Local News

Presenter to share about life in the Amanas

The second program of the summer will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mulberry Center Church in the Wilson Brewer Park, 220 Ohio St., Webster City. “The Amana Change,” presented by Betsy Momany, will look at the Amana Colonies, a collection of seven villages in eastern Iowa, founded by ...

Marking a century

When Hamilton County Conservation throws a birthday party for a park that’s turned 100 this year, they throw a party with events over the course of three days. The oldest park in the county, the 60 acres of land for Briggs Woods Park was donated by Thirza Briggs Aldrich in memory of her ...

Two victims taken to hospital following disturbance Saturday

Two people were transported to the local hospital following a disturbance that occurred Saturday night in Webster City. Officers were dispatched to 1239 Second St., at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of a disturbance at the residence. When officers arrived, they found two victims had ...

Mural installed downtown

Some colorful new murals, depicting bits of Webster City history, were installed above downtown stores Thursday. According to the City of Webster City website, the murals were funded through a grant partnership between the City and the University of Iowa. The artist, Ali Hval, who just ...

‘We wanted to do something to help’

Sports Editor Troy Banning is a familiar face at area sporting events. In his nearly 20 years with the Daily Freeman-Journal, he’s covered hundreds, if not thousands of wrestling and golf meets, basketball games, and softball tournaments. He’s the guy behind the camera, the guy interviewing ...

NEH school board holds final meeting

BLAIRSBURG — Accepting the resignation of Superintendent/Principal Mike Kruger was one of the final acts for the Northeast Hamilton School Board which met for the last time on Wednesday night. "You've got some big shoes to fill, Mike," NEH School Board President Eric Patterson told ...

Cub Scouts attend day camp

The annual Hamilton County Cub Scout Day Camp was held recently and was attended by approximately 70 youngsters at Briggs Woods Park. Cubs attended the Down Under sea-themed camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. over a two day period where they participated in various 45 minute stations scattered ...

A walk of remembrance

STANHOPE — Purple was the color of the evening at the Stanhope park on Wednesday as the Hamilton County Relay for Life was held on a perfect summer night. The event was well attended, and organizers were pleased at the support of folks from all around the county. Linda Graham of ...

‘A child care desert’

Finding quality, affordable child care can be one of the greatest concerns for working parents. All across the nation, that issue is impacting families. Iowa and Hamilton County are no different. On Tuesday, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation brought together business and community leaders ...

Field day exercise planned

The Boone and Hamilton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service groups will hold a joint effort in the American Radio Relay League’s annual field day. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, and the group will set up amateur radio stations at the band shelter in West ...

Art in the public space

Boarded up windows are becoming the canvas for a large-scale public art mural in Webster City this summer. Designed and painted by University of Iowa graduate art student Ali Hval, the mural is bringing together Webster City volunteers to help with painting the 12 panels. In addition to ...

LIFT WC to host night of music at the Elks

Music once again will fill the former Elks Club ballroom this weekend as LIFT WC hosts another evening of local talent. The event will be held Sunday, June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Darcy Swon, LIFT WC board secretary, said Sunday will mark the second live music night at the historic building. ...

Final NEH school board meeting set for Thursday

BLAIRSBURG —The final meeting of the Northeast Hamilton School Board will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. in the NEH Media Center. Items on the agenda include a facilities update and staff resignations. Beginning on July 1, Northeast Hamilton will be a part of the reorganized ...

Time to celebrate

A celebration is planned in honor of the 100th birthday of Briggs Woods Park this weekend, with special events planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The park, which was donated to Hamilton County on April 17, 1919 by Thirza Briggs Aldrich in honor of her parents, has the distinction of ...

Council hears Boone River cleanup plans

The City Council of Webster City Monday night learned more about a Boone River cleanup project coming up in July. Seth Zimmerman, a volunteer with Iowa Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition), told the board that the cleanup project will encompass 61 miles of the Boone River ...

City Council approves zoning changes

The Webster City City Council voted to waive the third reading of three proposed zoning changes Monday night after approving the second readings. The three zoning ordinances were passed and adopted. The ordinances will change the zoning in three sections of the community — along ...

Crowds turn out for Jewell Jubilee

JEWELL — Local residents turned out to enjoy barbecue, activities for the kids and entertainment. The Annual Jewell Jubilee celebration featured the annual Main Street Barbecue Friday night. Main Street was closed and picnic tables lined the streets for hungry diner to enjoy their ...

Adverse childhood experiences is topic of session for educators

Dr. William Martinez, an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of San Francisco, will be meeting with area educators on June 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Webster City Middle School Media Center to discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how to build resilience among ...

Council to hear report on river cleanup

The City Council of Webster City will hear a report on an upcoming Boone River cleanup project as they meet Monday night in regular session. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A representative of Iowa Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) will discuss this ...

Campaign donation for Bacon

The Hamilton County Republicans met recently for their monthly meeting at the 2nd Street Emporium. There were 18 present and among them was House District 48 Rep. Robert Bacon. Bacon is shown receiving a campaign donation from Becky Kepler, chair of the Hamilton County Republicans.