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(7/28) Sen. Rich Taylor's July 28 column

Heavy rains this summer have brought trouble, misery and headaches to many Iowans. Stream flows are up in most parts of the state, and shallow groundwater is getting back to normal. On the down side, heavy rains can increase flooding and pollution of our waterways.
The Legislature is working to tackle these problems with support for the Iowa Flood Center and other

(7/28) Fatal Accident In Washington County

A two vehicle accident in Washington County Sunday afternoon has left one man dead and 7 others injured. A Ram pickup truck driven by Tim Milligan, 21 of Montrose was heading Westbound on G38 when driver Milligan attempted to turn around in the road. According to the report, Craig Bartholomew, 37 of Washington was driving a mustang heading westbound as well and the pickup struck the front end of the mustang. Both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch. Both drivers were transported to the hospital. A passenger in the mustang, Dennis Albright, 46 of Washington did not survive the crash, Albright was pronounced dead at the scene. There were a total of two other adult passengers and three children in car seats involved in this accident. They were all transported to either Washington Hospital or U of I.

(7/28) Deadline For Leadership Fairfield Aug 1

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce along with Indian Hills Community College is giving interested citizens a chance to participate in a program intended to help them understand how various groups function, and be inspired to get more involved in our community. Day-long classes will begin in September and run through an April graduation, meeting one day each month and visiting various local organizations.  Each day will focus on a different aspect of our community. All participants will be involved with a community project of their choice to demonstrate leadership in action.  It is our hope that participants in the program will gain a greater understanding of how various groups function and be inspired to get more involved in our community. The deadline to sign up is this Friday Aug 1. Questions?  Contact the Chamber office at 641-472-2111 or Chamber@FairfieldIowa.com.

(7/28) UPDATE: Ottumwa Teen In Court For Sexual Abuse To Toddler

Here is an update on Ottumwa teen Kraigen Grooms, 17 who was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse (a Class B Felony). These charges follow an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations after a video emerged of a John Doe having sexual relations with an unknown toddler (who has now been identified).

(7/28) Mini Grant Applications Due This Week

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is now happy to offer Cultural Trust Fund mini grants to non-profit organizations. These small grants will be awarded to cover expenses for creating events or projects that benefit the art and/or culture of Fairfield. Everyone is invited to apply to the Fairfield Cultural Alliance before August 1, 2014. Funds will be disbursed in September after applications are

(7/28) Alternate Juror Speaks Out On Techel Verdict

An alternate juror on the Seth Techel 3rd murder trial says if she was in deliberations the verdict would’ve been different. Debbie McGinnis Parks was one of four jurors selected to be an alternate. The four alternates were notified and dismissed before the selected 12 went into deliberations. Parks said the group of retirees, wanting to get back to work only deliberated for 4 ½

(7/28) Keokuk County Sheriff Reports

On Tuesday, July 22, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department issued a citation to Jerilyn Kay Gatlin, 50, Ottumwa, for Speed (6-10 over).
     On Tuesday, July 22, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department arrested Terrence Jack Pope, 21, Hedrick, for Domestic Abuse Assault.
     On Friday, July 25, the Keokuk County Sheriff's

(7/25) Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

7/24/14 Beef Producers Invited to Tom Noffsinger Low-Stress Handling Clinic
Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State and Merck Animal Health are sponsoring an Aug. 12 clinic led by Dr. Tom Noffsinger, a consulting feedyard veterinarian from Nebraska, at the Davis County Fairgrounds in

(7/25)Thanksgiving In July: HyVee Lunch Saturday and Sunday

HyVee Grill Lunch Cook out Delay. Due to the rain, lunch will be served Saturday and Sunday 11-1pm. Uncle Steve will broadcast live from HyVee tomorrow from 11-noon. 100% of the proceeds go to the Lords Cupboard pantry for Thanksgiving in July. 

(7/25) UPDATE: Runaway Found

After Henry County received the report the Rose Yeager, 14 ran away yesterday afternoon, Deputies alerted neighboring Counties. Yeager was found by Fort Madison Police. It is not clear the circumstances surrounding however she is safe and home now.

