Today's Local News

Leadership Washington

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 am

Leadership Washington is giving residents the chance to get up to date on all the issues facing the city. Assistant Chamber of Commerce Director Ann Moore says the 2009-2010 Leadership Washington program will celebrate its 20th anniversary. She says the program was put in place to educate residents about the problems and issues that face the community. Moore says if anyone would like to apply for this program, the deadline is August 15. Contact the Chamber for more details

Lt. Governor in Kalona

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:58 am

Lt. Governor Patty Judge will be visiting many towns in southeast Iowa and one of which will be Kalona. The Lt. Governor will be stopping by the Kalona Historical Village on Tuesday to encourage Iowans to stay close to home this vacation season. Judge says touring local attractions will give a boost to local economies and keep business running. Judge will be visiting ten cities in all over a two-day period, and will also be stopping in Mt. Pleasant.

Celebrate Your Senses

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:58 am

The first ever Celebrate your Senses street festival is today in downtown Washington. Craig Swift is president of the Main Street Washington Board. He says it’s an homage to a multi day art festival that used to be held in Washington. Kids activities start at 10 this morning Battle of the Bands gets underway at 5:30. The street dance featuring Bob Dorr and the Blue Band runs from 9 to midnight. There will also be a variety of vendors providing food.

Back to School

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:57 am

August is here and that means schools will be starting up soon. Columbus Schools lead the pack in this area. They start classes August 15. Iowa Mennonite begins on the 17th. Lone Tree, WACO and Winfield Mount Union start on the 24th. Classes start at Highland on August 25th. Washington, Mid Prairie and Saint James all start the 26th, and Sigourney and Keota begin on the 27th. For a complete listing of school start dates head to KCII Radio Dot Com.


Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:57 am

A new state law requires incoming freshmen and kindergarteners to have a dental screening before school starts this year. Shelia Temple is the I-SMILE Coordinator for the Washington County Health Department. She says kids need to have their first dentist visit by the time they turn one. She also says children usually lack the dexterity to adequately clean their teeth until about age eight, so parents need to check and make sure kids are brushing properly. For more information contact the Washington County Health Department.

Childhood Education

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:57 am

A state lawmaker wants to see a greater emphasis on early childhood development. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says through her own experiences as a school social worker she has seen the benefits of early childhood development. She says things like the volunteer pre-school program is a perfect example of the ways in which Iowa is working on childhood education. She says this program creates a good relationship between the states K-12 program and local pre-school systems. Schmitz says in this way, the two institutions work together to help educate youth and prepare them for later years.

4-H Scholarship

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am

A Riverside 4-Her will be getting a gift from Pioneer Hi-Bred Inc. in the form of a $500 scholarship. Cody Schneider is the son of Dan Schneider and Stephanie Leur and was awarded the Pioneer Community College scholarship for his involvement in market beef, swine, sheep, and photography. Schneider says 4-H has given him the qualities needed to become a positive role model in society. Schneider will be attending Kirkwood Community College this fall.

Ola Babcock Miller

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am

The origins of the Iowa State Patrol are rooted in Washington County. Ola Babcock Miller was the first woman to serve as Secretary of State, and was from Washington County. She started the highway patrol in the 1930’s. Rosemary Harris is an actress who portrays famous women from Iowa. She performed as Ola Babcock Miller during this week’s Thursday Night Live in Downtown Washington.

ISU Scholarship

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am

A 4-H’er from Keota is getting a $1000 scholarship from Orschlen Farm and Home Supply. Sara Sieren has been involved in 4-H for nine years. She’s the daughter of Tim and Ethel Sieren. Her projects include market beef, swine and photography. Sieren recently graduated from Keota High School. She plans to attend Iowa State University and study animal science.

Schmitz touts entrepreneur website

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

A lawmaker from southeast Iowa is touting a new website for business startups. Fairfield Democrat Becky Schmitz says the Iowa Entrepreneur Network will serve as a one stop shop for people looking for resources in the Hawkeye State. The new website www includes links to investment resources, organizations that assist entrepreneurs and self-teaching aids.

