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(8/19) Traffic Stop Turned Serious In Fairfield


While on patrol on down Burlington Ave, Fairfield Officers spotted a suspended driver, driving. Driver Jose Rivera, 44 pulled into the Jet Stop gas station and Officers pulled behind him.

When asked to show proof that license was reinstated, Rivera showed Officers a new paper license issued on the 14th. When the information was verified through dispatch, a warrant in Keokuk County came up.

Rivera was placed under arrest. After the arrest, Inside the vehicle, Officers found two small zip lock baggies containing Meth, packaging material, scales and a pipe. Rivera was charged with possession with intent to deliver and drug paraphernalia.

He remains in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting initial appearance.
 

(8/19) Pets Die In House Fire


Mt Pleasant Fire Department responded to a House fire last night with trapped pets. Just after 6pm, Fire Crews extinguished the fire that is believed to have started in the Kitchen.

Most of the fire damage was contained to the kitchen area however smoke damaged the entire home.

Once assessing the home, five dogs were found, unresponsive. The five dogs died in the home, it is unclear the cause of the fire.

The investigation remains open.
 

(8/19) Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners Meeting


The Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District
Commissioner’s regular monthly meeting has been scheduled for Thursday August 21, at 9:00 a.m. at the District office located at
603 S 23rd Street, Fairfield.   These meetings are open to the public, if special accommodations are needed; please call the office at 472-2558 ext 3.
 

(8/19) Police Reports


8/18- Reports and Activity for Fairfield PD & Jefferson County Sheriff Office
Izahai Rushman was arrested on a warrant for a revocation hearing violation
Alwin Hesse was cited for speeding 35mph in a 25mph
Katlyn Haney was pulled over for the left rear light being out, officers smelled marijuana, a pipe with residue was found. Haney was charged with possession of a controlled substance and

(8/19) Northey comments on Iowa crops and weather report


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.
 
“Iowa saw some spotty precipitation again last week, but significant parts of the state have missed some of the recent rainfalls and are reaching the

(8/19) TENCO Explains Crisis Home After Citizens Voice Concerns


After concerns surface about the new Crisis Home in Fairfield, Tenco offers more information. The purpose of the Crisis Home is to allow people with mental health crisis an opportunity for stabilization, without hospitalization.

With funding being cut across the Healthcare board, services for the mentally ill are being evaluated and in many cities nationwide fewer and fewer beds are

(8/19) FSD Participates In Operation Backpack


A new event for the Fairfield community to help area students before school begins. Friday the community will participate in Operation Backpack. This one day event  will feature community members filling a school bus with school supplies. All supplies will be donated to area youth in need of supplies for this school year. Friday from 9am – noon at the Fairfield High School, join in at

(8/19) New EMA Meets With Stakeholders


The New Emergency Management Coordinator sat down at the table with the Jefferson County Supervisors to make himself available. As of July 1st, Joe Stever took on two part time positions as the Emergency Management Coordinator and 9-1-1 Coordinator.

In case of an emergency many policies need to be in place and all Law Enforcement, Fire Crews and Medical Personnel on the same page. Stever will work as the liaison to contribute in training to make sure a seamless process exist when notifying local residence of an emergency and where to turn in such event.

Stever explained to the Supervisors that September is National Preparedness month. A month that focuses on areas of the community being ready in the event of a natural disaster. According to Stever, Jefferson County will focus on four different areas, including, Family, Student, Community and Pet preparedness in the month of September.

More information concerning the sessions will be available in the coming weeks.
 

(8/19) Supervisors Awarded RISE Grant To Pave Road In Heartland Agreement


Jefferson County Engineer Scott Cline applied for a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy grant known as RISE.The RISE grant awarded Jefferson County $140,000 to help pave a portion of Nutmeg.

The Jefferson County Supervisors agreed to pave 1000 ft of Nutmeg as part of the Heartland Co-Op agreement. French Reneker was hired to survey and design the RISE project.

Along with road repairs,

(8/19) Snacks in a Sack For Van Buren & Harmony Students


Youth getting adequate meals when school is not in session has been a topic in Southeast Iowa.

Area City leaders recognize that some students only eat a healthy meal when classes are in session. Van Buren County Cooperative Ministry sends students in Harmony and Van Buren Districts home with snacks in a sack twice a month.

The ministry was able to serve nearly 100 students last year and is

(8/19) Mt Pleasant Man Runs Into Police Cruiser


A Mt. Pleasant man was arrested on several charges after being in an accident with a police vehicle. Just before 2 am Sunday, Mickey Chesser struck the back of a clearly marked Mt. Pleasant Police Department patrol vehicle as the officer was turning off East Washington Street in the 1300 block. Chesser was charged with OWI, failure to stop within an assured clear distance, no valid driver’s

(8/19) 12X12 Canvas Exhibit Returns to Fairfield Art Association


The Fairfield Art Association announces a "Call for Entries" to artists to participate in an exhibit this coming November - January, in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. A new awards event is being planned for January with additional dollars for four cash awards to outstanding art works. A "People's Choice" will be selected in

(8/18) Successful Iowa State Fair for Treasure Hunters


State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that thousands of Iowa State Fairgoers discovered lost treasures. "The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth had another successful year at the Iowa State Fair," Fitzgerald said. "With over 7200 claims of unclaimed property being discovered, this was certainly an exceptional year. Claims totaled over $1.6 million, with the largest

(8/18) Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly to 4.5 Percent


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June.  The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent in July compared to 6.1 percent in June.
 
“The state’s labor force continued to expand in July, causing a slight increase

(8/18) Leahy Family Drops Injunction Against Heartland Co-op


The case for a permanent injunction filed by the Leahy family against Heartland Co-op has been dropped. The Case was dismissed Thursday at the request of the Leahy’s and listed as “dismissed without prejudice” The Leahy family filed for the injunction in April after Heartland made public their intentions to invest over $27 million in a 4.4 million bushel grain shipping

(8/18) The City Of Fairfield Close To Achieving BlueZones Community


The City of Fairfield is getting close to becoming a Blue Zones Community. With 1,253 pledges, Blue Zones Community Policy®, Blue Zones Grocery Store®, and Blue Zones Restaurant® goals met, Fairfield is in position to be one of the first Blue Zones Communities®!
 
According to City Officials the remaining steps include getting another 400 people to take the Blue Zone's

(8/18) Arrest Made In Keota Stabbing


One man is in custody for a stabbing that happened late Saturday night in Keota. The Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office responded just before 11:30 p.m. to a female stabbing victim.
Deputies found a woman with a knife wound in her chest two blocks away from her home. Paramedics treated her there, but she refused to go to the hospital. Her identity has been released.
Law enforcement arrested

(8/18) Ottumwa Man Charged With Sexual Assault


An Ottumwa man faces charges after police say he sexually assaulted a woman early Friday.

