Court dates set for supervisor candidates

Filed under: News - 14 Aug 2012

Court dates set Bob Yoder and Jack Seward, both candidates for Washington County supervisor positions, will have an arraignment hearing August 24 in Washington County District Court and if both plead not guilty to campaign ethics violations could go to trial within 90 days, said County Attorney Larry Brock. The incidents all relate to the June 5 primary election. Both are represented by Barbara Edmondson, the former county attorney.

Brock said normally the defendants attorney files written arraignments. Last month Brock charged Yoder with unlawful transfer of campaign funds involving Free County arranging ads on KCII radio, and Seward with unlawful receipt of a monetary or in-kind campaign contributions from a corporation (specifically a $75 discount from Custom Impressions for a campaign T-shirt).

Read the entire story in the Aug. 16 issue of the Riverside Current.

Highland school board gets final track update

Filed under: News - 14 Aug 2012

Although completion dat for the new Highland High School track has passed, some work remains to be done, which means the contractor will have to liquidate damages, construction manager Tim Ruth told the Highland Board of Education Monday.

He reported that lines still need to be striped on the track as well as seeding beyond the fence line, work at the shot put area and top dressing on the field. The latter was to be done Wednesday as well as filling low spots to be ready for football scrimmage Friday. There also is work to be done on he press box including painting legs, a new door and related repairs.

Read the entire story in the Aug. 16 issue of the Riverside Current.


Riverside man wins Iowa State Fair title

Filed under: News - 14 Aug 2012

Dave Miller, winner of the Giant Pumpkin contest at this year’s Iowa State Fair, battled drought, record heat, wind and a few wild rabbits to produce the 933 pound orange behemoth. Given that for this year’s growing season, Miller’s farm near Riverside received 2.4 inches of rain, a lot of watering had to be done. In fact, the electric bill for July more than doubled. And the Millers expects the August one will be higher.

For an idea of how much the weather affected the pumpkin crop, last year’s State Fair winner cme in at 1,300 pounds.

The win is not Moller’s first, he took the title back in 2002.

Read the entire story in this week’s current.

erside resident David Miller produced the Biggest Pumpkin at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 10 with at 933 pound gourd. (Iowa State Fair/ Steve Pope


Patricia Harrison, 76

Filed under: News - 13 Aug 2012

Patricia Harrison, 76, of Columbus Junction, died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Mass of Resurrection  in her memory will be held at 10 a.m.  Friday, August 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation for Patricia will be held between 4-7 p.m.  Thursday, August 16, at Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Riverside.

Read the full obituary in the Aug. 16 issue of the Riverside Current.

A homecoming for Riverside Elementary principal

Filed under: News - 08 Aug 2012

By Gloria Williams

The new principal at Riverside Elementary is no stranger to the area. Originally from West Branch, Eric Ewald says he is looking forward to coming back home.

“I’m very excited about getting back into a small town community,” said Ewald. “In Riverside everyone knows everyone intimately and they care and help each other because of these close relationships.”

He’s looking forward to working with the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) initiatives to see what they’ve learned so far and what they can do to improve.

“It’s a collaborative effort,” said Ewald. “Everyone needs to come together to find the best way for each child to learn. Every child can learn, though they have different ways they learn.”

Ewald has been coming to the school once or twice a week and meeting with each of the teachers during the summer.

I’ve been asking them what they think are the best things about Riverside Elementary, what they think they should consider tweaking to make it even stronger,” Ewald said.

Read the entire story in the current issue of the Riverside Current.

Riverside council exhibits unity

Filed under: News - 08 Aug 2012

By Gloria Williams

In a striking show of unity and streamlined process, the city council voted unanimously on all agenda items approved during Monday’s meeting, including agreeing to interview four candidates for the position of City Administrator/Clerk in closed sessions Thursday. The two-hour meeting followed a one-hour work session with County Attorney Larry Brock and ended with a round of applause from citizens.

Brock had advised the mayor to limit public input at meetings and told council members to refrain from using emails for discussion to avoid violating Open Meetings laws, which Brock noted is for council members to get together, discuss frankly and openly items on the agenda and then make a decision.

“Although the public has a right to be here, observe, photograph and record, they don’t have a right to participate,” said Brock. “Having comments on each and every agenda item helps sidetrack the meetings and makes them longer than normal.” Brock noted that council members are available all week and can be contacted via email and phone calls, which are listed on the city’s website.

