Today's Local News

Yea on middle income tax break

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:45 am

A southeast Iowa legislator is supportive of a measure would give the middle income population a tax break. Representative Larry Marek says the proposal would also attract more businesses. Marek says he was initially skeptical, but now feels the bill would be beneficial. The Riverside Democrat says the legislation is still in its early stages, and it will be a while before it advances.

Mid Prairie to receive stimulus money

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:44 am

The Mid Prairie School district will be receiving some money from the economic stimulus package. Superintendent Mark Schneider says they dont know who much theyll be getting. He says they will do everything they can to make sure the money is used in a productive manner to make sure all the kids in the district benefit.

Kalona playground project enters phase II

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 7:43 am

The Kalona Elementary Playground Improvement Committee is continuing their mission to provide a safe and healthy playground for the elementary school and community. Jan Knebel says their goal for Phase II is to replace the old unsafe rotting wooden equipment. She says they have installation dates lined up for Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th. They will have a landscape structures installation supervisor on hand to help work through the build process. They are asking for volunteers those two days to help build the new equipment. Following the completion of the project any individual or business who donated more than $100 will be recognized on a wall of fame display board located at the elementary school. Contact Jan at 319-325-8462 with any questions.

News Update – Restricted lane on Hwy 92

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 11:04 am

Hwy 92 is restricted to one lane in Washington until next Monday. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, maintenance work will restrict traffic to one lane on Iowa 92 in Washington today through next Monday. Temporary traffic lights have been installed to assist traffic through the work zone in front of the new Wal-Mart store on the east end of Washington.

G-36 interchange expected to be done by June

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:49 am

A long awaited road repair project is expected to be done soon. Resident Construction Engineer at the Mount Pleasant branch of the Iowa Department of Transportation Jeff Johnson, says they hope to get started on the G-36 interchange very soon. Johnson says they had hoped to have the project done by last fall, but soil conditions, combined with on earlier than expected winter forced them to hold off until now. G-36 is where 218 and 27 intersect Washington County road G-36.

Washington Co. to lay out 5 year road plan

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:49 am

Washington County Supervisors are slated to approve the annual five year road construction program at tomorrow's meeting. County Engineer David Patterson says they have about nine-million dollars budgeted for the five year period. He says the amount of money they have to work with hasn't changed much since he's been in Washington County, but how much construction materials cost has skyrocketed. Patterson says to combat the price inflation, the county road department is at a minimum staff level. He says they've also saved money by replacing bridges with unique, and cheaper railroad car structures. Patterson's department is required to submit the five year road construction program to the Iowa Department of Transportation each year.

Red Cross Saving Lives

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:48 am

Those who want to know more about the American Red Cross are invited to a "Saving Lives" event tomorrow night in Washington. Spokeswoman Jennifer Pickar says information will be available on how people can get involved in volunteer programs. Pickar says the Red Cross can utilize volunteer's existing skills as well. So any retired police officers, EMT's or firefighters can be of great value. The "Saving Lives" event will be tomorrow night from 6:30 to 7:30 at Washington State Bank.

Washington City Council to revisit Dodici liquor license request

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:48 am

The Washington City Council will revisit a liquor license request from Cafe Dodici at this week's meeting. The restaurant would like to serve alcohol at tables located on the sidewalk outside the establishment. At the last council meeting, members decided they would table the request. If allowed, this would be the first outdoor license in Washington. Cafe Dodici co-owner Lori Williams feels she has proven herself, and run respectable business. Councilors are worried about what kind of precedent allowing the license might set and whether or not the outdoor area would obstruct traffic. The meeting will be this Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Washington Public Library.

1st Responders blood drive

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:46 am

The Kalona First Responder's Spring Blood Drive will be tomorrow and Wednesday at Kalona United Methodist Church Hall, from 2-7 PM. Ethel Bontrager says donors should eat a good meal 4 hours prior to donating. She says free cholesterol screening and rewards points are offered to successful donors. The donations will support patients at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. For appointments or questions, call at 656-2481.

