Today's Local News

Salsa Judging

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:04 am

The tenth annual Washington Farmers Market Tasters Choice Salsa Contest is this tomorrow (9/3). Market Master Bob Shepherd says contestants need to furnish a labeled quart of their own home made salsa by 4:45. He says sampling starts at 5:00 in Central Park. After that, tasters will be asked to vote on their favorites. Shepherd stresses that double dipping wont be allowed, and that everyone is invited to enter a salsa, or serve as a judge. 

Schmitz: local schools not skimping on student support

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:57 am

A local lawmaker says despite an economic recession, area schools aren’t skimping on student support. Fairfield State Senator Becky Schmitz says statistics show an increase in per-student funding across the board at local schools. She says in the last three years, total per-student funding has increased by at least 14-percent among area schools. Schmitz says these increases has much to do with bipartisan support for education in the legislature.

Common Ground hopeful facilities committee will entice voters

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:57 am

A group that’s hoping Washington School bond measure is approved on election day says voters should be aware of a new facilities committee. John Thorne says the committee will serve as a sort of facilities watchdog, and act as a liaison between taxpayers, and the school board. The measure calls for issuing nearly $12-million for phase one of a massive overhaul of all the district’s buildings, and construction of a new high school.

Park Board discusses security measures

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

Washington Park Board members are talking security at tonight’s (9/1) meeting. Parks Superintendent Tim Widmer says they’ve already taken some steps after a break in at the pool. The board will also be brushing up on workers compensation rules, and setting the 2010 pool season dates. The meeting starts at 6:30 in Washington City Hall.

Vine Avenue completed

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

The Washington County Engineer says his office has completed a project funded by stimulus money. David Patterson says Vine Avenue between 150th and highway 22 is open after being reconstructed. He says they received more than $732,000 from the federal government. Patterson says the comparison between the old and new highway is “like night and day.”

Bontrager: Schools need to be aggressive finding funding

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

A candidate for Mid-Prairie School Board says they need to aggressively seek extra funding sources. Challenger Stacia Bontrager says one of a board members biggest responsibilities is making sure the district is financially healthy. Bontrager participated in candidates forum last week. To hear more from that forum, tune in to the KCII Mid Day Magazine (9/1) for In Touch With Southeast Iowa.

Lewis: Schools should be run like a business

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:56 am

A Washington School Board candidate says schools should be run like a business. Sheryl Lewis is running in district seven. She says businesses are always looking for ways to reduce expenses. To hear more from Lewis tune in to the KCII Morning Magazine (9/1) for the Washington Page. That program will be played again during the Mid Day Magazine.

Brinning brings home bacon at swine showing

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:55 am

A Keota 4-Her won top honors in swine show at the Iowa State Fair. Youth Coordinator Kati Peiffer says McKenna Brinning exhibited the Grand Champion Market Barrow August 18. Brinnings winning pig was auctioned off during the State Fairs Sale of Champions August 22.

IMS alum’s work to be displayed

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:55 am

The work of an IMS graduate will be on display beginning next week as part of the schools Stories in Stone exhibit. IMS Director of Development Larry Swartzendruber says class of 92 graduate Adam Flemmings abstract sculptures of alabaster and limestone are made with only a traditional hammer and chisel. Flemmings work will be open for viewing beginning September 12 and some pieces may be purchased.

IASB offers advice on choosing school board members

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

School elections are next week, and the Iowa Association of School Boards has some recommendations for choosing candidates. The IASB says while there is no “ideal” board member profile, they should have a “laser like focus on improving achievement for all students…act with professionalism and integrity when monitoring district finances…and understand the board’s roles and responsibilities.”

Chamber holds informational meeting ahead of bond vote

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

The Washington Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informational meeting on the upcoming school bond issue. Chamber Executive Director Tim Coffey says they want citizens to be as informed as possible before election day. Coffey says unlike some chambers, they’re not taking a position on the bond issue. The meeting is tomorrow night at 7:00 at the high school auditorium.

Keokuk man killed in crash near Coralville

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

A Keokuk man was killed yesterday in a single vehicle crash in Johnson County. The Iowa State Patrol says 20 year old Nathan J Bowden was northbound on 380, near Coralville at about 1:00 AM when he crossed the median and smashed into a light pole. Police say the accident remains under investigation.

Cheers and jeers at Loebsack’s town hall meeting

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:21 am

Eastern Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack was greeted by a mix of cheers and jeers during a town hall meeting Saturday in Washington. Healthcare reform was at the center of the discussion, and one of the biggest concerns was that legislation currently on the table, would drive private insurers out of business. Those at the meeting in favor of healthcare reform says insurance companies already make life and death decisions for people, and spend too much on overhead costs.

BOS Preview

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:20 am

Washington County Supervisors are slated to accept the final plat for the English Valley Estates subdivision at this week’s meeting. They’ll also continue discussions on a property tax abatement request. Supervisors are also expected to approve a joint service agreement for the E-911 Service Board. The meeting starts at 9:30 tomorrow morning in the Washington County Courthouse.

Kalona revitalization

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:20 am

Downtown Kalona may be getting a facelift, depending on how a planning meeting goes tonight (8/31). Chamber board member Laurie Mostek says much of the attention is focused on street resurfacing and water draining issues. Mostek says an Iowa City-based firm will be on hand tonight during the meeting to discuss renovation plans and see what areas residents would like improved. She says community members are encouraged to participate in the meeting.

Moonlight Paddle

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:19 am

Southeast Iowans will be able to enjoy a canoe ride under the stars this Friday (9/4) at Louisa County Conservations Moonlight Paddle. The groups Katie Hammond says the event will feature a leisurely cruise along the Odessa Wildlife Trail beginning at 9:00 pm. She says the event will run until 11:00 that night, and boats are available to rent for $10- per person for a double canoe and $15 for a kayak. Call 319-523-8381 for more information.

IUB: winterize now

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:19 am

As summer begins to fade, the Iowa Utilities Board is urging residents to get a jump on winterizing their homes. The IUB’s Rob Hillesland says that includes things like putting plastic over windows, replacing aging insulation and installing more efficient doors and windows. More information about weatherazation is available on the IUB’s website.

Small business loans

Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:15 am

Small business owners can get a hand recovering after certain natural disasters. Iowa State Universitys Small Business Development Center will offer support at no cost to business owners in recovering from floods, fires, and tornadoes. Center Director Jim Heckmann says the program has already assisted over three-thousand disaster victims and 350 companies.

Final Satellite voting and Demon opener

Posted: Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 4:58 am

The Demon Football Team opens the season tonight (8/28), but those in attendance will be able to do more than take in football. Washington County Auditor Bill Fredrick says they will be offering the final satellite polling place ahead of school elections. Tonight’s polls will will be open from 4:30 to 9:00 at Case Field.

M-P Candidates take questions

Posted: Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 4:58 am

Candidates for Mid-Prairie School Board took questions last night during a public forum. Some areas of discussion included the new administration sharing agreement with Keota, the Home School Assistance Program, and the role of a board members. Incumbents Jim Hussey and Jack Dillon, are vying for three at large seats against newcomers Stacia Bontrager and Angi Wilson. To hear highlights from the Mid-Prairie Candidates forum, tune in to In Touch With Southeast Iowa all next week during the KCII Mid Day Magazines.