Glenn Curtis Lanphier, 47, was charged with sexual abuse after an officer patrolling the area saw a disturbance.

When the officer spoke with the people involved, the woman reported being sexually assaulted by Lanphier.

Lanphier remains in the Wapello County Jail

(8/18) Ottumwa Deer Season To Address Population In City Limits


As set by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the City of Ottumwa’s deer season for bow hunters will begin on September 13, 2014 and will run through January 10, 2015. The City’s deer hunting program was implemented in 2005 as a method to safely reduce the deer population within the city limits of Ottumwa.

Hunters interested in participating in the City’s deer season

(8/18) Deere Announces Indefinite Layoff


Deere & Company announced Friday the more than 600 workers, at four locations, will be placed on indefinite layoff. The layoff announcement was issued two days after the company announced third quarter 2014 earnings dropped to $2.33 per share compared to $2.56 per share for the same period the previous year. The indefinite layoffs announced August 15 affected workers at John Deere

(8/18) Youth Earn $231,550 in Scholarships/Awards at Iowa State Fair


The Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) presented $231,550 in scholarships and awards to youth who participated in 4-H and FFA beef, swine, sheep, goat and poultry projects Saturday prior to the Sale of Champions at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The ceremony included the presentation of 129 scholarships with a value of $200,400, as well as 91 performance and carcass awards

(8/18) Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News Releases


8/15/14 Talk about Water Quality and Pest Resistance Management at Iowa State’s Farm Progress Show Exhibit
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/node/25169/
Exhibits in the Iowa State tent, located at the corner of Center and Seventh Avenues of the Farm Progress Show, contain information related to best management practices for improving water quality and pest resistance, and information about

(8/15) Injunction Against Heartland Coop Dismissed


The case for a permanent injunction filed by the Leahy family against Heartland Co-op has been dropped. The Case was dismissed Thursday at the request of the Leahy’s and listed as “dismissed without prejudice” The Leahy family had filed for the injunction in April after Heartland made public their intentions to invest over $27 million in a 4.4 million bushel grain shipping

(8/14) Hearing on Cannabis Oil Scheduled


Iowans will have a chance to share their views about the new state law that allows severe epileptics to possess cannabis oil as a treatment. It’s not legal to buy or sell cannabis oil in Iowa, but the 2014 Iowa legislature passed a law that decriminalized possession of the substance. Advocates say it can help patients with a severe form of epilepsy. The Iowa Department of Public Health has

(8/14) Governor and Lt Gov to Visit Fairfield


Governor Terry Branstad and Lt Governor Kim Reynold will be making a stop in Fairfield the last week of the month. The Governor’s office announced it will be making a stop at Hawthorn Direct Thursday August 28th. The Governor will tour Hawthorn to learn more about the business as well as experience the diverse arts culture Fairfield has to offer. The political pair will make their stop at

*(8/13) Fairfield Awarded $1 Million Vision Iowa Grant


In what Fairfield Mayor called “great news” for the city, Fairfield has been awarded a $1 million Vision Iowa Grant toward the Pool/Gym Project. Malloy and other stakeholders were in Des Moines today after meeting with the negotiating board Tuesday. The city had applied for a $1,050,000 grant, so the final total was very well received. The grant does come with one contingency;

(8/12) Grassley Aid to Hold Office Hours


Senator Chuck Grassley’s Regional Director based in Davenport, Penny Vacek, will be holding open office hours in Henry, Lee, Van Buren, and Jefferson counties on August 21.  The office hours provide an opportunity for Iowans to obtain casework assistance or to express views.
           
Vacek’s schedule is as

(8/12) Coucil Listens to Search Firm Presentation


The process to find a new city administrator is beginning at Fairfield City Hall. At Monday’s council meeting, the council heard a presentation from Karl Nollenbeger with GovHR USA, a search firm specializing in these types of searches. Nollenbeger’s firm is a national firm that has recently helped West Liberty, Burlington and Washington fill similar vacancies. The agency would meet

*(8/11) Relay for Life Scheduled


The 2014 Jefferson County Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday Sept 27th, and in addition to a change in the date, the relay has been typically held in May, the relay will also has a few scheduling changes as well. Courtney Heald, coordinator of the relay says they will start a bit earlier than in the past.  
To accommodate busy schedules, t he event at the Jefferson County

*(8/11) Loebsack Staff to meet with Public


Congressman Dave Loebsack will have a member of his staff in Southeast Iowa for open office hours. Jared Hershberger, Loebsack’s District Representative, will be at the following locations. Hershberger will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Dave, or would just like to share their concerns. Members of the public are

(8/8) Practical Farmers of Iowa has Opened a New Round of Applications


Practical Farmers of Iowa is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Savings Incentive Program. The two-year program seeks to help beginning and aspiring farmers achieve success with their farm start-ups by pairing participants with experienced mentors; offering business plan support and the chance to save money and receive matching funds; access to learning opportunities; and connection to

(8/8) Fairfield City Council Agenda


FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL AGENDA
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
AUGUST 11, 2014 7:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
CONSENT AGENDA
   Approval of the minutes of the July 28, 2014 Council meeting
   Approval of the June Finance Report
   Resolution of Employment for the Park & Recreation Dept
   Approval of Claims in the amount of $ 338,186.82
PUBLIC

(8/8) No Jefferson County Supervisor Meeting


There will be no Board of Supervisors’ meeting the week of August 11, 2014.
 
 

(8/8) Gridley Trial: Defense Calls Fairfield Woman To Testify


The trial of Donald Dean Gridley is well under way. The trial is centered on one question, who was driving the truck when it ran off the road? The State believes that the Defendant, Donald Dean Gridley, was the driver. A woman who met Donald and his father Patrick says that Donald was the passenger. The defense called Nicole Tedrow, 28, of Fairfield to the stand. Tedrow testified that she was at

(8/8) Greater Jefferson County Foundation Awards 27 Grant Request


 
Last night the Greater Jefferson County Foundation distributed non-gaming county funds as well as General Grant Funds for 27 grant request. 37 applications were reviewed, the foundation committee narrowed the applicants down by the total community impact each grant would have. The foundation disbursed $137,014 for funding to various groups to benefit the greater Jefferson County

(8/8) Fairfield Celebrates 175 Years Events Schedule


A spectacular fireworks display was rained out July 4 in Fairfield. Fairfield Celebrates 175 events will be celebrated Saturday, Aug 30th.  After a soggy Fourth of July holiday, organizers began rescheduling the celebration that features music concerts, kids activities and food vendors starting at 4pm on Aug 30 at Waterworks Park. Then at dusk, fireworks.  For a schedule of events keep

(8/8) Winfield-Mt. Union Has A Temp Solution For Vacant Superintendent Position


While searching for a new superintendent, Winfield-Mt. Union has a temporary solution. Launi Dane, who has worked as superintendent in the Southeast Webster Grand school district for the last four years, was hired on a temporary basis. As interim superintendent, Dane will work ten days a month. The search for a permanent Superintendent for the Winfield-Mt Union School District will continue

(8/8) Prescott Charolais Tops Iowa State Fair Super Bull Competition


Big Daddy, the 3,012-pound Charolais bull owned by Craig Stalcup of Prescott, outweighed the competition to win the Super Bull contest judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Doug Sudbrock of Indianola took second place with his 2,501-pound Red Angus bull, Wingnut, and third place with his 1,329-pound Red Angus bull, Grumpy.

