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Kalona

Get ‘er fixed at repair event July 21

IC Repair, a 100% volunteer-operated group, will be team up with the City of Iowa City and other agencies, to hold a repair event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, at East Side Recycling …

Iowa Organic Assn to hold Field Day at KHV July 25

Farmers, producers, consumers, and anyone interested in connecting with Iowa’s organic community and learning more about organic dairy production are encouraged to join the Iowa Organic …

Kalona council holds quick session amid storms

KALONA As thunder rumbled and rain pelted windows Monday night, Kalona City Council members met via conference call from their individual safe spaces. City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said that …
Riverside

Strong storms, high winds sweep area

High winds were the primary threat Monday night as a line of strong storms swept across eastern Iowa. Locally, 55 mph winds were recorded at 6 p.m., pushing temperatures that reached 91 two hours …

Pay for Highland Schools subs going up by $5

RIVERSIDE Pay for substitute teachers in Highland Community Schools will be going up $5 a day in the 2024-25 school year. The Highland School Board approved an increase in daily rates for …

Riverside City Council agrees to another move of Kirk birthplace

RIVERSIDE Captain Kirk is going west. Even if by just a few feet. Extending an ongoing drama with a project that began last year with construction of an ADA ramp at the James T. Kirk …
Wellman

Wellman plans to speed up utility billing process

WELLMAN Residents of Wellman will soon be notified of a change to the billing due date for city utilities. On Monday, the city council approved a motion which included changing the due date from …

Cat Café at Wellman Library is purr-fection

WELLMAN On Friday, July 12, Wellman Library’s new Riverboat Room was transformed into a Cat Café for teens, thanks to a little help from PAWS & More. Terri Wood, Development Manager at the …

Wellman 4th of July

Lone Tree

Fixmer-Oraiz rejects JoCo jail assessment: ‘It is people in cages’

IOWA CITY A needs assessment report from Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering of Iowa City calls for up to 140 beds to be a part of a new Johnson County jail. Johnson County …

Lone Tree approves park improvements, dog waste signage

LONE TREE The Lone Tree City Council met on Monday, July 1, for their regularly scheduled meeting. After going over a few necessary standard agenda items, the meeting began an in-depth discussion …

This time around, Johnson County Fair receives thumbs up signal

IOWA CITY A presentation by two officers representing the Johnson County Agricultural Association produced positive vibes from members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at its June 26 …
Features
All eyes on the future
KALONA Hillcrest Academy experimented with a sixth grade program last school year, introducing a class of students who will end up being great ambassadors for the program. That is because next …
‘A deep sense of belonging’
KALONA When Hillcrest Academy set a course to open sixth grade classes for the 2023-24 school year, they published a middle school purpose statement which reads as follows: “The middle …
At last! Baseball and softball return to Crawfordsville
CRAWFORDSVILLE There is a profound tie between America and baseball. Many small towns across the country feature some way for their residents to play the classic ball-and-stick game, …
Sixth grade from the ground up
KALONA The Kalona-area community has asked about and wondered if a middle school program could work at Hillcrest Academy for a very long time, dating back to when Hillcrest was named Iowa …
Property damaged, cows spared in May’s final storm
KALONA Iowa was shook early on Friday, May 24, as a massive storm system hit all reaches of the state. Later classified as a derecho, the eye of the storm entered the Kalona area around 6 a.m. …
Hills

Atrium Village residents gain insight into Amish, Mennonite communities

HILLS “The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know, right?” Tonia Poole said, addressing the crowd of residents gathered in the dining room at Atrium Village in Hills …

Hills Fire opts out of parade, community notices

HILLS A stray firework or two shoots off in the middle of the night, signaling the end of Independence Day weekend. Shortly after, the Hills City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, …
Iowa City/Coralville

Meet Atrium Village’s new administrator

“Coming here has been a breath of fresh air,” says Stephanie Kronlage, Atrium Village’s new administrator, who began working for the non-profit, Hills-based independent living and nursing care community in March.

Charles E. Hartman

Charles E. Hartman, 75, of Lone Tree, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.  Visitation will be held Thursday, July 25, 2024, from 4-7 p.m., at …
Washington County

Board OKs railroad agreement, RAGBRAI road use, VA officer

WASHINGTON With unanimous approval of an agreement between the county and the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation, the supervisors formally approved the needed rail crossing on …

Washington County Health Dept. Open House held

WASHINGTON There were approximately 40 Washington County residents who attended the Open House July 11 at the department office in the former Federation Bank Building, Washington, for Jenifer …
Johnson County

Johnson County invests millions in affordable housing

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors recently purchased a 15-unit property for $1.7 million to be used for affordable housing units. Located at 1102 Hollywood Boulevard in Iowa City, these homes …

Sharon Center Independence Day Parade