Today's Local News

WCHC purchases digital mammography equipment

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:19 am

Washington County Hospital and Clinics is now able to offer high tech treatment in fighting breast cancer. WCHC spokeswoman Kathleen Brinning says the facility has purchased scanners and computers which can store information and test results digitally. Brinning says this will eliminate the need to develop film prints of scans and reduce the need for repeat scans due to under or over exposure. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have any questions, call the hospital at 319-863-3964.

Early frost could threaten crops

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:19 am

Iowa is on pace to set a record for corn yields, and the southeast part of the state is no exception. Gene Mohling with the ISU Extension service says most areas have enough moisture to sustain corn and soybean crops until harvest. Mohling says crop maturity is slightly behind due to an unusually cool and wet season. He says this could be troublesome in the event of an early frost.

Celebrate your Senses to be featured in video series

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:19 am

Main Street Washington’s inaugural Celebrate Your Senses event is being featured in a video series by an Iowa based blogger and regional magazine editor. Allen Huffman is with Clear Lake based Regional Renaissance Reporter. He learned about Celebrate your Senses while at Trekfest, in Riverside. The preview video is available on YouTube. It can be found by running a search for Celebrate your Senses.

WFD receives $150K grant

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:18 am

The Washington Fire Department will get some extra help in purchasing a new engine. The Washington County Riverboat Foundation will present the fire department with a $150,000 check during a ceremony Thursday. The Riverboat Foundation supports various non-profit and government projects that improve. They invite all to the presentation ceremony at 10:00 am.

WPD traning new K-9

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:18 am

The Washington Police Department is training a new four legged officer. Canine Handler Brett Sorrells says Ultro is a 15 month old Belgian Malinaw, who will be trained in a couple of different areas. Sorrells says he’s had Ultro for about a month. He says the two of them are in the “bonding stage.” Sorrells says that involves getting the animal used to his surroundings and other people.

Harkin: healthcare reform resistance based on misinformation

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:18 am

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says a great deal of money can be saved on medical costs through prevention. He blames resistance to healthcare reform on “misinformation” and “scare tactics” Harkin says there are a lot of people who stand to lose money if the system is overhauled. The Democrat is traveling around Iowa, hosting town hall style meetings on healthcare reform.

Park Board approves new reservation policy

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:17 am

The Washington Park Board has adopted a new policy for reserving the large pavlion in Sunset Park. It can be reserved for 25-dollars per day. Parks Superintendent Tim Widmer says the reservation will be advertised for six days before the event. He says the new policy only applies to the big pavilion, and that all other shelters are on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to make a reservation contact Widmer at 653-5220.

Where to get vitamin D

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 4:17 am

10 percent of American kids dont get enough vitamin D. Thats according to a recent study by USA Today. Washington County Public Health Administrator Edie Nebel says vitamin D is primarily obtained through sunlight and not enough time in the sun can result in a deficiency. Nebel says kids need at least ten to fifteen minutes of sun exposure a day along with the vitamin D found in foods. She says additional nutrition can be found in vitamin supplements. Nebel says kids need plenty of vitamin D in order for healthy bone development.

Barn quilt unveiling tomorrow

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:54 am

The Washington County Barn Quilt Committee is unveiling its latest addition this week. Julie Mangold is committee co chair. She says it will symbolize the beginning of a new barn quilt trail. The Washington Chamber of Commerce is holding an Alive After Five at Steve Greiner’s, just west of the city on 250th Street in conjunction with the unveiling. It runs from 5 to 6:30 Tuesday (8/11) night.

Search and rescue exercise held in Washington

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:54 am

Emergency workers from across the board descended on Washington Saturday to search for a missing Woman near the Kewash trail. Fortunately no one was actually missing. It was a simulation put on by Iowa based STAR-1 Search and Rescue. Even though it was a drill, workers treated it like the real deal. The drill ran from 10:00 to 3:00 Saturday.

Library project slightly behind

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

Construction on the new Library in Washington is a little behind schedule. City Administrator Dave Plymann says it will still be completed this month. Plymann says they’re still planning to have the library and downtown enhancement projects down at roughly the same time.

M-P School Board

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

The Mid Prairie School Board will hold its regular meeting tonight at 7:00 in the high school media center. The board will take a look at their yearly progress report and will also consider transferring SILO funds to debt service. They will also be looking ahead to a special board governance convention to be held in Mt. Pleasant in October.

Washington School Board to continue facility discussions

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

Washington School board members will go over a summary of the district’s facilities plans, funding projections and legal opinions at tonight’s meeting. Duane Van Hemert and Sam Harding of the Iowa Construction Advocate team will be on hand. School board members will also hear from representatives of Piper Jaffray and Company, which is an investment bank. A representative of Ahlers and Cooney, which is a Des Moines based law firm, will also be present. The meeting starts at 6:30 tonight in the school administration building.

Severe WX in Washington Co.

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

A line of severe thunderstorms rolled across eastern Iowa last night bringing heavy rain, high winds and lightning. Washington County avoided the brunt of the storm, but damage was reported in counties to the north and south. KCII’s Severe Weather Action Team went on the air at about 7:40 and finished the broadcast at 8:30.

SE Iowans cash in on lottery

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:52 am

Two southeast Iowans were big winners in the Iowa Lotterys fiscal year 2009. Peggy Clark of Wayland won $25,000 in the Lotterys 7s Bingo scratch game she purchased in Washington. Scott Buckner of North English bought his Powerball ticket at a Caseys in Wellman which won him $20,000. The Iowa Lottery reported winners from every county in Iowa during its last fiscal year.

"Beachboy" in Fairfield

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:52 am

Fairfield will be host to a musician from the Beach Boys this Saturday. Singer and songwriter Mike Love will be in town to promote the bands upcoming concert in September. Love says he is a frequent visitor to the Maharishi University of Management and enjoys the time he spends in Fairfield. He says the upcoming concert on September 7 will be one of the first green concerts.

Safety Manual

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

Washington County is updating its employee safety manual. Safety committee member, and sheriff’s deputy Darren Dennler says the county’s insurance carrier told them they need to have a manual in place, or rates would be increased. Dennler says the manual applies generally to all county employees. He says the various departments are developing more specific ones.

Heat Wave Health

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

With weekend temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s, residents are advised to take precautions when going outside. Washington County Public Health Administrator Edie Nebel says high temperatures combined with low hydration can result in some serious health problems. Nebel says the two most frequent problems encountered are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. She says exhaustion is characterized by a rapid pulse and stomach or headaches, while stroke can even result in death if ignored. Nebel says its important to get inside and cool off and drink liquids if you begin to feel too hot.

Rescue Drill

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

Emergency personnel will be sweeping an area near Washington today on a search and rescue mission. The STAR-1 team is conducting a simulation to test their skills and qualify new members. Washington Police Officer and STAR-1 member Brett Sorrells says they can’t specifically disclose where it will take place. STAR-1 is an Iowa based search and rescue training operation. They hold exercises such as this one to train their members and other emergency officials on how to handle a missing person situation.

Highway Crash

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

Two people were transported to University of Iowa Hospital after a collision at the Highway 92 and US 218 intersection on Thursday. According to the Iowa State Patrol, James Butner of OFallon, Missouri failed to stop when exiting the southbound lane of 218 when he struck Bruce Heckhart of Ottumwa heading east on Highway 92. Two other individuals in Heckharts vehicle were uninjured.