Friday, September 11, 2009
The Washington County Sheriff says the overall role of local law enforcement has changed since the terrorist attacks of 2001. Jerry Dunbar the shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois have also had an impact. He says officers were once trained to "take cover and wait for loads of back up." He says now they need to be ready to "respond immediately."
The Mid Prairie Middle School has been identified as a school in need of assistance according to No Child Left Behind standards. Superintendent Mark Schneider says main areas of concern are in special education, reading, and students with low socio-economic status. He says while theyre not happy being on the list, they are rationally looking for ways to improve results. Schneider says one way they are attempting to fix the situation is by reorganizing language and reading courses.
A local agriculture expert expects crop storage to be tight this fall. Gene Mohling is a regional director with the ISU Extension Service. He says farmers should be lining up places to stash grain as soon as possible if they can't keep it on farm. Mohling says the soybean crop is shaping up to be pretty average, but corn is on pace to break yield records. He says the biggest problems farmers are facing is disease, and the potential for an early frost.
Around 40% of registered voters in the Washington school district cast ballot's in this week's election. County Auditor Bill Fredrick says that's not the highest turnout for a bond vote. It was 29% in December of last year, roughly 46 % in April of 2006, and a little more than 42% in in April of 2003.
Friends and family of the late Clinton Fankhauser are having a fundraising dinner and dance tomorrow (9/12). Karen Minard says the event will be raising money for the family of the fifteen year old who drowned in the Iowa River in July. She says they will bring in four different bands to play and will have raffles throughout the night. Tickets can be purchased by calling her at 319-461-9051.
The Washington County Farm Service Agency wants to remind all producers that the deadline for the Livestock Indemnity Program is Monday (9/14). It offers assistance to producers who have experienced livestock death due to blizzards, extreme heat or cold, and other inclement weather. Losses must have occurred after January 1, 2008 in order to be eligible. For more information, contact your local FSA office.
Picture day is coming up at the Washington Junior High. All students and staff members will be photographed for school records on September 17. Picture packets were sent home with students earlier this month. If they choose to buy a package they need to have their coin envelope filled out with the money enclosed by next Thursday. For more information call the junior high office.
The Washington Conservation Board is hosting a nature for toddlers program tomorrow. The "Little Dippers: Silly Seeds" program is geared toward kids three and younger. It includes a short story, craft time and a hike to look for seeds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register contact the Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
A Fairfield based dairy farmer has officially tossed his hat into the ring for Iowa's Agriculture Secretary in 2010. Francis Thicke formed an exploratory committee in March, and announced his candidacy yesterday (9/9). Thicke is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination, and is currently the only declared candidate making a run at incumbent Republican Bill Northey.
Drivers heading south on US-218 will encounter some roadwork through tomorrow (9/11). The Iowa Department of Transportation says the right lane of the southbound road will be closed south of the Highway 22 interchange. The DOT says drivers may experience slight delays due to maintenance work. Drivers are urged to use caution in roadwork areas.
Even though the Washington School bond measure didn't pass, it got more support than previous efforts. In 2006, two bond referenda fell short by roughly 20 percent. Then last year another proposal lacked about 12 percent. This time around, it needed nine percent more. It called for borrowing almost $12 million as part the first phase $36-million overhaul of the district's facilities.
Below average rainfall last week combined with low humidity came as welcome news to many Iowa Farmers, especially those in low lying areas on the eastern side of the state. Greg Tahssen , with the U-S-D-A, says disease continues to be a concern. Tahssen says corn and soybean conditions statewide are still in good to excellent conditions, but progress is well behind. Two percent on corn in southeast Iowa is safe from frost, that compares with the five year average of 17 percent.
The Iowa Department of Public Health released their annual disease report yesterday and Washington County looks pretty healthy. Public Health Director Edie Nebel says most of the reports in the county include isolated cases of food-borne illnesses. Nebel says whenever a case is reported in Washington, an investigation is set up to find out how and where the person got sick.
The Louisa County Extension Office is offering a free smoking cessation class in October. The Extension's Kaitlyn Wintermeyer says 83 percent of current smokers in Iowa say they wish they could quit. She says this program will help prevent and deal with cravings. The program October 14 through November 25. To register, call 319-523-2381.
Main Street Washington is having a SWEEP, or Support Washington's Economic Enhancement Projects, event this Saturday. Executive Director Amy Vetter says it's a celebration to recognize the completion of the sidewalks on East Washington Street. She says there will be a prize given for the most creatively decorated broom. The sweep is being held in conjunction with Washington's annual Craft Show, which features more than 100 exhibits and vendors from across the Midwest.
