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Drought Conditions Lessen Slightly

Posted: Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Drought conditions in Iowa lessened slightly from the week prior in the most recent report from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Mid-Prairie Churches Sponsoring Clothes Give-Away

Posted: Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 6:22 am

The Council of Mid-Prairie Churches is sponsoring a charity clothes give-away this weekend in Kalona.

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BREAKING NEWS: 2016 Washington County Fair Queen Crowned

Posted: Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 8:24 pm


Anna Pence, center, was named Washington County’s 2016 Fair Queen. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

The 2016 Washington County Fair Queen has been crowned.

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Highland Deals with Several Personnel Changes

Posted: Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 6:28 am

At their most recent school board meeting, the Highland School District dealt with several changes in school personnel.

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Washington County Fair Kicks Off Today

Posted: Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 6:28 am

The 2016 Washington County Fair kicks off today, beginning with a truck and ATV mud run at 1 p.m.

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Highland Gas Bids Lower Than Expected

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:28 am

One of the topics of discussion during the most recent Highland School Board meeting was bids for liquefied petroleum gas, gasohol, and diesel fuel.

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Washington County Fair Begins Tomorrow, Queen to be Crowned

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:26 am


2016 Washington County Fair Queen contestants and 2015 Washington County Fair Queen Zoe Wagner (bottom right) – photos courtesy of Stutzman Studio

Eight girls will be on the stage of the Washington Community Center Sunday evening for the annual Washington County Fair queen contest.

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Deputy Auditor Sworn In

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:25 am


Sue Meeks (right) smiles as those gathered applaud her for being sworn in as a deputy auditor. KCII news photo

A new deputy auditor was appointed and sworn in at the most recent Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Kalona Historical Society Awarded DCA Grant

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:25 am

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs recently awarded nearly $600,000 in grants to various cities across the state, including Kalona.

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Be Prepared in Times of Inclement Weather

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:23 am

Heavy rain, lightning and thunder are common in Iowa during summer months and preparedness is key when it comes to severe weather, according to Washington and Keokuk County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith.

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Watch Out for Ticks When Outdoors

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:23 am


Contributed photo

Iowa’s parks and woodlands have many visitors during the summer months and those visitors are reminded to look for ticks after outdoor activities.

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Kalona City Workers Receive Raise

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:22 am

At the most recent Kalona City Council meeting, it was decided all full-time city employees would receive a 3% raise on their salaries.

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Fair Results – Clothing Event

Posted: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 6:21 am


Madison Fishback – intermediate winner (contributed photo)

The 2016 Washington County Fair contests have officially begun, with 20 4-H’ers and nine Clover Kids participating in the clothing event.

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Washington Page

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII news speaks with local historian Michael Zahs about his recent trip to Italy to present the Brinton Film Collection. This is part two of a two part interview.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Officer Doug Conrad about the EVAC-STRAP. This is part two of a two part interview.

Man Suspected of Impersonating Officer in Fairfield

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 6:28 am

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident of a possible impersonation of an officer.

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Motorcycle Chase Ends in Wreck

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 6:26 am

A motorcycle chase with speeds over 100 miles per hour ended with a crash near Riverside.

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Kalona Discusses REAP Grant Use

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 6:25 am

At the most recent Kalona City Council meeting, they held a discussion on how to best utilize grant money from the Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection program, or REAP.

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Washington Auditorium Work Progresses

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 6:25 am


The Washington Community School Board toured the auditorium Wednesday evening before their regular meeting. Photos by Sally Y. Hart

Seats are installed, ceiling panels are up and walls have been painted in the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center as it nears completion.

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Mini Grants Awarded by Washington County Riverboat Foundation

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 6:24 am

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in mini grants this week.

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