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(12/19) Members Re-elected to Iowa State Fair Board


Members were re-elected to the Iowa State Fair Board of Directors during the State Agricultural Convention held December 12-14 in Des Moines.

Directors re-elected to two-year terms and their districts are Dave Hoffman, LeMars (northwest), James Romer, Ames (north central); Paul Vaassen, Dubuque (northeast); Gary VanAernam, Exira (southwest); Jerry Parkin, Earlham (south central); and Gary

(12/19) Police Reports


Lyle Ahrens cited for speeding
Marc Fleig, 24 of Richland was traveling west on 185th when he dropped off the shoulder to make room for another vehicle. When Fleig entered the road again, he overcorrected and went into the north ditch striking a tree and some fence lining Barry Ross property. Fleig didn’t seek medical attention at the scene. No citation issued
 

(12/19) Van Buren County Supervisors Meeting


 
The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting of the Board on:  Monday, December 22, 2014, beginning at 10:00AM
at the Van Buren County Courthouse, Supervisor’s office, Keosauqua, Iowa
TENTATIVE AGENDA1.      Public forum
2.      Following item #1-Meet with county assessor for an update on new

(12/19) Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3 Percent


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in November from 4.5 percent in October.  The state’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent in November.   
 
    “Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in November,” said Teresa

(12/19) Students Shop With A Cop Today


Fairfield law enforcement teams up with area students for a little holiday shopping. The Fairfield Police Association paired up with students in the Fairfield District will team up today for Shop with a Cop.

Sgt. Wall, President of the Police Association and handler of the canine officer, will take four Fairfield elementary students to shop at Wal-Mart.

The kids usually start their

(12/19) CVB Accepting 2015 Grant Applications


The Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for the 2015 grant program. The goal of the Bureau’s grant fund is to assist qualified organizations in providing excellence in cultural, civic, and educational programs that attract visitors to the Fairfield area.
            The general purpose of each grant is

(12/19) Caller Reports Leads To Arrest


A caller reported a suspicious vehicle in the area and that turned out to be an alleged burglar. At approximately 12:06 a.m., a Wapello County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to the area south of Blakesburg, IA.

A short time later, the caller phoned back to report that the vehicle was leaving the area. The Sheriff's Deputy then stopped the vehicle, just inside the Ottumwa city

(12/19) Washington Raises Money To Secure State Funds


Efforts are underway to raise $400,000 to close the gap in funding for the new Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center.

The funds need to be raised in a 90-day window which closes in early February to secure the full $800,000 grant from the Vision Iowa Board.

Donations can be in the form of stocks, grain and livestock, as well as monetary.

The 700-seat facility

(12/18) Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau accepting 2015 grant requests


The Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for the 2015 grant program. The goal of the Bureau’s grant fund is to assist qualified organizations in providing excellence in cultural, civic, and educational programs that attract visitors to the Fairfield area.
            The general purpose of each grant is

(12/18) State Report From Curt Hanson



Renewal for Iowa Health and Wellness Plan Begins


Iowans who received health insurance through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan this year have now started the process of renewing their membership for next year.  Every twelve months, members are required to renew their membership to verify eligibility requirements.  

A bi-partisan compromise approved by legislators in

(12/18) President: Iowa Woman Granted Commutation


Today President Barack Obama granted clemency to twenty individuals, consisting of eight commutations and twelve pardons.
 
The President granted commutations of sentence to the following eight individuals:
         Sidney Earl Johnson, Jr. – Mobile, ALOffense:  Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base;

(12/18) Bell Ringers Needed For Red Kettle Campaign


With one week left in The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, organizers are very close to meet their $24,000 goal.  Giving at the Red Kettles has been down slightly - about 10% - but thanks to a generous corporate donation, a $500 individual donation and a $50 bill left in one kettle, volunteers have collected $18,000 so far.

As the campaign enters its final week, it is

(12/18) Council Steps In After Violent Incidents At Night Club


After a string of violent incidents, including a murder, at the Elbow Room Lounge, an after-hours night club located on East Main Street in Ottumwa. City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night placing a one-year ban on the issuance of new licenses.

According to the council, the operator of the Elbow Room closed his business voluntarily following the violent incidents. After a

(12/18) State Will Not Grant Schools Early Start


And, Iowa Schools will no longer be granted automatic waivers for classes to begin in early august. Notice was sent to each Iowa School district advising superintendents of the policy change that takes effect immediately for 2015-16 school year.

