Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, March 1 to decide if the district should be allowed to spend up to $65 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds for the construction of a sixth elementary school in addition to several other proj…

The North Liberty skyline is relatively flat but for water towers and communication towers. Soon however, a new feature will rise up and be a prominent symbol of hope, unity, and community as the North Liberty Baptist Church puts up a steeple.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available for qualifying low- to moderate-income workers in Johnson County. VITA provides free tax preparation assistance from trained volunteers from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business and Co…

The process for crafting Johnson County’s annual budget is lengthy including appearances by department heads making a formal pitch for funding, and public hearings for the taxpayers to weigh in on how they would, or wouldn’t like to see their tax dollars used in the upcoming fiscal year (FY2…

It may be frosty outside, but at North Liberty Library, we’re warming up to this new year. The library has resumed regular hours of operation, offerings of extended services, expanded capacity in the building and the use of iPads and laptops. Patrons are allowed to make reservations for meet…

A special election will be held March 15 to fill the remaining term for the North Liberty City Council expiring Dec. 31, 2023. The seat was held by Chris Hoffman elected mayor effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors came one step closer to finalizing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget with their first of three scheduled discussion and decision making votes held Wed. Jan. 12. Among the budget requests discussed was that of Sheriff Brad Kunkel who was seeking $810,841…

The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) had another record year for responses. According to the department, 1,648 calls for service were received in 2021, up from 1,477 in 2020 for a 10% increase.

The Clear Creek Amana School Board chose three finalists for the next Superintendent. The finalists are Mr. Brett Bunch, Dr. Corey Seymour and Dr. Matthew Strom. Each possess a strong background in education administration.

Winter days can be dark but North Liberty will be a bit brighter, thanks to North Liberty Lights, presented by GEICO Careers, an illuminated winter display lit nightly, beginning Saturday, Jan. 29, through the end of February, around Liberty Centre Pond.

IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Board of Supervisors came one step closer to finalizing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget with their first of three scheduled discussion and decision making votes held Wed. Jan. 12. Among the budget requests discussed was that of Sheriff Brad Kunkel who was seek…

NORTH LIBERTY— The North Liberty City Council took no action on filling a vacant council seat during the regular meeting Jan. 11. The vacancy was created by the election of Councilor Chris Hoffman to Mayor, replacing outgoing Mayor Terry Donahue.

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County’s first Legislative Forum, Saturday, Jan. 22, will be a virtual presentation instead of an in-person format. The format change is due to the high level of COVID-19 spread in the community. The forum will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m.

NORTH LIBERTY— The Johnson County Dog PAC (Park Action Committee) presented a check for $30,000 to the City of North Liberty, a second installment on a pledge of $150k for the Red Fern Dog Park. The 5.1-acre park, located at 980 North Liberty Road, has three sections, two open to all dogs an…

SPIRIT LAKE — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is encouraging ice anglers and snowmobilers to use caution when going out on the ice after a snowmobile and an ATV broke through the ice on West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake Thursday night. The individuals were rescued by nearby an…

Something came out of Colorado last week besides images of the destruction from a rapidly developing wildfire that roared through the area between Denver and Boulder.

Governor 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. Funding of more than $210 million for new broadband infrastructure has been awarded to 160 applicants as part of the latest…

• Morningside University Vice President for Academic Affairs Chris Spicer recently announced the 421 students named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year.

NORTH LIBERTY — The cold has moved in and plans to stay for a while so make the best of it by embracing winter and the unique recreation opportunities the temperatures offer. Scheels Ice Rink – the City of North Liberty’s outdoor ice rink – is free and open for the season.

NORTH LIBERTY — North Liberty Scouts BSA Troop 216 will host its 42nd annual Chili Supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 5, at the North Liberty Community Center.

Local Libraries LIT welcomes author Jennine Capó Crucet Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. This is the fifth virtual event in the series offered by public libraries in Johnson County, as well as the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Libraries, with support from the Johnson County Community Foundation and The T…

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NORTH LIBERTY— North Liberty rang in the New Year a little early.

Happy New Year from the North Liberty Library. The library has resumed regular hours of operation, offerings of extended services, the use of iPads and laptops, and has expanded capacity in the building. Patrons are allowed to make reservations for meeting rooms (booking available for now th…

Slow cooking is a popular way to prepare hearty meals. Slowly cooked stews can make for the perfect meal on cold winter days. In addition to helping craft meals that stick to your ribs, slow cookers fill a home with enticing aromas all day long, and that can make everyone hungrier and more e…

CEDAR RAPIDS — On Jan. 7, 2022, Girl Scouts kick off the 2022 Girl Scout Cookie Season in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Consumers can support local Girl Scout entrepreneurs by purchasing their favorite cookies online and in person. Girl Scouts are now selling the new Adventurefuls, an i…

IOWA CITY— Johnson County government includes 26 boards, commissions and committees, most composed of volunteers appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Currently there are openings on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Policy Board and the Livable …

JOHNSON COUNTY – The Johnson County Board of Supervisors addressed a number of organizational issues for 2022 in its first formal meeting of the year today, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. The Board began by appointing Royceann Porter as Chairperson for 2022. Lisa Green-Douglass was appointed Vice Cha…