Today's Local News

Zahs nominated for NEA Award

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:50 am

A former Washington Junior High teacher is being honored by the National Education Association. Michael Zahs, who retired last year, was nominated for a Teaching Excellence award. While Zahs did not win the award, he is being recognized during the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D-C. Iowa State Education Association President Chris Bern says Zahs is “really the embodiment of what teaching and learning is all about.”

Supervisor Chair: zoning objections based on lack of information

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:07 am

A committee is almost done drafting a zoning ordinance for Washington County. The proposal has drawn fire from some members of the community. Board of Supervisor Chair Jim Miksch says part of that, is from a lack of information. Miksch, and other supervisors have recently sat in on lengthy discussions on the developing ordinance. A final public hearing is expected near the beginning of October. After that it would move on to the Board of Supervisors for final approval, or dismissal

Washington School candidate: invest now, save later

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 am

An incumbent on the Washington School Board says the district can save money later, by investing now. Patty Roe is up for reelection in district five. To hear more from Roe tune in to the KCII Morning Magazine for the Washington Page. We’ll be interviewing a different candidate each day this week on the program. 

Fairfield man injured while fleeing police

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 am

A Fairfield man was hospitalized over the weekend after rolling his vehicle during a police chase. The Iowa State Patrol says 25 year old Judah James Bolser was eastbound on Highway 34 attempting to elude officers when his SUV rolled over and came to rest on the drivers side. The State Patrol says Bolser was driving under the influence during the time of the accident.

Farmers need to report damage

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 am

Local farmers are urged to report uninsured crop and property damages due to the recent flash flooding. Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith says teams will be coming in to assess losses and they need reports from local victims. Smith says anyone wishing to report losses should call 641-660-1825 as soon as possible as the damage assessment team will be working in the next few days.

Local counties among disaster areas

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 am

Jefferson, Iowa, Keokuk and Mahaska are among the 22 counties declared federal disaster areas due to recent crop losses during storms earlier this summer. Washington County was given secretarial designation. That expands eligibility for individuals to get USDA 

Angus Association welcomes Jr. member from Washington

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:05 am

The American Angus Association is welcoming a new junior member from Washington. Riley Sieren will join nearly 33,000 other active adult and junior members in the largest beef registry association in the world. Junior members are eligible to register cattle, and take part in Angus Association sponsored shows and other national and regional events. 

M-P School candidate: arts integral to education

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:05 am

A Mid Prairie School Board member up for reelection next week says the arts are an integral part of a student’s overall education. Jack Dillon is the longest serving member currently on the board. He says a sense of belonging is vital to learning. Dillon took part in a candidates forum. To hear more from that forum, tune in to the KCII Mid Day for In Touch With Southeast Iowa. 

Salsa Judging

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:04 am

The tenth annual Washington Farmers Market Tasters Choice Salsa Contest is this tomorrow (9/3). Market Master Bob Shepherd says contestants need to furnish a labeled quart of their own home made salsa by 4:45. He says sampling starts at 5:00 in Central Park. After that, tasters will be asked to vote on their favorites. Shepherd stresses that double dipping wont be allowed, and that everyone is invited to enter a salsa, or serve as a judge. 

Schmitz: local schools not skimping on student support

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:57 am

A local lawmaker says despite an economic recession, area schools aren’t skimping on student support. Fairfield State Senator Becky Schmitz says statistics show an increase in per-student funding across the board at local schools. She says in the last three years, total per-student funding has increased by at least 14-percent among area schools. Schmitz says these increases has much to do with bipartisan support for education in the legislature.

Common Ground hopeful facilities committee will entice voters

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:57 am

A group that’s hoping Washington School bond measure is approved on election day says voters should be aware of a new facilities committee. John Thorne says the committee will serve as a sort of facilities watchdog, and act as a liaison between taxpayers, and the school board. The measure calls for issuing nearly $12-million for phase one of a massive overhaul of all the district’s buildings, and construction of a new high school.

Park Board discusses security measures

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

Washington Park Board members are talking security at tonight’s (9/1) meeting. Parks Superintendent Tim Widmer says they’ve already taken some steps after a break in at the pool. The board will also be brushing up on workers compensation rules, and setting the 2010 pool season dates. The meeting starts at 6:30 in Washington City Hall.

Vine Avenue completed

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

The Washington County Engineer says his office has completed a project funded by stimulus money. David Patterson says Vine Avenue between 150th and highway 22 is open after being reconstructed. He says they received more than $732,000 from the federal government. Patterson says the comparison between the old and new highway is “like night and day.”

Bontrager: Schools need to be aggressive finding funding

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

A candidate for Mid-Prairie School Board says they need to aggressively seek extra funding sources. Challenger Stacia Bontrager says one of a board members biggest responsibilities is making sure the district is financially healthy. Bontrager participated in candidates forum last week. To hear more from that forum, tune in to the KCII Mid Day Magazine (9/1) for In Touch With Southeast Iowa.

Lewis: Schools should be run like a business

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

A Washington School Board candidate says schools should be run like a business. Sheryl Lewis is running in district seven. She says businesses are always looking for ways to reduce expenses. To hear more from Lewis tune in to the KCII Morning Magazine (9/1) for the Washington Page. That program will be played again during the Mid Day Magazine.

Brinning brings home bacon at swine showing

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:55 am

A Keota 4-Her won top honors in swine show at the Iowa State Fair. Youth Coordinator Kati Peiffer says McKenna Brinning exhibited the Grand Champion Market Barrow August 18. Brinnings winning pig was auctioned off during the State Fairs Sale of Champions August 22.

IMS alum’s work to be displayed

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:55 am

The work of an IMS graduate will be on display beginning next week as part of the schools Stories in Stone exhibit. IMS Director of Development Larry Swartzendruber says class of 92 graduate Adam Flemmings abstract sculptures of alabaster and limestone are made with only a traditional hammer and chisel. Flemmings work will be open for viewing beginning September 12 and some pieces may be purchased.

IASB offers advice on choosing school board members

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

School elections are next week, and the Iowa Association of School Boards has some recommendations for choosing candidates. The IASB says while there is no “ideal” board member profile, they should have a “laser like focus on improving achievement for all students…act with professionalism and integrity when monitoring district finances…and understand the board’s roles and responsibilities.”

Chamber holds informational meeting ahead of bond vote

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

The Washington Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informational meeting on the upcoming school bond issue. Chamber Executive Director Tim Coffey says they want citizens to be as informed as possible before election day. Coffey says unlike some chambers, they’re not taking a position on the bond issue. The meeting is tomorrow night at 7:00 at the high school auditorium.

Keokuk man killed in crash near Coralville

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

A Keokuk man was killed yesterday in a single vehicle crash in Johnson County. The Iowa State Patrol says 20 year old Nathan J Bowden was northbound on 380, near Coralville at about 1:00 AM when he crossed the median and smashed into a light pole. Police say the accident remains under investigation.