Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Severe weather possible

Severe weather could be heading our way tonight (5/12) and tomorrow. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities says rounds of thunderstorms will occur ahead of an approaching warm front. They say severe storms could occur in Southeast Iowa this evening and throughout the day tomorrow (5/13). Hail, and high winds are possible. In case of severe weather, stay tuned to KCII for Severe Weather Action Team coverage.

Schmitz says no to rate hike

A southeast Iowa lawmaker is urging her constituents to air their opinions at this week's Iowa Utilities Board meeting. Senator Becky Schmitz says they'll be taking public input on a proposed rate hike by Alliant Energy. The meeting is tomorrow (5/13) evening at the Ottumwa High School. Schmitz says people can also voice their opinion at the Iowa Utility Board's website.

MP teachers change schedule, not jobs

Three Mid Prairie Teachers have undergone a scheduling change. Luetaa Ropp, Norman Brooks and Collete McClellen resigned their schedule B duties, and switched to C. Superintendent Mark Schneider says the three have not resigned from their teaching positions at the school district as many have speculated.

Washington Sheriff seeks new K-9 car

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is hoping to get a new squad car, specially designed for their K-9 officer. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says they use a regular cruiser right now. He says K-9's are an important tool in police work. Dunbar says they are applying for a grant, and are seeking public comment on the matter.

Kiwanis campaign for chaplain at childrens' hospital

Washington's Noon Kiwanis Club is having a prayer breakfast tomorrow. Kiwanis member Dan Voss says they're raising money to get a full time chaplain on board at University of Iowa's Children's Hospital. Voss says they hope to raise around one-million dollars towards the effort. The breakfast is tomorrow (5/13) morning. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Voss at 653-4313.

WHS vocalists head to Ames

Four students from Washington are singing in the Iowa High School Music Associations Outstanding Performers Showcase. WHS vocal director Robert Youngquist says Tyler Lynch, Brad Crone, Brian Langr and Caleb Boyd were selected for an Outstanding Performance Award for their quartet performance at statewide competition this spring. This special recital by all of Iowa's Outstanding Performer award winners is today (5/12) from 9:00 AM, Until 3:00 PM in the performance rooms of the Iowa State University Music Building.

Kalona has open spot on zoning commitee

There is a spot open on the Kalona Planning and Zoning commission. At the last city council meeting Mayor Jerry Kauffman said he would have a suggestion for an appointment to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Wendell Nisly. He noted that a new state law requires appointed boards be gender balanced by 2012.

4-H Deadlines this week

Washington County 4-Hers have a deadline coming up. 4-H/Youth Coordinator Kati Peiffer says 4-Hers will be unable to exhibit at county fair or State Fair if they have not turned in an enrollment form. She says livestock ID forms, also known as 106 forms, need to be turned in as well. Peiffer also says state conference registrations and fee need to be turned in by this Friday, May 15th. If you have any questions, please contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811.