Today's Local News

Barn quilt unveiling tomorrow

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:54 am

The Washington County Barn Quilt Committee is unveiling its latest addition this week. Julie Mangold is committee co chair. She says it will symbolize the beginning of a new barn quilt trail. The Washington Chamber of Commerce is holding an Alive After Five at Steve Greiner’s, just west of the city on 250th Street in conjunction with the unveiling. It runs from 5 to 6:30 Tuesday (8/11) night.

Search and rescue exercise held in Washington

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:54 am

Emergency workers from across the board descended on Washington Saturday to search for a missing Woman near the Kewash trail. Fortunately no one was actually missing. It was a simulation put on by Iowa based STAR-1 Search and Rescue. Even though it was a drill, workers treated it like the real deal. The drill ran from 10:00 to 3:00 Saturday.

Library project slightly behind

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

Construction on the new Library in Washington is a little behind schedule. City Administrator Dave Plymann says it will still be completed this month. Plymann says they’re still planning to have the library and downtown enhancement projects down at roughly the same time.

M-P School Board

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

The Mid Prairie School Board will hold its regular meeting tonight at 7:00 in the high school media center. The board will take a look at their yearly progress report and will also consider transferring SILO funds to debt service. They will also be looking ahead to a special board governance convention to be held in Mt. Pleasant in October.

Washington School Board to continue facility discussions

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

Washington School board members will go over a summary of the district’s facilities plans, funding projections and legal opinions at tonight’s meeting. Duane Van Hemert and Sam Harding of the Iowa Construction Advocate team will be on hand. School board members will also hear from representatives of Piper Jaffray and Company, which is an investment bank. A representative of Ahlers and Cooney, which is a Des Moines based law firm, will also be present. The meeting starts at 6:30 tonight in the school administration building.

Severe WX in Washington Co.

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am

A line of severe thunderstorms rolled across eastern Iowa last night bringing heavy rain, high winds and lightning. Washington County avoided the brunt of the storm, but damage was reported in counties to the north and south. KCII’s Severe Weather Action Team went on the air at about 7:40 and finished the broadcast at 8:30.

SE Iowans cash in on lottery

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:52 am

Two southeast Iowans were big winners in the Iowa Lotterys fiscal year 2009. Peggy Clark of Wayland won $25,000 in the Lotterys 7s Bingo scratch game she purchased in Washington. Scott Buckner of North English bought his Powerball ticket at a Caseys in Wellman which won him $20,000. The Iowa Lottery reported winners from every county in Iowa during its last fiscal year.

"Beachboy" in Fairfield

Posted: Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:52 am

Fairfield will be host to a musician from the Beach Boys this Saturday. Singer and songwriter Mike Love will be in town to promote the bands upcoming concert in September. Love says he is a frequent visitor to the Maharishi University of Management and enjoys the time he spends in Fairfield. He says the upcoming concert on September 7 will be one of the first green concerts.

Safety Manual

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

Washington County is updating its employee safety manual. Safety committee member, and sheriff’s deputy Darren Dennler says the county’s insurance carrier told them they need to have a manual in place, or rates would be increased. Dennler says the manual applies generally to all county employees. He says the various departments are developing more specific ones.

Heat Wave Health

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

With weekend temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s, residents are advised to take precautions when going outside. Washington County Public Health Administrator Edie Nebel says high temperatures combined with low hydration can result in some serious health problems. Nebel says the two most frequent problems encountered are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. She says exhaustion is characterized by a rapid pulse and stomach or headaches, while stroke can even result in death if ignored. Nebel says its important to get inside and cool off and drink liquids if you begin to feel too hot.

Rescue Drill

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

Emergency personnel will be sweeping an area near Washington today on a search and rescue mission. The STAR-1 team is conducting a simulation to test their skills and qualify new members. Washington Police Officer and STAR-1 member Brett Sorrells says they can’t specifically disclose where it will take place. STAR-1 is an Iowa based search and rescue training operation. They hold exercises such as this one to train their members and other emergency officials on how to handle a missing person situation.

Highway Crash

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am

Two people were transported to University of Iowa Hospital after a collision at the Highway 92 and US 218 intersection on Thursday. According to the Iowa State Patrol, James Butner of OFallon, Missouri failed to stop when exiting the southbound lane of 218 when he struck Bruce Heckhart of Ottumwa heading east on Highway 92. Two other individuals in Heckharts vehicle were uninjured.

Apologetix

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:31 am

Some familiar tunes with a different message will be featured at Hamakua Place in Washington tonight. The Apologetix is a band that takes popular rock songs and adds lyrics with a Christian message. Lead Singer J Jackson says it’s something a lot of people can get in to. The Apologetix will perform at 7:00 tonight at Hamakua Place. Tickets are $15 at the door.

4-Hers at State

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:31 am

Twenty 4-H’ers from Washington County will have non livestock exhibits at the Iowa State Fair this month. Categories include things like educational exhibits, working exhibits and public speaking. 4-H Youth Coordinator Katie Peiffer says livestock entries don’t advance from the county level the way these projects do. She says 4-H’ers with livestock simply following a nominating process. To see a full list of non livestock projects at the fair, head to KCII Radio Dot Com.

Wellman Community Center

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:31 am

Wellman has been given the go-ahead to build a new community center for the town and surrounding area. Wellman YMCA branch director Angie Boyse says the city has never had a facility like this before despite support for it. Boyse says the new facility will have all the amenities associated with a YMCA such as weight rooms, a gymnasium, and fitness classes. She says while the project is being supported by the YMCA in Washington, the facility will serve as a community center for Wellman and smaller surrounding communities.

Road Closure

Posted: Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 6:31 am

190th Street will be closed from Cedar Ave. to Dogwood Ave. due to construction next Thursday. According to the Washington County Engineers Office, a bridge will be replaced with a triple box culvert on G26. The Engineers Office advises residents to use Highway 92 to W38 as a detour. No completion date has been set.

Mayor reflects on Lt Governor Visit

Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Kalona officials say they’re pleased with how Lt. Governor Patty Judges visit went this week. Mayor Jerry Kauffman says they are very interested in promoting tourism in Kalona and having the Lt. Governor stop by was a learning experience. He says one aspect Judge really liked was the glass exhibits at the historical village. Kauffman says Kalona is one of the top tourist destinations in the state and they try to actively promote that throughout Iowa.

Four arrested on meth charges

Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Four southeast Iowans are facing drug charges after police uncovered a meth lab in Jefferson County. Officers from three different agencies responded to a chemical smell in Batavia this week. Janice Kay McVey, Kenneth Francis McVey, Daniel David Sels, and Michael Anthony Nulph are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Janice McVey, Sels, and Nulph are also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

Search and Rescue Drill this weekend

Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Local public safety entities will hone their search and rescue skills in Washington this weekend. Washington Police Officer and canine handler Brett Sorrells says they’re hosting a drill. He says it will consist of both classroom and field training. Sorrells says the Star 1 Search and Rescue Team, of which he is a member, will take part in the search. He says he’s unable to release the specifics of where the drill will take place, but wants residents to know about so they won’t be alarmed by an increased law enforcement presence.

Engineer gets NRCS grant

Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 4:53 am

The Washington County Engineer’s Office is getting a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Head Engineer David Patterson says the money is being spent to repair a road that’s in danger of sliding into the English River. Patterson says the grant would cover 80 percent of the overall project with a 20 percent match. He estimates the repair would cost around $85,000.