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PAWS & More awarded $2.4 million Riverboat grant

The team at PAWS & More animal shelter in Washington shed tears of joy Wednesday night when it was announced the organization was awarded a $2,405,760 grant from the Washington County Riverboat … more

Board of Health special meeting

WASHINGTON A new Washington County Board of Health administrator may be selected following a closed session (under section 21.5 of the Iowa Code) Thursday, May 16. The special meeting is set … more

Brief meeting amends budget, honors employee

WASHINGTON In its 17-minute meeting Tuesday, Washington County supervisors acknowledged a proposed hog confinement operation, honored a county employee for two decades of service, and formally … more

The rise and fall of Wellman’s turkey industry

WELLMAN In 1923, a chicken farmer saw a flock of turkeys while on vacation in Minnesota. It sparked an idea, a vision, that would put his hometown on the map and bring it international attention. … more

Hobby Hens

KALONA You don’t need to be a farmer to keep your own flock of chickens. Urban chickens are becoming increasingly common as cities recognize the health benefits of access to fresh eggs while … more

Supervisors okay road projects, new engineer office contracts

WASHINGTON Starting with Project AWARE to clean up the Skunk River to contracts for a new engineers’ office, the Washington County supervisors Tuesday okayed projects that could take spring … more

Third ambulance crew “positive step” board told

WASHINGTON The addition of a permanent third crew for the Washington County ambulance services was a major positive step, supervisors were told Tuesday, as well as the addition of a third … more

Search for county health administrator narrows

WASHINGTON At its regular meeting April 25, the Washington County Board of Health, which held candidate interviews April 20, set a special meeting for noon Thursday, May 2, to review references … more

Board OKs FY-25 budget, notes concerns about HHS operations

WASHINGTON As noted during the public hearing discussion prior to approving the Washington County FY24-25 budget Tuesday, “the county’s backed into a corner” to cover services and operations … more

Washington Co. board finalizes GO bond offering

WASHINGTON In the second and final step for the issuance of not more than $2,420,000 in General Obligation bonds, the Washington County Supervisors Tuesday finalized a four-year term through UMB … more

Future of Hills Elementary, students discussed at legislative briefing

KALONA Rep. Heather Hora and Sen. Dawn Driscoll held their last legislative briefing of the season on Friday, April 12, at the Kalona Historical Village, where they described myriad bills they … more

Washington's wonder

WASHINGTON There is a stark difference between the silver screen and a flatscreen at home. There is an even further divide between an old movie theater and one newly built. The lights … more

County GO bond rate ‘very good’ on four-year term; board sets hearing for 140th Street road assessment

WASHINGTON The Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave unanimous formal approval to the purchase agreement for the sale of $2,361,000 in general obligation bonds that will finance a … more

Kalona medical clinic to join WCHC family

KALONA When Mercy Iowa City hospital filed bankruptcy in late 2023, the fate of the Kalona health clinic, Mercy Family Medicine, was thrown into question. UI Health Care acquired the clinic in … more

89.5 FM now broadcasting from Kalona

KALONA In early March, following the receipt of their FCC license, Mary’s Holy Voice KMHV 89.5 FM, officially began broadcasting from Kalona, bringing Catholic talk radio to the area. To … more

Board holds public hearing on tax levy, OKs loan agreement

WASHINGTON In the public hearing on the Washington County tax levy that preceded Tuesday’s regular meeting, supervisors heard concerns about increased property taxes, with one resident noting … more

Board sets applicant interviews

WASHINGTON The Washington County Public Health Department will interview the four candidates for the department’s administrator position April 20. The interviews will start in the morning and … more

One year later, a stormy reminder

On the afternoon of March 31 last year, a Friday, early spring winds howled across Iowa. Severe storms were in the forecast. Another typical late March day, right? The skies grew dark … more


WELLMAN At 4:22 p.m. Friday, Kari Honsey snapped one last photo of the massive funnel cloud on the southwest horizon and then headed down to the cellar. She grabbed her bicycle helmet, a granola … more

Hog barn saved, hay barn and cornfield burn in Kalona blaze

KALONA Approximately 100,000 gallons of water were required to extinguish a blaze in rural Kalona Thursday, causing Kalona firefighters to make repeated trips in and out of town for the better … more
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