congratulations, fellow ...

‘On a good path’

Creating a caring and supportive environment in which children can learn during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the goal of most schools across the nation. At Sunset Heights Elementary School in Webster City, Jaime Davis, school counselor, and Judy Doolittle, behavioral intervention, have ...

WC woman wins $18K Lottery prize

CLIVE — A Webster City woman said her $18,000 lottery win couldn’t have come at a better time. Sherri Westbrook, 47, won the third top prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “Win It All” scratch game. She bought her winning ticket at Casey’s, 700 Superior St. in Webster City. Westbrook, ...

‘Full-speed ahead’

The celebration billed as the “best in all things rusty, dusty and salvaged” — JunqueFest — is back for 2021. “We’re going full-speed ahead,” said Jen Peterman, executive director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, the group organizing the event. The ...

County Democrats hold caucus

About 20 Democrats from across Hamilton County on Sunday took part in the annual odd-year county caucus and organizational meeting. During the meetings at Shelter 2 at Briggs Wood Park, Central committee officers were elected for two-year terms. Those elected to serve are ...

Fuller Hall moves to spring hours, eases restrictions

Fuller Hall will move to spring hours next as part of the continuing plans to open up more and ease restrictions that were put in place last year as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the community. Larry Flaws, director of recreation and public grounds, presented the plan to the council ...

‘Help is on the way’

Officials with the Hamilton County Childcare Coalition say they have nearly completed the first round of fundraising for the group’s retention and hiring bonus program. McKinley Bailey of Building Families said the coalition has met with a group of Hamilton County’s largest ...

Council to consider clean up day

The City Council of Webster City review an updated plan for Fuller Hall hours and will discuss a possible CleanUp/DropOff day this summer Monday night during its regular session. The meeting will be held virtually at 6 p.m., using the Zoom conferencing platform. Members of the public ...

Judge: Brown not competent to stand trial

EAGLE GROVE — A Fort Dodge man accused of killing a co-worker at an Eagle Grove pork processing plant is not competent to stand trial at this time, a Wright County District Court judge ruled on Friday. Lukouxs Alan Brown, 26, of Fort Dodge, was arrested on Feb. 16 after Wayne Smith, 50, ...

East Twin Phase II discussed

Members of the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission heard an update on the city’s parks projects and learned more about what Phase II of the East Twin Park Revitalization could look like. The commission met via Zoom Thursday night. Recreation and Public Grounds Director ...

EHCF opens fund to support childcare services

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has announced that they have opened a fund to accept donations to support childcare services throughout Hamilton County. The Hamilton County Childcare Initiative Fund will initially support the recruitment and retainment bonus program being established ...

Parkinson’s Disease is focus of virtual workshop

Van Diest Medical Center is partnering with 21st Century Rehab to offer a Therapy & Parkinson’s Workshop. The public is invited to join this free virtual event to be held via Facebook LIVE on Tuesday, April 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. Presenters will include Occupational Therapist ...

Breaking new ground

Officials with KC Nielsen Ltd., an authorized John Deere dealership, broke ground for a new 54,000-square foot showroom south of Webster City Wednesday morning. Company officials Ken Nielsen, Tony Nielsen, Tyler Nielson and Dennis Simmons, store manager, manned the shovels to turn the first bit ...

‘New Providence’ opens Friday

A film based on the final year of Iowa’s six-on-six girls basketball will be shown beginning Friday at the Webster Theater. And those attending the movie will probably recognize a few familiar faces. “New Providence” will open Friday at 7 p.m. at the Webster Theater Featured ...

Health department cancels J&J clinic

Hamilton County Public Health has announced that its vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. Shelby Kroona, health department administrator, made the announcement at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning. “Out of an abundance of caution, our Johnson ...

Supervisors approve bridge plans, specs

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the plans and specifications for two bridge replacement projects in Hamilton County. County Engineer Ryan Weidemann said the two projects would be let on a single contract. The first is located on Xircus Avenue in Scott ...

Small details for bigger fish catches

Some anglers believe that a particular lure will enable an angler to catch the most or the biggest fish. It’s almost like it’s a magic bait. While it’s certainly true that some baits are very good day-in and day-out, successful anglers understand that catching fish is usually a result of ...

Letting the light shine in

The colorful stained glass windows at Asbury United Methodist Church are shining a little more brightly these days. That’s thanks to some folks from Cathedral Crafts Inc. Studios of Stained Glass who are working to clean, refurbish and restore the windows at the church. The project ...

Vaccine clinic planned for WCHS

Webster City High School students age 16 and older will have an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic proposed by Hy-Vee pharmacy. The Webster City School Board approved a vaccine clinic that will be held April 23 at the high school. “Hy-Vee Pharmacy reached out to one of ...