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Stanhope shooting still under investigation

STANHOPE — Police continue to investigate a shooting incident in Stanhope Saturday that left one person injured. The injured individual, identified by authorities only as a male, was treated at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines and was released. In a written statement, the ...

Supervisors reorganizational meeting is today

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will meet Thursday morning at 9 a.m. to reorganize for the new year. In addition to electing a new chairman and chairman pro-tem, the board is expected to pass resolutions authorizing the county auditor to issue certain payments without board ...

Firefighting is a family affair for Kleins

DUNCOMBE — Fighting fires is a family affair for Eric and Jolene Klein, of Duncombe. The couple has given decades to the Duncombe Volunteer Fire Department, setting an example of community service their children have followed. Of their five kids, three sons are serving as firefighters. ...

Hoffman to present at Windsor Manor

Webster City-area residents are invited to a special presentation at Windsor Manor on Jan. 7. Brendan Hoffman, a documentary photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, will speak and give a photographic presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. in the dining hall. Hoffman's work ...

‘Thank you, Scotty’

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 will be the final time Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott McConnell wears his brown sheriff’s deputy uniform after serving the residents of Hamilton County for three decades. The deputy, who is known as “Scotty” to nearly everyone who has met ...

City street department to pick up Christmas trees

The Webster City Street Department will be picking up Christmas Trees on Friday, Jan. 2, 2020, weather permitting. Trees should be placed at the nearest street corner prior to 7 a.m. on Jan. 3, as only one trip will be made through the city. Please remove all stands and decorations and place ...

Hamilton County goes digital

Hamilton County recently flipped the switch to a new county-wide digital radio communications system. The project to digitize the radio communications of the county’s law enforcement and emergency services has been a long time coming, said Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons. “The ...

WCCC to host day camp next week

The Webster City Church of Christ will host a Christmas break day camp all next week for kids in kindergarten through seventh grade. The camp will run from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Monday through Friday at The Bridge, 905 Des Moines St. Each day will have a different theme with different ...

Wright County round barn endures

GOLDFIELD — It’s the last round barn standing in Wright County. In fact, it’s one of the last round barns in Iowa. It’s located southwest of Goldfield in Eagle Grove Township, and it’s close to the Boone River that inspired the name Riverview Farm, which can still be read in the ...

Silent night …

NEVADA — Traditions, and more specifically memories, are what make the holidays, especially Christmas, such a special time of year. That in mind, Almeda Warner, a Windsor Manor caregiver in Nevada, cannot help but be honest. "It's just not fair. I just don't understand," she said, ...

Police apprehend fugitive at WC residence

Webster City Police on Tuesday night arrested a fugitive wanted on several charges including attempt to commit murder. Webster City Police officers received information that Jeffrey Scott Johnson was hiding in the residence located at 923 Boone St. Officers obtained a search warrant for 923 ...

Christmas cheer

There were festively wrapped presents and treats for all as members of the Webster City Police Department held its annual Christmas gift distribution for area children Wednesday night. The BLUE program or Blue Light Uniform Event has been held for about the past five years, according to ...

Holiday Fun Week returns to Fuller Hall

The break between Christmas and when classes resume can seem like an eternity for kids who may looking for things to do. Fuller Hall once again this year is hosting a series of contests and competitions to help alleviate some of that wintertime boredom. Children looking for something fun to ...

FFA donates fruit to nursing facilities, service workers

Windsor Manor in Webster City was Adalie Schwandt's last important stop Wednesday. The Webster City High School senior, who is the current reporter for the high school's FFA chapter, was busy making fruit donations. "We (the FFA) usually go out and donate fruit once a year, following ...

Comforts of home

FORT DODGE — Ben Ahlers has always loved Fort Dodge’s sense of community pride and passion for the fine arts. It took thousands of traveled miles, a life on both coasts and a string of noteworthy professional endeavors for Ahlers to gain a true appreciation for his hometown as ...

A simple act of kindness

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” opens Thursday at the Webster Theater and local benefactor is offering a Christmas gift to area movie goers. This Secret Santa is giving the gift of free tickets to the movie to all who wish to attend. Webster Theater Manager Ann McLaughlin ...

New bank opens in Stratford

STRATFORD — Stratford officially welcomed a new bank to their community Friday morning with a ribbon cutting at Security Savings Bank. “We feel like we've been here for a long time,” commented bank president Brad Lane just before cutting the ribbon. “We want to be involved in the ...

City council discuses utility rate increases

Webster City Mayor John Hawkins began Monday night's City Council meeting with a resolution thanking council member Jim Talbot for his four years of service. Monday was Talbot's final regular council meeting. The council continued on with the swearing-in of the newly-elected and re-elected ...

Christmas worship schedules needed

Area churches are asked to submit Christmas week worship schedules for the annual Christmas worship directory, which will be published in the Daily Freeman-Journal on Friday, Dec. 20. Please send all special services, events and activities for the week of Christmas by Wednesday, Dec. 18 ...