Archive for September, 2009

AREA SCHOOLS IN VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 6:15 am

The latest volleyball rankings still have a Southeast Conference school included.

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Two Washington Schools on NCLB watch list

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:59 am

Washington’s Lincoln and Stewart Schools have been identified as “in need of assistance” by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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Facilities committee considers options after bond vote fails

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:58 am

Washington School Facilities Committee is discussing the results of last week’s election at a meeting tonight.

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Ag Sec. Hopeful says ethanol needs to be reevaluated

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:57 am

A Fairfield farmer who hopes to be Iowa’s next Agriculture Secretary says there needs to be a reassessment of ethanol production.

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New M-P Board members join tonight

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:56 am

The victors of Mid Prairies School Board elections will take office tonight (9/14) at the boards regular meeting.

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Park board to discuss skate park expansion

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:55 am

Washington Park Board members are considering a request for more features at the skate park during tonight’s meeting.

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Street closures

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Two downtown street intersections in Washington will be closed beginning today (9/14) as the city prepares for crosswalk brick paving.

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‘09 bike maps available

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:52 am

The Iowa Department of Transportation is distributing the 2009 Map for Bicyclists.

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4-H to recognize volunteers

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Washington County 4-H will by trying something new this year with their awards.

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Sheriff: 9/11, school shootings changed law enforcement

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:41 am

The Washington County Sheriff says the overall role of local law enforcement has changed since the terrorist attacks of 2001. Jerry Dunbar the shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois have also had an impact. He says officers were once trained to “take cover and wait for loads of back up.” He says now they need to be ready to “respond immediately.”

M-P middle school lacking in NCLB standards

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:41 am

The Mid Prairie Middle School has been identified as a school in need of assistance according to No Child Left Behind standards. Superintendent Mark Schneider says main areas of concern are in special education, reading, and students with low socio-economic status. He says while theyre not happy being on the list, they are rationally looking for ways to improve results. Schneider says one way they are attempting to fix the situation is by reorganizing language and reading courses.

Mohling expects crop storage to be tight this fall

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:41 am

A local agriculture expert expects crop storage to be tight this fall. Gene Mohling is a regional director with the ISU Extension Service. He says farmers should be lining up places to stash grain as soon as possible if they can’t keep it on farm. Mohling says the soybean crop is shaping up to be pretty average, but corn is on pace to break yield records. He says the biggest problems farmers are facing is disease, and the potential for an early frost. 

Voter turnout lacking during bond referendum

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:40 am

Around 40% of registered voters in the Washington school district cast ballot’s in this week’s election. County Auditor Bill Fredrick says that’s not the highest turnout for a bond vote. It was 29% in December of last year, roughly 46 % in April of 2006, and a little more than 42% in in April of 2003. 

Fundraiser planned for teen who drowned

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:40 am

Friends and family of the late Clinton Fankhauser are having a fundraising dinner and dance tomorrow (9/12). Karen Minard says the event will be raising money for the family of the fifteen year old who drowned in the Iowa River in July. She says they will bring in four different bands to play and will have raffles throughout the night. Tickets can be purchased by calling her at 319-461-9051. 

Livestock Indemnity deadline approaching

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:40 am

The Washington County Farm Service Agency wants to remind all producers that the deadline for the Livestock Indemnity Program is Monday (9/14). It offers assistance to producers who have experienced livestock death due to blizzards, extreme heat or cold, and other inclement weather. Losses must have occurred after January 1, 2008 in order to be eligible. For more information, contact your local FSA office.

Picture day at WJHS

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:39 am

Picture day is coming up at the Washington Junior High. All students and staff members will be photographed for school records on September 17. Picture packets were sent home with students earlier this month. If they choose to buy a package they need to have their coin envelope filled out with the money enclosed by next Thursday. For more information call the junior high office. 

Nature for toddlers program

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:39 am

The Washington Conservation Board is hosting a nature for toddlers program tomorrow. The “Little Dippers: Silly Seeds” program is geared toward kids three and younger. It includes a short story, craft time and a hike to look for seeds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register contact the Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655. 

Fairfield farmer announces candidacy for ag secretary

Posted: Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 5:48 am

A Fairfield based dairy farmer has officially tossed his hat into the ring for Iowa’s Agriculture Secretary in 2010. Francis Thicke formed an exploratory committee in March, and announced his candidacy yesterday (9/9). Thicke is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination, and is currently the only declared candidate making a run at incumbent Republican Bill Northey. 

218 down to one lane

Posted: Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 5:48 am

Drivers heading south on US-218 will encounter some roadwork through tomorrow (9/11). The Iowa Department of Transportation says the right lane of the southbound road will be closed south of the Highway 22 interchange. The DOT says drivers may experience slight delays due to maintenance work. Drivers are urged to use caution in roadwork areas.

Bond vote more successful than previous years

Posted: Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 5:47 am

Even though the Washington School bond measure didn’t pass, it got more support than previous efforts. In 2006, two bond referenda fell short by roughly 20 percent. Then last year another proposal lacked about 12 percent. This time around, it needed nine percent more. It called for borrowing almost $12 million as part the first phase $36-million overhaul of the district’s facilities.