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Week's News in Review

Nov 23, 2012

COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Anna Geraldine “Gerri” Leonhard, 92, of Columbus Junction, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Colonial Manor Care Center in Columbus Junction.

WELLMAN — Ruth Marie Miller, 91, of  rural Wellman, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Elsie B. Huber, 84, of Washington, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in the Washington County Hospital in Washington following a short illness.

KEOTA — John Robert Gretter, 91, of Williamsburg, formerly of Harper, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Highland Ridge Nursing Home in Williamsburg.

FAIRBURY, Ill. — Grace Schoonover, 86, a resident of Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the retirement community.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred A. “Millie” Ollinger, 82, of Coralville, will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Richmond with Father Wallace Helms officiating.

A group of about 35 teachers and volunteers packaged Thanksgiving dinners at Fareway Sunday night. The 174 dinners will be given to families in need Tuesday night.

The Washington Education Association pays for the meals. The teachers have raised money for the dinners for the past eight years. The teachers began doing the event to coincide with National Education Week in November.

KALONA — A boy from Kalona has won $10,000 for placing second in the National Bible Bee over the weekend. Taylor Bontrager, 10, competed in the bee from Thursday through Saturday in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Taylor is the son of Marlin and Becky Bontrager of rural Kalona. Taylor was one of two Bontrager boys who competed at the National Bible Bee, the other being his older brother, Joshua, 15.

Over 1,000 lights will cut through the darkness, a feast of snacks will be given to ward off the winter cold, and dozens of decorated vehicles will parade around the square to hundreds of fans along the route. It all happens Friday evening in downtown Washington.

Tuesday morning, the Washington County Board of Supervisors dispatched its agenda in about 15 minutes before going into closed session.

Chairman Jim Miksch, who also serves on the county board of health, told the supervisors that the board of health decided to work with Pat Callahan of Snyder & Associates to find a new county public health administrator. The current administrator, Edie Nebel, announced her resignation as of Feb. 28, 2013, during the October board of health meeting.

RIVERSIDE — The Riverside City Council approved a 3 percent wage increase to three of its public works employees at its meeting Monday night.

The three employees who will receive the raise are Kevin Engel, Bryan Lenz and Ronald Hembry. Their new salaries would be $50,086, $33,737 and $46,342, respectively, after the 3 percent increase. Hembry was given an additional 8 percent increase to bring his salary to $50,086, the same as Engel’s. All increases are retroactive to July 1.

Federation Bank president and CEO Jamie Collier said today that Federation Bank customers can expect to see no changes in service as a result of the bank’s change from a Chapter C to a Subchapter S corporation classified bank.

He also said there will be no changes in management or employees. He said that the change is being done at the corporate level and deals with how dividends are distributed to shareholders.

The Washington City Council received another request to release a lien on a house at its meeting Tuesday night. The lien is for the home of Jeremy and Joanna Moser at 1103 E. Main St. The council voted to release the lien provided the homeowners pay the city $6,360.

The Mosers purchased the home with the help of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) loan of $12,720. The loan would be forgiven if they stayed in the home for 10 years. However, if they left the home or sold it to somebody else before those 10 years passed, they would owe $1,272 for every year they did not occupy it.

WAYLAND — WACO School Directors have opted to fill the superintendent’s post with an interim superintendent.

Pat Coen is in his third year as a shared superintendent with the Winfield-Mt. Union School District. Each district pays approximately $67,500 for Coen’s services.

In the past, a state grant (encouraging sharing of administrators) funded a large portion of the salary. Coen said last month that each school district “probably made $250,000” through the grant. The grant, however, expires after the current school year.

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