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(1/23) BREAKING: FCSD Board of Directors Vote To Close Libertyville Elementary

During an emotional meeting of the Fairfield Community School Board of Directors tonight, the Board has approved the closing of Libertyville Elementary School by a vote of 5 to 2.
Board Chair, Dr. Phil Miller said he didn't want to close the school, but he would vote to reduce the district from 3 elementary schools to 2, "to give the district some breathing room." Miller added that

(1/23) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Citizen Contact:
​Caller reporting 56 year old male, possible DOA. Emergent response.

Citizen Contact:
​Caller reporting she believes her apartment had been broken into. Apparently someone came in through the east window. Items were moved in the bedroom and kitchen.

Theft in the 700 block of S. 4th Street.

​Coty Lane Waldrip, of

(1/23) FCSD Cuts Could Exceed Recommended Amount

Cuts will be made to the Fairfield Community School District 2018 fiscal year budget tonight.. After weeks of input from the community and Board work sessions, the Board decides tonight. Declining enrollment and the lack of funding from the state have made it necessary to make the cuts. Tonight the Board will vote to approve a list of employees that have accepted terms of early retirement from

(1/23) City Council Votes To Raise Water/Sewer Rates Tonight

The Fairfield City Council meets tonight in regular session. Councilors will vote tonight on raising water and sewer rates for residents of Fairfield.  The City Council Water and Sewer Utilities Committee will recommend to the full Council a 3 percent increase to city water rates over the next five years to pay for water main replacement and a 10 percent increase in sewer rates to take

(1/23) State Budget Is The Talk of The Legislative Forum

The first of four Fairfield Chamber Legislative Forums was by all accounts, a success. Attendance was high and the discussion lively. The discussion early on centered around the State’s budget. A budget shortfall of $115 to $140 million dollars exists in Iowa, depending on you talk to, but the bottom line, according to Republican State Senator Mark Chelgren, is that there will be

(1/23) Friday Morning Fire Claims One In Washington

Upon receiving multiple reports of a house fire and the possibility of someone being inside the residence, Washington Fire Fighters and Washington County Ambulance responded to the home in the 600 block of East Washington Street in Washington early Friday morning. Officials found the house engulfed in flames and one person was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name of the victim has yet

(1/22) VB County Board of Health

Van Buren County Board of Health Meeting


When: Monday, January 23, 2017 at 4pm

Where: Van Buren County Courthouse Local Health Office


Tentative Agenda:

1) Call to Order

3) Approve old minutes and current agenda

4) Public Comments (Time Limit 5 minutes/speaker)

5) Presentations – Jeff Gauthier, Crisis Standards of Care

6) Agency/Sanitarian

(1/20) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Business Contact:
​Seized a counterfeit $10 bill that was in Dollar General's deposit.

Citizen Contact:
​Someone ran the stop sign while the safety patrol guard was out at Washington.

​Theft reported at Walmart.

​Investigate an electrical problem at 1750 Maharishi Center Avenue.

(1/20) Fairfield City Council

JANUARY 23, 2017 7:00 P.M.
   Approval of the minutes of the January 9, 2017 Council meeting
   Approval of a Park Use Permit – Surrender Concert
   Acceptance of the Library Board Minutes

(1/20) Jefferson County Board of Supervisors

                Pursuant to Chapter 21, 2011 Code of Iowa, you are hereby notified of the following meetings of the below-named body in open session.
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors will meet in the 1st floor meeting room of the Jefferson County Courthouse

(1/20) City Council To Consider Water and Sewer Rate Hike

Water and Sewer rates are on the rise. The City Council Water and Sewer Utilities Committee will recommend to the full Council Monday a 3 percent increase to city water rates over the next five years. City Administrator Mike Harmon said the increase will pay for the replacement of water main at approximately one mile per year. On the sewer side, the Council will hear recommendation of a five

(1/26) Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties

The Board of Directors of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties will hold its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at the Tenco Industries building, 3001 W Grimes Ave, Fairfield.  The agenda will include upcoming Special Olympics and camp participation, appoint nominating committee, determine raffle, biennial State report, and other business as

(1/19) FCSD Budget Decisions Will Be Made Monday Night


$850,000 will be cut from the Fairfield Community School District’s fiscal year 2018 budget Monday night. Recommendations to the Board will be made after several weeks of community meetings and input from parents, residents and school officials.

Several scenarios have been discussed. The board has weighed and ranked nearly 100 action items to determine what might be cut

(1/19) FCSD Board of Directors



Monday, January 23th, 2017
Regular Board Meeting @ A.C.T. Office
7:00 p.m.
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield Community School District will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.  The meeting is open to the

(1/19) Iowa Hospital Association

Mental Health in Iowa is Fragmented and Costly


When mental health issues become visible, it often happens explosively and tragically. The shootings at Newtown and Virginia Tech, along with countless other deadly crimes, were carried out by mentally unstable individuals. About a year ago, an Iowa veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder was angered by two teens who were

(1/19) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Traffic Accident:
​Accident reported at Pence Elementary School.

Business Contact:
Theft of DVD's reported at Fairfield Public Library.

Business Contact:
Steven Pilkington was trespassed from Kum & Go property.

Citizen Contact:
Harrassment was reported in the 100 block of N. D Street.

Nothing to report.

(1/19) Van Buren County Board of Supervisors

Monday, January 23, 2017, beginning at 10:00 AM

at the Van Buren County Courthouse, Supervisor’s office, Keosauqua, Iowa



1.                Call to Order

2.                Public

(1/18) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Traffic Accident:
​Caller reporting his ladder fell off his work truck and struck a parked vehicle.

Citizen Contact:
​Caller reporting that her husband has fallen on cold hard cement and is unconscious. Emergency response.

Stolen vehicle reported in the 200 block of S. 15th Street.

​Jacob Bedford, of Eldon, was arrested and charged

(1/17) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Kevin Aaron Stone, of Eldon, was arrested and charged with 3rd degree theft. and numerous warrants out of Wapello and Chariton County.

​Willie Guy Pilkington, of Fairfield, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine), and possession of drug

(11/15) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Report of 5th degree theft.

​Austin Miller was arrested for probation parole warrant.

Fraud - credit card/automatic teller machine.

Traffic Accident:
​Subject was traveling west bound on Washington. Juvenile was in front of subject on his bicycle. Juvenile went to turn left down 3rd Street as subject was attempting