Archive for February, 2009

Monday, February 9 – Washington County News

Posted: Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 5:12 am

Smoking Ban
Last year state lawmakers passed a ban on smoking in public places, but that might be adjusted. State Representative Larry Marek from Riverside says the ban applied to places such as restaurants and bars. House File 211 would allow for these places to designate an opened air section such as a patio for smoking. He stresses it would not change things inside. Marek says many have signed on to House File 211.

County Roads
County roads and the future of those roads will be the focus of a work session tonight. County Engineer David Patterson says this is an opportunity to talk about the condition of county roads. He says the hope is to discuss solutions for addressing problems such as funding to keep them in good condition to dealing with higher traffic among other things. The work session will be at 7 tonight at the Washington County Fair Building.

Mid Prairie School Board
The Mid prairie School board will be meeting on Thursday, February 12th. Superintendent Mark Schneider says they will be discussing the Special Education Program plan and report and the Gifted & Talented Program. Schneider says at the meeting the board will be going over the 2009-10 School Calendar. He says the board will be focusing on finance by looking at possible summer infrastructure projects

Sweetheart Supper
The Washington Community Y is putting on their annual Sweetheart Supper on Friday. The evening will include entertainment for you and your valentine and on the menu will be rib-eye steak, cheesy potatoes, veggies, salad and a brownie desert served with cherry nut ice cream. The cost is $8 per person and you can make reservation by calling 653-5300. Reservations should be made by Wednesday so they know how many steaks will be needed.

Good Sense Budget course
The Lower Deer Creek Church in Kalona is holding a budget course on February 15th. Jim Hershberger says the course is to help people understand and put together a budget and to help meet financial goals. Hershberger says it is a 3 week course and the class is for anyone even if they are not affiliated with the church. Again the class starts on Sunday, February 15th. Anyone who is interested can call the church office.

Pipeline awareness and education meeting
Alliant Energy and the Iowa Pipeline Association offers pipeline awareness and education meetings for emergency responders. Representatives from the Iowa Pipeline Association and pipeline regulatory consultants will provide information on pipeline safety, hazard awareness, and characteristics of the products/materials transported through pipelines. A portion of the training will include two new tabletop exercises. The program will be Tuesday, February 24th at the Keokuk County Community Center in Hedrick. To register, visit www.iowa-piepline.com. All programs will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Weed Class
The Washington County Extension will be site of a weed, insect, and pesticide class for commercial pesticide applicators. Nancy Adrian with Washington County Extension says the course is needed as part of a pesticide applicators licensing. It will be on Wednesday from 9 to 11:45 am at the Washington County Extension office.

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Fran Stigers, Washington Community Y
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m.
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

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Sunday, February 8 – Washington County News

Posted: Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 7:05 am


Bee Keeper Courses
Calling all interested bee keepers. There is a class coming to the Kirkwood Washington Center later this month for beginning bee keepers. Andrew Joseph works for the State of Iowa and says the four week course starts February 17th, and the next three Tuesdays after that. The cost is thirty-nine dollars for the class and twenty-five for the manual. You can register by calling Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655.

Smoking Ban
Last year state lawmakers passed a ban on smoking in public places, but that might be adjusted. State Representative Larry Marek from Riverside says the ban applied to places such as restaurants and bars. House File 211 would allow for these places to designate an opened air section such as a patio for smoking. He stresses it would not change things inside. Marek says many have signed on to House File 211. 

Speech Team 
The Washington High School Speech Team competed at the state speech contest on Saturday and fared very well. Of the 9 groups that competed, 8 received Division I ratings. The students now have a chance to make the All-State competition in Ames on February 21st. The coaches are Jan Gallagher, Lynn Loula, and Amy Adrian.

Budget Course
The Lower Deer creek Church in Kalona is holding a budget course on February 15th. Jim Hershberger says the course is to help people understand and put together a budget and to help meet financial goals. He says it is a three week course. Hershberger says the class is for anyone even if they are not affiliated with the church. Again the class starts on Sunday, February 15th. Anyone who is interested can call the church office.

