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Culvert failure causes closing of Sharon Center Road

IOWA CITY The northern section of busily traveled Sharon Center Road SW has been closed due to a problem discovered with a culvert. The closure will likely be in place for a couple of … more

Pay increases for Johnson County officials survive emotional split vote

IOWA CITY Arrests of seven transgender people following an October 2023 protest in Iowa City helped lead to a split vote of pay increases for Johnson County elected officials. The Johnson … more

Future of Hills Elementary, students discussed at legislative briefing

KALONA Rep. Heather Hora and Sen. Dawn Driscoll held their last legislative briefing of the season on Friday, April 12, at the Kalona Historical Village, where they described myriad bills they … more

Community Violence Prevention Program among approved ARPA projects

IOWA CITY Several Johnson County projects being funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money survived a third round of voting at a Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting last week, … more

One year later, a stormy reminder

On the afternoon of March 31 last year, a Friday, early spring winds howled across Iowa. Severe storms were in the forecast. Another typical late March day, right? The skies grew dark … more


WELLMAN At 4:22 p.m. Friday, Kari Honsey snapped one last photo of the massive funnel cloud on the southwest horizon and then headed down to the cellar. She grabbed her bicycle helmet, a granola … more

Ramsey Creek Woodworks: quality design and craftsmanship for your next remodeling project

KALONA When folks drive by Ramsey Creek Woodworks on Hwy 1 just north of Kalona, they don’t always know what exactly the business does. Is it a furniture store or something? “We mainly do … more

Kalona Home Show prepared to dazzle March 22-23

KALONA Kalona has developed a reputation for quality home products and services, and on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, many of them will be represented under one roof for the Kalona Home Show. … more

Hills Bank: a true community partner

HILLS Hills Bank is one of the largest banks in Iowa, something you might never guess given it is headquartered in Hills, a small town of fewer than 800 residents. Founded in 1904 by 19 local … more

JoCo Supervisors OK expansion at Farmers Hen House

IOWA CITY Farmers Hen House, which produces eggs for food stores across southeast Iowa, is planning an expansion of its operations in Frytown. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors … more

Johnson County Board Exec Director: ‘We are understaffed’

IOWA CITY Among the additional requested positions for Fiscal Year 2025 rejected by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors were two in its own department. Guillermo Morales, the … more

Johnson County Supervisors settle on pay raise of 3.75%

IOWA CITY Johnson County Supervisors agreed on a pay increase of 3.75% at its budget session Feb. 21. Supervisors Chair Rod Sullivan had proposed the 3.75% rate at two budget voting … more

Snowstorm beaches ocean predator in Iowa City

IOWA CITY If this were a sunny Florida beach, the red flags would wave, signaling danger. Powerful jaws lurk just below the waves; a dorsal fin could be the last thing a potential victim sees … more

Intro to military book a good primer for youth

IOWA CITY Without a close role model to recommend it, military service may not be considered by high schoolers as an option these days. That’s a missed opportunity that some may have found … more

Residents spend week huddled in, digging out

KALONA Winter was off to a mild start in late 2023, with only two days of very light snow and a solidly green Christmas. But on the 37° evening of Monday, Jan. 8, rain turned to snow, and the … more

2023: A retrospective

KALONA We may live in small towns where the pace of life is more relaxed, but that doesn’t mean that nothing happens. We are always in motion, tearing down the old, building the new, and … more

Rezoning clears way for large solar farm to be located along Highway 22

IOWA CITY A rezoning approved last week by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors clears the way for the county’s largest solar-panel farm to be installed along Highway 22 between … more

Merger unites longstanding Riverside, Lone Tree banks

IOWA CITY On Dec. 11, two nearly centenarian banks merged, giving Riverside and Lone Tree residents one more branch at which to handle their financial transactions. Peoples Trust and Savings Bank … more

Veterans Day ceremony at VA Medical Center

The VA Medical Center had a robust turnout for their Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9. Although the scheduled flyover was cancelled, the choir from Faith Academy in Iowa City honored … more

Proposed transportation initiative targets North Liberty

IOWA CITY A potential regional transportation initiative may be coming to Johnson County, but it won’t involve Lone Tree or southern portions of the county. At its Nov. 1 work … more
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