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(8/31) Supervisors Support Home Base Iowa Initiative

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met this morning and approved a resolution to support The Home Base Iowa Initiative. A program that provides opportunities for veterans and transitioning service members to find employment positions at Iowa companies, pursue education, continue their service through the Guard or reserves or any combination of those. More than a “pat on the

(8/31) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact: Gunshots
Caller advising there is a lot of screaming and yelling going on west of her residence near D Street. Advised she heard a loud gunshot.

Waylon Kyle Stutzman was arrested and charged with driving while revoked.
Business Contact: Theft
Casey’s West reporting a gas drive off.

(8/31) Libertyville Issues Boil Order

The city of Libertyville is replacing city water mains and has issued a citywide boil order beginning 7 am this morning until further notice. Expect low water pressure this week while work is being done. Water should be boiled for at least one minute before drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes, rinsing fruits and vegetables making ice or washing hands. Residents will be notified through local

(8/31) Three Hurt In Seperate Train Incidents

Two people were struck by a train Sunday morning while attempting to cross the tracks at the Lincoln Street Crossing in Mount Pleasant. According to reports, a man and a woman were waiting on the sidewalk for an eastbound train to pass. When that train went through, they attempted to cross, not seeing a westbound train and were struck. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene while

(8/31) Ottumwa Schedules Primary Runoff

The city of Ottumwa will be  holding a primary election for two city council seats. Current council members Mitch Niner and J.R. Richard are running for re-election and will be challenged by Marc Roe, Don Lewis, and Victor Streeby. State law requires a primary if more than four candidates run for the city council seats. One of the candidates will be eliminated after the primary election to

(8/28) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact: Theft
Victim reports theft of 16 sheets of plywood from construction site. Estimated value: $144.00
Nothing to report.

(8/28) New Skunk River Bridge Is Open

The new Skunk River Bridge is open. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held yesterday morning and after a short delay, the bridge, which connects Brighton to Washington on Highway 1, was opened to traffic. The bridge was expected to be opened in October but remained ahead of schedule since replacement began earlier this year.

(8/28) Two Arrested In Mount Pleasant Pot Bust

Earl Griffin, 30, of Mount Pleasant and Tosha Nichols, 27, of Mount Pleasant were arrested and charged with Felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after a joint investigation between the Mount Pleasant Police Department and the New London Police Department. A search warrant was served on their home Tuesday and marijuana, cash and other items were seized. Griffin and Nichols are

(8/28) Fairfield CoLab Opens

Now there’s a place for entrepreneurs and others to get together and “Co-Work”. The Fairfield CoLab has opened and provides the space for “Co-Working”. That is, a place where people can come together and work, regardless of what they do. The Fairfield CoLab is a non- profit that provides entrepreneurs, “Work From Home” employees and small business owners

(8/28) Unemployment Rate Down In Jefferson County

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.8 percent in July from 3.7 percent in June.  The state’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. 

Iowa’s nonfarm employment surged ahead in July, gaining 8,100 jobs. Jobs were added in virtually all sectors and lifted nonfarm employment 30,900 jobs higher than at this time last year.


Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Keeran Singh was arrested and charged with Operating while intoxicated.
Logan Swanson and unnamed juvenile were arrested and charged with 3rd degree burglary.
Johnathon Newbold  was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Newbold was also charged with Simple Assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Adrian Okakpu was arrested and

(8/27) City Council To Discuss Credit Rating Downgrade

The Fairfield City Council will hold a special meeting on September 21st at 7pm to discuss the city’s recent credit rating downgrade. Travis Squires from the asset management firm Piper Jaffray will explain why the city’s bond rating has been downgraded, what it means for the city and how it might be improved in the future.

