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Hills Bank donates over $8,000 to area schools

Hills Bank, as part of the Classroom Cash program, recently donated $1,483.65 to the Highland Community School District, $728.91 to Hillcrest Academy, $662.85 to the Lone Tree Community School … more

Chamber needs volunteers to staff State fair booth

The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help staff the Chamber’s booth in the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fair on August 12 to 22. The Kalona booth … more

Supervisors OK hiring outside counsel

Following an approximate 40-minute closed session at the start of their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 1, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved hiring Ann Smisek of the Ahlers & … more

Residential property values raised an average of 7%

The Washington County Assessor’s office has reviewed all assessed property values in Washington County and will be submitting the abstract of assessment to the state Department of Revenue in … more

Communities gather to honor heroes on Memorial Day

Communities across the state observed Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, with remembrance ceremonies, the presentation of arms, the playing of taps. Dozens or hundreds of citizens gathered in local … more

Jehovah’s Witnesses adapt to pandemic changes, grow as people

It’s been one year since Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide adjusted their hallmark methods of sharing comfort and hope from the scriptures due to the pandemic. For many, the change from … more

Optimist Bike Giveaway

Kalona Optimist President Jim Crowther, left, and bicycle chairman Bob Miller show off four of the six bicycles the Kalona Optimist will be giving away to three girls and three boys under the age of … more

Memorial Day services to be held in Kalona, Richmond, Riverside, Wellman

Kalona and Richmond The Richmond Amvets Post 107 will be conducting Memorial Day ceremonies on May 31 in Kalona and Richmond, according to Post Commander Kevin Reece. Ceremonies will be held at … more

Washington Co. Veterans to host meet and greets

Washington County Veterans Affairs will host a series of meet-and-greets around the county during the month of June, giving veterans a chance to come out, meet their County Veterans Service Officer … more

Young helpers crucial for Avenue of Flags

On Friday, May 29, a group of volunteers will gather at Sharon Hill Cemetery to erect the Avenue of Flags. Bob Spinner will be there and so will Jan Peterseim, but most of the physical labor will … more

County seeks grant from IDOT to aid with seed storage facility

Seeking a $3,000 grant though the IDOT’s Living Roadways Trust Fund (LRTF) to fund a seed facility “will advance our current roadside vegetation capabilities,” County Engineer Jacob … more

Kalona Day Fun Run June 19, deadline May 31

The 2021 Kalona Day festivities will kick off with the annual Fun Run on the morning of June 19. T-shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered runners as well as the first 25 to register on the … more

Early voting begins for Johnson Co. Special election

Early voting for the June 8, Johnson County Board of Supervisors Special Election will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19. Voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drive … more

Memorial Day Services, Avenue of Flags set for Kalona, Richmond

The Richmond Amvets Post 107 will be conducting Memorial day ceremonies on May 31 in Kalona and Richmond, according to Post Commander Kevin Reece. Ceremonies will be held at the Sharon Hill … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Lucy, a four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. Lucy is 51 pounds and has a black and white coat. Lucy was surrendered with Pepper, a black Labrador … more

Riverside approves budget amendment, changes to code of ordinances

At their regular meeting on Monday, May 17, the Riverside City Council passed a resolution to approve the city’s budget amendment and held the first reading of an ordinance to enact changes to … more

Sexton Family Receives Great Support

On Saturday, April 24, recent graduate from Highland High School Sexton suffered an accident that caused him to lose two fingers on his right hand and vision in his left eye. On Saturday, May 15 a … more

Employment in Washington county “quite strong”

Washington County’s current workforce is 11,300 people and 10,300 are employed, resulting in a “quite strong showing for southeastern Iowa,” said Mary Audia, executive director of … more

Mid-Prairie removes mask mandate

In a special meeting Sunday evening, May 16, the first ever under Superintendent Mark Schneider, the Mid-Prairie School Board voted 5-1 to end the districts mask mandate and to adopt the guidance … more

Former News editor publishes new book

Rogue Phoenix Press has published its eighth fantasy novel by former Kalona News editor Dan Ehl, now retired and living in Mesa, AZ. Ehl noted that his first time through Arizona was almost 50 years … more
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