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Armed school staff, loss of obstetric unit top concerns at legislative briefing

WASHINGTON State Representative Heather Hora and State Senator Dawn Driscoll ended their legislative briefing with Washington County residents on Friday, March 8, by discussing what … more

Community Family Resources brings outpatient clinic back to Washington

WASHINGTON Community & Family Resources (CFR) is a substance abuse and mental healthcare clinic that serves the greater Iowa City area. In January, they opened a satellite office in … more

Keegan Gingerich posts bail

WASHINGTON Following an earlier bond review hearing last month, Keegan Gingerich, 21, of Kalona last week posted a $52,000 bail in the form of a surety bond.  Gingerich, who was … more

Long wind discussion, personnel changes

WASHINGTON  Tuesday’s supervisors meeting had a more than hour-long debate/discussion between the supervisors, primarily by Marcus Fedler and company spokesman Eric … more

Deadline extended for health administrator

WASHINGTON  The Washington County Board of Health extended its deadline to Friday, March 15 for submission of applications from those interested in the County Health Department’s … more

Dutch Market eyes summer opening

WASHINGTON Construction began November 2023 for a new grocery, bakery, and coffee shop just north of Washington on Hwy 1. Although delays have pushed its anticipated opening date back until … more

Washington to host 2nd annual Farm to Film festival

In 2023, Washington's first annual international Farm to Film (F2F) festival was a notable success, with 207 registered guests and 969 film views. This year, the second annual F2F aims at doubling … more

Lime Creek Livewires 4-H Club kicks off 2024

WELLMAN The first official meeting of the Lime Creek Livewires 4-H year was held on Sept. 11, 2023, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wellman. The club welcomed eight new members, which brought … more

Departing administrator Tokheim thanks staff

In her last official meeting as administrator of the county health department, Emily Tokheim thanked the department staff “for support and guidance” during her tenure which began November 2021, … more

County Supervisors at the State Capitol

Nine supervisors from across the state met with Gov. Kim Reynolds in Des Moines on Feb. 7, including Supervisor Jack Seward of Washington County, to discuss matters of concern for county governments. … more

Board OKs assistant IT director, Tri-City Electric and railroad agreements

WASHINGTON Following approval of revisions to the job description, the Washington County Supervisors Tuesday approved county employee Kyle L. Evans as the county’s information (IT) Assistant … more

AEAs top list of concerns at legislative briefing

WASHINGTON It’s hard to know if Gov. Kim Reynolds knew she was igniting a firestorm when she proposed overhauling Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEA) in her Condition of the State address a … more

Mid-Prairie lockdown standard procedure, sheriff says

WELLMAN The level 2 lockdown at Mid-Prairie High School on Wednesday, Feb. 7 may have attracted concern, but the grounds search by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and K-9 units was … more

Free business support available in Washington County, lunchers learn

KALONA Whatever phase their business is in, from starting up to looking for an exit strategy, free business coaching is available to Washington County residents through the end of July 2024, Mary … more

Century-old quilt with rich history returns home

A rare and historic "Name Quilt" has been donated to the English Valleys History Center after nearly a century of possession in the Thomas Family. Over the years the quilt had traveled through Iowa, … more

Sec. Naig chats with corn, pig farmers in Washington

WASHINGTON Given the chance to bend Mike Naig’s ear, the Farm Bill, free trade, African Swine Fever, and the struggling pork industry were all topics of concern brought up by corn growers and … more

Ed Chabal announces campaign for Senate District 46

Longtime public school professional and community advocate Ed Chabal announced his campaign for State Senate in Senate District 46, representing Iowa, Washington and rural Johnson counties. Senator … more

The News takes home six state awards

The staff of The News was delighted and proud to be awarded in six categories of the 2024 Iowa Better Newspaper Contest on Thursday. Three first place plaques now grace their office: Best Sports … more

Health Board seeks new administrator

WASHINGTON Following a brief special meeting Friday, Feb. 9, the Washington County Board of Health unanimously approved advertising for a new administrator replacing Emily Tokheim who resigned … more

Board OKs IT job description, tables bond resolution

WASHINGTON In its half-hour meeting Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Supervisors reviewed the proposed job description for an Assistant IT Director to maintain and operate the complex … more
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