Today's Local News

“Lightning Safety Week” Begins on Sunday

Posted: Saturday, June 19th, 2010 at 6:20 am

The National Weather Service has designated next week as “Lightning Safety Week” to remind you that lightning causes more deaths than tornadoes or hurricanes, and typically July has the most lightning fatalities.

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Washington High School Hires New Principal

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

In regular session Wednesday, the Washington School Board voted unanimously to promote former student and current Washington High School Dean of Students Erik Buchholz to principal.

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Multiple Phone Outages in Washington

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:26 am

The Washington Community Hospital and Clinics, as well as the Washington Community Theater, experienced phone outages yesterday.

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Relay For Life Tomorrow in Washington’s Central Park

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:24 am

The American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” is tomorrow in Washington’s Central Park.

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Speed Change Decision on East Washington Delayed

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:23 am

Yesterday the Washington City Council tabled and delayed a vote that would lead to an increased speed limit on East Washington on the way to Wal-Mart.

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Becky Schmitz Supports Local Community College

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:21 am

State Senator Becky Schmitz says “community colleges are helping build the skilled workforce needed to attract good paying jobs and grow Iowa’s economy.”

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Highland Receives Riverboat Foundation Grant

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:20 am

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation is doling out more than $750,000 through their competitive Grant program.

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IMS Fundraisers on June 26th

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:19 am

Two athletic fundraisers for the Iowa Mennonite School are set for next weekend.

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High Ropes Course at Langwood Education Center

Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:18 am

Father’s Day is this weekend, and the high ropes course at Langwood Education Center is opening just in time to celebrate.

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“Annie” Debuts

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 5:56 am

The Broadway musical “Annie” debuts later today at the Washington Community Theater. 

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Heavy Rain Helps Washington Counties Unpaved Roads

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 5:54 am

Washington County Engineer David Patterson says this week’s precipitation has actually improved the county’s unpaved roads.

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Congressman Loebsack Tells BP To “Help People Rebuild Their Lives”

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 5:53 am

The U.S. Congressman for Washington, Henry, Johnson, Louisa, and Jefferson counties says the American people require proof that BP can pay for the damage it’s created. 

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Possible 2012 Presidential Candidate To Visit Ainsworth

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 5:51 am

Former Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum, often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, will be in Ainsworth on Friday, June 25th.

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Washington Municipal Band Needs Horns

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 5:50 am

Tomorrow night at 8pm the Washington Municipal Band will play for the second time this season during the city’s Thursday Night Live program, and also again at 7pm Saturday during Relay For Life.

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Kalona Days

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 5:48 am

Kalona Days kicks off this weekend.  The celebration begins Friday evening with the 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk that begins at 7.

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Pekin Joins “The Iowa Voluntary Statewide Pre-school Program”

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 5:45 am

The Pekin and Fairfield School Districts are now apart of the Iowa Voluntary Statewide Pre-school Program.

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Summer Reading Events at the Kalona Public Library

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 4:46 am

The Kalona Public Library has a free summer reading program for kids and teens to help motivate them to keep reading while school is out.

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Preschool Support in Washington

Posted: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 6:07 am

Gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad reaffirmed his stance against publicly-funded preschool programs last week by criticizing their expansion under Governor Culver while other education funds were cut. 

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Board of Supervisors Defers Ambulance Contract

Posted: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 6:00 am

The Washington County Board of Supervisors met in regular session yesterday morning and voted to defer the approval of a renewed contract with “Washington County Ambulance” until a later meeting.

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Rain Records

Posted: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 5:55 am

Washington has experienced a very wet month of June thus far, but it’s not quite enough to set a record just yet.

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