Today's Local News

1st Spring Preview Show a Success

Posted: Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 6:17 am

Washington County 4-H County Council sponsored the 1st annual Washington County Spring Preview Cattle Show on Saturday, April 18th. The show was an IJBBA sanctioned show, held at the Washington County Fairgrounds. 105 youth from across the state exhibited cattle.Kati Peiffer,4-H/Youth Coordinator, says reserve champion breeding heifer went to Elley Neuzil of Ainsworth. $150 in prize money was sponsored by the Riverside Ramblers 4-H Club. She says the event was a huge success with plans underway for next year. She says a large group of volunteers made the show possible.

Mid income tax break could entice business

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:22 am

A measure that would give middle income Iowans a tax break, but take away the ability to claim federal taxes as a deduction at the state level could draw more business to the state. That news from State Senator Becky Schmitz, who was in Washington Saturday for a legislative briefing. Schmitz, alongside Representative Larry Marek, say the measure would mean a savings for about three-quarters of Iowa's population. Marek says Iowa is one of only a few states left that allow federal deductibility.

Strong feelings on gay marriage

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:22 am

For it, or against it…almost everyone who attended a legislative briefing in Washington over the weekend had something to say about gay marriage. State Representative Larry Marek, and Senator Becky Schmitz say it's an extremely complicated issue. Marek and Schmitz point out that the legislature does not have the authority to reverse a state supreme court decision. They say the most viable solution for those opposed to gay marriage, is a constitutional amendment. Iowa could have a constitutional convention next year if voters so choose.

Main Street Washington brings home three awards

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:20 am

Washington's Main Street program took home three statewide awards Friday. Main Street Iowa recognized them for the annual SNOW holiday event, Creating unique notebooks to help volunteers and the renovation of the Bryson building on the downtown square. Washington Main Street Director Amy Vetter says she was excited to hear about the awards, and is looking forward to continuing the organization's mission.

Kalona Council meeting

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:19 am

A regular meeting of the Kalona City Council will be tonight at the Kalona Library meeting room at 7:30. The Council will consider street repairs of 2nd Street and 3rd Street South of J Avenue for Chip Seal Coat Repair of $8,375 and Asphalt Paving of $56,970. The Council will also hear from Don Yoder and Phil Ropp in regards to Kalona Valley Apartments and discussion of Solid Waste Ordinance. Again the meeting is tonight at the Kalona Library meeting room at 7:30.

1st ever Demon Dash for Cash

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:19 am

Close to two-hundred people came out to run in the first ever Demon Dash for Cash in Washington Saturday. The 5K walk or run was a fundraiser for Washington Schools. School Board President Eric Turner says proceeds will help purchase new books for Lincoln, Stewart, the junior high and high school. Organizer Terri Hartzler says it was designed to be a community exercise, in more ways than one. She says they hope to make it an annual event.

State Main Street Director pleased with Washington’s first year

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:19 am

The city of Washington joined the Main Street program last year, and the head of Iowa's Main Street organization says it's been a good year for them. State coordinator Jane Seaton says she's been impressed by what's happened so far. Seaton says she looks for wonderful things to continue to come from Main Street Washington. Seaton offered her comments during a statewide awards banquet on Friday.

Local artists displays work

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:18 am

Local Artist Paulette Buckingham will be offering art composition and interpretation programs at the Kalona Public Library for adults and children. Youth Services Librarian Marissa Tartaglia says the Adult Program will be held Monday, April 27th from 7-8PM and will focus on identifying the elements of a work and how those elements determine its quality. The Childrens Program will be held on April 30th from 1:30-2:30pm in the Velma Skola Program Room. The Childrens Program will include a hands-on art activity. . For more information, please contact the youth services librarian at 319-656-3501

Wellman garage sale

Posted: Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:13 am

The Wellman City wide garage sale will be held in just a few short weeks. The garage sale will be held Saturday, May 2nd from 8 a.m. to Noon and maps will be available at Wellman businesses starting April 30th. They will available at Casey's, Freeman Foods, Reggie Tire and Federation Bank. More information will be available when it gets closer to the event.

Spring Cleanup

Posted: Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at 4:25 am

All items for Washington’s city wide clean up need to be out at the curb by no later than 6:00 am tomorrow. Mayor Sandra Johnson says this is not an amnesty period for regular garbage. She says residents will still need to purchase stickers to have it hauled away. She says they will not be taking hazardous materials such as household chemicals, paint or pesticides. She says they will also not accept electronics such as computers and televisions. Such items can be disposed of at the recycling center for a fee. For full details on the city wide cleanup visit our website at www.kciiradio.com.

