Mount Pleasant, IA


Henry County December Immunization Clinics

Henry County Public Health released their December schedule, and will be administering COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots on Thursdays throughout the month. Walk-in appointments are available Thursday, December 1 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 8 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Area...

Washington Fire Department Awarded Grant

The Washington Fire Department was awarded funds from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant in September in the amount of $183,190.47. Unfortunately, this will not fund the entire project. The remaining and matching funds will come from the 2022 Go Bond issue. “Our SCBA’s are what we use for breathing inside a structure fire, and we have 27 of them currently, as you see. A lot of them are nearing expiration. Currently, our bottles allow for 30 minutes of air inside of a structure fire; the new ones will allow for 45 minutes. They are more upgraded, better suited for us, and we are one of the last departments in the county to get the upgraded bottles. Another highlight is the masks. Currently, we just keep masks on our fire trucks, and we share them or clean them. This grant will allow us to purchase masks for everybody. They’ll be fitted to their face; they’ll carry it with them. It will stay with their gear in their gear lockers out here, and it will be their personal mask. The City Council approved a payment of $37,709.53 to secure the masks for the Fire Department.

4-H Winter Extravaganza Open for Registration

The goals of the Washington County 4-H Project Extravaganza days are to give 4-H members a variety of options for hands-on learning, experiencing, creating, and fun with other 4-H members under the leadership of community businesses, experts, and volunteers. Depending on details of each workshop, the majority are open to any 4-H members 4th grade and older. Each participant brings in their own level of experience and is able to apply that to these project areas. Check them out and get registered today! Online pre-registration is required by November 28 at 8 a.m. Limited space is available for some workshops and filled on a first-come, first serve basis. Each workshop has the same low fee of $10 this year, thanks to the generous support from the Great Big 4-H Lucky Clover Raffle proceeds. Contact Amy Green at the Washington County Extension Office with questions or if you would like to volunteer. The full 4-H Winter Extravaganza can be found here.

Fairfield man accused of assaulting former coworker

A Fairfield man was arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly assaulting a man who he used to work with. Police say the incident occurred in the 700 block of Michael Street in Iowa City just after midnight. 37-year-old Brian Hawthorne was the victim’s boss when they used to work together. The two were reportedly having a discussion that escalated into an argument.

Paws and More Online Auction

Paws and More Animal Shelter currently has an online auction running through the 27th of November. They are raising funds for a Capital Campaign to acquire land for a new building. KCII news met with Dr. Ann Valentine, Board President of Paws and More, the Washington Humane Society. “Well, in the auction that’s going on through the 27th, bids are made by comment, and every item or package includes information about the donor and exactly what is in that package. And then, it will tell you, for example, what is the opening bid is and whats the required increment for an additional bid; many times its five dollars above what the current bid is. So it’s an exciting thing and kind of fun, and there are some really wonderful packages available. Find more information about the online auction for Paws and More here.

Mount Pleasant Police Department Toy Drive

Mount Pleasant, IA- The Mount Pleasant Police Department is accepting donations for its annual toy drive. The Mount Pleasant PD is looking for new, unwrapped toys, and will not accept used toys or stuffed animals. Toys can be dropped off at the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 204 E Washington...

Louisa County Dispatcher Receives IEMSA Award

Delaney Parish has been a dispatcher with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office for over five years. On November 12, her hard work was rewarded with the Dispatcher of the Year Award from the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA). “It kind of leaves me speechless.” Parish remarked. “This is...

Daily Jail Count

In the interest of keeping Henry County residents informed, the Henry County Sheriff’s office has requested KILJ post the daily jail count. During the jail referendum campaign it was publicized that the jail would be able to house additional inmates from surrounding counties and this would generate revenue for Henry County.

