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(4/18) Iowa's Unemployment Rate Up In March

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched up to 4.5 percent in March, primarily driven by another large increase in the state’s labor force.  The March jobless rate compared with 4.4 percent for February, and 4.8 percent for March one year ago.  Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate for March held steady at 6.7 percent.“The Iowa economy reached a milestone in

(4/18) Celebrate The Easter Holiday Safely

This weekend many groups, organizations, and families may be planning festivities to celebrate the Easter holiday. Those planning Easter egg hunt should be aware that hard-boiled eggs require some special attention. Patty Stiener with Iowa State Extension says that consumers should remember the 2 hour rule when it comes to handling hard boiled eggs.   “ The safest time for foods

(4/18) Supervisors Will Discuss Incentives For Heartland Co-Op Project

The big story this week and weeks to come is the Heartland Co-Op project. Last year, Heartland Co-Op approached FEDA and the Jefferson County Supervisors for economic development with building a multimillion dollar grain business in Jefferson County. To date, Heartland has acquired 120 acres of the proposed site. Activist against the project setting up an operation on the East side of town voiced

(4/18) UPDATE: State Truck vs Car Injury Accident

More information has been released on the State Truck vs Car accident from Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 92. One person died as a result of injuries sustained. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a Pontiac Vibe driven by Rosemary Reed 65 of Washington was traveling eastbound on Highway 92 and failed to yield from a stop sign and struck an International Plow Truck

(4/18) Crepe Escape Achieves Blue Zones Designated Restaurant

Fairfield has achieved its goal of 8 Blue Zones designated restaurants.
Blue Zones Project™ Fairfield announced that Crepe Escape has achieved Blue Zones Restaurant™ designation, joining Istanbul Grill, Doc’s Inn, Green Gourmet, The Gardens Seasonal Kitchen, Revelations, and Yummy’s. According to Ken Daley, Fairfield is choosing to create a place where people can live

(4/18) Cardinal District Superintendent Meets With Governor Branstad

At 9:30am this morning Superintendent Joel Pedersen of the Cardinal School District will meet with Governor Branstad. Pedersen wants to discuss the teacher leadership and compensation grant as well as challenges rural school districts face. Governor Branstad selected 39 school districts to receive the special funding for 2014-15 school year. According to Pederson He would like to encourage the

(4/18) Press Conference by the President, 4/17/14

Hello, everybody.  Before I begin I just want to express on behalf of the American people our deepest condolences to the Republic of Korea and the families of all those who’ve seen their loved ones lost when a ferry sank within the last couple of days.
Obviously, information is still coming in.  We know that many of the victims of this terrible tragedy were

(4/18) Week 14 at the Capitol-Representative Curt Hanson's Newsletter

The passage of budget bills that will enable the state to pay its bills and employees was the focus of legislation this week.  The Legislature made significant progress in moving several budget bills to conference committee.  When the bills are sent to conference committee the House and the Senate have exhausted their efforts to amend bills, that each chamber has passed in different

(4/18) ARC Meeting Thursday

The Board of Directors of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties will meet on 5:30 p.m.  on Thursday, April 24, 2014, on second floor of the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.  The agenda will include results of participation in Southeast Area Special Olympics Spring Games, appointment of a Nominating Committee, plans for booths at the Greater Jefferson County Fair, report on

(4/18) The Greiner Report by Senator Sandra Greiner

You may recall several years ago Peregrine Falcons were reintroduced here in Iowa.  A pair nested atop one of the buildings in Downtown Des Moines, and everyone was so pleased and excited when they nested and hatched their first brood.  Years later it is not uncommon to see these birds soaring through the air, dive-bombing and attacking other birds.  Many mornings, as I approach

(4/18) Jefferson County Supervisors Meeting Agenda

Public Comment regarding Heartland Co-Op project
                                                Discuss economic incentive options for Heartland Co-op project

(4/18) Free Blue Zones Project Health Fair Saturday, April 19

The community is invited to hear from Mayor Ed Malloy and representatives from the Blue Zones
Project® Fairfield team and learn: how far we've come as a community, how all initiatives have worked together to increase the health and well-being of Fairfield and Greater Jefferson County, how to increase the health and well-being of themselves and their families via the Blue Zones Project,