(8/27) City Enters Into Development Agreement With Red Cannon Express

Despite the fact that since it went on the market in April, no one has been willing to pay the appraised value, which is approximately $100,000, Dion Kranz, owner of Red Cannon Express, and Fairfield City Attorney John Morrisey have entered into a development agreement that would allow Kranz to purchase the MRC Recycling building from the city for less than the appraised value, as long as

(8/27) Great American Model "A" Ride Next Week

The Great American Model A Ride Around Iowa, featuring the Model A Club of Central Iowa and over 45 classic Model A’s built between 1928 and 1931 will make its way through Southeast Iowa the week of August 31st. The tour, in its 20th year, will be represented by eight states and will make stops in Chariton, Corydon, Centerville, The Villages of Van Buren, Eldon and Ottumwa. On Tuesday,

(8/26) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Fire Call:
MUM Security advising that he can see a large amount of smoke.
Appears that the grain bin rekindled at Reiff Grain. Fairfield fire responded.
Business Contact: JCHC
Requesting assistance with CPR in progress.
Citizen Contact: Fraud
Report of a scam call from unknown number.
Responded to fire rekindling in

(8/26) Account Opened To Help Fire Victim

An account has been set up at Community 1st Credit Union in Fairfield for Ariel Baker, a victim of a fire at her home on East Hempstead Sunday. The early morning blaze engulfed Bakers second story apartment.  Baker, who was not home at the time, lost everything. Those willing to offer cash donations are encouraged to contact Community 1st Credit Union.

(8/25) Fairfield City Council August 24, 2015

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(8/25) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Noah Michael Parks, 33 of Kalona was arrested on a warrant for theft (2nd degree).
Citizen Contact: Vandalism
Caller advised a former volunteer did some damage.
Barbara Fix and James Moore were at one time in a relationship. Barbara claims James is playing music that makes her cry. Barbara showed up at the radio station (KRUU) to confront James about what

(8/24) Fairfield Band Boosters: Instruments Wanted

The Fairfield Band Boosters (Band Aides) are looking for donations of band instruments in any condition, working or non-working.  Donated instruments fill a critical need in giving all students the opportunity to play.  “We hate to see any child miss out on the chance to learn a musical instrument because their family is unable to purchase or rent one,” says Band Aides Board

(8/24) Maharishi, Fairfield Community Schools Ready For The New School Year

With the 2015-2016 school year set to begin, teachers and administrators are looking forward to the new year. Friday evening, they took time out of preparation to introduce new staff members at the annual All Teachers Reception at the Fairfield Golf and County Club.
Dr. Richard Beall of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment says he sees a broader shift in education in the coming

(8/20) Alvin Stone Named Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award Winner

The Fairfield Hy-Vee was the scene of a surprise announcement Thursday as longtime employee Alvin Stone was named a 2015 Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award recipient.
This award is the highest honor presented to a Hy-Vee employee. It recognizes those who go above and beyond every day to help customers and provide them with exemplary service. Only 10 recipients are selected each year from

(8/14) Chamber Accepting Board Member Nominations

The Chamber Board of Directors, a 15-member assembly of representation from throughout the Fairfield business community, is now accepting nominations for the position of Director. Two seats are open for nomination for

Three incumbent board members seeking second term

Laura Atwood
Dawn Bechtel
Aaron Kness
Linn Cornick

 Two new board members

(8/14) IHCC To Offer HS Equivalency Diploma Courses

Indian Hills Community College has announced that a new session of High School Equivalency Diploma courses will begin next month. Morning and afternoon classes are available and you can work at your own pace. If you’re 19 years old or older and not enrolled in high school, or if you’re 17 or 18, out of school and have parental permission, you are eligible. IHCC offers test preparation

(8/13) Seventh Annual Parsons College Wall Of Honor

Another class of diversified and distinguished Parsons College students and alumni will take their place on the Wall of Honor in the Alumni Hall at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center at 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 3, 2015.  The addition of this year’s class of 10 inductees at the 7th annual ceremony in the Stephen Sondheim Auditorium will raise the total number of Wall of Honor

(8/12) Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

The Labor Day weekend traditionally signals the end of summer and often involves one last road trip for the year with the family.  Regrettably, it also involves a high rate of drunk driving.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, the most recent year in which data is available, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide over the three-day

(8/11) Incentives Remain Constant for the 2015-2016 Chamber Revitalization Fund

For the fifteenth year in a row, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and local financial institutions have partnered to reauthorize the Fairfield Revitalization Fund though June 2016. The Fund, targeted for small and emerging businesses in downtown Fairfield and three blocks in each direction from the Fairfield Square the New Chicago area, boasts participation from Community 1st Credit Union,