Today's Local News

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.

Candidate interviews

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

KCII continues school board candidate interviews today (9/3). Tsalika Drown will be on the Washington Page at 7:30 during the morning magazine. Drown is a challenger in Washington’s district 5. There will also be more comments from last week’s Mid Prairie candidates forum on In Touch with Southeast Iowa, during the Mid Day Magazine. These, and programs from earlier this week are available online, head to our home page and click on Radio Plus.

St. James forms Right to Life chapter

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:50 am

Washington is home to a new chapter of a national pro-life organization. The Washington Right to Life group is based in St. James Catholic Church and will hold regularly meetings the first Tuesday of every month. The groups Angela Fritz says their mission is to raise awareness of the rights of unborn children and support life from conception. For more information, contact St. James Catholic Church

Zahs nominated for NEA Award

Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 6:50 am

A former Washington Junior High teacher is being honored by the National Education Association. Michael Zahs, who retired last year, was nominated for a Teaching Excellence award. While Zahs did not win the award, he is being recognized during the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D-C. Iowa State Education Association President Chris Bern says Zahs is “really the embodiment of what teaching and learning is all about.”

Supervisor Chair: zoning objections based on lack of information

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:07 am

A committee is almost done drafting a zoning ordinance for Washington County. The proposal has drawn fire from some members of the community. Board of Supervisor Chair Jim Miksch says part of that, is from a lack of information. Miksch, and other supervisors have recently sat in on lengthy discussions on the developing ordinance. A final public hearing is expected near the beginning of October. After that it would move on to the Board of Supervisors for final approval, or dismissal

Washington School candidate: invest now, save later

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 am

An incumbent on the Washington School Board says the district can save money later, by investing now. Patty Roe is up for reelection in district five. To hear more from Roe tune in to the KCII Morning Magazine for the Washington Page. We’ll be interviewing a different candidate each day this week on the program. 

Fairfield man injured while fleeing police

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 am

A Fairfield man was hospitalized over the weekend after rolling his vehicle during a police chase. The Iowa State Patrol says 25 year old Judah James Bolser was eastbound on Highway 34 attempting to elude officers when his SUV rolled over and came to rest on the drivers side. The State Patrol says Bolser was driving under the influence during the time of the accident.