Big Daddy, as well as the Big Boar and Big Ram, will be on

(8/8) Peabody Wins Hearts and Iowa State Fair Big Boar Title


Fueled by the memory of a friend, a group of former college buddies set out to win the Iowa State Fair Big Boar contest judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The five-year-old Hampshire boar named Peabody, owned by Pleasant Hill's Friends of Peabody, weighed in at 1,273 pounds. Peabody was shown by Lori Dvorak of Ankeny and raised by Dvorak with assistance from Craig Rowles and Tom

(8/8) Perry Hampshire Sets New Iowa State Fair Big Ram Record


A two-year-old Hampshire ram from Perry set a new Iowa State Fair record, tipping the scales at 507.5 pounds during the Big Ram competition judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The top ram, dubbed "Zeus" by owner Daryl Mickelson, bested his nearest competitor by 86.5 pounds.

Second place was claimed by Seelow Sheep Farms' two-year-old Rambouillet ram who weighed in at

(8/8) Iowa Receives More Than $150,000 to Support Continued Success of Anti-Smok


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today, applauded the news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the Iowa Department of Public Health was recently awarded $155,092 to expand the capacity of Iowa’s tobacco quitline, Quitline Iowa. Every $1 investment in the program results in $11 of savings to Iowans in medical costs, lost productivity, and

(8/8) Fort Madison, Iowa, Base Honored by Air Evac Lifeteam


The Fort Madison, Iowa, Air Evac Lifeteam base was recently honored as the 2014 Region 1 Most Improved Base of the Year. Region 1 includes Air Evac bases in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. The Most Improved Base award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that has shown the greatest marked improvements in staff retention and market expansion during the prior 12

(8/7) Sen. Chuck Grassley Comments On Veterans Legislation Signed Into Law


Sen. Chuck Grassley today made the following comment on the President’s signing into law of legislation to reform problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Grassley voted for the legislation and has advocated for several of its key reforms, such as making it easier to remove senior employees for poor performance.  Grassley made the following comment on today’s bill

(8/7) Sen. Rich Taylor's Aug. 7 column


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(8/7) Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $2.5 Million in Federal Grants to


The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors recently approved more than $2.5 million in homeless assistance grants to assist 28 agencies with homelessness prevention and assistance initiatives during the 2015 calendar year.
 
The funding is made available through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

(8/7) Police Report


9:08am Mason Simons was stopped for no plates. Simons was charged with driving while suspended.

(8/7) Jury Hands In Verdict On Sex Abuse Case


The verdict is in for a Fairfield man charged with Sex Abuse 2nd degree. Damian Blaise, 29 of Fairfield chose to go to trial and not plea deal on the charge of sex abuse 2nd degree claiming his innocence. The state however holds Blaise sexually abused a child under the age of 12 years old. The trial began Monday in a Jefferson County Courtroom .The jury was handed the case Wednesday and by late

(8/7) Fatal Car vs Semi Accident Under Investigation


Highway Patrol investigates a car vs semi accident that left one dead. Just after 7:00pm last night, Robin Ann Vos, 51 of Oskaloosa pulled out of a private drive on Hwy 163 and struck a semi truck. The 2003 Peterbilt was driven by Bradley Nelson, 27 of Allison, Ia. Vos was unable to survive the impact from the crash and  was pronounced dead at the Mahaska County Hospital. Iowa State

(8/7) Road Closure In Jefferson County, Motorist Detoured


Road construction will begin today on 185th Street, the road will be closed between Highway 1 and Pleasant Plain Road to through-traffic during reconstruction and asphalt paving of the road. Motorist are advised to seek alternative routes around this portion of 185th Street during the construction period. The construction is expected to be completed by the last week of August. According to the

(8/7) UPDATE: Motorcyclist Identified In Deer Accident


Here is an update on a motorcycle vs deer accident last night in Jefferson County. Local authorities respond to Brookville Rd for an accident with injuries.  Motorcyclist James Harbison, 60 of Fairfield was traveling South on Brookville Rd just North of Iris, when a deer crossed in his path. Harbison struck the deer causing him to lose control of the motorcycle. He was rushed to the

(8/7) Gridley Trial Update: Opening Statements, State Presenting Case


An update on the Donald Gridley trial. Yesterday the jury heard opening arguments with the State opening up with a question Donald Gridley asked at the scene of the accident. Did I kill my father? The state described the damage to the passenger side of the truck being consistent with Patrick Gridley’s injuries. A urine sample taken while in the hospital showed Donald Gridley positive for

(8/7) Hills Bank Robbers In Custody


A statewide search for bank robbers went national and lead to two arrest. Suspects in a Johnson County bank robbery at Hills Bank on Friday are in custody. On Tuesday, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office charged Antionne Eugene Davis, 30 of Cedar Rapids with 2nd degree robbery, a class C felony. Jamarcus Martelle Knox, 23 of Iowa City is believed to have driven the getaway vehicle. Knox has

(8/6) DNR Grant For Rural Fire Departments


Iowa officials are offering grant money to help rural fire departments with their equipment costs. The forestry bureau of the state Department of Natural Resources is coordinating with the U.S. Forest Service to offer grants for hoses, nozzles and adapters, among other things. Applications are due Oct. 15. A grant provides 50 percent reimbursement for fire equipment. A department can received up

(8/6) Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair Woodcarver's Auction


Every year Fairgoers from all around the world come to the Iowa State Fair to see the exhilarating art of chainsaw carving. For the 11 days of the Fair, sculptors, and registered chainsaw carvers, A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan will amaze spectators with their work as they transform simple logs into pieces of art in less than one hour. The pair is nationally known, traveling to city, county and

(8/6) Additional Information Released in Fort Madison Officer Involved


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continues its investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting that occurred during the early morning hours of August 3, 2014, in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Fort Madison Police Officer Karl Judd responded to a call of an individual with a knife in the 1400 blk of Ave D and Ave E.  Ryan Swearingen fled the scene and a short time later and confronted

