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Kalona

Kalona Library hosts local author reading

The Kalona Public Library will host a virtual reading and Q&A featuring local author Evie Yoder Miller on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Evie Yoder Miller grew up in Kalona and graduated from …

ISAC hosts Children’s essay contest

The Iowa State Association of Counties is hosting an illustrated essay contest for children age 12 and younger to express why counties matter. Submissions should include name, birthdate, address, …

Pleasantview in the Community

Recently we changed our logo and tagline at Pleasantview; it was a timely move. We’ve experimented and utilized a number of catchphrases over 63 years, and this time we kept coming back to the …

COVID heavily impacts PAWS and More, supervisors asked to keep funding level

The COVID-19 pandemic dealt PAWS and More, the county’s animal rescue service, two heavy blows in 2020 with a decrease of $15,876 in boarding fees and $1,200 in pickup fees and a 65% decrease …
Riverside

Supt. Crawford moves to full-time Highland contract

Lone Tree Community School District Superintendent Ken Crawford, who currently serves as superintendent for both Highland and Lone Tree schools, presented his resignation, effective June 30, to the …

Optimists offer essay contest

The Optimist Club of Kalona is encouraging area high school students to contemplate the phrase “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism” as part of the Optimist International Essay …

Different departments, different policies for employee on-call, overtime hours

In a 90-minute work session on Thursday Jan. 14, the Washington County Board of Supervisors debated how to pay employees for being on-call (sometimes without being called), working overtime …

Riverside receives public health award

Riverside received slightly belated recognition from state and county health officials on Monday night, Jan. 18 for an unusual reason: its fluoride levels. “Water fluoridation helps prevent …
Wellman

Jet Physical Therapy offers individualized treatment plans

Chuck Miller believes in a personal approach — every patient who walks into the Jet Physical Therapy clinic in Wellman is a little different, so everyone needs a little different treatment …

Wellman council discusses paid leave

The Wellman City Council approved an application for a Washington County Riverboat Foundation grant at its meeting on Monday night, Jan. 18. Though Wellman receives a municipal grant each year, it …

COVID vaccines arrive at Brown Deer Place

With a new year comes new hope for Brown Deer Place, as Operation Warp Speed has arrived in the form of a COVID-19 vaccine for many of our residents and staff.  The vaccine, given in two …

Legislative briefing focuses on workforce, education

The first Washington County Legislative Briefing of the year was held Saturday morning, Jan. 16, over Zoom. Four area legislators were invited to participate: Iowa senators Kevin Kinney (D, District …
Lone Tree

Washington Co. Public Health provides vaccine updates

On Thursday, Jan. 14, Washington County Public Health Administrator Danielle Pettit-Majewski provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in the county. The county public health department received …

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Sundance, a female domestic short hair and tabby mix kitten. Sundance is described as MVP — a savy cat who knows the score and is pretty …

Iowa land values expected to hold steady

Owning farmland has always been a priority for farmers, but interest in this real asset by investors has grown in the past year. Farmers National Company has released its January land values …

IDPH shares weekly vaccine updates

The Iowa Department of Public Health has started sharing data on statewide COVID-19 vaccine administration on the existing Iowa COVID-19 website, coronavirus.iowa.gov. Updates will be posted weekly …
Washington County
Washington library hosts Stephen King discussion
The Washington Public Library Roaming Readers Book Club will host a Stephen King discussion via Zoom on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to read the Stephen King book of their choice. To …
Kalona plans 7 projects for Riverboat Funds
At their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 18, the Kalona city council heard the city’s plan for using the Washington County Riverboat Foundation funds for fiscal year 2021-2022. The city …
Kalona library hosts author reading
The Kalona Public Library is pleased to announce “An Evening with Author Evie Yoder Miller: A Reading Followed by a Q & A” on Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. This will be a virtual event. If you …
Wellman-Scofield Public Library News
We will continue curbside delivery for anyone who wishes to receive books in this manner. We will resume appointments to come into the library to browse.  We are working with reduced hours to …
Pop-up pantry sees fewer visitors after other food programs address food insecurity in community
With two weeks under their belts of delivering food bags and providing hot meals to seniors in the community, the City of Kalona saw a smaller crowd than usual at the pop-up pantry on Saturday, Jan. …
Johnson County
Johnson Co. accepting grant applications
Johnson County is accepting Social Services Emergency Grant applications. The purpose of the funding is to assist organizations in responding to short-term or one-time emergency needs. Funding will …
Washington responds to home explosion
The Washington County Communications center received multiple reports of a home explosion at approximately 4 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 at 1114 East Washington in Washington. Upon arrival, emergency …
Donors needed for Jan. 11 Optimist blood drive
Area residents are encouraged to donate blood at the Kalona Optimist Club Community Blood Drive on Monday, Jan. 11, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kalona Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall at 902 6th …