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Supervisors OK temporary leave policies

In a unanimous vote on Aug. 11, Washington County supervisors approved a resolution authorizing temporary changes for county employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Initially the board had … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Lucky, an 18-year-old domestic medium hair male. Being up in age, Lucky is not really a lap kitty, but he still loves getting attention and being … more

Disaster aid available in Washington, Johnson counties

Gov. Kim Reynolds formally requested an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa communities and counties that have been severely impacted by the devastating derecho storm that … more

Area schools face the COVID-19 music

As students return to the classroom later this month, public health precautions will present educational and logistical hurdles at every level of learning. Few programs will be more affected by … more

Census Bureau begins door-to-door visits

Census takers are working across all areas of Iowa to visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census through Sept. 30.  The Census Bureau will follow up with some households … more

Riverside debates public gatherings

Disagreements about the safety and implications of public gatherings arose among Riverside City Council members at their last two regular meetings, ending a two-month streak of unanimous … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Butterball, a young female Domestic Longhair. Butterball is described as a “love bug” who loves to exchange purrs for petting. … more

State’s farmers take a hit from Monday storm

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said Monday night that a number of farmers from across the state were impacted by the severe storms that ripped through Iowa on Monday … more

Highland to start with hybrid plan

With the first day of school set for Aug. 24, the Highland school board decided to start the year cautiously. At a special meeting on Aug. 5, the board unanimously agreed to start the year with a … more

Riverside City Council Weighs Public Gatherings

Disagreements about the safety and implications of public gatherings arose among Riverside City Council members during their Aug. 3 regular meeting. Councilperson Jeanine Redlinger voiced … more

Storm rips through the area Monday

Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour tore through Iowa early Monday afternoon, in a so-called derecho, a severe weather phenomenon involving hurricane-strength winds moving in a straight line. The … more

Virtual 2020 Courage Ride underway

The 2020 Courage Ride, which this year is being done virtually due to COVID-19, began this past Saturday and goes through Aug. 15. The annual event is a fundraiser to aid in the fight against … more

'Something of a Legend'

Jim Goodrich, a community figure known for a lifetime of hard work, generosity and ever-present cowboy hats, died at his home on Thursday, July 16. He was 94 years old. Jim Goodrich’s … more

City urges all to wear face masks

Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh will contact local entities to encourage them to support the use of masks and social distancing within the city to stem local contagion from the COVID-19 … more

Cover Cropping: A Locally Grown Innovation

For a craft as old as civilization itself, farming exists in a constant state of change as new technology and techniques become available. As a state teeming with farmers, Iowa finds itself at the … more

The News webpage to include paywall

As of August 1, 2020, The News has a paywall for accessing certain content. Obituaries, marketplace advertising, photo galleries classified and legal advertising still can be accessed without … more

KCTC Phone Issue

The Washington County Communications Center has been made aware of a wireline or landline phone issue for all Kalona Telephone (KCTC) subscribers. Currently those customers have no service and cannot … more

Board of Health costs down

At its July meeting, the county Board of Health learned its revenues are 121% of projections, compared to 75% in expenditures, both showing effects from health and safety limits and restrictions in … more

Census to send postcards to non-responders

The U.S. Census Bureau is sending out postcard reminders to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard mailing is due to the impact of COVID-19 on census … more

Riverside approves citywide garage sales

The Riverside City Council  approved citywide garage sales for late August in a unanimous decision at its July 20 meeting. The sales were authorized for Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. … more
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