Archive for March, 2009

County, Riverside clash over infrastructure bonds

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:46 am

Washington County Supervisors are trying to work out a sticky situation with the city of Riverside. County Auditor Bill Fredricks says they are discussing a contract the two entities forged when the Riverside Casino was built. He says it deals with bonds issued by the county, to help Riverside purchase new water and wastewater facilities. He says the county issued bonds to help pay for Riverside’s facilities, under the agreement that the city would pay them annually until the bonds had been relieved. Fredrick’s says the city of Riverside now feels they shouldn’t have to make the annual payments. He says that’s been a point of contention between the county and Riverside.

Morales-Estrada sentenced to five years in stabbing incident

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:46 am

A 36 year old illegal immigrant has pleaded to guilty a felony assault charge in Washington County. Gilberto Morales-Estrada was charged with assault causing serious injury. Washington County Attorney Bard Edmondson says the charge stems from an incident last November when Morales stabbed another man in the chest, and left him. He has been sentenced to five years in prison and fined $750 for court costs and restitution. Morales will be transported to prison to begin his sentence. Edmondson says he will then be deported to Mexico

Schrock gets 15 years for child endangerment

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:46 am

A Kalona man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted on child endangerment charges Friday. 46 year old Joseph Schrock was also convicted as a habitual offender. Washington County Attorney Barb Edmondson says the charges against Schrock stem from a September 2007 incident which left a four year old seriously injured. Edmondson says evidence presented at his trial shows Schrock was riding an A-T-V without the owner’s permission and crashed with the four year old as a passenger. She says Schrock had been drinking prior to the accident, and that his actions delayed emergency medical care for the child. According to the investigation, there was a 40-foot trail of blood and debris at the crash site. In addition to his prison sentence, Schrock must also pay Washington county nearly $10-thousand for costs relating to being held in jail.

Yea on middle income tax break

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:45 am

A southeast Iowa legislator is supportive of a measure would give the middle income population a tax break. Representative Larry Marek says the proposal would also attract more businesses. Marek says he was initially skeptical, but now feels the bill would be beneficial. The Riverside Democrat says the legislation is still in its early stages, and it will be a while before it advances.

Nay on middle income tax break

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:45 am

A local tax expert says the proposed middle income tax break pending in the state legislature might not be as enticing as it sounds. Dan Bontrager is a CPA with Bontrager Tax in Kalona. He says cutting income taxes in one area, usually means higher taxes for another group of people, or increased sales or property taxes. Bontrager says he’s always wary about pending legislation, because it can change so many times before it becomes law. The middle income tax break would provide tax relief for Iowans who make less than 125-thousand dollars per year, but would end the practice of allowing federal taxes to be claimed as a deduction at the state level.

Mid Prairie to receive stimulus money

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:44 am

The Mid Prairie School district will be receiving some money from the economic stimulus package. Superintendent Mark Schneider says they dont know who much theyll be getting. He says they will do everything they can to make sure the money is used in a productive manner to make sure all the kids in the district benefit.

Kalona playground project enters phase II

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:43 am

The Kalona Elementary Playground Improvement Committee is continuing their mission to provide a safe and healthy playground for the elementary school and community. Jan Knebel says their goal for Phase II is to replace the old unsafe rotting wooden equipment. She says they have installation dates lined up for Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th. They will have a landscape structures installation supervisor on hand to help work through the build process. They are asking for volunteers those two days to help build the new equipment. Following the completion of the project any individual or business who donated more than $100 will be recognized on a wall of fame display board located at the elementary school. Contact Jan at 319-325-8462 with any questions.

News Update – Restricted lane on Hwy 92

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 11:04 am

Hwy 92 is restricted to one lane in Washington until next Monday. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, maintenance work will restrict traffic to one lane on Iowa 92 in Washington today through next Monday. Temporary traffic lights have been installed to assist traffic through the work zone in front of the new Wal-Mart store on the east end of Washington.

Washington Co. to lay out 5 year road plan

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:49 am

Washington County Supervisors are slated to approve the annual five year road construction program at tomorrow's meeting. County Engineer David Patterson says they have about nine-million dollars budgeted for the five year period. He says the amount of money they have to work with hasn't changed much since he's been in Washington County, but how much construction materials cost has skyrocketed. Patterson says to combat the price inflation, the county road department is at a minimum staff level. He says they've also saved money by replacing bridges with unique, and cheaper railroad car structures. Patterson's department is required to submit the five year road construction program to the Iowa Department of Transportation each year.

