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Mid-Prairie Continues Search for Chinese Instructor

Posted: Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 6:22 am

Mid-Prairie School District is continuing its search for an elementary Chinese instructor.

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Outdoor Concert Planned for Tomorrow Night

Posted: Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 6:22 am

An outdoor concert series hosted in rural Kalona continues tomorrow.

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Changes Coming to Libraries’ Digital Resources

Posted: Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 6:22 am

A change is coming to Iowa’s public libraries’ digital resources later this month.

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Funding Available for West Fork Crooked Creek Farmers

Posted: Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 6:21 am

Time is running out for farmers looking to utilize practices that protect soil to receive financial assistance.

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KCII Observes 4th of July

Posted: Sunday, July 5th, 2015 at 6:23 am

Tonight is the final night of patriotic music on KCII this Independence Day weekend.

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Funding Available for West Fork Crooked Creek Farmers

Posted: Sunday, July 5th, 2015 at 6:20 am

Time is running out for farmers looking to utilize practices that protect soil to receive financial assistance.

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Southeast Iowans Have Several Options Tonight

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:23 am

Independence Day is upon us and several area communities are celebrating with special events.

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Be Careful with Fireworks

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:23 am


Fireworks at Shiloh in 2014. Photo by KCII’s Sally Hart.

Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act fireworks are classified as hazardous substances.

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Prevent Tick Bites, Lyme Disease

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:23 am

Last year, there were 194 cases of Lyme disease reported in Iowa.

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Extra Law Enforcement On Patrol for Holiday Weekend

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:22 am

During this 4th of July holiday weekend extra law enforcement officials will be monitoring Iowa’s roadways.

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Law Enforcement Looking for Impaired Drivers

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:22 am

Law enforcement will have a more pronounced presence on area roadways this weekend.

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Wellman’s History Focus of Downtown Museum

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:21 am

Those who visit Wellman for the Fourth of July Celebration are encouraged to learn about the city’s history.

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Cookie Contest Returning to Washington County Fair

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:21 am

A cookie contest is returning to the Washington County Fair this year.

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Keep Roses Healthy Throughout the Summer

Posted: Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:20 am


Photo by KCII’s Sally Hart.

Pink, white, yellow and red are just a few of the colors of roses in bloom in the area. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists have shared advice on how to keep roses healthy and protected from diseases. Some rose plants may have round holes in their foliage, this is likely from leafcutting bees. Leafcutting bees are beneficial pollinators and damage to plants is usually minor.

Also, small, green worms may be seen on rose plants; these are probably the larvae of the rose sawfly. These insects feed on the undersides of rose leaves and can be picked off by hand and destroyed or controlled with insecticides.

Blackspot fungus is also common among roses. It is a fungal disease that causes circular, black spots on leaves, which will then turn yellow and drop prematurely. Fungicide treatments can be used to control blackspot. Also, when purchasing roses, select cultivars that are resistant to blackspot and plant in a site with full sun with good air movement to prevent it. Cleaning up leaf debris in the fall will also help reduce the overwintering fungi.

Washington Page

Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News continues a conversation with Lynn Fisher of Washington Public Health, speaking about mosquitoes and being careful with fireworks.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 pm

For today’s program, we’re joined by Robin Rich, member of the Wayland Fourth of July Celebration planning committee, to discuss what they have planned.

Truck and Camper Roll Off of 218

Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 6:24 am

Last night a truck pulling a camper rolled off of Highway 218 south of Crawfordsville.

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Mental Health Institute to Remain Closed

Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 6:24 am

The Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute will remain closed.

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Drive Safely this Holiday Weekend

Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 6:23 am

During the 4th of July holiday weekend 512 people were killed in car crashes nationwide in 2013.

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Offices Closed Today for Tomorrow’s Holiday

Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 6:23 am

Independence Day is tomorrow and many area offices are closed today in observance of the holiday.

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