Exchange Students

Posted: Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at 4:24 am

Want to open your home to an exchange student or do you know someone who would? Marcia Miller with the Lower Deer Creek Church in Kalona says Iowa Resource for International Service is looking for host families for their exchange program. She says students are English-speaking high school juniors from Nigeria and Tanzania. IRIS works through the Youth Exchange and Study program funded by the State Department. If you have any questions or would like some more information, please contact IRIS directly at 515-292-7103 or check the website at www.iris-center.org.

Legislative Briefing

Posted: Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at 4:24 am

Between 30 and 40 people came to the Washington County Courthouse yesterday to hear comments from State Senator Becky Schmitz, and Representative Larry Marek. Gay marriage, the middle income tax break and economic stimulus money were some of the most frequented topics. There was also a group of students from the Maharishi University of Management in attendance. They say they want to see the legislature support more sustainable farming methods. The briefing was sponsored by the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

Local Artist

Posted: Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at 4:23 am

Local Artist Paulette Buckingham will be offering Art Composition and Interpretation programs at the Kalona Public Library for adults and children. Youth Services Librarian Marissa Tartaglia says the Adult Program will be held Monday, April 27th from 7-8PM and will focus on identifying the elements of a work and how those elements determine its quality. The Childrens Program will be held on April 30th from 1:30-2:30pm in the Velma Skola Program Room. The Childrens Program will include a hands-on art activity. . For more information, please contact Youth Services Librarian Marissa at 319-656-3501.

Legislative Day

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:51 am

State Senator Becky Schmitz, and Representative Larry Marek Will be in Washington today for the chamber of commerce's fourth legislative briefing. The two will field questions at the courthouse from 10 until noon. Tune in to KCII this afternoon at 1pm when we'll rebroadcast the event during a special edition news magazine. It will also be available at our website kciiradio.com.

Blood Award

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:50 am

Washington service organizations will be recognized for organizing and hosting blood drives this Thursday. Washington received a national award from America's Blood Centers. Chris Ciasto with the Mississippi Regional Valley Blood Center says it's remarkable, considering they were up against large corporate entities like Toyota. Ciasto and other representatives of the MVRBC will be in Washington this Thursday to hand the award off to the local service organizations during a blood drive at the U.P. Church.

Share Iowa

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:50 am

In tough economic times, many people look for ways to trim their budgets. There's a program in Iowa known as Share. It's designed to help consumers save on food purchases. The group's Becky Newman stresses that this is not a handout. Share works like a food cooperative in that they buy their items in bulk. The difference is that they ask participants to complete two hours of community service, and share their time and talents to be a part of the food program. Share operates an office in Washington. To find out more call 1-800-344-1107.

Ridiculous Day

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:50 am

The annual Washington Ridiculous Day festivities will proceed this year whether or not construction in the downtown area is complete by this June. Amy Vetter, with Main Street, says Washington has the oldest Ridiculous Day Celebration in Iowa. Vetter says this year's festivities will include a singing contest, a pigtail contest and a cutie-pie contest. There was concern that the event would conflict with construction on the new library, Vetter presented an alternate plan to the city council this week to be used if that is the case. This will be the 69th annual Washington Ridiculous Day. It will be held June 6.

Tree Beautification

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:49 am

The Washington Tree Beautification Committee will have its annual tree giveaway and target street planting next Saturday. Committee member Linda Embree says they have variety of species up for grabs this year. Embree says they are also looking for volunteers as well. This year the organization's target street is South Marion. Embree says they will plant between 40 and 50 trees. To find out more contact Washington City Hall, or a Tree Beautification Committee member.

Learn Sign Language

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:49 am

Three students from the University of Iowa will be offering an introductory sign language program at the Kalona Public Library on Friday, April 24th from 3:30-4:30PM. Youth Services Librarian Marissa Tartaglia says the program will focus on learning signing games and basic signs. They will also be taking suggestions from the participants regarding which signs they would like to learn. Tartaglia says no prior knowledge of sign language is necessary. This program is free of charge; no registration is necessary. For more information, please contact the library at 319-656-3501.

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:48 am

The American Cancer Society reports encouraging news in Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans 2009-2010. Kierstan Peck, Community Relations with the American Cancer Society says African Americans are continuing to experience lower death rates from cancer. She says in honor of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, April 19-25; take a few moments to talk to your friends and family members about what they can do to take charge of their health to reduce their cancer risk. Peck says nearly 50 percent of all cancer deaths might be prevented if we stopped smoking or using tobacco products, maintained a healthy weight by eating right and getting regular exercise, and got the recommended cancer screening tests. For more information call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.