(4/18) FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers

The Affordable Care Act is working.  It is giving millions of middle class Americans the health care security they deserve, it is slowing the growth of health care costs and it has brought transparency and competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace.
8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states

(4/18) School Board Special Board Meeting & Private Hearing

Monday April 21, 2014
6:00 p.m. Private Hearing and Special Board Meeting
A.C.T. Building
Call to Order
Approval of agenda
Enter into exempt session per Iowa code Chapter 279.15, 279.24
Private hearing for termination of continuing contract(s)
Exempt session regarding termination of continuing

(4/17) Donations Needed For MSAE Students

Spring Cleaning Time! Items are needed for the annual Giant Destination Imagination Garage Sale to raise funds for 32 kids who will represent Iowa at the international competition. For pickup please call Mark Wilkins 641-919-6064 or Donna Cingire 641-233-7226.

(4/17) Arrest Made On Assault Call In Fairfield

Fairfield officers responded to reports of an assault yesterday afternoon. Felisberto Guezimane and ex wife Laura Guezimane have an arrangement for Felisberto to pick up the couple’s two kids for soccer each practice. According to Felisberto, when he arrived at the home, Laura’s new boyfriend Adrian Okakpu came out of the residence and choked, punched and slammed him down to the

(4/17) Fire Reports

4/16 2:29pm, Crews extinguished a dog house on fire. Its believed charcoal from the bbq grill caught the dog house on fire. No injuries, the dog was not in the dog house. Fire did not spread to house.

(4/17) Police Reports

4/16 Katherine Berggren was cited for speeding
4/16 Fairfield High School Student Timothy Chavez was cited for possession of tobacco products.
4/16 Colin Heaton was cited for expired registration
4/16 Heather Vorhies was arrested for failure to appear on a pretrial conference. No bond set.

(4/17) Noah's Ark Open House on April 26th from 11 to 1

On April 26th, Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation will be celebrating 10 years in our current location with an Open House from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to join us.  We will be offering refreshments and tours of the building and of course, the animals will be available for everyone to visit.
For over 27 years Noah's Ark Animal Foundation has offered loving

(4/17) Crepe Escape Achieved Blue Zones Restaurant Designation

Blue Zones Project™ Fairfield today announced that Crepe Escape has achieved Blue Zones Restaurant™ designation, joining Istanbul Grill, Doc’s Inn, Green Gourmet, The Gardens Seasonal Kitchen, Revelations, and Yummy’s. As a result, Fairfield has achieved its goal of 8 Blue Zones designated restaurants.
Fairfield is choosing to create a place where people can live

(4/17) Home Sale Prices Increase While Homes Sold Decrease In Iowa

The latest report from the Iowa Association of Realtors show that home sale prices continue to increase across Iowa. According to IAR’s March 2014 Housing Trends Report, home prices increased by 1.7% from last year this time. Twenty-six local realtor boards reported increases in sales price. The average sale price in 2013 was $143, 000 and in 2014 $146,000. Median Sales Price showed

(4/17) FPD Thanks The Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicator

When emergency assistance is needed, dispatchers are the professional, calm, and caring voice at the other end of the 9-1-1 call. Police Chief Julie Harvey, Captain David Thomas and all of the Fairfield Police Department has taken time out to call the dispatchers at the Jefferson County Law Center, Heros. Dispatchers are the first step and usually the most important in saving lives and

(4/17) Fairfield Students In Class Good Friday

This is a reminder that Good Friday, April 18th, will be a regular school attendance day for all students in the Fairfield School District.  This is a snow make-up day.  Due to make-up days, last day of school will be June 5th. School will begin and end at regular times.

(4/17) UPDATE: Toddler Death In Ottumwa

Heres an update on an infant death in Ottumwa at the beginning of the year. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Keenan Rockhold, age 1 year, had died.  Rockhold was sent to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, in Ankeny, IA for an autopsy.  The State Medical Examiner completed the autopsy and determined that the cause of death was acute adenovirus

(4/17) Two Arrested In Keota For Manufacturing Meth

An ongoing investigation into illegal drug manufacturing has resulted in two arrest. Officers from several southeast Iowa law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant late yesterday on a residence in Keota. As a result, Crystall Ashley Tipton, 33 and Niles Lee Funk, 31 were arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Additional charges are

(4/17) State Truck Collides vs Car: Injuries Reported

A four door passenger car and a state truck collided yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Hwy1 and 92. Authorities responded to a 2 vehicle accident with injuries. The extend of the injuries are unknown and the identity of those involved hasn’t been released. As information becomes official it can be found here.

