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Early storms cause damage in Kalona, Joetown

JOETOWN & HILLS The cleanup effort has already begun after an early morning tornado, potentially an EF-1, ravaged parts of Joetown and Kalona.  This tornado was part of a larger … more

June 4 Primary Candidates: U.S. House Iowa District 1

U.S. House Iowa District 1 (1 seat) Voters will select one candidate for the Republican primary; for the Democratic primary, Christina Bohannan is unopposed. Mariannette Miller-Meeks … more

PAWS & More awarded $2.4 million Riverboat grant for new shelter

KEOTA The team at PAWS & More animal shelter in Washington shed tears of joy Wednesday night when it was announced the organization was awarded a $2,405,760 grant from the Washington County … more

Johnson County Conservation asks for $30M bond referendum in November

IOWA CITY Johnson County is moving ahead with a $30 million bond referendum for conservation projects that will appear on the November 2024 ballot. A county conservation group, led in part … 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

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

Beloved Hawkeyes swarm Riverside Casino

RIVERSIDE On Friday, April 26, 11 members of the Iowa Women’s Basketball team visited the Riverside Casino, welcoming over 1,500 fans which lined up through the event center halls and out … 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

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

‘Harm’ of transgender issues heats up at Board meetings

IOWA CITY During a week when the Transgender Day of Visibility was recognized nationally, the subject itself turned into a heated controversy at a couple of Johnson County Board of Supervisors … 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

Hog barn saved, hay barn and cornfield burn in Kalona blaze

KALONA Approximately 100,000 gallons of water were required to extinguish a blaze in rural Kalona Thursday, causing Kalona firefighters to make repeated trips in and out of town for the better … 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
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