Today's Local News

Girl Talk

Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 at 7:48 am

Being a teenager can be a difficult time. Planned Parent of Southeast Iowa is hoping to make that time a little easier for young women and their parents in the Washington area. They’ll be having a special half day program entitled Girl Talk this Saturday morning from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Washington Public Library. It’s designed to help mothers and daughters communicate about puberty and issues associated with being a teen. Workshops will focus on Self-Esteem, Body Image and Communication. For registration call Amanda Swan at 319-795-6774. Cost is 19-dollars for mother and daughter. Registration is due by tomorrow.

Lane Closure on Hwy 1

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:47 am

March 16, 2009 Traffic will be restricted to one lane on Iowa 1 southbound from Iowa 92 to Iowa 78 in Washington County because of a culvert replacement project, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times during construction. Flaggers will be used to assist traffic through the work zone. The project is expected to be completed by 3 p.m. today.

Washington Co. Supervisors continue road talks

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:45 am

The Washington County Board of Supervisors will lay out how they plan on spending some federal stimulus money at this weeks meeting. They’ll be discussing, and possibly approving an agreement for the Federal Highway Stimulus Program Project. This comes as welcome news during a time when many agree local roads are in need of help. Recently the Washington County Iowa Farm Bureau held a workshop meeting with County Supervisors and the County Engineer to discuss possible solutions to the deteriorating secondary road problem. County Engineer David Patterson says these roads are most vulnerable this time of year as the ground starts to thaw. Patterson says this is why they’re putting an embargo on certain unpaved routes. The board of supervisors will meet this Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the Washington County Courthouse.

Flood legislation

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:44 am

After signing disaster legislation as the first new law this year, Governor Culver announced that Iowans in 14 counties affected by last summers natural disasters can apply for unmet needs grants created by the legislation. Applications for the unmet needs grants are currently being accepted by Long-Term Recovery Committees for people in Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Dubuque, Franklin, Fremont, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Montgomery, Polk and Scott counties. Applicants have until June 30, 2010, to apply for any existing funds. Applicants may call the Iowa Concerns Hotline at 1-866-849-0323.

Sigourney Schools receive grant

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:42 am

Senator Tom Harkin announced that the Iowa Department of Education will award Iowa school districts $5.8 million in Harkin Grants to repair, modernize, and build new schools. Sigourney Community School District will receive $146,185. The grant will help purchase and renovate the former 10,000 square foot Wohler Building, currently used as an auction house, located on Highway 92 close to Sigourney High School and Alternative School.

Local school boards might share superintendent

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:42 am

The school boards of the Keota Community School District and Mid-Prairie Community School District have agreed to a joint meeting tonight. The Keota School Board informally approached the Mid-Prairie School Board members more than two months ago about sharing a superintendent. Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider told school board members Monday, March 9, that he had met with the Keota Board the week before in closed session to discuss the matter. The Board will meet tonight in the media Center at Mid Prairie High school at 7pm.

The changing face of agriculture

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:41 am

For someone outside the agriculture community, the industry probably doesn’t conjure thoughts of cutting edge technology. However, quite the opposite is true. GPS, genetic engineering and specialized drainage and irrigation techniques are just a few examples of major advances that have been made in ag technology. Despite this, Washington County Extension Education Director Gene Mohling says market awareness is one of the biggest changes hes seen in recent years. He says a few generations ago might not have paid attention to what was happening in other countries. However, that’s not the case today. Be sure to tune in to KCII Monday March 16 at 1:00 pm for a special edition agriculture magazine featuring Mohling. The topic is agriculture education.

4-H fair well in lean times

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:41 am

While many government funded entities are struggling financially, one local group isn’t as strapped for cash as most. Kati Peiffer, with the Washington County Extension’s 4-H program, says while it would always be nice to have more money, they get plenty of help from local businesses and families who support the program. Be sure to tune in to KCII Monday March 16 at 1:00 pm for a special edition agriculture magazine featuring Peiffer. The topic is agriculture education.

Congratulations Washington Speech Team!

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 7:39 am

Congratulations to the seven Washington High School students who participated in state-level individual speech competition in Vinton on over the weekend Of the eleven events that continued past the district contest, nine received Division I ratings from a panel of three judges, while two earned Division II. Each student had at least one event receive the Division I rating. Brian Langr, Mackenzie Roth, Andrew Schneider, Greg Schneider, Steffany Adrian, Nolan Breard, and Regan Loula are to be commended for their efforts! All-state nominations will be announced Monday March 16.

