Archive for December, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Local YMCA Director Resigns

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 9:43 am


Becky Harkema, CEO of the YMCA of Washington County, speaks at a 2014 community forum about the proposed new facility. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

The YMCA of Washington County’s director is resigning.

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For Sale

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 8:52 am

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Birthday Winner Wednesday, December 21st

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 8:02 am

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IMS Celebrates 1992 Championship Team Versus Louisa-Muscatine

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 7:01 am

Iowa Mennonite School’s Dwight Gingerich addressed the crowd at Hillcrest Union after having the court at Hillcrest Union named after him.  Photo by KCII Sports Nate Gonner.

Hillcrest Union was full Tuesday night as the Iowa Mennonite School honored the only state basketball team in program history.

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Mid-Prairie Girls Get Road Win

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 7:00 am

West Branch High School had been a recent house of horrors for the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk girls basketball team.

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Demon Archers Competes in Washington

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 7:00 am

The recent batch of winter weather didn’t prevent the Washington archery teams from holding their first home shoot of the season.

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Bears Blast Hawks

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 7:00 am

The Mid-Prairie boys basketball team had a rough road trip to West Branch Tuesday, falling to the Bears 73-44.

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Riverside to Begin Installation of “Smart” Water Meters

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:28 am

The City of Riverside is fed up with the high amount of water loss caused by undiagnosed water leakage, so they’ve decided to install a citywide fixed based water meter system to combat the problem.

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Washington Council Tables Capital Improvements Plan, Discusses Fire Station and Wellness Park

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:28 am


Four members were present for Washington’s City Council meeting Tuesday. KCII photo.

The Capital Improvements Plan that lays out a timeline for projects for the City of Washington over the next five years was discussed and tabled at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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McCleery Calendar Factory to be Rehabilitated, Possible Home for Public Health

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:27 am


Jim Hobart (second from right) met with members of the Washington County Board of Health and Board of Supervisors to discuss options for the McCleery Calendar building. KCII news photo

The two-story brick building on East Third Street in Washington that once housed the McCleery Calendar Factory and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places will be rehabilitated.

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WACO Community Bringing Gifts to Less Fortunate

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:25 am

During the holiday season, there are many families who struggle to put presents under the tree, while others have more than enough.

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Washington County Moves Toward Having Its Own Emergency Management Coordinator

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:24 am


Larry Smith (left) current Washington and Keokuk County Emergency Management Coordinator speaks with Washington County’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday. KCII News photo

Washington County is taking steps toward having it’s own emergency management coordinator.

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Asking for a Drone for Christmas? Here’s What You Should Know

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:24 am

Do you know the rules for operating a drone, should you receive one for Christmas?

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Big Red Radio to Visit Hy-Vee and RePurpose It

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:23 am

The KCII Big Red Radio is preparing to make two more stops for the KCII Caring Christmas Food Drive this week.

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Kalona Children Get Comfy with Pajama Story Time at the Library

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:22 am


Photo courtesy of the Kalona Public Library

The Kalona Public Library recently unveiled its newest program for kids, and it may involve bunny slippers.

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Andrej Gelement

Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Funeral Services for 79 year old Andrej Gelement of Kalona are 11:00 AM Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Sharon Bethel Church in rural Kalona.

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Mary Ellen Hartzell

Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Funeral services for 92-year-old Mary Ellen Hartzell of Sigourney, formerly of Keswick, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 22nd at the Keswick United Methodist Church.

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Washington Page

Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Lindsay Hippen, Reid Basten, Cody Chalupa, Michael Dillon and Andrea Pingol, members of the Washington High School National Honor Society, about delivering gifts to kids at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Clinics. The gifts were collected over the last three weeks and delivered Friday.

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In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Kalona Historical Village Director Nancy Roth about “Christmas at the Village.”

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BREAKING: Riverside Fire Proves Fatal

Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 11:38 am


Firefighters stand next to the brick building where they extinguished a fire Monday evening in downtown Riverside. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

The fire in downtown Riverside Monday night resulted in the death of one person and injuries to others.

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