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Wanted Brighton Man Arrested on Methamphetamine Charge

A Brighton man already facing a felony second-degree theft charge was arrested after an alleged incident on Highway 1 Monday. The criminal complaint states that at about 11:29 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was informed that 51-year-old Brian Ray Johnson was standing in the roadway near the Skunk River Access and had hit a car with his hands. Johnson was wanted for failure to appear for arraignment on theft and eluding charges. Sheriff’s deputies located Johnson at the intersection of North Benton and Fountain streets in Brighton and advised that he was under arrest. Johnson was uncooperative and became confrontational with the deputies. They were able to take Johnson into custody and upon searching him they found a glass methamphetamine pipe and a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine. He was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine – first offense, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. KCII will bring you more information as it becomes official.
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Theodore “Ted” Redding

A Celebration of Life service for Theodore “Ted” Redding will be held at 10a.m. Thursday, September 23rd at the Kalona Mennonite Church. Burial will be at the West Union Cemetery in rural Wellman. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 22nd from 3-7p.m. at the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial has been established for the Kalona Mennonite Church.

FEMA denies Riverside appeal

Tough times and hard news continue for Riverside Cemetery. General Manager Dorie Tammen received word the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the latest funding appeal. After the August 2020 derecho ripped through the cemetery and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damages, Tammen applied for FEMA funds to...

Breaking: College will now provide PCR COVID-19 tests to any student who requests one, regardless of exposure or symptoms

COVID-19 PCR tests will be available for any Grinnell College student, employee or family member to request, the College announced in an all-campus email on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The tests will be self-administered, but will not return results until sent to the State Hygienic Lab in Coralville, IA. Students will now be able to access a test without presenting symptoms or having been exposed.
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Murder trial for Fairfield man set for Oct. 19

WAPELLO — A Fairfield man accused of second-degree murder after being involved in a fatal traffic collision will be tried by jury beginning Oct. 19. According to court documents, Derrick Cook Maynard, 36, pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and demanded his right to a speedy trial. Maynard has posted $150,000 bond. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Williamsburg Community Schools votes against mask mandate

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (IOWA'S NEWS NOW) — Students and staff in Williamsburg Community Schools will not be required to wear masks after a board of education meeting and vote Monday night to discuss possible COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Attendees tell Iowa's News Now the board voted 4-1 against adopting a mandate during...

Muscatine man arrested after alleged sexual abuse at Coralville hotel

A Muscatine man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in a Coralville hotel earlier this year has been arrested. Police say the incident occurred May 15th at the Heartland Inn on 2nd Street. 48-year-old Jeffery Vaughn is accused of committing a sex act on a woman at approximately 2:30am. Reports indicate that the woman was mentally incapacitated and could not consent.

Five Iowa schools named to 2021 National Blue Ribbon list

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbons Schools for 2021. The list included 5 schools in Iowa. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The Iowa schools named as National Blue Ribbon...

Demons Drop Three at Ottumwa Tournament

Ottumwa was the location for the Washington volleyball team over the weekend for a tournament and the Demons dropped three matches. Washington was swept by Davis County (21-10, 21-17), Mount Pleasant (21-12, 21-19), and Albia (25-19, 27-25). The Demons are now 0-15 and they return to Southeast Conference play tonight at Fort Madison. The Bloodhounds are 2-11 and have won the last 14 in the series dating back to 2012. The league showdown begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Fort Madison.

Mount Pleasant XC Meet Host Area Schools

Several KCII area cross country teams will make a trip south to Mount Pleasant today for a 16-team meet. Washington, Columbus Community, Winfield-Mt. Union, and WACO are the area schools that will hit the course. In the latest rankings by the Iowa High School Track and Field Coaches Association the Demon boys are ranked 18th in class 3A with two individuals in the top 30. Senior Lance Sobaski is sixth and sophomore Micah Rees is 20th. The Columbus boys are also ranked checking in at number 17 in class 1A. Isaac Acosta is ranked 27th in the state.

Fairfield Weather Forecast For The Week Ahead

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Fairfield: Wednesday, September 22: Sunny during the day; while clear overnight; Thursday, September 23: Sunny during the day; while clear overnight; Friday, September 24: Mostly sunny during the day; while partly cloudy overnight; Saturday, September 25: Sunny during the day;

Daily Weather Forecast For Kalona

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Kalona: Wednesday, September 22: Sunny during the day; while clear overnight; Thursday, September 23: Sunny during the day; while clear overnight; Friday, September 24: Mostly sunny then slight chance of rain showers during the day; while slight chance of rain