Archive for June, 2009

Kalona Days this weekend

Posted: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 5:06 am

A 40-year old celebration will be having its 41st anniversary in Kalona this weekend. Dave Finley with the Kalona General Store says Kalona Days has been going on annually since 1968 and there are plenty of activities to get all members of the family involved. Finley says one of the biggest highlights for the event is the parade on Saturday morning. He says they usually have a big turnout for the parade and once people show up, they will see how much more there is to do at the event. Finley says Kalona days is a fun and economical way for a family to spend a Saturday.

Thoroughly Modern Millie opens tomorrow

Posted: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 5:06 am

The Washington Community Theater's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" opens tomorrow (6/18). Director Ben Bentler says this is a fun play that takes place in the 1920's. He says a large cast, lots of interesting sets and dancing are some of the highlights. Curtain time is 7:30 tomorrow (6/18) evening at the Washington Community Center. The show runs through Sunday (6/21). 

Relay For Life 5k Results

Posted: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 5:04 am

The Relay For Life of Washington County 5k race took place Friday, June 12th. 

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Funding shortfalls could effect Washington Co.

Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 5:32 am

A shortfall in state funding could mean fewer jobs at the University of Iowa. U of I spokesman Tom Moore says around 130 positions could be eliminated. Moore says they hope that number will come down due to retirements and a higher freshmen enrollment this fall. 750 Washington County residents work for the University of Iowa.

Schmitz wants to "wait and see" before special session

Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 5:32 am

A Southeast Iowa State Lawmaker wants to avoid a special session to address budget shortfalls. Fairfield Democratic Senator Becky Schmitz says holding a special session might cost taxpayers more than it's worth. A legislative panel recently slashed the branch's budget by four-million dollars. Republicans have reluctantly backed the plan saying it doesn't go far enough. 

Loebsack announces loan program

Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 5:32 am

More help for Iowas citizens and businesses from Capitol Hill. Congressman Dave Loebsack recently announced the Americas Recovery Capital, or ARC, program to allow small businesses to take out 35 thousand dollars to pay down existing business debts. Loebsack says the economic downturn and last years record floods are major reasons for putting forth this program. The act went into effect yesterday and is expected to help many areas, especially Columbus Junction whose downtown area was nearly completely submerged by floodwaters.

Supervisors to talk pay roll

Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 5:31 am

Washington County Supervisors are talking payroll at this morning's (6/16) meeting. They're slated to approve next year's wage and step wage recommendations. They also sign off on three withdrawls from agricultural districts, and appoint additional members to the eminent domain commission. The meeting starts at 9:30 in the lower level of the Washington County Courthouse. 

ISP Safe Saturdays

Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 5:31 am

The Iowa State Patrol is stepping up it's weekend presence. Jason Marlow is a safety education officer for District 13 in Mount Pleasant. He says the "Safe Saturdays" will put every uniformed officer out on the roadways. Marlow says statistics show accidents are more likely to happen at night. He says 65-percent of alcohol related fatalities in Iowa last year, happened at night. Staffing levels for District 13 we're up 41% this weekend. Unfortunately their was a fatal accident in Jefferson County. 

Keokuk Co. BOS

Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 5:30 am

Administrative employees for Keokuk County may be getting added benefits. Headlining yesterdays (6/15) board of supervisors meeting was a proposal for a premium only plan which would allow pre-tax deduction of employee contributions to insurance premiums. The Keokuk County Courthouse was also an area of interest, as the board also considered allowing two area organizations use of the building for the weekend of July 3-5. Those two groups were the First Christian Church, and Youth United.

Report card A’s earn free movie rentals

Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 5:30 am

Report card A's will pay off in more than one way for area students this summer. The Washington Family Video is giving free rentals for A's in core classes. They say that includes math, language, reading, history, geography, science and spelling classes. The free rentals are offered to any student kindergarten through high-school, and can be redeemed until the end of this month. 