Washington County Sheriffs Office and State Agency Serve Warrants and Save Animals

The Washington County Sheriff’s office conducted a search warrant of the property at 2245 170th St Washington, IA, on Tuesday. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, as well as the Iowa Farm Sanctuary, were present for the search. Katie Valentine with the Iowa Farm Sanctuary spoke with KCII News. “Iowa Farm Sanctuary received a report of a dead lamb on this property on Monday. So I went ahead and called the local Sheriffs department and met with local Sheriffs Deputies on the site and we were appalled at what we found, we weren’t expecting this scale of situation, what we walked into was hell on earth. There are hundreds of dead bodies sprawling over many acres and there are bones and skeletons everywhere. There’s deceased corpses scattered throughout, and there are plenty of live animals here that have been living and suffering for we don’t know how long. With this search warrant we actually were able to get these animals surrendered into the Animal Rescue League. They are onsite with us and from there we have kind of just been birthing and getting these animals to safety, and to a different location, and then coordinate placement. They are in need of immediate medical attention. There are some starving, they are full of parasites, head injuries, basically knocking on deaths door. That’s the kind of situation we walked into and we are still here for a second day in a row getting things cleaned up and animal moved out of here. KCII will bring you more information when it becomes available.

Sports, November 26th

The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team will be back in action November 28th at home against Ottumwa at 7:30 pm. The Panthers have won the last four games of the series with the last one being a dominating 32 point victory, 44-12, last year. The Winfield-Mt. Union girls and boys...

Washington Extends Tax Abatement Program

At their most recent meeting, the Washington City Council voted in favor of a Tax Abatement Program extension. Originally in place for a period of 10-years, without an extension, the abatement would have ended December 31st. The program, part of the Washington Urban Revitalization Plan, was initially enacted in 2012. It allows for 100% exemption from taxation for qualified residential properties, on the first $75,000 of actual value added by improvements done for a period of three years, so long as those improvements increased the assessed value of the qualified property by at least 10%. Qualified commercial and industrial real estate can receive a partial exemption for a five-year period, as long as improvements increased the assessed qualified property value by at least 10%. Those exemptions begin at 75% for the first year, with the amount decreasing by 15% annually.

Meet the 2022 All-Hawk Eye volleyball team

That sums up the 2022 high school volleyball season in one word. In one of the most competitive seasons in years, conference races went down to the wire and the regional tournament was full of tension-filled, dramatic matches. By the time all was said and done, Holy Trinity ended Notre...

SNOW Blitz Starts Holiday Season in Washington Saturday

The sprint to the holidays starts Saturday with Main Street Washington’s SNOW Blitz slate of events. The day starts on the Washington Square with the Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run. Registration is at 8a.m. At JP’s 207 with the race at 9. Participants can choose between a one mile walk around the square or a 5K through downtown and Sunset Park. Registration is $25 for those 10 and older, $10 for those under 10. All are invited inside JP’s 207 for awards and prizes after. KCII will broadcast live and play music with the Big Red Radio from 8-10a.m.

Mount Pleasant Water Shut-Off

The Mt. Pleasant Municipal Utilities will have a water shut-off for a valve replacement that will affect Goodyear Road, extending from 34W (235th St.) to the railroad tracks. The water will also be shut off on W. Highland Ln. and N. Highland Cir. The shut down will occur on Tuesday,...

Boucher and Brenneman Have Big Days on Campus

A pair of former Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk state place winning wrestlers have gotten off to big starts at the collegiate level this year. Golden Hawk standout Isaac Boucher, a current member of the wrestling team at Iowa Wesleyan in Mount Pleasant, finished second at the Luther Hill Invitational at Simpson. Boucher pinned his way to the finals at 285lbs, starting 3-0 before taking second place. The 2019 Mid-Prairie grad has a 5-1 record so far this year.

Fort Madison man found guilty of Second Degree Murder

Fort Madison, IA- A Fort Madison man has been found guilty of Second Degree Murder in the shooting death of a 15-year-old. The Hawk Eye reports that 18-year-old Dimari “D.J.” Meredith was found guilty Friday, November 18th, of Second Degree Murder in the November 2021 shooting death of 15-year-old Deeunta Q. Ceasar.