Archive for June, 2009

Keota man dies of injuries sustained during Memorial Day crash

Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:22 am

A Keota man has died of injures he sustained in a car accident over Memorial Day Weekend. 19 year old Travis Filben was pronounced dead Sunday at University Hospitals in Iowa City. Filben was a passenger in a vehicle that smashed into an SUV at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Highway 92 on May 23. The accident also claimed the lives of a Indianola couple. Celebration of Life Services for Filben will be at 2:00 pm this Thursday at the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman. Filben was a graduate of Keota High School and a member of the Iowa National Guard. 

Washington School Board slated to discuss $36 million proposal

Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:21 am

Washington School Board members are discussing a proposed $36-million overhaul of the district's facilities at tomorrow's meeting (6/10). It calls for the current high school to become the junior high, and the current junior high to become an annex of a new high school building. The proposal also restructures the school system to have grades 9-12 at the high school, and 6-8 at the junior high. The meeting starts tomorrow night at 7:00 in Washington School Administration Building. 

MP, Keota to share positions

Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:21 am

The school districts of Keota and Mid Prairie will be sharing a number of positions in the coming school year. Mid Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider says the two districts agreed on sharing a media specialist to assist both schools with hardware and software needs. He says Mid Prairie will be selling these services to Keota and it will contribute to the salary of two individuals contracted for such work. Schneider says the two districts will also share a superintendent and business manager. 

G36 update

Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:21 am

The Iowa Department of Transportation says they hope to have some more information by the end of this week about when the G-36 interchange in Washington County will be completed. Jeff Johnson is an engineer with the DOT's Mt. Pleasant Office. He says they have one more section of concrete to pour, some guardrails to put in as well as signage, traffic marking painting and lighting to complete. Johnson says how quickly they can get this done depends heavily on the weather. 

Washington County zoning

Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:20 am

Washington County continues to develop a zoning policy. County engineer David Patterson says a local commission has been working on drafting an ordinance, that will soon be coming up for a vote by the board of supervisors. Supervisors last night (6/9) had a work session with the zoning commission.

Washington, Ainsworth to receive grant money

Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:20 am

Two Washington County communities are receiving money through the states Community Disaster Grant Program. Ainsworth is getting a little more than $2,000 to reshape a drainage ditch on north Railroad Street. The city of Washington is also receiving just over $2,000 to purchase generators and pumps. 500 counties and communities across Iowa are benefiting from this $22-million allocation. This is the final round of funding through the Rebuild Iowa Bill, which is a piece of legislation passed in response to last years flooding and tornadoes. 

Extension gets IFBF money

Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:20 am

Washington County's Extension office is getting $250 from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The money is being used to purchase "Building Blocks of Learning" sets that will be used by three year olds and their parents as they prepare for preschool. The I-F-B-F has been awarding these community enhancement grants since 2005 and to date has given out more than $100,000. 

Severe weather last night

Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 5:20 am

A severe thunderstorm moved across Southeast Iowa late last night effecting parts of Washington County. The National Weather Service issued a warning at a little after 11:00 pm. KCII's Severe Weather Action Team was on the air until about midnight. There were reports of heavy rainfall and quarter sized hail. 

Preventing "cramming"

Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 5:20 am

Utility bills can be confusing. Unfortunately some unethical companies know that and use it to "cram" their customers with extra charges. Iowa Telecom spokesman Dan Eness says that can happen when a third party gets involved. Eness says "cramming" isn't something his company participates in, but their customers can be mislead by people who say they represent Iowa Telecom. Eness also says if something looks awry on your phone bill to contact your phone provider and have them provide a detailed explanation of charges. 

DTV switch this week

Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 5:20 am

The digital television switch happens this Friday. Tony Lipski at Archer Appliance and Electronics says even with a digital television, or a converter box connected to an older set, people might still have to make some adjustments. He says some stations might jump around on the spectrum, so on June 13 people who utilize broadcast signals should run the auto scan on their TV's. 

Washington Council considers renaming aquatic center

Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 5:19 am

At least 700 people are passionate about renaming Washington's aquatic center after former YMCA swim coaches Milo and Maxine Steele. That's how many names were collected for a petition making the request. Former members of the "Green Toads" recently addressed the city council, and attested to the Steele's commitment to volunteerism and community service. The council is now considering renaming the aquatic facility the Washington-Steele Aquatic Center.