The Washington County 4-H program is trying to get more families involved. They're hosting a session with their volunteers to teach them how to better encourage family involvement in 4-H, as part of the Iowa State University Extension Youth Development training. The statewide goal is to prepare volunteers who work with young people. The Washington session is September 16 at the County Fairgrounds.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Voters in the Washington School District have said no to the first phase of a massive facilities overhaul. 51 % voted for issuing almost $12-million in general obligation bonds during yesterday's election. The measure required at least 60% to pass. School Board President Eric Turner says their next step is to explore their options. Turner says he felt it was one of the best plans that's been laid before voters for Washington School facilities.
Another woman is joining the Washington School Board. Voters in district 7 last night elected Sheryl Lewis to the post. Lewis Captured 220 votes, topping her opponent Harold Frakes. He grabbed 149 votes. The two had vied for the seat being vacated by Cathy Rich at the end of this term
Washington School Board member Patty Roe will be serving another term. Roe says voters likely chose her because of her experience. Roe captured 244 votes, topping her opponent's Tsalika Drown who had 142. This will be Roe's second term on the Board of Education.
The Mid Prairie School Board will soon have a new member. Last night voters elected Stacia Bontrager to the board with 199 votes. The two incumbents, Jack Dillon and Jim Hussey will retain their seats on the board with 215 and 202 votes respectively. The members will all serve three year terms.
A GOP gubernatorial hopeful wants to see a special legislation called to solve the states budget problems. Rod Roberts is a member of the state House of Representatives and seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Roberts says the state needs leadership in dealing with economic issues. Roberts says Gov. Chet Culver needs to stop ignoring budget shortfalls and call the state legislature back to session. He says the governor and legislature need to take responsible steps in correcting both current and future budget projections.
An alleged underage drinking party resulted in 11 citations in Washington County over the holiday weekend. 911 reports indicate police were called to 2471 Palm Avenue just after ten Sunday night. Officers issued possession tickets to 10 people whose ages range from 17 to 20. 43 year old Richard Redlinger was cited under Washington County's social host ordinance, which provides penalties to those who knowingly allow underage drinking on their property.
The September Learn at Lunch will feature music from a blind clarinet player. Dick Ramberg lost his sight to retinal cancer as a child. However, Ramberg still found success as a musician, financial advisor and advocate for people with disabilities. He'll be sharing his story in Washington this month. The Learn at Lunch is on September 21st. Ramberg will also be preforming with the Barbary Coast Dixie Land Band at the Washington Community Center. Contact the chamber of commerce for more information or to make a reservation.
Columbus Junction will be kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with some south of the border music. Community Development member Mallory Smith says the cultural event will feature the music of Las Guitarras de Mexico on September 18. Smith says the Des Moines-based group specializes in traditional Mexican ballads played with authentic instruments. She says the band will play during the Farmers Market from 4:30-6:30 and at Hacienda Restaurant from 8-10.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A Republican gubernatorial hopeful says one of his top priorities is allowing Iowans to vote whether to allow same sex marriage. Rod Roberts is from Carroll. He's currently serving in the Iowa House of Representatives. He says the State Supreme Court overstepped it's bounds in making the ruling that allows same sex marriage.
Voters across Iowa head to the polls today to elect school board members. In Washington, they'll decide on a different school issue as well. Voters will be asked if the district should levy nearly 12 million dollars in general obligation bonds for the first phase of a massive facilities overhaul. The plan calls for the building a a new high school, renovating the current one, and turning it into the junior high. The polls are open until 8:00 this evening.
Washington County is having some trouble with absentee taxpayers. Treasurer Jeff Garrett says his office has run into numerous situations where they attempt to collect property taxes, and find out that there is no longer a home at the location, or the structure is uninhabitable. Garrett says this often happens with mobile homes. He says the county is pretty limited in these types of situations because the structures aren't worth much at a tax sale.
Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar is warning residents about a potential phone scam where the caller claims to be raising money for law enforcement. Dunbar says the local sheriff's organization and the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputy Association no longer solicit by phone, and rely on direct mail. He says the best way to tell if a letter is legitimate is to look for his signature and the acronym ISSDA. He says the phone scammers claim to be with the United States Deputies Association. He says they are looking into what can be done with the organization and it's claims.
