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Sounds of the Season Return to KCII Today

Posted: Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 6:23 am

Sounds of the holiday season can be heard on KCII today and tomorrow.

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How to Keep Live Christmas Trees in Your House Without Burning it Down

Posted: Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 6:22 am


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

The centerpiece in most people’s holiday decorations is the Christmas tree.

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Area Students Bring 165 Animals to Beef Weigh-In

Posted: Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 6:21 am


A cow is shown at the 2016 Washington County Fair. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

While the Washington County Fair is still seven months away, local 4-H and FFA members are busy preparing and recently weighed their cattle.

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BREAKING: Water Out to Columbus City

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:04 pm

There is a water main break affecting service to Columbus City. Work began around noon today, and service will be shut off to Columbus City until it is repaired.

Washington Page

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On today’s edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Brad Koenig and Debbie Stanton of the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition about helping families during the holidays and year-round. This is part one of a two-part interview.

If you need help call 319-520-0554 for free and confidential services.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Lake Darling Fisheries Biologist Chad Dolan about ice fishing.

Highland Sends Elementary Closure Surveys to Ainsworth Parents

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:28 am


Ainsworth Elementary; photo courtesy of the Highland School District

The Highland School District is seeking the input of parents in Ainsworth about the possible closure of Ainsworth Elementary.

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Washington County Awarded $500,000 for Riverside Road Project

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:26 am

The Washington County Engineer’s Office has announced the county is receiving a $500,000 grant for improvements to Riverside Road, or W61.

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for KCII Listening Area

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:25 am


The pink counties at the top of the map are under a winter storm warning, the purple area which includes Washington County is under a winter weather advisory and the gray counties on the left have a windchill warning. Image provided by National Weather Service at 6:05 a.m. Friday.

Wintry weather is expected to hit the KCII-listening area today and tomorrow with snow, ice and wind making travel difficult.

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Shipping Deadlines Approach for Holiday Gifts to Arrive on Time

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:25 am

With Christmas rapidly approaching, the window to ship gifts through the post office is beginning to close.

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Shop Locally When Buying Gifts

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:24 am


People walk past the illuminated Centennial Fountain in downtown Washington. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Christmas is next weekend, and with the big holiday ahead many people still have gifts to purchase.

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Kalona Library Fosters Fantasy through Youth Dungeons and Dragons

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:22 am


Assorted dice for playing Dungeons and Dragons; photo by Joe Cerwinske

Through pencil, paper, and some imagination, the Kalona Public Library is transporting area kids to a world of swords, magic, and fantasy.

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Check Your Smoke Alarms

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Thirty-nine people have died in fires in Iowa this year, up eight from 2015.

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Washington Page

Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On today’s edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with librarian Jenisa Harris about Christmas Gone Green, an event where you can recycle book pages to make a wreath.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Riverside City Clerk Becky LaRoche about the Riverside Holiday Lights Contest.

Windchills Expected to Drop Well Below Zero, ‘Dangerously Cold’ Weekend Ahead

Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 6:27 am


Downtown Washington was covered in snow last weekend and is expected to be quite cold in the coming weekend. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Overnight windchills in Washington paired with single digit temperatures made it feel as though it were 16 degrees below zero.

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Teenager Arrested on Drug Charges

Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 6:26 am


Haleigh Oxley – image provided by Washington County Jail

A traffic stop north of West Chester Wednesday night led to the arrest of a Wellman woman.

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Make a Wreath From Book Pages at the Washington Library

Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 6:25 am


Librarian Jenisa Harris made this wreath to demonstrate what participants will make at Christmas Gone Green this Saturday. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Pages from old books that may otherwise find their way to the garbage can or recycling will be given new live this Saturday as part of a wreath craft project at the Washington Public Library.

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Who Has the Best Lights in Riverside?

Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 6:25 am

The annual Riverside Holiday Lighting Contest is back this weekend, and the city’s exterior illumination specialists are vying for the top prizes.

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Kalona Library Continues Adopt-a-Book Tradition

Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 6:25 am


A handmade Adopt-a-Book ornament; photo courtesy of the Kalona Public Library

The Kalona Public Library is in the midst of their 15th annual Adopt-a-Book program, and the books are going fast.

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