(7/25) Techel Found Guilty

The jury in the 1st degree murder trial of Seth Techel has reached a verdict. Techel has been found guilty of First Degree Murder, also on the count of Non-Consensual Termination of a Human Pregnancy, the jury found Techel guilty. This was the third trial for Techel whose previous trials ended in a hung jury. Techel 23, was charged in the shooting death of his wife Lisa Techel and their

(7/25) FPD: Report Suspicious Activity Immediately

Fairfield Police Department continues to investigate summer vandalism. From vehicle tires being slashed, to stolen bicycles and now damaged mailboxes. Fairfield PD is determined to catch vandals. Police Chief Julie Harvey encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately. Dispatchers are available 24/7 at the Law Center 641 472 4146.

(7/25) Thanksgiving In July Events

Its Thanksgiving in July and the Fairfield community joins together for a food-drive to help neighbors. The Lords Cupboard is the only pantry serving the entire Jefferson County area feeding nearly 500 families a month. Proceeds from lunch today and tomorrow at HyVee from 11-1pm both days will be donated to the pantry as well as a community wide trivia night at 7:30 tonight at the arts and

(7/25) Farmers & Homeowners Encouraged To Fill Propane Tanks Before Winter

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey is advising farmers and homeowners to fill propane tanks before cold weather arrives. Last winter dwindling Midwest supplies and rising demand pushed propane prices to more than three times normal to nearly $5 per gallon. Northey doesn't expect prices that high but he says it is important to think ahead because prices could climb again this winter.

(7/25) Mt Pleasant Correctional Facility On Restrictive Movement

The Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility is on restrictive movement. The facility received information of a potential security threat Wednesday afternoon. For systematic reasons volunteers and offender visits will not be processed until the facility resumes normal operations. Facility staff is stressing the decision for restrictive movement was solely systematic and has nothing to do with any

(7/25) Henry Co Sheriff: Help Finding Runaway 14 Year Old Girl

The Henry county Sheriff’s Office received a report of a runaway juvenile. Rose Yeager, 14 ran away from home around 4:30pm yesterday, she is described as a white female, 5’5, 140lbs, with blonde hair. She was wearing brown pants and a pink flower shirt. Anyone with information on Rose Yeager’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 319 385

(7/25) Jefferson County Supervisors Meeting Agenda

Acknowledge July 21st minutes.
Meet with County Engineer.
Consider Final Plat Replat of Prairie Lakes Subdivision Phase 2.
Make committee reports.
Public comments. 
Allow claims and approve reports

(7/25) West Point Woman Arrested Facing A Host Of Charges

Just after midnight the Henry County Sheriff’s Office checked a vehicle parked in the roadway. Upon investigation, Andrea Guinther, 32 of West Point was arrest for public intoxication 3rd offense, child endangerment, and permitting an authorized minor to drive. During the arrest, Guinther resisted and became combative. She was also charged with two counts of Assault on a Peace Officer

(7/25) Ottumwa Teen Charged For Fighting In Washington

On July 9th Washington Officers responded to a fight between two female juveniles. Officers were unable to locate one of the suspects and the case remained under investigation. On July 16th Malorie Jamison, 16 of Ottumwa was charged with simple assault.

(7/25) MUM VP Reading and Signing Book At Revelations

In his new book, The Supreme Awakening, Dr. Craig Pearson, executive vice president of Maharishi University of Management, explores these and many more remarkable transcendent experiences spanning a wide range of periods and a vast array of cultures, and religions. Pearson’s book has been called one of the most comprehensive anthologies of such experiences ever assembled.
Join Dr. Pearson

(7/25) President Obama Signs Iowa Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of
June 14 -23, 2014.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a

(7/24) RAGBRAI Rider Found Dead This Morning

Two deaths this RAGBRAI. A Sioux City man was found dead in his tent this morning in Mason City. George “Frank Brinkerhoff, 74 was found dead inside his tent Thursday morning at Parker’s Woods Campground. Mason City police Sgt. Greg Scott ways Brinkerhoff was participating in the Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa. Scott didn’t know if Brinkerhoff was riding alone or

(7/24) Northey encourages Iowans to prepare for propane needs this fall and wint

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged farmers, rural residents and other Iowans that use propane to consider taking steps to ensure adequate supply this fall and winter. 
“Last fall and winter the price of propane jumped sharply to more than $5 per gallon in some locations as a number of events severely tested the capacity of the current propane

(7/24) Bovard Lands Restoration Contract On Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse

Butte-Silver Bow County Officials approved paying nearly $210,000 to restore the 100-year-old, stained-glass courthouse dome. Bovard Studio, Inc. of Fairfield, Iowa, was awarded the contract and will start work Aug. 5 and finish within six months. The courthouse rotunda will be closed off during the work but not the rest of the building. The project includes repair or replacement of the

(7/24) Police

Fairfield Police Department continues to investigate summer vandalism. From vehicle tires being slashed, to stolen bicycles and now damaged mailboxes. Fairfield PD is determined to catch vandals. Police Chief Julie Harvey encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately. Dispatchers are available 24/7 at the Law Center 641 472 4146.

