Greg Forbes

05/10/2018 - 9:50am
Officials say a kitchen timer was the source of an incident that led to the evacuation of the Hampton Post Office and the surrounding area Monday. Ron Humphrey, Special Agent of the Arson and Explosives Bureau with the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, said the timer, which had a dial timer and a bell, was left on a counter in the post office. Humphrey said an employee with the post office...
05/09/2018 - 4:12pm
A suspicious item in the Hampton Post Office led to a two-hour evacuation of the area on Monday, May 7. At 1:17 p.m. Franklin County Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call reporting the item in the post office lobby. Law enforcement did not disclose specifics as to what the item was. Responders evacuated the post office, as well as residents and...
04/18/2018 - 3:12pm
Earlier this month, the Hampton Rotary Club distributed 155 dictionaries to Franklin County third graders. John Terwin, co-president of the Rotary Club, said the annual event is greatly anticipated by both Rotary and the students. “For one, kids love to get the books,” he said. “At times, you start to wonder if they still...
03/28/2018 - 4:08pm
With shoppers sprinting down the aisles and grabbing items off shelves at a rapid pace, Hampton's Fareway store looked a little like Black Friday on a March Wednesday morning. But there was a good cause behind the frenzy, as those shoppers were collecting groceries to benefit the local pantries as part of Franklin County Farm Bureau's...
02/21/2018 - 5:34pm
From sub-zero temperatures and consistent, blowing snow, winter has made its presence felt on numerous occasions in Franklin County. With these conditions, mo-torists are reminded to be cautious of the roads and maintain safe driving proto-cols. Of course, sometimes winter conditions get the best of drivers and require the assistance of emergency...
01/31/2018 - 4:53pm
The advent of tax season has brought an influx of scam calls to the area, officials say. Hampton Police Department Cpt. Mark Morrison said the department has fielded several reports of threatening calls in the name of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Calls demand immediate payment for unpaid taxes and failure to comply will result in arrest....
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