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Latest Staff Storys posted to Washington Evening Journal.

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL The Washington County Attorney's office announced Friday that Samantha Debler, 24, was sentenced to prison for 25 years after being previously convicted in February 2018. During the trial, Debler was convicted of commission of specified unlawful activity, a Class B felony; and manufacture, delivery or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, a Class D felony. ...

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL After boasting a record number of craft fair vendors in 2017, the annual Craft Fair held by the Washington Chamber of Commerce is on track to break that record this year. Chamber assistant director Alisha Davis said over 90 vendors have signed up as of Friday and there still is a week for vendors to register for a space. This is compared to about 70 vendors who had registered before ...

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL A Washington man faces 45 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to delivery or possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine less than 5 grams, a Class C felony, the Washington County Attorney's office reported. Tracy Milford, 42, was charged in the case as a habitual offender, which means he had more than two prior felony convictions. The charges stem from a Sept. 13, ...

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  • 09/04/18--09:43: St. James to hold Fall Fest
  • By David Hotle, The JOURNAL On Sunday, Sept. 9, St. James Parish in Washington will have its annual Fall Festival at KC Hall. Organizer Katie Mitchell said this year the traditional turkey dinner and auction would be held. She said new this year is an all-school Mass, which all kids are encouraged to participate in. “What we are trying to do is have more school involvement in the event, because all the proceeds ...

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL MT. PLEASANT — A Washington man pleaded guilty in Henry County Court for failure to provide registration card and provide proof of financial liability. Court documents show Cameron Brighton, of Washington, was fined $250 for the offense. During a traffic stop he was also cited for driving under suspension, a simple misdemeanor. A news release from the Henry County Sheriff's office ...

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL WELLMAN — A Wellman man was arrested early Sunday in connection with an incident in which a vehicle he was driving struck two parked vehicles and a trailer. Anthony Dean Campbell, 19, of Wellman, faces charges of operating while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, operation without owner's consent, failure to maintain control, and possession of alcohol ...

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  • 09/05/18--06:03: Police log - Sept. 4, 2018
  • The police .log is 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. Jail count Males – 11 Females – 5 Work release – 3 Special needs – 0 Contract inmates – 29 Treatment – 0 Holding – 2 Other facility – 0 Total – 50 Arrests William John Goodwin, 39, of Washington, was arrested Thursday ...

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  • 09/05/18--08:48: Police Log
  • Jail count Males – 13 Females – 5 Work release – 3 Special needs – 0 Contract inmates – 48 Treatment – 0 Holding – 1 Other facility – 70 Arrests Mark Andrew Hanson, 34, of Washington, was arrested Friday afternoon in the 700 block of East Jefferson Street in Washington on an Iowa County warrant for failure to appear contempt of court on third-degree burglary. John Roger Weis, 56, of Kalona, was arrested Friday ...

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    I always knew Ginnie was a special woman, but this is ridiculous! We were leaving the movie theater in Burlington. I had taken Ginnie to “Crazy Rich Asians” for her birthday (excellent movie) and we were headed for dinner at Burlington's finest restaurant overlooking the Mississippi. I checked my smart phone for messages and there were three severe storm warnings for Mt. Pleasant. The sun was shining and the ...

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    I wish you could have been here at our house yesterday. We had the opportunity of hosting church services at our house, as well as lunch then supper and a hymn singing in the evening. We had a great day. One of the things we enjoy the most in having services at our house is planning and preparing the meal. This time we chose to go with the traditional Amish menu of peanut butter sandwiches with ham and cheese and ...

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    The school year is off to a great start at the Highland Community School District. We are thrilled with the new programs and the first in the state of Iowa Aerospace Engineering courses. We saw increases in the numbers of our elementary classes which created some interesting dilemmas in terms of what to do with class sizes. The purpose of this article is to discuss class sizes. What is the ideal? Are there legal ...

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  • 09/05/18--09:06: Brighton News
  • By Pat Remington, Brighton Correspondent Jason and Rachel Owens with Alex, of Greenwood, Missouri, visited his parents, Ed and Darlene Owens, the weekend of Aug. 24. Lucy Dietzman, of Keosauqua, spent the night of Aug. 25 at the home of her mother, Winifred Fritz. They attended the dinner and bazaar at St. Joseph Church on Aug. 26. Lucy returned home that afternoon. Pat Remington, of Brighton, with friend Nita, ...

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    By Gretchen Teske, The JOURNAL The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been monitoring the pervasive Chronic Wasting Diesease (CWD) and Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) as the state has seen a steady increase in the two. CWD has been a serious danger to deer populations and was being monitored in the state for years before it was found. CWD is a neurological disease brought on by midges that cause ...

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    By John Butters, The JOURNAL Nothing beats home-grown expertise. Just ask the do-it-yourselfer hitting the panic button on a Saturday afternoon repair that has gone completely wrong. A short drive to Washington Lumber and Home Center for not only more materials but some friendly advice from the Redlinger family might save the project and the afternoon. Owner John Redlinger has 33 years in the construction ...

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL The Washington County Board of Supervisors will discuss approving a tentative proposal committing up to $5,000 to the Washington Community Y during its meeting on Sept. 11 to help make the proposed Washington facility equipped to act as an emergency shelter. On Tuesday, the board approved having the ordinance written 4-1 after Y CEO Amy Schulte discussed the plan. Supervisor Abe ...

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  • 09/06/18--08:25: Police Log
  • Jail count Males – N/A Females – N/A Work release – N/A Special needs – N/A Contract inmates – N/A Treatment – N/A Holding – N/A Other facility – N/A Total – N/A Arrests Carlos Alberto Zamora, 18, of Washington, was arrested Monday night in the 1300 block of North Second Avenue in Washington on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Traffic accident Jefferson County requested Brighton Fire and QRS to a ...

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    The U.S. Senate adopted a bipartisan amendment I co-sponsored with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois that would improve information available to consumers about their prescription medicines. Right now Americans who watch television are exposed to countless messages promoting brand name prescription drugs in direct-to-consumer advertising. In fact, the average American TV viewer watches up to nine drug ads every ...

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    By John Butters, The JOURNAL A recent decision by U.S. and Chinese trade officials to resume low-level trade negotiations is providing hope for farmers that a deal between the countries is in the works. After all, a soybean trade war involving the United States and China makes little sense for either country. China imports roughly 100 million tons of soybeans each year, primarily from Brazil and the United ...

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL While Washington County is not one of the counties in which the soybean gall midge has been discovered, Iowa State University Extension agronomist Mehgan Anderson is not sure the new soybean pest isn't heading east. So far, since being discovered in Iowa, the fly that has caused injury to soybean crops has only been confirmed in 12 Iowa counties: Lyon, O'Brien, Clay, Plymouth, ...

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    By David Hotle, The JOURNAL After hearing from concerned neighbors of Sunset Park regarding the proposed expansion of the park's disc golf course, the Washington City Council tabled a motion for the proposed expansion to examine the proposed changes firsthand. During the regular council meeting Wednesday evening, council members asked that a workshop be scheduled so they could see where the proposed nine-hole ...

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