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In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Mid-Prairie Vocal Director Collette McClellen about the Madrigal Dinner.

Mid-Prairie Choir to Perform 23rd Annual Madrigal Dinner

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:28 am


The Mid-Prairie Madrigal Court; photo courtesy of Mid-Prairie High School


The Mid-Prairie choir practicing in advance of the Madrigal Dinner; photo by Joe Cerwinske

It’s Christmas season, and to help the community get into the spirit, the Mid-Prairie choir is putting on the 23rd annual Madrigal Dinner this weekend.

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Supervisors Consider Sending Letters to Landowners Regarding Right of Way Obstructions

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:27 am


The Washington County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, pictured from left, Bob Yoder, vice chair Abe Miller and chairman Richard Young. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Obstructions cannot be placed “within any highway right-of-way” per Iowa Code Chapter 318, including fences, vehicles, trash and crops.

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KCII Big Red Radio Making Two Stops Friday, One Today

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:25 am

The KCII Big Red Radio is busy this week with the 14th Annual KCII Caring Christmas Food Drive.

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Highland Receives WCRF Grant for MacBooks

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:25 am

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation has given several grants over the years to the Highland School District, and that support continued when Highland was awarded $50,000 at the fall grant presentation.

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Winter Choir Concert in Washington Tonight

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:23 am

Washington’s winter choir concert will be held tonight in the new auditorium.

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Washington Public Library Ready for the Holidays

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:22 am

December is here and many holiday-themed happenings will be at the Washington Public Library this month. Debbie Stanton, director of the library, shares their annual Christmas Gone Green event will happen December 17th. Participants will make holiday decorations from recycled materials, last year old books were transformed into Christmas trees. Christmas storytime will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. for all ages. A holiday concert will be presented December 8th by the Washington Singers at 12:15 p.m.

Also, the mitten tree is up in the entrance of the library and will be accepting donations through December 12th. Handmade and store-bought mittens, gloves, hats and scarves placed on the tree will be donated to HACAP and local elementary schools to be given to children.

Stanton adds the library staff can also help if you want to get a book as a gift for someone during the holidays. She explains the children’s librarian can recommend a book for younger kids while the teen librarian can point you in the direction of series for teenagers.

Washington County Conservation Helping Kids Prepare Holiday Surprises

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:22 am

Kids rarely get the chance to surprise their loved ones during the holidays with presents, but thanks to Washington County Conservation, they’ll be able to add some mystery to their gifts this year.

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November Precipitation Below Normal, Temperatures High

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:21 am

A few snow flurries could be seen in Washington County Wednesday night.

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Washington Page

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Susan Wellington, of the Halcyon House, and Don Kline about a caregivers support group that is held in Washington twice each month.

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In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Louisa County Conservation Naturalist Lana Artz-McComb about the Upcycled Holiday Gifts event.

Highland Exploring the Possibility of Closing Ainsworth Elementary

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:28 am

At the most recent meeting, the Highland School Board discussed Ainsworth Elementary, and whether or not they would close the school after this year.

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Washington County to Advertise County Attorney Position

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:28 am


Washington County Attorney Shawn Showers (left) speaks with the Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. (Photo by Sally Y. Hart)

The Washington County Attorney position will be vacated later this year, as the current attorney Shawn Showers has been appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to the 8A Judicial District bench.

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Iowa Beef Checkoff on the Ballot Today

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:27 am


A cow in rural Washington County. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Today Iowa’s cattlemen can vote at their local county extension offices as to if they want the Iowa Beef Checkoff reinstated or not.

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Washington Economic Development Group gets WCRF Grant for Trails

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:25 am

To kick off the “Happy Trails” portion of the Washington County Riverboat Foundation’s fall grant presentation, the Washington Economic Development Group was awarded $30,000 toward the regional recreation and trail plan.

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Big Red Radio to Visit Archer’s Appliance and Electronics

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:24 am

The KCII Big Red Radio will stop at Archer’s Appliance and Electronics in Washington Thursday.

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Towner to be Washington County Medical Examiner

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:23 am

A new medical examiner will be taking over the job beginning January 1st.

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Louisa County Conservation to Make Holiday Gifts While Upcycling

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am

For those looking for a good way to reduce the amount of waste they’re sending to landfills, Louisa County Conservation is hosting an event that will turn some of that waste into inexpensive gifts for the holidays.

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Green Presented Service Award

Posted: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:21 am


Contributed photo

Washington County’s 4-H/Youth Coordinator Amy Green has been presented the 4-H Distinguished Service Award.

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Washington Page

Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Michelle Redlinger, director of the Washington Chamber of Commerce, about the upcoming Candlelight Tour of Homes. This is part two of a two-part interview.