Today's Local News

Kalona Days Bingo

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 5:21 am

Kalona Days will bring back activities that people have enjoyed in the past. Kalona Days Director Dave Finley says one activity people have mentioned they thoroughly enjoyed was Bingo. He says bingo games will start after the 9:30 AM parade finishes on Saturday June 20th sponsored by Freedom Security Bank of Kalona. Games can earn players Kalona Cash. He says these certificates are used like cash in Kalona businesses. Players may purchase bingo cards for $0.25 each for each game played. Half of the amount collected for each bingo game will be divided equally between the game winner(s). The winners will also be presented a raffle ticket that will enter them into a drawing after the last game of the day is played for a grand prize of $50 in Kalona Cash. Bingo games will be played in the Freedom Security parking lot.

WJHS Teacher thankful for Orange & Black

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 5:20 am

A teacher at Washington Junior High says she's very thankful to all the local businesses who donated to their annual Orange and Black Day. Connie Hoffman Szenby says the event wouldn't have been possible without their help. Szenby says Orange and Black is a community service day, where students do yard work around town.

Washington Schools still figuring out stimulus money

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:52 am

The Washington School District is getting almost $370,000 in federal stimulus money. Superintendent Dave Sextro says the state has instructed them to use that money to backfill cuts made earlier this year. He says this poses a problem when the stimulus money runs out, if the state funding level remains the same. Sextro says they'll meet with the state board of education next month, and hopefully find out more information.

Washington Supervisors expected to discuss revenue sharing agreement

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:52 am

Washington County Supervisors plan to go into closed session at tomorrow's (5/19) meeting to discuss an ongoing dispute with Riverside over a revenue sharing agreement. County Attorney Barb Edmondson says the contract was forged when the Casino was built. Riverside has said it creates constitutional debt, which would make the agreement void under state law. Edmondson has said she believes the contract is legal and enforceable.

WMU looking for new superintendent

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:51 am

Winfield Mount-Union School District is looking for a new Superintendent. Current Superintendent Lynn Ubben says she is moving to another district to be closer to her family. Ubben says they have selected four candidates. Interviews are scheduled to be start this week. The board intends to make their selection late this month, with the new superintendent assuming duties beginning July 1.

Small business seminar

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:50 am

Small business owners and operators are meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Sigourney next week. Keokuk County Extension Education Director Gary Bickmeir says the group meets on the last Tuesday of every month. He says this month's speakers will be the owner's of Jody's Togs and the owners of the Country and More Store. They'll talk about increasing customer traffic by diversifying products and services. The program is at 6:00 Tuesday, May 26. Contact the Keokuk County Extension office for more information and to register.

ISU crop specialist: soybean to soybean OK

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:50 am

Last spring's flooding and wet weather forced many Southeast Iowa farmers to plant soybeans, where they had hoped to plant corn. Iowa State University Crop Specialist Palle Peterson says while planting that ground to soybeans again isn't desirable, it shouldn't pose a major problem. Peterson says the yield loss should be less than 5% as compared with a regular crop rotation.

WPD Dog earns national recognition

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:50 am

A search and rescue dog from Washington is receiving national recognition. WPD K-9 handler Brett Sorrell's says his partner Storm has been named the Search and Rescue Canine of the Year by the National Association for Search and Rescue. Sorrells says Storm's sense of smell is so keen, she's been able to identify unique scents through water.

4H clothing event deadline

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:49 am

Washington County 4-Hers are reminded that June 1 is the sign-up deadline for the clothing event. All 4-Hers are eligible to participate. Kati Peiffer, 4-H/Youth Coordinator says youth may participate in the fashion revue, the clothing selection, $15 challenge or all three. She says the clothing event judging will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office on the fairgrounds. Please contact the Washington County Extension Office by June 1, if you are interested in participating at 319-653-4811.

Clothing Event

Posted: Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at 6:38 am

Washington County 4-Hers are reminded that June 1 is the sign-up deadline for the clothing event. All 4-Hers are eligible to participate. Kati Peiffer, 4-H/Youth Coordinator says youth may participate in the fashion revue, the clothing selection, $15 challenge or all three. She says the clothing event judging will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office on the fairgrounds. Please contact the Washington County Extension Office by June 1, if you are interested in participating at 319-653-4811. 

Pork Scholarship

Posted: Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at 6:38 am

Natalie Friese has been awarded the 2009 winner of the Washington County Pork Producers Scholarship. Friese is the daughter of Dennis and Angie Friese. She's a senior at Washington High, and plans to pursue a degree in nursing after graduation. Friese has served as Pork Queen of Washington, and went on to claim the title of Pork Queen of Iowa. 

NASAR Award

Posted: Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at 6:38 am

A search and rescue dog from Washington is receiving national recognition. WPD K-9 handler Brett Sorrell's says his partner Storm has been named the Search and Rescue Canine of the Year by the National Association for Search and Rescue. Sorrells says Storm's sense of smell is so keen, she's been able to identify unique scents through water.

IMS Graduation

Posted: Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at 6:37 am

IMS alumnus Firman Gingerich, currently the pastor of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, near Blooming Glen, PA, will deliver the commencement address, "Friends, in a Facebook World", to 33 graduating seniors this evening at 7:30 p.m.

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.