According to a 1983 state law, districts must start school during the week of Sept. 1 unless they are granted a waiver. If Sept. 1 falls on a Sunday,

(12/18) Plugging Abandoned Wells In Jefferson County


One of the goals of Iowa's Groundwater Protection Act of 1987 was to prevent further contamination of the state's groundwater.  Un-needed, un-wanted and abandoned water wells can contribute to groundwater contamination and pose a hazard for our current drinking water supplies.

This is because when water wells are not properly constructed, managed, maintained and

(12/17Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes


     THE PRESIDENT:   Good afternoon.  Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.
 
In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two

(12/17) STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY: Announcement of Cuba Policy Changes


I was a seventeen year old kid watching on a black and white television set when I first heard an American President talk of Cuba as an "imprisoned island.”

For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba.  Not only has this policy failed to advance America's goals,

(12/17) Volunteers Needed For Red Kettle Campaign


With one week left in The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, organizers are very close to meet their $24,000 goal.  Giving at the Red Kettles has been down slightly - about 10% - but thanks to a generous corporate donation, a $500 individual donation and a $50 bill left in one kettle, volunteers have collected $18,000 so far.

As the campaign enters its final week, it is

(12/17) Fact Sheet: Charting a New Course on Cuba


Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11 million Cubans who share similar hopes for a more

(12/17) Police Reports


12/16 11:16am Marsha Jones reported vandalism to her fence near Madison/Highland. Est cost $250. No leads at this time
4:58pm Carolyn Carlson reported her vehicle hit in WalMart parking lot. Video footage will be reviewed to see when her tail light was struck.
 

(12/17) UPDATED Call For Artists: Metro Arts 40th Anniversary Public Art


The deadlines for the Request for Qualifications have been changed due to overwhelming interest in the Metro Arts Forte Legacy Project.
 
Please note the updates below:
 
January 9, 2015: Deadline for submitting RFQ
January 16, 2015: Notification and determination of finalists
January 30, 2015: Workshops for finalists
March 6, 2015: Presentation of design concepts by

(12/17) Last Informational Pipeline Meeting Held


The proposed Bakken pipeline will cross Iowa diagonally, from roughly the northwest corner to the southeast corner. The plans call for construction across about 15 miles of Jefferson County, 10 miles of Wapello, 15 in Van Buren County, 6 in Keokuk County and 32 in Mahaska County.

Just where construction will pass through the area is still being planned.

The Iowa Utilities Board and Pipeline

(12/17) Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines Approaching Fast


As the Christmas holiday is nearly one week out, shoppers are reminded of important dates for packages that need to be shipped. While no service is delivering packages on Christmas Day, your special gift can arrive on Christmas Eve.

The Post Office, UPS and Fed Ex are all offering next day services for shipping Dec 23 and arriving later on the 24th.

Amazon has extended services for shoppers

(12/17) Elks Lodge Presents American Flag To School Board


The Fairfield school board was presented with an American flag to hang at the ACT building. Doug Alexander and Bart Richmond representing the Elks Lodge, presented the school board with the American flag.

Alexander addressed the board saying that the Elks support education and noticed that an American flag was not present in the conference room.

Both Alexander and Richmond hung the flag

(12/16) WHITE HOUSE BLOG POST: The Economy in 2014


successful wireless spectrum auction ever, a sign of the tremendous potential that stands to be unleashed as a result of these steps.
 
 

         Reducing the Deficit: The Budget Control Act, the Affordable Care Act, and returning to Clinton-era tax rates for upper-income households will contribute to nearly $4 trillion in deficit

(12/16) Elks Lodge Hangs American Flag In ACT Building


The Fairfield school board was presented with an American flag to hang at the ACT building. Doug Alexander and Bart Richmond representing the Elks Lodge, presented the school board with the American flag.

Alexander addressed the board saying that the Elks support education and noticed that an American flag was not present in the conference room.

Both Alexander and Richmond hung the flag

(12/16) MARCIA GAINES, FORTY FOUR YEAR VETERAN OF IOWA STATE BANK & TRUST COMPAN



Aaron Kness, the President and CEO of Iowa State Bank and Trust Company, announced that Marcia Gaines, Senior Vice President, will be retiring at the end of 2014.  Marcia began her career as a bookkeeper and teller on June 15, 1970 and has risen to her senior management position by providing outstanding customer service in the deposit and retail areas of the bank.  She was directly

(12/16) AMERICINN FAIRFIELD SUPPORTS GIVE KIDS THE WORLD


– The AmericInn Fairfield today announced a successful charity drive as part of the brand's AmericInn Cares initiative. During November the hotel joined other AmericInn properties nationwide, in partnership with Give Kids the World, to help raise funds and awareness for the non-profit organization's Ice Cream for Breakfast initiative.
 