Halcyon House celebrates 50 years

Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 5:19 am

The Halcyon House in Washington is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. The senior living center has expanded its programming and facility since was established in 1959. Executive Director Chris Marshal in the future they hope to allow more people to stay in their homes longer. Marshal says they'll recognize the facility's 50th year, with a ceremony on June 19 in the front lawn. She says the public is invited to hear a reflection on the past, and what the future holds for the Halcyon House. 

ACS honors cancer survivors

Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 5:18 am

The American Cancer Society yesterday honored the nearly 11 million cancer survivors with National Cancer Survivors Day. The nationally-recognized commemoration honors cancer survivors across the country as well as the 110,000 survivors in Iowa. The American Cancer Society is a 3-million member grassroots organization that works to support patients and their families. The organization has fought to pass smoke-free laws, improve healthcare access, and raise money for cancer research.

Summer reading programs

Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 5:18 am

With so many activities taking place this summer, the Kalona Public Library reminds you that one of the best activities is simply reading a book. Their Summer Reading program will be starting up tomorrow and the theme this year is Be Creative. Marissa Tartaglia with the library says the program will also incorporate music and art activities. She says the program has events and activities for all ages from kindergarten to teens. Information on the Be Creative Summer Reading Program can be found at 319-656-3501.

New state committee formed in anticipation of further cuts

Posted: Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at 7:05 am

Iowa is receiving hundreds-of-millions of dollars in federal stimulus and recovery money, but a Southeast Iowa state lawmaker says tough budget times arent over. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says Its unlikely that revenues will turn around by the time the Legislature reconvenes in January, and its unlikely that federal stimulus dollars will be so plentiful next year. Schmitz says the legislature needs to start planning for cuts now. She says theyre creating a a new State Government Reorganization Committee to find ways to improve state services, share costs across departments, increase efficiencies, and save money. 

Halcyon House Celebrates 50 years

Posted: Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at 7:04 am

The Halcyon House in Washington is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. The senior living center has expanded its programming and facility since was established in 1959. Executive Director Chris Marshal in the future they hope to allow more people to stay in their homes longer. Marshal says they'll recognize the facility's 50th year, they'll have a ceremony on June 19 in the front lawn. She says the public is invited to hear a reflection on the past, and what the future holds for the Halcyon House. 

Cancer Survivors Day

Posted: Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at 7:04 am

The American Cancer Society today honors the nearly 11 million cancer survivors today with National Cancer Survivors Day. The nationally-recognized commemoration honors cancer survivors across the country as well as the 110,000 survivors in Iowa. The American Cancer Society is a 3-million member grassroots organization that works to support patients and their families. The organization has fought to pass smoke-free laws, improve healthcare access, and raise money for cancer research. 

Summer Reading

Posted: Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at 7:04 am

With so many activities taking place this summer, the Kalona Public Library reminds you that one of the best activities is simply reading a book. Their Summer Reading program will be starting up tomorrow and the theme this year is Be Creative. Marissa Tartaglia with the library says the program will also incorporate music and art activities. She says the program has events and activities for all ages from kindergarten to teens. Information on the Be Creative Summer Reading Program can be found at 319-656-3501.

Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa

Posted: Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 5:09 am

The first evidence of the tree killing Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered in Iowa, and the ISU Extension Service is letting people know what can be done to protect ash trees. They say treatments are available but need to be utilized only if an infestation is confirmed. The Extension says only ash trees are susceptible to EAB. They also say treatment methods only work if ash trees are healthy and growing. Insecticide should not be used unless you live within a 15 mile radius of a confirmed EAB infestation. For more information on the destructive beetle, visit the Extension's website. 

Ridiculous Days

Posted: Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 5:08 am

One of Iowa's Oldest Ridiculous Days celebrations is today in downtown Washington. The festivities kick off with "Bags of Bargains" which runs from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Silly fun is from 10am to noon with registration at 9:30. That includes a cutie contest, pigtail contest Oreo stacking and more. There is also an open invitation for residents to "share their silly side" with the community during the parade. Registration begins at 11:00 am at the high school parking lot.