Pancake Supper
The Kalona Optimists club is preparing for there fundraising events in March. Doug Morgan says they are having a pancake supper on March 5th. He says the funds raised will go to help the youth of Kalona. Morgan says the event will be held at Kalona Middle School.

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Saturday, February 7-Washington County News

Posted: Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at 5:49 am

State Budget Cuts
State lawmakers are preparing to cut the state’s budget. State Representative Larry Mareck from Riverside says Iowa is looking at around a 6% cut across the board. He says we are in better shape than some other state around us but that doesn’t make it any better. Merick says one thing they can do to turn things around is take steps to make Iowa more attractive to new industries.

Tax Refund Loans
Tax season is nearly here and as you prepare an area state lawmaker warns about the temptation of refund loans. State Senator Becky Schmitz says it maybe tempting to borrow on your refund and pay the loan off when your refund check arrives, but she says in many cases the interest is excessive considering it’s backed by your tax return. Schmitz says these loans might have been more reasonable in the past but with e-file the time to process your return is much faster.

Kalona Tourism
Some business owners in Kalona feel that the economy has not affected Kalona tourism very much. Edie Kemp owner of the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast says the people around Kalona do what they want to do when they want to do it. She says she has not seen a big down turn in tourism. Kemp says when it comes to people doing things with their family, people will do what it takes to take care them.

Prospective Student Day
IMS is having a Prospective Student Day. Larry Swartzendruber says the day is for students in 8th grade that may wish to attend IMS to come out and visit the campus and meet teachers and students. He says it gives students a chance to see students life and what is taught in the classrooms. The event is Friday, February 13. Swartzendrubber says they hold the Prospective Student Day every year but are contemplating holing it more often to increase exposure to IMS.

Ainsworth Breakfast Buffet
The Ainsworth Opera House is putting on their first fund raiser of the New Year this morning. They have a breakfast buffet going on from 7-10am. They are serving biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, hash browns, scrambled eggs, breakfast casseroles, fresh fruit, pancakes, rolls, coffee cake, and more plus coffee, juice and milk. The cost is seven dollars for adults and children ten and under are free. That again is going on at the Ainsworth Opera House from 7-10 this morning.

Bee Keeping Class
Calling all interested bee keepers. There is a class coming to the Kirkwood Washington Center later this month for beginning bee keepers. Andrew Joseph works for the State of Iowa and says the four week course starts February 17th, and the next three Tuesdays after that. The cost is $39 for the class and $25 for the manual. You can register by calling Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655.

4-H Skate Party
The Washington County 4-H County Council held a countywide 4-H Skating Party on Sunday, January 25, at the Wellman Rec. Center. Kati Peiffer, the 4-H-Youth Coordinator says 211 4-Hers, family members, and friends took advantage of the fun by roller-skating. She says the skaters had time to free skate, as well as do the limbo and racing games. The Skating Party is one of the many countywide activities held for 4-Hers throughout the year.

Friday, February 6 – Washington County News

Posted: Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 7:18 am

City Council approves soil work contract
The Washington City Council approves a contract to have services done by Geo-Technical engineering services for the proposed Wastewater treatment facility. TEAM Services will do that work. City Administrator Dave Plyman says that this company did similar work for the library project that includes soil borings.

Schmitz want Iowa to be a wind energy leader
The State Senator that covers Washington County says that renewable energy is a strong part of the Iowa economy. Becky Schmitz says she wants to see Iowa as a leader in renewable energy. Schmitz has some listening posts scheduled in Washington County. Today in Wellman at City Hall at 9:30, Kalona Public Library at 10:45, and in Riverside at Murphy's at noon.

IMS Fine Arts
The IMS Fine Art series ended last weekend. Mary Lou Gingrich with IMS says she feels the Series has been a success. She says that through out the fall and winter they had close to a packed house for every event. Gingrich says the series goes through the fall and winter and the spring and fall is when they have school productions.

