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Economic Index Up, Employment Stable

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 6:43 am

A report from the Iowa Department of Revenue shows and three month’s of consecutive increases in the state’s leading economic index.

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Couple Opening “Club” in Old JC Penny Basement

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 6:42 am

Michael and Angela Jacobson address Washington City Councilors while requesting a liquor license

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The basement of the old JC Penny in Washington will again be a nightlife spot.

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DHS Looking for Volunteers

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 6:20 am

A volunteer recruiter for the Iowa Department of Human Services says she’s always looking for extra help, but could really use it now in light of the state’s fiscal status.

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Nutrition Expert Speaker at Learn at Lunch

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 6:18 am

“Food for Fitness and Fun” is the topic of this month’s learn at lunch.

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Extension Beef Cattle Clearinghouse Community of Practice Webinars

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 6:16 am

The Extension Beef Cattle Clearinghouse Community of Practice is having two webinars this month.

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Report Blames Climate Change for Severe Winter

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 6:15 am

A report from the National Wildlife Federation is blaming climate change on the unusually cold, wet winter seen in Iowa.

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State Reorganization Could Significantly Impact Washington Co.

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 6:00 am
A bill that would reorganize state government could jeopardize $200,000 in Washington County Public Health Funding, and change the structure of Empowerment programs.A bill that would reorganize state government could jeopardize $200,000 in Washington County Public Health Funding, and change the structure of Empowerment programs.

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A bill that aims to save money by reorganizing state government could have a significant impact in Washington County.

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Senate Amendment Saves Mt. Pleasant MHI…for Now

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 5:58 am

Iowa Senators this week approved an amendment to the state government reorganization bill that would close the mental health institute in Clarinda, rather than the one in Mt. Pleasant.

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Flood Risk up for Eastern Iowa

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 5:56 am
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There is a greater than normal risk of spring flooding across much of eastern Iowa this year.

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Councilors Slated to Approve “Junk” Ordinance

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 5:54 am
Third Ward Washington City Councilor Mike RothThird Ward Washington City Councilor Mike Roth

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Washington City Councilors could be adopting a revised junk and junk vehicle ordinance this week.

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Alliant Plans Outage in Wellman Area

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 5:52 am

Alliant Energy plans to shut down power tomorrow to do some maintenance in the Wellman area.

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Practical Farmers Offering “Farminar”

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 5:50 am

In an effort to provide meaningful agriculture instruction during the winter months, Practical Farmers of Iowa are offering off-season webinars, or “Farminars.”

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“Great Lakes Region” Photos on Display at WPL

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 5:40 am
A patron at the Washington Public Library looks at the "Great Lakes Region" Photo Exhibit now on display in the Helen Wilson Gallery - KCII NewsA patron at the Washington Public Library looks at the "Great Lakes Region" Photo Exhibit now on display in the Helen Wilson Gallery – KCII News

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Photographs of the Great Lakes Region snapped by a local couple are on display in the Washington Public Library.

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Blood Drive in Wayland this Month

Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 5:39 am

Wayland’s Bethel Mennonite Church is hosting a blood driver later this month.

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Snow Tapering Off for the Day, but not Week

Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 6:45 am

Light snow and patchy freezing drizzle are expected to taper off this morning.

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Washington Co. Participates in Pandemic Drill

Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 6:44 am

Washington County has a clearer picture of what emergency officials would need to do during a pandemic.

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Marek: HS Rail Project Down, but not Out

Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 6:43 am
State Rep. Larry Marek (D-Riverside) Stock PhotoState Rep. Larry Marek (D-Riverside) Stock Photo

A project that would link Iowa City and Chicago via a high speed rail line didn’t receive federal funding during

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DOT Public Transit Report Completed

Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 6:39 am

Two years ago, the legislature ordered a study of public transit in Iowa, with the focus on the needs of seniors and how the system could achieve energy independence.

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Winter Has been a Challenge for Meter Readers

Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 6:38 am

Alliant Energy meter readers have been challenged by winter snowfall this season.

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Community Chest Meeting Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 6:29 am

Community Chest of Washington has its annual meeting tonight. The organization is hoping to raise more than $51,000. So far, nearly $30,000 has been pledged. The meeting is at eight tonight in the West Reception Room at the Jones-Eden Funeral home.