Today's Local News

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.

WMU at Physics Olympics

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:22 am

Winfield Mount-Union recently participated in the Regional Physics Olympics held in Hedrick.Superintendent, Lynn Ubben says the entries included Grant Fricke and James Smith in the “Optical Slalom” event using lasers, Jordan Kruger and Emery Davis in the “Mousetrap Car Race” and also the “Challenge Problem”, and Skylar Davis and Brennan Haymond in the “Catapult Ping Pong Ball Launch”. She says the team learned a lot and had fun doing so. Chris Roules, WMU physics teacher, is very proud of her students and looks forward to having WMU compete again in future years.

JWV co-owner not calling it Swine Flu

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:22 am

Using “swine flu” to describe the recently discovered H1N1 virus has taken its toll on the pork market. Heidie Vittetoe is co-owner of JWV Pork in Washington. She says the fear now associated with swine isn’t based on science, but it is understandable. Vittetoe says at this time it’s unclear what the long term impact will be on the pork industry. She says it’s unfortunate that this new strain of influenza came about at this time of year. She says they generally look for an upswing in the market at this time.

KMU seeks clothing donations

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:21 am

KMU seeks clothing donations
The Kalona United Methodist Church will be collecting good clean used, hats, shoes, coats, scarves, school bags, bedding and towels. Marcia Miller with the Lower Deer Creek church in Kalona says due to space and time issues, please bring any items you want to donate to the red double door entry on the west side of the church on Today through Thursday May 14th only.She says the give away will be held on Friday and Saturday August 7th and 8th. Miller says last year’s give away was a huge success, serving 106 families in the Mid-Prairie School District. Any items remaining afterwards will be donated to The Crowded Closet. If you have questions call the KUMC office at 656-2642.

Final WCA show tonight

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:21 am

The final show of the Washington Concert Association’s season is this evening. WCA President Linda Miksch says it will feature Canadian musician April Verch. Miksch says the performance will include a wide array of musical stylings. Miksch says they’ll be offering free admission to the concert with the purchase of a pass to the 2009-2010 season. She says if youre not sure if you want to commit to season tickets, you can still get in to the show for $15.

ISU announces extension restructuring

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 10:20 am

Iowa State University is reducing the number of extension offices. ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach Jack Payne has announced a plan to restructure field offices in the wake of a $4.5 million dollar reduction in state appropriations. The plan will eliminate county extension education directors, and in their place, regional positions will be created. It also establishes 20 ISU exstension regions. According to a map on ISU’s website, Washington County will become part of region 15, which also includes Johnson, Iowa and Keokuk Counties. Washington Extension Education Director Gene Mohling says they don’t have enough information at this time to make any assumptions or clear analogies.

Schmitz looks back on ‘09 legislative session

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:41 am

Despite the volatile economy, Iowa lawmakers this session were able to balance the budget and put 400-million dollars in the state’s rainy day fund. Fairfield State Senator Becky Schmitz says one area she was glad they were able to sustain, is education. Schmitz says she’s disappointed they weren’t able to do more for mental health funding. She says Iowa has had a hard time providing funding and keeping mental health professionals in the state. Schmitz says one of her personal goals was to provide some sort of health insurance for mental illnesses.

H1NI found in SE Iowa

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:41 am

Two probable cases of swine flu have been discovered in Southeast Iowa…one in Des Moines County and one in Clinton County. Washington County Public Health Administrator Edie Nebel says her agency and counterpart agencies across the state have a plan to deal with such a situation. Nebel says that might include identifying people with the virus, and determining where and how they contracted it. Governor Chet Culver tells the Des Moines Register. tests will be done today to determine if the cases are in fact the HINI virus. He says if that’s the case, he will declare a public health disaster.

Financial seminar

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:40 am

Being a parent can be a difficult task during these tough economic times. Melissa Myers with West Chester Savings Bank is conducting a financial education seminar for Parents as Teachers this evening (4/30). The event is tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Washington Presbyterian Church. To register contact Parents as Teachers at 653-7758.

Dust control deadline Today (4/30) is the deadline to obtain a dust control permit in Washington County. The cost for such a permit is $25, but will g

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:40 am

Dust control deadline
Today (4/30) is the deadline to obtain a dust control permit in Washington County. The cost for such a permit is $25, but will go up to $75 after today’s deadline. Residents must keep their dust control locations marked with green flags provided by their contractor until November first. For more information visit www.washingtonroads.org

Same sex marriage issue mostly quiet

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:40 am

Throughout Iowa the different counties are having different reactions gay marriage. In Keokuk County, Recorder Melissa Bird, says they have had no problems. She says no one has protested or called her. Bird says she has received an online petition that many other recorders around the state have gotten. She says she has had a few calls asking for information on registering but can not divulge whether they were same sex couples or not. Bird says no matter what she will continue to do her job as mandated by the state.

Marek’s take on legislative session

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:40 am

Mid Western states such as Iowa have been some what shielded from the recession, but have not been invincible. State Representative Larry Marek of Riverside says one item he was glad to see pass in the legislature was a bonding plan. Marek says federal stimulus money will help them leverage the more than 700-million dollars in bonds. One thing that disappoints Marek is the lack of funding for county secondary roads. He says the answer to the problem was a fuel tax, which was taken off of the table by the governor.

Day camps

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:39 am

The Washington County Extension Office is having summer day camps this year. 4-H Youth Coordinator Kati Peiffer says this year’s camps include Oceans of Fun. She says this is for youth who have completed kindergarten and first grade as of this June. She says the camp will explore water and ocean life. She says space is limited to 20 people. Visit the extension’s website for more information and to get registered. Or call 319-653-4811

Sheriff to use speed trailer

Posted: Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:39 am

The Washington County Sheriffs office is going to be using their speed trailer again this year. Dunbar says with the computer up and running, they can record traffic count as well as speeds.He says this has been very useful and the information has been requested by several city councils as well as the county’s secondary roads department. Dunbar says with this type of information, they can get an accurate count and speed of traffic on certain roads.He says the trailer will be put up in random spots through out Washington County.

Bringing Washington Co’s septic systems into compliance

Posted: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 5:23 am

About 2,500 homes in rural Washington County are using un-permitted septic systems. That’s according to Environmental Health Administrator Jeff Thoman. He says discharging wastewater without the proper septic system in place can present a major health hazard. Thoman says there are grants and low interest loans available to help homeowners bring their septic systems up to date. To find out more contact the Washington County Department of Environmental Health.