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Vincent City Hall robbed

VINCENT — The Vincent City Hall was allegedly robbed by a black male with dreadlocks and wearing a blue shirt Tuesday afternoon, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs. The suspect allegedly shoved a woman into a room and took an undisclosed amount of money, Stubbs reported. No ...

Setting priorities

A group of area providers and community members gathered Monday night at a town hall meeting to view some insights from the recent Community Health Needs Assessment conducted this spring. The project, conducted jointly by Hamilton County Public Health and Van Diest Medical Center, was ...

Firm to prepare plans for Elks facade improvements

An architectural firm has been hired to find ways to restore the exterior of the former Elks Club building in downtown Webster City. The two-story masonry building at 713 Second St. was built in 1906. It’s now owned by the non-profit organization LIFT WC, which is seeking to restore ...

Going underground

Overhead electric lines in two areas of Webster City will be moved underground in an upcoming project that will require the cooperation of home owners. One of the affected areas is bordered roughly by Bank Street to the north, Beach Street to the east, Walnut Street to the south and Lynx ...

Second Street rebuild idea advances

The concept of rebuilding a long stretch of Second Street in Webster City advanced Monday when the City Council hired an engineering firm to prepare plans for the job. The council hired Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, to prepare plans for the project at a maximum cost of $584,300. The ...

Council approves new banking arrangements

The Webster City municipal government is changing its banking arrangements. The City Council on Monday voted for new checking and money market accounts, and the purchase of certificates of deposit. The council approved a checking account with Availa Bank with a .5 percent interest ...

WC couple given 20 days to move vehicles

A Webster City couple has been given 20 more days to move vehicles that city officials say meet the definition of junk. "I can store them all in the garage if you like," Josh Gordon, of 1330 Second St., told the City Council Monday. Gordon and his wife, Katie, addressed the council as ...

What’s the deal with Real ID?

There’s only one year left before a new sort of driver’s license will be needed to fly on airlines in the U.S. The Real ID system is being phased in, and will be officially required to get through airport security on Oct. 1, 2020. Getting the new license doesn’t cost extra. It ...

St. Thomas Ball raises $221,000 for school

The Friends of St, Thomas School Ball brought in $221,000 Saturday night at the annual fundraising event held at the St. Thomas Parish Center. The ball, with a theme of Casino Royale, featured a live and silent auction, food, games and music for dancing later in the evening. ...

Town hall meeting set for tonight

Van Diest Medical Center and Hamilton County Public Health have partnered to perform an evaluation of the health needs throughout Hamilton County and surrounding areas.  The findings in this evaluation will be compiled into a public report called a Community Health Needs Assessment. The ...

Revitalizing Webster City

In order to revitalize its downtown, Webster City could apply to re-join the Main Street Iowa program which it was a part of in the late 80s and early 90s, students with the University of Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities said Thursday night. But to do so successfully would take ...

Crackdown on distraction

Texting while driving — or reading something off a screen, or taking a picture or video while driving — has become all too common lately. It doesn’t make sense to Lt. Mark Miller, with the Iowa State Patrol, who is sometimes the one to tell a family their son, or daughter, has died in ...

It’s all about Ag

EAGLE GROVE — As many as 800 fifth-graders from Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Webster and Wright counties learning about the impact agriculture has on their lives during the 2019 Youth Environmental Agriculture Days. The 24th annual event is held each year at the Wright County Fairgrounds in ...

Honor Flight prepares for takeoff

FORT DODGE — Veterans from across northern Iowa who served their country in the steaming jungles of Vietnam, on the world’s oceans or in the skies gathered together Wednesday evening at the Webster County Fairgrounds to prepare for another mission. But their upcoming mission will be ...

St. Thomas Ball set for Saturday night

Local residents will have a chance to preview the  2019 Friends of St. Thomas Ball Friday night. The preview, which is open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Those attending will have a chance to view auction items, check out the decorations and enjoy refreshments. The ...

Wanted: Volunteers

Volunteers are still needed for this year’s Junquefest coming up on Memorial Day weekend, according to Webster City Chamber of Commerce officials. Junquefest is Webster City’s annual vintage and antiques show held downtown May 24-26. Officials with the Chamber of Commerce are ...

Tractors destroyed in hoop barn fire

EVANSTON — A couple of classic International Harvesters were the only casualties of a fire that broke out in a hoop barn Monday evening between Duncombe and Lehigh. No humans or animals were harmed in the fire, reported around 5:30 p.m. at 2608 255th St. Some hay bales also burned in ...

Perry selected to create sculpture

Arts R Alive in Webster City, Iowa has chosen Dan Perry to design and construct a permanent sculpture for Webster City. Perry is a Studio Technician/Instructor and Co-Supervisor of the Public Art Incubator, University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Forty-five entries were considered for ...

Community health priorities are topic of town hall meeting

Van Diest Medical Center and Hamilton County Public Health have partnered to perform an evaluation of the health needs throughout Hamilton County and surrounding areas.  The findings in this evaluation will be compiled into a public report called a Community Health Needs Assessment. The ...

Mental Health conference planned

A Mental Health Awareness Day Conference is planned for Friday, May 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, in Webster City. The second annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration for the conference is due May 9. Those wishing to reserve a spot can contact ...