Archive for April, 2009

Pure Water for All

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:19 am

More than 20 people were on hand at the Halcyon House yesterday to hear about the Pure Water for All Foundation from John and Mary Jo Hays. The Washington couple formed the non profit organization in 2005. Mary Jo says its rewarding to bring safe water to underdeveloped parts of the world. If you’d like to get involved, contact John and Mary Jo Hays. Monetary donations can be sent to the Pure Water for All Foundation, at 403 West Main Street in Washington.

Kalona Quilt Show

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:18 am

The Kalona Quilt Show brought thousands of people to the community over the weekend. Katie Karnes with the Wooden Wheel in Kalona says they had over 1000 people visit the quilt show. She says people come from all over to view the quilts, including Texas, California and Utah. Two-thirds of the quilts on display were new, meaning they haven’t been part of the show before, and the rest are antique quilts. Karnes says all in all it was a good 3 day event with the weather steady and many nice people enjoying not only the quilts but Kalona as well.

Kalona Arabic program grant runs out

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:18 am

The Kalona Elementary Arabic Program federal Grant is running out. Zahra Alattar is the Arabic Teacher and says that this year will be the last for the program. She says the students have been learning more than just a language. She says it teaches students to open their minds to other cultures in the world and to look at things a different way. Alattar is hopeful the district can find an alternative funding source.

Early childhood

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:17 am

A traumatic event can impact a child for the rest of their life. Likewise, healthy activities can have a positive effect. Shalon Hoyle, with the YMCA of Washington’s early childhood program, says having kids just play together can be significant. Hoyle says they one of their biggest goals is to have preschoolers learn how to interact socially with their peers, so they are more comfortable when they get to kindergarten.

Schmitz on legislative session

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:19 am

The Iowa Legislature wrapped up their session this weekend. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says every aspect of this session was affected by the deepening national recession. She says Iowa’s revenue was cut short, while their was a sharper demand for state services. Schmitz says this session was historic, because they are still in the process of trying to help areas that were impacted by last year’s floods. The Fairfield Democrat says she’s pleased that the legislature approved items such as the alternative energy plan, and offering health insurance to 30-thousand people without coverage.

Dunbar happy with new sex offender law

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Washington County’s Sheriff says he’s pleased with legislation that will modify Iowa’s sex offender laws. Jerry Dunbar says the previous law, which didn’t allow sex offenders to live within two thousand feet of an area where children were likely to be, was difficult to enforce. Dunbar says the new law creates “exclusion zones,” which are areas where sex offenders are not allowed to be. They include places like playgrounds, schools or daycares.

Washington BOS

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Economic development and environmental health are on the Washington County Board of Supervisor’s plate this week. They’ll hear a report from Washington County Environmental Health Department and the Washington Economic Development Group at tomorrow’s meeting. They’ll also consider approving a fireworks permit and make an appointment to the Washington Library Board. The meeting begins at 9:30 tomorrow morning at the Washington County Courthouse.

WCHC Board

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:18 am

The Washington County Hospital and Clinics Board will be discussing an identity theft prevention program at this week’s meeting. They’ll also hear a financial report, and consider a new bathing system and digital mammography. Board members will also hear about annual performance improvements. There will be a closed session to discuss either patient improvement initiatives, or marketing or pricing strategies. There will be a second closed session to consider personnel issues. The meeting is this Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Robert Nicola Conference Room.

Small Business Network

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:17 am

The Keokuk County Small Business Network Program is tomorrow evening. The seminar will feature Healing Arts Massage owner Gini Garrett and Sigourney School Superintendent Todd Abrahmson, who will discuss the school’s E Seal Program. They’ll also be discussing location and timing and how it’s factored into business decisions. The event is tomorrow evening at the Sigourney Pizza Ranch. To find out more contact the Keokuk County Extension office.

Kalona Sidewalk Sale

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:17 am

The Kalona Chamber of Commerce is promoting shopping locally. Larry Moehler, Chamber President says at the last chamber meeting there were discussing having a Sidewalk Sale and have decided to hold the event today. Moehler says they have also submitted an application for a grant from The Riverboat Foundation to start advertising Kalona and promote tourism.

A spring time delicacy

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:16 am

While wet weather might not be needed by local farmers, heavy rainfall combined with warm temperatures is conducive to fungi. In the Midwest that means Morel Mushroom hunting. Steve Anderson with Washington County’s Conservation Board, says dead elm trees are a good place to look.He says Washington County has a wide array of public land for people to mushroom hunt on. Anderson says what’s really special about Morels, is how little scientists know about how, or why they grow where they do.