Washington School Board members will be going over election results at tomorrow's (9/9) meeting. They'll also be selecting a delegate for the 2009 Iowa State Association of School Boards Assembly, and sign off on a Riverboat Foundation Grant Proposal. Members are also slated to approve an architect recommendations from the facilities committee. The meeting starts at 7:00 in the school administration building.
Leadership Washington celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Main Street Executive Director Amy Vetter says the 20th anniversary class includes seventeen individuals representing a wide range of organizations in Washington County. She says Leadership Washington covers a number of important issues to Washington such as economic development, industry, and agriculture. Vetter says a special luncheon will be held tomorrow (9/9).
The Washington Soil and Water Conservation District is encouraging residents to apply for conservation grants. WSWC Secretary Teresa Munn says they want to get residents interested in improving and maintaining the natural beauty of Washington County. Applications must be postmarked by December 1. For more information, call 653-6654.
One of Iowas US Senators wants to help prevent healthcare-associated infections. Senator Tom Harkin recently announced more than $880,000 to help persons infected with these conditions after entering a hospital for another problem. Harkin says 1.7 million people are affected annually by HAIs which results in about 99,000 deaths.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Government offices, financial institutions and many businesses are closed today in observance of Labor Day. The Washington County Mini Bus will also not be running. Labor day was first celebrated in1882 when workers in New York City marched from city hall to Union Square in the first ever Labor Day Parade. Congress declared it a legal holiday 12 years later.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is hiring some transportation officers. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says they've been asked to house more federal inmates than initially expected in the new jail. Dunbar says they were unable to find enough certified officers for the job. He says that's why they're creating a pool of candidates who will undergo training and work for the department on a part time basis.
Voters across Iowa head to the polls tomorrow to elect school board members. In Washington Five candidates are seeking three open seats. There are contested races in districts five and seven. In Mid Prairie, four candidates are seeking three at large seats. Two of them are incumbents. In Highland there are no contested races, and all running are incumbents.
A Washington School Board candidate up for reelection tomorrow says her experience is one of her biggest assests. Heidie Vittetoe is running unopposed in district 6. Vittetoe was initially scheduled as a guest on the Washington Page for KCIIs Candidates series last week, but requested her time be given to the Common Ground for Washington Schools group.
The Kalona City Council will decide on a number of city revitalization plans during their meeting this Tuesday. Chamber member Laurie Mostek says much of the focus of the project has been improving the streets and infrastructure in town. The council will also discuss approval of 53-thousand dollars for the lift station project among other issues. The public is invited to come and voice their opinion, but will be limited to five minutes per person.
The Beach Boys arent the only ones focusing on renewable energy in southeast Iowa this week. The Iowa Renewable Energy Association, or I-Renew, will hold a renewable energy and sustainability expo this Saturday. I-Renew Executive Director Mike Carberry says the group will cover everything from solar to geothermal energy and ways to make buildings energy efficient. Carberry says they will also discuss green jobs and how to live a healthier lifestyle.
Alliant Energy is encouraging residents to promote resource conservation by planting trees this fall. Allaints Nancy Craig says in the Operation ReLeaf campaign offers three-thousand landscaping trees to residents for as low as $25. She says planting trees is an appealing and cost-efficient way to reduce home heating and cooling costs. Craig says order forms are available on Alliant Energys website or by calling the DNR at 515-281-6749.
The third annual Washington Dog Park's "Doggie Paddle" is this Wednesday. Before park officials drain the pool in Sunset Park, dog owners are invited to let their pooch have a dip. Admission is five dollars per dog, and they must be current on their shots. Proceeds benefit the Washington Dog Park. Paws and More will also be on hand offering microchipping. The Doggie Paddle runs from 4-8 this Wednesday.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Congratulations to Ruth Bellinger, Orbie Brown, Connie Reed, Rose Streff and Aimee Vayan, our KCII and Hy-Vee Great Grab Giveaway grand prize winners. They all won a 3-minute/$100 shopping spree at the Washington Hy-Vee that starts this morning at 10am. They also get to get inside the Great Grab Box to collect other prizes and time certificates to ad time and money to their shopping spree.
The Iowa Department of Education reports that a record number of Iowa schools are failing to meet the standards of federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Approximately 20%--293 of Iowas 1,442 schools fail to meet the legislative targets on test scores, attendance and graduation rates. Schools that fail to meet goals for 2 years in a row fall into the category of in need of assistance. Area schools include Washingtons Stewart and Lincoln Elementary, Mid Prairie Middle School, and Columbus High School.