IA ranks 4th in doing business

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

A recent survey of 12 factors ranks Iowa as the fourth best state to do business in. It evaluated things like access to capital, cost of living and transportation. Washington Economic Development Group Director Ed Raber says the rating should be a good tool for them. Raber says Washington County is in a good location to access markets in neighboring states. He says infrastructure improvements such as the Avenue of the Saints have added to the transportation network that allows for easy movement of people and goods through the area.

IA DNR investigating fish kill in SE IA

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill in Southeast Iowa. The state agency responded to a report of dead crayfish in Flint Creek near New London Tuesday. Wednesday Morning the DNR found numerous dead fish. They took water samples to identify possible pollutants responsible for the fish kill. A spokesperson says theyll conduct a fish count and try to identify the source of the kill.

Breadeaux closes after two decades in Washington

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

After more than two decades, Washington’s Breadeaux Pizza has served its last slice. The restaurant officially closed its door’s last night. Bobbie Schiebel, who’s run the business since 1993, says she’s made a lot of good memories and friends through Breadeaux. Schiebel says they’ll auction off their equipment and make way for the next business. Breadeaux was forced to leave when the downtown building they occupied was sold. Schiebel says she wouldn’t be surprised if someone else decided to open a Breadeaux in Washington.

Homes of the stars

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Washington City Preservation Commission is hosting a “Homes of the Stars” tour this Sunday. Commission member Mike Kramee says they’ll take a mini-bus to historic homes, where an actor will portray a historic figure from the Washington area. Kramee says that includes people like Alex Miller, Stacie Powelson and Percival Pollard The tour will depart from the Blair house at 2:00 and 2:30 Sunday. Contact the Washington city clerk’s office to reserve a seat on the mini-bus.

Louisa RFL tomorrow

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Louisa County Relay for Life is tomorrow (8/1) and committee members are putting the focus on survivors. Committee member Karen Varnum says the Relay is an opportunity to see all the hard work that has gone into fighting cancer and to celebrate those who have won the fight. Varnum says much of the money raised by Relay for Life goes directly to the University of Iowa. She says the event will kick off tomorrow at 12:00 pm in the L&M school gym.

Johnson Co. mock election

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:51 am

As the Johnson County Fair rolls on this week, participants are making their voices heard by participating in the county auditors mock election. Auditor Tom Slockett says as of 11:00 am yesterday (7/30) a total of 346 people have participated and spoken about a number of important topics facing the nation. Slockett says 127 voters support increasing troops in Afghanistan while 175 oppose it. In health care, 160 voters support reform with a public option.

Hunter safety

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:50 am

For southeast Iowas hunters, time is running out to take Washington County Conservations hunter safety course. Naturalist Pam Holz says three class sessions will be held and attendance at all three are required to obtain a license. Holz says anyone born after January 1, 1961 is required to take a safety course before hunting and anyone at least 11 years old is eligible. The first class begins next Tuesday (8/4). If you would like to register, call the Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655.

Ag banker expects good net revenue for corn crop

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:31 am

The Iowa Farm Bureau says the state could be heading for a record corn crop this year. Nick Beinhart is the ag representative at Farmer’s Savings Bank of Keota. He says a higher yield generally means lower prices. Beinhart still expects a good net revenue despite an increase in input costs over the last few years. The USDA estimates Iowa corn yields could be between 175 and 185 bushels per acre. The record is 180.

FSA Starts wetlands program

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:30 am

The Iowa Farm Service Agency has announced a program to help protect clean water sources. State FSA Executive Director John Whitaker says the Farmable Wetlands Program is a volunteer program that will work to restore wetlands, control soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitats. Whitaker says there are added incentives for producers to take part in the program, including a 100-dollar bonus per acre and a 120 percent rental rate. Interested producers should contact their local FSA office.

Three SE IA counties cut waste

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:30 am

Washington, Jefferson and Keokuk Counties have been able to cut waste by 25-percent since 1988. Bill Sloop is manager of the Southeast Iowa Multi County Solid Waste Agency. He says the reduction is in line with goals set by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Sloop credits increased recycling as one of the main reasons for the reduction. He encourages residents in the three counties to continue follow the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto.