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State to mail absentee ballot request form to every registered voter

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced his office plans to mail an absentee ballot request form to every active registered voter in the state ahead of the June 2 primary. The forms will be … more

Keeping the Faith in Tough Times

The video looks like any Sunday morning church service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside. A cantor leads the congregation in prayer. Father Bill Roush and Deacon Derick Cranston … more

Highland, Lone Tree OK emergency powers for school superintendent

The Highland and Lone Tree school boards passed resolutions giving Superintendent Ken Crawford broad authority to take actions, if necessary without board approval, to implement state or federal … more

County health department reports first two death

Washington County Public Health Administrator Danielle Pettit-Majewski Monday announced the first two deaths associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. Both residents, a man … more

Area churches cancel in-person services

With state officials restricting gatherings to fewer than 10 people, many area churches have canceled in-person services. Some, however, are offering online alternatives. more

United Way offers ways to help during COVID-19 crisis

The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties has a number of suggestions for anyone wanting to help during the COVID-19 crisis. more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More animal shelter pet of the week is Nashville, an adult male treeing walker coonhound/vizsla mix who is described as a “free spirit.” Intelligent, … more

Riverside City Hall closing to public in wake of coronavirus

Riverside City Hall may lock its doors to the public starting Wednesday. Staff will still be inside to take care of city business over the phone and online. more

Our daily life grinds to a halt

As the week progressed, more and more places announced they were closing or modifying their operations. On Monday, what started as a trickle of announcements became a flood. more

Area farmers get tips, encouragement at Hills Bank Farm Outlook Conference

How does today’s farmer manage the deluge of data generated by ever more high-tech equipment, cope with disruptions from tariffs to tech to coronavirus, respond to pressures to protect water … more

Smoking, drinking draw ire of council

Usually the renewal of licenses to sell tobacco and alcohol are routine approvals by city councils. That was not the case in Riverside Monday night. Casey’s General Store had renewal … more

Republicans praise Trump, tout accomplishments

On Friday night, members of the Washington County Republican Party gathered to raise money, discuss accomplishments and voice support for President Donald Trump. Keynote speaker Tana Goertz told … more

Volunteer donates casino money to Riverside Community Center

The city of Riverside is $800 closer to building a community center. Kelli Schneider donated that amount to the city fund for the center at the council’s Feb. 18 meeting. The majority of … more

Highland OKs sale of bonds

The Highland school board Monday night approved the sale of $3.7 million in bonds to pay for projects approved by voters in September. Superintendent Ken Crawford explained the resolutions the … more

Casey’s buys Riverside Travel Mart

Casey’s General Stores is buying the Riverside Travel Mart. Details of the deal were not available before the newspaper’s deadline on Tuesday. A worker at the Travel Mart would not … more

Hotel tax grants sought by 4 Riverside organizations

The Riverside City Council was scheduled to consider $54,500 in hotel-motel tax revenue to five organizations at its meeting Tuesday night. The council’s regular Monday meeting was moved … more

Scammers target Alliant customers

Callers who ask you to pay in a few hours or have power disconnected are not legitimate. But scammers are getting more sophisticated. Alliant Energy has received reports from customers in … more

Nominations are open for Kid Captain

Do you know someone who would make a great Kid Captain? Kid Captain is a partnership that began in 2009 between University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to … more

Highland’s Lasek signs football letter of intent to join Iowa

When it all came down to it, it was about playing for the hometown team. In front of his parents, teammates, and coaches, Highland senior Zack Lasek signed his letter of intent to play football … more

Riverside man claims $150K lottery prize

A Riverside man said he was in disbelief when a store clerk told him he’d won a $150,000 Powerball prize. Larry Simon, 54, matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball in the … more
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