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Honors for Local College Students

In recognition of academic performance, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of the Cumberlands has announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the fall … more

Girl Scouts launch season with new Raspberry Rally cookie

On January 13, 2023, local Girl Scouts kick off the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie season! Girl Scouts and their troops are rallying their communities to support the world’s largest entrepreneurial … more

Pet of the Week

Five year old Maizy is sweet and loves petting and attention. She lived the first part of her life full time in a crate inside of a house. She was terrified of spray bottles when she arrived in her … more

KCTC Food Drive

KCTC is collecting unexpired canned goods or non-perishable food items to benefit our local food pantry during the entire month of January.  Drop off locations are 410 B Ave., Kalona, and 112 … more

City of Kalona cleans up city code, reviews audit report

Over the last 20 years the City of Kalona has seen many changes, and it has adapted its local laws to reflect those changes.  As a result, the city’s Code of Ordinances has become somewhat … more

Supervisors review of Encite proposal raises questions

The proposal from Encite Architecture & Design of Washington for design services at Orchard Hill to relocate Washington County administrative offices, has a fixed fee for $342,500 based on a 9.5 … more

Board seeks applicants for county attorney, appoints interim attorney

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Washington County Supervisors approved moving Attorney Anthony Janney from casual part-time to full-time county employee to serve as interim county attorney as they seek … more

Council hears proposal from PAWS & More

PAWS & More, an animal shelter in Washington, is seeking a 28E agreement with the City of Wellman for the capture and care of stray pets within the city.  The contract, under review by … more

Kalona Public Library News

The Family Reading Program is ongoing this week and there is a new make-and-take activity offered throughout the month of January, in which patrons can create their own magazine wall art. … more

Mid-Prairie Student, KCTC Benefit from Internship

Kalona Cooperative Technology Company has been operating with an extra set of hands recently while Mid-Prairie Senior, Leslie Miller, completes her internship through a Kirkwood education program to … more

Business as usual for Mid-Prairie school board

The Mid-Prairie Board of Education handled business briskly on Monday, Jan. 9 before heading into closed session to evaluate the qualifications of several architectural firms for their next round of … more

Employee Spotlight

Laurie Miller Employer:  Hillcrest Academy If you see a bright, smiling face in the office at Hillcrest Academy, with a look that says “I’d really like a good hug” you … more

Bright Futures Chiropractic rejoins Kalona Chamber

Kalona’s Farmer’s Market and Christmas in Kalona events provide area businesses with an exceptional opportunity to meet residents and encourage their patronage.   For Dr. Chris … more

Hillcrest Academy to host Middle School Information Night on Jan. 23

Fifth grade families are invited to join the Hillcrest Academy community on Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. as they host a Middle School Information Night.  Students and parents should enter … more

Kalona Optimists Host Successful Blood Drive

The Kalona Optimist had a very successful blood donor day at the Kalona Mennonite Church on Monday, Jan. 9.  “We had 67 units which will impact 201 people in Washington County and the … more

Meet Your Mayor: Mark Robe, Kalona

On Friday afternoon, Mark Robe, the mayor of Kalona, came into The News office for an interview. “Do you want to talk about why you take pictures of the moon, and about your dog?” I … more


In August 2000, 29-year-old Myron Thirtle donated one of his kidneys to his ailing dad, Eric.  When asked to consider becoming a donor, Thirtle didn’t hesitate.  He got the tests … more

Senior Dining Menu

Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – Breakfast egg/meat casserole, fruit salad, coffee cake Friday – Chicken broccoli casserole, cucumber salad, butterscotch pudding Monday – … more

Pet of the Week

Posh is a beautiful 2 year old gray tabby. She is independent and an easy keeper. Confident and well-mannered, Posh will make a wonderful kitty companion for the person or family that chooses to … more

Kalona cleans up city code, reviews audit report

Over the last 20 years the City of Kalona has seen many changes, and it has adapted its local laws to reflect those changes.  As a result, the city’s Code of Ordinances has become somewhat … more
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