(4/17) Fireworks At Marion Ave Baptist Church In Washington

Marion Avenue Baptist Church in Washington was approved to shoot off a fireworks display tonight. The Washington County Supervisors approved the display in yesterday’s meeting. The fireworks are part of their Our Time youth program which teaches area youth about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and bullying. The fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9:15 p.m. tonight at 2610 Nutmeg Avenue,

(4/17) Oskaloosa Man Plead Guilty To Infant Death

Bryan Draper Vilcone, 25 of Oskaloosa pleaded guilty to attempted murder and child Endangerment on Tuesday. In court, Vilcone acknowledged that he violently shook seven-week-old Raelynn M. Hart in April of 2013. He also admitted that his failure to seek medical attention for Raelynn contributed to her death. Vilcone was initially charged with first-degree murder that is punishable by life in

(4/16) Washington County Sheriff Warns Citizens Of A Phone Scam

The Washington County Communications Center has received a report of a scam that is affecting persons in the Washington County area. The caller is identifying themselves as an employee from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The caller ID has also been manipulated to show 653-2107 which is the actual business number for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Communications.

(4/16) Fairfield Family Experienced Loss From House Fire

Fairfield Fire Department responded to a House Fire yesterday morning after 6am. Once crews arrived to the apartment house  at 301 N 2nd St, the fire was sustained in one bedroom. According to Fairfield Fire Chief Scott Vaughan, “Water damage and smoke was throughout the home.” Its believed a spark from a match or the match itself caught the sheer canopy on fire. According to the

(4/16) School Board Approves Budget & Contracts For 2014-15

The Fairfield school board of directors approved a two-year master contract with an increase of 3.5 percent for next school year and 3.7 percent for the following year. Master contracts end June 30. At Monday night’s meeting, the board also approved the annual budget for 2014-15 school year. $40.4Million, is a $1.5Million drop in spending from the current school year. Taxpayers will

(4/16) Branstad Urges Lawmakers To Change Legislation

Here is an update to the Iowa Supreme court overturning Patrick Nicoletto’s sexual exploitation conviction with a 5-2 vote saying Nicoletto was a coach and not a certified teacher of the Bloomfield School district. In a statement, Governor Branstad urged lawmakers to pass legislation to include school coaches in the law to protect Iowa students from sexual exploitation. Branstad says action

(4/16) Drug Bust Near New London Public Park

Following a four month investigation into the illegal sales of marijuana, yesterday, Henry County Sheriff Deputies conducted two search warrants in New London. As a result of the first search, Kent Benadum, 55 was charged with 3 counts of felony delivery of marijuana. These charges are all enhance able due to the illegal sales taking place within 1,000 ft. of the New London Public Park. The

(4/16) Ainsworth Man Faces 5 Assault Charges

An Ainsworth man was arrested on five assault charges yesterday morning. Bradford Lee Lucas, 18 of rural Ainsworth was arrested for simple assault, two counts of serious domestic assault, felony domestic assault and simple domestic assault. According to the Washington County Law Center, the incident was reported by the victim’s sister who was not at the home, Officers responded however

(4/16) Bentonsport Historic District Open House

Join us for the new season in the Bentonsport Historic District. There will be artisan bread samples and artist demonstrations at Iron and Lace. The Bentonsport artisan co-op will have refreshments, lapidary and craft demonstrations. The historic Greef General store will have cupcakes and cookies as well as a drawing for two $25 gift certificates. Gems 4 Me and Angies Antiques (in the Odd

(4/16) Public hearing for the FHS Addition and Remodel project

Thursday, April 17, 2014
A.C.T. Building
6:00 P.M. Public Hearing
Public hearing for the FHS Addition and Remodel project

