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Senior Life Solutions, VDMC offer screenings

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During the month of May, which is designated as Mental Health Month, Van Diest Medical Center is partnering with Senior Life Solutions to raise awareness and help fight stigmas, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care for those suffering from mental illness. Senior ...

Supervisors proclaim May as Mental Health Month

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Mental health providers gathered Tuesday morning during the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting to witness the signing of a proclamation. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Patti Treibel Leeds, director of community services for Central Iowa Community Services in Hamilton ...

Honoring our veterans

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—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Webster City Mayor John Hawkins read the Memorial Day Proclamation Monday morning at the American Legion Avenue of Flags Building at 800 Ohio St. Members of American Legion Post 191 were present as Hawkins proclaimed Monday, May 29 as Memorial ...

JunqueFest opens Friday in downtown WC

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In just three days, vendors will begin filtering into Webster City for the Fourth annual JunqueFest. Organizers are expecting thousands of antique, junk and recycled goods fans to come to town to shop the more than 50 booths, This year, there's a change of venue. Vendors, food, and music ...

Board OKs support staff agreement

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The Webster City School Board approved a tentative agreement with Webster City Educational Support Association Monday evening. The total package for wages is $60,500, a 2.65 percent increase. “That brings that contract into compliance with current legislation,” said Superintendent Mike ...

WCHS seniors earn diplomas

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Friends, family, and faculty filled the Webster City High School Gymnasium Sunday afternoon to celebrate new beginnings for the Class of 2017. The district presented 138 diplomas. Two diplomas were presented to the family members of two seniors who were unable to be at Sunday’s event. ...

SH graduates 55 students

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JEWELL — To the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the high school band, the 58 graduating South Hamilton seniors entered the school gymnasium Sunday afternoon as students. When they left an hour later, they were alumni. On a cloudy, breezy day when the temperature was ...

NEH board OKs pay increase

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BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton school board approved a pay hike for nonbargaining employees at its regular meeting on Thursday night. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Mike Sherwood and Principal Mike Kruger, the board approved a pay increase of $0.15/hr. for nonbargaining ...

Legion announces parade plans

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As Memorial Day approaches, the American Legion Post 191 is in the process of making plans, weather permitting, for their parade and services at the North Des Moines Street Bridge, Cass Cemetery, Boulevard of Valor and Graceland Cemetery. The Legion is seeking participants for the parade as ...

DARE graduates

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STRATFORD — Stratford Elementary students received certificates commemorating their graduation from D.A.R.E. Thursday afternoon. The 5th and 6th grade class of 22 students has been participating in D.A.R.E. for the past 10 weeks with Hamilton County Deputy Dave Turpin. Turpin shared ...

2 charged in Randall burglary

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Two individuals were arrested following a reported residential burglary on Wednesday in Randall. An investigation was initiated and conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies investigated the burglary and executed a search warrant on a residence in Zearing, according to ...

Stratford man arrested for arson

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STRATFORD — A Stratford man was arrested on arson and meth charges following the investigation of a fire in Stratford on Sunday. A residential fire was reported at 413 Locust St. in Stratford and the Stratford Fire Department requested assistance from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s ...

Wrestler raises funds for Australia trip

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WEBSTER CITY — Carson Hartnett will try out waiting tables this weekend, all in an attempt to add to his piggy bank for an upcoming wrestling excursion. Hartnett, a Webster City High School junior, will be a Grid Iron employee for the day on Saturday, as he continues to fund raise for a ...

Seniors honored

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Over $125,000 in scholarships was awarded Wednesday evening at Webster City High School during awards night. This amount surpassed by far last year’s award totals of nearly $70,000. Members of the Class of 2017 were honored for their efforts in the classroom, athletics, and citizenship ...

Education for the future

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Six students toured Seneca Foundry in early May. The students are juniors and seniors that attend the Eagle Grove Career Academy. They spent the afternoon learning about the foundry’s manufacturing processes and educational aspects. The tour was led by Larry Helm, Technical Director, ...

Beautifying downtown

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The Town and Country Garden Club spent Wednesday afternoon planting flowers and ornamental grasses in the large flower pots along Second Street in downtown Webster City. Helping out with the cause was Webster City Mayor John Hawkins, above.

A fond farewell

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STRATFORD — Students of Stratford Elementary took center stage as they, along with faculty, hosted a retirement party for outgoing principal and superintendent, Sarah Binder. Binder came to the school district in 1993 as a curriculum coordinator for Northeast Hamilton, Webster City, and ...

Strolling thunder

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Michelle Walters, executive director for Building Families, recently took her experiences as a mom and professional in early childhood development to the Capital to raise awareness about the needs of children and families across the nation. Walters, of Webster City, traveled to Washington, ...

Webster City to participate in Laborshed survey

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The City of Webster City will be working with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Webster City/Hamilton County area. This study will define the areas from which Webster City/Hamilton County area employers draw their ...

Donations sought for pool passes

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Upper Des Moines Opportunity is seeking monetary donations to fund our Pool Pass Program. This program helps to pay a portion of a family or youth pool pass for eligible low-income households living in Hamilton County. The program is supported by monetary donations and Fuller Hall. ...