M-P among top schools in country

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 4:24 am

Mid Prairie is one of the top high schools in the nation, according to a recent issue of Newsweek. The news magazine published a list of its top 1500 schools and high school principal Gerry Beeler says its the goal of all schools to put students first, but its always nice to get a little recognition. Beeler says its not uncommon for them to be recognized as a top high school. He says the University of Iowas Bell and Blank Center runs a similar study of top schools in Iowa, and Mid Prairie consistently ranks in the top ten.

MS to hold "Community Conversation"

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 4:23 am

Main Street Washington is looking for public input on what the future should hold for the city's downtown. Main Street Executive Director Amy Vetter says the "Community Conversation" will be the first in a series of public forums. The meeting is tomorrow (6/16) at 6:30 at the UP Church.

Harkin aide to visit Washington

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 4:23 am

More lawmakers are focusing on southeast Iowa this month as a top aide to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin will be visiting Washington County to discuss healthcare. Harkin says there needs to be a greater effort made at preventing illness, rather than treating it after it occurs. Harkin is the chair of Health Education Labor and Prevention, or HELP, and his staff has been traveling across Iowa to give communities better access to constituent services. Harkins aide will be in Washington June 25 at Washington County Hospital and Clinics at 8:30 am.

Supervisors seek candidates for eminent domain commission

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 4:23 am

Washington County Supervisors are looking for bankers, auctioneers, property managers, appraisers and loan issuers to serve on the eminent domain commission. Supervisor Adam Mangold says people who serve on the commission can excuse themselves from hearing a case if they feel there is a personal conflict. He also says they have enough volunteers from the city of Washington, and are looking for people from other communities to serve.

Sheriff Dunbar: remember the fireworks permits

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 4:23 am

Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says residents who want to have fireworks displays this 4th of July need to remember to get a permit. Dunbar says applications for the permits need to be received at least two weeks in advance. He says it's best to have someone who's been properly trained shoot off fireworks. Dunbar also says people need to be mindful of where the debris is going to land. To obtain an application contact the county auditor's office.

RFL ’09 raises $74K

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 4:22 am

Area residents took steps against cancer this weekend during the Washington Relay for Life. Kim Hatfield is the local representative for the American Cancer Society. She says Relay for Life is their primary fundraiser. She says the money is used for research and to support cancer victims. The event raised more than $74,000.

Library event

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 4:22 am

The Washington Public Library hosting pictorial and oral account of two Iowans who embarked on a 1,400 mile canoe trip. Dennis Weidemann wrote "This Water Goes North." It tells the story of two Iowa farm boys who canoed from Minnesota to the Hudson Bay in Southern Canada. Weiddemann will share the story at 7:00 pm this Tuesday (6/16) in the Helen Wilson Gallery at the library. It's free and open to the public.

Account Executive Wanted

Posted: Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 9:34 am
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"Pandemic" to have little impact in Iowa

Posted: Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 5:14 am

The World Health Organization has declared the first flu pandemic in more than 40 years. However, the Iowa Department of Public Health says the number of H1N1 cases in Iowa remains at a "sporadic" level. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control show 92 confirmed or probable cases of the virus in the Hawkeye state, which is well below the national per state average of 264. Washington County Public Health Director Edie Nebel says there have been no reported cases in Washington County, and Iowa's policy towards H1N1 remains the same. 
quick stats on H1N1:
Probable/Confirmed in IA – 92
Total probable/confirmed nationwide -13,216
Average cases per state-264
State with highest number of cases Wisconsin 2217
State with lowest number of cases Alaska 1

CJ Councilor says flood relief money should be used for prevention

Posted: Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 5:14 am

U.S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack returned to Iowa this week. Iowas former governor toured Columbus Junction to assess flood recovery efforts and to promote the recent 24 million dollar recovery aid funds. Harold Prior with the Columbus Junction City Council says his top priority for these funds would be to raise the citys levee by four or five feet. He says it would be better to put the money towards preventative measures, so it would not have to be used for recovery for the next flood.