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(9/22) Quilt and Artist Show in Brighton on September 27

The Brighton Chamber is sponsoring a quilt and artist show in Brighton from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Brighton Community Center.  Local quilt enthusiasts will display some of their favorite quilts and Brighton artists will have artwork and creations on display.  There will be a free will offering.
The Quilt and Artist Show is being held in conjunction with the 2014 3rd

(9/22) FMC Seeks Volunteers

Fairfield Media Center would like to remind residents that the Fairfield City Council Meetings are

broadcast live on Mediacom and Lisco Channel 9 starting at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays

of the month. The city council meetings are also streamed online at

www.fairfieldmediacenter.com > Live Events Tab. Audio will be muted until the meeting begins

to preserve any private

(9/22) Iowa State Bacon Expo Tickets on Sale Oct. 10

– The second Iowa State University Bacon Expo will be Nov. 8 from 1 -5 p.m. in the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agricultural Learning Center on the Iowa State campus. The cost is $8 and 1,800 tickets will be sold through MidwesTix.com beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10.
This year’s family-themed event will feature industry representatives and local vendors, serving novelty bacon items and

(9/22) Iowa 2014 Top Workplaces

Iowa’s 2014 top work places was revealed with several area companies making the list. Edward Jones, Cambridge, Jefferson County Health Center and Libertyville Savings Banks all topped the list as great places to work.
Top Large Companies

Edward Jones
Veridian Credit Union
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
Waukee Community School District
Cambridge Investment Research

Top Midsize

(9/22) Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation Donate 48,000lbs of Pork

Iowa Food Pantries receive 48,000 pounds of pork this week. The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms is donating approximately 48,000 pounds of fresh, boneless pork loins to help feed Iowa families in need.

One in eight Iowans or more than 390,000 individuals face the riskl of hunger every day. 800 cases of pork loins will be handed out by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and

(9/22) National Rankings On Highway Conditions

Iowa’s score has fallen on a national report that ranks highways based on their condition and cost-effectiveness. Iowa’s seen a doubling in the percentage of poor interstate conditions in urban areas over the course of the past year.

The report shows Iowa is making significant strides in trying to maintain the quality of its roads, as the state’s ranked 18th now, in 2009 the

(9/22) County Attorney Comments On Murder Investigations

As many citizens seek answers to apparent homicides without arrest County Attorney offers an explanation.

On August 11 Darrell Teeter was found dead in his business The Main Street Bait Shop, Authorities released results of the autopsy and Teeters manner of death was determined to be homicide. Since then no other information has been released.

In July, Clinton Gus Leedom. 49 of Bloomfield

(9/22) Chelsea Man Arrested At Mt Pleasant Gas Station For Car Theft

Saturday afternoon Mt Pleasant Police Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in a gas station parking lot. Around 4:44pm, Officers were called to Pep Stop gas station, once on the scene, Officers located a car driving through the gas station parking lot with a subject hanging out of the passenger seat area.

The vehicle came to a stop and a suspect ran from the vehicle. Later

(9/22) Kiwanis Kids Day Pedal-Pull Winners

The annual Fairfield Kiwanis Kids Day Activities included a Kiddie Pedal Pull.  In this event, kids pedal a small tractor as they pull a sled modeled after the tractor pull sleds seen at County and State Fairs in the Midwest.  This year 82 children from a wide area of eastern Iowa participated.  Although not eligible for state competition, seven three-year-olds demonstrated their

(9/19) Drive-by Shooting Under Investigation

Just before 10pm last night, Henry County Sheriff Deputies responded to a drive-by shooting. A caller reported two females were just shot in an apparent type of drive by shooting in Mount Pleasant.

Upon arrival in the area, Phil Grandinetti, 28 of Mount Pleasant was on foot near the scene. After investigating, Grandinetti was placed under arrest and charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous

(9/19) Police Investigate Possible Sexual Assault and Kidnapping

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred in Wellman.