(8/6) Clear Lake Area Chamber's Annual Taste of Clear Lake Press Release


The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual "Taste of Clear Lake," Wednesday, August 13th aboard the Lady of the Lake. This year we will be having an Italian Theme with your choice of Marinara or Alfredo sauce provided by The Other Place and two different kinds of pasta from Best Western. Your choice of toppings will be seasoned meatballs from District 619, grilled

(8/6) Freedom Bell at Iowa State Fair


Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has invited the Spirit of Liberty Foundation to bring the Foundation's Freedom Bell to the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Fair attendees are invited to ring the Freedom Bell on the 9th, 10th and 11th of August to honor a family member or friend who has or is serving in the Armed Forces ― or just to say thank you to our Armed Forces. The bell will be located in front of

(8/6) Extreme Sunday Brings "Amazingly Amusing" Fun to Last Day of Iowa State Fa


Discounted admission, rock legends and family fun round out the last day of the 2014 Iowa State Fair, set August 7-17. Gate admission on Extreme Sunday, August 17, will be $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 11 until 9 p.m.
Grandstand Entertainment
Rock legends Foreigner and Styx wrap up the 2014 Grandstand performances at 8 p.m. Foreigner, hailed as one of the most popular rock

(8/6) Jury Selected In Trial For Fairfield Man


The jury has been selected for the trial of a Fairfield man charged with Vehicular Homicide and Involuntary Manslaughter. Donald Dean Gridley, 46 was charged in December 2012 following a one-vehicle accident in Wapello County which killed his father Patrick C Gridley, 65 of Fairfield. The State, alleges  Donald Gridley was the driver of the truck at the time of the accident. However, Defense

(8/6) Motorcycle vs Deer Accident On Glasgow Rd


Local authorities respond to a motorcycle vs deer accident with injuries.  Sheriff Deputies were on the scene on Brookville Rd around 10pm last night. The motorcyclist sustained injuries. No other information is being released at this time. As it becomes available it will be updated here.
 

(8/6) Police: Open Investigation Into Break-Ins


Fairfield Officers investigate reports of a possible break-in at a home on B St. Kristina Gelfand filed a complaint with the Law Center stating a basement window was broken and she wasn’t sure exactly what was taken. The home in the 2000 block of North B St. is now added to the list of other break-ins and criminal mischief under investigation this summer. Anyone with information about

(8/6) End of Summer Youth Art Classes


Summer vacation is winding down, but with school starting after Labor Day this year, there are some extra days for fun activities. The Fairfield Art Association is offering a few "End of Summer Art Classes" for area youth.
 
"YOUNGER YOUTH ART ROOM" is designed for ages 5 - 7, who can attend a week long morning class beginning Monday, August 11 - Friday, August

(8/6) Fairfield Citizens Fill Out Anonymous Survey Addressing Housing Needs


Area 15 Regional Planning Commission conducted a housing needs assessment in Fairfield which revealed Fairfield residents are more cost-burdened by housing than the rest of the state. The survey was completed February 2014 in a joint effort through FEDA and City entities. Since then, a housing task force was formed to identify ways to ensure the City of Fairfield offers affordable, resource

(8/6) Cardinal Achieves Safe School Certification


A local schools ability to address bullying has gained notice state wide. On Aug 4, Cardinal High School Achieved Safe School Certification based on its work to proactively address bullying. The certification helps schools create a safer environment in which students can better focus on learning, thus increasing their academic achievement.  Cardinal has developed plans for preventing

(8/6) President Obama Signs Iowa Disaster Declaration


Relief is on the way for 22 Iowa Counties affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of
June 26 to July 7, 2014.  The President declared a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private

(8/6) Police Reports


A Burlington man was arrested at the Jefferson County Courthouse yesterday. When William Max Wynn, 46 attended court yesterday an outstanding warrant was out for his arrest for driving while barred. Wynn was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

A car vs pedestrian accident Monday after noon near 2nd and Burlington. Driver Jerry Ator, 55 of IL failed to yield to a pedestrian within

(8/5) Cardinal High School Achieves Safe School Certification


A local schools ability to address bullying has gained notice state wide. On Aug 4, Cardinal High School Achieved Safe School Certification based on its work to proactively address bullying. The certification helps schools create a safer environment in which students can better focus on learning, thus increasing their academic achievement.  Cardinal has developed plans for preventing

(8/5) Former Drivers Ed Teacher Faces 5 Years In Prison


Police confirm a former driver’s education instructor whose license was suspended earlier this year continued to teach under another instructor’s identity. Frederick Binder, 65 of Mt Pleasant license to teach drivers ed was suspended by the Board of Educational Examiners in April 2014 for two incidents that occurred in June 2011. Board documents state that on June 27, 2011, Bindner

(8/5) New London Man Arrested After 2.5hr Stand-Off


New London Police responded to a call of an intoxicated male driving recklessly. Once officers arrived and identified Anthony Riley who confronted officers with a machete and a wooden baseball bat. Riley then threaten officers with a shotgun. After a 2.5 hr stand-off  Riley was arrested. No injuries reported. He was charged with going armed with intent and assault on a peace officer. Other

(8/5) One Shot and Another Arrested After Early Morning Fight


A fight near West Point lands one man in jail and another in the hospital. Lee County Police Officers responded to the campground area at Pollmiller Park to investigate two men fighting. Upon further investigation it was determined Cedric Cook and Shawn Fox both of Illinois were fighting when Cook went to get a handgun and shot Fox in the chest one time. Eyewitnesses say the argument started over

(8/5) Fairfield PD & Jefferson County Sheriff Reports


Monday evening, Jefferson County Deputies responded to a domestic violence call. Just before 8pm, deputies arrested and charged Steven Edward Wyatt 43 of Fairfield with domestic abuse assault aggravated.

Ingmari Rideout was cited for speeding 36 in a 25mph zone

Nicole Mccurdy was cited for driving while suspended

Evelyn Burgos was driving in the wrong lane and the report states she was

(8/5) Fairfield PD Investigates Vandalism At Fairfield Lumber Co


Fairfield Police investigate criminal mischief at Fairfield Lumber Co. Early Saturday morning, Officers responded to a call reporting 2 females and 3 heavy-set males throwing beer bottles near Fairfield Lumber Co. The eyewitnesses worked with Officers to locate the group in the area but were not successful. Later in the day, Jeff Abbey called Officers to the business to show and document the

(8/5) Lockridge Senior Faces Multiple Charges


A routine traffic stop has a Lockridge senior citizen facing multiple charges. Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies pulled over a driver known to be a restricted driver. Conrad Duane Clark, 80 of Lockridge was charged with two counts of driving while barred. Clark was also arrested on a Henry County Warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving while barred. Clark is awaiting initial

(8/5) Tabled : AHEAD Regional Trust Fund


On the Supervisors agenda was an item to discuss financing for AHEAD regional trust fund. Supervisor Lee Dimmit suggested tabling the item but only after discussion. Jefferson County residence take advantage of low interest loans for Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation, Owner-Occupied URGENT Repair, Rental Housing Repair, and new construction. Projects must serve households at or below 80% of

