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Save Your Poinsettia for Next Year

Posted: Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 6:21 am


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Now that the holidays are coming to a close and decorations are going back in their boxes for the year, do you know what to do with your poinsettias?

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House Fire in Rural Keokuk County

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Emergency crews battled a house fire in rural Keokuk County Friday morning.

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Washington Page

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News takes a look back at 2016. This is part one, looking at January, February and March.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh about recent Kalona City Council meetings.

Mid-Prairie Seeks to Address Elementary Class Sizes

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:28 am




The three Mid-Prairie Elementary Schools; photos courtesy of the Mid-Prairie School District

Over the last year, the Mid-Prairie School District has enlisted the aid of an elementary study group to identify problems and possible solutions for the three elementary schools in the district.

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New County Attorney to be Announced January 17th

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:26 am

Washington County will begin the new year with a new county attorney.

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Kalona Preparing to Review Bids for Community Center Construction

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:25 am

Throughout the year, there has been one consistent agenda item for each Kalona City Council meeting: the new community center project.

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More Teens in Washington County Now Using E-Cigarettes than Traditional Cigarettes

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:25 am

Washington County’s rate of adults smoking is the second lowest in the state, just behind Winneshiek County.

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A Friendly Reminder to Check Ice Thickness Before Fishing

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am


Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Over the last week, temperatures in Washington County have been frequently above freezing, which can cause the ice on lakes and ponds to thin.

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Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Presents Grant to Washington Organization

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am

A grant has been awarded to Wesley Life in Washington for care and services to individuals with dementia.

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Windy Washington Thursday

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am

There were windy conditions in Washington Thursday.

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Green Awarded for STEM Camps

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:21 am


Pictured are Michele Sieren from Keokuk County Extension, Cami Marshek from Johnson County Extension, Mary Veatch from Iowa County Extension, Amy Green from Washington County Extension and John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas 4-H Youth Development Program Leader for ISU Extension and Outreach at the 2016 Youth Fest in Ames. Contributed photo.

Washington County’s 4-H and Youth Coordinator was part of a team recently awarded at the state level.

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Washington Page

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News talks with Sarah Smith, prevention specialist with Prelude Behavioral Services, about new year’s resolutions and quitting tobacco use. This is part two of a two-part interview.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar about his retirement.

Dunbar Prepares to Bid Fond Farewell

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:28 am


Jerry Dunbar; photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office

On January 1st, a new sheriff will take over in Washington County, which allowed retiring Sheriff Jerry Dunbar the opportunity to reflect on his time in the office.

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Land Value Drops for Third Year in a Row

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:26 am


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The average land value in Washington County fell from 2015 to this year by $450, a decline of 5.2%.

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Hypnotism and Magic Show Coming to Keota

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:25 am

The Keota Eagles Advocates is continuing their mission of raising money for the Keota School District by hosting a hypnotist performance on Friday at 7 p.m.

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Drive Safely During Upcoming Holiday Weekend

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:24 am

Welcome in the new year safely and have a designated driver if you plan on going out to celebrate 2017 this weekend.

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Dispose of Christmas Trees by January 6th

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:24 am

Residents of the City of Washington have a couple of options for disposal of their Christmas trees.

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Two Days Left for End of the Year Giving

Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:22 am

Charitable giving done before the end of the year can help you with tax credits for 2016.

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