Fairfield will become the green energy capitol of America this Labor Day when the rock band the Beach Boys will hold a benefit concert at the middle school. The citys Ken Chawkin says Fairfields mayor will also award lead singer Mike Love the title of Energy Czar for the day. Chawkins says the band is one of the most vocal advocates for energy independence. He says Mondays concert will be one of the nations first green concerts.
US Cellular customers in Pleasant Plain received a boost recently with the completion of a new signal tower south of town. US Cellulars Kevin Schuster says the new tower will give customers access to their 3G broadband network, giving them high-speed internet access on their cell phones. Schuster says with cell phones so important these days, the new tower will help local residents receive quality service.
A Naturalist at the Washington County Conservation Center says much of what Iowa is famous for can be credited to what's under our feet. Pam Holz says soil that makes for rich farming is also ideal for wetlands. Holz says that's because it contains a high percentage of clay, which holds water very well. She says this is why farmers often need to till their fields. On the other hand, she says it's not ideal for septic tanks. She says they need to be above the water table.
The Heritage Area Agency on Aging is looking for more representation from Washington County. Max Lewis is Chairman of the Washington County Taskforce. He told supervisors this week they are looking for at least two people to serve three year terms. Heritage is a division of the Iowa Department of Aging. Anyone interested in serving should contact the Washington County Board of Supervisors.
A couple from Washington is embarking on a fundraising tour for the Children's Foundation next week. Steve and Diana Stout had initially decided to buy a retirement home in Mexico. They later decided to sell they're home and travel the US to raise money for the foundation which aids abused and abandoned children. The Stouts are getting ready to travel all over the US in their motor home to solicit money from Rotary organizations in various communities. Steve has been involved in Washington's Rotary. They plan to leave on Wednesday.
The Iowa Mennonite School's Fine Art Series kicks off this month with "Piano Wiz Kids." Instructor Susan See says the event will feature kids as young as 11 playing some of the most difficult piano pieces ever created. The IMS Fine Arts series will also feature music from Carrie Newcomer in February, and It's About All Reunion which is program made in the spirit of old time radio in March. "Piano Wiz Kids" is September 12.
Military men and women are being invited to the third annual Washington County All Veteran's Picnic. Post 29 American Legion Vice Commander Barb Duder says vets have unique bond. The picnic starts with a social hour at Marr Park tomorrow afternoon at three with a social hour. Duder says people should bring a side dish for the potluck.
Iowa Mennonite School will be offering a free sports clinic this month for students wishing to participate in athletics. The schools Larry Swartzendruber says the September 19 event will be a joint girls softball and basketball clinic. He says the softball portion of the day will be from 9-11 am with basketball from noon-2 pm. Swartzendruber says a boys clinic for similar sports will be held in November. For more inforation, call 319-656-2073.
Friday, September 4, 2009
A former state lawmaker from Keota is lobbying hard to see former governor Terry Brandstad return to office. Sandy Greiner says Brandstand's previous experience dealing with the farm crisis in the 1980s would be helpful in the current economic climate. Greiner says Brandstads experience with the Flood of 93 will also help him with recovery efforts after last summers floods. She says the Draft Brandstad PAC is currently encouraging him to run again. More information can be found at www.draftbrandstand.com
A U.S. Department of Agriculture study suggests conventional tillage practices could actually hold back more carbon than a no-till operation. Researchers have found that below the surface, plowed fields hold just as much, if not more carbon than no till. However, they say no till fields will contain more carbon, if they are left that way. A common practice is to plow one year, and no till the next. Iowa State University Soil Scientist Mahdi Al-Kaisi says leaving crop residue has many other benefits, including a reduction in erosion.
Washington County Supervisors have given the green light to a subdivision near Kalona. English Valley Estates will be located just west of town. Assistant County Engineer Jacob Thorius told supervisors this week, the last thing developers will have to do, is raise the elevation of the site. Supervisors approved the final plat for the project. That means construction can begin as soon as all DNR specifications are met.
Construction on the south Side of Washington's square is taking longer than initially predicted. City Administrator Dave Plymann says progress on the new library and street upgrades were delayed because of material shortages. Plymann says crews are currently working on flooring and painting in the library. He says they hope to have everything wrapped up in a few weeks.
