Today's Local News

Mid-Prairie Choir Members Participate in Honor Choir at Central College

Posted: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Mid-Prairie students -- Seated (L-R): Ryan Sansen, Michael Meserole, Sawyer Black, and Isaiah Sents; Standing (L-R): Makenzie Fay and Kirsten Duwa; photo courtesy of Collette McClellen

Recently, Central College in Pella hosted a two-day honor choir event, and six Mid-Prairie High School choir students were able to attend.

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Properly Store Home Garden Produce

Posted: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 6:21 am


Contributed photos

As autumn approaches many home gardens are producing many foods that can soon be harvested and stored to enjoy later.

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Washington Page

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page KCII News speaks with Washington School District Superintendent Jeff Dicks about facility updates including Stewart Elementary and Case Field. This is part one of a two-part interview.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Jayce Horning about becoming the new Marr Park Ranger/Technician.

Meet the 2016 Mid-Prairie Drum Majors

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:28 am

Towards the end of the last school year, Mid-Prairie students Sawyer Black and David Fleming were given the honor of serving as this year’s drum majors.

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Flood Watches in Effect, More Rain Expected

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:26 am

Water was reported over roads in Louisa County Sunday.

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Stewart Elementary Addition Ahead of Schedule

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:26 am

Six preschool classrooms and a daycare space are being added to Stewart Elementary School in Washington.

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Three Contested Iowa Statehouse Races Locally

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:25 am

There are three Iowa statehouse races with districts that cover part or all of Washington County that have two candidates vying for each seat.

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Lake Darling Prepares for Busy Labor Day

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:25 am

With Labor Day a week away, things are shaping up for a busy weekend at Lake Darling State Park.

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St. James Celebrating 150 Years

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:23 am

In 1866, St. James began teaching students in Washington and 10 years later the school was built – the 150 years of the school is being celebrated throughout this school year.

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Marr Park Says Goodbye to its Last Large Elm Tree

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:22 am

The Washington County Conservation Board recently removed the last of its large elm trees at Marr Park.

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Drive Safely During Labor Day Weekend

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Iowans are reminded to drive safely and buckle up during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

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How to Stay Safe this Hunting Season

Posted: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 6:28 am

Hunting season is upon us, and with it often comes hunting accidents.

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Soil Moisture 97% Adequate to Surplus

Posted: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 6:22 am


U.S. Drought Monitor

Iowa’s drought conditions lessened slightly from last week to this week according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Lake Darling Four-Season Cabins Quickly Reserved

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 6:28 am

A Lake Darling four-season cabin; Photo by Joe Cerwinske

The four-season cabins at Lake Darling have been available for reservations for about a week, yet according to Park Ranger Zach Haworth, they’re booked for nearly every weekend until December.

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Lord’s Cupboard in Fairfield Ready to Open New Emergency Food Pantry

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 6:25 am

The Lord’s Cupboard of Fairfield has completed the renovation of the former Sunshine Laundry building for its new emergency food pantry, and will open its doors Monday.

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Splish, Splash, Take Your Dog for Swim

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 6:24 am


A dog chases a ball into the pool at the 2014 doggie paddle in Washington. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Dogs will take over the Steele Family Aquatic Center in Washington as part of the annual end of season dog swim.

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Grassley Leads Polls in Iowa

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 6:24 am

Two seasoned politicians are vying for a senate seat in Iowa – incumbent Charles Grassley and former lieutenant governor Patty Judge.

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Former St. James Elementary Principal Returns to Lead School

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 6:23 am

A former principal at St. James Elementary School in Washington has returned to the post.

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Over 70,000 Unemployed in Iowa, 400 in Washington County

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 6:23 am

The state of Iowa’s unemployment rate increased by a tenth of a percentage point from June to July.

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