Master Gardeners plan sale
The Washington County Master Gardeners set the date for their spring plant sale. According to Nancy Adrian From the extension office, the group will do that May 16. The group met last week and had a program from Carolyn Schmidt about a botanical garden in Cape Town, South Africa. Schmidt's daughter is a missionary in Cape Town and they visited her last year. The next meeting will be on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.

Sound of Washington
A new group in Washington is a special needs choir. Kim Eckler is one of the founders of Sound of Washington and says the idea started because someone she knew is nearly bed ridden, and enjoyed singing. Eckler says they wanted to be able to provide a way to get out in the community and sing. The group meets Tuesdays at 6 at the Washington Mennonite Church.

American Legion Riders
The American Legion Riders in Washington plan a fund raiser next week. Barb Duder from that group says that on Valentines Day, they have a soup supper at the National Guard Armory in Washington. Duder says that the riders are cooking a variety of soup February 14 from 4:30 to 7:30, again at the National Guard Armory.

Pathway School fundraiser
Pathway Schools is holding an auction to raise money for a scholarship. Edie Kemp says there will be many items on the auction. Its Friday, February 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Columbus Junction salt supply
The Columbus Junction area was running very low on salt when winter arrived. City Clerk Julie Heindel says during the first part of winter their supplier was not sending any of the salt they needed. Throughout the winter they have been getting salt from a variety of places so they could keep the streets.

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Kim Eckler, Sound of Washington
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m. Larry Marek, State Representative
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

Friday, February 6 – Washington County News

Posted: Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 7:15 am

City Council approves soil work contract
The Washington City Council approves a contract to have Geo-Technical engineering services for the proposed Wastewater treatment facility. TEAM Services will do that work. City Administrator Dave Plyman says that this company did similar work for the library project that includes soil borings.

Schmitz want Iowa to be a wind energy leader
The State Senator that covers Washington County says that renewable energy is a strong part of the Iowa economy. Becky Schmitz says she wants to see Iowa as a leader in renewable energy. Schmitz has some listening posts scheduled in Washington County. Today in Wellman at City Hall at 9:30, Kalona Public Library at 10:45, and in Riverside at Murphy's at noon.

IMS Fine Arts
The IMS Fine Art series ended last weekend. Mary Lou Gingrich with IMS says she feels the Series has been a success. She says that through out the fall and winter they had close to a packed house for every event. Gingrich says the series goes through the fall and winter and the spring and fall is when they have school productions.

Master Gardeners plan sale
The Washington County Master Gardeners set the date for their spring plant sale. According to Nancy Adrian From the extension office, the group will do that May 16. The group met last week and had a program from Carolyn Schmidt about a botanical garden in Cape Town, South Africa. Schmidt's daughter is a missionary in Cape Town and they visited her last year. The next meeting will be on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.

Sound of Washington
A new group in Washington is a special needs choir. Kim Eckler is one of the founders of Sound of Washington and says the idea started because someone she knew is nearly bed ridden, and enjoyed singing. Eckler says they wanted to be able to provide a way to get out in the community and sing. The group meets Tuesdays at 6 at the Washington Mennonite Church.

American Legion Riders
The American Legion Riders in Washington plan a fund raiser next week. Barb Duder from that group says that on Valentines Day, they have a soup supper at the National Guard Armory in Washington. Duder says that the riders are cooking a variety of soup February 14 from 4:30 to 7:30, again at the National Guard Armory.

Pathway School fundraiser
Pathway Schools is holding an auction to raise money for a scholarship. Edie Kemp says there will be many items on the auction. Its Friday, February 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Columbus Junction salt supply
The Columbus Junction area was running very low on salt when winter arrived. City Clerk Julie Heindel says during the first part of winter their supplier was not sending any of the salt they needed. Throughout the winter they have been getting salt from a variety of places so they could keep the streets.

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Kim Eckler, Sound of Washington
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m. Larry Marek, State Representative
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

News 2-5-08

Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 10:10 am

Drainage solution proposed 
The Washington City Council hopes that a plan to install a new system of pipes in the north side of the city will help prevent problems with drainage. The City Council set a public hearing about a relief sewer project. City Administrator Dave Plyman says that they are looking at a way to get the water that’s pumped out of basements to go to storm sewers. The public hearing is set for next week on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. 

