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(6/30) City Of Fairfield To Celebrate The Fourth

The City of Fairfield is celebrating America! Waterworks Park on the Fourth of July! Music, Food, Fun…and the biggest fireworks show Fairfield has ever seen. The Jefferson County Historic Preservation Commission will open the Bonnifield Log House from 4 until 7pm. Dave Fannin Entertainment will spin tunes from 5 til 8pm. Steve and Michaela McLain will perform beginning at 8pm and Fireworks

(7/3) Henry County IRS Scam Reported

The Henry County Sheriff’s office received a report yesterday from a resident stating that she had received a call, claiming to be from the IRS, threatening her with arrest if she didn’t immediately send a moneygram to cover back taxes. These types of calls have been made to Fairfield residents as well. Keep in mind, the IRS will not call you to send money. This is a scam. If you

(7/3) Harmony, Van Buren School Elections Filing Open Monday

July 30th is the deadline to file papers to run for a seat on the Harmony and Van Buren Community School Boards. Three seats will be decided in Van Buren from districts 4 and 5 along with one at large director. Three will be elected in the Harmony election, from districts 1, 2 and 4. The first day to file is Monday with the election being held September 8th.

(7/3) Van Buren School Board Approves Contract For Ewell

The Van Buren Community School Board has approved a new three year contract for Superintendent, Pam Ewell. The contract increases Ewell’s salary by 2.2 percent along with an automatic renewal if the board fails to review the agreement by May 1st each year. The contract runs through June 30th, 2018. The board also approved salary increases for principals of between 1.5 to 2.8 percent. The

(7/3) Governor Vetoes Mount Pleasant, Clarinda

Governor Terry Branstad announced late Thursday that he has vetoed a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open. Facilities in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda were targeted by Branstad for closure in January, and legislators reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant facility open and find a private provider to run the Clarinda facility. Branstad says closing the institutes will

(7/3) Grassley Tours Sky Factory

US Senator Chuck Grassley was in Fairfield on Wednesday. Part of his 99 county tour, the Senator took part in a Q and A session with  Sky Factory employees and toured the facility, Iowa’s first fully solar powered business. Grassley said he will back the continuation of tax credits for businesses that employ alternative energy sources. He said with the EPA’s new regulations for

(7/3) Holiday Gas Prices Down From Last Year

If you’ll be driving this holiday weekend, be thankful you’re not in Alaska or California. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Alaska is the highest in the country at $3.48 with California coming in close behind at $3.43 a gallon. Here in Iowa, though higher than just a few months ago, the average price for regular gas is still eight-five cents less than it was at

(7/3) 4th Of July Celebrations Scheduled All Over SE Iowa

There are several Independence Day celebrations scheduled around Southeast Iowa on Saturday. Mount Pleasant, Ottumwa and Keosaqua have events and fireworks shows planned. The City of Fairfield presents America’s 239th birthday celebration, tomorrow at Waterworks Park. Music, food, fun and the biggest fireworks show Fairfield has ever seen. It all gets underway at 5pm.

(7/2) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact: Traffic Violations
Caller was reporting a red Pontiac Grand Am, female driver, all over the roadway, hitting curbs.
Disturbance-Domestic Dispute
Report of a domestic verbal argument that did not appear physical, but could become physical.
Citizen Contact: Burglary
Caller reporting that somebody was in her car overnight. Car was

(7/2) Mount Pleasant MHI Closes Pending Governors Signature

Former employees, patients and community members gathered Tuesday night to mark the closing of the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute. The last employee clocked out at 11:15 pm and the facility closed. Senator Rich Taylor spent most of the last legislative session working to keep it open despite Governor Branstad’s proposal to close the Mount Pleasant and Clarinda facilities and was on

(7/2) Bacteria Levels At State Park Beaches Rise

Bacteria levels at state park beaches have risen over the last couple of weeks. Heavy rainfall and rising lake levels are being blamed. The heavy rain has washed bacteria on the beaches and surrounding the lakes into the water where people swim. According to the DNR, bird droppings on the beaches, for example, can make their way into the water during rainstorms and sunshine is the cleanser that

