Today's Local News

Obey Traffic Laws During Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 6:24 am

In Iowa 118 of the 322 crash fatalities were not buckled up in 2014, with 61% of pickup truck fatalities not buckled.

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Washington’s Last Day of School is Tomorrow

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 6:23 am

After the last bell rings Tuesday, Washington students will officially begin their summer vacation.

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National Boat Safety Week Arrives

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 6:22 am

Today marks the beginning of National Boat Safety Week.

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Fatal Wreck Takes Life of Kalona Man

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 4:49 pm

A wreck with a motorcycle and a minivan claimed the life of a rural Kalona man Friday night.

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Keota City Council Meets to Discuss Museum

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 6:28 am

The Keota City Council met on Monday, and one of the biggest topics of discussion was the proposed museum.

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Primary Two Weeks Away, Meet Your Candidates

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 6:22 am

The primary election is nearly two weeks away and many local residents have thrown their hat into the ring.

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WCRF Helps Fund Lake Darling Youth Camp Roof

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:28 am

The Lake Darling Youth Camp needs a new roof for their main lodge, and thanks to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, it just got a little easier.

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Medicaid Privatization in Action, Reimbursements Discussed by Local Board of Health

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:24 am

The financial report for the Washington County Department of Public Health will look differently next month as Medicaid privatization is now in effect in Iowa. Peggy Wood, the agency’s fiscal administrator, explained they used to be reimbursed weekly for Medicaid but now with the managed care organizations the payments vary and so far they’ve received no Iowa Medicaid reimbursements as of May 1. She added they have had some success with claims with United Healthcare, but it was reimbursed at 30%, despite the contract they have.

Administrator of Washington County Public Health Danielle Pettit-Majewski shared she’s reached out to legislators and has heard back from two, Senators Kevin Kinney and Rich Taylor. She said they aren’t seeing a cost savings, but a cost shifting. Pettit-Majewski added there are worries that if referrals to get in the program aren’t done that people will use the most expensive form of care – the emergency room and going into nursing homes, instead of aging in their own homes.

Wood shares they used to receive $35,000 each month for reimbursements for home health, case management and therapy.

Wellman Library Summer Reading Program Starts Fresh

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:24 am

The librarians at the Wellman Scofield Public Library are excited to announce their new summer reading program.

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Washington Schools Receive Funds to Help Replace Instruments, Bleachers

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:24 am


Washington school staff received a grant to help make improvements at Case Field. KCII News photo

Washington Community Schools received nearly $85,000 at Wednesday’s spring grant distribution ceremony held by the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.

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New Casey’s Given Green Light in Washington

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:23 am

A site plan for a new Casey’s General Store in Washington was approved by the city council this week, giving the project the green light to begin.

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Wet and Cold Conditions Slow Field Work

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:22 am

Wet and cold conditions across Iowa last week slowed field work for farmers with only 2.2 day suitable for fieldwork last week.

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Kalona Public Pool Opens at the End of the Month

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:22 am

The Kalona public pool is getting ready to help residents beat the heat.

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Cost Share Available to Local Farmers for Water Quality Practices

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 6:22 am

Cost share funds to help Iowa farmers install nutrient reduction practices are available.

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Washington Page

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On today’s edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with puppeteer Monica Leo about her upcoming show at Cafe Dodici in Washington about her parents’ immigration from Germany.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch With Southeast Iowa program, we’re talking to Bob Shepherd about the election for the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

KCII Names Two Scholarship Recipients

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 8:15 am

KCII is awarding their annual two business and broadcasting scholarships to a student from Washington and another from Wapello.

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Brighton Man Arrested Following Assault

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 6:33 am


Nathaniel Anthony Tallent-Jenkins

A Brighton man was arrested on warrants from Washington County and Jefferson County Thursday for numerous charges, including drug and weapons charges.

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KCII Area Athletes Claim Championships at State Track Meet

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 6:28 am

The Iowa High School State Track Meet continues into Saturday and already the KCII area has had athletes claim championships.

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Modine Looks to Close by End of 2016

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 6:26 am


Governor Terry Branstad toured Modine Manufacturing in Washington in May, 2014. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

According to a WARN, Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notification, issued to employees at Modine Manufacturing Company in Washington the estimate is to have the entire facility closed later this year.

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