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Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Buttons, a 62-pound adult male rottweiler. In his personality score, Buttons scored high for friendliness and fearfulness and low for excitability … more

Riverside Fire Department hosts drive-thru pork dinner fundraiser

For one evening only, the Riverside fire station turned into a drive-through pork sandwich restaurant, as staff and volunteers hosted a rather unique form of fundraiser. Community members donated … more

Communication and family time key for online learners

Highland and Lone Tree schools have both applied to the state for online learning waivers, which have both been approved. Highland originally moved online on Nov. 17 due to a lack of … more

Washington County seeks volunteers to fill board, commission vacancies

A number of Washington county boards and commissions serve Washington County through the service of volunteer applicants, all of whom must be at least 18 years of age. All are unpaid positions with … more

Supervisors OK temporary employee benefit changes due to COVID-19

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution for temporary changes to the employee handbook to meet emergencies caused by the COVID-19 … more

Washington Board of Health considers quarantine, isolation orders

In a move to deal with containing possible COVID-19 cases, the Washington County Board of Health in a special session on Nov. 13 approved a two-member executive committee consisting of Dr. Trevor … more

Robinson reelected as Highland board president, Allen as VP

Nate Robinson was named the board president and Megan Allen was elected vice president at the annual meeting of the Highland School Board on Nov. 9. Both were immediately sworn in. The News was … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Sweet Potato, a young female domestic short hair and tabby mix. Sweet Potato has an orange coat and white belly, is litter-trained and has all her … more

Auction season weathers the pandemic in Kalona

A heated discussion regarding health insurance was the most prominent among a few hotly debated issues brought up during the Riverside City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 16. The meeting lasted … more

CDC guidelines for a safe Thanksgiving

The CDC lists its guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season, such as limiting family get-togethers, wearing masks and encouraging guests to bring their own food. For more … more

As COVID numbers climb, Iowa sees new mitigations

As COVID numbers continue to surge, Governor Kim Reynolds addressed Iowans live on statewide, primetime TV on Monday, Nov. 16, the first such address by an Iowa governor. “Right now, the … more

Pam Flynn, Air Force veteran of 25 years, sees respect, kindness from Kalona community

Pam Flynn loves being outdoors in the sunshine. She loves riding around her Kalona neighborhood in her golf cart, visiting with her neighbors and bringing toys and treats to her nieces and nephews. … more

A different kind of 85th birthday celebration

Despite the helium shortage and the persistent wind that popped many of them, the family and friends of Mary Rogers still managed to tie balloons to their cars on Saturday, Nov. 7 in order to drive … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Redge, a young female domestic short hair and tabby mix. Redge has a light orange coat, is litter-trained and has all her vaccinations up to date. … more

Drug take-back event breaks records

During the nationwide U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration drug takeback event on Oct. 24, the DEA collected nearly a million pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medications across the nation. The … more

Riverside ambulance donation finalized

The donation of a passenger ambulance from the City of Riverside to Washington County was finalized by a board of supervisor’s vote on Oct. 27. Riverside now contracts with the newly formed … more

WCHC remains prepared for COVID hospitalizations

Although COVID-19 positivity rates are steadily rising in Washington County, Washington County Hospital and Clinics has not yet seen “a significant number of COVID-19 related admissions,” … more

Area fire depts. battle Riverside blaze

On Thursday, Nov. 5, the Riverside Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire in the 1400 block of Underwood Ave just before noon. The Riverside Fire Department responded with auto aid from … more

Riverside shops treasure new ‘218 Treasure Trek’

Customers poured into nearly every store on First Street on Saturday, Nov. 7 as part of Riverside’s first annual Route 218 Treasure Trek. In collaboration with shops in nearby Ainsworth, … more

Public Health urges care in holiday planning

With major winter holidays coming, preparing for celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic requires even more planning than ever. Danielle Pettit-Majewski, director of the Washington County Public … more
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