Friday, July 31, 2009

Breadeaux closes after two decades in Washington

After more than two decades, Washington's Breadeaux Pizza has served its last slice. The restaurant officially closed its door's last night. Bobbie Schiebel, who's run the business since 1993, says she's made a lot of good memories and friends through Breadeaux. Schiebel says they'll auction off their equipment and make way for the next business. Breadeaux was forced to leave when the downtown building they occupied was sold. Schiebel says she wouldn't be surprised if someone else decided to open a Breadeaux in Washington.

IA DNR investigating fish kill in SE IA

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill in Southeast Iowa. The state agency responded to a report of dead crayfish in Flint Creek near New London Tuesday. Wednesday Morning the DNR found numerous dead fish. They took water samples to identify possible pollutants responsible for the fish kill. A spokesperson says theyll conduct a fish count and try to identify the source of the kill.

IA ranks 4th in doing business

A recent survey of 12 factors ranks Iowa as the fourth best state to do business in. It evaluated things like access to capital, cost of living and transportation. Washington Economic Development Group Director Ed Raber says the rating should be a good tool for them. Raber says Washington County is in a good location to access markets in neighboring states. He says infrastructure improvements such as the Avenue of the Saints have added to the transportation network that allows for easy movement of people and goods through the area.

Schmitz touts entrepreneur website

A lawmaker from southeast Iowa is touting a new website for business startups. Fairfield Democrat Becky Schmitz says the Iowa Entrepreneur Network will serve as a one stop shop for people looking for resources in the Hawkeye State. The new website www includes links to investment resources, organizations that assist entrepreneurs and self-teaching aids.

Johnson Co. mock election

As the Johnson County Fair rolls on this week, participants are making their voices heard by participating in the county auditors mock election. Auditor Tom Slockett says as of 11:00 am yesterday (7/30) a total of 346 people have participated and spoken about a number of important topics facing the nation. Slockett says 127 voters support increasing troops in Afghanistan while 175 oppose it. In health care, 160 voters support reform with a public option.

Louisa RFL tomorrow

The Louisa County Relay for Life is tomorrow (8/1) and committee members are putting the focus on survivors. Committee member Karen Varnum says the Relay is an opportunity to see all the hard work that has gone into fighting cancer and to celebrate those who have won the fight. Varnum says much of the money raised by Relay for Life goes directly to the University of Iowa. She says the event will kick off tomorrow at 12:00 pm in the L&M school gym.

Homes of the stars

The Washington City Preservation Commission is hosting a "Homes of the Stars" tour this Sunday. Commission member Mike Kramee says they'll take a mini-bus to historic homes, where an actor will portray a historic figure from the Washington area. Kramee says that includes people like Alex Miller, Stacie Powelson and Percival Pollard The tour will depart from the Blair house at 2:00 and 2:30 Sunday. Contact the Washington city clerk's office to reserve a seat on the mini-bus.

Hunter safety

For southeast Iowas hunters, time is running out to take Washington County Conservations hunter safety course. Naturalist Pam Holz says three class sessions will be held and attendance at all three are required to obtain a license. Holz says anyone born after January 1, 1961 is required to take a safety course before hunting and anyone at least 11 years old is eligible. The first class begins next Tuesday (8/4). If you would like to register, call the Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655.