WCHC Board

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:16 am

The Washington County Hospital and Clinics Board will be discussing an identity theft prevention program at this weeks meeting. They’ll also hear a financial report, and consider a new bathing system and digital mammography. Board members will also hear about annual performance improvements. There will be a closed session to discuss either patient improvement initiatives, or marketing or pricing strategies. There will be a second closed session to consider personnel issues. The meeting is this Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Robert Nicola Conference Room.

MP Student visits Grassley

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:15 am

Mid Prairie High School student recently had a chance to see an Iowa lawmaker in his natural element. Kyle Fischer visited Washington D-C, and visited with Senator Chuck Grassley. Grassley says he enjoyed meeting Fischer, and hearing his views on federal legislation. Fischer is a junior at Mid Prairie and was at the Capital during the National Youth Leadership Conference. The organization also toured historic landmarks. A photo of Kyle Fischer and Senator Grassley can be seen on our website, at kciiradio.com.

Omlet Breakfast

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:15 am

On Saturday, May 2 the Kalona Rotary will be hosting their annual omelet breakfast fundraiser at the Kalona Methodist Church from 6:30 11:00 a.m. All proceeds from the breakfast will go towards the Kalona Elementary playground improvement project. This is the second year with them sponsoring the playground. Stop in and have an omelet to help support the Rotary and the playground

Blood Drive

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:14 am

This years MPHS blood drive will be held on May 1st. School Councilor Sarah Kos says Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to sign up with our student representative this week. She says the blood drive is being sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Anyone who is interested in donating blood is encouraged to attend. She says you do not have to be a student of have a student that attends Mid Prairie to donate. For questions or to set up a time to donate call the Mid Prairie High School.

1 airlifted after Columbus Jct crash

Posted: Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 9:39 am

A Columbus Junction man was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital after a traffic accident on the Highway 92 bridge over the Iowa River last night. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, 50 year old Manuel Martinez was taken by Air Care after his vehicle smashed into a trailer being pulled by a tractor, driven by 27 year old Benjamin Lacina of West Branch. The report indicates Martinez’s vehicle then collided with pickup truck driven by 52 year old Peggy Griffin of Lets. Police say charges are pending.

April Showers…and thunderstorms

Posted: Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 9:39 am

Scattered thunderstorms are expected through out the rest of the weekend. The National Weather Service says a few of those could become severe, bringing hail, and high winds. NWS says the greatest threat for severe weather is between 2 and 8 pm, with the threat diminishing after sunset. Round two will roll into the area tomorrow afternoon and evening. There is the potential for large hail and more damaging winds. The National Weather Service says isolated tornadoes are possible with this type of activity. Two to four inches of rainfall are possible by late Monday. In case of severe weather, stay tuned to KCII for Severe Weather Action Team Coverage.

Washington couple on a clean water mission

Posted: Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 9:39 am

Water is essential to life as we know it. Yet, there are those on the planet who don’t have access to a safe supply of it. Since 2005, John and Mary Jo Hays of Washington have made it their goal to change that through the Pure Water For All Foundation. John Hays says he’s seen instances, where children had to drink water used to wash clothing. John Hays and his Wife Mary Jo will share their experiences this Monday (4/27) morning at 10:00 at the Halcyon House. It’s free and open to the public.

Financial fair next month

Posted: Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 9:38 am

The recession has impacted everything from Wall Street to main street, and many are searching for answers to financial problems. Washington State Bank will be having a financial fair to address some of those problems. WSB loan officer Brandon Long says the economic turmoil felt by larger financial institutions, hasn’t effected smaller banks such has his. He says the financial fair will feature WSB Vice President Sue Basten. She’ll share strategies for a volatile market and her thoughts on the future of the banking industry. The fair is Tuesday May 5. Visit the bank’s website for details.

Iowa’s air

Posted: Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 9:37 am

Iowa got a B on the clean air section of the first ever state department of natural resources environmental report card. Dennis Ostwinkle, with DNR’s region 6 in Southeast Iowa, says Muscatine and Scott County have been put on a federal watch list for exceeding allowable air pollution standards. Ostwinkle says this can cause problems for people who are asthmatic. He says burning trash is another air quality concern. Ostwinkle says it’s an illegal practice, but many do it anyway. To find out more about local air quality, visit the DNR website.