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School board approves PPEL rate increase

At its regular meeting on Monday, the Webster City School Board approved a $0.10 increase to the PPEL rate to be considered by voters in the November election. Increasing the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL as it is commonly known, allows school districts to repair, built, replace ...

Schnieders to be keynote speaker at field day near Iowa Falls

Iowa DNR Water Quality Coordinator Adam Schnieders will join area land owners, operators and residents Tuesday, Sept. 10 to discuss how practices like wetlands and prairie strips benefit Iowa's water. Schnieders will keynote a free field day, 2:30-5:30 p.m., being coordinated by the ...

Back to the classroom

 Schools all over Hamilton County welcomed students back to the classroom on Monday. St. Thomas Aquinas School teacher Korrinne Nelson helps students get settled in her classroom for the start of the new year.

Raising the flag

BLAIRSBURG — Northeast Hamilton School students and new Principal Jessica Hector celebrated the first day of school with the traditional flag ceremony on Monday in Blairsburg. Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade gathered around the flagpole to hear from Hector, who comes to NEH ...

Webster City firefighters practice high-angle rescues

Members of the Webster City Fire Department took part in a high-angle training last week at the fire station. Through funding from the Fire Service Training bureau, PRI — a rescue training company — conducted the training with the local fire department members. The training focused on ...

Farewell to summer

As summer moves toward fall and children return to the classroom this week in Webster City, the End of Summer Block Party held Saturday was a great way to cap off the season. Hosted by LIFT WC and Spangler Auto, the event included games, food and music. The 700 Block of Second Street was ...

Making hay old school

HOMER — April Patten, of Boone, spent part of her day on top of a hay wagon, pitchfork in hand, feeding yellow oat stalks into an antique threshing machine built before anyone on the grounds of the West Central Region Cockshutt and Co-op Club Threshing Bee was born. The machine, with ...

Special workshop planned for Doodlebug reunion

Doodlebug enthusiasts from all over the world will come to Webster City in mid-September to celebrate the 73rd year of the famed Doodlebug scooter. But in between a group ride and museum visit, a new and quite unique event will be held this year — a Doodlebug quilting workshop. The ...

Webster City boil order lifted

A boil order issued for the eastern portion of Webster City Wednesday was lifted Thursday morning when tests showed no threats to the water.The boil order was imposed when a contractor working on a city water line failed to secure it.The boil order that included the areas of High Street, Bell ...

Police nab teen who led Webster City to Fort Dodge chase

A 15-year-old led police on a chase that began in Webster City and ended in Fort Dodge when the teen’s vehicle struck a tree in that Webster County city early Wednesday morning. The juvenile, whose name was not released, faces multiple charges. Webster City Police Chief Shiloh Mork said ...

‘Annie Jr.’ auditions approaching

Auditions for Webster City Community Theatre’s Annie JR. aren’t “Tomorrow,” but they are coming soon. Director Loween Getter and Music Director Dane Barner, with assistance from Angela Rottering, said try outs are Aug. 28 and 29 at 6 p.m. at the theatre, 1001 Willson Ave. Scripts ...

FD man jailed after high-speed pursuit; Gray drove down dead end road

GOWRIE — A Fort Dodge man is in jail after he led police on a high-speed pursuit through rural Webster County, according to Gowrie Police Chief Patrick Monaghan. Anthony Gray, 33, is charged with eluding, driving while barred, and interference with official acts. Monaghan said he saw Gray ...

End of summer party

LIFT WC, in partnership with Spangler Automotive, will host a community End of Summer Block Party this Saturday on the 700 block of Second Street and will include a bags tournament and an outdoor concert featuring local artists. Monies raised will benefit the LIFT WC organization and assist ...

Boil order issued in Webster City

A boil order was issued for the eastern portion of Webster City Wednesday afternoon when a contractor working on a city water line failed to secure it. The boil order that includes the areas of High Street, Bell Avenue and parts east of there is precautionary, according to City Manager Jeff ...

Search warrant leads to arrest

The Webster City Police Department executed a search warrant on Aug. 14 for stolen property at1522 7th Avenue N, Apt 5 in Fort Dodge. The search stemmed from information that the subject used counterfeit money to make a purchase. Over 100 stolen items were recovered from the apartment. ...

Outdoor pool hours change for the week

Officials with the Webster City outdoor pool said hours of operation will change this week due to a shortage of lifeguards. The pool will be open through Friday for adult lap swimming from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for open swimming 1 to 4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the pool will be ...

Celebrating art in WC

Two ribbon cuttings were held Monday afternoon in downtown Webster City, celebrating two art installations that were recently installed. Community members, city officials and representatives of the University of Iowa were on hand as artist Ali Hval cut the ribbon, honoring her mural project ...

New city manager faces full agenda for first meeting

D Jeffrey Sheridan, the new city manager for Webster City, faced a full agenda for his first City Council meeting Monday night. Sheridan was hired earlier this summer following an extensive search process. He succeeds Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez who left a year ago to take a position in ...

Council approves amendment to Black Hills agreement

The City Council of Webster City approved resolution authorizing an amendment to an agreement originally signed with Aquila Energy in March 2005. Aquila now operates as Black Hills Energy. The amendment was approved for review by the council and was reviewed by City Attorney Zach Chizek, ...