Today's Local News

Narcotics team receives JAG grant

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

The Washington-Louisa Narcotics Enforcement Team is getting a little more than 96-thousand dollars from the Federal Byrne Justice Administration Grant. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says this allows them to continue to fund an officer that focuses on drug enforcement. This officer is shared between the cities of Washington and Columbus Junction, as well as Louisa and Washington Counties. Dunbar says they are seeking additional funds through the JAG program for overtime expenses.

Today’s fair events

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

The Washington County Fair Continues today. Livestock weigh in for 4-H and FFA members starts at 8:00. Today’s shows are pet, poultry and dog agility. At 1:00 this afternoon there’s the livestock judging contest, the scavenger hunt runs from 2-3, at 5:00 there’s the 4-H working exhibits, and the silliest decorated cake contest. At 5:30 the 4-H Clover Kids “Great Gardeners Fest” starts. Tonight’s grandstand entertainment is sanctioned tractor and truck pull. It starts at 7:00.

Sieren named 2009 Fair Queen

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

Shelby Sieren has been named as the 2009 Washington County Fair Queen. She was selected from 13 other young women from throughout the area last night. The event at the Washington Community Center and was emceed by last year’s Miss Iowa, while last year’s Washington County Fair Queen Served as one of the Judges. KCII will be catching up with Sieren at the fair later today during our live coverage.

LT Farmer’s Market honored

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 am

The city of Lone Trees Farmers Market has caught the attention of some people in high places. The market will be pairing with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to celebrate the 10th annual Farmers Market week. Market Manager Helen Lemley says August 3 had been proclaimed Lone Tree Farmers Market Day and there will be many perks for shoppers. Lemley says they will be distributing $1.00 coupons to shoppers and 150 lucky shoppers will receive a free market tote bag.

Hunter safety

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 am

One of the most popular activities for Iowans is hunting, but as all seasoned hunters know safety is crucial. For those wishing to obtain hunting licenses, the Washington County Conservation Board will be holding a hunter safety class August 4, 6, and 8. Naturalist Pam Holz says state law requires all those born after January 1, 1967 to take a safety course before obtaining a license. Holz says the class is open to anyone age 11 and over, though certification wont become valid until ones twelfth birthday.

Washington business owner on RAGBRAI

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 am

A Washington business owner is making a trek across Iowa the annual RAGBRAI event. Rodney Stogdill owns Rider Sales. While he’s not peddling across the state, he will be peddling items to keep bicyclists on the road. Stogdill is serving as one of a number of official bike shops providing service to RAGBRAI riders. He’s not the only local connection to the statewide event. A number of Washington County teams are making the journey. Bicyclists are also rolling through Brighton later this month.

New Crop Technologies

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Local farmers will get the chance to hear some new ideas for managing and protecting their crops next week. Keokuk County Extension Director Gary Bickmeier says the New Crop Technology Field Day on July 28 caters to all those interested in agriculture and keeping Iowas crops healthy. Bickmeier says experts from Iowa State University and Dow Chemical come and discuss things like soybean aphids, protecting against excess moisture, and helping keep nutrients in the soil. He says one of the biggest problem he sees in agriculture this year has been the lack of nitrogen in the soil.

School Land

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:54 am

The Washington School district is in negotiations to purchase land for a new high school. Board President Eric Turner says they can’t disclose too much information without putting themselves at a disadvantage. Turner says they are in the process of having 90 acres of school owned property appraised. He says that land could be used as part of the bargaining.

Kalona Residents Visit Senator

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:54 am

A Kalona family recently vacationed in Washington, D.C. and their visit included more than just sightseeing. Becky and Marlin Bontrager and their family were able to meet with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley during their trip to the nations capital. Grassley says he enjoyed the time he got to spend with the Bontragers. The Senator says he always appreciates when Iowans take the time to visit with him.

Washington State Bank Wins Award

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:54 am

The leading bank rating firm in the country has given high marks to a Washington financial institution. Washington State Bank received five stars, which is the highest rating given out by Bauer Financial. It’s a level only reached by three percent of the nation’s banks. Bauer Financial President Karen Dorway says “(WSB) has avoided the lending and underwriting problems that have plagued much of the banking industry.” For more information on institution ratings visit Bauer-Financial-Dot-Com.

