Archive for July, 2009

Breadeaux closes after two decades in Washington

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

After more than two decades, Washington’s Breadeaux Pizza has served its last slice. The restaurant officially closed its door’s last night. Bobbie Schiebel, who’s run the business since 1993, says she’s made a lot of good memories and friends through Breadeaux. Schiebel says they’ll auction off their equipment and make way for the next business. Breadeaux was forced to leave when the downtown building they occupied was sold. Schiebel says she wouldn’t be surprised if someone else decided to open a Breadeaux in Washington.

IA DNR investigating fish kill in SE IA

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill in Southeast Iowa. The state agency responded to a report of dead crayfish in Flint Creek near New London Tuesday. Wednesday Morning the DNR found numerous dead fish. They took water samples to identify possible pollutants responsible for the fish kill. A spokesperson says theyll conduct a fish count and try to identify the source of the kill.

IA ranks 4th in doing business

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

A recent survey of 12 factors ranks Iowa as the fourth best state to do business in. It evaluated things like access to capital, cost of living and transportation. Washington Economic Development Group Director Ed Raber says the rating should be a good tool for them. Raber says Washington County is in a good location to access markets in neighboring states. He says infrastructure improvements such as the Avenue of the Saints have added to the transportation network that allows for easy movement of people and goods through the area.

Schmitz touts entrepreneur website

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

A lawmaker from southeast Iowa is touting a new website for business startups. Fairfield Democrat Becky Schmitz says the Iowa Entrepreneur Network will serve as a one stop shop for people looking for resources in the Hawkeye State. The new website www includes links to investment resources, organizations that assist entrepreneurs and self-teaching aids.

Johnson Co. mock election

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:51 am

As the Johnson County Fair rolls on this week, participants are making their voices heard by participating in the county auditors mock election. Auditor Tom Slockett says as of 11:00 am yesterday (7/30) a total of 346 people have participated and spoken about a number of important topics facing the nation. Slockett says 127 voters support increasing troops in Afghanistan while 175 oppose it. In health care, 160 voters support reform with a public option.

Louisa RFL tomorrow

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Louisa County Relay for Life is tomorrow (8/1) and committee members are putting the focus on survivors. Committee member Karen Varnum says the Relay is an opportunity to see all the hard work that has gone into fighting cancer and to celebrate those who have won the fight. Varnum says much of the money raised by Relay for Life goes directly to the University of Iowa. She says the event will kick off tomorrow at 12:00 pm in the L&M school gym.

Homes of the stars

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Washington City Preservation Commission is hosting a “Homes of the Stars” tour this Sunday. Commission member Mike Kramee says they’ll take a mini-bus to historic homes, where an actor will portray a historic figure from the Washington area. Kramee says that includes people like Alex Miller, Stacie Powelson and Percival Pollard The tour will depart from the Blair house at 2:00 and 2:30 Sunday. Contact the Washington city clerk’s office to reserve a seat on the mini-bus.

Hunter safety

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:50 am

For southeast Iowas hunters, time is running out to take Washington County Conservations hunter safety course. Naturalist Pam Holz says three class sessions will be held and attendance at all three are required to obtain a license. Holz says anyone born after January 1, 1961 is required to take a safety course before hunting and anyone at least 11 years old is eligible. The first class begins next Tuesday (8/4). If you would like to register, call the Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655.

Ag banker expects good net revenue for corn crop

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:31 am

The Iowa Farm Bureau says the state could be heading for a record corn crop this year. Nick Beinhart is the ag representative at Farmer’s Savings Bank of Keota. He says a higher yield generally means lower prices. Beinhart still expects a good net revenue despite an increase in input costs over the last few years. The USDA estimates Iowa corn yields could be between 175 and 185 bushels per acre. The record is 180.

Cross country runner talks to Great Places Washington

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:30 am

A woman on a quest to run across the country made a stop in Washington yesterday (7/29). 23 year old Katie Visco started her journey in Boston, and plans to end it in San Diego. Visco talked to Great Places Washington at Cafe Dodicci before she and her father made got back on the road. Her dad, Jim Visco, serves as the support team. He drives a van creates pit stops for her to rest at. To learn more, visit

Three SE IA counties cut waste

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:30 am

Washington, Jefferson and Keokuk Counties have been able to cut waste by 25-percent since 1988. Bill Sloop is manager of the Southeast Iowa Multi County Solid Waste Agency. He says the reduction is in line with goals set by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Sloop credits increased recycling as one of the main reasons for the reduction. He encourages residents in the three counties to continue follow the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto.