A female victim was seen at a local hospital Monday evening said that she was the victim of sexual assault and had been held against her will since Friday, September 12th.

According to Washington County Investigator Chad Ellis, they have a suspect, but the case remains under

(9/19) Charges Filed Against Pit Bull Owner

Charges were filed as a result of an incident last month that involved a dog attacking an Ottumwa Police Officer. On August 31, Ottumwa Officers responded to a domestic violence call.

While at the home, a pit bull attacked an Officer. Tuesday, Dog owner, Anita Marie Michel, 26 was arrested and charged with restraint of animal, keeping prohibited, animals that bite, and failure to have evidence

(9/19) Water Quality Initiative Leader Award presented to Lake Darling Watershed

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the landowners and partners in the Lake Darling Watershed project in Washington County have received the Secretary’s Water Quality Initiative Leader Award.  Northey presented the award at the Lake Darling State Park rededication ceremony on September 17.
“Local land owners and project partners have taken

(9/19) New Study Finds Nearly 1.8 Million Iowans Gambled Last Year

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released a new study on gambling among Iowa adults. Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2013 Survey of Adult Iowans, prepared by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research, estimates almost 1.8 million adult Iowans gambled during the past 12 months. Of that number, it is estimated 8,000 adult Iowans could be classified

(9/19) Ways and Means Committee Meeting

The Fairfield City Council Ways and Means Committee Monday, September 22, 2014
At 6:00 PM at City Hall  Item to be discussed: Safety Discussion Financial Policy

(9/19) City Council Meeting Agenda for Monday

   Approval of the minutes of the September 8, 2014 Council meeting
   Approval of the minutes of the September 17, 2014 Special Council meeting
   Resolution approving Employment for the Park & Recreation

(9/19) The Arc of Jefferson County & Nearby Counties Meeting

The Board of Directors of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties will hold their first meeting of the fall on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.  The agenda will include summarized reports of Summer activities—including raffle, silent auction, camp, Special Olympics, Audit Committee, County Fair; Coalition

(9/19) Jefferson County Supervisors Agenda

Monday September  22,    8:00 A.M Department Head Meeting
9:00 A.M. - Weekly Board Meeting.
Acknowledge September 8th minutes.
Meet with County Engineer.
Discuss Level C Maintenance Petition for Walnut Ave from 160th St. south to dead end.    Make committee reports. Public comments. Allow claims and approve

(9/19) School Board Special Meeting Agenda


BOARD OF DIRECTORS    Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 6:00 p.m. Tour with Special Meeting  Special Meeting at FHS Media Center
Call to OrderRoll call

Tour of FHS project
Perfection and Approval of the Agenda (A)
Approval of Consent Agenda (A)

Support staff information

To approve as

(9/18) Pit Bull Attacks Officer And Owner Charged

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Anita Marie Michel, age 26, was charged with the following: 1) Restraint of Animal  2) Keeping Prohibited (Possession of a Pit bull) 3) Animals That Bite 4) Failure to Have Evidence of Rabies Vaccination
She was arrested for the above charges and released on Police Citations. Her court appearance date was set for September 23,

(9/18) Apply for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015-16 Savings Incentive Progra

Are you a beginning or aspiring farmer who could benefit from a network of experienced farmers and a savings match while creating a successful farm business?
If so, don’t miss the deadline to apply for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015-2016 Savings Incentive Program. Applications are due by Oct. 3, 2014. The two-year program pairs beginning and aspiring farmers with

(9/18) UPDATE: 12th and Burlington Ave Intersection

An update on the 12th and Burlington Ave intersection, 12th Street North of Burlington Ave is completely shut off effective today.

City Officials urge using extreme caution when navigating through this area. Delays will be experienced and motorist are advised to allow for extra time in your travels across town.

Construction will continue through the end of September.