(7/24) Mt Pleasant Correctional Facility On Restrictive Movement

The Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility is on restrictive movement. The facility received information of a potential security threat Wednesday afternoon. For systematic reasons volunteers and offender visits will not be processed until the facility resumes normal operations. Facility staff is stressing the decision for restrictive movement was solely systematic and has nothing to do with any


Actor Gary Sinise, whose memorable roles include Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie Forrest Gump, will recognize Iowa's own Puppy Jake Foundation at a Thursday event aboard the USS Iowa.
            Sinise is an ardent supporter of various veterans' organizations and frequently performs on USO tours for military personnel around the globe.

(7/24) Farmers commit $1.4 million to try new water quality practices

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that the $1.4 million in cost share funds made available statewide last week to help farmers install new nutrient reduction practices have been obligated.  The practices that were eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer.

(7/24) Nails In The Road In Ottumwa

On July 23, 2014 the Ottumwa Police Department responded to a call concerning nails on the roadway in the 900 block of East Main Street.  Officers found a large amount of nails on the roadway from Dollar General on East Main Street to Iowa Avenue, then south on Iowa Avenue to the area in front of Cargill. Anyone who drove this route between 2pm and 6pm on July 23, 2014 are urged to check

(7/24) DNR: Stop Demo Until Inspection and Paperwork Is Complete

Demolition of the Tribune Printing Building was scheduled to begin Wednesday but was stopped soon after Cross Iron of Fairfield started tearing down the century old structure. Fairfield Fire crews were on site with a hook and ladder truck for dust control when work was halted until final inspection and all paper work required by the DNR could be completed. A number of test need to be conducted by

(7/24) Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Around 6:00pm last night, State Troopers were on the scene of a motorcycle accident in Louisa County. Driver Guy J Smith 56 of Wapello was driving the 2004 Harley when he lost control crossing the centerline and leaving the roadway. When Smith entered the east ditch the motorcycle came to rest on its side and Smith was ejected. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

(7/24) FHS Construction On Target

The Fairfield High School renovation project was a topic of discussion at the School board meeting Monday night. Jay Perry with Carl A Nelson, Co gave the board a progress report on the project. According to Perry, construction is on target despite a few delays. When crews began knocking down the building for the 4 new science rooms asbestos was found in the walls piping. A test was done then a

(7/24) Techel Update: Jury Deliberates

Yesterday, both the State and Defense gave closing arguments in the Seth Techel 3rd murder trial. The State did give a rebuttal before the 4 jury alternates, were dismissed from the Courtroom and then the jury of twelve went into the jury room to begin deliberations. They deliberated for approximately thirty minutes and were dismissed, for the day, by Judge Wilson. The jury will reconvene at

(7/24) Iowa Farmland Values Stable

Farm Credit Services of America says farmland values appear to be stable in Iowa. According to the report, Prices and demand for farmland in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming remain strong in the first six months of this year.  The findings are based on Farm Credit Services appraisal of 64 farms through out the four states with 21 of the benchmark farms in Iowa. Farmers planted 91.6

(7/24) Yearlong Drug Investigation Ends Yesterday In Winfield

On July 23, 2014, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, in a joint narcotics investigation with the Winfield and Mount Pleasant Police, conducted a search warrant at 301 Maple St Trailer 7 in Winfield. The search warrant followed a yearlong investigation into the illegal sales of marijuana out of the residence, and transportation of narcotics across state lines. Large amounts of marijuana,

(7/24) Police: Seeking Answers To Subjects Whereabouts and Damage To Vehicle

On Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report from a concerned citizen that a subject sitting in a car, parked in the 100 block of East Third Street, was possibly in need of medical assistance. When officers arrived they made contact with Jason Andrew Tobeck, age 36 of Ottumwa.   When Tobeck exited the vehicle he fled on foot into the Third

(7/23) Eldon Man Sentenced To Prison

An Eldon man was sentenced to 5 years in prison in Van Buren District Court for his role in an October 2012 altercation in Selma. The altercation escalated and shots were fired. Donald E Fortney, 54 of Eldon pled guilty to felon possession of a firearm or offensive weapon. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $750. He was ordered to pay restitution to the victims Randal Ritz,

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

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

(7/23) Tickets Still Available for Some Iowa State Fair Grandstand and Track Eve

There are just a few weeks left to purchase tickets for Grandstand concerts and track events during the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Tickets are selling fast for this year's "Amazingly Amusing" line-up, set August 7-17.

