Today's Local News

Historic Preservation Commission

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:18 am

The Washington Historic Preservation Commission and its national parent organization will release the results of a planning for preservation project next week. The effort aimed to identify historic properties in Washington. According to the National Register of Historic Places, a property must be at least 50 years old, and possess significance and integrity to be listed on the register. The public is invited to see what steps need to be taken to earn the recognition this Monday (5/18) at 7:00 pm at the Blair House.

Wellman Cruise Night

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:18 am

The first Wellman Cruise Night starts tonight. Rick Stauffer headed up the project of putting the Cruise Night together and says the cruise night is Wellman Ball association Night. He says the Association will have a concession stand and a 50/50 drawing. Stauffer says the cruise nights will be themed Back to the 50s and 60s. Stauffer says all money raised will be donated to Kyle Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp which is a camp for kids with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The Cruise night will be held in Wellman on 8th Ave. If it is raining too much it will be moved to tomorrow.

Hospital Recession

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:18 am

Washington County Hospital and Clinics has dodged a bullet during the recession. CEO Don Patterson says they completed their new facility before tough economic times started to affect the Midwest hit. He says other hospitals in Iowa have had difficulty obtaining capital for new construction.

Police Grants

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:18 am

The Washington Police Department is hoping to get a new officer, and some new equipment. Chief Greg Goodman says they've applied for a Cops Recovery Hiring Grant, and another that would help them buy tactical equipment. Goodman says they still haven't heard about either of those grants. He says an additional officer would reduce overtime costs.

Highland Graduation

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:17 am

Graduation ceremonies for Highland High school will be held tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Superintendent Chris Armstrong says he is very proud of the seniors and everyone involved of helping throughout the school year. He says we may see a few doctors out of this years class as well as people who just may change the world. Armstrong says parents and siblings of the graduates are welcome to use the floor seating. Friends and other family members of the graduates are welcome to use the bleachers.

Casting Call

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:17 am

Film makers shooting in Washington are looking for people to appear as extras in "Splatter." They're having an open casting call tomorrow (5/17) at the community theatre from noon to 5:00. Casting Director Ann Wilkinson says they are looking for people to play patrons at an upscale restaurant, or a funky bar. She says there will be a small deferred honorarium paid to those selected to appear in one of the scenes.

2010 Community Chest

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:17 am

Non profit organizations that want to apply for inclusion in the 2010 Community Chest campaign are being asked to contact the group secretary Roberta Lampkin. Lampkin says new organizations will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork. She says they can provide assistance if needed. She also says the 2009 agencies will automatically be sent the necessary forms. For questions, or to start the application process, contact Lampkin at 319-653-2048.

Summer Reading Programs

Posted: Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 4:16 am

The Kalona Public Library is now accepting registration for the Children and Teen Summer Reading Programs. Marissa Tartaglia, Youth Services Librarian says this years theme is Be Creative and focuses on art and music. She says the Children's Program is divided into Family Programs, Preschool Programs, K-2nd Grade Programs and 3rd-5th Grade Programs. To register, pick up a form at the Library. She says Registration ends May 30th and all programs are free of charge. For more information, please contact Marissa at 319-656-3501.

Roads closed for film crews

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:34 am

Streets in Washington will be closed periodically throughout this month and into next while crews film the movie "Splatter." The 900 block of South Iowa will be closed from 8 to noon today (5/15). On May 29th Iowa will be closed from 6:00 pm to 9:00 am near Cafe Dodici. The 900 block of Iowa will be closed again from 8 to noon on May 30th, as will the 600 block of Third Avenue. On May 31 the street in front of Fourth Avenue Bar and Grill will be closed from 8 to noon, along with Washington Street in Sunset Park. For a complete listing of roads that will be closed CLICK HERE

SEIA Agency on Aging warns of scams

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:34 am

The Southeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is warning about con artists posing as state employees. The organization's Brenda Sayre says the scammers tell people they work for the state treasurer's office, and that they have unclaimed money for the victim. Sayre says you never have to pay in order to claim money or research the state's "unclaimed funds." She says if you come across anything suspicious the best course of action is to notify law enforcement agencies immediately. For more information and assistance with financial scams, older Iowans may contact SMP at 1-800-423-2449.