Plans are in the works for a Snap-On Tools promotional event in downtown Washington. Joe Carroll is a Snap On sales developer based in Washington. He says the No Compromise tour will feature a custom built vehicle known as the Glo-Mad, which is a 57 Chevy Nomad, partially built out of Snap On Tools. The event is scheduled for October tenth in Downtown Washington.
More than a year after the Smokefree Air act was passed, Louisa County Tobacco Use Prevention Coordinator Kaitlyn Wintermeyer says only three businesses have received violations in the past year. She says none of these businesses received a second notice. She says this shows how supportive employers are of the act.
Non-profit organizations in Washington are invited to a special Chamber of Commerce meeting next Thursday (9/10) at 3:30 pm. Executive Director Tim Coffey says the meeting will be especially valuable for volunteer or non-profit board members, as they will discuss new policies that organizations must follow. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 653-3272.
This is the final day (9/04) of school board candidate interviews on KCII. We'll be airing the final segment of the Mid Prairie meet the candidates forum on In Touch With Southeast Iowa during the Mid Day Magazine. We'll also air an interview with members of the common ground for Washington School's committee on the Washington Page during the Morning Magazine.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
A Republican gubernatorial hopeful says he would handle flood recovery in a much different manner. Rod Roberts is a GOP member of the Iowa House, from Carroll. He says the state should have responded more quickly last summer. Roberts says he was happy that money from the economic emergency fund was appropriated in January this year, however...he feels it was "a day late, and a dollar short." Roberts says only about a third of the fund was used for flood recovery. The Carroll Republican stopped by KCII's Studios yesterday (9/2) on his way to the Old Thresher's Reunion in Mt. Pleasant.
Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy says they hope to offer ninety percent of four year olds access to preschool by 2011. Murphy says studies suggest learning during the preschool years helps prepare students for success later in life. That's an assessment Washington YMCA Childcare Director Shalon Hoyle agrees with. Hoyle says preschool is also a time when children begin to learn social skills. She says that's why their program is "play based." The Y's program is funded through the state's voluntary preschool program.
KCII continues school board candidate interviews today (9/3). Tsalika Drown will be on the Washington Page at 7:30 during the morning magazine. Drown is a challenger in Washington's district 5. There will also be more comments from last week's Mid Prairie candidates forum on In Touch with Southeast Iowa, during the Mid Day Magazine. These, and programs from earlier this week are available online, head to our home page and click on Radio Plus.
The latest in agriculture technology will be on display near Crawfordsville this this month. The ISU Extension service says the Advances in Precision Agriculture EXPO will feature demonstrations on auto steer, auto shutoff planters and strip tilling and planting with guidance systems. The EXPO is being held on September 17 at the ISU Southeast Iowa Research Farm. Contact the Washington County Extension for More information.
With the restructuring of state ISU extension offices, southeast Iowas Region 20 is beginning to take shape. The Extensions Kathy Vance says this region includes the counties of Louisa, Henry, Des Moines, and Lee. She says with the restructuring, county and area director positions have been eliminated and replaced by regional directors. Vance says Region 20 is one of the most progressive offices in Iowa, holding more meetings than other offices and working to overcome budget cuts.
Students at Sigourney High School will be getting a bonus this school year. The schools Shannon Web says during their Apple Roll-Out tonight, the school will be handing out some unique learning tools to high school students. Web says in the next few years they hope to give all K-12 students in their district their own laptops. She says with technology such a big element in teaching today, the laptops will be a good addition to students studies. The Apple Roll-Out will be held tonight in the high school at 6:30.
A former Washington Junior High teacher is being honored by the National Education Association. Michael Zahs, who retired last year, was nominated for a Teaching Excellence award. While Zahs did not win the award, he is being recognized during the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D-C. Iowa State Education Association President Chris Bern says Zahs is "really the embodiment of what teaching and learning is all about."
Washington is home to a new chapter of a national pro-life organization. The Washington Right to Life group is based in St. James Catholic Church and will hold regularly meetings the first Tuesday of every month. The groups Angela Fritz says their mission is to raise awareness of the rights of unborn children and support life from conception. For more information, contact St. James Catholic Church
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
A committee is almost done drafting a zoning ordinance for Washington County. The proposal has drawn fire from some members of the community. Board of Supervisor Chair Jim Miksch says part of that, is from a lack of information. Miksch, and other supervisors have recently sat in on lengthy discussions on the developing ordinance. A final public hearing is expected near the beginning of October. After that it would move on to the Board of Supervisors for final approval, or dismissal
Jefferson, Iowa, Keokuk and Mahaska are among the 22 counties declared federal disaster areas due to recent crop losses during storms earlier this summer. Washington County was given secretarial designation. That expands eligibility for individuals to get USDA
Local farmers are urged to report uninsured crop and property damages due to the recent flash flooding. Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith says teams will be coming in to assess losses and they need reports from local victims. Smith says anyone wishing to report losses should call 641-660-1825 as soon as possible as the damage assessment team will be working in the next few days.
