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Salon 218: Hills new location for haircare

HILLS Hills may be a small town, but it offers up big services like Salon 218, the newly established personalized salon experience catering to each and every whim of the customer; a place where … more

Iowa Street to be repaired this summer

HILLS Sometime after 4th of July celebrations, Hills will get down to business, closing Iowa street for repairs and improvements. This project was approved at Hills’ city council … more

Atrium Village celebrates Mother’s Day

HILLS Atrium Village in Hills began celebrating Mother’s Day on Friday, May 10 with a morning program called “What is this item?” presented by Bridget Nash (education specialist) and Sara … more

Hills Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

Over 1000 people were served on Sunday, May 12 at Hills Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast. Community members waited in a line wrapping around the dining area and out the door of the Hills … more

Hobby Hens

KALONA You don’t need to be a farmer to keep your own flock of chickens. Urban chickens are becoming increasingly common as cities recognize the health benefits of access to fresh eggs while … more

Proposed subdivision in Frytown may cause a dusty dilemma

IOWA CITY The dust is rising just north of Frytown. And there might be more to come. A preliminary plat for a proposed 15-lot subdivision located in the northeast part of Frytown was … more

Johnson County Board set to vote on $169.8M budget for FY25

IOWA CITY The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will vote Thursday on a Fiscal Year 2025 spending budget of $169.8 million, a record amount that is $22.9 million more than this year’s … 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

Aging Johnson County jail to get building monitoring system

IOWA CITY Conditions at the Johnson County jail have gotten so bad that a monitoring system is about to be installed around the building. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved a … 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

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
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