FSA Starts wetlands program

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:30 am

The Iowa Farm Service Agency has announced a program to help protect clean water sources. State FSA Executive Director John Whitaker says the Farmable Wetlands Program is a volunteer program that will work to restore wetlands, control soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitats. Whitaker says there are added incentives for producers to take part in the program, including a 100-dollar bonus per acre and a 120 percent rental rate. Interested producers should contact their local FSA office.

Special two hour TNL

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:29 am

A special two hour Thursday Night Live is being held this evening (7/30) in downtown Washington. Entertainment includes “Talent Education of Washington.” and “Ola Babckock Miller” portrayed by Rosemary Harris. Miller was born and raised in Washington County. She was Iowas first female Secretary of State and without money, authorization or the blessing of the legislature started what became the Iowa Highway Patrol. Harris will have photos and memorabilia to share. There will also be a current state trooper and car on hand to demonstrate how the agency has changed. Thursday night live starts at 5:00 with the Farmer’s Market. Entertainment will start at 5:30, the Municipal Band takes the stage at 8:00

One act play for Celebrate your Senses

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:29 am

Celebrate Your Senses this year will feature some old fashioned comedy for a modern day audience. The 30-minute comedy Box and Cox will be performed in the State Theater in downtown Washington at 12:15 pm, and director Lynn Loula says the historic building will add a great atmosphere for the play, which takes place in the 1840s. Loula says the play centers on a woman who rents an apartment to two men who work at different times, one in the day and one at night, who ultimately discover her plot. She says the older style of comedy adds to the humor and novelty of the show, which will make it even funnier to a modern audience.

Louisa Co. to host Lewis and Clark program

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:29 am

Louisa County was recently selected by Humanities Iowa to host Lewis and Clarks Perilous 1804 Journey in the countys historical center. Museum Manager Connie Street says the program will give residents the opportunity to experience and learn about the pairs trek west. She says this program will also focus on some often overlooked chapters in their journey. Street says the event will be held this Sunday at the Heritage Center and admission is free.

Door prizes needed for ladies fun day

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:28 am

The Washington Chamber of Commerce is looking for donated items for door prizes at the upcoming Ladies Fun Day. They can be dropped of at the chamber building, or be picked up. Ladies Fun Day is August 4th at the Washington Golf Course and Country Club. It’s a nine hole best ball tournament. Tee times are available from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Carts need to be reserved by Friday (7/31). Contact the chamber of commerce for more information.

Common Ground for Washington Schools kicks off campaign

Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 4:53 am

Around 50 people last night (7/28) attended a public meeting on a long range plan for Washington School Facilities. Some of the biggest question areas included city infrastructure, a timeline and financing. The overall response from those in attendance was positive. The meeting was put on by the “Common Ground for Washington Schools” political action committee. Co-chair Joe Mcconnell says he was happy with the turnout. A vote on issuing bonds which would pay for the first phase on the plan is set for this September.

Vietnam Memorial rolls through Washington County

Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 4:52 am

A mobile memorial to those who lost their lives during the Vietnam War was escorted through the area by the Washington Patriot Guard Riders yesterday (7/28). The wall is a half scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. It met up with Washington’s Patriot Guard Riders in Ainsworth, went through the city of Washington on its way to Richland. It’ll be set up there until Sunday (8/2).

Marek on high speed rail

Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 4:52 am

Officials in several Midwestern states, including Iowa, are lobbying the federal government for a high speed rail system. Riverside State Representative Larry Marek says the rail link between Chicago and Iowa City would be a great asset for commuters and travelers who frequent the Windy City. He says in the days of high gas prices, a 40-dollar round trip train ticket is a significant advantage over driving to Chicago. Marek says while some switch tracks need to be repaired, they are hopeful the project can be completed in the next two years.

Supervisors hold off on tax suspension

Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 4:52 am

Washington County Supervisors are holding off on making a decision on whether to allow a tax suspension. County Treasurer Jeff Garrett says the request was made under a state law that allows suspension if a person is “unable to contribute to the public revenue.” Supervisors agreed to delay making a decision so they could further investigate the issue. Garrett says last year’s taxes for the petitioner are paid, and this would allow them to have a sort of forebearance on paying property taxes this October.