Flash flooding possible

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:34 am

Much of eastern Iowa is under a flash flood watch today. The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue across the watch area this morning, producing rainfall amounts greater than one inch in some locations. More storms are expected to redevelop along a cold front dropping into the region from the northwest. NWS says total rainfall amounts of more than two inches are possible. In case of severe weather, stay tuned to KCII for Severe Weather Action Team coverage.

Extension to become more "issue focused"

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:33 am

Washington County's Iowa State Extension director says his agency's restructuring will make it more issue focused. Gene Mohling says it will streamline how and where resources are utilized by identifying areas that share common interests. Mohling says as the extension service shifts from individual counties, to a regional focus, they'll be able to work together more effectively. 

Washington summer events

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:33 am

Many Midwestern communities have signature events like Kalona Days, Keota Fun Days, and Riverside's Trek Fest. Amy Vetter, with Main Street, says plans are in the works for such an event in Washington. Vetter says they are also working on Ridiculous Days which will be June 6 in Washington's downtown. She says it's a sort of bazar of local businesses. Vetter says this is one of, if not the oldest Ridiculous Days events in Iowa. 

Farmer’s Market kicks off ‘09 season

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:33 am

The Washington Farmer's Market kicked off their 2009 season in the city's Central Park last night. Market Master Bob Shepherd says it provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get a start, and Washington to showcase what it has to offer. Farmer's market's continue every Thursday night this summer on Washington's down town square. 

Fish n’ Fun

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:32 am

The Louisa County 4-H and Conservation Service are teaming up to offer a Fish 'n Fun day nest month. Katie Hammond, with Lousia County Conservation, says the day will start with a casting competition, followed by training session and a fishing derby. She says there will be prizes for the biggest fish, most fish and smallest fish. She says rods, reels and tackle boxes are a few of the prizes up for grabs. Hammond says participants should bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Fish N' Fun is June 13. For more information contact the Louisa County Extension office.

Kalona Library holds art event

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:32 am

Mid Prairie Schools dismiss early on May 21st, and the Kalona Public Library wants to give students something to do. Youth Services Librarian Marissa Tartaglia says they'll be offering on art program in the Velma Skola Program Room. She says kids and teens are invited to participate in a variety of art activities. She says registration is not required, and the program is free of charge. For more information call the library at 319-656-3501.

Master Gardeners plant sale

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 5:32 am

The Washington County Master Gardeners are having a plant sale tomorrow (5/16). Master Gardener Barb Mottet says the sale will run from 8-11 am at the Washington County Fairgrounds, in the old school house. Mottet says there will be a variety of perennials for sale as well as garden related items. 

Nursing shortage not seen in Washington

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 4:54 am

A nursing supervisor at Washington County Hospital and Clinics says her facility is not experiencing a nursing shortage like some areas of the country. Pat Huber says the nationwide deficiency is two prong. She says skilled nurses are being lost to retirements, and the demand for nurses climbs as the Baby Boomers enter their golden years.

WCHC CEO’s thoughts on health care reform

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 4:54 am

The CEO at Washington County Hospital and Clinics says President Obama's goal to reform health care isn't going to be an easy task. Don Patterson says changes in the industry will have to be done little by little, because of it's complex nature. Patterson admits that not everyone in the U-S has adequate access to health care. He says Iowa, and Washington County in particular are probably above average.

Washington School Audit

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 4:54 am

An audit of the Washington School District shows declining enrollment and a falling solvency ratio. Mary Babinat, with Newton Based Nolte Cornman and Johnson, says a solvency ratio is an industry term for working capital. Her report indicates it dropped for the district by more than eight percent between 2006 and 2008. Babinat says part of that is related to the district's falling enrollment. Babinat delivered her report at last night's school board meeting.