(7/2) Bakken Pipeline Decision By January

Large sections of pipe are already being stockpiled along the proposed route through Iowa, but the approval of the Bakken Pipeline is far from a done deal and opponents are ramping up their fight. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is planning meetings across the state in the counties that would be impacted. The proposed Bakken Pipeline would send up to 570-thousand gallons of crude oil

(7/2) Benefits Will Increase

Maximum weekly benefits paid to jobless Iowans and to workers injured on the job will increase July 5, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The rise in benefits was triggered by an increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $42,327.64 in 2014, up from $40,883.90 the previous year. The new benefit payment

(7/1) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact: Theft
Caller reporting a gas drive off in the amount of $10.06. Caller advised subject left eastbound on Burlington in a maroon Grand Caravan.
Accident: Motor Vehicle
A vehicle owned by Charles Heisel was legally in the 100 block of West Fillmore. A vehicle driven by Virginia Sable was eastbound in the 100 block of West Fillmore when

(7/1) Governor Extends State of Disaster Emergency Again

Governor Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency in response to the bird flu outbreak in Iowa. The extension will run through July 31st, and is the second time he has extended his original state of disaster. The bird flu has now infected 31.5 million birds in Iowa the hardest hit state in the country and has infected mostly egg laying chickens, driving the price of eggs up

(7/1) Fire Chief Vaughn Stresses Fireworks Safety

With Fourth of July celebrations scheduled this weekend, South East Iowans will travel to Missouri to pick up fireworks, where it’s legal to buy and use them. The Iowa House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would legalize fireworks in Iowa but the State Senate adjourned for the year without taking action. Therefore, fireworks remain illegal in Iowa. The Fairfield Police

(7/1) Alleged Vicious Dog Killed

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of gunshots fired at the home of David Hart on June 7th. Hart’s dog had been the focus of accusations recently, accused of attacking and killing other dogs in the neighborhood as far back as 2011. Upon arrival, Deputies found Hart’s dog dead from a gunshot wound. Sheriff Greg Morton confirmed that someone had walked up

(6/30) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact: Motor Vehicle Accident
Caller reported that she was in an accident with two vehicles. She was ok but her neck was hurting. Refused EMS and transported herself to JCHC. The other driver was cited for failure to stop in assured clear distance.
Traffic Accident:
Motorcycle driver was Southbound on 9th Street. The other driver was Northbound on

(6/30) Local Districts Participating In Summer Lunch Program

With the end of the school year, many children that qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches at school come up against a real problem: finding a nutritious meal for lunch through the summer. The U.S Department of Agriculture estimates it will have provided more than 200 million meals nationwide through their Summer Food Program, administered through state education departments. The program

(6/30) Supervisors Accept Bids For Nutmeg Project

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met Monday and accepted bids for the proposed paving improvements to Nutmeg Avenue. The project would pave 1000 feet of Nutmeg north of the Highway 34 bypass in front of Heartland Grain. The bids came in between just over $218,000 to just over $274,000. The winning bid will be announced at the next Board meeting on Monday July 6, pending review by

(6/29) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Megan Renee Maurice, age 26, of Fairfield was arrested Sunday and charged with 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree criminal mischief.
Richard Chambers was arrested for driving while revoked and possession of marijuana.
Business contact: Destruction of property
Report of a female in the bathroom for half an hour and destroying it. Subject used a knife

(6/29) Shooting And Assault Arrests In Henry County

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mount Pleasant Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol responded to a report of a shooting and assault on Saturday. According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a male subject fired a shotgun in the direction of another subject and a female victim was struck in the head with a baseball bat. A description of