“We want to thank everyone

(12/16) Police Reports


12/15 12:24pm Ketra Howard was arrested on charges from IL. Warrant for retail theft and 2 warrants for Failure to Comply with a peace officer. Cited for no valid dl
 

(12/16) City of Fairfield Approves Waste Water Rate Increase


The public hearing opened to discuss any concerns or support of the waste water increase and no one offered any comments regarding the increase to end users.

Councilwomen Jessica Ledger Kalen made the motion to  move the 3rd and final reading.

The City of Fairfield will see an increase on the waste water side.
 

(12/16) McMahon Shares Cost With City of Fairfield


Fairfield City Council met last night in regular session, the pool and gym project task force gave an update on the project. The Pool is on schedule even with the cold early snap. The pool is expected to open June 1st.

According to Tom McMahon, the most recent actions on the gymnasium need the council to review and approve the final cost estimate. The final design for the facility is $250,000 more than what was budgeted.

Although the press release went out about the task force raising all the needed funds, an oversight was discovered days after. A $40,000 donation was counted twice.

McMahon said due to the oversight, he will pay half if the city could split the cost to make sure that the project moves forward.

After discussion, the council did approve to move forward with the additional $20,000 cost that will be budgeted in 2016 fiscal year.

Bids will be released Jan 5th for the gymnasium project.
 

(12/16) UPDATE: Charges Filed In Ottumwa Shooting


Here is an update on an Ottumwa shooting in November. Michael Mancini has been charged with Attempted Murder for the November 25, kidnapping, torture, and shooting of Allan Joseph Wright.

The investigation revealed that Wright was taken against his will and beaten before being shot at while in a car.

Wright initially didn’t want to cooperate with Authorities in fear that his family

(12/16) Ollie Man Shot Saturday


Authorities say a 70-year-old Ollie man has been hospitalized for an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound he suffered while checking a trap.

Department of Natural Resources reports that James Conger of Ollie was injured in rural Keokuk County when a handgun in his coat pocket fired into his leg as he leaned over to remove an opossum from a live trap on Saturday.

Conger was taken to an

(12/16) Deaths May Be Murder Suicide


A Montrose couple is dead from what appears to be a murder suicide. Jody Fellows, 64 and Dirk Fellows, 59 were found dead December 10 after authorities responded to call check on the couple after relatives hadn’t heard from Jody in a several days.

When deputies arrived at the home no one answered the door even though both vehicles were in the garage. Deputies looked in the windows and

(12/15) No cases of Ebola have been identified in Iowa


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced it is collaborating with the Iowa State Hygienic Lab (SHL), three EMS providers and three Iowa hospitals for testing, screening, or treatment of an Ebola patient, if required. Iowa does not have any cases of Ebola, nor has it had any cases of Ebola in the past. IDPH stresses the likelihood of an Ebola case in Iowa is extremely low;

(12/15) Police Report


12/11 9:07am Peter Clemens reported items stolen from his vehicle
9:24am William Tucker was placed under arrest for violation of a no contact order
1:55pm Inga Frick was cited for expired registration
7:59pm Jonathan Buzan was arrested on a warrant for public intoxication and interference with official acts
12/12 10:12am Sarah Alderfer reported items stolen from her garage
1:16pm Harper

(12/15) Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in 5 counties in southern Iowa


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties in southern Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
 
The discovery of this series of infestations started when forestry contractor found many dead ash trees with heavy woodpecker flecking

(12/15) Authorities Search For Sex Offender


State officials are looking for a sex offender that escaped and have turned to the public for help. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, Shane Lieb, 40 of West Burlington is serving a life sentence for third-degree sex abuse in Mount Pleasant.

He escaped from a vehicle transporting him from the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility to the Burlington Work Release facility. Officials

(12/15) Fairfield Native Chosen As City Administrator


The City of Fairfield has a new City Administrator. City Council selected Michael Harmon as the next City Administrator. Harmon is currently the City Administrator for Lake Crystal, MN.

He is a native of Fairfield IA having graduated from Fairfield High School in 2000. Harmon received his BA in Economics from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters of Public Administration from

(12/15) One Vehicle Accident With Injuries


Friday morning, Washington Authorities responded to a one vehicle accident with injuries. Around 9:45am, Mendi Jean Robertson, 42 of Muscatine was traveling Eastbound on Hwy 92 when she crossed the center line, entered the north ditch and struck a Flatbed semi-trailer that was parked at a home at 2984 Hwy 92.

