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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 … more

Bidding begins on $2M commercial kitchen at Historic Poor Farm

IOWA CITY Bidding went out this week on a commercial kitchen project at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm that is expected to top $2 million. The project is a part of the county’s … more

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 … more

TrekFest ’24: Jazdia Dax brings a Trill to Riverside festival

RIVERSIDE Trek Fest organizers dipped into a local talent pool for this year’s three-day festival in Riverside. Or did they really? Terry Farrell, a native of Cedar Rapids, is … more

Johnson County considers rail service linking West Campus and North Liberty

IOWA CITY A proposed rail service linking North Liberty and the University of Iowa’s West Campus may be established in a number of months. While discussions of regional transportation … more

Construction work to begin soon on Sharon Center Road

IOWA CITY Construction may soon begin on a culvert that shut down a portion of Sharon Center Road SW more than a month ago. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will vote Thursday on a … more

Kalona's Bob Yoder wins Washington County Primary; Remington tops Porter in JoCo

IOWA CITY Primary Night was a good night for most of the supervisor incumbents in Johnson and Washington counties. But not all. Royceann Porter, an Iowa City Democrat who was the first … more

Proposed new jail for Johnson County could run $80 million

IOWA CITY Conceptual designs for a new Johnson County jail, which would cost nearly $80 million, were presented to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at its May 29 work session. The … more

Repairs at Johnson County jail included in 5-year capital projects plan

IOWA CITY The status of the Johnson County jail surfaced again May 22 during a discussion of capital improvement projects at the Board of Supervisors work session. Plans call for $300,000 … more

Profiling the Johnson County Supervisor Democratic Candidates

IOWA CITY Five Democratic candidates for Johnson County Supervisor seats will be whittled down to three during the June 4 election. Three four-year terms will be determined in the November … more

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
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