(8/5) Supervisors Approval Enterprise Zone Agreement


At the Supervisors meeting, Emily Kelly sat down at the table for approval of her enterprise zoning agreement. Iowa’s enterprise zone programs offer tax breaks to private investors. The enterprise zone program promotes new economic development in economically distressed areas. FEDA, along with other Fairfield entities paid for a housing survey which revealed Fairfield to be in need to

(8/5) Branstad Proclaims August Iowa Soybean Month


Celebrating 50 years of service to soybeans farmers and the dedication of those farmers to environmental stewardship, Gov. Terry Branstad proclaim August as Iowa Soybean Month. Soybean Month in Iowa coincides with National Water Quality month. ISA is committed to working with farmers to enhance their long-term sustainability and provide expanded opportunities and results on key issues including

(8/5) Water of the US May Effect Jefferson County Negatively


On July 16, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. The proposed rule would impact County-owned and maintained roads and roadside ditches, flood control channels, drainage conveyances, storm water systems, green infrastructure construction and maintenance. Scott Cline County Engineer suggest the Supervisors

(8/5) IDPH Joins Recognition of World Breastfeeding Week


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition and other partners in recognizing World Breastfeeding Week August 1 through 7. The event is an opportunity to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child, and to encourage more Iowa mothers to choose to breastfeed their babies and continue doing so for the first year of

(8/5) Iowa Receives $1 Million to Expand Support for Children and Families


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today applauded the news from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that Iowa will receive $1 million in additional funding to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Decades of research show that home visits from clinicians promote health and

(8/5) Northey comments on Iowa crops and weather report


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.
 
“Overall the weather continues to be very good for crop development, with 77 percent of corn and 74 percent of soybeans in good to excellent

(8/4) Public Comments Received On Waters of the US


On July 16, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. The proposed rule would impact County-owned and maintained roads and roadside ditches, flood control channels, drainage conveyances, storm water systems, green infrastructure construction and maintenance. Scott Cline County Engineer suggest the Supervisors

(8/4) EAB confirmed in Boone County


Two adult Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetles have been collected from a trap in a residential tree in Boone and have been positively identified as EAB by a federal identifier.  The trap was placed in the tree this summer after suspect galleries were found in an ash tree branch that fell during a storm.
 
A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood

(8/4) State Fair Highlights


The 2014 Iowa State Fair offers countless opportunities for entertainment, competition and education. In the midst of so many options, picking out distinctive elements for Fair media coverage can be a challenge. With that in mind, the following is a list of event and attraction highlights for each day of the Fair. The Fairgrounds open daily at 7 a.m.
The "Amazingly Amusing" Iowa State

(8/4) Iowa Farm Bureau Showcases How Conservation Counts at 2014 Iowa State Fair


This year, visitors to Farm Bureau Park at the Iowa State Fair will learn how Conservation Counts in Iowa, while interacting with Iowa farmers who raise and grow our food and energy and playing games for a chance to win great prizes, including $1,000 in free groceries.
“We know that Iowans want to know more about how their food is grown and raised and why farmers farm the way we

(8/4) $6.75 million in cost share available for conservation practices


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners install conservation practices through the state cost share program.  Farmers can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices to apply for assistance of up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.
 
“The cost share

(8/4) POLICE: Active Investigation Into Recent Car Theft


Fairfield police are investigating another vehicle theft.  Just after 7:30pm Thursday night, Heidi Ramsby reported a 1991 White Jeep stolen from in front of her residence on West Briggs. The vehicle was parked around noon and according to Ramsby was unlocked. She also advised Officers that days prior a water bottle she had in the Jeep was emptied  on the driver’s seat and she did

(8/4) POLICE: Investigation On-going Into Stolen Purse At Wal-Mart


A purse was stolen from Wal-Mart last week. Diane Palmer called the law center to report, someone stole her purse from Wal-Mart parking lot. Palmer loaded groceries in the trunk and left the hatch up with the groceries and wallet inside while she returned the cart. Upon returning to the vehicle seconds later her purse was gone, the groceries however hadn’t been tampered with.  The

(8/4) UPDATE: Teen In Sex Abuse Case Will Be Tried As An Adult


Here is an update on Kraigen Grooms, 17, of Ottumwa charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse (a Class B Felony) seeking to be tried as a juvenile. Public Defender Allen Cook, made a motion to try Grooms as a juvenile because he was 16-years-old when the alleged crime occurred. However, the State resisted the Defense’s motion to transfer the case to a juvenile court. Within the States

(8/4) UPDATE: Drug Conspiracy Case At Tasty Burrito


Another update in the Drug Conspiracy Case Centered around Tasty Burrito in Ottumwa. According to online court records, Brian Dean Rork, 36 of Ottumwa, is scheduled for a plea hearing on August 11. Rork one of three men arrest in connection with this case,  has been charged with three felonies including possession of meth with intent to deliver, and possession of a firearm by a felon. The

(8/4) Iowa Cropland Reaches A New Record High


The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report released Friday the average value of an acre of cropland in Iowa rose 9.4 percent from a year ago to a new record $8,750. This is a new high at a time when many expect values to drop due to falling commodity prices. The annual report is based on producer surveys completed in the first two weeks of June. Also in the report, the value

(8/4) Ol' Time Music Festival In Eldon


The 18th annual Ol’ Time Music Festival will take place August 8-9 at the Wapello County Fairgrounds in Eldon.  The festival will feature country, gospel and bluegrass performances.  Programs on the stage will begin Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. though participants are welcome to “jam” on the grounds anytime. The event offers free admission, but donations

(8/4) Iowa Activist Oppose Underground Oil Pipeline Through State


A Texas company seeking to run an underground oil pipeline through Iowa has a lengthy approval process to get through before it can start digging. The pipeline would use a 30-inch diameter pipe to carry at least 320,000 barrels a day. Energy Transfer Partners LP is behind the project, which would carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois, cutting diagonally through 17

(8/4) Fort Madison Officer Shot Man Waving A Knife


On August 3, 2014, at approximately 1:45 AM, the Fort Madison Police Department took a report of a person in the 1400 block of Ave E slashing tires. Officers responded to the area and located Ryan Swearingen, 27 who led police on a foot chase into a home. Officers made entry into the home. According to the report, Swearingen exited a closet waving a knife violently. He was shot by an officer and

(8/4) Search For IA Bank Robber


A nationwide search is on for the man who robbed a Johnson County bank Friday. The robbery at the Hills Bank was reported at approximately 11:50am. The suspect was possibly a black male wearing a white mask, gloves, gray pants and camouflage rain poncho. No weapon was displayed during the robbery. A suspicious vehicle was observed in the area. It’s described as an older dark green

(8/4) Keokuk County Sheriff Reports


     On Wednesday, July 29, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department arrested Alicia Deanne Eckley, 33, Richland, for Interference With Official Acts.
 