This week in city hall

Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2009 at 7:31 am

Discussion on the city of Washington’s water treatment plant will continue at this week’s council meeting. The council will revisit a request for approval of a proposal from Fox Engineering to amend the facilities plan for the proposed wastewater plant. They will also consider purchasing a new pump at a cost of a little more than five-thousand-dollars. The council will also take up a request from the Washington High-School to close east Madison Street, and a liquor license request from the new Super Wal-Mart. The meeting starts at 7:00 Wednesday night in the public library.

4-H Update

Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2009 at 7:30 am

While many government funded entities are struggling financially, one local group isn’t as strapped for cash as most. Kati Peiffer, with the Washington County Extension’s 4-H program says while it would always be nice to have more money, they get plenty of help from local businesses and families who support the program. Be sure to tune in to KCII tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 for a special edition agriculture magazine featuring Peiffer. Monday’s topic is agriculture education.

IMS Concert

Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2009 at 7:29 am

IMS will host the annual Midwest Regional Mennonite Orchestra Festival. March 20-22. The Festival comprised of Bethany Christian, Central Christian, and Iowa Mennonite will culminate with a concert Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Each individual orchestra will perform a selection, followed by the Festival Orchestra combining all schools together directed by guest conductor Carey Bostian. A small jazz band conducted by guest conductor James Pisano will also perform. An offering will be taken to help defray festival costs.

M-P School Board

Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2009 at 7:29 am

The school boards of the Keota Community School District and Mid-Prairie Community School District have agreed to a joint meeting tomorrow. Keota School Board informally approached the Mid-Prairie School Board members more than two months ago about sharing a superintendent. Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider told school board members Monday, March 9, that he had met with the Keota Board the week before in closed session to discuss the matter. The Board will meet tommorow in the media Center at Mid Prairie High school at 7pm

Rough times worse than they seem

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 7:28 am

Flooding, erosion and land and commodity values are all things that have southeast Iowa farmers worried. Washington County Extension Education Director Gene Mohling says economic tensions in other areas are now catching up with the agriculture sector. However, he feels the recent decision by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to ramp up ethanol usage in blended fuels should help. He also says the recent decline in farmland values is probably not as bad as it sounds, because prices were artificially inflated.

Making homes more efficient

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 7:28 am

The state of Iowa is receiving more than 121-million dollars to put towards efficiency grants. Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack says the money is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will support home weatherization and modernizing heating and cooling equipment through rebates. Mike Roe with Roe Heating in Washington says some simple ways to take advantage of the program and see a lot of savings is by insulating basements, and sealing any leaks in a home.

Road Embargo not impacting Kalona

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 7:27 am

Washington County has placed a 5 ton vehicle embargo on certain roads to prevent damage from heavy loads during the spring thaw. County Engineer David Patterson explained that the embargo is intended to minimize damage to key roads as the frost comes out during the spring by encouraging heavy loads to use alternate, paved routes. As of right now there are no roads in the Kalona area that have been embargoed. The County Engineers Office may issue special permit to allow vehicles in excess of 5 gross tons to operate on the embargoed roads. Information needed for the permit includes vehicles and owner information as well as the product and dates being hauled. For more information, please call (319) 653-7731.

Washington Schools get safety grant

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 7:27 am

The Washington School District is getting a chunk of the nearly six-million dollars recently released by the Iowa Department of Education. Washington School’s will get 100-thousand-dollars to to upgrade fire safety equipment such as smoke and heat detectors. The money will also help pay for improved emergency exits. The funds became available through a pilot program started by Democratic Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin says when teachers don’t have to worry about the limitations of their classrooms, the opportunities for creative learning become easier to imagine.

Happy 130th birthday Kalona!

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 7:27 am

This year will mark the 130th Birthday of the city of Kalona. This year Kalona Days will be the celebration of the anniversary, and Mayor Jerry Kauffman says he knows the people of Kalona will make it another 130 years. Kauffman says Kalona days will be a great celebration and the people of Kalona deserve it. He says every day the people make Kalona a better place. Kauffman says he wont be around to see another 130 years but he will do his part to help make it as good as possible.

Wal-Mart donates to local playground

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 7:26 am

The Washington Wal-Mart has awarded the Kalona Elementary Playground Project committee $2,000. Kerri Bell, a member of the Improvement committee was at the Washington Wal-Mart on Friday to receive the check from Store manager Dennis parcel. Kerri Bell says this money brings them closer to there goal and she says they still have a lot of fundraisers coming up within the next few months and everything is looking good.

Paintball movie comes to SE Iowa

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 7:24 am

Southeast Iowa will be the location for a new movie about love, growing up and paintballing. The Iowa Film Office says “Splatter” will be filmed in locations all over the state, with several in this area. Production is scheduled to start in may, and the filmmakers are looking for actors. According to a summary released by the I-F-O, the movie is about a man who uses a paintball tournament to try to win back the love of his ex-wife, and the respect of his son. For more information contact the Iowa Department of Economic Development.