Archive for May, 2009

Kalona Pool

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 4:09 am

It feels like summer outside and many kids and parents are ready to start heading to the pool. Kalona Parks Superintendent Todd Fitzsenry says they have been working very hard to make sure that the Kalona City Pool is open and ready. Fitzsenry says they will be open from 1pm until 6pm on weekends until school is out for the summer.

Two killed in three vehicle crash

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:15 am

Two people were killed and five were injured in a three vehicle car accident in Washington County Saturday. The Iowa State Patrol says 30 year old Samuel Langstaff and 29 year old Jacqueline Langstaff, both of Indianola died after the crash at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Highway 92. 17 year old Andrew Brock and 16 year old David Haifley both of Washington, along with 19 year old Travis Filben of Keota were taken to University Hospitals in Iowa City. 26 year old Jared Freel and 15 year old Spencer Miller of Washington were taken to Washington County Hospital. Police say Brock failed to stop at the intersection and smashed into the Langstaff’s vehicle pushing them in front of a semi driven by Freel. They say charges in the accident are pending.

Memorial Day activities

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:15 am

There are several local events to mark Memorial Day. At 8:00 am the Boy Scouts will conduct a flag raising at the Post Office. There will also be a ceremony at 8:30 at the Crooked Creek Bridge to honor Marines and Sailors. Retired Navy Chief Richard Goodall will be the speaker. At 10:00 am there will be a ceremony at Elm Grove Cemetery honoring all veterans, with Dave Stouffer speaking.

Schmitz: legislative session good for military members

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:15 am

As Americans observe Memorial Day, a Southeast Iowa state lawmaker says the 2009 legislative session did a lot for veterans and active military members. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says they passed measures to help with everything from college education, to assisted living. One piece of legislation Schmitz is particularly pleased with protects active duty National Guard members by making it a misdemeanor to foreclose on or repossess their homes.

Local vet’s thoughts on Memorial Day

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:14 am

A local veteran says Memorial Day shouldn’t be a sad time, but rather a day that celebrates America’s armed forces. Dan McClure says it sometimes difficult for non-military people to understand what it was like to endure combat. He says for that reason it seems like the biggest supporters of veterans are often times other veterans. McClure says Memorial Day is more about honoring those who have passed on, than those that are still alive.

U of I to poll Washington

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:14 am

University of Iowa’s political science department is going to be conducting a survey of Washington. City Administrator Dave Plyman says he’s working with the mayor and U of I officials to formulate the questions. The survey is being conducted through the Mikva Challenge, which is a Chicago based service organization. Political science professors at U of I will bring inner city high school students from the windy city to teach them about public opinion polling.

WMU chooses new Supt.

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:14 am

The Winfield Mount Union School District has chosen a new superintendent. A new contract has been extended to Patrick Cohen of Mt. Pleasant. Cohen has served as principal or assistant principal for the Mt. union schools for the past 7 years, where he also served as a teacher. The contract will be presented to the school board for approval on Wednesday. Mr Cohen will begin work as superintendent on July 1st.

MP Reunion

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:13 am

On June 26 to 27, 2009, the Mid Prairie Foundation is inviting all the Mid Prairie alumni from the past 40 years to attend the second All School Reunion. Jeffrey Swartzentruber with the reunion committee says the weekend kicks off with a doubleheader at the High School baseball field and the culmination of the weekend will be the Alumni Banquet at the high school from 6 to 8 with a lot of activities in between. Swartzentruber says there will be a lot more activities that they are planning and will keep everyone updated.

Grassley on credit card legislation

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 4:13 am

One of Iowa’s Representatives on Capital Hill says recent credit card legislation will empower consumers. Senator Chuck Grassley says the measure will end the practice of allowing companies to make contractual changes without notifying consumers. The New Hartford Republican says Americans should be able to choose who they do business with, and this legislation allows them to make an informed decision when it comes to credit cards.

History of Memorial Day

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2009 at 4:18 am

Governmental offices, banks and some businesses will be closed tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day. Memorial day dates back to the 1800’s. It was originally called Decoration Day, and was a time set aside to honor those killed in the U-S Civil War by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30 in 1868.