This project is

(9/18) Jefferson County Trails Council Exploring Mother Nature Photography Class

"Exploring Mother Nature" maco and landscape photography class sponsored by the Jefferson County Trails Council. Award winning professional photographer Radim Schreiber will be teaching the class the morning of Sunday, September 28th from 7 AM to 9 AM for advanced class and 10 AM to 12 PM for beginners. Please call Co-Chair for Marketing of the Trails Council Jami Johnson at

(9/18) Indoor Gym Design Approved

The pool and gym task force met yesterday to discuss finances. The task force has to report to the state that the remaining funds have been raised by Oct 13th. 

Approved at the meeting the overall design of the gym that includes, 3 synthetic gym courts, and a 3-lane track. One of the courts will have a drop down baseball net while two courts will have enough hoops for cross court

(9/18) Lake Darling State Park Rededication

Yesterday, was the rededication of Lake Darling. Friends of Lake Darling have raised funds to completely renovate and upgrade the campgrounds and Lake area. The $12Million project has given a total face lift to the 64 year old park.

The park features four-season cabins, new roads, new boat ramps, new sand on the beach, no waterlines throughout the park, two new shower buildings, new dump

(9/18) Man On Fire Identified

On Sunday September 14, 2014 at approximately 1:24 P.M. the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a grass fire.

Once crews arrived they found a man on fire behind Golden Furrow located along Highway 1 in Keosauqua.

It was determined that Max Wellborn 76 yoa was working on the property using a torch to cut scrap metal when he accidently caught his clothing on

(9/18) City of Fairfield Facade Improvement Project Gets Started

The City of Fairfield is excited to get started on the façade improvements to the Central business district.  Part of the design process includes taking measurements of the exterior of the buildings around the square. 

City Officials say employees of Curtis Architecture and Design will be taking measurements and pictures of the buildings starting this week, so don’t be

(9/18) UPDATE: Charges Filed In Agency Stabbing

The Wapello County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in Tuesday's stabbing. Patrick Murray, 59, of 201 E. Main St., Apt. 7, Agency Iowa, was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a female victim.

Murray was charged with Domestic Abuse with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury and/or Uses or Displays a Dangerous Weapon in Connection with the Assault.

The female victim was transported

(9/18) UPDATE: Cause of Death Released In Cabin Fire

The cause of death has been release for a victim found dead in a cabin fire in Washington county. The morning of September 4th, Authorities responded to a home fully engulfed in flames.

Once the fire was extinguished, a male body was found. Kenneth Smith, 65 was identified by dental records.

The cause of death was carbon monoxide. Smith died as a result of smoke inhalation.

The state

(9/18) IDPH News - IDPH Epidemiologist Returns from Sierra Leone

Dr. Samir Koirala, an epidemiologist working with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), who recently returned from assisting CDC Ebola Outbreak efforts in Sierra Leone shared his experiences today during a press conference in Des Moines. Dr. Koirala was in Sierra Leone for 25 days, based in one of the three most affected districts in the country. His work centered on improving their

(9/18) Schultz Saves Taxpayers $251,400; Returns Money to General Fund

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced that the Iowa Secretary of State’s office returned $251,400 in taxpayer dollars to the general fund at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.
“We announced in April that we planned to return more than $200,000 in the 2014 fiscal year. We’ve continued to find ways to do more with less and have exceeded our goal and

(9/18) Fairfield Volunteer Center Receives Grant From Alliant Energy Foundation

Nine area nonprofit organizations are receiving community grants totaling $12,500 from the Alliant Energy Foundation in its second 2014 giving cycle. The grants bring the year-to-date total given in the region to $49,644.

Among the nonprofits earning grants from the Alliant Energy Foundation are:
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, $2,500 for its Each One Teach One Student of

(9/17) Fairfield Woman Celebrates 107th Birthday

Long Time Fairfield citizen Mrs. Genevieve Drish turns 107 years old today. To help celebrate, Family and Friends gathered at the Senior Center for a birthday party luncheon.

