Today's Local News

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.

Click here for a fair schedule

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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.

Leadership Washington seeks past member information

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 4:43 am

Leadership Washington is looking for information from its alumni. The group’s Denise Erpelding says they lost a good portion of their records during the fire at the chamber of commerce building. Erpelding says you don’t have to donate the items. She says they just want to borrow them, and scan them onto their computers. To find out more contact the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

Washington teen drowns in Iowa River

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:57 am

A Washington teen is dead after drowning in the Iowa River near Columbus Junction yesterday. According to a press release from the Louisa County Sheriffs Office, 15 year old Clinton Fankhauser was swimming with friends in the river when he went missing underwater. Fankhauser was later found by Wapello and Columbus Junction Fire Departments. There will be grief counseling available to students at Washington Junior High today from 1-3 pm.

Methodist Church to serve Iowa favorites

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:56 am

Two Iowa favorites are on the menu tonight (7/16) at the Methodist Church in Washington. Pork sandwiches, and a buffet of sweetcorn are being served from 4-7. Organizers say there will also be chips, bar desserts and drinks. Tickets are six dollars in advance or seven dollars at the door. For more information or to get advanced tickets call 653-5466.

Thursday Night Live

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:56 am

Tonight’s (7/16) Thursday Night Live activities in Downtown Washington will have a double feature. “Second Hand Toes” is described by the chamber of commerce as a group of “mature” ladies who love to tap dance. They’ll tell the story of their dreams and goals. They’ll be tapping to some old favorites. Gary McCurdy, also known as “The Tubador” will also be entertaining with his 100 year old tuba. The festivities kick off tonight with the farmer’s market at 5:00 in Washington’s Central Park. Entertainment begins at 6:30, with the municipal band on stage at 8:00.

Tall corn monument

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:56 am

A monument to the world’s tallest corn stalk will be erected at the Washington County Fairgrounds this morning (7/16). In 1946 local farmer Don Radda captured the record at just over 31 feet. His daughter, Julie will be joined by a number of community supporters at the fairgrounds at 10:00 to set up a metallic replica of the monster corn stalk.

Council approves non union pay hikes

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:56 am

The city of Washington’s non-union employees are getting a pay raise. Councilors voted 3-2 last night in favor of the hike. Mayor Sandra Johnson says it would be difficult not to offer some kind of increase. Non union employees making less than $40,000 per year will see a two percent increase, those making more than $40,000 will get a one percent raise.

Earwigs, don’t actually attack ears

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:55 am

Contrary to popular belief and the urban legend, one summer pest is more interested in your plants than your ears. ISU Extension insect clinician Laura Jesse says earwigs have begun their feast of southeast Iowas plants. Jesse says while there is probably no way to completely rid a yard of earwigs, there are still some methods of containing the bugs. She recommends placing boards or newspapers on the ground and daily collecting the earwigs that gather underneath. Jesse says insecticides should only be a last resort and advises avoiding flowers so as not to harm the helpful pollinating insects.

Meditation seminar

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:55 am

If youve ever been interested in different treatments for stress-related illnesses, you may be a perfect candidate for transcendental meditation, or TM. Dr. Serena Grosswald, an expert on TM and ADHD will be in Washington today (7/16) to tell residents about the benefits of this effortless and highly beneficial treatment. She says meditation helps clear the mind and relax the patient. Grosswald says there has been nearly 27-million dollars in research of TM and the treatment is also highly beneficial for things like ADHD and post-traumatic stress disorder. The meeting will be at the library at 7:00 pm tonight.

U of I Prof recalls Apollo 11

Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Today (7/16) marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission, the first to put a human being on a planetary body other than the earth. Stephen Spanlger is a professor of astronomy at the University of Iowa. He doubts there will be another event that captures the world’s attention like the mission to the moon did. Spangler says he watched the Apollo 11 mission from his family farm in Henry County. He says interest in the space program has wained since the moon landing as the human race has become more people centered.