(4/15) Early Morning House Fire In Fairfield

Fairfield Fire Department responded to a House Fire this morning after 6am. Once crews arrived to the apartment house the fire was sustained in one bedroom. Water damage and smoke was throughout the home. Its believed a spark from a match or the match itself caught the sheer canopy on fire. According to the written report, the tenant lit the match in hopes to rid an unpleasant smell in the

(4/15) Mayor Malloy Speaks With Heartland Co-Op & Morrissey Explains The Law

At the City Council Meeting, Mayor Malloy spoke with Heartland and John Morrissey explained the law. The Council Chambers has standing room only and the entire lobby and front area of City Hall was full of citizens.  Malloy started out saying, “ We have no more knowledge of the project then any of you here.” Paul Glossip presented the Council with an annexation request comparing

(4/15) License and Property Tax Department Opens At Noon

The driver’s license and property tax department of the treasurer’s office is going to be closed until noon. Staff will attend motorcycle skills testing training, so business as usual beginning at noon today.

(4/15) Fairfield HyVee Throws Out Thousands of Dollars In Food

 Fairfield HyVee experienced a power outage over the weekend. Chad Romer, Store Director called it a perfect storm of events. A power surge caused a compressor to lock up, power was restored however the temperature rose and the alarms did not trigger to alert a problem. According to Romer, the total damage amounts haven’t even been calculated yet, he said its 10’s of thousands of

(4/15) Fairfield Needs City Administrator

The City of Fairfield is now officially in the market for a new City Administrator. Last night, Kevin Flanagan City Administrator read a heartfelt resignation letter, saying his family made good friendships the thanked the department heads and city engineer for a productive and successful administration. Flanagan thanked Mayor Malloy for friendship. Malloy said Flanagan tendered his resignation

(4/15) Tax Day, File or Ask For Extension

Today is the Internal Revenue Service tax filing deadline. According to the IRS, most Iowans, about 95%, have e-filed. Last year, 87% of Iowans filed electronically. Nationwide, the IRS anticipates approximately 12 million taxpayers will have requested extensions to file, allowing them another six months to file.

(4/15) Ottumwa Man Sentence In Toddler Beating

Dustin Armstrong, 20 of Ottumwa will spend 50 years in prison for the beating of an Ottumwa toddler last year. Armstrong was dating the toddlers mother at the time, he claimed the injuries were the result of an accident. Ottumwa police found Brayden Young, 2 unresponsive. He was taken to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center and then to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Young sustained

(4/14) Veterans Career Fair

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Director, Colonel Robert King (Ret), encourages Veterans to attend the upcoming Veterans Career Fair on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Freedom Center – Building S-70, Camp Dodge: 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, Iowa. A government-issue ID is required for entry onto Camp Dodge.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Home Base Iowa are partnering with

(4/14) ISB Third Generation and Revitalization

Charles Eastburn, the second generation of family, bank management at Iowa State Bank and Trust, officially retired on January 1, 1991, and the administration of the bank passed to the third generation, his son, David, which continues today. David’s roots are deep in Fairfield and Jefferson County having graduated from Fairfield High School in 1972 and Central College in Pella, Iowa in

(4/14) Public Encouraged To Attend Monday Meetings

The Jefferson County Supervisors will meet this morning at 9am in the first floor courtroom. For the last few weeks citizens have attended talking about Heartland Co-Op, this agenda doesn’t have any Heartland business. In related news Paul Glossip and Marcia Hanson both citizens not in favor of Heartland Co-Op, both have gone on record at several Supervisors meeting to protest the

(4/14) Grass Fire Near Soccer Fields In Fairfield

Around 3:30pm Saturday afternoon, Fairfield Fire Department responded to a grass fire near Long Manufacturing and Winfrey Storage. After 10 minutes on the scene, back up was requested from Libertyville and Packwood. With high wind speeds the fire spread quickly, as a precaution, the soccer fields were evacuated.  It is unclear what sparked the blaze that burned over 3 hours. This was only a

(4/14) Nicoletto 2012 Conviction Over Turned

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court threw out a sexual exploitation conviction on Patrick Nicoletto, 36 a former Bloomfield basketball coach. Nicoletto was convicted October 2012 for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He claimed he doesn’t fit the definition of a school employee under Iowa Law. In a 5-to-2 decision the courts dismissed the charges . The justices urge a coach without a

(4/14) Brighton Woman Convicted Of Drug Charges

Following a two day trial, a Brighton woman was convicted of two drug related charges. A Washington County jury found Pebblie Beal 37, guilty of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, she was acquitted of a possession of methamphetamine charge. On June 28, 2013, Beal, was a front seat passenger in a car stopped by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. After the car was stopped, a K9 unit alerted to the presence of a controlled substance coming from the front passenger’s door and a purse belonging to Beal was found containing two items used to smoke marijuana, a clear plastic baggie containing a substance determined to be marijuana and a tube commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. 