Road Problems

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:53 am

A Washington County road is still suffering from last year’s flooding. County Engineer David Patterson says 133 Street near the English River flooded last year causing it to settle. He says if it settles too much, it could collapse into the river. Patterson says they are considering a couple of options that would brace the road. He says if neither prove to be viable options, they may have to reroute the road.

Cool July

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:53 am

Iowa is on pace to record its fifth coolest July since 1872. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says extended forecasts indicate the trend will continue for the rest of the month. He says Iowa has been missing some of the warmer jet streams. Hillaker says the lower temperatures shouldn’t have too much effect on Iowa crops. He says 1992 was the second coolest July on record. He says the Hawk-Eye state set record yields that year.

RAGBRAI

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:53 am

A Washington business owner is beginning a trek across Iowa this weekend for the annual RAGBRAI event. Rodney Stogdill owns Rider Sales. While he’s not peddling across the state, he will be peddling items to keep bicyclists on the road. Stogdill is serving as one of a number of official bike shops providing service to RAGBRAI riders. He’s not the only local connection to the statewide event. A number of Washington County teams are making the journey. Bicyclists are also rolling through Brighton later this month.

Washington County Fair Information

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 7:21 am

KCII will be broadcasting live updates from the Washington County Fair Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm and Friday from 10am-12pm. Come see us at the Big Red Radio!

Kids, make sure to pick up a KCII Coloring Contest sheet at KCII, the Washington Hy-Vee, Archer Appliance and Electronics, other participating businesses around the county or the Big Red Radio at the fair. Drop it off completed at the Big Red Radio or KCII by 4pm Thursday. There is a $50 and $25 prize for first and second place in each of three age divisions.

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Services set for teen that drown in IA River

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:46 am

Funeral services have been set for a Washington teen who drowned in the Iowa River. 15 year old Clinton Fankhauser was swimming with friends in the river near Columbus Junction this week when he was lost underwater. Firefighters from Wapello and Columbus Junction later pulled him from the water. Fankhauser was a student at Washington Junior High. Funeral services are tomorrow (7/18) morning at 10:30 at the United Presbyterian Church in Washington.

M-P registration

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:45 am

It seems like summer just started, but it’s getting close to the next school year. The Mid Prairie School District will be making registration easier this year with mail-in forms being sent out to parents. Judy Goodrich says this will make registration easier for people by allowing them to stay home. Goodrich says registration packets will be mailed to families this month and must be returned to the high school office by August 1. She urges parents to return the information in a timely manner as it will greatly help faculty in preparing for the upcoming year.

Schmitz named to education commitee

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:45 am

A local state senator will be helping the Iowa legislature to evaluate how schools use their funding. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says, by law, they are required to meet every five years and make sure every school is getting its fair share. Schmitz says not all of the issues at the meeting will be about financing. She says one important issue that has been raised recently has been the cost of transportation of students and property tax percentage. Schmitz says she feels the biggest need is equitability and making sure the system is stable in a tough economy.

Monument to worlds tallest corn stalk at fair grounds

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:45 am

A metallic replica of the world’s tallest corn stalk is one of the first things people coming to the Washington County Fair will see this year. The nearly 32 foot tall stalk commemorates Don Radda’s 1946 world record. His daughter Julie Zieser went up in a boom lift yesterday to place the re-bar tassel. Zieser says her husband Wayne is going to start working another replica to be placed at the Iowa State Fair next month.

Fair starts Sunday

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:44 am

The Washington County Fair kicks off this weekend (7/19). The festivities start Sunday afternoon at 4:00 with the 4-H and FFA Dog Obedience Show, followed by the garden tractor pull at 6:00. At 7:00 the Washington County Fair Queen contest starts. The fair continues all next week with 4-H and FFA events throughout the day, and grandstand entertainment in the evening. Weeklong passes are $15, a one day pass is $6 For more on the fair tune in to todays Washington page at 7:30 during the morning magazine. Well be talking with fair board member Don Lewis. Or, check later today on the Radio Plus section of this website to hear the interview on demand.

Fillmore speed limit

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:44 am

The Speed Limit on Washington’s Fillmore street has been adjusted slightly. Councilors voted this week to reduce the limit from 35 to 25 miles per hour near south 12th. City Administrator Dave Plyman says its not uncommon for municipalities to adjust speed limits according to residential areas. Plyman the streets committee decided to pursue the limit adjustment because of development in the area.