Friday, July 17, 2009

Washington County Fair Information

KCII will be broadcasting live updates from the Washington County Fair Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm and Friday from 10am-12pm. Come see us at the Big Red Radio!

Kids, make sure to pick up a KCII Coloring Contest sheet at KCII, the Washington Hy-Vee, Archer Appliance and Electronics, other participating businesses around the county or the Big Red Radio at the fair. Drop it off completed at the Big Red Radio or KCII by 4pm Thursday. There is a $50 and $25 prize for first and second place in each of three age divisions.

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Services set for teen that drown in IA River

Funeral services have been set for a Washington teen who drowned in the Iowa River. 15 year old Clinton Fankhauser was swimming with friends in the river near Columbus Junction this week when he was lost underwater. Firefighters from Wapello and Columbus Junction later pulled him from the water. Fankhauser was a student at Washington Junior High. Funeral services are tomorrow (7/18) morning at 10:30 at the United Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Monument to worlds tallest corn stalk at fair grounds

A metallic replica of the world's tallest corn stalk is one of the first things people coming to the Washington County Fair will see this year. The nearly 32 foot tall stalk commemorates Don Radda's 1946 world record. His daughter Julie Zieser went up in a boom lift yesterday to place the re-bar tassel. Zieser says her husband Wayne is going to start working another replica to be placed at the Iowa State Fair next month.

Schmitz named to education commitee

A local state senator will be helping the Iowa legislature to evaluate how schools use their funding. Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz says, by law, they are required to meet every five years and make sure every school is getting its fair share. Schmitz says not all of the issues at the meeting will be about financing. She says one important issue that has been raised recently has been the cost of transportation of students and property tax percentage. Schmitz says she feels the biggest need is equitability and making sure the system is stable in a tough economy.

M-P registration

It seems like summer just started, but it's getting close to the next school year. The Mid Prairie School District will be making registration easier this year with mail-in forms being sent out to parents. Judy Goodrich says this will make registration easier for people by allowing them to stay home. Goodrich says registration packets will be mailed to families this month and must be returned to the high school office by August 1. She urges parents to return the information in a timely manner as it will greatly help faculty in preparing for the upcoming year.

Fillmore speed limit

The Speed Limit on Washington's Fillmore street has been adjusted slightly. Councilors voted this week to reduce the limit from 35 to 25 miles per hour near south 12th. City Administrator Dave Plyman says its not uncommon for municipalities to adjust speed limits according to residential areas. Plyman the streets committee decided to pursue the limit adjustment because of development in the area.

Fair starts Sunday

The Washington County Fair kicks off this weekend (7/19). The festivities start Sunday afternoon at 4:00 with the 4-H and FFA Dog Obedience Show, followed by the garden tractor pull at 6:00. At 7:00 the Washington County Fair Queen contest starts. The fair continues all next week with 4-H and FFA events throughout the day, and grandstand entertainment in the evening. Weeklong passes are $15, a one day pass is $6 For more on the fair tune in to todays Washington page at 7:30 during the morning magazine. Well be talking with fair board member Don Lewis. Or, check later today on the Radio Plus section of this website to hear the interview on demand.

Leadership Washington seeks past member information

Leadership Washington is looking for information from its alumni. The group's Denise Erpelding says they lost a good portion of their records during the fire at the chamber of commerce building. Erpelding says you don't have to donate the items. She says they just want to borrow them, and scan them onto their computers. To find out more contact the Washington Chamber of Commerce.