(4/14) Deadline Nearing for Governors Lifesaving Awards Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Governor’s Lifesaving Award. These special recognition awards are presented to ordinary citizens who take extraordinary lifesaving measures to save a fellow citizen. If you know a local hero whose actions deserve recognition from the Governor and the state’s top law enforcement officials, nominate then. The Award is presented each year at the

(4/14) Looking for Local Produce? Sign up for a CSA to Eat Healthier

Winter isn’t long departed, and Iowa’s vegetable farmers are already digging into preparations for summer’s bounty of fresh greens and juicy tomatoes. Many of these farmers run Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) businesses that let you subscribe for a regular (usually weekly) share of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to join a

(4/11) Fairfield Airport Committee Agenda

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

(4/11) Fairfield City Council Agenda

April 14, 2014 7:00 P.M.
Approval of the minutes of the March 24, 2014 Council meeting
Approval of the minutes of the April 9, 2014 Special Council meeting
Resolution of Employment for the Park & Recreation Department
Approval of Liquor License

(4/11) Statehouse News, April 11, 2014 From Rep. Hanson

House Passes Bi-Partisan Bill to Fix Roads and Bridges

House Passes Bi-Partisan Bill to Fix Roads and Bridges
There are over 114,000 miles of roads and 25,000 bridges in Iowa.  The Iowa House passed a bi-partisan bill this week to improve the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

The transportation budget bill, Senate File 2130, also addresses the problem of distracted driving

(4/11) Farmers engaged in Iowa Water Quality Initiative

Farmers engaged in Iowa Water Quality Initiative
Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Many Iowa farm fields are turning green earlier than normal this spring as a rapidly growing number of farmers are using cover crops to help better protect the soil and water they depend on to make their living.  Farmers are always looking for new and better ways to raise crops and

(4/11) 2013 Audit Report on the AIM - Jefferson, Keokuk Early Childhood Iowa (EC


Auditor of State Mary Mosiman today released an audit report on the AIM - Jefferson, Keokuk Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) Area Board, d/b/a Jefferson/Keokuk Early Childhood Iowa Area for the year ended June 30, 2013.

The Jefferson/Keokuk Early Childhood Iowa Area is established under Chapter 256I of the Code of Iowa. The purpose of the Jefferson/Keokuk Early Childhood Iowa Area is to

(4/11) State Fire Marshal Reminds of Outdoor Fire Safety

Warmer temperatures combined with strong winds and dry conditions lead to more brush and wild-land fires across the state. These types of fires can pose a serious threat to lives and property.
The National Fire protection Association (NFPA) has reported over 59 million acres have been burned by wildfires in the past decade. While Iowa is not known to have large wildfires like those that

(4/11) DCI Investigations Restore Voting Rights to 12 Iowans

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced today that the DCI investigations have restored the rights of 12 Iowans.  Schultz has also created a task force to fix the inaccuracies in the felon file used for voter registration in the State of Iowa.
“We need to make sure illegal voters aren’t voting and make sure every eligible voter is able to vote.  We’ve

(4/11) Prom Safety Encouraged For Fairfield High School Students

There will be tuxes and gowns aplenty tomorrow night as Fairfield High School students head to the prom. Teens need to take extra care driving to and from the party. Make sure the driver is paying attention to the road and avoid texting, checking e-mail, or making calls behind the wheel. Meanwhile the Jefferson County Alcohol Coalition is warning parents and other adults who might promote illegal

(4/11) Van Buren County Supervisors Agenda

The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting of the Board on:
Monday, April 14, 2014, beginning at 10:00AM
at the Van Buren County Courthouse, Board room, Keosauqua,

(4/11) Jefferson County Supervisors Agenda

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors will meet in the 1st floor meeting room of the Jefferson County Courthouse on:  
TENTATIVE AGENDA  Dated April 10, 2014.  
9:00 A.M. - Weekly Board Meeting.
Acknowledge April 7th minutes.
Meet with County Engineer.
Discuss vacation of Cross St. in Abingdon.
Consider Leonard’s Lanes Subdivision.