Drish lives at the Wagon Wheel and walks over to the Senior Center for lunch every day.

When asked what the secret to living a long healthy life, Drish said “ Years ago I would say dancing, now, I just

(9/17) City Facade Project Underway

The City of Fairfield is excited to get started on the façade improvements to the Central business district.  Part of the design process includes taking measurements of the exterior of the buildings around the square. 

Please note, employees of Curtis Architecture and Design will be taking measurements and pictures of the buildings, beginning September 15th.  Please let

(9/17) Accident Behind Golden Furrow Sends One To UIHC

On Sunday September 14, 2014 at approximately 1:24 P.M. the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a grass fire, and a man on fire behind Golden Furrow located along Highway 1 in Keosauqua.

The Keosauqua fire department, and Van Buren County Ambulance were dispatched to the scene along with a sheriff’s deputy.

It was determined that Max Wellborn 76 yoa was working on

(9/17) Pilcher Plea Deals For 1974 Slaying

The Jury was dismissed in the Pilcher murder trial before the defense presented its case. Yesterday afternoon, Robert Pilcher informed the court through his attorney that he wanted to enter a plea.

Pilcher had been facing a charge of first-degree murder in the 1974 death of Mary Jayne Jones, 17.Pilcher told Judge Richard Meadows that he wanted to plead guilty to second-degree murder.


(9/17) Fairfield Police Arrest 2 Drunk Drivers Over Labor Day Holiday

The Fairfield Police Department participated in the sTEP wave of enforcement around the Labor Day Holiday to ensure public safety on the roadways. During August 25- Sept 7, Officers arrested 2 drunk drivers, handed out 14 seatbelt citations as well as cite 9 others for speeding. With 11 Officers on Duty, The Department reports the following activity: .
OWI 2 citations
Seatbelts 14

(9/17) Police Bust Meth Lab In Salem

Three arrest were made as a result of an investigation into the illegal synthetic drugs being sold at a residence in Henry County. Yesterday afternoon, Authorities conducted a search warrant at a home in Salem.

When officers entered they located a methamphetamine lab along with multiple controlled substances and children.

Arrested were Tina Ball 41 charged with Manufacturing

(9/17) Police Investigate Possible Stabbing In Agency

Yesterday afternoon Wapello County Sheriff Deputies responded to a possible stabbing. Around 5:00pm the caller reported a person was stabbed and the aggressor was still in the apartment.

Deputies arrived to the apartment in Agency to find a wounded female victim.

Authorities have not released if the wound was actually a knife wound however said it is an apparent domestic assault

(9/16) Governor Branstad Designates Falls Prevention Day

Governor Branstad has declared September 23, 2014, the first day of fall, as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Bureau of Emergency Services’ Trauma System Advisory Council; IDPH Office of Injury, Disability and Violence Prevention; Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) and the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition join the Governor in this

(9/16) Home Prices Increase

Home sale prices increased in August while home sales decreased according to the Iowa Association of Realtors® (IAR).
 The IAR's August 2014 Housing Trends Report show the median home price increased by 3.8%, going from $134,900 last August to $140,000 this August.  The average price also rose when compared to 2013. The average sold price was $168,316, up

(9/16) Pool & Gym Task Force Meeting Agenda

Community Recreation Project Task Force Agenda
Sept. 17, 2014 City Hall 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Overview of project

Funding – Community Attraction & Tourism Award, plus additional fundraising
Pool Progress
Gymnasium Progress

Gymnasium Design with Neumann Munson

Overview of timeline and design process moving forward

(9/16) Fairfield City Council Special Agenda

Action Item-             Selection of City Administrator Search Firm

(9/16) Police Reports

9/15 8:10pm Alfonso James reported his Samsung galaxy stolen while at red rock
8:21pm Dois Taylor was cited for no Driver License and no insurance

(9/16) 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.
“Heavy rains continued to roll across the state which limited any field work and the cool temperatures slowed crop development.  Fortunately most

(9/16) High School Renovation/Remodeling Project Update

Also at the school board meeting, an update on the High School renovation and remodeling project progress report. Jay Perry made plan for a sight tour with the School board for next Monday.

