Today's Local News

Washington BOS talks roads

Posted: Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 4:26 am

Washington County Supervisors are talking roads at this week's meeting. They're slated to approve an agreement to provide inspection services for the state department of transportation. They'll also discuss purchasing right of way easements for highways. The supervisors are also expected to give a credit card to the county engineer's office. The meeting begins at 9:30 tomorrow morning in the lower level of the Washington County Courthouse.

Story time at Kalona Public Library

Posted: Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 4:24 am

The Kalona Public Library is having story times for kids each Wednesday in May. Youth Services Librarian Marissa Tartaglia says story times help build early childhood literacy skills, through listening, finger plays, rhymes and songs. Themes include jungle animals, Cadecott winners, transportation and aliens. For more information contact Tartaglia at 319-656-3501.

Volunteers needed for Kalona Days Fun Run

Posted: Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 4:24 am

Volunteers for the are needed to help the annual Kalona Days Fun Run. Kalona Days Director Dave Finley says they need people to coordinate publicity, mailings and advanced registration. Finley says they are also looking for help with the many activities during the evening of the run. He says without such volunteers, the fun run wouldn't be possible. The 1 or 5-k run is scheduled for June 19. For more information contact Finley at 319-656-3535.

Open meetings laws

Posted: Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 4:23 am

Open government meetings and transparency in policy making are considered crucial to democracy. Yet Iowa's open meeting laws are sometimes unclear, especially in the face of changing technology. Kathleen Richardson is the executive secretary of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. She says whether or not things like email, online social networking or even phone calls are covered by the law is a murky area. KCII's news team recently participated in an open meetings webinar conducted by Richardson.

Combination Art Show and Piano Recital

Posted: Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at 4:29 am

IMS senior Abbie Miller, daughter of Tony and Diane Miller, will present a combination art show and piano recital in Celebration Hall Saturday evening, May 9th at 7 p.m. The program will feature several two piano works as well as a trio consisting of piano, violin and cello. A special arrangement of the old hymn, Softly and Tenderly, written for strings, tin whistle, piano and vocalist will also be performed. Miller will be assisted by her classmates, friends, and family. The public is invited to this event, art gallery, and the reception which follows.

WSB Financial Fair

Posted: Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at 4:29 am

Washington State Bank is having their fourth annual financial fair this week. WSB Vice President Sue Basten. She’ll be discussing strategies for a volatile market and how the banking industry has changed. Basten will also discuss the Federal Deposit Insurance Company’s transaction guarantee program. To find out more, or register for the seminar visit Washington State Bank’s website. The financial fair is this Tuesday from 2 to 5 pm at the bank.

Zoning commission to discuss comp plan

Posted: Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at 4:29 am

The city of Washington’s Planning and Zoning Commission is reviewing the current comprehensive plan at this week’s meeting. They’ll also be taking a look at some recommended changes to ordinances that deal with district maps and annexation. In addition, commissioners will hear a rezoning petition by Wal-Mart. The meeting is this Tuesday evening at 7:00 at the Washington Public Library. Building and Zoning Administrator Jason Geyer says any interested parties and all citizens may appear and be heard.

Kalona Days Fun Run Seeks Volunteers

Posted: Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at 4:28 am

The annual Kalona Days Fun 1k, 5k run set for June 19 is seeking individuals to help organize this years event. Dave Finley, Kalona Days Director says volunteers are needed to coordinate publicity, mailings, advance registration as well as those who can help with the many activities the evening of the run. He says without volunteers the Fun Run will not be possible. For information please contact Dave Finley, Kalona Days Director (319)656-3535

Flags lowered to honor fallen soldier

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 5:21 am

Funeral services for a fallen Iowa soldier are today, and flags at government buildings will be at half staff in his honor. Staff Sergeant Leroy Webster was killed in action while on patrol in Iraq late last month. Webster is from Hartley, in Northwestern Iowa. Governor Chet Culver’s directive applies to all U-S and state flags. The half staff mandate applies to all state, federal and county buildings. Business and individuals who display the flag are also encouraged to participate as a sign of respect to Webster and his family.

WWTP extended hours

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 5:20 am

Extended hours at the Washington Waste Water Treatment Plant and Compost Facility begin today (5/2). The facility will be open from 7:00 to 10:00 am on Saturdays during the month of May so Washington residents can dispose of yard waste and tree trimmings. They are also open during the week from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. the staff at WWTP reminds you that “if you didn’t grow it, don’t throw it.” If you have questions call 653-2638.