(4/11) Remembering The Agency Tornado, Two Killed

Thirteen years ago today the residents of Agency, IA experienced an F2 tornado. According to information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), F2 tornados are monsters with wind velocity of between 113-157 mph. With all the destruction, the tornado swept through the town in 30 seconds and claimed the lives of two. Those killed are Mary Ellen Hewitt, 73 and Helen

(4/11) Pilcher Retrial Stays In Wapello County

The Pilcher retrial will stay in Wapello County. Prosecutors welcome a change of venue however Pilcher’s defense argued against a change of venue. Robert Pilcher, 67 is charged with killing Mary Jayne Jones in April 1974 at a farmhouse seven miles from Ottumwa. DNA evidence connected him to the crime scene. Pilcher’s first trial in January, ended in a hung jury.  Judge Richard

(4/11) $3.2 Million Dollars For Iowa Airports

Senator Tom Harkin announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $3,241,716 to Iowa airports for various rehabilitation and improvement projects. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that funds the DOT.  Mount Pleasant Municipal Airport was awarded $72,000 to update the Airport Master Plan study.

(4/11) Schultz Returning More Than $200,000 To The State

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz plans to return more than $200,000 to the state in unspent money from his budget. He says his ongoing efforts to reduce costs in his office resulted in less spending than his predecessors. Schultz credits the unspent balance to finding efficiencies in technology, reducing staff, and consolidating management positions, allows him to return the money in

(4/11) Grassley Marks 25th Anniversary of Whistleblower Protection Act

Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act
Thursday, April 10, 2014
25 years ago today, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 was signed into law.  To mark that anniversary, I wanted to come to the floor to discuss some of the history that led to that legislation,

(4/11) Remarks by the President at LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
Austin, Texas
12:16 P.M. CDT
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Please, please, have a seat.  Thank you. 
What a singular honor it is for me to be here

(4/11) Week 13 at the Capitol-Representative Curt Hanson Newsletter

Week 13 Newsletter 4-11-13
In the closing weeks of this legislative session, the budget is the focus of our attention.  Of the eleven budgets we must approve, three were passed last week and the transportation budget was approved this week. 
However, much of this week’s media attention has been on the secret payments made to employees who have been terminated for

(4/11) Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget

Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget
Today’s vote illustrates once again that the House Republicans’ view of the economy is a top-down approach that cuts taxes for millionaires and could raise taxes on middle class families with kids by an average of at least $2,000.
If the budget the House Republicans voted for today was enacted and

(4/11) The Greiner Report by Senator Sandra Greiner

This week Governor Branstad dismissed Mike Carroll, his appointed Director of Administrative Services, but the meetings of the Joint Government Oversight Committee continue. 
At this point in any Session, the Budget moves front and center.  And just like most other years, there are always some people who cannot spend enough money.  Imagine planning a family cross country trip to

(4/10) Six Maharishi School Teams Headed to International Creativity Competition

Maharishi School Students Win at State Creativity Competition
Congratulations to Maharishi School’s winning teams at the Destination Imagination state competition! Program director, Mark Wilkins said that of the nine teams that competed at the state competition, six teams have qualified to compete at the international competition in May. All of the teams will perform for the

(4/10) Body Found In Fairfield: No Foul Play, Investigation On-going

Yesterday afternoon a call came into the Law Center of an unresponsive male. Fairfield Officers arrived at the home on Filmore to find a male 37, dead on arrival. As many begin to speculate and try to put pieces together, According to the press release no foul play is suspected. The identity of the victim will not be released until next of kin is notified. An autopsy could take up to 6 weeks to

(4/10) Fairfield PD Clarifies Arrest In Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Date of Release:  03/13/2014
Reference:  Clarification of an arrest
Reporting Officer:  Captain David Thomas
Officials at FPD want to clarify reports of an arrest on 04/07/2014. This information can be released now because the investigation is completed. The confusion stemmed from several agencies being involved.
An Iowa law enforcement task force contacted FPD