According to Perry, The recent rain has had an impact. Crews are on schedule with the Auto shop and wrestling addition to be complete by December. The science addition has seen a few hiccups. In the past

(9/16) Iowa Focuses On Monitoring Student Progress

 91% of school districts this fall will participate in FAST. The FAST program that is an early warning system which provide assessment for Kindergarten through 6th grade.

In Iowa the assessments are then gathered online in the Iowa TIER system that was specifically designed and built for Iowa.

Fairfield schools are participating this year and this allows teachers to screen students,

(9/16) School Board Talks Enrollment

As of yesterday 1,742 actual students are sitting in seats at Fairfield schools. The report from Superintendent Dr Laurie Noll did not show the .3 or half students just the actual bodies in seats.

 The raw numbers show 12 grade 130 in the 2015 graduating class.

At the October board meeting the actual enrollment number for the state will be submitted as the state pays per

(9/16) Arrest Made At Stabbing At State Line Motorcycle Rally

Just after 3 Sunday morning, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault at the State Line Motorcycle Rally being held at the Van Buren County fairgrounds near Keosauqua.

Two adult males were reported as being involved in the incident during which one was reportedly stabbed in the leg by the other with a knife.

As a result of the investigation, Sheriff

(9/16) Farm Bureau Protects Cattle and Property From Thieves

Some States are seeing an increase of cattle thefts since the price of the animals have reached record highs. Iowa farm officials are seeking to enforce a mandatory minimum sentence for the felony theft of livestock and crops.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is pushing for punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and other farm property. Iowa is the top corn-producing state

(9/16) No On Injured In Fire At Modine Manufacturing

Firefighters responded to an alarm at Modine Manufacturing in Washington yesterday. Around 10:15 a.m. Crews report, a smokestack in the building caught fire and filled the building with smoke.

Workers were evacuated.

The fire was extinguished and crews removed pieces of the smokestack. Firefighters could be seen on the roof of the building but no smoke or flames were visible from the

(9/16) DEVELOPING STORY: Fire At Home In Brighton

Fire Crews are on the scene of a house fire in Brighton. Just before 5am this morning a caller reported seeing flames in the upstairs of a home in Brighton and an elderly couple lived in the home.

Crews remain on the scene.
As information because available it will be updated here.

(9/15) September is National Recovery Month

Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation declaring September as National Recovery Month in Iowa on September 18. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and local prevention and treatment organizations statewide in this 25th anniversary of the observance, which recognizes the benefits of substance abuse treatment,

(9/15) Sen. Rich Taylor's Sept. 15 column

Iowa’s fiscal responsibility has allowed us to cut taxes and still end the fiscal year with a budget surplus.
Senate File 295, approved in 2013, included the largest property tax cut in Iowa history. Iowa homeowners, farmers and businesses will save nearly $3.9 billion in property taxes over the next 10 years. A key goal of the bipartisan

(9/15) UPDATE: More Details In Weekend Stabbing At State Line Rally

Just after 3 Sunday morning, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault at the State Line Motorcycle Rally being held at the Van Buren County fairgrounds near Keosauqua.

Two adult males were reported as being involved in the incident during which one was reportedly stabbed in the leg by the other with a knife.

As a result of the investigation, Sheriff

(9/15) Fairfield School Board of Directors Agenda

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield Community School District will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.  The meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.  A time is provided in the meeting for public input.
The mission of the Fairfield Community School Board of Directors is to support students,


Spend a morning learning about Native American village life along the Des Moines River with energetic and
entertaining naturalist Therese Cummiskey. The presentation will be held Saturday, September 20, from
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Bentonsport Shelter on the river in Bentonsport, Iowa. The event is free and
while pre-registration is not required, it is preferred. There are some picnic

(9/15) Jefferson County Sheriff Stats For Labor Day Holiday

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office participated in the sTEP Enforcement during the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Reported activity for August 25th through September 7th w/ 8 Jefferson County Deputies working during the period showed 12 citations issued for speeding and one driving while intoxicated. 

