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Authorities Warn of Phone Scam During Holidays

Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 6:24 am

Area law enforcement authorities are warning people to watch out for phone scams during the holiday.

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Many Offices Closed Monday for Holidays

Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 6:23 am

Area schools are on winter break and many offices and businesses will be closed for the holidays.

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Washington Page

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News talks with Sarah Grunewaldt, director of Main Street Washington, about shopping locally last minute.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Iowa City Postmaster Stacy St. John about letters to Santa.

For More than a Century, Postal Service has Delivered Letters to Santa

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:28 am

Every year millions of children around the country write letters to Santa Claus in the North Pole, and for the last 104 years, with the help of the United States Postal Service, those letters find their destination.

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Washington County Responders Called to Two Wrecks in Johnson County

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:25 am


Thursday morning a semi and car collided near Lone Tree. Image provided by GoogleMaps


The second wreck was north of Wellman. Image provided by GoogleMaps

Washington County responders were paged to assist at two separate car wrecks in Johnson County Wednesday.

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Community Invited to Christmas Dinner in Washington

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:25 am

Anyone in the area, families and individuals, are welcome to a free community Christmas dinner this Sunday.

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Mid-Prairie Retains Superintendent for Another Year

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:25 am

The Mid-Prairie School District has been the home of Superintendent Mark Schneider for the last 16 years, and that will continue for another year.

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Last Chance to See Big Red Radio Before Christmas

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:24 am

Today is your last chance to see the KCII Big Red Radio before Christmas.

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Don’t Put Kids in Safety Seats With Coats On

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:24 am

With slick conditions and busy roads for holiday travel, area parents are reminded to make sure their car seats for children are properly installed.

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Stout Named Environmental Leader

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:23 am


ISA awards winners (from left): Rising Star — Kaleb Miller, Lacona; Legacy of Leadership — Rick and Martha Kimberley, Maxwell; Innovator in Production Research — Steve Killpack, Beebeetown; New Leader — Andrew Lauver, Lake City; and Environmental Leader — Rob Stout, Washington. 

A Washington man was recently named an Environmental Leader by the Iowa Soybean Association.

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Wapello Turns Shelter House into Ice Skating Rink

Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 6:22 am


The Wapello Ice Rink; photo courtesy of the City of Wapello

The City of Wapello is bringing a bit of free wintertime recreation to citizens in the form of a new enclosed ice rink.

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Washington Page

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News talks about child safety seats in cars during the winter months with Katrina Altenhofen, new executive director of Hospice of Washington County, but she recently served 20 years as the state’s emergency medical director for children at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She started the state’s child passenger safety seat certification program in 1997.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with organizer Tamara Gill about the WACO Sharing Christmas program.

BREAKING NEWS: Local YMCA Director Resigns

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 9:43 am


Becky Harkema, CEO of the YMCA of Washington County, speaks at a 2014 community forum about the proposed new facility. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

The YMCA of Washington County’s director is resigning.

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Riverside to Begin Installation of “Smart” Water Meters

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:28 am

The City of Riverside is fed up with the high amount of water loss caused by undiagnosed water leakage, so they’ve decided to install a citywide fixed based water meter system to combat the problem.

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Washington Council Tables Capital Improvements Plan, Discusses Fire Station and Wellness Park

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:28 am


Four members were present for Washington’s City Council meeting Tuesday. KCII photo.

The Capital Improvements Plan that lays out a timeline for projects for the City of Washington over the next five years was discussed and tabled at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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McCleery Calendar Factory to be Rehabilitated, Possible Home for Public Health

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:27 am


Jim Hobart (second from right) met with members of the Washington County Board of Health and Board of Supervisors to discuss options for the McCleery Calendar building. KCII news photo

The two-story brick building on East Third Street in Washington that once housed the McCleery Calendar Factory and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places will be rehabilitated.

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WACO Community Bringing Gifts to Less Fortunate

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:25 am

During the holiday season, there are many families who struggle to put presents under the tree, while others have more than enough.

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Washington County Moves Toward Having Its Own Emergency Management Coordinator

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 6:24 am


Larry Smith (left) current Washington and Keokuk County Emergency Management Coordinator speaks with Washington County’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday. KCII News photo

Washington County is taking steps toward having it’s own emergency management coordinator.

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