Great seats are still available for Christian artists the Newsboys and special guest Matthew West on August 7, Happy Together Tour 2014 on August 8, A Conversation with

(7/23) Van Buren County Treasurer's Office Suspended License Services

Due to staffing in the County Treasurer’s Office the Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office  has suspended driver’s license services temporary. Iowa DOT driver’s license issuance sites are open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with myMVD available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Driver’s license services are also available

(7/23) Kalona Evaluates Storm Damage

The FEMA office in Kansas City is currently evaluating Kalona’s storm damage to determine if the city of Kalona is eligible for federal assistance. The flooding is estimated to have cost the city $197,000. That includes the removal of debris, replacing the lift station’s bar screen and damage to the storm sewer and 6th Street. If Kalona is included in a presidential disaster

(7/23) Confirmed: Illegals Placed In Iowa

Just this past Monday Governor Terry Branstad repeated his opposition to having any of the unaccompanied kids who came into the U.S. from Central America placed in Iowa. State and federal officials now confirm up to 139 undocumented children from Central America were relocated to Iowa in the past six and a half months. Many of the children need mental health services because of the violence and

(7/23) Cyclist Dies Riding RAGBRAI 2014

An internationally known bicycle designer died while riding on RAGBRAI Monday. Tom Teesdale, 63 of West Branch built custom frames for bicycles. RAGBRAI officials say Teesdale suffered from a medical condition while riding his bicycle near Graettinger on Monday and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Teesdale began building bike frames in 1976. His business is called TET Cycles

(7/23) Techel: Defense Rest, Techel Did Not Testify, Closing Arguments

Seth Techels future is back in the hands of a jury now for the 3rd time. The Defense rest yesterday and Techel did not testify. He told the judge that he thoroughly discussed his options with council and decided not to testify.  Today, Counsel will finalize jury instructions with Judge Wilson then the State will deliver their closing argument. The Defense will follow by presenting their

(7/23) Police Investigate Car Break-In's

Fairfield police investigate a couple of vehicle break-ins reported this week. Monday  two reports were filed from citizens whose cars have been broken into and in one case the dash board was ripped open and the stereo was taken.  The subject tried to pop the ignition and wasn’t successful however stole a bicycle on the porch of the home. The other vehicle was broken into and

(7/23) FHS Renovation Project On Target

The Fairfield High School renovation project was a topic of discussion at the School board meeting Monday night. Jay Perry with Carl A Nelson, Co gave the board a progress report on the project. According to Perry, construction is on target despite a few delays. When crews began knocking down the building for the 4 new science rooms asbestos was found in the walls piping. A test was done then a

(7/23) School District Test For Radon This Winter

The Fairfield School District will be doing Radon testing this winter in all buildings. The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second-leading cause of
lung cancer deaths. The last time the school district buildings were tested was in the 80’s according to Fred McElwee, Auxiliary Director and at that time the Lockridge school building was alerted with high levels of radon. At

(7/23) Ash Trees On Courthouse Lawn

Also in the news, Ash Trees on the courthouse lawn. With Emerald Ash Bore confirmed in Jefferson County, the Supervisors need to develop a plan to handle the Ash Trees at the Courthouse. Out of 12 trees, only 2 are Ash. Dennis Lewiston Director of Jefferson County Parks, walked around the courthouse with the Supervisors Monday morning to further indentify the problem. According to Lewiston, the

(7/23) Juveniles Accused For Starting Fire In Mt Pleasant

Concerned citizens reporting suspicious activity get credit from Mt Pleasant Law Enforcement. Monday night, the report of suspicious activity came in around 10:30pm then a fire call shortly after. People were evacuated. No one was injured. It was determined the fire was set on the docks on the back side of the apartment building. The fire damage was contained however smoke entered the building.

UPDATE: Homicide Confirmed In Monday Night Shooting

Investigators have now officially ruled the death of Clinton Leedom, 49, of Bloomfield a homicide. Authorities say Leedom died from a single gunshot wound to the chest and neck area. No one is in custody. The Wapello County Sheriff’s office will not confirm who pulled the trigger, how many people were involved, just that this is an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.