City Council hears trails proposal 
Washington City Council hears a proposal for a trails signage to connect the Kewash trail to downtown. Councilor Bob Shepherd 
told the council money they are required to pay from a penalty from the DNR could fund it, and this proposal would have signs and a route established. Shepherd says the five thousand dollars wont fully cover the project, but some other funds may be available. 

Movie canceled because of school schedule 
A movie day in Kalona has been canceled. Todd Fitzsenry says because the Mid-Prairie school district is planning to have school on their normally scheduled day off, they had to cancel that on Presidents Day.

Home School Department 
The Mid-Prairie Home School department is looking for changes to state legislation. Andrea Farrier a supervising teacher with the Mid-Prairie Home School says she went to Des Moines to speak with legislators last week. She says she is trying to get them to introduce a new bill to allow parents of home schooled students to teach drivers ed. 

Keokuk Extension meeting 
A Field Agronomist will discuss problems and solutions to fertilization decisions just prior to the Private Pesticide Training. February 18, the Keokuk County Extension office scheduled two sessions, one beginning at 1 p.m. and the other beginning at 6:30 p.m.. The Private Pesticide Training begins at 1:30 and 7 pm. Both sessions will be held at the Expo Grounds in Sigourney.

Emergency Management meeting 
The Washington County Emergency Management Commission gets together next week. They plan to talk about an update to a grant, purchase of equipment and certification of their budget. Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith has said that their budget looks roughly the same as the past, but there might be less money available for grants. The commission meets Feb 11 at 7 p.m. at the courthouse

High School blood drive
Washington High School students plan the annual blood drive in March, and they are ready to take appointments. Its on Wednesday, March 11 in the Washington High School gym from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment contact Erik Buchholz at 653-2143 or Ryan Bell at ryanbell09@hotmail.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Extension office summer trip 
The Southeast Iowa Extension offices are planning a trip to Kansas City, Missouri. It’s June 17 to 18. According to the Washington County Extension Office, some highlights of the trip are a visit to The Money Museum, and a tour of the Kansas Speedway. Organizers plan a formal dinner theater and a visit to Science City and Cabelas.

Wednesday, February 4 – Washington County News

Posted: Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 8:22 am

Increased fees for Law Enforcement
The Washington County Supervisors increased fees for contract law enforcement services. The board used a formula to determine how much to charge each city that does not have a police department and that pays for law enforcement from the sheriff’s office. A chart showing the figures shows most cities had an increase to their payments except Crawfordville which went down 7 percent. Sheriff Dunbar says paying employees is the main factor for increases. Kalona is up 19 percent to about 70 thousand dollars. Other cities include Riverside with a 24 percent increase, and Wellman with a 16 percent increase

Zoning Commission public hearing
The Washington County Zoning Commission is done with another public hearing. Secretary Jacob Thorius says that about half of the fifty residents that showed up on Monday had input to offer the commission. Thorius says that some people don’t want zoning, others do, but many believe something needs to be done to direct future growth.

Mid-Prairie making up classes
The Mid-Prairie school district is using days off for class. Superintendent Mark Schneider says they have already held class on a normally scheduled day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schneider says they will be holding class on President’s Day February 16, which is normally a day off.

Riverboat Foundation opening
The Washington County Riverboat Foundation is taking applications to fill a director position. Jim Logan is the Executive Secretary and says that they are looking for someone to represent the rural area of Washington County. The seat was left empty when Larry Marek became State Representative and stepped down to avoid conflict of interest. Applications are available online at http://www.washingtoncountyriverboatfoundation.org

City Council addressing drainage
The Washington City Council is addressing an issue with drainage on the north side of the city. City officials say the area around Highland Avenue is poorly draining, and the council assigned a committee to talk with residents and offer some possible solutions. That issue is on the agenda tonight for the council, they could set a public hearing on a relief sewer.