OWI arrest-1
Speed citations- 12
Speed warnings- 29
Driving w/out

(9/15) Police Reports

9/12 1:53pm Brandon Buch reported 4 tires stolen from his shop. Each tire was valued at $200.00. No suspects or leads at this time.
9:42pm Shari Cook-Bowman reported 10 juveniles male and female egged her residence.
9/13 01:44am Thomas James Hahn was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense and Driving while revoked
9:34am David Todt was cited for speeding
9/14 7:34 Paul Clawson was arrested and

(9/15) POLICE: Investigate Theft of Motor Vehicle

Fairfield Police investigate the theft of a Silver 1992 Chevy 1500 Pickup and an electric weed eater and trimmer.

Also stolen a filtration system, drop cord, portable camp shower and a cast iron tea pot from 1558 NIPA Blvd in Fairfield.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jefferson County Law Center 641 472 4146.

(9/15) Jefferson County Public Health Department: Wash Hands With Soap & Water T

A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say. The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases.

Twelve states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois,

(9/15) Law Suit Filed Against Lee County Supervisors

Friday, several residents have sued three Lee County supervisors, accusing them of violating Iowa’s opening meetings law.

Lee County board members Ernest Schiller, Rick Larkin and Ron Fedler, are being accused of holding secret meetings to discuss the consolidation of the Lee County courthouses in Keokuk and Fort Madison.

Curtis Dial, a Keokuk attorney, filed the lawsuit on behalf of

(9/15) Another Drug Arrest In Fairfield

Friday afternoon Fairfield Officers made another arrest as part of an ongoing investigation into controlled substance trafficking in and around Fairfield. Just before 1pm, Officers stopped a vehicle in a parking lot in the 50 block of s. 6th Street.

Driver, Robert Alan Tisor, 52 of Stockport was arrested and charged with Possessions with Intent to Deliver more than 5 grams of

(9/15) Stabbing At The State Line Rally In Keosauqua

A motorcycle rally in Keosauqua this weekend leaves one stabbed. Authorities were called to the scene of a stabbing at a bike rally.

Motorcyclist gathered in Keosauqua Saturday night at the State Line Rally and the night ended with one being stabbed.

On a call to Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office no information is being released about the incident or victims condition.

As more information develops it will

(9/15) UPDATE: Charges Upgraded For Fighter At Night Club

Here is an update on the fight outside the Elbow Room in Ottumwa last weekend with one man arrested and one unconscious on the sideway when Authorities arrived.

On Friday, September 12, 2014, at 9:58 a.m., Maekele Hagos, died as a result of the injuries he sustained from an assault that took place outside of “The Elbow Room” after hours club on the morning of Sunday, September 7th,

*(8/13) Fairfield Awarded $1 Million Vision Iowa Grant

In what Fairfield Mayor called “great news” for the city, Fairfield has been awarded a $1 million Vision Iowa Grant toward the Pool/Gym Project. Malloy and other stakeholders were in Des Moines today after meeting with the negotiating board Tuesday. The city had applied for a $1,050,000 grant, so the final total was very well received. The grant does come with one contingency;

(8/12) Coucil Listens to Search Firm Presentation

The process to find a new city administrator is beginning at Fairfield City Hall. At Monday’s council meeting, the council heard a presentation from Karl Nollenbeger with GovHR USA, a search firm specializing in these types of searches. Nollenbeger’s firm is a national firm that has recently helped West Liberty, Burlington and Washington fill similar vacancies. The agency would meet

(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