Today's Local News

Break-in at St. James School and Church

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Some time between Friday night and Saturday morning, the St. James School and Church in Washington had a break-in.

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Washington Page

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page KCII News speaks with Bob Yoder, who is seeking re-election for the District 2 seat on the Washington County Board of Supervisors. Stuart Yoder is also running for the position.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Nurse Lynn Fisher of Washington County Public Health about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:28 am


Breast cancer patients, survivors, friends, and family members alike join in fundraising events throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month; photo courtesy of Sue Cerwinske

Each year, October is designated as International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everyone from NFL players to the Tokyo Tower are being draped in pink.

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Sigourney-Keota Football Team Makes it to State Tournament

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:25 am

The Sigourney-Keota football team is headed to the state tournament in class 1A.

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Ghosthunting Coming to Washington

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:25 am

A team of paranormal investigators is coming to Washington just before Halloween to talk about their ghosthunting experiences in Iowa.

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Downtown Washington Preparing for Halloween

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:24 am


2015 Trick-or-Treat around the square – photos by Sally Y. Hart

The KCII Big Red Radio is getting ready to celebrate Halloween next week in downtown Washington.

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Barn Quilt Group Looking for People to Help

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:24 am


Contributed photo. Pictured are members of the Franklin Cubs 4-H Club in 2008 with the barn quilt they painted called “State Fair” located on the north gate at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Over 120 painted wooden quilt patches can be found across Washington County on barns, workshops, homes and corn cribs.

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Principal Smith Enjoying Challenges at Keota Elementary

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Josh Smith, photo courtesy of HLV Schools


Keota Elementary Principal Josh Smith; photo courtesy of HLV Schools

One week in August changed everything for new Keota Elementary Principal Josh Smith.

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Store Winter Squash and Sweet Potatoes for Winter

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:22 am


Contributed photo

Farmers are harvesting their crops in their fields and home gardeners are doing the same, often with extra that needs stored for winter.

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Vacuum Picking Up Leaves in Washington

Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 6:21 am

Leaf blowers, rakes and the leaf vacuum are out for the season in Washington.

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Lake Darling Continues to See Big Numbers in Off Season

Posted: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 6:28 am

The middle of October isn’t typically peak season for camping, but you wouldn’t know that when visiting Lake Darling.

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Fall Clean Up in Washington Begins Friday

Posted: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 6:23 am

The City of Washington’s fall clean up event is being held this coming weekend.

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From Mammograms to Lump Checking, How to Detect Breast Cancer Early

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 6:28 am

October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for women, it’s also one of the most treatable if diagnosed early.

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Still Time to Submit a Decorated Pumpkin for Library’s Festival

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 6:27 am


Entries in the 2015 Festival of Pumpkins. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Charlie Brown, Curious George, Cinderella’s carriage and a football all have one thing in common at the Washington Public Library – they’re all made out of pumpkins.

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St. James Celebrating 150 Years in Washington

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 6:26 am

St. James in Washington is celebrating a milestone this month.

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Lake Darling’s Namesake to Come to Life During Weekend Performance

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 6:25 am

The ghost of artist Ding Darling will be paying the lake named after him a visit tomorrow in a special performance by actor Tom Milligan called “A Conversation with Ding.”

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Share-A-Calf Returning to Washington County Fair

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 6:24 am


A calf is weighed at the 2016 Washington County Fair. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Washington County 4-H and FFA members have a chance to show a calf at the county fair in July by partnering with a local beef producer in December.

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Mid-Prairie School Board Meeting to be Held Monday

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 6:22 am

The Mid-Prairie School Board will convene Monday evening for their second meeting of October.

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Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs Now

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 6:21 am


Contributed photo

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner, but now is the time to be preparing spring-flowering bulbs.

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