Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday, February 10 - Washington County News

Washington County Supervisors
Washington County Supervisors will hear a recommendation on what county elected officials should make next fiscal year. The Compensation Board will provide their recommendation to the board at todays meeting. Also the board will re-look at reconfiguring their meeting room to better accommodate the board's expansion to five supervisors. Finally they'll consider final approval for the completion for an area that will house the county jail's work release program. The meeting begins tomorrow morning at 9:30.

Senator Chuck Grassley Town Hall Meetings
Senator Chuck Grassley will be holding town hall meetings in 24 counties next week. Senator Grassley says he has met with Iowans in every county, every year that he has represented Iowa in the United States Senate. He says its this exchange of ideas that gives him greater insight directly from Iowans that he can take to Washington D.C. Grassley will be in Louisa County on Wednesday, February 18th at the Wapello Ambulance Building. The next day he'll be at Washington County Hospital and Clinics, in the Robert Nicola Conference Room, in Washington from 7:15 8:15 a.m.

Pork Farmer Award
A Washington County pork producer has been awarded a prestigious award within the state's pork industry. Rob Stout is among this year's recipients of the Master Pork Producer Award. Stout was presented with a brass belt buckle at the 37th annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines. He is part owner of Wellman Feeder Pig Inc. and has received three Pork Quality Assurance Level three certification status and his farm is registered with the National Animal Identification System.

Washington Public Health Website
Washington County Public Health and Home Care has a new site. The new site went online today. Director Edie Nebel says you can find a lot of information about their services, a calendar for upcoming vaccination clinics, and links to national websites such as the CDC. Nebel says the hope in developing the new site was to have something that was both easy to navigate around and update. Their web sit is

Kalona Days
Kalona Days preparation is getting underway. Dave Finley and his wife Susan are the Co-Directors for Kalona Days again this year. Dave Finley says this years theme is Celebrating Our Heritage. He says it is in honor of Kalonas 130th birthday. Finley says there are a lot of things to do before the big day.

Washington Speech and Drama
Washington High School had several students get high marks at a weekend state speech and drama competition. Jan Gallagher is one of the coaches and says they competed in Pella, at one of four state competitions going on in Iowa on Saturday. They had nine events and eight of them received division 1 ratings, which is the best you can get. Seven of those groups got division one ratings from all of their judges.

Purple Martin Workshop
The 4th annual Purple Martin Workshop will be March 28th. Jim Walters says the Workshop will have a variety of speakers talking about the birds and there will also be different activities. Walters says the 4th Annual Purple Martin Workshop will be at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center at 1005 Nutmeg Ave near Kalona. There is a $2.00 admission and children under 10 are free. Lunch will also be available. For information, contact Jim Walters at 319-466-1134.

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Shelia Hanson, PAWS and More Animal Shelter
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m. County Engineer David Paterson, County Roads
Listen to the interview on the Radio Plus page.

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