Today's Local News

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.

County to Respond to Roads Department Union Proposal

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:43 am

Washington County’s road and maintenance workers want their compensatory time to carry over from year to year.

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Solon Republican Looks to Unseat Loebsack

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:26 am
Christopher ReedChristopher Reed

A Solon native and businessman will try to unseat eastern Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack

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Local Banker Weighs in on New Regulations

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:25 am

The collapse in the housing market that led to the economic recession has spurred the federal government to place tight lending restrictions on financial institutions.

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Wellman Rec. Center Holding Hard Hat Tours

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:24 am
Welcome Sign in WellmanWelcome Sign in Wellman

The public is invited to get a look at the new Wellman Parkside Recreation Center

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Alliant Warns of Gas Leaks

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:24 am

Alliant Energy wants to warn area residents of the dangers of a gas leak

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Highest Ranking American Legion Offical to Visit Washington

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:21 am

Iowa’s highest ranking American Legion official is spending part of his Veteran’s Day in Washington.

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IMS Presents “The Wizard of Oz

Posted: Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 6:18 am
Left to right:  Cowardly Lion (Michael Darby), Scarecrow (Will Dehogues), Dorothy (Katie Nisly), TinMan (Sam Swartzendruber), Wicked Witch of the West (Aliese Gingerich). (Photo Submitted by IMS)Left to right: Cowardly Lion (Michael Darby), Scarecrow (Will Dehogues), Dorothy (Katie Nisly), TinMan (Sam Swartzendruber), Wicked Witch of the West (Aliese Gingerich). (Photo Submitted by IMS)

IMS students will take audiences to the Land of Oz this weekend

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Wellman Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Crash

Posted: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 10:02 am
Joshua Charles Lowe (Provided by Washington County Sheriff's Office)Joshua Charles Lowe (Provided by Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

A Wellman man is facing a felony charge in connection with an early October crash that claimed the life of another Wellman man.

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Washington Council Approves Snow, Grass Ordinances

Posted: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 6:28 am
Washington Councilor Mike Roth (Middle) looks over a list of ordinances the council approved at their 11/04/09 meeting.Washington Councilor Mike Roth (Middle) looks over a list of ordinances the council approved at their 11/04/09 meeting.

Washington City Councilors adopted a laundry list of new ordinances at last nights meeting.

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Blockage Causes Sewage to Flow into Crooked Creek

Posted: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 6:27 am

A blockage in Washington’s sewer system caused wastewater to flow into Crooked Creek yesterday.

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Federation Bank Announces New Leadership

Posted: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 6:26 am
Federation Bank Building in WashingtonFederation Bank Building in Washington

Federation Bank is getting new leadership.

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I-Wireless Moving

Posted: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 6:25 am
The New I-Wireless location in WashingtonThe New I-Wireless location in Washington

I-Wireless has a new location in Washington.

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Iowa Worth Fighting For Founder Dissappointed With Gubernatorial Candidates

Posted: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 6:24 am

The founder of a government reform advocacy group says he’s disappointed in Iowa’s gubernatorial candidates.

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