Year in Review - Highlights of 2018 in Hancock County

Chuck Long, former Iowa Hawkeye football quarterback and Heisman trophy nominee, urged residents to get fit in 2018. File photo

A new year is a time to look forward to the future and reflect on accomplishments of the past. Here are some of people and events that made 2018 in Hancock County memorable:


Chuck Long, former Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback, promoted getting fit and living a healthy lifestyle at a Hancock County Health and Wellness Expo at Garner, on Jan. 13.

Jeff Stampohar resigned as CEO/Administrator of Hancock County Health System to accept the hospital administrator position at Baudette, Minn.

 The Britt City Council decided on pricing for lots in the city’s new industrial park.

Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Board of Education discussed the Iowa School Report Card and the steps the district will take to raise the scoring for Grades 5-6 and 7-8.

RSVP Volunteers at GHV Middle School were recognized during “National Mentoring Month.”

The Garner City Council toured the new 50 X 70-foot addition to the Garner Volunteer Ambulance Service headquarters.

Citing budget hardships facing the small community, the City of Goodell requested a reduction in the city’s allocation for the Hancock County Communications Center budget for fiscal 2018-19. The request prompted a discussion between the cities and the Hancock County Board of Supervisors on how the current formula for communication center budget could be adjusted.


Iowa was once again the center of attention nationally during the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 5.

Buddy’s Buddies was back for a “rock’n” good time at GHV Elementary.

Heather Zwiefel was named CEO/Administrator of Hancock County Health Systems.

Veteran Bob Steenlage of Britt made a return trip to Vietnam where he fought 50 years ago. Steenlage shared with West Hancock students his experience in Vietnam and how PTSD affected his life upon returning home.

Roger and Deb. Schmidt were presented the “Pillar of the Community Award” during the Garner Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Four Kanawha businesses paired off for laughs in a “Business Feud” tournament organized by the Kanawha Youth Activity Committee.

GHV and West Hancock teens discussed substance abuse and other topics at the Hancock County Youth Summit, hosted by Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Representatives from the GHV Teen Council urged the Garner City Council to be proactive on regulating where marijuana dispensaries could be located should the substance become legal in Iowa.

More Year in Review in the Jan. 2 Leader!