Today's Local News

Cash for Clunkers still operating

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 am

A Washington car dealer says the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program has been very popular. John Gretter owns Gretter Autoland. He estimates around 300 people came to his dealership last week to inquire about the program. He says it’s good for car dealers and related industries. The U-S Department of Transportation says the “Cash for Clunkers” program is still operating. It gives a discount to consumers who trade in cars and trucks for more fuel efficient models. For more information visit.

National Farmer’s Market Week

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 am

This is National Farmer’s Market Week. Bob Shepherd is market master in Washington. He says in addition to providing a source for locally grown produce, it’s also a good place for socializing. Shepherd says a five year old study indicates as much as $35-million gets spent at Iowa farmer’s markets annually. Shepherd says they are planning another economic impact study. To hear more from Shepherd tune in to the KCII Morning Magazine at 7:30 when he’ll be our guest on the Washington Page.

Artists use recycled materials

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 am

Two artists at this weekend’s “Celebrate your Senses” event in Washington work in rather unconventional mediums. There was Lisa VanGilst of Oskaloosa. She runs a sort of salvage yard for purses. She says this guarantees a unique purse. Another artist at the street festival takes things most of us throw away, and makes sculptures. Don Hutchings runs Black Crow Forge in Conesville, where he makes scrap metal into statues. Hutchings work might utilize a washer for a bird’s eye, or a hog feeder pan for it’s body.

Washington Park Board

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 am

The Washington Park Board is talking maintenance at tomorrow’s meeting. Their slated to discuss painting at the skate park. They’ll also review reports on drainage issues at Pizza Hut and a report on maintenance at the tennis court. The park board is also expected to consider allowing ninth grade football practice at Green Field. The meeting starts at 7:30 tomorrow night in Washington City Hall.

Kalona Council

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 am

The Kalona City Council will be focusing facelifts for some parts of the city during Mondays meeting at 7:30 pm. The council will be considering implementation of handicap parking spaces for some streets and discussing their downtown revitalization effort. The council will also consider replacing a pump in the citys well supply. The public will have the opportunity to voice their opinions with a five minute time limit.

Supervisors to hear quarterly reports

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 am

Quarterly reports are on the docket for Washington County Supervisors this week. They’ll hear from general assistance, veterans affairs, the recorder and treasurer at the Tuesday meeting. They’re also slated to review the investment report and adopt an updated code of ordinances. The meeting starts at 9:30 Tuesday morning in the Washington County Courthouse.

Leadership Washington

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 am

Leadership Washington is giving residents the chance to get up to date on all the issues facing the city. Assistant Chamber of Commerce Director Ann Moore says the 2009-2010 Leadership Washington program will celebrate its 20th anniversary. She says the program was put in place to educate residents about the problems and issues that face the community. Moore says if anyone would like to apply for this program, the deadline is August 15. Contact the Chamber for more details

Lt. Governor in Kalona

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:58 am

Lt. Governor Patty Judge will be visiting many towns in southeast Iowa and one of which will be Kalona. The Lt. Governor will be stopping by the Kalona Historical Village on Tuesday to encourage Iowans to stay close to home this vacation season. Judge says touring local attractions will give a boost to local economies and keep business running. Judge will be visiting ten cities in all over a two-day period, and will also be stopping in Mt. Pleasant.

Celebrate Your Senses

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:58 am

The first ever Celebrate your Senses street festival is today in downtown Washington. Craig Swift is president of the Main Street Washington Board. He says it’s an homage to a multi day art festival that used to be held in Washington. Kids activities start at 10 this morning Battle of the Bands gets underway at 5:30. The street dance featuring Bob Dorr and the Blue Band runs from 9 to midnight. There will also be a variety of vendors providing food.

Back to School

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:57 am

August is here and that means schools will be starting up soon. Columbus Schools lead the pack in this area. They start classes August 15. Iowa Mennonite begins on the 17th. Lone Tree, WACO and Winfield Mount Union start on the 24th. Classes start at Highland on August 25th. Washington, Mid Prairie and Saint James all start the 26th, and Sigourney and Keota begin on the 27th. For a complete listing of school start dates head to KCII Radio Dot Com.


Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:57 am

A new state law requires incoming freshmen and kindergarteners to have a dental screening before school starts this year. Shelia Temple is the I-SMILE Coordinator for the Washington County Health Department. She says kids need to have their first dentist visit by the time they turn one. She also says children usually lack the dexterity to adequately clean their teeth until about age eight, so parents need to check and make sure kids are brushing properly. For more information contact the Washington County Health Department.

Childhood Education

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:57 am

A state lawmaker wants to see a greater emphasis on early childhood development. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says through her own experiences as a school social worker she has seen the benefits of early childhood development. She says things like the volunteer pre-school program is a perfect example of the ways in which Iowa is working on childhood education. She says this program creates a good relationship between the states K-12 program and local pre-school systems. Schmitz says in this way, the two institutions work together to help educate youth and prepare them for later years.

4-H Scholarship

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am

A Riverside 4-Her will be getting a gift from Pioneer Hi-Bred Inc. in the form of a $500 scholarship. Cody Schneider is the son of Dan Schneider and Stephanie Leur and was awarded the Pioneer Community College scholarship for his involvement in market beef, swine, sheep, and photography. Schneider says 4-H has given him the qualities needed to become a positive role model in society. Schneider will be attending Kirkwood Community College this fall.

Ola Babcock Miller

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am

The origins of the Iowa State Patrol are rooted in Washington County. Ola Babcock Miller was the first woman to serve as Secretary of State, and was from Washington County. She started the highway patrol in the 1930’s. Rosemary Harris is an actress who portrays famous women from Iowa. She performed as Ola Babcock Miller during this week’s Thursday Night Live in Downtown Washington.

ISU Scholarship

Posted: Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am

A 4-H’er from Keota is getting a $1000 scholarship from Orschlen Farm and Home Supply. Sara Sieren has been involved in 4-H for nine years. She’s the daughter of Tim and Ethel Sieren. Her projects include market beef, swine and photography. Sieren recently graduated from Keota High School. She plans to attend Iowa State University and study animal science.

Schmitz touts entrepreneur website

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

A lawmaker from southeast Iowa is touting a new website for business startups. Fairfield Democrat Becky Schmitz says the Iowa Entrepreneur Network will serve as a one stop shop for people looking for resources in the Hawkeye State. The new website www includes links to investment resources, organizations that assist entrepreneurs and self-teaching aids.

IA ranks 4th in doing business

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

A recent survey of 12 factors ranks Iowa as the fourth best state to do business in. It evaluated things like access to capital, cost of living and transportation. Washington Economic Development Group Director Ed Raber says the rating should be a good tool for them. Raber says Washington County is in a good location to access markets in neighboring states. He says infrastructure improvements such as the Avenue of the Saints have added to the transportation network that allows for easy movement of people and goods through the area.

IA DNR investigating fish kill in SE IA

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill in Southeast Iowa. The state agency responded to a report of dead crayfish in Flint Creek near New London Tuesday. Wednesday Morning the DNR found numerous dead fish. They took water samples to identify possible pollutants responsible for the fish kill. A spokesperson says theyll conduct a fish count and try to identify the source of the kill.

Breadeaux closes after two decades in Washington

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:52 am

After more than two decades, Washington’s Breadeaux Pizza has served its last slice. The restaurant officially closed its door’s last night. Bobbie Schiebel, who’s run the business since 1993, says she’s made a lot of good memories and friends through Breadeaux. Schiebel says they’ll auction off their equipment and make way for the next business. Breadeaux was forced to leave when the downtown building they occupied was sold. Schiebel says she wouldn’t be surprised if someone else decided to open a Breadeaux in Washington.

Homes of the stars

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Washington City Preservation Commission is hosting a “Homes of the Stars” tour this Sunday. Commission member Mike Kramee says they’ll take a mini-bus to historic homes, where an actor will portray a historic figure from the Washington area. Kramee says that includes people like Alex Miller, Stacie Powelson and Percival Pollard The tour will depart from the Blair house at 2:00 and 2:30 Sunday. Contact the Washington city clerk’s office to reserve a seat on the mini-bus.