Today's Local News

Heritage Reports

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:19 am

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging is looking for more representation from Washington County. Max Lewis is Chairman of the Washington County Taskforce. He told supervisors this week they are looking for at least two people to serve three year terms. Heritage is a division of the Iowa Department of Aging. Anyone interested in serving should contact the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

Iowa Soil

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:19 am

A Naturalist at the Washington County Conservation Center says much of what Iowa is famous for can be credited to what’s under our feet. Pam Holz says soil that makes for rich farming is also ideal for wetlands. Holz says that’s because it contains a high percentage of clay, which holds water very well. She says this is why farmers often need to till their fields. On the other hand, she says it’s not ideal for septic tanks. She says they need to be above the water table.

US Cellular Tower

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:19 am

US Cellular customers in Pleasant Plain received a boost recently with the completion of a new signal tower south of town. US Cellulars Kevin Schuster says the new tower will give customers access to their 3G broadband network, giving them high-speed internet access on their cell phones. Schuster says with cell phones so important these days, the new tower will help local residents receive quality service.

Sports Clinic

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Iowa Mennonite School will be offering a free sports clinic this month for students wishing to participate in athletics. The schools Larry Swartzendruber says the September 19 event will be a joint girls softball and basketball clinic. He says the softball portion of the day will be from 9-11 am with basketball from noon-2 pm. Swartzendruber says a boys clinic for similar sports will be held in November. For more inforation, call 319-656-2073.

Vets Picnic

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Military men and women are being invited to the third annual Washington County All Veteran’s Picnic. Post 29 American Legion Vice Commander Barb Duder says vets have unique bond. The picnic starts with a social hour at Marr Park tomorrow afternoon at three with a social hour. Duder says people should bring a side dish for the potluck.

Piano Wiz Kids

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:18 am

The Iowa Mennonite School’s Fine Art Series kicks off this month with “Piano Wiz Kids.” Instructor Susan See says the event will feature kids as young as 11 playing some of the most difficult piano pieces ever created. The IMS Fine Arts series will also feature music from Carrie Newcomer in February, and It’s About All Reunion which is program made in the spirit of old time radio in March. “Piano Wiz Kids” is September 12.

NEWS UPDATE – 1 killed in rollover accident

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:52 am

A 16 year old Tiffen girl was killed, and two other teens were hospitalized after a rollover accident on I-380, near North Liberty last night. The Iowa State Patrol Says Alyssa Benedict was a passenger in the van, and that she was not wearing her seatbelt. Another passenger, 16 year old Rachel Petersen of Tiffen, and the driver 15 year old Rachel Stewart of North Liberty were taken to the University of Iowa Hospital. Police say Stewart lost control when the van entered the median and overturned, coming to rest on its top. They say the accident remains under investigation.

Downtown construction schedule pushed back

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:49 am

Construction on the south Side of Washington’s square is taking longer than initially predicted. City Administrator Dave Plymann says progress on the new library and street upgrades were delayed because of material shortages. Plymann says crews are currently working on flooring and painting in the library. He says they hope to have everything wrapped up in a few weeks.

Supervisors approve English Valley Estates

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:49 am

Washington County Supervisors have given the green light to a subdivision near Kalona. English Valley Estates will be located just west of town. Assistant County Engineer Jacob Thorius told supervisors this week, the last thing developers will have to do, is raise the elevation of the site. Supervisors approved the final plat for the project. That means construction can begin as soon as all DNR specifications are met.

To till, or not to till

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:49 am

A U.S. Department of Agriculture study suggests conventional tillage practices could actually hold back more carbon than a no-till operation. Researchers have found that below the surface, plowed fields hold just as much, if not more carbon than no till. However, they say no till fields will contain more carbon, if they are left that way. A common practice is to plow one year, and no till the next. Iowa State University Soil Scientist Mahdi Al-Kaisi says leaving crop residue has many other benefits, including a reduction in erosion.

