Today's Local News

Funnel Cloud Spotted in Washington County

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Storm spotters in Washington County reported a funnel cloud near Wellman Friday evening.

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Berry Hunting Season Nears

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 6:28 am

Mushroom hunting season has drawn to a close, but foragers in Washington County can now look forward to a different hunt.

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Wish Granted for Local Girl

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 6:20 am

With the help of the Washington Middle School Builders Club, one six-year-old girl from Washington is having her wish come true.

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Class of 2016 to Graduate from Washington Tomorrow

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:28 am

The Washington High School Class of 2016 will put on their caps and gowns for commencement ceremonies on Sunday.

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GIVE Foundation Receives WCRF Grant

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:28 am

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation awarded a grant to an organization that aims to help veterans.

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Avenue of Flags Returns to Washington

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:25 am


The Avenue of Flags at Elm Grove Cemetery last year for Memorial Day. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Approximately 420 American flags will be seen in Washington this Memorial Day weekend.

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USDA to Release Beneficial Insects in Jefferson County

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:24 am

Ash trees in Jefferson County are getting some relief from harmful emerald ash borers, or EAB.

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The Rubber Ducks Are Preparing for Ridiculous Day

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:24 am


Members of the dive team throw ducks during the 68th Ridiculous Day in Washington. Photos by Sally Y. Hart

Saturday, June 4th, will be the 69th edition of Ridiculous Day in downtown Washington.

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Sockum Ridge Trail Gets Needed Repairs

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:22 am

The Sockum Ridge Trail has been a popular destination for hikers and bicyclists alike.

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Iowa’s Topsoil Moisture Somewhat Below Last Year’s Levels

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:21 am

Iowa’s current topsoil moisture levels according to the most recent crop progress and condition report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are slightly below the levels for the same time last year.

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Spelling Bee Raises Money for Alzheimer’s Awareness

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 6:20 am

A spelling bee held in Washington earlier this month helped raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Washington Page

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Lee Buchholz about the need for host families for foreign exchange students for the 2016-2017 school year.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch With Southeast Iowa, we’re talking to Lake Darling Fisheries Biologist Chad Dolan about fishing at Lake Darling over Memorial Day Weekend.

Washington Seniors Honored Thursday

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 6:29 am


Washington High School’s annual Senior Night was held at the Washington Community Center Thursday to present members of the class with scholarships, academic honors, and recognized for musical and athletic accomplishments. Photo by Sally Hart

Washington High School students in the Class of 2016 who are graduating this Sunday were honored Thursday.

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Highland to Upgrade Wireless Communications

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 6:28 am

The Highland School District received not one, but two grants from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.

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Washington County’s Unemployment Rate in Lowest 10% of Iowa

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 6:24 am

Washington County’s unemployment rate in April is one of the nine lowest rates in the state.

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Fishing Size and Bag Limitations to Know

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 6:24 am


A bass caught in Washington County. Photo courtesy of Will Hart

As anglers head out to enjoy the outdoors over Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to know regulations on fishing.

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Don’t Be a Distracted Driver

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 6:23 am

In Iowa, 125 people have died in crash-related deaths so far this year, 21 of which have been just this month.

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Washington’s Summer Classic to be Held Next Week

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 6:23 am

Washington’s Summer Classic four-day event is being held June 2nd through the 5th.

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Mid-Prairie Seniors Graduate Sunday

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Mid-Prairie High School will have their graduation ceremony this Sunday. Commencement will start at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The class of 2016 will see 75 seniors earn their diplomas, which is the same number of students in the class of 2015. The valedictorians for the class are Ciana Carr, Ryan Errthum, Jordan Murray, and Hannah Van Roekel.