With Brock’s advice, the council decided to create a list for Citizen Time where people can sign up before the meetings begin (normally at 6:30 p.m.) and indicate what topic they wish to address. He also advised them to keep comments to three minutes for each person. During the rest of the meeting, only those directly involved with agenda items will be allowed to speak and provide information, not express opinions.

Read the current issue of the Riverside Current for the entire story.

Introducing Angela Hazelett

Filed under: News - 08 Aug 2012

By Gloria Williams

Highland High School students and parents can meet Angela Hazelett, the new principal before school starts at the Sports Drink Night Friday, August 17. She will be at the school from 4-6 p.m. before the scrimmage starts at 6 p.m.

An Iowa native who first attended Cotter, a small rural school in Columbus Junction, Hazelett is already impressed with Highland students, many of whom she says have come up to shake her hand and welcome her.

“That kind of surprised me because I didn’t think they would be that forthcoming or confident,” said Hazelett. “So that’s neat to see.”

Hazelett says the community has also greeted her warmly, and she is looking forward to working with parents.

“I think a lot of times parents don’t feel welcome at the school because they think their opinion as a parent is appreciated,” said Hazelett Thursday. “I’ve never felt that way and it’s gotten better as my kids have gotten older and have gotten into the school system, I understand more where the parents are coming from.”

Read the entire story in the current issue of the Riverside Current.

Supervisors accept low bid for Orchard Hill

Filed under: News - 08 Aug 2012

By Mary Zielinski

Woodruff Construction Company of Fort Dodge, with the low bid of $568,600, Tuesday was awarded the contract to remodel Building 1 in the county owned Orchard Hill Complex. The Washington County Board of Supervisors also approved changing the construction schedule, setting it back two weeks, which means a starting date of August 20 and a completion one of December 28. Original project estimate for remodeling the facility for the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) office was $548,000. However, some major sewer lien work had not been included, ad the county sought an addition to its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to cover the extra $73,333 needed. The additional CDBG funds were approved recently.

Read the entire story in the current issue of the Riverside Current.

One killed in mishap at Kalona Sales Barn

Filed under: News - 08 Aug 2012

One man was killed and five others injured when a Ford F-250 truck went out of control and drove into a crowd of people during the horse auction at the Kalona Sales Barn Monday. According to police the accident occurred about 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Sales Barn on 9th Street when the vehicle, owned by the auctioneer, went into the crowd, then struck a tree and continued for about a block on C Avenue before coming to a stop. The auctioneer and several others in the back of the truck were thrown out when it sped forward, said City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh.

Police Tuesday identified the deceased as Donald L. Breed, 70, of Freeport Illinois, who had been pronounced dead at the scene. He had been walking in the area and was struck by the truck, said police. They also identified the driver of the truck as James Walter Greiner, 73, of South English. Five others who were transported to area hospitals were not identified. Although the University of Iowa AirCare was called, “it was not used,” said Schlabaugh, “but their medical personnel were of great use.” Schlabaugh also said that the driver appeared to have suffered “a medical condition” before the accident, but Chief Deputy Jared Schneider said that is still “unclear.” Schneider said that the accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and that the Iowa Highway Patrol also is involved. He had no information regarding any filing of possible charges at this time.

The monthly horse sale draws one of the largest crowds to the livestock auction and Monday there was an estimated 450 to 500 people there, including numerous Old Order Amish. Established in 1947, the Sales Barn is one of the largest livestock auctions in the midwest and in the 1980s was the largest feeder pig sale in the world.

Power outage set Wednesday for Riverside

Filed under: News - 23 Jul 2012

The city of Riverside will be without power for approximately two-and-one-half hours Wednesday (July 25).

According to Alliant Energy, the power outage will begin at 4 a.m. in order for the company to perform a system upgrade to ensure “safety and reliability” for its customers.

Questions may be addressed to Alliant’s Customer Service Center at (1-800) 255-4268.

Northey to visit county farm bureau office

Filed under: News - 28 Jun 2012

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will be visiting the Washington County Farm Bureau office in Washington at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. He will be conducting an open forum that any interested party can attend.

County fair trophy sponsors sought

Filed under: News - 29 Mar 2012

Washington County 4-H is now taking sponsorships and donors for the 2012 Washington County Fair trophies.  A variety of individuals, families, or businesses are needed to sponsor trophies  in the beef, rabbit, swine and poultry departments.

Call  the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, if you are interested in supporting 4-H.

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