Grasshorse plans move
A Winfield company is moving to Mount Pleasant. Vivan Jennings with Grasshorse Technologies says they are an emerging animation business that focuses on animated content for entertainment organizations. Jennings says they have been located in Winfield for about a year and half but they needed a bigger location due to growth.

Community Center works around construction
The Washington Central Park Community Center has been getting around the construction on the south side of the square. Work on the new library began in the spring, and that’s right next door to the community center. Max Cousins says people are still able to get there. Listen to the Washington Page today for more from Max Cousins about what is coming up for the center.

Wapello Rural Water seeks input
The Wapello Rural Water Association is holding a survey to see who might like rural water brought to their property. Kathy Alex says they are getting some funding from rural development and they need to see how many people would like the water service so they know how much to budget. The area they are looking at is south of English River and north of Crooked Creek and east of Highway 1 and west of 218. The number to call for information is 1-800-906-8388.

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. – Max Cousins, Central Park Community Center
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m. – Jim Logan, Washington County Riverboat Foundation
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

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Wednesday, February 4 – Local Sports

Posted: Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 8:21 am

Demon Wrestling
The Demon wrestlers were at Montezuma last night for what was scheduled to be a triangular with Montezuma and Sigourney-Keota, but BGM also showed up so they got three duals in. The Demons beat BGM 46-30 and Montezuma 54-27 and lost to Sigourney-Keota 49-21. Demon Head Coach Brent Van Weelden says some of the wrestlers that did well include Parker Turner at 130, he went 3-0 on the night. He says quaite a few wrestlers were wrestling up last night so they wouldn’t have open weights. Clint Stout was at 145 and he went 2-1, Chris Graf was at 160 and he went 2-1, Tyler Jaspering was 3-0, and at 285 Tyler McDonald was 2-1, he lost to McLaughlin from Sigourney-Keota 4-1. Van Weelden says this closes out their dual seasons and it was big to get the two wins, because that means the Demons end their dual season with a winning record at 9-8, which was a goal of theirs. The Demons wrestle at Sectionals on Saturday at Mediapolis where they will face Columbus, Fairfield, Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis, and West Burlington.

Mid-Prairie beat Trojans
The Mid Prairie boys basketball team used a first half run to get up on Fairfield and won by 17 points. The Trojans scored the game’s first basket to go up 2-0 but Mid Prairie went on an 18-0 run and led 22-10 at halftime. The Golden Hawks got up 32-15 towards the end of the third and won 46-29. They did it by really spreading the ball around. Abe Kos was the Golden Hawks leading scorer with 10 points, Tanner Miller had 9 and Ryan Gent had 8. Quite a few had 2 points. Dillon Gilpin was Fairfield’s leading scorer with 6.

Other area games
WACO boys basketball team beat Mediapolis last night 57-45. Nathan Shelman scored 18 points and Tad Morrow had 17.

Mepo girls beat WACO 44-30. It was a two point game going into the fourth. For WACO Ashley Brooks had 10 points.

Girls

Louisa-Muscatine 41 Highland 31

Pekin 42 Lone Tree 38

Boys

Wapello 64 Winfield-Mount Union 60

Radio Classifieds-Wednesday, Feb 24th

Posted: Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 8:15 am

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319-530-1925

FOR SALE
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3 black females
2 yellow females
1 black male
$125 each
319-656-2968 after 4 pm

FOR SALE
-Dark brown lift chair-like new-$700
319-658-2916

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-2006 Chrysler Sebring Convertible limited-$14,500
-Men’s Diamond ring 1/4 carrot-$450 OBO
319-461-6920

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-Office chair on rollers-like new
319-653-6440

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319-461-3588

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319-936-3956

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-John Deere 1460 disc mow co
-Large round bales of hay
319-257-6764

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-Murray Snow Blower-5 hp-$350
-Sofa, chair and ottoman-$75
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319-430-0796

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319-471-6004

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319-653-6440

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319-548-1049

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319-461-4797

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GIVE AWAY
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