Today's Local News

Tracking stimulus money

Posted: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 5:22 am

Congressman Dave Loebsack launched a new Recovery Act map that charts where and how Recovery Act funds are being spent in the second district. According to a new report released by the US Government Accountability Office, Iowa intends to effectively and efficiently tracking the federal funds. Loebsack says Iowa is one of 16 states being monitored by the GAO on the implementation of the Act.He encourages people to review the Recovery Act Map, which is being updated as each new project is announced. Residents of the second district can visit Congressman Loebsacks website to see where Recovery Act dollars are being spent.

Call before you dig

Posted: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 5:21 am

April is considered the beginning of construction season in the Midwest. Ben Booth, with Iowa One Call says something everyone from professional contractors to back yard handymen need to do, is call before they dig, to avoid impacting underground utilities. Booth says if you don’t contact Iowa One Call 48 hours before digging, and disrupt a service, you can be held liable for it. He says their service is free and the best way to get a hold of them in Iowa is by dialing 8-1-1. For more information visit the Iowa One Call website.

Columbus Jct man home after Friday crash

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:21 am

A Columbus Junction man is back home after being hospitalized over the weekend following a car accident on the Highway 92 bridge over the Iowa River. University of Iowa Hospital officials say 50 year old Manuel Martinez was discharged, after being airlifted to their facility Friday. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, Martinez’s vehicle smashed into a trailer being pulled by a tractor, driven by 27 year old Benjamin Lacina of West Branch. The report indicates Martinez’s vehicle then collided with a pickup truck driven by 52 year old Peggy Griffin of Lets. Police say charges are pending.

WPH monitoring for swine flu

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:21 am

A local health official says her department is monitoring reports on swine flu from state and federal agencies. Washington County Public Health Adminstrator Edie Nebel recommends, as with any influenza, frequent hand washing and covering your mouth when you cough. She also says if you do feel ill, to stay home. There have been no cases of swine flu reported in Washington County or Iowa.

Mostly quiet on first day of gay marriage

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:20 am

The Louisa County Recorder says things were quiet yesterday, despite it being the first day that recorders could issue same sex marriage licenses. Recorder Leanne Black says she’s heard of problems in other areas. Black says if any couple wishes to obtain a marriage license, she will do her job. She says they don’t have any hard copies of the licenses, but do have digital copes ready to print out. Black says she has yet to see the first same sex marriage license request.

Washington Recorder receives anti-gay marriage petition

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:20 am

At least 100 area residents believe the Washington County Recorder shouldn’t issue same sex marriage licenses. That’s how many signatures were on a series of petitions left at Connie Pence’s office yesterday (4/27). Pence says things have been quiet despite the fact that yesterday was the first day that gay couples could obtain marriage licenses in Iowa. She says no one came in to apply for such a license, and there have been no protesters. Pence has previously said she will issue same sex marriage licenses to those who seek them, in accordance with the law.

Pure Water for All

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:19 am

More than 20 people were on hand at the Halcyon House yesterday to hear about the Pure Water for All Foundation from John and Mary Jo Hays. The Washington couple formed the non profit organization in 2005. Mary Jo says its rewarding to bring safe water to underdeveloped parts of the world. If you’d like to get involved, contact John and Mary Jo Hays. Monetary donations can be sent to the Pure Water for All Foundation, at 403 West Main Street in Washington.

Kalona Arabic program grant runs out

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:18 am

The Kalona Elementary Arabic Program federal Grant is running out. Zahra Alattar is the Arabic Teacher and says that this year will be the last for the program. She says the students have been learning more than just a language. She says it teaches students to open their minds to other cultures in the world and to look at things a different way. Alattar is hopeful the district can find an alternative funding source.

Kalona Quilt Show

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:18 am

The Kalona Quilt Show brought thousands of people to the community over the weekend. Katie Karnes with the Wooden Wheel in Kalona says they had over 1000 people visit the quilt show. She says people come from all over to view the quilts, including Texas, California and Utah. Two-thirds of the quilts on display were new, meaning they haven’t been part of the show before, and the rest are antique quilts. Karnes says all in all it was a good 3 day event with the weather steady and many nice people enjoying not only the quilts but Kalona as well.

Early childhood

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:17 am

A traumatic event can impact a child for the rest of their life. Likewise, healthy activities can have a positive effect. Shalon Hoyle, with the YMCA of Washington’s early childhood program, says having kids just play together can be significant. Hoyle says they one of their biggest goals is to have preschoolers learn how to interact socially with their peers, so they are more comfortable when they get to kindergarten.

