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(3/28) Schaus-Vorhies Fire Update


The Fairfield Fire Department responded to a fire Friday afternoon at the Schaus-Vorhies Company at 609 W. Grimes Ave.  The fire broke out just after 1 o’clock. According to Chief Scott Vaughn, the fire originated on the 1st floor when a box of combustible materials was ignited by a nearby grinder. Lockers containing clothing covered with flammable materials then caught fire and

(3/27) Fire at Schaus-Vorhies Company


The Fairfield Fire Department along with police and sheriffs deputies have responded to a fire at Schaus-Vorhies Company on Grimes Ave.  The fire broke out just after 1 o'clock this afternoon. There are no reports of injuries. The streets are blocked between 6th street and 9th street and officers are asking the public to please avoid the area.

(3/27) Jordan Aquifer Changes Proposed


Public Hearings to Focus on Potential Rule Changes Affecting Jordan Aquifer
Posted: 03/26/2015
The DNR will hold three public hearings in April on proposed rule changes that would govern the use of the Jordan Aquifer.

A stakeholder group has recommended a number of changes.
Hearings will be held in Coralville on April 8th at 1pm at the Coralville Public Library. In Des Moines on April 9th

(3/27) Iowa Population Up


The latest U.S. Census estimates show the Des Moines metro area is growing quickly while most Iowa counties have declining populations. The majority of Iowa counties, however, saw declines, as only 31 of 99 experienced an uptick. Jefferson County’s official population count is 16,843 up from 16,181, a .96% increase over the 2000 census. Van Buren County has a total population of 7,570,

(3/27) Jefferson County Tourism Report


The Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have released its annual report and it presents a bright picture of Fairfield and Jefferson County tourism. Fairfield’s 2014 hotel and motel tax generated over $141 thousand dollars in 2014 up 9 percent over the previous year and up 58 percent since 2005. In addition to lodging, food service, entertainment and recreation, auto and public

(3/27) Double Your Dollars Campaign Announced


The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center has announced its” Double Your Dollars – Double Your Impact” matching donation campaign. Anonymous donors have agreed to match all contributions to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization through April 15. These loyal donors chose to offer a $25,000 matching donation “because of the way the

(3/27) First Time Buyers Tax Credit


The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) announced that eligible first-time Iowa home buyers may purchase a home and reduce their federal income tax liability by up to $2,000 a year for the life of their mortgage. Approximately 400 Iowa home buyers are expected to benefit from the program, which is now available for new purchases through a network of Take Credit Participating Lenders throughout the

(3/27) 40th Anniversary of Maharishi Visit


Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of the first visit to Fairfield of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Maharishi came to Fairfield just a year following the moving of Maharishi University from California to the former Parson College Campus in Fairfield. MUM was founded in 1973 in Goleta, California with 700 students in its first year. In August 1974, the university purchased the campus of the

{3/26} Slow Down In Construction Zones


With the arrival of spring, also comes the arrival of road construction season. With new funds being generated through the increase in gas taxes, motorist will likely see more road crews this year than in years past. Trooper Jason Marlow of the Iowa State Patrol reminds us that extra caution is needed when traveling through any construction zone. Fines in construction zones are double those in

{3/26} Grassley Community Meetings


Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will hold four town meetings in Iowa next week, as part of his annual 99-county tour. Grassley has held meetings in each of Iowa’s 99 counties at least once every year since being elected to the U.S. Senate. Grassley will be in Webster City, Chariton, Corydon, and Albia March 30th, 31st and April 1st. These town meetings are open to the public. Grassley will be

(3/26) OGS Completes Air QC Project


Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility recently completed projects at the Ottumwa Generating Station that are reducing emissions and making Iowa’s air cleaner.  Local and state leaders, labor partners and project contractors joined OGS co-owners Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy to celebrate the completion of a $491 million comprehensive air quality control project and other

(3/25) Vote For Fairfield Students Video


Fairfield students participated in the 2015 IA Radon Video Contest.  The awareness these videos bring to the local community is amazing. A preliminary judging has been conducted and the following video has been chosen for the most views contest.
 Life After Radon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rx5s0woaLw&index=6&list=PLsIpNVMVEwijNG4Gk8HzXJ35aJHMBRy_4
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(3/25) Fairfield Police Activity Stats 2014


Chief Dave Thomas presented Fairfield City Council with the 2014 police activity in Fairfield. According to the report Fairfield has seen an increases in criminal activity as well as a 15% increase in the call of service.Chief Thomas, says that the Police Department is investigating more criminal activity. Most vehicles stolen had keys left in the cars. To prevent cars/trucks being

(3/24) When Gambling Becomes More than a Game, No One Wins


Cries of despair could be heard across Iowa this past week as first the Iowa State Cyclones, then the Iowa Hawkeyes and finally the University of Northern Iowa Panthers were eliminated from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Upsets and bracket busters are all part of what’s become known as ‘March Madness.’ For the majority of Iowans, filling out brackets to pick winners

(3/25) EAB confirmed in Clinton County


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in the city of Clinton, making this the twentieth county in Iowa where this wood boring pest of ash trees has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
 
An ash tree with evidence of recent woodpecker activity was discovered by a member of the

(3/25) FAIRFest Line-Up Announcement Today


FAIRfest ’15 will host a press conference on March 25 at 10 a.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center to announce the plans and performance lineup for the free summer music festival to be held in June.
In its third year, FAIRfest is three days of national headliner, regional and local bands, vendors, exhibitors, and sustainability fun to be held June 19-21 in and around the FACC.

(3/25) Severe Weather Awareness Week


This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa At 10am this morning all 99 Counties in Iowa will participate in a statewide tornado drill. This is only a test that should only last 30 min.

