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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 … more

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, … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

Highland tables facility use discussion

A discussion on reopening facilities to the public proved a major issue during the Highland School Board meeting on Monday, Jan. 11. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation on Jan. 7 that … more

Reduced tax revenue from casino to impact Riverside

As COVID-19 takes its toll on day-to-day life, it continues to put a strain on local government budgets. In Riverside, the challenges are especially clear, after a summer of travel restrictions, … more

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 … more

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 … more

Riverside accepts library contract

The City of Riverside unanimously approved a contract to increase its annual contribution to the Kalona Public Library Monday night, Jan. 4. The contract raised Riverside’s annual … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Skyler, a young male Australian shepherd mix. Skyler is currently in a foster home— his foster parents say he is very curious and loyal, … more

Riverside considers new community center after seeing survey results

The City of Riverside will hear feedback at a work session on Monday, Jan. 11 on its developing plans to build a community center in town from Carl A. Nelson and Company, which recently completed a … more

Scammers capitalize on COVID stimulus, vaccine rollout to steal private info

Between forthcoming stimulus checks and vaccine rollout, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller warns Iowans to be aware and careful of a variety of scams and fraudulent activity. “Scammers follow … more
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