(7/23) Multiple Exhibits at FAA in August

The Fairfield Art Association is switching things up a little in its 48th year! Exhibits have been extended longer than a month, but several artists will be showing at a time. A visit to the galleries at the Fairfield Art & Convention Center will get you a view of multiple outstanding regional artists and also offer one or more featured local artists.
For the Art Exhibit Opening on

(7/23) Remarks by the President and Vice President at Bill Signing of the Workfo

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s great to be here.  (Applause.)  Please, thank you very much.  Thank you, distinguished members of Congress and members of labor and business, and the community.  Today, as the President signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, we’re using this occasion also to present to the President a

(7/22) IDPH Substance Abuse Treatment Program Awarded Nearly $8 Million Grant

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced Iowa’s Access to Recovery project has been awarded $7,866,666 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The funding will be divided over the three-year grant period.
“The process of recovery from addiction is very personal and takes

(7/22) Blue Ribbon Fest to feature blues music, bbq and good times at the Jeffer

Southeast Iowa Blues Society along with The Jefferson County Fair Board present the Blue Ribbon Blues Fest, Saturday, August 2, beginning 4:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds as part of a blues music themed weekend in Fairfield. Blue Ribbon Blues Fest will take place after the award winning 1st Fridays Artwalk Blues and Barbeque event August 1, continuing to carry the blues theme right

(7/22) Driver Injured At Demo Derby

Sunday Night at the Henry County Fair Demo Derby one driver was injured. Jeremie Hinkle 34 of Mt Pleasant was stopped against the retaining wall when another vehicle smashed into the side of him. Hinkle was transported by air care to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He has been treated for his injuries and released.

(7/22) Iowa Cattleman Association: Producers Watch Cattle Closely

High temperatures, high humidity, solar radiation, and low-speed winds create the perfect environment for heat stress in cattle. Based on the forecast outlook for this afternoon, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging the state’s cattle producers to be prepared to make some changes that can make cattle more comfortable.
“It’s best that producers plan ahead so

(7/22) Iowa State Fair Sew-In Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

The Iowa State Fair invites Fairgoers to join the Fabric and Threads department with the sixth annual State Fair Sew-In plus daily Make It and Take It classes and special programming from master quilter Patrick Lose. "Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Fair set August 7-17.
The State Fair Sew-In offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm

(7/22) Iowa Wesleyan College announces participation in Iowa Private College Wee

Iowa Wesleyan College announces participation in Iowa Private College Week, August 4-8
Iowa Wesleyan will be participating in this year’s Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) schedule. The first full week of August is traditionally IPCW, when Iowa’s non-profit, private colleges synchronize campus tour schedules across the state, making it easy for students and parents to schedule up to

(7/22) Heat Advisory: Tips For Preventing Heat-Related Illness



(7/22) Rome Man Arrested For Domestic Abuse

At 3:35pm, The Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ongoing domestic abuse assaults occurring in the 100 block of S. 2nd Street in Rome. As a result of the complaint, Brandon Lee Garrells, 37 of Rome was arrested for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury. Garrells was transported to the Henry County Jail where he awaits his initial court appearance.

(7/22) Supervisor Becky Schmitz Reacts On Elevator Tours

On committee reports, Supervisor Becky Schmitz described attending the state board meeting with FEDA and Heartland in support of the High Jobs funding Heartland was seeking from the state. Schmitz said members of AHEAD-Iowa were present with attorney Mr. Larew. The subcommittee approved Heartlands application in June and on Friday the full board met to discuss and approve but not before public

(7/22) Liquor License Approved For BluesFest On Fairgrounds

The Supervisors approved a liquor license for the Blue Ribbon BluesFest event Aug 2nd at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The event will feature, a beverage garden, variety of food vendors, and headlining music acts with the gates opening at 4:30. $15 Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Classic 96 Studios or by calling 919 7477.

