Today's Local News

Sheriff warns of potential scam

Posted: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 4:35 am

Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar is warning residents about a potential phone scam where the caller claims to be raising money for law enforcement. Dunbar says the local sheriff’s organization and the Iowa State Sheriff’s and Deputy Association no longer solicit by phone, and rely on direct mail. He says the best way to tell if a letter is legitimate is to look for his signature and the acronym ISSDA. He says the phone scammers claim to be with the United States Deputies Association. He says they are looking into what can be done with the organization and it’s claims.

Conservation grants available

Posted: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 4:34 am

The Washington Soil and Water Conservation District is encouraging residents to apply for conservation grants. WSWC Secretary Teresa Munn says they want to get residents interested in improving and maintaining the natural beauty of Washington County. Applications must be postmarked by December 1. For more information, call 653-6654.

Leadership Washington

Posted: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 4:34 am

Leadership Washington celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Main Street Executive Director Amy Vetter says the 20th anniversary class includes seventeen individuals representing a wide range of organizations in Washington County. She says Leadership Washington covers a number of important issues to Washington such as economic development, industry, and agriculture. Vetter says a special luncheon will be held tomorrow (9/9).

School Board preview

Posted: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 4:34 am

Washington School Board members will be going over election results at tomorrow’s (9/9) meeting. They’ll also be selecting a delegate for the 2009 Iowa State Association of School Boards Assembly, and sign off on a Riverboat Foundation Grant Proposal. Members are also slated to approve an architect recommendations from the facilities committee. The meeting starts at 7:00 in the school administration building.

Harkin hopes to prevent healthcare related infections

Posted: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 4:33 am

One of Iowas US Senators wants to help prevent healthcare-associated infections. Senator Tom Harkin recently announced more than $880,000 to help persons infected with these conditions after entering a hospital for another problem. Harkin says 1.7 million people are affected annually by HAIs which results in about 99,000 deaths.

Heidie Vittetoe

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:51 am

A Washington School Board candidate up for reelection tomorrow says her experience is one of her biggest assests. Heidie Vittetoe is running unopposed in district 6. Vittetoe was initially scheduled as a guest on the Washington Page for KCIIs Candidates series last week, but requested her time be given to the Common Ground for Washington Schools group.

School Elections

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:51 am

Voters across Iowa head to the polls tomorrow to elect school board members. In Washington Five candidates are seeking three open seats. There are contested races in districts five and seven. In Mid Prairie, four candidates are seeking three at large seats. Two of them are incumbents. In Highland there are no contested races, and all running are incumbents.

Transit Officers

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:51 am

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is hiring some transportation officers. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says they’ve been asked to house more federal inmates than initially expected in the new jail. Dunbar says they were unable to find enough certified officers for the job. He says that’s why they’re creating a pool of candidates who will undergo training and work for the department on a part time basis.

Labor Day

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:51 am

Government offices, financial institutions and many businesses are closed today in observance of Labor Day. The Washington County Mini Bus will also not be running. Labor day was first celebrated in1882 when workers in New York City marched from city hall to Union Square in the first ever Labor Day Parade. Congress declared it a legal holiday 12 years later.

Operation ReLeaf

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:50 am

Alliant Energy is encouraging residents to promote resource conservation by planting trees this fall. Allaints Nancy Craig says in the Operation ReLeaf campaign offers three-thousand landscaping trees to residents for as low as $25. She says planting trees is an appealing and cost-efficient way to reduce home heating and cooling costs. Craig says order forms are available on Alliant Energys website or by calling the DNR at 515-281-6749.

Energy Expo

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:50 am

The Beach Boys arent the only ones focusing on renewable energy in southeast Iowa this week. The Iowa Renewable Energy Association, or I-Renew, will hold a renewable energy and sustainability expo this Saturday. I-Renew Executive Director Mike Carberry says the group will cover everything from solar to geothermal energy and ways to make buildings energy efficient. Carberry says they will also discuss green jobs and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

Kalona City Council

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:50 am

The Kalona City Council will decide on a number of city revitalization plans during their meeting this Tuesday. Chamber member Laurie Mostek says much of the focus of the project has been improving the streets and infrastructure in town. The council will also discuss approval of 53-thousand dollars for the lift station project among other issues. The public is invited to come and voice their opinion, but will be limited to five minutes per person.

Doggie Paddle

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 6:49 am

The third annual Washington Dog Park’s “Doggie Paddle” is this Wednesday. Before park officials drain the pool in Sunset Park, dog owners are invited to let their pooch have a dip. Admission is five dollars per dog, and they must be current on their shots. Proceeds benefit the Washington Dog Park. Paws and More will also be on hand offering microchipping. The Doggie Paddle runs from 4-8 this Wednesday.

KCII and Hy-Vee Great Grab Giveaway Grand Prize Winners

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:29 am

Congratulations to Ruth Bellinger, Orbie Brown, Connie Reed, Rose Streff and Aimee Vayan, our  KCII and Hy-Vee Great Grab Giveaway grand prize winners.  They all won a 3-minute/$100 shopping spree at the Washington Hy-Vee that starts this morning at 10am.  They also get to get inside the Great Grab Box to collect other prizes and time certificates to ad time and money to their shopping spree.

Beach Boys in Fairfield

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:20 am

Fairfield will become the green energy capitol of America this Labor Day when the rock band the Beach Boys will hold a benefit concert at the middle school. The citys Ken Chawkin says Fairfields mayor will also award lead singer Mike Love the title of Energy Czar for the day. Chawkins says the band is one of the most vocal advocates for energy independence. He says Mondays concert will be one of the nations first green concerts.

NEWS UPDATE – Area Schools Below Standards

Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 6:20 am

The Iowa Department of Education reports that a record number of Iowa schools are failing to meet the standards of federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Approximately 20%–293 of Iowas 1,442 schools fail to meet the legislative targets on test scores, attendance and graduation rates. Schools that fail to meet goals for 2 years in a row fall into the category of in need of assistance. Area schools include Washingtons Stewart and Lincoln Elementary, Mid Prairie Middle School, and Columbus High School.

Childrens Foundation

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

A couple from Washington is embarking on a fundraising tour for the Children’s Foundation next week. Steve and Diana Stout had initially decided to buy a retirement home in Mexico. They later decided to sell they’re home and travel the US to raise money for the foundation which aids abused and abandoned children. The Stouts are getting ready to travel all over the US in their motor home to solicit money from Rotary organizations in various communities. Steve has been involved in Washington’s Rotary. They plan to leave on Wednesday.

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.