Schmitz on legislative session

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:19 am

The Iowa Legislature wrapped up their session this weekend. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says every aspect of this session was affected by the deepening national recession. She says Iowa’s revenue was cut short, while their was a sharper demand for state services. Schmitz says this session was historic, because they are still in the process of trying to help areas that were impacted by last year’s floods. The Fairfield Democrat says she’s pleased that the legislature approved items such as the alternative energy plan, and offering health insurance to 30-thousand people without coverage.

WCHC Board

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:18 am

The Washington County Hospital and Clinics Board will be discussing an identity theft prevention program at this week’s meeting. They’ll also hear a financial report, and consider a new bathing system and digital mammography. Board members will also hear about annual performance improvements. There will be a closed session to discuss either patient improvement initiatives, or marketing or pricing strategies. There will be a second closed session to consider personnel issues. The meeting is this Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Robert Nicola Conference Room.

Washington BOS

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Economic development and environmental health are on the Washington County Board of Supervisor’s plate this week. They’ll hear a report from Washington County Environmental Health Department and the Washington Economic Development Group at tomorrow’s meeting. They’ll also consider approving a fireworks permit and make an appointment to the Washington Library Board. The meeting begins at 9:30 tomorrow morning at the Washington County Courthouse.

Dunbar happy with new sex offender law

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:18 am

Washington County’s Sheriff says he’s pleased with legislation that will modify Iowa’s sex offender laws. Jerry Dunbar says the previous law, which didn’t allow sex offenders to live within two thousand feet of an area where children were likely to be, was difficult to enforce. Dunbar says the new law creates “exclusion zones,” which are areas where sex offenders are not allowed to be. They include places like playgrounds, schools or daycares.

Kalona Sidewalk Sale

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:17 am

The Kalona Chamber of Commerce is promoting shopping locally. Larry Moehler, Chamber President says at the last chamber meeting there were discussing having a Sidewalk Sale and have decided to hold the event today. Moehler says they have also submitted an application for a grant from The Riverboat Foundation to start advertising Kalona and promote tourism.

Small Business Network

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:17 am

The Keokuk County Small Business Network Program is tomorrow evening. The seminar will feature Healing Arts Massage owner Gini Garrett and Sigourney School Superintendent Todd Abrahmson, who will discuss the school’s E Seal Program. They’ll also be discussing location and timing and how it’s factored into business decisions. The event is tomorrow evening at the Sigourney Pizza Ranch. To find out more contact the Keokuk County Extension office.

WCHC Board

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:16 am

The Washington County Hospital and Clinics Board will be discussing an identity theft prevention program at this weeks meeting. They’ll also hear a financial report, and consider a new bathing system and digital mammography. Board members will also hear about annual performance improvements. There will be a closed session to discuss either patient improvement initiatives, or marketing or pricing strategies. There will be a second closed session to consider personnel issues. The meeting is this Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Robert Nicola Conference Room.

A spring time delicacy

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:16 am

While wet weather might not be needed by local farmers, heavy rainfall combined with warm temperatures is conducive to fungi. In the Midwest that means Morel Mushroom hunting. Steve Anderson with Washington County’s Conservation Board, says dead elm trees are a good place to look.He says Washington County has a wide array of public land for people to mushroom hunt on. Anderson says what’s really special about Morels, is how little scientists know about how, or why they grow where they do.

Omlet Breakfast

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:15 am

On Saturday, May 2 the Kalona Rotary will be hosting their annual omelet breakfast fundraiser at the Kalona Methodist Church from 6:30 11:00 a.m. All proceeds from the breakfast will go towards the Kalona Elementary playground improvement project. This is the second year with them sponsoring the playground. Stop in and have an omelet to help support the Rotary and the playground

MP Student visits Grassley

Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:15 am

Mid Prairie High School student recently had a chance to see an Iowa lawmaker in his natural element. Kyle Fischer visited Washington D-C, and visited with Senator Chuck Grassley. Grassley says he enjoyed meeting Fischer, and hearing his views on federal legislation. Fischer is a junior at Mid Prairie and was at the Capital during the National Youth Leadership Conference. The organization also toured historic landmarks. A photo of Kyle Fischer and Senator Grassley can be seen on our website, at kciiradio.com.