Archive for November, 2009

Businesses, Churches, Emergency Responders Forming Disaster Recovery Group

Posted: Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 6:26 am

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The Washington Chamber, Ministerial Association and local emergency response agencies are forming a Community Organizations Active in Disaster

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November 8, 2009

Posted: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 7:47 am

Birthday Winner – Brandon Linnenkamp

Edna Jones

Posted: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 7:45 am

Funeral services are pending for 100 year old Edna Jones of Washington.  The Jones-Eden funeral home is handling the arrangements.

Dana Kay Parker

Posted: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 7:43 am

Dana Kay “Big Momma” Parker,

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Home Makeover Show Looking For Iowa Family

Posted: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 6:58 am

One lucky Iowa family may have the chance to give their home an extreme makeover.

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School Board To Discuss Tax Money

Posted: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 6:57 am

Washington School Board members are expected to take the next step in the process of using sales tax money to build a new high school and address critical maintenance needs at other district buildings.

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ISU Extension Offers Certification Program

Posted: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 6:56 am

Swine producers, truckers, and production workers have the opportunity to receive their Transport Quality Assurance later this month.

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WJHS Opens To Walkers

Posted: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 6:55 am

The Washington Junior High will be open to walkers starting Monday (11/9).

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North Tama eliminates WACO

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 8:12 am

In the UNI-Dome last night, the WACO Warriors struggled to get much going against the number one ranked North Tama Redhawks.

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Solon going back to the dome

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 8:12 am

In class 2A, Solon, the team that eliminated Mid-Prairie, advanced with a win over Iowa City Regina 42-7.

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Pella hands Centerville first loss

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 8:11 am

In Class 3A, how about the Pella Little Dutch? They finished fourth out of their district and just make the postseason, and last night beat the number four ranked Centerville Big Reds in Pella 24-20.

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Hotel/Motel Tax Would Have Brought Revenue

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:58 am

When the hotel-motel tax failed this during this week’s election, Washington Mayor Sandra Johnson didn’t have much to say. She did express that the funds wouldn’t go solely to tourism. Johnson said the money could’ve been used for park improvements, land acquisition and cultural events. Johnson says they’ll need to find an alternate source of revenue, if they want such “quality of life items available to the people of Washington.”

Reform Advocate Wants to Fix Government

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:57 am

A state government reform advocate says office holders need to restore voters confidence. John Narcisse is with An Iowa Worth Fighting For. He says voters feel betrayed which is why voter turnout has been trending downward. He says candidates need to provide solid plans to fix governmental problems and made good on such plans and promises.

Washington County Sees Low Voter Turnout

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:57 am

Voter turnout was down in Washington during this week’s city elections, versus the previous two cycles. A little less than 17 percent of registered voters cast ballots. That’s compared with nearly 30 percent in 2007 and close to 43 percent in 2005. One possible reason 2005 saw such a high turnout was a county wide vote on approving bonds to build the new jail.

American Cancer Society Welcomes New Coordinator

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:56 am

The Washington County branch of the American Cancer Society has a new community communications coordinator. Kiersten Peck recently has worked with the ACS for many years both as a volunteer and as an intern, but she says there’s something special about Washington County. Peck says she has been involved in Washington County since September 1 and she has already seen a great deal of interest from residents to get involved. She says she will be working with volunteers in coordinating special fundraising events like Relay for Life and Daffodil Days.

Marriage Forum

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:55 am

A couple named as plaintiffs in the Iowa Supreme Court Case that resulted in the allowance of same sex marriage say it was a big step but a lot more needs to happen. Jen and Dawn BarbouRoske point to the fact that their marriage isn’t recognized in other states, and that they don’t enjoy the federal tax benefits of marriage. The Iowa City couple spoke at a forum in Washington this week.

Special Olympics

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:54 am

The Muscatine YMCA will host the 5th annual Young Athletes Play Activity Day next week for children too young to participate in the Special Olympics. Director Kathy Irving says while the minimum age to participate in the game is eight, these games are designed for children ages 2-7. She says 60 athletes will participate in the events which include basketball, bowling, soccer, and a 25 meter dash. Irving says the games will be held next Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 at the Muscatine Y.

Learn at Lunch

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:53 am

Representatives of the Iowa Self Employment program are the featured speakers at this Month’s learn at lunch. Kochell Weber Ricklefs will discuss the principles behind vocational rehabilitation, how members of the community can get involved and how entrepreneurship might not be right for everyone. The program is November 16 at the Washington County Extension Building. Cal 563-260-2068 for more information and to reserve lunch.

History Seminar

Posted: Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 6:52 am

The Washington Public Library will host a free media presentation and lecture next Saturday when they host Dr. Lisa Ossian. Ossian will discuss with area residents the contributions of Iowans on the home front during World War II. Ossian says Iowa’s industry helped the nation by producing millions of bullets, bombs, and even pants for fighting men. She says more can be learned during her talk at the library next Saturday afternoon at 2.

Cordelle Yoder

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Celebration of life service for 91 year old Cordelle Yoder will be Monday (11/9) morning at 10 at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in Kalona. Burial will be in Lower Deer Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday (11/8) from 3-7 at Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial has been established to Pleasantview Home’s Alzheimer’s Wing.