Today's Local News

Flaming Prairie Rec Area to get facelift

Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 am

One of Louisa Countys many recreation areas will be getting an extreme makeover soon. Louisa County Conservation Director Julie Ohde says volunteers from across the county will gather this September to give Flaming Prairie Recreation Area a facelift. Ohde says the volunteer group will repaint the shelters and restrooms and will plant some new trees as well. She says the reason they use volunteers is because it gives the community a sense of pride in the area and people tend to care more for the parks appearance and well-being.

IA River part of federal study

Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 am

The Iowa River is on a long list of waterways that will be studied as part of the federal Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Congressman Dave Loebsack says the money will help identify measures to minimize flood risks and preserve water quality. He says reports will be completed to determine the need for additional projects to restore and enhance wetlands, buffer zones around streams and rivers and stream habitat conditions. In all, $23-million in federal money is being dedicated to Iowa waterways.

Supervisors consider code of ordinances

Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 am

Washington County Supervisors will take public comment on a revised code of ordinances at this morning’s meeting. They hired a company to review the code, and make sure there were no conflicts with state law. The meeting starts at 9:30 morning in the Washington County Courthouse.

Park board to consider capital plan

Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 am

Washington’s Park Board is working on a capital development plan. Parks Superintendent Tim Widmer says it’s contingent upon whether or not voters favor a proposed hotel-motel tax. City councilors in May voted to send the hotel-motel tax proposal to the ballot. It’s been a polarizing issue between hotel owners who say it will hurt their business, and economic development proponents who say it would be a good opportunity for extra revenue.

Group fights for historic church

Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 4:37 am

A 111-year old church in Keokuk County is getting some much-needed help from some historic-minded residents. County Supervisor Michael Berg says the Clear Creek Township Church has been important to residents not only for religious reasons, but for sentimental ones as well. Berg says their organization bought the church from the diocese in Davenport and is currently raising money to save it from demolition. He says their group will fight as far as it takes to save the church, and is currently seeking grants from the historical society and Vision Iowa. Berg says hes very confident in their progress and feels they will be successful in their efforts.

Iowa ranks high in quality of life

Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 4:36 am

A recent study by Congressional Quarterly Press indicates quality of life in Iowa is one of the nations best. The annual release indicates Iowas life standards are second highest in the country. Fairfield State Senator Becky Schmitz says Iowas commitment to quality education and safe neighborhoods are two major factors for Iowas high rating. Schmitz also says the states natural resources and many recreational opportunities make Iowa a leader in family and outdoor activities.

U of I prof. Remembers moon landing

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

40 years ago today, human beings made their first visit to the moon. University of Iowa physics professor Stephen Spangler was a college student at the time. He says he watched news coverage of the event from his family’s farm in Henry County. Spangler says the moon landing was one of those events where people remember exactly where they were at the time. He says it was special because it’s usually great tragedies that capture the world’s attention, while this was a great triumph.

Narcotics team receives JAG grant

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

The Washington-Louisa Narcotics Enforcement Team is getting a little more than 96-thousand dollars from the Federal Byrne Justice Administration Grant. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says this allows them to continue to fund an officer that focuses on drug enforcement. This officer is shared between the cities of Washington and Columbus Junction, as well as Louisa and Washington Counties. Dunbar says they are seeking additional funds through the JAG program for overtime expenses.

Today’s fair events

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

The Washington County Fair Continues today. Livestock weigh in for 4-H and FFA members starts at 8:00. Today’s shows are pet, poultry and dog agility. At 1:00 this afternoon there’s the livestock judging contest, the scavenger hunt runs from 2-3, at 5:00 there’s the 4-H working exhibits, and the silliest decorated cake contest. At 5:30 the 4-H Clover Kids “Great Gardeners Fest” starts. Tonight’s grandstand entertainment is sanctioned tractor and truck pull. It starts at 7:00.

Sieren named 2009 Fair Queen

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

Shelby Sieren has been named as the 2009 Washington County Fair Queen. She was selected from 13 other young women from throughout the area last night. The event at the Washington Community Center and was emceed by last year’s Miss Iowa, while last year’s Washington County Fair Queen Served as one of the Judges. KCII will be catching up with Sieren at the fair later today during our live coverage.

LT Farmer’s Market honored

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 am

The city of Lone Trees Farmers Market has caught the attention of some people in high places. The market will be pairing with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to celebrate the 10th annual Farmers Market week. Market Manager Helen Lemley says August 3 had been proclaimed Lone Tree Farmers Market Day and there will be many perks for shoppers. Lemley says they will be distributing $1.00 coupons to shoppers and 150 lucky shoppers will receive a free market tote bag.

Hunter safety

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 am

One of the most popular activities for Iowans is hunting, but as all seasoned hunters know safety is crucial. For those wishing to obtain hunting licenses, the Washington County Conservation Board will be holding a hunter safety class August 4, 6, and 8. Naturalist Pam Holz says state law requires all those born after January 1, 1967 to take a safety course before obtaining a license. Holz says the class is open to anyone age 11 and over, though certification wont become valid until ones twelfth birthday.

Washington business owner on RAGBRAI

Posted: Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 am

A Washington business owner is making a trek across Iowa 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.

New Crop Technologies

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:54 am

Local farmers will get the chance to hear some new ideas for managing and protecting their crops next week. Keokuk County Extension Director Gary Bickmeier says the New Crop Technology Field Day on July 28 caters to all those interested in agriculture and keeping Iowas crops healthy. Bickmeier says experts from Iowa State University and Dow Chemical come and discuss things like soybean aphids, protecting against excess moisture, and helping keep nutrients in the soil. He says one of the biggest problem he sees in agriculture this year has been the lack of nitrogen in the soil.

School Land

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:54 am

The Washington School district is in negotiations to purchase land for a new high school. Board President Eric Turner says they can’t disclose too much information without putting themselves at a disadvantage. Turner says they are in the process of having 90 acres of school owned property appraised. He says that land could be used as part of the bargaining.

Kalona Residents Visit Senator

Posted: Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 4:54 am

A Kalona family recently vacationed in Washington, D.C. and their visit included more than just sightseeing. Becky and Marlin Bontrager and their family were able to meet with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley during their trip to the nations capital. Grassley says he enjoyed the time he got to spend with the Bontragers. The Senator says he always appreciates when Iowans take the time to visit with him.

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.