Robertson had to be rescued from the wreck as the vehicle came to rest wedged under

(12/15) 34th Army Band Recieves 70 Year Old Award


After nearly 70 years, the Iowa National Guard’s 34th Army Band, based in Fairfield, was presented a battle streamer the unit earned during its campaigns of World War II but was never formally awarded.

The 34th Army Band originally received the award under Decision No. 843, on June 21, 1945 by the President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic. This award recognizes acts

(12/15) Bomb Threat At Mt Pleasant High School


A bomb threat on a bathroom wall at Mt. Pleasant Community High School had authorities busy Friday searching students as they entered the building.

The message was discovered Thursday that said “ Bomb 12/12/14.”
School Officials reacted quickly and local law enforcement was on hand Friday morning searching each students as they entered through the main front doors.

The search

(12/15) City Council Meeting Agenda


FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL AGENDA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
DECEMBER 15, 2014 7:00 P.M. CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
CONSENT AGENDA
   Approval of the minutes of the November 20, 2014 Special Council meeting
   Approval of the minutes of the November 24, 2014 Council meeting
   Approval of the minutes of the December 6, 2014 Special Council meeting
 

(12/15) IDPH Urges Iowans to Get Influenza Vaccine


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges all Iowans over 6 months of age to receive their yearly seasonal influenza vaccine. Surveillance by IDPH influenza sentinel sites and confirmatory testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) shows the flu is circulating in Iowa, and appears to be particularly spreading among children.
“Children are known as ‘super spreaders’

(12/15) Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2015 annual conference


Cover crop discussions tend to center around benefits such as reduced pests and inputs, or improved soil and water quality. But for row crop farmer Blake Vince, those benefits can all be distilled down to one key point: cover crops save money.
                   

(12/15) News From ISU Extension Office


News releases distributed recently by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

12/12/14 Growers, Students ‘Transition’ to Organic with Iowa State Course
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/growers-students-transition-organic-iowa-state-course
When Laura Elsinger of Guttenberg, Iowa, was considering a career change to organic agriculture last summer, an announcement for

(12/12) 34th Army Band to Receive Citation Earned 70 Years ago


After nearly 70 years, the Iowa National Guard’s 34th Army Band, based in Fairfield, will be presented the Croix de Guerre with Palm, a battle streamer the unit earned during its campaigns of World War II but was never formally awarded. The oversigh

(12/12) New City Administrator Selected For Fairfield


The City of Fairfield has a new City Administrator. City Council selected Michael Harmon as the next City Administrator. Harmon is currently the City Administrator for Lake Crystal, MN.

He is a native of Fairfield IA having graduated from Fairfield High School in 2000. Harmon received his BA in Economics from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters of Public Administration from

(12/12) No Supervisors Meeting


There will be no Board of Supervisors meeting the week of December 15, 2014.
 

(12/12) DNR: Addition Charges Filed In Fairfield Illegal Hunting Case


An extensive investigation centering on a hunting outfitter in Jefferson County has resulted in multiple charges against several individuals.
 
Brenton J. Clark and his wife, Rachael, owners of Southeast Iowa Outfitters in Fairfield face several charges related to alleged illegal practices associated with their operation.
 
Brenton J. Clark, 34, faces four counts of unlawful

(12/12) Fairfield Teen Recovers From Hit & Run While Driver Hasnt Been Identitie


A Fairfield teen recovers from a hit and run accident. On November 22, Logan Fleeman, 17 of Fairfield was struck by a vehicle in Ottumwa and left laying in the street.

Fleeman a Senior at Fairfield High School was air lifted to Des Moines Mercy for his injuries.

Since the incident the Ottumwa Police Office has turned to the public for leads.

On a call to Lt Jason Bell, he says the

(12/12) Two Vehicle Accident With Injruies


A man was trapped in his vehicle after he was struck by an SUV Wednesday night. Randy Hobbs of Ottumwa was attempting to turn north on Iowa Avenue from Hwy 34 when Chelsea Furling of Albia hit him from behind.

Hobbs vehicle was flipped and he was pinned in. Fire crews rescued him from the wreck.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital for injuries.

Furling has not been charged in

(12/12) Iowa Ranks 30th in the Nation in Jobs Lost to China


America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs, 24,600 alone in Iowa. This ranks them as 30th in the nation. The overwhelming majority of jobs lost are manufacturing, according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

Every congressional district but one has lost net job opportunities since China joined the World Trade

(11/17) North Dakota Pipeline Study and Meeting Schedule Released


Strategic Economics Group, a research firm based in Des Moines has released a study examining the economic and fiscal impacts of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). DAPL will carry domestically produced, light sweet crude oil from the Bakken oil f