Greiner pulling for Brandstand’s return

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:49 am

A former state lawmaker from Keota is lobbying hard to see former governor Terry Brandstad return to office. Sandy Greiner says Brandstand’s previous experience dealing with the farm crisis in the 1980s would be helpful in the current economic climate. Greiner says Brandstads experience with the Flood of 93 will also help him with recovery efforts after last summers floods. She says the Draft Brandstad PAC is currently encouraging him to run again. More information can be found at www.draftbrandstand.com

Non profits invited to meet

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:48 am

Non-profit organizations in Washington are invited to a special Chamber of Commerce meeting next Thursday (9/10) at 3:30 pm. Executive Director Tim Coffey says the meeting will be especially valuable for volunteer or non-profit board members, as they will discuss new policies that organizations must follow. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 653-3272.

Louisa businesses fair well with smoke free act

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:48 am

More than a year after the Smokefree Air act was passed, Louisa County Tobacco Use Prevention Coordinator Kaitlyn Wintermeyer says only three businesses have received violations in the past year. She says none of these businesses received a second notice. She says this shows how supportive employers are of the act.

Snap-On No Compromise tour planned

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:48 am

Plans are in the works for a Snap-On Tools promotional event in downtown Washington. Joe Carroll is a Snap On sales developer based in Washington. He says the No Compromise tour will feature a custom built vehicle known as the Glo-Mad, which is a 57 Chevy Nomad, partially built out of Snap On Tools. The event is scheduled for October tenth in Downtown Washington.

Final day of election interviews

Posted: Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 4:47 am

This is the final day (9/04) of school board candidate interviews on KCII. We’ll be airing the final segment of the Mid Prairie meet the candidates forum on In Touch With Southeast Iowa during the Mid Day Magazine. We’ll also air an interview with members of the common ground for Washington School’s committee on the Washington Page during the Morning Magazine.

YMCA Childcare director: preschool vital to success later

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 am

Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy says they hope to offer ninety percent of four year olds access to preschool by 2011. Murphy says studies suggest learning during the preschool years helps prepare students for success later in life. That’s an assessment Washington YMCA Childcare Director Shalon Hoyle agrees with. Hoyle says preschool is also a time when children begin to learn social skills. She says that’s why their program is “play based.” The Y’s program is funded through the state’s voluntary preschool program.

GOP Gubernatorial candidate stops by KCII

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 am

A Republican gubernatorial hopeful says he would handle flood recovery in a much different manner. Rod Roberts is a GOP member of the Iowa House, from Carroll. He says the state should have responded more quickly last summer. Roberts says he was happy that money from the economic emergency fund was appropriated in January this year, however…he feels it was “a day late, and a dollar short.” Roberts says only about a third of the fund was used for flood recovery. The Carroll Republican stopped by KCII’s Studios yesterday (9/2) on his way to the Old Thresher’s Reunion in Mt. Pleasant.

Sigourney hopes to give all students laptops

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 am

Students at Sigourney High School will be getting a bonus this school year. The schools Shannon Web says during their Apple Roll-Out tonight, the school will be handing out some unique learning tools to high school students. Web says in the next few years they hope to give all K-12 students in their district their own laptops. She says with technology such a big element in teaching today, the laptops will be a good addition to students studies. The Apple Roll-Out will be held tonight in the high school at 6:30.

ISU Extension 20 taking shape

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 am

With the restructuring of state ISU extension offices, southeast Iowas Region 20 is beginning to take shape. The Extensions Kathy Vance says this region includes the counties of Louisa, Henry, Des Moines, and Lee. She says with the restructuring, county and area director positions have been eliminated and replaced by regional directors. Vance says Region 20 is one of the most progressive offices in Iowa, holding more meetings than other offices and working to overcome budget cuts.

Ag Expo planned

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 am

The latest in agriculture technology will be on display near Crawfordsville this this month. The ISU Extension service says the Advances in Precision Agriculture EXPO will feature demonstrations on auto steer, auto shutoff planters and strip tilling and planting with guidance systems. The EXPO is being held on September 17 at the ISU Southeast Iowa Research Farm. Contact the Washington County Extension for More information.