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Washington Supervisors Meet this Morning

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 7:22 am

Washington County Supervisors are considering a property tax abatement request at this morning’s (9/15) meeting. They’ll also take up two liquor license requests. One is for a five day temporary permit being sought by Pheasants Forever. The other comes from the Washington Golf and Country Club. They are hoping for a classification change. The meeting starts at 9:30 in the Washington County Courthouse
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TDS Meets in Iowa this Year

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 7:21 am

Entrepreneurs from three Midwest states will meet in Fairfield next month for the annual Tri-State Development Summit. Visitors from Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa, will work to increase quality of life in their states and discuss public works projects such as road construction. The Tri-State Development Summit formed in the wake of the Flood of 93 as members worked on recovery efforts. This years summit will be October 12 in the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.

Bows and Bullets holding Family Shoot Day

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 7:20 am

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The Washington County 4-H’s Bows and Bullets Club is having it’s first ever Family Youth Shoot Day this Weekend. Shooting Instructor Joel Van Zante says they’ll have activities for kids of all ages. He says they hope to showcase what the organization is all about. an Zante says bows will be provided for archer shooting. He says kids over twelve who want to shoot firearms must bring their own gun. The event is this Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Highland Hideway near Riverside.

Gift of Grain

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 4:56 am

As farmer’s prepare for harvest, the 4-H program is reminding producers that they can contribute part of their crop. Iowa 4-H Foundation Associate Director Albert Gruenwald says they have been trying to identify new ways to raise funds in light of recent budget cuts. He also says farmers who donate grain can reduce their self employment tax. To find out more about the “Gift of Grain” visit the Iowa State Extension’s website.

Hispanic Heritage Month at CJ

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 4:55 am

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month and the Columbus Junction Heritage Center will be celebrating in many ways. The center will honor Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America with special exhibits for four weeks. Nitza Castillo with the Community Development Center says Mexican Americans have contributed greatly to American culture and growth. She says this month will also help to educate many on the contributions of Hispanics to the U.S.

Treating ADHD with Meditation

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 4:54 am

A new treatment for ADHD may help reduce stress in children by up to fifty percent. Dr. Sarina Grosswald with George Washington University says a recent study shows meditation has a significant impact on a child’s focus and attention. She says meditation has a calming effect on participants. Grosswald says the study showed higher results than anticipated and also showed increased memory, organization, and attention. Grosswald held a seminar on mediation treatments in Fairfield.

Two Washington Schools on NCLB watch list

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:59 am

Washington’s Lincoln and Stewart Schools have been identified as “in need of assistance” by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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Facilities committee considers options after bond vote fails

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:58 am

Washington School Facilities Committee is discussing the results of last week’s election at a meeting tonight.

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Ag Sec. Hopeful says ethanol needs to be reevaluated

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:57 am

A Fairfield farmer who hopes to be Iowa’s next Agriculture Secretary says there needs to be a reassessment of ethanol production.

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New M-P Board members join tonight

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:56 am

The victors of Mid Prairies School Board elections will take office tonight (9/14) at the boards regular meeting.

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Park board to discuss skate park expansion

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:55 am

Washington Park Board members are considering a request for more features at the skate park during tonight’s meeting.

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Street closures

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Two downtown street intersections in Washington will be closed beginning today (9/14) as the city prepares for crosswalk brick paving.

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‘09 bike maps available

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:52 am

The Iowa Department of Transportation is distributing the 2009 Map for Bicyclists.

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4-H to recognize volunteers

Posted: Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Washington County 4-H will by trying something new this year with their awards.

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Mohling expects crop storage to be tight this fall

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:41 am

A local agriculture expert expects crop storage to be tight this fall. Gene Mohling is a regional director with the ISU Extension Service. He says farmers should be lining up places to stash grain as soon as possible if they can’t keep it on farm. Mohling says the soybean crop is shaping up to be pretty average, but corn is on pace to break yield records. He says the biggest problems farmers are facing is disease, and the potential for an early frost. 

M-P middle school lacking in NCLB standards

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:41 am

The Mid Prairie Middle School has been identified as a school in need of assistance according to No Child Left Behind standards. Superintendent Mark Schneider says main areas of concern are in special education, reading, and students with low socio-economic status. He says while theyre not happy being on the list, they are rationally looking for ways to improve results. Schneider says one way they are attempting to fix the situation is by reorganizing language and reading courses.

Sheriff: 9/11, school shootings changed law enforcement

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:41 am

The Washington County Sheriff says the overall role of local law enforcement has changed since the terrorist attacks of 2001. Jerry Dunbar the shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois have also had an impact. He says officers were once trained to “take cover and wait for loads of back up.” He says now they need to be ready to “respond immediately.”

Livestock Indemnity deadline approaching

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:40 am

The Washington County Farm Service Agency wants to remind all producers that the deadline for the Livestock Indemnity Program is Monday (9/14). It offers assistance to producers who have experienced livestock death due to blizzards, extreme heat or cold, and other inclement weather. Losses must have occurred after January 1, 2008 in order to be eligible. For more information, contact your local FSA office.

Fundraiser planned for teen who drowned

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:40 am

Friends and family of the late Clinton Fankhauser are having a fundraising dinner and dance tomorrow (9/12). Karen Minard says the event will be raising money for the family of the fifteen year old who drowned in the Iowa River in July. She says they will bring in four different bands to play and will have raffles throughout the night. Tickets can be purchased by calling her at 319-461-9051. 

Voter turnout lacking during bond referendum

Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 5:40 am

Around 40% of registered voters in the Washington school district cast ballot’s in this week’s election. County Auditor Bill Fredrick says that’s not the highest turnout for a bond vote. It was 29% in December of last year, roughly 46 % in April of 2006, and a little more than 42% in in April of 2003.