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Kalona Rec. Center to Host Open House for Kids

Posted: Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 6:23 am

The Kalona Recreation Center is hosting an open house event for kids and teens. There will be games, a movie, free snacks and drinks. The Kalona Youth Services Librarian will also be providing crafts at the Recreation Center from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Admission and programs are free of charge. The open house is Friday, March 12th, from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Contact the Kalona Recreation Center with any questions.

5 Awarded Scholarships

Posted: Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 5:32 am

The Washington Soil and Water Conservation District has announced the five winners of the Dean Gerot Memorial Conservation Scholarship.

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Three Washington Co. Residents Hailed as Heroes

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 6:21 am

Three local residents are being recognized as heroes for helping rescue a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy from the freezing Waters of the English River.

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Washington Co. Sheriff Supports “Ed Thomas” Law

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 6:15 am

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The Washington County Sheriff says he supports legislation that would require mental health facilities to notify law enforcement before releasing a wanted individual.

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Schmitz: Wellmark Hikes Highlight need for Healthcare Reform

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 6:14 am

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A southeast Iowa state lawmaker says an 18% hike in insurance rates from Wellmark serves as a reminder that some sort of healthcare reform is needed.

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Supervisors Narrowly Approve Kalona Golf Club Liquor License

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 5:54 am

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Washington County Supervisors narrowly approved an application for a state liquor license for the Kalona Golf Club.

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KCII Named Washington Tree Beautification Committee “Volunteer of the Year”

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 5:51 am

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KCII is being recognized by the Washington Tree Beautification Committee.

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How to Donate to Earthquake Victims

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 5:48 am

Chile was better equipped to handle an earthquake than Haiti. Even so, the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are still urging people to donate to help the South American Nation.

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How to Start at Purple Martin Colony

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 5:46 am

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press play to hear from Johnson County Song Bird Project President Jim Walters

Purple martin populations are on the rise in southeast Iowa.

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IMS To Hold Information Meeting for Students, Parents

Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 5:30 am

Students interested in enrolling at Iowa Mennonite School this fall, along with their parents, are invited to an evening of information

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Fire Destroys Kalona Tire Shop

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:51 am


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A fire yesterday destroyed a tire shop in Kalona.

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Crash on 218 Injures Two

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:48 am


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Two Henry County men were hospitalized yesterday after being ejected from a vehicle during a traffic accident on highway 218.

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Zoning Ordinance Passes, Opponents Say it’s not Over

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:47 am

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Jim Miksch, Wes Rich and Adam Mangold voted yes

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Jim Rosien and Steve Davis voted no

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Mary Leedy, with Free County, says they’ll continue to fight zoning

Washington County will soon have a zoning ordinance.

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Ambulance Subsidy Again on Washington CC Agenda

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:46 am

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A semi-annual subsidy to the Washington County Ambulance is again on the agenda for Washington City Councilors.

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Marion Man Hopes to Replace Loebsack

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:44 am

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A businessman from Marion is hoping to run against Eastern Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack this fall.

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Audit Identifies more than $31K in Improper Spending by Former Crawfordsville Clerk

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:42 am

A report from the state auditor shows the former Crawfordsville City Clerk misspent more than $31,000 in city funds.

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WWII Vet Receives Combat Awards 66 Years After Service

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:40 am

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A Harper man who served in the Army during World War II recently received combat awards, 66 years after the fact.

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Hoops for Haiti

Posted: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 6:39 am

The WACO High School Student Council is sponsoring a basketball fundraiser to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

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Washington Man Describes Chilean Earthquake

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 7:00 am


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A Washington man was in Chile this weekend when one of the largest recorded earthquakes struck the South American Nation.

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Mangold Frustrated with Zoning “Misinformation”

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 am

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A Washington County Supervisor says he’s frustrated with what he calls misinformation about a proposed zoning ordinance.

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