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“Road Less Traveled” Stresses Science/Engineering Careers for Women

Posted: Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 5:52 am

The Washington County Extension Office is encouraging young women to get involved in an ISU program that highlights careers in science, math and engineering.

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Lt. Gov. Touts Job Creation Efforts During Washington Visit

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor says the state’s I-JOBS initiative is one critical component to job creation.

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Large Quakes Would, and Have Been Devastating to the Midwest

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 5:58 am

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A geologist with the Iowa Geological and Water Survey says Midwestern earthquakes like the one that hit Illinois this week are intensified by the rocks that the region sits on.

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Another Wintry Blast for SE Iowa

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 5:54 am

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Light snow, mainly this morning, will accumulate to less than an inch.

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WCSD Makes Snow Days Decision

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 5:52 am

Make Up Days for WCSD

February 15 – President’s Day

March 26 – Teacher’s Technology Training (Students will dismiss at 1:10 PM)

April 5 – Teacher Conference Compensation Day

April 6 – Normally Part of Spring Break

June 1-3 – Last Day of School is Normally May 28

The Washington School District is shortening spring break in an effort to make up the high volume of snow days taken this winter.

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Schmitz Supporting Texting Ban

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 5:51 am

Banning texting while driving is a topic stirring up a lot of buzz during this legislative session,

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Washington Co. Engineer’s Office Honored

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 5:50 am

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The Washington County Engineer’s Office does pretty good work according to the Iowa Concrete and Paving Association.

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Highland Student Recognized for Community Service

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 5:48 am

A senior at Highland High School is being honored for his community service activities.

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Hunter Safety Course Offered

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 5:46 am

The Washington County Conservation Board next month is hosting a Hunter Safety Class at the Conservation Education Center in Marr Park.

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Economics Seen as Underlying Issue in Zoning Debate

Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Around 150 people turned out last night for a public hearing on the proposed zoning ordinance for Washington County.

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Marek: Prevailing Wage Measure Likely Won’t Pass House

Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 5:58 am

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The issue of prevailing wages has again surfaced in the Iowa Legislature.

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Lt. Governor Washington Visit Rescheduled

Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 5:56 am

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Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge is visiting Washington today.

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Iowa Soldier

Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 5:54 am

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Governor Chet Culver has ordered all flags at half-staff Friday to honor a fallen soldier from Iowa.

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Ohio Company Bringing Jobs to SE Iowa

Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 5:50 am

A business out of Ohio will be opening a new packaging facility creating 75 jobs for Southeast Iowa.

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RSV on the Rise

Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 5:49 am

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Influenza and H1N1 aren’t the only viruses on the rise during this flu season.

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Two Opera Performances Coming to Washington

Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 5:46 am

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Two opera productions are coming to Washington this month. The Des Moines Metro Opera is putting on the shows in partnership with the Washington Community Theatre. The Metro Opera’s Michael Egel says the first show, Hansel and Gretel, is geared towards a younger audience. The second production is The Barber of Seville. Egel says almost everyone should be familiar with it. He says Warner Brothers used music from the show in a Bug’s Bunny cartoon in the 1950’s. Hansel and Gretel runs February 18 and 19. The Barber of Seville is February 26 and 27. Show times are at 7:00 PM. Adult tickets are 15-dollars.

Fire Destroys Barn Near Kalona

Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 6:00 am


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A fire in rural Kalona late Monday night destroyed a pole barn and its contents.

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Empowerment Shift Seems Likely

Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 5:58 am

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WCPH Admin. Edie Nebel Tells supervisors about a recent trip to Des Moines where she sat in on a hearing on the Empowerment proposal

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A program focused on all things early-childhood will likely be shifted from the Iowa Department of Management to the Department of Education.

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Crowded GOP Primary Race for Senate Dist. 45

Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 5:56 am

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A business owner from Keosauqua is hoping to represent Van Buren, Jefferson and Washington Counties, and parts of Wapello and Johnson Counties in the Iowa Senate.

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Washington, Fairfield Chambers Visit Des Moines

Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 5:54 am

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Members of the Washington and Fairfield Chambers of Commerce visited the Capital this week to get an inside look at state government.

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