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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

Legislators propose Hills join Lone Tree CSD; parents say ‘not so fast'

HILLS Iowa State Representative Heather Hora and Iowa State Senator Dawn Driscoll introduced an idea to redraw school districts, allowing the Hills community to join a new school district, on … more

State legislators introduce idea allowing Hills to join a new school district

HILLS Joining a new school district remains on the table for Hills after they lost their elementary just a week ago. State Senator Dawn Driscoll, State Representative Heather Hora and Lone … more

Hills Elementary to close; concern shifts to property’s future

IOWA CITY When students leave Hills Elementary School on June 5, it won’t just be for the summer. The Iowa City Community School District board voted to permanently close Hills … 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

Johnson County supervisors speak out against closing of Hills Elementary

IOWA CITY Johnson County Supervisor V Fixmer-Oraiz urged the Iowa City Community School District to delay its action this week on the fate of Hills Elementary School. “I do hope and … 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

Hills community voices opposition to school closure, circulates petition

HILLS Hills Elementary’s fate lies in the hands of the Iowa City Community School District’s school board when they cast their vote on whether or not to close Hills Elementary on … more

Hills council sees crowd over Hills Elementary fate

HILLS Hills hosted their regular scheduled city council meeting on Monday, March 11. A lively crowd prepared for a lengthy public comment about the town’s elementary school. Many … more

Mural, clean-up days coming to Hills

HILLS The Hills city council met on Monday, Feb. 26, to discuss new city projects in the works, including a mural, clean-up days, and a fence. First, the council approved the fire … more

Hills Elementary School faces uncertain future

HILLS An important conundrum arose at the Hills City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 12: what is the future of the small town’s elementary school? This future has been uncertain for … more

Atrium Village hosts the Iowa City Musical Comedy Troupe

Residents of Atrium Village in Hills enjoyed a special treat on Monday, Feb. 12: a performance by the Iowa City Musical Comedy Troupe. The group brought flash and dazzle to the senior living and … more

Catholic talk radio station coming to Kalona

KALONA A new radio station is set to fill the airwaves this February, broadcasting from Kalona: KMHV 89.5 FM, Mary’s Holy Voice, talk radio for Catholic Living. Boasting 5500 watts of … more

Saddle up, riders!

KALONA 67,585 miles of Iowa’s public roads are gravel, making up 60% of the state’s road system. And cyclists love them. Caleb Wilson is one of those cyclists. And because he lives in … more

2024 Iowa Pork Congress reflects suffering industry

DES MOINES This year’s annual Iowa Pork Congress, held Jan. 24-25, brought together pork producers, related businesses, and industry experts in Des Moines for two days of educational seminars, … more

Area businesses meet and greet at Iowa Pork Congress

United Animal Health Trent Torrance and Bob Altman traveled from Indianapolis to Des Moines to staff United Animal Health’s booth at the Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 24-25. The Sheridan, … more

New Lone Tree businesses a part of Johnson County’s rural growth

IOWA CITY Business expansions in Lone Tree and community improvements in Hills were part of a report by Greater Iowa City, Inc., to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at a work session Jan. … more
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