A watch is when a storm is likely to become strong, while a warning states a strong storm is in the area and citizens need to take precautions to remain safe

Jefferson County citizens are urged to

(3/25) St Louis Man Charged With Hiding Ottumwa Shooter


Authorities are charging all persons that assisted in Dustin McDanels escape from custody. McDanel the primary suspect in the January shooting of Roger Wiseman Jr of Ottumwa was on the run from police nearly three weeks before a tip lead authorities to St Louis.

According to the report, McDanel was found hiding under a bed in Zakariya Benruwin home in Richmond Heights a St Louis

(3/25) Avoid Utilities Being Disconnected


The Iowa Utilities Board reminds utility customers that are currently protected from electric or natural gas service disconnection, and who are having difficulty paying their energy utility bills, to contact their local utility before April 1 to discuss payment options or arrange for a payment agreement to avoid potential service disconnection.

Beginning April 2, 2015, customers certified for

(3/25) Police: Suspect On The Run


Centerville Police Department is turning the public for help in locating a male in connection with several felony charges. Eron Lee Ferroni, 35, of Centerville, is currently being sought by local police. Ferroni is wanted on charges of first degree burglary, first degree robbery, assault while participating in a felony, domestic assault while displaying or using a weapon, first degree

(3/24) Loebsack Applauds VA for Expanding Veterans Choice Program


Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the announcement by the Veterans Administration (VA) that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. The Veterans Choice Program, which was included in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014

(3/24) March 25 press conference to unveil third annual FAIRfest lineup


FAIRfest ’15 will host a press conference on March 25 at 10 a.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center to announce the plans and performance lineup for the free summer music festival to be held in June.
In its third year, FAIRfest is three days of national headliner, regional and local bands, vendors, exhibitors, and sustainability fun to be held June 19-21 in and around the FACC.

(3/24) Cambridge Names Erica Voreis as Senior Director


Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge) is pleased to announce that Erica Voreis has been promoted to Senior Director, Public Relations and Creative Marketing. In this role, Voreis will continue to hold direct responsibility for directing activities, projects, and associate staff related to the Cambridge Source Customized Advisor Marketing and Website Design offerings for Cambridge

(3/24) City Fee Rate Increases


Fairfield Fire Chief Scott Vaughn presented The Ways and Means Committee with suggestions for increasing fees for City licenses. Councilman Daryn Hamilton said that rate increases in city fees haven’t been updated in many years. He gave a quick overview of the proposed increases. After discussion, the following new fees were recommended:
Current Proposed
Rental Housing

(3/24) Fairfield City Council


The Fairfield City Council, in action Monday, awarded a contract to Drish Construction of Fairfield to complete the 4th street/HWY1 Water Main Boring Project.
In other council business, a new Filming Permit Application Form was approved for general use.
Police Chief, Dave Thomas reported an increase in calls for service in 2014 over the previous year.
Car thefts were up in 2014. Though most,

(3/24) Winter home heating moratorium ends April 1


Iowa’s annual winter energy assistance moratorium runs from November 1 through April 1. The Iowa Utilities Board reminds utility customers that are currently protected from electric or natural gas service disconnection, and who are having difficulty paying their energy utility bills, to contact their local utility before April 1 to discuss payment options or arrange for a payment agreement

(3/24) FAIRFest '15 Line Up Announced At Civic Center


Organizers of FAIRfest ’15 will host a press conference Wednesday to announce the plans and performance lineup for this summer’s three days of free national, regional and local bands, vendors, exhibitors, and sustainability fun to be held in and around the Fairfield, Iowa Arts and Convention Center June 19-21.  Along with the lineup of free bands, several new FAIRfest features

(3/24) Supervisors Discuss Mediacom Tower


Jefferson County Supervisors talked about a proposal that would allow the county to take possession of a new communications tower. Mediacom has offered to transfer possession of a 500 foot tower near Walton Lake to the county. The tower which is 500 feet tall and stands over 700 feet above average terrain would replace the aging tower the county currently uses which is on the

(3/24) SFM Forms B-SAFE Team to Aid in Disasters


March 23-27, 2015, is designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) has partnered up with the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to form the B-SAFE Team.
The Iowa Building Safety Assessment and Failure Evaluation Team (B-SAFE Team) was formed in 2014 by the Iowa Department of

(3/24) Jefferson County Gears Up For A Statewide Tornado Drill


Wednesday the annual statewide tornado drill will be held starting at 10 a.m. The drill is anticipated to end at 10:30 a.m. If there is an actual severe weather event Wednesday, the drill will be postponed to Thursday at 10 a.m.

SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE NEW
Jefferson County Alerts Emergency Notification System
 
Jefferson County Alerts is designed to instantly reach cell phones, landline

(3/24) Truck Vs. Bicycle Accident In Henry County


Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a bicycle vs vehicle accident. Brayden Roth, of Mt Pleasant struck bicyclist Michelle Rosell of Mt Pleasant as she travelled northbound on Franklin Ave knocking her from her bike.

She was transported to the hospital.

Vehicle damage is estimated at $200.

(3/24) Fairfield Says Goodbye To One of the Oldest Citizens


On September 17, 2014 long time Fairfield citizen Mrs. Genevieve Drish turned 107 years old. When asked what the secret to living a long healthy life, Drish said “ Years ago I would say dancing, now, I just don’t  know, playing cards with friends and having a good time.”

Yesterday Mrs Drish passed away. Arrangements are pending at the Raymond Funeral Home in

(3/24) Crow Creek Public Meeting


Join Crow Creek watershed partners this Wednesday, March 25th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Fairfield Public Library to learn about the current status of the Crow Creek watershed.  Crow Creek Watershed is 11,535 acres in size and nearly 20 percent of the watershed lies within the City of Fairfield.  Crow Creek begins near the airport and travels south through MUM campus, Waterworks

(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