Today's Local News

Washington Page

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Representative Jarad Klein of Keota ahead of the primary race for House District 78. Marcus Fedler is also on the ballot for the seat for the Republican nomination.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On Today’s In Touch With Southeast Iowa, we talk to Kimberly Davis about the election for the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

Fatal Wreck Takes Life of Kalona Man

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 6:28 am

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

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Unique Job Shadowing Opportunity Offered to Mid-Prairie Students

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 6:28 am

Mid-Prairie High School is taking advantage of a unique opportunity with the City of Kalona to give some of their students a chance to learn about architecture, engineering, and construction management.

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One Transported to University After Bicycle Wreck

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 6:26 am

One person was transported by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospital after a bicycle wreck near West Chester Saturday night.

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Area Athletes Claim Championships at State Track Meet

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 6:25 am

Four KCII-area athletes claimed championships at the high school state track meet.

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Highland Board of Directors Meet Today

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

The Highland Board of Directors are scheduled to meet tonight.

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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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