(6/26) Fair Continues Today

The Greater Jefferson County Fair continues and today is Kid’s Day. Among the events on tap for day three, The Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull is at 6pm, Quad Races in the Grandstand at 6pm and The Mitch Goudy Band takes the stage at the baseball field at 8pm and all you can ride between 6pm and 11pm wristbands are just $20. The Fair continues through Sunday at the Jefferson County

(6/25) Ottumwa Man faces Life For Kidnapping

38 year old Frederick Raymond Grace, Jr., of Ottumwa, was arrested Wednesday and faces one count of First degree kidnapping. Ottumwa Police executed search warrants after an investigation into a report that an unnamed Ottumwa man had been assaulted and held against his will by Grace on June 11th. He is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond. If convicted,

Tough Trucks at Jefferson Co Fair Canceled

Rain has forced the cancellation of tonight’s (Wednesday) Tough Truck Competition at the Jefferson County Fair. No makeup date has been announced.   

Jefferson County Farm Bureau Schedules Cook Off

This year at the Jefferson County Fair the County Farm Bureau is bringing back the Cookout Contest.  There is NO entry fee to compete and winners in each category will receive prizes and the chance to compete at the Iowa State Fair.  The only el

(6/23) Community Concerts Begin Tonight

The 29th annual summer band concert season opens tonight at 8pm on the bandstand on the Fairfield Square. Concerts are scheduled for June 23rd and 30th, July 14th, 21stand 28th and August 4th from 8 to 9 pm. Concerts will be moved to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center in the event of inclement weather.  Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome for this fun, free community event.

(6/23) Metcalf Graduates From Iowa School Of Banking

Karl Metcalf of Iowa State Bank & Trust Company successfully completed the 2015 Iowa School of Banking held June 7-12, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny.  He finished second in his class of 40 students, and earned a scholarship to a graduate banking school of his choosing next fall.
The one-week, two-year school, offered by the Iowa Bankers Association, provides a

(6/16) Alert Iowa Now Available

When severe weather strikes, a timely notification could make the difference. The “Alert Iowa” system can now send that notification into your inbox, as a text message to your phone or as a call to your landline. Jefferson County and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management provides the free service, although normal message fees may apply. To receive

(6/12) Local School Districts Participate in Summer Lunch Program

More children in Iowa and around the nation are benefiting from the Agriculture Department's Summer Nutrition Program, and that's expected to be the case again this summer. The latest report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows about 20-thousand children in Iowa were served a free meal each day last summer, reflecting a nearly 20 percent increase from the year before. One

(6/8) Rep Curt Hanson's End Of Session Newsletter


State Representative Curt Hanson

End of Session Newsletter 06/05/2015

On Friday, June 5, the Iowa Legislature concluded its work for the year, exactly five weeks after the scheduled date for adjournment.

One of the primary responsibilities of the state legislature is setting the state budget. Creating consensus on a balanced budget that ensures financial stability while

(6/8) Jefferson County Trails Council Update Maps

Ten new jewels were added to Fairfield’s emerald necklace this spring as the Jefferson County Trails Council (JCTC) replaced maps in the Loop Trail trailhead kiosks.  “This project marks the completion of nearly two years of work to update the promotional and display material associated with the Loop Trail,” said JCTC Chairman Stephen Pedrick. 
The 40”x44”

(6/4) Cardinal Schools Named State School Of Character

Cardinal Community School District has been selected the winner of the State School of Character Award by Character Counts, a non-profit organization, part of the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, based at Drake University in Des Moines. The school will be recognized by the SSOC at a July 31st ceremony in Des Moines as an exemplar of character education. Since 1997 Character Counts has worked with

(3/17) Fairfield Fire Crews Fight Two Fires

Fairfield Fire and Rescue, were called out on two grass fires yesterday. The first was around noon in city limits due to citizen Ramon Gonzales burning trash in city limits and that got out of hand. That fire was extinguisted in less than an hour.
Just two hours later around 2:00pm, north of MUM campus on Hwy 1 near B street nearly 60 acres were engulfed in