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Health director offers safety steps

Washington County Public Health Director  Danielle Pettit-Majewski Thursday offered simple steps for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. • Best way to prevent illness is to … more

Funeral Directors Receive Recognition

Funeral directors have played a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their service, Gov. Kim Reynolds last week designated July 12-18 as the state’s Funeral Directors … more

Riverside to host “Show and Shine” Car Show

The Riverside City Council unanimously approved a request to host the “Show and Shine” Car Show. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, July 12, in front of City Hall. … more

Antibody testing now available at WCHC

On July 6, Washington County Hospital and Clinics began offering an antibody test for COVID-19 directly to individuals for $75. Antibody testing, also called serology testing, is used to identify … more

Riverside to Help Fund Ambulance Facility

The Riverside City Council voted unanimously to pay $15,000 to the city of Kalona, covering a third of the cost to outfit an ambulance facility on a former Shiloh property. The move follows the … more

The Butler Did It

Riverside will celebrate the grand opening of a new dog park this Saturday. The 110-foot-by 115-foot area, named Butler Park, was the Eagle Scout project of one Matt Butler, though the name is … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Costner. Costner is a medium-sized, young, multi-colored, male Australian cattle dog/blue heeler mix. He is described as a free spirit. … more

State Fair livestock entries available online

All 2020 Iowa State Fair 4-H livestock and horticulture entries must be completed online through Fair Entry by July 10 at iowastatefair4hlivestock.fairentry.com. Help sheets are available for … more

Old Thresher’s Reunion canceled

The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Board of Directors met on Tuesday, June 23 to decide the fate of the 2020 Old Threshers Reunion on Sept. 3-7. The board considered the overall health and … more

Young volunteers restore Conservation Park

Members of Boy Scouts of America Troops 235 and 235G renovated the public bathroom at Conservation Park in Riverside on June 20. Despite being completed by the scouts, Troop 235G Scoutmaster … more

AARP calls for immediate, mandatory COVID-19 testing in Iowa care facilities

AARP Iowa says it is “outraged” by 11 COVID-19 deaths at an Iowa nursing home where symptomatic employees worked alongside vulnerable seniors. The organization is calling for immediate, … more

Ernst, Grassley join flared-up fight over ethanol

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - JUNE 11: A flag flies at the Southeast Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol facility prior to a visit from President Donald Trump on June 11, 2019 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. With … more


This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Kansas, a young, male domestic short hair and tabby mix. Kansas is new to the shelter but has already shown everyone he has a lot of love to give. … more

Highland school board weighs return to learn options

Highland school officials are continuing discussions on what the Return to Learn plan will look like in the fall. While much of the planning is guesswork while schools await guidance from state … more

Slechta Communications, Inc. re-assumes ownership of The News

As of June 18, the ownership of The News has been transferred to Slechta Communications, Inc (Ron and Helen Slechta) from Jim and Bridget Johnson, dba Johnson Iowa Media. Slechta Communications … more

Reynolds signs bill protecting Iowa businesses from COVID-19 liability

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks at a press conference on March 16, 2020. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a COVID-19 liability bill into law on Thursday, granting businesses, nursing homes and … more

State agency fails to post hundreds of verified complaints against restaurants

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals is responsible for inspecting food establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores, as well as food processing plants, … more

Reynolds declares Iowa ‘in recovery,’ appoints business leaders to advise economic plans

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse on June 18, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. ( Photo by Charlie … more

Highland board ends teacher contract

The Highland school board fired a high school teacher after a closed session at its June 8 meeting. Industrial arts teacher Brian Haymond had his contract terminated in a 6-1 decision, with Kathy … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS and More pet of the week is Bodean, an adult male coonhound. Bodean is described as a ‘go-getter.’ Want to get more exercise? Action is his middle name. His … more
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