A new ice cream parlor is now open in Central City. Parlor On Main, at 433 E. Main Street, serves a variety of ice cream and food and is owned by Tasha and Adam Rundall.

The Linn County Conservation Board has awarded a contract for improvements on the Pinicon Ridge Park dam located along the Wapsipinicon River in Central City just east of Highway 13. This project will address safety, fish habitat and river recreation passage for canoes and kayaks.

The Iowa State Extension and Outreach Linn County 4-H offered 28 summer day camp experiences in the county, reaching over 450 youth. The day-long educational camps immersed youth in interactive educational experiences while bridging the gap in academic engagement during the summer.

The Petal Pushers Garden Club has never been on vacation, as it continues to meet monthly, enjoying its business meeting along with a wide variety of volunteer projects, creative craft activities, planting experiences, informative speakers, custom-designed field trips, social events, and hol…

Two Linn County youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. Kira Ingwersen, of Central City, and Kaylee Nicholas, of Cedar Rapids, were two of 40 Iowa youth to serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties th…

As political campaigning for the midterm elections is ramping up, millions of voters are considering how they should cast their ballots on Nov. 8, 2022. In addition to the traditional way of voting at their local precinct on Election Day, many have the option to vote earlier by mail.

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An Iowa native and former Alburnett High School graduate has published her first children’s book. Alina Loux, originally from Toddville, wrote and illustrated “The Toothbrush Circus,” about a circus leader whose toothbrush was broken and needs help brushing the teeth of all the circus performers.

Although Iowa farmers can get ready for the fall harvest, the stress they may face this time of year can be harder to prepare for. Weather extremes, labor challenges and time pressures can compound financial concerns like lower crop prices, higher input costs and larger debt burdens. The str…

Pine Hill Farm in Walker will host its fifth annual Harvest Time Festival Sept. 24-25. Pumpkins, food, vendors and children’s activities will be available.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Ohnward Bank and Trust will host a Grilling for Charity event at its Central City branch. 100% of the proceeds will go to the CC Fine Arts Booster and CC PTO in support of their ongoing efforts to enhance opportunities and educational facilities f…

Iowa PBS will hold an Iowa Press debate for the second district U.S. Congressional race Tuesday, Oct. 18, at their studios in Johnston. The hour-long debate will begin at 7 p.m., air live on statewide Iowa PBS, and be streamed on iowapbs.org, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

The Alburnett Lions are partnering with Bart’s Pumpkin Farm (Bart and Kim Gingrich) 7303 Alburnett Road to sell mums. The Farm opens Sept. 17. Come and get all of your outside fall décor: pumpkins, gourds, mums, etc. at one great place.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to the Martin family, owners of Martin Family Farms, Aug. 25.

Coggon will celebrate its 132nd Harvest Home on Sept. 10 keeping the tradition alive since 1890. Though the event has changed through the years, its original purpose continues — to provide a time for friends and neighbors to come together to celebrate our community.

An Iowa native and former Central City school graduate have been selected for the Global Military Spouse Leadership Program. Andrea Singsaas was one of only 50 military spouses chosen to participate in the Military Spouse Advocacy Network global leadership development program.

Iowa is known for vast crop fields, family-owned farmland and well-raised livestock. Just outside of Coggon, one family farm is making itself known for all of this and so much more.

The Central City Public Library has received brand new children’s books, 81 of them, through the 2:1 matching grant, helping rural libraries expand their youth collections. The new collection is worth over $1,400.

Something all gardeners have — besides dirty fingernails — is a constant hunger for more gardening information.

Last year Katie, Teresa and Tim Sackett worked with area businesses and organizations to set up the inaugural Side-By-Side Honor Ride to raise money for Eastern Iowa Honor Flights. By the end of the day, they raised just under $12,000; this year, they’re back at it and hoping to raise even more!

The construction equipment and caution tape around Alburnett schools is nothing new to the students, but it’s on its way to being completed! Last year’s updates started with school bathrooms and classrooms, but the remaining additions and improvements are projected to be finished in early 2023.

Center Point-Urbana reached a half-million-dollar settlement with a previous administrator who alleges the school district took part in unfair and/or illegal employment practices. An announcement from the district reveals the settlement was reached per advice from legal counsel.

It’s not that the Center Point Historical Society believes the Underground Railroad quilt code myth like gospel or wants to promote historical untruths at its Aug. 28 annual Log Cabin Festival. But the excuse for a quilt display was just too good to pass up.

Memorial benches have been a tradition with area Lions Clubs for years. Just spend a few hours at the Otter Creek Lions Club Park in Midway next to the fire station and you will see many memorial benches.

If there’s one thing society has mastered in the past couple years, it’s adapting to change. COVID-19 lockdowns, gun violence and teacher shortages have forced schools across the country to take what’s happening and find a way to make it work. Another moment of change is happening within the…

July 28, 2022 — Ten families in Keystone, Iowa, were faced with an impossible demand: get rid of their dog. For many families, pets are part of the family and losing a pet can be heartbreaking. Unfortunately, Benton County told 10 families to do just that.

Change has been stirring in Central City this year. Old businesses are reviving and new businesses are popping up all over, including right on Main Street. Tasha Rundall and her family are getting ready for the grand opening of a new ice cream shop, Parlor on Main.

Coe College in Cedar Rapids is recognizing its highest performing students as members of the 2022 Dean’s List, including Chase Hickey of Center Point, who is currently among this elite group.

As the movie “State Fair” says, “Our state fair is a great state fair,” and this year’s Iowa State Fair is even better for Linn County! Tucker Klima, 15, will be one of 24 Iowa students participating in the 40th Anniversary Governor’s Charity Steer Show on August 13.

For the past decade, the Linn County Fair has hosted the Joe Soukup Memorial Ranch Horse Walk-Trot in their horse and pony shows. This year’s winner was Selah Loyd of Mount Vernon.

Get ready for the 2022 Brown Farm Pioneer Days! The weekend of July 30-31 will be spent remembering days past and the way our grandparents and their grandparents and their grandparents used to live. This year, a new event of the old days is in store: a class on how to drive a Model T Ford car.

Come take a walk back in time! This year’s Pioneer Days will be held the weekend of July 30 and 31, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. The Brown Farm is located one mile east of Central City on County Road E16. Gates open at 8 a.m.

It’s been almost three-quarters of a century since there were one-room schools in Eastern Iowa. But many families still have cherished — if sometimes factually challenged, as in “I walked four miles to school uphill both ways” — stories of the old country schools.

Nearly 300 students received degrees from Coe College this past year. The following local students earned degrees:

Mikayla Ann Bowen, of Center Point, graduated from Emporia State University in May 2022, with a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in Chemistry.

On Sunday, July 10, 2022 at approximately 4:35 am, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Dakota Christopher Otto, 29, of Center Point. Otto was charged with second offense Operating While Intoxicated/Impaired (aggravated misdemeanor), Failure to Have SR22 Insurance (simple misdemeanor)…

Tucker Klima, a sophomore at Alburnett High School, is carrying on the family tradition of showing cattle; his mom, grandpa and great-grandpa all showed too.

The Central City Historical Society is known for their collection of historic artifacts, including the 100-year-old Model T Roadster!

Regardless of the occasion, 75 years is cause for celebration, whether it’s 75 years of age, 75 years married or 75 years in business. For St. John Lutheran Church in Center Point, 75 years of worship is a milestone worth acknowledging!

From June 22-26, Central City hosted the annual Linn County Fair. Visitors from across the state traveled to see musical acts like Rodney Atkins and Mitchell Tenpenny, participate in the 4H and FFA events, and see all the vendors and activities available at the fairgrounds.