(7/22) Jefferson County Crisis Home Opening Soon

The Jefferson County Supervisors were given an update on Mental Health programs in Jefferson County. Tenco and Optimae have joined forces to better serve local citizens in need of mental health services. With the hopes of an Aug 1st open date, Jefferson County will have a Residential Care Facility. Tenco purchased the home that will have no more than 5 patients at any given time for up to 10

(7/22) Ready to Work At a Glance: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity

FACT SHEET: Ready to Work At a Glance: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity
New Actions to Expand Job-Driven Training and Broaden the Pathway to the Middle Class
“So tonight, I've asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America's training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need,

(7/22) Death Investigation: Bloomfield Man Shot In Wapello County, Not Suicide

At approximately 1:21 a.m., Monday, July 21, 2014, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a shooting at 4367 91st Ave., which is approximately 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered an unresponsive male.  The man has been identified as Clinton Gus Leedom, age 49, of 11202 Nichol Ave., Bloomfield, Iowa.  Clinton Leedom was found to

(7/22) Young Birders Club - Talking Turkeys


For youth ages 8 to 18 who love birds. We'll learn about the bird that Benjamin Franklin thought would make a better national symbol than the eagle. Included will be an opportunity to make a turkey call. Fee: $3.00. Pre-registration is required. Meets at the Jefferson County Park nature center.  To register call 472-4421 or e-mail therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

(7/22) National Moth Week Events Tomorrow


It's National Moth Week and we're working with local entomologist Moni Hayne to spotlight the biodiversity of moths. The coolest moths come out at midnight so we have two late-night sessions: 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for those who don't want to stay up too late. And from 11:45 to 12:45 for those who do! All kids must be accompanied by an adult. So kids, plan to keep your

(7/22) Tickets For Community Trivia Night Help Local Pantry

Think you know trivia? Are you a closet game show fan? Are you ready to strut your stuff and compete against your friends and neighbors for local prizes? Get your tickets today for Trivia Night at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

In what will be a night full of laughter and friendly competition, teams of eight attendees will compete against each other in a

(7/22) Northey comments on Iowa crops and weather report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.
“The beautiful weather last week was great for farmers needing to make hay,” Northey said.  “The much warmer weather this week will

(7/22) EAB confirmed in Muscatine County

A larva collected by the Iowa EAB Team from a residential tree in Muscatine has been positively identified as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) by a federal identifier.  A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, 2014 and remains in

(7/22) Vandals Set Fire In Mt Pleasant

Vandals set a fire in the restroom at the United Thru Play park in Mt Pleasant. This park is near the old Saunders School. Both the exterior and interior of the women’s restroom had damage. Anyone with information concerning the fire is asked to contact the Mt Pleasant Police Department at 319.385.1450

(7/22) Lyme Disease Confirmed In Washington County

Three cases of Lyme Disease confirmed in Washington County. Symptoms of Lyme Disease include a circular rash similar to a bull’s eye, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint paint, and stiff neck. It may cause complications with the heart, nervous system or joints. To prevent getting Lyme Disease do not walk barelegged in tall grass or woods, check for ticks every 2 to 3 hours, wear long

7/21) High Temperatures Prompt IDPH to Urge Caution Outdoors

The first extreme heat wave of the summer is forecast for Iowa this week, with highs in the 90s and the heat indexes in the 100s. With events like RAGBRAI and the State Softball Tournament occurring this week, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather.
“After a week of

(7/21) 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games Kicks Off Tomorrow

The 48th annual AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines begin tomorrow, July 22 through Saturday, August 2. Central Iowans are urged to catch nearly 14,000 participants competing across 20 unique sporting events.
“These youth are the college stars, amateur players and professional athletes of tomorrow,” says Suzie Glazer Burt, Honorary Chair of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic

(7/21) Heartland Co-Op Denied Requested Funds From State Board

Heartland Co-Op will not be able to invest $1.55 Million Dollars in Jefferson County. Friday, A state board denied Heartlands request for funds for creating High Quality Jobs in respect to the multi-million dollar grain elevator on the East Edge of Jefferson County. At the March 31, 2014 Jefferson County Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors agreed to sponsor Heartland on the application. A

(7/21) Police: Report Suspicious Activity To Catch Vandals

Local Authorities continue to investigate a rash of tires being slashed. Since July 8, 2014, a host of victims have filed reports of vehicle tires being slashed/flattened. Police Chief Julie Harvey, encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately. Anyone with information about the recent acts of vandalism around Fairfield, Please call the Jefferson County Law Center 641 472

(7/21) State Rest In Techel 3rd Trial

After four days of evidence, the State rested its case against Seth Techel Friday afternoon. Techel is facing a jury for the third time on charges of First Degree Murder and the Non-Consensual Termination of a Human Pregnancy. Techel’s wife Lisa was shot and killed on May 26, 2012. Techel was arrested days later for her murder. The previous trials were both ruled mistrials after juries