Local Memorial Day Ceremonies

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2009 at 4:18 am

There are several local events to mark Memorial Day tomorrow. At 8:00 am the Boy Scouts will conduct a flag raising at the Post Office. There will also be a ceremony at 8:30 at the Crooked Creek Bridge to honor Marines and Sailors. Retired Navy Chief Richard Goodall will be the speaker. At 10:00 am there will be a ceremony at Elm Grove Cemetery honoring all veterans, with Dave Stouffer speaking. For more information contact Allan Fuhr at American Legion at 653-6773.

MP Graduation

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2009 at 4:18 am

The Mid Prairie Seniors have completed their final year of high School. As of today seniors from Mid Prairie will start on whatever path of life they choose, whether it be college, military or joining the work force. The Mid Prairie Graduation will be at 1:30pm at the high school.

All School Reunion

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2009 at 4:17 am

On June 26 to 27, 2009, the Mid Prairie foundation is inviting all the Mid Prairie alumni from the past 40 years to attend the second All School Reunion. Jeffrey Swartzentruber with the reunion committee says the weekend kicks off with a doubleheader at the High School baseball field and the culmination of the weekend will be the Alumni Banquet at the high school from 6 to 8 with a lot of activities in between. Swartzentruber says there will be a lot more activities that they are planning and will keep everyone updated.

More police presence this weekend

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:23 am

Fewer people are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, but the Iowa State Patrol will still have an increased presence. District 13 Trooper Jason Marlow says they didn’t have any major problems last year, but things are different this year with all the road construction. Police agencies across Iowa and much of the country are in the middle of a nationwide seatbelt enforcement effort.

Federal aide for Washington Co tops $253K

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:22 am

FEMA says Washington County has received nearly $254,000 in aide since last year’s flooding. The federal agency says 19 households will receive $85,000 in housing assistance. The other state needs program has approved one Washington County household for nearly $2,500 in aide. FEMA says the U-S Small Business Administration has approved more than $50,000 in low interest loans for Washington County businesses. For more information on federal disaster aide, visit FEMA’s website.

Wellman Parkside Center nearing completion

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:22 am

The Wellman Parkside Activity Center construction is still underway slowly but surely. City Clerk Donna Wade says with the harsh winter and wet spring construction has had to slow down and even stops at some points. Wade says they expect the project to be completed and the center ready for use by early fall of this year.

Washington FD gets new truck

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:22 am

The Washington Fire Department is getting a new truck. City Administrator Dave Plyman says the department was in desperate need of a new vehicle. Plyman says the new truck will cost about $300,000 half of which is being paid for with a grant from the Washington Riverboat Foundation.

Graduation safety

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:21 am

Area high schools are saying their goodbyes to the class of 2009. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says it’s an exciting time, but also needs to be safe. He says area residents and graduates each need to do their part. Washington is one of the first counties to enact a social host ordinance. It provides penalties for anyone who knowingly allows minors to drink alcohol on their property. Washington’s graduation ceremony is tomorrow (5/24) afternoon at 1:30 at the high-school varsity gym.

SE Iowan completes Air Force training

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:21 am

A Southeast Iowa native has completed Airforce Basic Training. Airman Derek Boyse graduated at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio Texas. He completed an intensive eight week program. As a result Boyse is receiving four credits towards and associate degree in applied science through the Air Force Community College. Boyse is the son of Peggy Strickler of Kinross and Wyatt Boyse of Kalona. He’s a 2008 graduate of the English Valley High School.

Riverside Farmer’s Market

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 am

The 2009 season of the Riverside Casino & Golf Resorts Farmers Market is about to start. Jessica Athen, Special Events Coordinatorfor the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort says the first market will be held Sunday, May 31st and will continue until the end of September, with the last market on Sunday, September 27th. She says during the season, markets will be held in the Riverside Casinos parking lot the last Sunday of the month from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Vendor registration forms are available at theRiverside Casino & Golf Resort’s Gift Shop and Resort Club. If you have any questions please contactJessica Athen at 319-648-1234 ext. 1975. She says Vendor space is available at no charge.