     On Friday, August 1, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department issued a citation to Madison Elizabeth Mitchell, 17, Walford, for Speed (6-10 over).
 
     On

(8/1) : Oil Companies Paid Just 11.7% Tax Rate


A new report from Taxpayers for Common Sense shows that oil companies paid just 11.7 percent of their U.S. income in federal taxes over the last five years, far less than most working Americans paid in that time, and just a fraction of the statutory 35% corporate tax rate. 
 
“This is a perfect example of how the oil industry is allowed to play by a different set of rules than

(8/1) Two Bipartisan HELP Committee Bills Clear Senate, Head to President’s De


The bipartisan Autism CARES Act and Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014 will be the 15th and 16th HELP Committee bills to become law this Congress, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Committee, announced today. The Senate cleared the measures last night and both bills were recently passed by the House of Representatives.  ‎
“The HELP Committee is charged with improving and

(8/1) Purse Stolen At Wal-Mart, Investigation On-Going


A purse was stolen from Wal-Mart around noon yesterday. Diane Palmer called the law center to report, someone stole her purse from Wal-Mart parking lot. Palmer loaded groceries in the trunk and left the hatch up with the groceries and wallet inside while she returned the cart. Upon returning to the vehicle seconds later her purse was gone, the groceries however hadn’t been tampered with.

(8/1) Fairfield PD: Active Investigation Into Stolen Vehicles


Fairfield police are investigating another vehicle theft reported this week.  Just after 7:30pm yesterday, Heidi Ramsby reported a 1991 White Jeep stolen from in front of her residence on West Briggs. The vehicle was parked around noon and according to Ramsby was unlocked. She also advised Officers that days prior a water bottle she had in the Jeep was emptied  on the driver’s

(8/1) New Oskaloosa vision loss support group hosts speaker


New Oskaloosa vision loss support group hosts first speaker
Topic will be “Aids and Devices”
When:            August 13, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where:           Oskaloosa Senior Center, 715 B Ave E, Oskaloosa
OSKALOOSA—Barb Weigel, Independent Living Project Specialist

(8/1) National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 3-9


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the more than 220 farmers markets in Iowa as part of National Farmers Market Week, which runs from Aug. 3 to 9.
 
“We continue to see growing demand for fresh locally grown produce and farmers markets are a great place to find healthy and delicious Iowa

(8/1) Jefferson County Supervisors Agenda


Acknowledge July 28th minutes.
Meet with County Engineer.
Consider Resolution of Financial Commitment for
AHEAD Regional Housing Trust Fund.                         
Consider Emily Kelly Enterprise Zone Agreement.      
Consider hiring

(8/1) Annual Parade to Kick-Off 2014 Iowa State Fair


The 2014 Iowa State Fair Parade is set Wednesday, August 6. The Parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines and is the kick-off to this year's "Amazingly Amusing" Fair, August 7-17.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will serve as this year's Parade Marshal in honor of over 100 years of service to the Des Moines Area. The CVB draws millions

(8/1) Citizens Encouraged To Sign-Up For Leadership Fairfield


The deadline to sign up for Leadership Fairfield is today! The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce along with Indian Hills Community College is giving interested citizens a chance to participate in a program intended to help them understand how various groups function, and be inspired to get more involved in our community. Leadership Fairfield offers day-long classes beginning in September and run

(8/1) Back To School Iowa Tax Free Holiday


Iowans are expected to stock closet with back to school clothes and supplies today and tomorrow. ?Retailers anticipate another big turnout for this year's sales tax holiday.  For the two-day period, sales tax is waived on most clothing and shoes priced below $100.  State lawmakers approved the annual tax holiday  in 1999 to give families a break as they buy back-to-school

(8/1) IHCC Receives Grant For Student Retention


Fifty-Six Colleges across the Country received a grant from the Great Lakes Education Guaranty Corporation. One requirement is the school must already have a mentoring or counseling program in place.  Indian Hills Community College received $124,246 to focus on student retention. The funds will allow the college to hire two specialist- one for behavior health and one for academics.

(8/1) Tempers Soar At Blakesburg City Council Meeting


Upset citizens displayed hot tempers at the Blakesburg City Council Meeting Wednesday night. On the agenda, a “performance review” of the local police chief Bob Lewis. City council wanted to review complaints that Lewis was using a city vehicle for personal use. Another item to discuss was an incident with Lewis pulled out his gun at City Hall and pointed it at the door. Wednesday

(8/1) IGSMM to host Purple Heart Day: Celebrating Iowa veterans


The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, located on Camp Dodge, 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston, Iowa, will host Purple Heart Day: Celebrating Iowa veterans, Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Museum.
 
Larry Spencer, a Vietnam veteran, seven-year Prisoner-of-War, and Purple Heart recipient, will serve as the Master of Ceremony. Maj. (Ret.) Caesar Smith, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, will be the

(8/1) ISU Extension and Outreach News and Website Updates


7/31/14 Have Adventures with Cy and Fun with 4-H at the Iowa State Fair
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/have-adventures-cy-and-fun-4-h-iowa-state-fair
Visitors to the Iowa State Fair Aug. 7-17 may venture with Cy around the fairgrounds to learn more about Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, as well as enjoy the exhibits of thousands of Iowa youth who participate in 4-H Youth

(7/31) Harkin: Iowa Receives $250,000 in Mental Health Services Funding Thanks t


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today applauded the news from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that Community Health Care, Inc. in Davenport, Iowa will receive $250,000 in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to support behavioral health services for Iowans. Across the country, HHS has awarded $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support

(7/31) State Fair Visitors Encouraged to Register to Win a $5,290 College Saving


State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald encourages State Fair visitors to stop by the College Savings Iowa booth and register for a chance to win the College Savings Iowa Fall Giveaway for their child or grandchild. "Be sure to make a stop at our booth in the Varied Industries Building and register to win $5,290 towards a college education for a special child," Fitzgerald

(7/31) Statue of James Harlan comes home to Iowa Wesleyan College


Statue of James Harlan comes home to Iowa Wesleyan College
The historic statue of James Harlan, former U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Interior, advisor to Abraham Lincoln and president of then-Iowa Wesleyan University, will be unveiled on the Iowa Wesleyan campus in Mount Pleasant, Iowa on Thursday, August 28 at 2 p.m.
The Iowa legislature voted to place the statue on permanent loan on the

(7/31) Separate Trials Granted In Fairfield Stabbing


The three individuals accused of robbing and stabbing a Fairfield man in an apartment building on Grimes want to be tried separately. On April 26,2014 just before 7pm Law Enforcement responded to the scene of a stabbing. Upon further investigation it was determined the victim was dragged into an apartment and held against his will stabbed and robbed. The investigation led to three arrest, Dawn

(7/31) Fairfield PD Investigates Car Theft


A Fairfield woman came out of a local business to find her truck had been stolen. Jada Gervaise parked her truck near the 2nd street café and went into Top of the Rock. Just before 8pm, Gervaise reported her vehicle missing to the Law Center. Fairfield PD, and State Troopers were on the search for the stolen truck. Shortly after an incident was reported  to the Law Center possibly

(7/31) Road Closures


Beginning August 7, 2014, 185th Street will be closed to through-traffic during reconstruction and asphalt paving of the road between State Highway 1 and Pleasant Plain Road, in Jefferson County. Motorist are advised to seek alternative routes around this portion of 185th Street during the construction period.
 The construction is expected to be completed by the last week of August.

