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Kalona pool won’t open right away

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced last week that public pools will be allowed to open for lessons and laps only. However, the Kalona pool, which is operated by the Washington County YMCA, will remain … more

Hillcrest Academy opts for a virtual commencement

Hillcrest Academy is moving forward with plans for a virtual commencement ceremony. On Monday, Hillcrest Principal Dwight Gingerich said that the graduation committee met on May 14 and decided on … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Batman, a buff/tan  adult male domestic short hair. Batman is a chill kitty who dreams of his own Gotham City. He would adapt well to an … more

Kalona Public Library News

The book drop is open for returns Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Curbside delivery is available Tuesday noon-7 p.m. and Friday noon-5 p.m. There is a 10-item limit per library … more

Kalona, Wellman eye June 1 to open city halls

The cities of Kalona and Wellman announced their plans for re-opening their respective city halls. Both cities plan to have their city halls fully staffed on June 1. “Our plan is that … more

AmVets to hold only Memorial Day service

The Richmond AmVets Post No. 107 will conduct Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25. The first service will be at Sharon Hills Cemetery in Kalona at 10 a.m., followed by a service at the … more

Back to Business

Diners are not rushing to fill tables after Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions limiting restaurants to providing only carryout and delivery orders since mid-March. And not all restaurants have … more

Soldiers monument returns to Kalona

The final phases of the restoration of the unknown soldiers monument at Sharon Hill Cemetery are underway. On Monday morning, crews from Berg Lawn Care and Strabala Grounds Management began laying … more

Cruisin' in Kalona

On Saturday afternoon, 65 classic cars and three motorcycles cruised through the streets of Kalona as part of the Classic Car Cruise organized by Mayor Mark Robe. Car clubs from Washington and Iowa … more

Kalona, Wellman YMCA to open on May 26

The Washington County YMCA plans to open its facilities in Kalona and Wellman on May 26. Washington County YMCA CEO Amy Schulte detailed the opening plan Monday. “We have been working … more

Over 100,000 Iowans have now been tested for COVID-19

The number of Iowans tested for COVID-19 has surpassed 100,000, with just over 3,900 test results reported on Sunday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said last week that the validation of tests from the … more

Reynolds: Iowa will take additional steps if COVID-19 resurgence happens

If parts of Iowa experience a “significant” resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the state will take additional mitigation efforts to target those spots, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. However … more

How COVID-19 will change Iowa’s restaurant scene forever

Brenda Brehme cooks up gravy-smothered hot beef in her joint gas station and restaurant business, where she relies on hungry drivers to fuel up and chow down. But lately at 6 Corners Gas & … more

The consequences of early reopening won’t appear for weeks, disease expert says

Iowa is reopening too early, but the public won’t see the consequences until weeks from now because of COVID-19’s incubation period, warns an infectious disease doctor. Gov. Kim … more

Morale Booster

On April 29, staffers from the Washington County YMCA paraded through the streets of Kalona to offer encouraging messages to its Kalona Community Center members. more

Thousands request absentee ballots

This year, Secretary of State Paul Pate sent absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters in the state. Thousands of voters in Washington and Johnson counties have responded, although a … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Pinto. Pinto is an adult, black, medium-haired male, who may possibly think he is a dog. He enjoys following you around and “talking” … more

Flags will fly again over Sharon Hill Cemetery

The Avenue of the Flags makes an impressive statement in Sharon Hill Cemetery on Memorial Day. The brilliant red, white and blue flags wave proudly over the cemetery, usually standing out against … more

Pre-register for primary by May 22

Washington County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Daniel L. Widmer is reminding eligible voters who want to vote in the June 2 primary election in Washington County and who are not yet … more

Class of 2020: A senior year like never before

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in March, the Class of 2020 entered uncharted territory. Faced with refocusing their studies to distance learning and the cancellation of school … more
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