Today's Local News

Washington Library Moves to New Facility this Weekend

Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 5:04 am

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The Washington Public Library makes the move to its new facility this weekend.

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Washington Council Expected to Hire Architect for Bandstand Project

Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 5:03 am

Washington City Councilors are slated to hire a contractor for Central Park Bandstand renovation project at tonight’s (9/16) meeting.

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Iowa Congressmen Push Resolution to Honor Borlaug

Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 5:02 am

Several Iowa Congressmen are pushing a resolution to honor the life work of Hawkeye State native Norman Borlaug.

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Loebsack Rep. to Hold Office Hours

Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 5:01 am

One of Congressman Dave Loebsack’s top aides will again hold office hours to discuss health care.

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Family Science Night at Lincoln

Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 5:00 am

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Students at Lincoln School in Washington and their families are invited to learn more about the science of paper airplane flight.

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Senate Internship for College Students

Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 4:59 am

A State Senator from Fairfield wants students

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Volunteer Program at WHS

Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 4:58 am

Students at Washington High School are being encouraged to volunteer in the community. Principal Shane Ehresman says the Silver Cord Service Commendation will recognize students who have contributed to the community by offering them scholarships and other opportunities. Ehresman says students who complete the program will receive silver cords to wear during graduation and will be recognized in the commencement program. For more information, contact the Washington High School.

Washington County Public Health Offering Flu Shot Clinics

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 7:38 am

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Washington County Public Health is starting offer seasonal flu shot clinics. Administrator Edie Nebel says they’re doing it a little earlier this year due to the H1N1 Virus. She says they hope to have the H1N1 vaccine available by next month. Nebel says her office has been working with local schools to develop plans for both seasonal and H1N1outbreaks. She stresses that H1N1 is not greatly different from seasonal flu, and should be for the most part, treated the same. To see a list of flu shot clinics go to www.washph.com

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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