WHS Prom

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 4:59 am

Be on the look out for formal gowns and tuxedos around Washington today (5/2) …it’s the WHS Prom. This year’s theme is “Night at the Royal Ball.” Washington High student and prom committee member Mike Adrian says its a bittersweet time for him and his fellow senior classmates. Adrian says things will get started at 4:00 this afternoon at the high school with the grand march. He says 130 prom pairs have signed up to have their pictures taken. After that, it’s off to dinner followed by the dance at the high school gym. After prom is at the junior high, and starts after the dance.

WWTP extended hours

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 4:59 am

Extended hours at the Washington Waste Water Treatment Plant and Compost Facility begin today (5/2). The facility will be open from 7:00 to 10:00 am on Saturdays during the month of May so Washington residents can dispose of yard waste and tree trimmings. They are also open during the week from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. the staff at WWTP reminds you that “if you didn’t grow it, don’t throw it.” If you have questions call 653-2638.

WHS Vocals final concert

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 4:58 am

The Washington High School Vocal Department’s final concert of the year is this Monday evening. Director Robert Youngquist says the program is entitled “You are the New Day!” and will feature performances by the concert choir the Hi-Fi’s and the womens’ choir under the direction of Michael Jewel. The program begins at 8:00 pm in the Washington Senior High Auditorium. Youngquist says the later start time was needed because of the availability of the choir’s guest accompanist. He says future programs will revert to the normal start time.

WHS Seniors seeking pictures for slideshow

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 4:58 am

Washington High School’s senior class is looking for photos for their senior slideshow. Committee member Andrew Schneider says they are also looking for quotes to accompany the pictures. He says this is an excellent time to get out the photo album before your senior heads out into the world. Schneider says the slideshow will be displayed during senior night, on May 20. He says its the last night for the class to be together outside of graduation. Photos for the slideshow can be emailed to aschneiderjr@gmail.com, or zigger46@hotmail.com

MP Drama presents: The Boyfriend

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 4:57 am

The Mid Prairie Drama Department is holding there spring production of The Boyfriend this weekend. Drama director Tamara McClintock says the show will be tonight at 7:30. McClintock says this is the play that the famous actress Julie Andrews got her big start in. She says there are around 50 cast member in this production. She says the show is a fun piece that is sort of like Mama Mia in that there are a lot of song and dance numbers. Again the show is tonight at 7:30pm in the Mid Prairie Auditorium and tickets are 6 dollars.

Kalona Golf Tournament

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 4:57 am

The Mid Prairie Athletic Boosters are holding their annual golf tournament today. Jeff Leach, the manager with the Kalona Golf Club, says it will be a 4 person best shot tournament to help raise money for the Mid Prairie Athletic department. Leach says the Mid Prairie golf team uses the Kalona Golf Club during their season and this is a good way to help them out. For more information or to register a team, contact the Golf club at 319-656-3844

Gardening tips

Posted: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 4:54 am

It’s gardening season, and that can leave a lot of first timers with questions. Keokuk County Extension Education Director Gary Bickmeir says flowers and vegetable plants purchased from greenhouses or garden centers should not be planted directly in the garden. He says the intense sun and strong winds may kill the vulnerable seedlings. Bickmeir says bedding plants should be “hardened,” which means acclimated to outdoor growing conditions. For more information contact the Keokuk County Master Gardeners at 800-515-2680.

Tamiflu works against H1N1

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:23 am

The chief nursing officer at Washington County Hospital and Clinics says they do have an effective treatment method for the new influenza strain. Bonnie Kester says an antiviral medication introduced last year, is working against the H1N1 virus. Kester says they have procedures in place to deal with flu infections, including negative pressure containment rooms. Kester reminds area residents to follow the normal influenza precautions of frequent hand washing, covering your mouth when you cough and staying home if you don’t feel well. No cases of H1N1 have been discovered in Washington County.

Washington Schools review flu procedures

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:23 am

As swine flu cases continue to be discovered, Washington’s schools superintendent says he’s in the process of reviewing their emergency health plan. Dave Sextro says he met with school nurses and is sending letters home to parents explaining what the plan is. Sextro says students and their parents are encouraged to practice frequent hand washing. He says parents should keep their students home if they are feeling ill. There have been no cases of the H1N1 virus discovered in Washington County.

Two injured in crash near Wellman

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:23 am

Two Washington County men were hospitalized yesterday after a car accident southeast of Wellman. Jared Gent, and Ryan Detweiler were both taken to University Hospital in Iowa City. Police say Gent failed to yield at the intersection of 170th and Juniper Avenue, and collided with Detweiler. Hospital officials say Gent was treated and released. No other information was immediately available.