IMS Piano Recital

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:38 am

Samantha Beachy and Melissa Gingerich, seniors at IMS, will present a shared recital of piano and cello music on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Celebration Hall. Pianists Joni Beachy, Midori Beachy, Maria Davis, Abbie Miller, and Hannah Bartel will be joining Beachy on selected piano ensemble pieces. Beachy and Gingerich will play collaborative works for cello and piano and Gingerich's teacher, Kate Vos, will also join her on a work for two cellos. Again the recital will be Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Celebration Hall, a reception will follow the concert.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:37 am

April is Child abuse Prevention Month. MaryAnn Williams, with the Americorp's Community Program to Protect Children, says they've adopted pinwheels as a symbol for their campaign. She says they'll be visiting schools throughout April to spread their message. Williams says child abuse isn't just the obvious. She says it can include neglect, mental or psychological abuse.

Keeping the crime rate low

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 7:37 am

Iowa has a relatively low crime rate compared to the national average. Gary Bickmeier, Keokuk County Extension Education Director says the use simple efforts to deter, delay and deny criminals from committing burglary is one possible reason. He says locks, lights and trimming trees and bushes helps increase security immensely. He says you should assess your vulnerability and identify the possible threat for burglary to better understand your risk. For information on this or other subjects contact the Keokuk County Extension Office at 800-515-2680.

KCII Scholarships

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:42 am

Applications for the KCII Business to Business Scholarship have been sent to area high-schools. Each year the station awards two graduating seniors $250 to continue their education in business. Those interested are encouraged to talk to their guidance counselors, or they can stop by our studios in downtown Washington to pick up an application. Applications need to be received by May 15. We’ll announce the winners on May 22nd.

1st Responders Blood Drive

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:41 am

The Kalona First Responder’s Spring Blood Drive will be this Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31st and April 1st at Kalona United Methodist Church Hall, from 2-7 PM. Ethel Bontrager says donors should eat a good meal within 4 hours prior to donating. She says free cholesterol screening and rewards points are offered to successful donors. Your donation will support patients at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. For appointments or questions, call at 656-2481.

Red Cross Saving Lives

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:41 am

Those who want to know more about the American Red Cross are invited to a “Saving Lives” event this Tuesday in Washington. Spokeswoman Jennifer Pickar says information will be available on how people can get involved in volunteer programs. Pickar says the Red Cross can utilize volunteer’s existing skills as well. So any retired police officers, EMT’s or firefighters can be of great value. The “Saving Lives” event will be this Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 at Washington State Bank.

Grilled chicken dinner

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 7:40 am

Come to Lower Deer Creek next Sunday, April 5th for a grilled chicken dinner served between 11:30–1:30. All donations and pledges given will go toward Kenton and Kidron Miller’s 3 year mission term to Berlin, Germany. Kenton and Kidron are partnering with Mennonite Mission Network and anticipate leaving for Berlin this May to work with a missionary family in church planting.

Washington Sheriff receives $30k grant

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 7:40 am

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is getting $30,000 in grant money for equipment purchases. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says they usually apply for the grant, but don’t receive the full amount. Dunbar says they’ll use the money for radar units, portable breath testers for alcohol as well as overtime costs and mileage on their vehicles. The money is coming from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, or GTSB.

Your garden variety vegetables

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 7:38 am

Fruit bearing bushes and vines like strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, are a staple of many midwestern gardens. However, they can present some challenges. Shelia Gerot is a Washington County Master Gardener. She says there are a few rules to follow. She says strawberries shouldn’t be planted too deep. She says they have a little crown that needs to be kept at the ground level. Gerot also says you shouldn’t pick any fruit during the first year first of the plant’s life, that way the roots can get established and put on a better crop the following year.

Intentional grass fire

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 7:38 am

If you see a fire near Marr Park this Friday night…don’t be alarmed. The Washington County Conservation Board will be holding a controlled prairie burn. Naturalist Pam Holz says prairie lands need to be burned off periodically. Holz says the burn also helps keep invasive species out. She says the event can be quite spectacular to see. The public is invited to an informational session Friday April 3 at the Park at 7:30 pm. The burn will take place at 8:00. Holz says it can happen very quickly, and urges attendees not to be late.

Field Kayak and Canoe event

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 7:37 am

Pack a lunch and grab a friend. The Louisa County Conservation group is holding a kayak and canoe event on Saturday, April 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Lake Odessa. Katie Hammond, with the Louisa County Conservation says this guided trip on the Odessa Water Trail will be an adventurous paddle winding through the panoramic wildlife area. The paddling trip will start and end at Snively Campground. Participants of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to attend though children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. She says all participants will need to register by April 20th. Online registration, maps and additional information are available at www.NaturallyLouisaCounty.com or call 319-523-8381.