(7/31) Driver Identified In Fatal Accident


A two vehicle accident in Henry County yesterday has left one man dead. Just after 6:00am this morning, Iowa State Patrol was called to the scene of a car vs moped accident with injuries. Driver Cory Price, 24 of Coralville was heading eastbound on Hwy 34 when he struck the back of a Moped eastbound in the right hand lane. The moped driver a 59 year old from New London was pronounced dead at the

(7/31) Unresponsive Male Found In Mt Pleasant


Mt Pleasant Police respond to an unresponsive male at the former Pioneer Seed Corn facility Sunday morning. Crews arrived and found security guard Joseph Barlow, 46 of Clinton. Barlow was pronounced dead. A co-worker found Barlow around 10am Sunday morning and called authorities immediately. Mt Pleasant Police do not suspect foul play. Autopsy results are pending

(7/31) West Nile In Iowa


Although cases of West Nile virus are typically seen in early autumn in Iowa, three cases of the illness have already been reported in the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to protect themselves against mosquito bites  and prevent mosquitoes from breeding.. Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms

(7/30) Fairfield PD Investigate Stolen Truck Near Downtown Square


A Fairfield woman came out of a local business to find her truck had been stolen. Jada Gervaise parked her truck near the 2nd street café and went into Top of the Rock. Just before 8pm, Gervaise reported her vehicle missing to the Law Center. Fairfield PD, and State Troopers were on the search for the stolen truck. A caller reported the stolen truck involved in an incident near 150th St.

(7/30) Car vs Moped Accident Leaved One Dead


A two vehicle accident in Henry County this morning has left one man dead. Just after 6:00am this morning, Iowa State Patrol was called to the scene of a car vs moped accident with injuries. Driver Cory Price, 24 of Coralville was heading eastbound on Hwy 34 when he struck the back of a Moped eastbound in the right hand lane. The moped driver a 59 year old male from New London was pronounced dead

(7/30) Rep Hanson: Statehouse News, July 30, 2014



Keeping Iowa's Water Clean

This summer, thousands of Iowans will be swimming, fishing, and boating in and on our lakes and rivers.  Those recreational opportunities are even better with clean water. 

Over the past two years, the Legislature has provided millions of dollars to help improve Iowa’s water quality through the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

(7/30) Cases of West Nile Virus Increase in Iowa


Although cases of West Nile virus are typically seen in early autumn in Iowa, three cases of the illness have already been reported in the state. Current surveillance data shows one case each in Clay, Monona, and Woodbury counties. Sentinel sites have also collected mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in Central Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to protect

(7/30) Police Reports


 
7/29 12:09am, Law Enforcement in Marion County located missing teen Kyleish Jeffery. Jeffery was released to her mother who shares custody with the teens father that lives in Des Moines
 

(7/30) Notice Of Road Closing In Jefferson County


Beginning August 7, 2014, 185th Street ( between State Highway 1 and Pleasant Plain Road, in Jefferson County) will be closed to through-traffic during reconstruction and asphalt paving of the road. The construction is expected to be completed by the last week of August. Although there might be times when the road will be temporarily opened to through traffic between some phases of the

(7/30) Cultural Center Renovations and Exhibits Completed for the Iowa State Fai


The completed three-phase renovation of the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center will debut at the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. Improvements to the building include new exhibit space, improved traffic flow, additional public restrooms and air conditioning.
For the first time in several years, the building's third floor will be open to the public. The fully renovated floor will host new

(7/30) Muscatine, Iowa, Has Become a Certified Blue Zones Community


Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) and Blue Zones, LLC, today announced that Muscatine, Iowa, has been named a certified Blue Zones Community®. Certification recognizes Muscatine’s community transformation through successful implementation of the Blue Zones Project®, a first-of-its-kind population health program that brings the world's best practices

(7/30) Branstad Seeks Disaster Relief Services


Gov. Terry Branstad asked President Obama to designate 22 counties in Iowa eligible for federal disaster relief services. This request comes one week after President Obama granted a similar request for 26 counties as a result of damage from storms in mid to late June. Branstad signed a letter to be delivered to Obama requesting a presidential disaster declaration for 22 Iowa counties where

(7/30) Fairfield City Council Denies Salary Increase


A Controversial issue was addressed at the Ways and Means Committee meeting Monday evening. Carl Chandler, Water Superintendent  wants to offer a $1 per hour wage increase to 7 of his employees.  According to Revolinski, the motion passed on the committee level. Councilman Revolinski said he was not in favor because not everyone in the department would receive the raise. (7 out of 8

(7/30) Changes In Proceedures For Fairfield PD


Fairfield PD has seen an substantial increase in vehicle burglaries, domestic assaults, drug possession and delivery cases which has Department Heads updating standard operations practices. Effective July 1st, Fairfield Police Department will not pick up loose dogs, unless they are a threat to public safety. Officers are no longer picking up abandoned bikes unless the bike is evidence in a crime.

(7/30) Largest Solar Farm In Southeast IA


After 3 years the largest solar farm in the state is in southeast Iowa. Farmers Electric Cooperative of Kalona and Eagle Point Solar partnered for the project. The four acre farm located north of Kalona is almost triple the size of the state’s second largest solar farm and has the potential to produce the most solar energy per capita in the country. The grand opening ceremony at the solar

(7/30) Tax Free Holiday Friday & Saturday Some Exclusions Apply


Iowans are expected to stock closet with back to school clothes and supplies this weekend.? Retailers anticipate another big turnout for this year's sales tax holiday, Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2. For the two-day period, sales tax is waived on most clothing and shoes priced below $100.  State lawmakers approved the annual tax holiday  in 1999 to give families a

(7/23) DNR: Stop Demo On The Tribune Until Inspection Is Complete


Demolition of the Tribune Printing Building was scheduled to begin Wednesday but was stopped soon after Cross Iron of Fairfield started tearing down the century old structure. Fairfield Fire crews were on site with a hook and ladder truck for dust control when work was halted until final inspection and all paper work required by the DNR could be completed. A number of test need to be conducted by the DNR before work can restart. Until the project is finished traffic on portions of North Court and Briggs are being affected.  
 