(4/10) Cardinal Superintendent Award Recipient

Cardinal Community School District Superintendent Joel Pedersen was recently named as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Administrator Award in the category of superintendents by the Iowa Bandmasters Association. Pederson has worked very hard on the band program and his efforts to grow interest in the program have not gone unnoticed. IBA received many nominations for Pederson. He was

(4/10) Tackling Yard Waste In The City of Fairfield

Get those mowers ready! The other big chore this time of year is cleaning up yard waste. Remember all premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds and plant growth in excess of ten inches. Also, vegetable and flower gardens shall be maintained free of weeds during the growing season. According to City Officials , failure to cut or destroy weeds and plant growth may result in


State Representatives Curt Hanson and Mary Gaskill supported a bi-partisan plan to improve the state’s crumbling roads and bridges in the Iowa House today.


“Iowa’s infrastructure is in need of repair,” said Hanson. “I was proud to join my colleagues and expand our efforts with over a billion dollars set to improve and update all across

(4/10) Statement by the President

April 9, 2014
Statement by the President
Today, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act – preventing it from even receiving an honest debate, let alone a simple yes-or-no vote.  The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reinforce our country’s commitment to the principle of equal pay for

(4/10) Meeting For School Board

Monday, April 14, 2014
A.C.T. Building
6:30 p.m. Budget Hearing
6:45 p.m. Public Hearing for the FHS Addition and Remodel project
Regular Board Meeting following at approximately 7:00 p.m.

(4/10) Dead Male Found In Fairfield

On 04/09/2014 officers of the Fairfield Police Department were called to 106 W Fillmore for a male subject that was found to be unresponsive.  The male subject was later determined to be DOA.  Although no foul play is suspected, no other information is being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. 

(4/9) Miller-Meeks for Congress Announces 7 County Campaign Tour

Coming off a strong fundraising quarter, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks will be making a two-day campaign swing through the western part of Iowa’s Second Congressional District next Wednesday, April  16th and Thursday, April 17th. She will be hosting events in Davis, Monroe, Appanoose, Wayne, Lucas, Clarke, and Decatur counties to talk about why she’s running for Congress and

(4/9) Washington County Sheriff Reports

Kalona Fire Responded to a field fire yesterday. Around 12:25pm a caller reported while burning trash some blew across the road and has stated a field fire. No buildings in the immediate area. No one injured. Crews extinguished the fire a short time later
Brighton Fire responded to a controlled burn that got out of control and rekindled. Fire extinguished. No one injured

(4/9) Police Reports

Nothing to report today

(4/9) Fire Reports

Nothing to report today

(4/9) RED FLAG WARNING In Effect From Noon-7pm

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for wind and low humidity...which is in effect from noon today to 7 PM CDT this evening. under these conditions...fires can easily and very quickly get out of control and spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A

(4/9) New Pool For The Community

A new outdoor pool for the community. The City of Keosauqua and River view country club have joined forces in hopes to bring the community a new pool next summer 2015. Riverview County Club has a pool that has been inoperable for nearly 2 years. The agreement was just signed by the city to allow River view to move forward with the planning, designing and construction phases, no other entities are

(4/9) Register Preschoolers and Kindergarteners for 2014-15 School Year

Fairfield Community Schools Kindergarten Registration will be held in the gym at Washington Elementary on Friday April 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m..  Your child must be 5 years of age on or before September 15, 2014 to be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate and record of current

(4/9) Spring Brush-Only Pick Up May 5th

With more seasonable weather now settling in, citizens in Fairfield are being reminded that not everything can just go into the trash as they start to tackle projects around the house and the yard. Starting May 5 at 7am, the Spring Brush-Only Pickup. All Brush should be put in a neat pile adjacent to the street. This is a great time to do any brush and tree trimming. City crews will no longer

(4/9) Free Conference For 8-12 Grade Girls

A free conference is being held at Cardinal Middle School on Saturday. The “YOU ARE Conference” is targeted for girls in eighth through twelfth grade. Registration is offered at the door and the event is absolutely free, including the meals and entertainment. Speakers will address topics ranging from dealing with peer pressure to the struggles of college and ambition to self-worth.