G-36 interchange expected to be done by June

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:49 am

A long awaited road repair project is expected to be done soon. Resident Construction Engineer at the Mount Pleasant branch of the Iowa Department of Transportation Jeff Johnson, says they hope to get started on the G-36 interchange very soon. Johnson says they had hoped to have the project done by last fall, but soil conditions, combined with on earlier than expected winter forced them to hold off until now. G-36 is where 218 and 27 intersect Washington County road G-36.

Washington City Council to revisit Dodici liquor license request

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:48 am

The Washington City Council will revisit a liquor license request from Cafe Dodici at this week's meeting. The restaurant would like to serve alcohol at tables located on the sidewalk outside the establishment. At the last council meeting, members decided they would table the request. If allowed, this would be the first outdoor license in Washington. Cafe Dodici co-owner Lori Williams feels she has proven herself, and run respectable business. Councilors are worried about what kind of precedent allowing the license might set and whether or not the outdoor area would obstruct traffic. The meeting will be this Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Washington Public Library.

Red Cross Saving Lives

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:48 am

Those who want to know more about the American Red Cross are invited to a "Saving Lives" event tomorrow night in Washington. Spokeswoman Jennifer Pickar says information will be available on how people can get involved in volunteer programs. Pickar says the Red Cross can utilize volunteer's existing skills as well. So any retired police officers, EMT's or firefighters can be of great value. The "Saving Lives" event will be tomorrow night from 6:30 to 7:30 at Washington State Bank.

1st Responders blood drive

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:46 am

The Kalona First Responder's Spring Blood Drive will be tomorrow and Wednesday at Kalona United Methodist Church Hall, from 2-7 PM. Ethel Bontrager says donors should eat a good meal 4 hours prior to donating. She says free cholesterol screening and rewards points are offered to successful donors. The donations will support patients at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. For appointments or questions, call at 656-2481.

IMS Piano Recital

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:38 am

Samantha Beachy and Melissa Gingerich, seniors at IMS, will present a shared recital of piano and cello music on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Celebration Hall. Pianists Joni Beachy, Midori Beachy, Maria Davis, Abbie Miller, and Hannah Bartel will be joining Beachy on selected piano ensemble pieces. Beachy and Gingerich will play collaborative works for cello and piano and Gingerich's teacher, Kate Vos, will also join her on a work for two cellos. Again the recital will be Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Celebration Hall, a reception will follow the concert.

Keeping the crime rate low

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:37 am

Iowa has a relatively low crime rate compared to the national average. Gary Bickmeier, Keokuk County Extension Education Director says the use simple efforts to deter, delay and deny criminals from committing burglary is one possible reason. He says locks, lights and trimming trees and bushes helps increase security immensely. He says you should assess your vulnerability and identify the possible threat for burglary to better understand your risk. For information on this or other subjects contact the Keokuk County Extension Office at 800-515-2680.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:37 am

April is Child abuse Prevention Month. MaryAnn Williams, with the Americorp's Community Program to Protect Children, says they've adopted pinwheels as a symbol for their campaign. She says they'll be visiting schools throughout April to spread their message. Williams says child abuse isn't just the obvious. She says it can include neglect, mental or psychological abuse.

KCII Scholarships

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:42 am

Applications for the KCII Business to Business Scholarship have been sent to area high-schools. Each year the station awards two graduating seniors $250 to continue their education in business. Those interested are encouraged to talk to their guidance counselors, or they can stop by our studios in downtown Washington to pick up an application. Applications need to be received by May 15. We’ll announce the winners on May 22nd.

Red Cross Saving Lives

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:41 am

Those who want to know more about the American Red Cross are invited to a “Saving Lives” event this Tuesday in Washington. Spokeswoman Jennifer Pickar says information will be available on how people can get involved in volunteer programs. Pickar says the Red Cross can utilize volunteer’s existing skills as well. So any retired police officers, EMT’s or firefighters can be of great value. The “Saving Lives” event will be this Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 at Washington State Bank.

1st Responders Blood Drive

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:41 am

The Kalona First Responder’s Spring Blood Drive will be this Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31st and April 1st at Kalona United Methodist Church Hall, from 2-7 PM. Ethel Bontrager says donors should eat a good meal within 4 hours prior to donating. She says free cholesterol screening and rewards points are offered to successful donors. Your donation will support patients at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. For appointments or questions, call at 656-2481.

Grilled chicken dinner

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:40 am

Come to Lower Deer Creek next Sunday, April 5th for a grilled chicken dinner served between 11:30–1:30. All donations and pledges given will go toward Kenton and Kidron Miller’s 3 year mission term to Berlin, Germany. Kenton and Kidron are partnering with Mennonite Mission Network and anticipate leaving for Berlin this May to work with a missionary family in church planting.