(7/14) Parsons College History Department


Parsons College of Fairfield, Iowa in its  98-year history, with the arrival of Dr. Millard G. Roberts,  had a decade from the mid 1950’s through the mid 1960’s, where it’s name was known around Iowa, the mid-west and the nation for culture, athletics and academics. When the college lost its accreditation with the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities

(7/7) Suspects Leave Hats, Shoes, Trash in Stolen Vehicle


A fully-loaded 2004 F-250 was stolen from a car lot and recovered in a City park in Ottumwa. The truck was missing the back window and the battery however the thieves left baseball caps, shoes and trash in the vehicle. No arrests have been made at this time. If you have any information on this case please contact the Ottumwa Police Department at (641) 683-0661.
 

(7/3) Jefferson County Supervisors Agenda


                               Weekly Board Meeting.
                              

(7/1) Accident With Serious Injuries In Mt Pleasant


An accident with injuries south of Mt Pleasant yesterday at the intersection of Hwy 218 and 295th Street resulted in multiple injuries. Authorities have not confirmed early reports of a fatality. At least one person was air lift to the hospital. Iowa State Patrol is involved in the investigation. As more information is released, it will be updated.  
 

(6/23) UPDATE: Pilot Identified In Fatal Crash At Fairfield Municipal Airport


On June 22, 2014 at approximately 11:30 A.M the Jefferson County Law Center was notified of a plane crash at the Fairfield Municipal Airport.  It was reported that a small experimental aircraft had crashed in a cornfield shortly after takeoff. 
 
 
The Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa State Patrol all

(5/20) AHEAD -Iowa Interview


Keith DeBoer and attorney  James Larew, representatives from the newly formed, AHEAD-Iowa (Alliance for Healthy Economic and Agricultural Development  sat down with KMCD/Classic 96’s Steve Smith to talk about their position regarding the Heartland Coop project. Click on the Link below to listen to that interview. 

AHEAD- IOWA Interview  
 

(5/12) Washington Juvenile Charged With Arson


Last Wednesday May 7th, Washington County Fire Department extinguished a trash barrel on fire. Yesterday, Charges were filed on Juvenile Douglas Michael Denny, 13 of Washington for arson.
 

(5/2 - 5/3) Iowa Wesleyan College announces Commencement Events


Iowa Wesleyan College announces Commencement events

Weekend activities include:

Friday, May 2, 2014 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – Senior Art Exhibition in the P.E.O. Building Art Gallery. Featuring student artists: Dylan Morgan, Brittany Robison and Nikia Pyle. 4-4:30 p.m. – Extended Learning Reception in the Howe Student Activity Center

5 -7 p.m. – Graduation Celebration, supper

(4/22) Sheriff Deputies Investigate Vandalism in Eldon


The Jefferson County Sheriff Office is investigating an act of vandalism and destruction of property from Saturday morning in Eldon. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Jefferson County Law Center at 641 472 4146
 

(4/8) Special Meeting For School Board


FAIRFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Special Meeting at A.C.T. Building

Agenda
Call to Order


Approve the final superintendent profile for the promotional flyer and online application form (A)
Adjourn

(4/2) Special School Board Meeting Tonight


FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

FAIRFIELD, IOWA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS  
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Immediately following Board work session
Approximately 7:30 p.m.
 
Special Meeting at A.C.T. Building
 
Agenda
 

Call to Order
Review Bids
Determine Project Option



Re-bid selected packages maintaining current scope of work

(4/1) All Those NOT In Favor of the Heartland Co-Op Project Speak Up


For two weeks in a row now, the Jefferson County Supervisors met in the Jefferson County Courtroom because concerned citizens formed to show interest in the Heartland Co-op multimillion dollar grain bin project. Yesterday’s meeting was standing room only in the hall way of the courtroom. Everyone that spoke voiced concerns for air quality once the grain bins are put on the edge of town.

(3/27) Representative Curt Hanson Weekly Newsletter


Iowa House of

Representatives
 
 
Tuesday, March 25,

(2/27) Fairfield Arts & Convention Center 2nd In State


In the most recent Iowa Travel Guide, The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center was has been listed as the 2nd best place in the state to experience live theater in all of Iowa. The designation comes in the publications “Live like a local” article. Topping the list is the Des Moines Center for Performing Arts, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center with Red Oak’s Wilson Performing Arts Center listed as the 3rd best

(2/06) POSSIBLE “WATER SERVICE LINE” MAILING SCAM


REFERENCE: POSSIBLE “WATER SERVICE LINE” MAILING SCAM
LT. COLIN SMITH, FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
 
THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT WISHES TO WARN ANYONE RECEIVING A LETTER IN THE MAIL TITLED “IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR WATER SERVICE LINE” NOT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE COMPANY.
 
THIS LETTER ESSENTIALLY SOLICITS RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR EXPENSIVE

(2/6) Bully Free Iowa Is The Topic Of Discussion On Capitol Hill


Today at 2:00pm on Capitol Hill. Cardinal Superintendant Joel Pederson will speak briefly about Bully-Free Iowa. The Bully-Free Iowa Act of 2014 focuses on empowering parents and addressing cyber bullying. Gov. Terry Branstad hopes to address bullying state wide with this bill in place.  Subcommittee meetings are informal, and serve as good opportunities to provide input on bills being

BOIL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR VEDIC CITY, SALINA ROAD & Surrounding Areas serviced


Boil Advisory for Vedic City, Salina Road, surrounding areas serviced by Wapello Rural Water only. A water main break occured 3 miles north of Fairfield on 170th St and Juniper this morning. The broken water main is being replaced and repaired however due to the potential of bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking and cooking. Do not drink the water before boiling first. Boiling or bottled 

(12/2) Stabbing In Ottumwa


The Ottumwa Police responded to a stabbing Friday afternoon.  The victim was taken to an area hospital. Authorities are following up on leads however does not have a suspect in custody at this time. The investigation is open
 

(11/6) Deer Runs Into HyVee And Fairfield Officials Want To Prev


The over population of Deer in City Limits and solutions to the problem as plaguing many Iowa Cities. A deer got through the front doors of Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids yesterday. Some customers had to move quickly to get out the way. The Deer ran by the produce area and into the stockroom then escaped out the backroom and jumped into a delivery truck. The truck driver locked the doors and drove the

(9/4) Police Reports



9/1 :1257am Timothy Kent Simmons 58 of Fairfield was arrested and charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense

9/2 12:45am Report of assault in the 500 block of B street, suspect took off on foot

9/2 11:10pm report of stolen property totaling $600

9/2 Jennifer Lynn  Cheverez 31  of Fairfield was arrested and charged with driving under