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A childcare crisis

The childcare situation in Hamilton County is nearing a crisis. Childcare centers are struggling to find and retain staff to help keep those centers open and operating at full capacity. A year ago, Hamilton County residents were surveyed about issues and concerns facing communities ...

COVID-19 cases continue to climb

By ANNE BLANKENSHIP ablankenship@freemanjournal.net Hamilton County has had 476 positive cases of COVID-19 since Marchwhen statewide reporting began and recently recorded another death attributed to the coronavirus, according Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health ...

Absentee ballots hit new record in Hamilton County

It’s been busy at the Hamilton County Auditor’s Office recently and the courthouse has had plenty of lines as people are turning out to vote early and turn in absentee ballots. “For the first time ever, we’ve seen lines at our window of people wishing to vote,” said Auditor Kim ...

EHCF to offer Coronavirus Relief grants for nonprofits

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation announced Tuesday that for the 2021 Grant Cycle they will be offering an additional grant opportunity specific to 501c3 organizations located in Hamilton County. “The Board approved to earmark $40,000 of the 2021 grant funds for an additional grant ...

A New Exhibit

Students at the middle school have been challenging their artistic sides in a variety of mediums since the beginning of the school year. Now, some of those works of art have found their way to the school administration building where they are on display for all to see. Art teacher Heidi ...

COVID mitigation strategies reviewed

Members of the Webster City School District administration outlined the current COVID-19 mitigation strategies Monday night during the regular meeting of the school board. The board met in person at the administration building, with others taking part vi27 a the Zoom teleconferencing ...

Giving back

Eli Badenhorst has sold a lot of popcorn this fall during the annual Webster City Cub Scout popcorn sales. He’s had $3,055 in sales and that’s a lot of popcorn. And as his sales have grown, so have the rewards for the scout. But this year, Eli, a member of Den 583, decided he wanted to ...

Courthouse open for voting Saturday

Voters who wish to take advantage of early voting can do so Saturday at the Hamilton County Courthouse. The courthouse will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the following Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters can also cast ballots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 ...

Play therapy available at YSS of Hamilton County

YSS of Hamilton County is offering a new play therapy program to help young children express their emotions, according to officials. Tierra Luppen, LMSW, is the new play therapist for YSS of Hamilton County. From a young age, people have enjoyed using toys as symbols during play -an ...

Borer to present photo workshop

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley will host a workshop by Webster City photographer David Borer on three upcoming Thursday nights. The beginning photography class is scheduled for Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 12 at Iowa Central Community College, Webster City campus, in the room 3 of the Science ...

Bomgaars Ladies Night event to benefit VDMC

The Bomgaars Store in Webster City is once again planning for their Ladies Night for Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. For the past four years, Bomgaars has held a Ladies Night in the Fall/Winter months. During this one evening, the store offers discounts off regular prices for the women in ...

Getting their game on

The cancellation of Special Olympics events this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic was a big disappointment to the thousands of Iowa athletes who regularlycompete in those games. But Friends Forever Social Education Center members decided not to think about that disappointment. Rather, they ...

WC Schools launch COVID-19 data dashboard

Webster City Community Schools has launched a COVID-19 data dashboard, available to families, staff and community members on the District website. The data will be updated frequently. It includes the current COVID-19 positivity rate in Hamilton County, along with the current number of ...

Pippin pleads not guilty to attempted murder

A Webster City man arrested on a charge of attempted murder in connection with a stabbing that occurred in September, has pleaded not guilty in Hamilton County District Court. Ty Christian Pippin, 21, entered a written plea of not guilty and a request for a speedy trial on Monday. According ...

Bottorff Law Firm to close

This is to inform you that the office of Bottorff Law Firm, 913 Seneca Street, Webster City, IA 50595 will be permanently closing its doors on November 10, 2020. If you have files or something to pick up at the office, please call 515-832-6565. You can also leave a message at that number ...

Adventures in shopping

A popular annual Chamber of Commerce event is returning this week and will expand to offer shoppers more opportunities to browse for bargains. Ladies Night Out will be a three-day adventure this year, according to Melissa Miller, Chamber membership director. The event will begin Thursday ...

Local woman’s estate leaves nearly $680K to KY Library

The Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees on Monday night received a six-figure gift on behalf of the estate of Cleo Graham. A check for $479,891.90 was presented by Graham’s nephew and niece, Tracy and Kolleen Taylor. Includiong an initial donation of $200,000, the total distributed by ...

WC’s newest business to take part in Ladies Night Out

Denim and Babes is one of Webster City’s newest businesses. The boutique will officially open its doors in conjunction with Ladies Night Out Thursday. Sarah Orton, owner, said she had always dreamed of owning a boutique but really didn’t think it could happen. She was a full-time nurse ...

Representing America

Terry Branstad had been the American ambassador to China for just a few days when he arrived at a city along the border with North Korea to learn more about the tense situation there. North Korea had recently test-fired some missiles, and neither the United States nor China was happy about ...

Council moves closer to approving use of OFV, golf carts

Off-road vehicles, known as side-by-sides, and golf carts may soon be able to travel portions of Webster City streets if the City Council of Webster City approves the third reading of the new ordinance. The council approved the second reading Monday night during its regular session. A ...