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Supervisors to meet

The Washington County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 4, at the courthouse.
Items on the agenda include: disccussion and possible action regarding vacating a portion of Nutmeg Avenue located in sections 17 and 20 o…

Students learn entrepreneurship


A group of Pekin high school students gained some business savvy Wednesday when they participated in an entrepreneurship exercise at the Fairfield CoLab.
The seven students were all seniors in the school’s talented and gifted program. Co-lab member Kevin Riley said the co-lab’s relationship with Pekin began earlier this month when a group of teachers toured the building through “Educators in the Workplace.” The …

Post found not guilty

Fairfield resident Cynthia Post was found not guilty of third degree sexual abuse at the conclusion of a trial Thursday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Post’s trial lasted two days and included testimony from Post, her daughter, the alleged victim, the alleged victim’s father and police officers.
Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille prosecuted the case. He said the jury deliberated for two hours, and that it …

Branstad signs bills on wages, compensation

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad signed two major pieces of legislation into law Thursday.
In back-to-back ceremonies, the governor signed a bill immediately barring cities and counties from setting minimum wages higher than the statewide $7.25 hourly floor and a separate measure making significant changes to the state’s workers’ compensation law.
“This is a bill I’ve waited for a long time,” said Branstad, …

Physician has advice for coping with seasonal change


Local integrative physician Nancy Lonsdorf said recent studies show that human genes change twice per year during the spring and fall, and that those changes can affect the body in a variety of ways.
“There is a seasonality to many of our genes, and this is the time of year when they are starting to change. Some are turning off and others are turning on,” said Lonsdorf, who earned her medical degree from Johns …

Police log – March 31, 2017

The police log was supplied by the Washington County Communications Center.
An arrest is merely an accusation. All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Males — 14
Females – 2
Work release — 1
Special needs — 0
Contract inmates — 20
Treatment — 0
Holding — 0
Other facility — 0
Total — 37

Arrests
Maurdell Demetrius McGee Jackson, 28, of Coralville was arrested
Thursday …

City to hold hearing on easements

When planning Tuesday’s regular Washington City Council meeting, City Administrator Brent Hinson only included time-sensitive items because he is not certain a quorum of city council members will be present at the meeting.
Hinson said if there is a quorum — over half of the members present — it would only be for a short period of time. While he had wanted to include other items on the agenda, he felt that the …

High school College Fair

For many students finishing the last few years of high school, where they will go to college to study their chosen field may be one of the most important decisions they can make.
Washington High School is hoping to help students make that dec…