Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) announced the latest recipients of the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grants Program, Jan. 4.

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The school boards of the Lisbon Community School District and Springville Community School District have named Autumn Pino as their next shared superintendent. Her hire will become official pending a formal background check and school board approval at their next meeting.

Ahead of the Jan. 10 deadline to have policies in place for the OHSA policies on vaccines and testing for employers with more than 100 workers, multiple area school boards held meetings to pass the required policies, with a caveat.

As of Jan. 10, Jones County’s 14-day positivity rose 3.2% to 16.6%. The seven-day stats increased from 14.3% to 20.5%. Under “total positive cases,” the dashboard listed 107 for Jones County in the last seven days, a decrease of 59 over last week. For total cases, the county sits at 4,754.

As of Jan. 3, Jones County’s 14-day positivity rose 1.5% to 13.4%. The seven-day stats increased from 13.2% to 14.3%. Under “total positive cases,” the dashboard listed 48 for Jones County in the last seven days, a decrease of 14 over last week. For total cases, the county sits at 4,635.

The Route 3 Press of Anamosa, publisher of the “Wapsipinicon Almanac,” has announced the publication of “The Wapsipinicon: A Gentle Refuge—Rare Plants in her Realm” by Jeff Nekola. Nekola, a Cedar Rapids native and Coe College graduate, currently teaches ecology at the college level in the C…

As of Dec. 27, Jones County’s 14-day positivity dropped 1.2% to 11.9%. The seven-day stats increased from 10.6% to 13.2%.

As of Dec. 20, Jones County’s 14-day positivity dropped 3.1% to 13.1%. The seven-day stats decreased from 14.2% to 10.6%. Under “total positive cases,” the dashboard listed 54 for Jones County in the last seven days, a decrease of 11 over last week. For total cases, the county sits at 4,515.