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Health director offers safety steps

Washington County Public Health Director  Danielle Pettit-Majewski Thursday offered simple steps for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. • Best way to prevent illness is to … more

Funeral Directors Receive Recognition

Funeral directors have played a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their service, Gov. Kim Reynolds last week designated July 12-18 as the state’s Funeral Directors … more

Antibody testing now available at WCHC

On July 6, Washington County Hospital and Clinics began offering an antibody test for COVID-19 directly to individuals for $75. Antibody testing, also called serology testing, is used to identify … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Costner. Costner is a medium-sized, young, multi-colored, male Australian cattle dog/blue heeler mix. He is described as a free spirit. … more

State Fair livestock entries available online

All 2020 Iowa State Fair 4-H livestock and horticulture entries must be completed online through Fair Entry by July 10 at iowastatefair4hlivestock.fairentry.com. Help sheets are available for … more

Old Thresher’s Reunion canceled

The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Board of Directors met on Tuesday, June 23 to decide the fate of the 2020 Old Threshers Reunion on Sept. 3-7. The board considered the overall health and … more

U.S. House infrastructure plans could benefit rural Iowa, Democrats say

To make her case that rural Iowa needs federal help fixing its roads and bridges, U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer took her colleague U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who chairs the House … more

AARP calls for immediate, mandatory COVID-19 testing in Iowa care facilities

AARP Iowa says it is “outraged” by 11 COVID-19 deaths at an Iowa nursing home where symptomatic employees worked alongside vulnerable seniors. The organization is calling for immediate, … more

Ernst, Grassley join flared-up fight over ethanol

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - JUNE 11: A flag flies at the Southeast Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol facility prior to a visit from President Donald Trump on June 11, 2019 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. With … more

Kansas

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Kansas, a young, male domestic short hair and tabby mix. Kansas is new to the shelter but has already shown everyone he has a lot of love to give. … more

Slechta Communications, Inc. re-assumes ownership of The News

As of June 18, the ownership of The News has been transferred to Slechta Communications, Inc (Ron and Helen Slechta) from Jim and Bridget Johnson, dba Johnson Iowa Media. Slechta Communications … more

Reynolds signs bill protecting Iowa businesses from COVID-19 liability

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks at a press conference on March 16, 2020. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a COVID-19 liability bill into law on Thursday, granting businesses, nursing homes and … more

State agency fails to post hundreds of verified complaints against restaurants

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals is responsible for inspecting food establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores, as well as food processing plants, … more

Reynolds declares Iowa ‘in recovery,’ appoints business leaders to advise economic plans

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse on June 18, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. ( Photo by Charlie … more

Legislative inaction on EMS could spell trouble for rural Iowa

Response times for an ambulance vary widely in Iowa, with rural areas faring worse than urban locations. (Photo courtesy of Scott County) A bill that would have provided a long-sought stable … more

Home-schoolers fare well as Future Problem Solvers

The 2020 version of the Future Problem Solving International Competition was a virtual one for the first time in the program’s 46-year history. Instead of taking place in Amherst, Mass., … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS and More pet of the week is Bodean, an adult male coonhound. Bodean is described as a ‘go-getter.’ Want to get more exercise? Action is his middle name. His … more

Wastewater treatment plant work begins

Work has begun on the state-mandated renovations to the Lone Tree wastewater treatment plant. At its Monday night meeting, the City Council approved the first invoice for $67,000 to contractor … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is a kitten named Bobby Flay. Yes, he looks like his mom gave him a bad haircut. He is an adorable, sweet little dude who has not quite learned to … more

Iowa State Fair is canceled for the first time since 1945

The Iowa State Fair is canceled for 2020, leaving Iowans and the Midwest without their beloved tradition of fried corn dogs and hog calling in the humid summer heat. This marks the first time … more
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