A Fairfield man was hospitalized over the weekend after rolling his vehicle during a police chase. The Iowa State Patrol says 25 year old Judah James Bolser was eastbound on Highway 34 attempting to elude officers when his SUV rolled over and came to rest on the drivers side. The State Patrol says Bolser was driving under the influence during the time of the accident.
An incumbent on the Washington School Board says the district can save money later, by investing now. Patty Roe is up for reelection in district five. To hear more from Roe tune in to the KCII Morning Magazine for the Washington Page. We'll be interviewing a different candidate each day this week on the program.
A Mid Prairie School Board member up for reelection next week says the arts are an integral part of a student's overall education. Jack Dillon is the longest serving member currently on the board. He says a sense of belonging is vital to learning. Dillon took part in a candidates forum. To hear more from that forum, tune in to the KCII Mid Day for In Touch With Southeast Iowa.
The American Angus Association is welcoming a new junior member from Washington. Riley Sieren will join nearly 33,000 other active adult and junior members in the largest beef registry association in the world. Junior members are eligible to register cattle, and take part in Angus Association sponsored shows and other national and regional events.
The tenth annual Washington Farmers Market Tasters Choice Salsa Contest is this tomorrow (9/3). Market Master Bob Shepherd says contestants need to furnish a labeled quart of their own home made salsa by 4:45. He says sampling starts at 5:00 in Central Park. After that, tasters will be asked to vote on their favorites. Shepherd stresses that double dipping wont be allowed, and that everyone is invited to enter a salsa, or serve as a judge.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
A group that's hoping Washington School bond measure is approved on election day says voters should be aware of a new facilities committee. John Thorne says the committee will serve as a sort of facilities watchdog, and act as a liaison between taxpayers, and the school board. The measure calls for issuing nearly $12-million for phase one of a massive overhaul of all the district's buildings, and construction of a new high school.
A local lawmaker says despite an economic recession, area schools aren't skimping on student support. Fairfield State Senator Becky Schmitz says statistics show an increase in per-student funding across the board at local schools. She says in the last three years, total per-student funding has increased by at least 14-percent among area schools. Schmitz says these increases has much to do with bipartisan support for education in the legislature.
A Washington School Board candidate says schools should be run like a business. Sheryl Lewis is running in district seven. She says businesses are always looking for ways to reduce expenses. To hear more from Lewis tune in to the KCII Morning Magazine (9/1) for the Washington Page. That program will be played again during the Mid Day Magazine.
A candidate for Mid-Prairie School Board says they need to aggressively seek extra funding sources. Challenger Stacia Bontrager says one of a board members biggest responsibilities is making sure the district is financially healthy. Bontrager participated in candidates forum last week. To hear more from that forum, tune in to the KCII Mid Day Magazine (9/1) for In Touch With Southeast Iowa.
The Washington County Engineer says his office has completed a project funded by stimulus money. David Patterson says Vine Avenue between 150th and highway 22 is open after being reconstructed. He says they received more than $732,000 from the federal government. Patterson says the comparison between the old and new highway is "like night and day."
Washington Park Board members are talking security at tonight's (9/1) meeting. Parks Superintendent Tim Widmer says they've already taken some steps after a break in at the pool. The board will also be brushing up on workers compensation rules, and setting the 2010 pool season dates. The meeting starts at 6:30 in Washington City Hall.
The work of an IMS graduate will be on display beginning next week as part of the schools Stories in Stone exhibit. IMS Director of Development Larry Swartzendruber says class of 92 graduate Adam Flemmings abstract sculptures of alabaster and limestone are made with only a traditional hammer and chisel. Flemmings work will be open for viewing beginning September 12 and some pieces may be purchased.
A Keota 4-Her won top honors in swine show at the Iowa State Fair. Youth Coordinator Kati Peiffer says McKenna Brinning exhibited the Grand Champion Market Barrow August 18. Brinnings winning pig was auctioned off during the State Fairs Sale of Champions August 22.