(7/21) Kinross City Clerk Heads To Court This Week

The arraignment for a former Kinross city employee is set for next week. Toni Miller is charged with 1st degree theft in connection with $20,000 worth of improper disbursements. According to a report from the Iowa State Auditor in May, between January 2008 and October 2013 found Miller issued over $17,000 to herself for payroll, reimbursements and mileage. Miller is set to be arraigned

(7/21) Stay Safe When the Temperatures Soar

Dangerously hot weather is predicted for a large portion of central and western Iowa for Monday and Tuesday, and the American Red Cross reminds every one of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.
The National Weather Service has already issued Heat Advisories for 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Hot and humid conditions are expected throughout both days, and

(7/21) Keokuk County Sheriff Reports

On Monday, July 14, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department issued a citation to Robert Louis Fite, Jr., 39, Delta, for Driving While Barred.
     On Friday, July 18, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department issued a citation to Mark Alan Collins, 56, Granger, for Speed (6-10 over).
     On Saturday, July 19, the Keokuk County

(7/21) Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News Releases

7/18/14 Bus Trip Planned for Beginning and Young Beef Producers
Beginning and young Iowa beef producers can get unique networking and educational opportunities from a two-day bus trip to Nebraska planned for early September.
7/17/14 Cattle Feeders Summer Seminar Set for Aug.

(7/21) Economic Development Board approves awards to support the creation of 200

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. Today's awards will assist in the creation of 206 jobs and will result in $62 million in new capital investment for the state.
The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Des Moines, Sioux

(7/21) Wapello Man Arrested In Tipton After Running From Authorities

At about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Cedar County deputy received a complaint of someone knocking on a residence door in Tipton. During the investigation, the deputy found a car sitting in the Red Oak public hunting area. After a short chase, the driver of the vehicle took off on foot. Authorities identified the man as Daniel Beeding, 32 of Wapello. On Thursday, the Cedar County Sheriff's Office

(7/14) Parsons College History Department

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

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

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

(7/3) Jefferson County Supervisors Agenda

                               Weekly Board Meeting.

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

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

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

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

(5/20) AHEAD -Iowa Interview

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

AHEAD- IOWA Interview  

(5/12) Washington Juvenile Charged With Arson

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

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

Iowa Wesleyan College announces Commencement events

Weekend activities include:

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

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

(4/22) Sheriff Deputies Investigate Vandalism in Eldon

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

(4/8) Special Meeting For School Board

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Special Meeting at A.C.T. Building

Call to Order

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

(4/2) Special School Board Meeting Tonight



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

Call to Order
Review Bids
Determine Project Option

Re-bid selected packages maintaining current scope of work

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

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

(3/27) Representative Curt Hanson Weekly Newsletter

Iowa House of

Tuesday, March 25,

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

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



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

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


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

(12/2) Stabbing In Ottumwa

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

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

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

(9/4) Police Reports

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

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

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

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

(8/13) Section Of Highway One In Fairfield Will Be Closed Tomorrow

Highway 1 will be closed tomorrow morning (Wednesday 8/14) between 9 and about 11 from Libertyville Road to Filmore to facilitate moving a house to the corner of Fillmore and Main. Captain Dave Thomas of the Fairfield Police Department confirmed they will need to divert traffic around that section of Highway while the house is going north from Libertyville Road. Traffic can go west on Iowa Avenue a block before going south to Fillmore then west to Liberty Drive and out to Libertyville road. Vehicles then can go east to highway one

(7/24) Dustin Armstrong, 19 of Ottumwa Is Charged

Dustin Dewayne Armstrong, 19 of Ottumwa, is charged with multiple acts of child endangerment, child endangerment resulting in serious injury, willful injury resulting in serious injury and child endangerment resulting in bodily injury from an April 22 case involving his girlfriends 2yr old son. Armstrong’s arraignment is set for Aug 5.

(7/10) Free Lunch At Pence Elementary School For Children 2-18yrs old

It is time to think about keeping children eating healthy while school is out. Fairfield Community School District will be providing FREE lunch Mon-Fri from 1130-1215 for 2-18yr olds at Pence Elementary School 1000 s 6th St. Fred McElwee, Director of Auxiliary Services for Fairfield Schools, sought out the Summer Food Service Program. McElwee said “It’s very important to provide a