(4/9) Parents To Help Shape The Future Of Technology

Input is needed from parents in the Fairfield school district that will help shape the future of technology throughout the grade levels in our district.  BrightBytes is a survey that provides the district with special insight into the district’s use of technology with students and throughout the curriculum. The survey should take a few minute to complete, but will provide the district

(4/8) Loebsack Named Ranking Member of House Education and Workforce Subcommitte

Congressman Dave Loebsack was chosen last night by his fellow members of the House Education and Workforce Committee to serve as Ranking Member, the senior most Democrat, on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. Loebsack has served on the Education and Workforce Committee since coming to Congress in 2007.
“Having grown up in poverty, I know that

(4/8) Police Reports

4/7 Crews responded to the scene of an accident for clean up. Used oil dry to help clean up
4/7 7:43pm Michael Mckay called in a report of a hit & run accident. Mckay says his neighbor struck his vehicle causing $1,700 in damages
4/7 9:57pm fighting in the street, Ryan Payne, Shawna Keck, Marcus Titus, Kelsey Williams, Lucian Williams were all stopped and questioned about

(4/8) Fire Reports

4/7 Crews responded to the scene of an accident for clean up. Used oil dry to help clean up

(4/8) Making A Decision For Road Upgrades or Economic Incentives

The courtroom was filled with nearly 80 people and some standing outside the doors just to hear facts from a financial advisor at the Jefferson County Supervisors meeting. Jeff Heil, Northland Securities, presented the Supervisors with several options and advice. Heil Said that “The estimated value of Heartland Co-Op project is $15,082,000 and can generate an estimate TIF revenue of

(4/8) Signs Down In the County: Sheriff Investigates

Possible vandalism in the County. Road crews noticed over 10 signs knocked down on 120th Street East of Packwood Rd. According to Scott Cline, County Engineer, Authorities were notified. The Jefferson County Sheriff Office is investigating the possible act of vandalism. Anyone with information about the knocked down signs is urged to call the Jefferson County Law Center 641 472 4146.

(4/8) The Public Comments On The Heartland Co-Op Project

“This is Iowa! Iowa is an AG State.” Tracy Beal stood up to address the Jefferson County Supervisors, those in favor and oppose the Heartland Co-Op project, just to say that Jefferson County is 71% AG. And most Iowa towns have a grain elevator smack in the middle of town. Denis Arval suggested making “Nutmeg a Toll Road/that way the increased traffic caused by Heartland could

(4/8) SUV Hit House In Mt Pleasant

Early Sunday morning an SUV struck a house in Mt. Pleasant. Omar Pelayo of Mt. Pleasant was driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed when the SUV left the street and hit a tree, then the porch of a home before it rolled over. Both the driver and his passenger were taken to the hospital. OWI charges are pending.

(4/8) Fairfield Officers Take Skateboard From Teen On Square

Sunday evening Fairfield Officers approached Marquis Bedford, 16 on the square. Bedford was skateboarding. Although it is not illegal, skateboarding is prohibited on the city square. Officers advised Bedford they will take his skateboard for 5 days, he became defensive and stated he didn’t care. Bedford told the officers to keep that skateboard, he will just get another. Officers then

(4/8) Northey Comments on Iowa Crops and Weather Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.
“Farmers, like everyone else, are ready for some more warm weather that will allow them to get out in the fields and prepare for the growing season,”

(4/8) Senate Oks tuition freeze, community college boost, and more help for kids

On Monday, the Iowa Senate narrowly approved an education budget that invests $986 million, an increase of $87 million. The legislation will now be considered by the Iowa House.
“This education budget opens doors to higher education, increases the number of skilled Iowa workers, and expands our middle class,” said Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant. “We freeze

(4/7) Telecommunicator of the Year Awards Ceremony 2014

Area 911 Centers and telecommunicators from Pottawattamie County Communications, Clinton County Communications, Woodbury County Communications Center, Perry Police Department, Worth County Sheriff’s Office and the Des Moines Police Department will be honored on April 9th, 2014 at the Iowa APCO Spring Conference Telecommunicator of the Year Awards banquet in Des Moines. The nominations