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Wellman student uses derecho tree to raise funds

Patrick Overy, a young patron of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library knew the library was trying to expand its collection and renovate the building. But this year has been hard on the library, with … more

Attorney Gish returns home from Army tour

Washington County Attorney John Gish, also a major in the U.S. Army Reserve was back home in time for Christmas, returning on Dec. 22 from deployment in the Middle East. He has been assigned to the … more

Johnson County hosts Community Supported Agriculture info session

The term “Community Supported Agriculture,” also referred to as a CSA, may sound a little mystifying. But getting fresh produce weekly during the growing season is easy to understand … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Sophie Joy, a young female American staffordshire terrier and beagle mix. Sophie Joy is white with copper ears and spots. She is fully vaccinated … more

Goodwin Senior Center Receives Donation for Meals

Kent Karnes (left) and Jeremiah Gingrich (right) of Federation Bank of Wellman present a check for $1,000 for the Goodwin Senior Dining in Wellman on Dec. 18. Accepting the check for senior meals … more

Free counseling, services offered to Washington County farm families

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Farm Foundation are partnering to provide free wellness coaching and counseling services to Washington County farm families. The pre-paid coaching … more

Washington Board of Health approves Home Quarantine and Isolation order

With both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations now in Iowa, the Washington County Public Health Department is awaiting vaccine administration approval from the federal government and the Disease … more

Wellman to test new employee hours, remove speed hump after petition

Wellman public works employees will have a shift change for the month of January, following council action on Monday, Dec. 21. City Manager Kelly Litwiller said she had been asked by public works … more

Iowa readies for first wave of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines

Following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 11, the first shipments of the vaccine arrived in Iowa during … more

Prizes announced for Kalona lighting contest

Kalona residents have a chance to win prize baskets for decorating their homes this Christmas season. The first-prize basket is valued at $300, second-place at $225 and third-place at $165. There … more

Mid-Prairie presents 27th annual Madrigal Dinner with special singing masks

Mid-Prairie has presented a madrigal dinner for 27 years in a row — director and vocal music teacher Collette McClellen performed in the first annual madrigal dinner in 1993, so she’s … more

Kalona Rotary sponsors toy drive

The Kalona Rotary is sponsoring a toy drive for area families. New and unused toys can be dropped off at Dollar General in Kalona or toys can be purchased from the Amazon wishlist at … more

Wellman council approves temporary furlough for skating rink employee

In its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 7, the Wellman City Council approved a temporary layoff/furlough for city employee Teresa Lampe, who runs the skating rink. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the … more

Supervisors hear request for county mask mandate

The Washington County Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8 opened with the submission of an approximate 250-signature petition from Washington County nursing facilities asking the board to … more

Klein appointed House Public Safety chairman

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley announced that Jarad Klein, the Iowa House representative from District 78, will serve as the chair of the House Public Safety Committee during … more

Wellman Telephone continues mitten tree

A classic holiday staple in Wellman is still going strong, just with a few changes to cope with the coronavirus. For years, the Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association has put together a … more

Mrs. Claus Visits Wellman-Scofield Public Library

A masked Mrs. Claus paid a visit to the Wellman-Scofield Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 5 to hand out candy and books to children. more

Health board discusses quarantine, isolation orders, work session

The major part of the Washington County Board of Health’s monthly meeting on Nov. 19 was a detailed discussion of the possible need to issue quarantine or isolation orders for residents … more

Mid-Prairie preps for annual madrigal dinner

It’s been 27 years in the making and this year, pandemic or not, will not break that streak. Mid-Prairie has presented a madrigal dinner every year since 1993—vocal music teacher Collette … more

After mid-November peak, COVID cases start to fall

After hitting a peak on Nov. 21, positive COVID-19 cases in Washington County have started to fall. On Nov. 21 the 14-day rolling total of positive cases was 407, which fell to 330 on Nov. … more
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