Muscatine County,

Suspect in two stabbings faces multiple charges

A suspect in two stabbing incidents in Muscatine earlier this year is being held in Muscatine County Jail. On Thursday, Dayton Elliott was transported to the Muscatine County Jail from Polk County after he was arrested on a warrant for willful injury, a news release says. Elliott was wanted by...
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Linn County,

Three farm buildings burn in rural Linn County

ELY, Iowa (KCRG) - Multiple fire departments responded to fires in Linn County northeast of Ely on Friday night, according to officials. At around 9:20 p.m, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency responders were sent to a report of a building on fire at 750 Old School Road in Linn County. Deputies arrived and found three livestock buildings engulfed in flames.

Sen. Ernst Meets with Funeral Home Directors in Keota

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R) spoke with several funeral home directors about facing the COVID-19 pandemic in Keota Friday afternoon as part of her 99-county tour. Sen. Ernst visited Powell Funeral Home where a few board members from the Iowa Funeral Directors Association were also in attendance as well as State Senator Jarad Klein (R) and other local business owners. The funeral directors spoke of the challenges of holding services during the pandemic with gathering restrictions of as small as 10 people and personal protective equipment sometimes in short supply. They also mentioned how live streaming services proved beneficial for funeral homes and something they expect to continue post-pandemic.

Premier 1 Supplies Celebrating Road Paving Completion

A local farm equipment supplier is hosting an open house this coming week to celebrate a road paving project that was funded in part by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Premier 1 Supplies located southwest of Washington is hosting the open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday for people to tour the facilities, see border collie demonstrations, and learn more about the company. This follows the completion of a paving project of about 2.82 miles of road on Kiwi Avenue from 300th to 290th streets, 300th Street from Kiwi Avenue west approximately a half mile, and 290th Street between Highway 1 and Kiwi Avenue. Premier 1 Supplies CEO Ben Rothe shares who was instrumental in helping get a DOT Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) grant of $250,000, “I’d love to give credit to David Collins who is no longer with us. He passed away in the last year, but he was very important in helping us kind of get the project going and see it through. And he’s the one that sort of got the DOT and the county involved and really made it happen.”
Johnson County,

Johnson County balloon pilot gets national safety award

SWISHER — Adam Magee, who has been flying hot air balloons for most of his life, will be nationally recognized next week for his work making the sport safer. An accountant at Hills Bank by day, Magee said he was surprised to receive recognition as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Safety Team Rep of the Year because those type of honors typically go to people who have careers in aviation — not banking.
Iowa City,

Downtown Iowa City Block Party

An event like no other...will see some changes this year. Plans are still in the works. Social distancing and smaller crowds will be emphasized. But that doesn't mean you can't have fun at what has become a highlighted destination festival for the entire Midwest!
Washington County,

Washington County Fair Wraps Up Week of Entertainment, Exhibits and Shows

The Washington County Fair returned this week with entertainment and activities for the public to enjoy after a COVID-19-restricted occasion last year. Brynn Younge was the grand champion in the beef heifer show and for market gilt in the swine show, Bailey Sieren was grand champion in market beef, overall market goat champion was Avery Shalla, and bucket bottle calf senior champion was Emma Stalder. Jeorgia Evans was grand champion market barrow in the swine show, overall poultry champion was Cayden Huston, grand champion market lamb was Garrett Greiner, overall rabbit show champion was Kyleigh Dolan, and overall grand champion for the dog show was Zoey Dennler. Carmen Sieren was crowned county fair queen last Sunday night. KCII broadcasted live throughout fair week as part of the Big Red Radio Summer Town Tour. For more of this year’s fair results, visit the Washington County Fair page.
Washington County,

Washington County Supervisors Approve Grant Agreement, Secondary Roads Hire

The Washington County Engineer’s Office has received a grant to help replace one of its dump trucks. County Engineer Jacob Thorius informed the Washington County Board of Supervisors this week that he had applied for a Volkswagen diesel emission grant this spring. This week he was notified that they have been awarded up to 30% of the cost to replace their dump truck, or $60,000. Thorius says they are planning on replacing a 20-year-old truck, and the board approved an Iowa Department of Transportation agreement to receive the grant. The board also approved a personnel change request to hire Tim Kleese as assistant maintenance superintendent as the current assistant John Wagner transitions to the maintenance superintendent to replace JP VanSickle who is retiring this fall.
Washington County,

Heat Advisory for Today, Avoid Illness, Stroke

With a heat advisory in effect today and temperatures ranging in the 90s for the next week, Washington County Public Health advises residents to be proactive in preventing heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion includes symptoms like heavy sweating, fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, tiredness or weakness, muscle cramps, and...