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Disinfect Items After Flooding

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 6:21 am

Many basements and properties have flooded following the recent heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms.

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State Fair Livestock Entry Deadlines Approaching

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 6:21 am

All of the 2015 Iowa State Fair 4-H livestock and horticulture entries must be complete online by Wednesday. Entries must be completed online through member’s 4hOnline accounts by Wednesday. Help sheets are available for entries, click here. Payment should also be sent to the Washington County Extension Office by July 1st with checks addressed to the Iowa State Fair.

In addition, 4-H, FFA, Open Class Livestock, Iowa Family Living, and Horse and Pony premium books are available online only and are no longer mailed. Contact the extension office (319-653-4811) with any questions and all entries are due July 1st.

No Reports of Avian Flu in Past Week

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 6:20 am

Reports of avian influenza are on the decline.

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Washington Page

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) about rural hospital services, adoptions from the Congo, and the campaigns.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

For today’s program, we discuss Trek Fest with Ken McCracken, president of the Riverside Area Community Club, the group that organizes the annual event.

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B Avenue Kalona’s Focus for Fiscal Year 2016

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:23 am

The Kalona City Council will put the B Avenue project out for bid after reviewing the bid documents at its next meeting.

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Special Election Four Days Away

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:23 am

As of Thursday, 165 people had voted early in Tuesday’s special election in the Washington Community School District.

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Grassley Introduces Legislation for Rural Hospitals

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:22 am

In order to be economically viable, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation that would allow critical access hospitals to continue operating emergency rooms and outpatient care, but decide if they’d continue to offer inpatient care or not.

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Trek Fest Begins Tonight

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:22 am

The 31st annual Trek Fest begins this evening.

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Record Rainfall Set Thursday

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:22 am

Over three inches of rain fell in Washington Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Do You Have the Biggest Animal or Tallest Cornstalk in the County?

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:21 am


A pig at the 2014 Washington County Fair. Photo by KCII’s Sally Y. Hart

Entries are due next week for some of the Washington County Fair Association’s contests.

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Purple Martin Fest Being Held Outside of Kalona

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:21 am

The first Iowa Purple Martin Fest is taking place this weekend.

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YMCA’s Childcare Operates at a Deficit

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 6:20 am

The YMCA of Washington County is in discussions with the Washington Community School District about childcare services.

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Washington Page

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) about avian flu and the confederate flag, this is part one of a two-part interview.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

For today’s program, we continue our conversation with Chad Simmons who is currently recovering from injuries he sustained when a tornado hit his mobile home in rural Henry County on Saturday. He joined us by phone from his room at the University of Iowa Hospital.

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Downpour in Washington

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 6:26 am


A row-crop field East of Washington Thursday morning.

Nearly four inches of rain fell from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. this morning.

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Community Center Open House Well Attended

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 6:23 am

The Kalona City Council will consider a contract with an architecture firm at its next meeting.

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Movies to be Shown in Washington’s Central Park

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 6:23 am


Sarah Sadrakula speaks to the Washington City Council about Movies on Main Street. Photo by Sally Y. Hart.

A new event, a summer movie series, is coming to downtown Washington starting next week.

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Mid-Prairie Moving Forward with Practice Facility

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 6:22 am

Mid-Prairie School District is moving forward with the construction of an indoor practice facility.

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Unemployment Rates Drop Slightly in KCII Listening Area

Posted: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 6:22 am

While the State of Iowa’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from April to May, Washington and area counties had slight decreases.

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