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…

Nearly one-third (30%) of U.S. home fires involving Christmas trees occur in January. With this post-holiday fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly encourages everyone to keep the festive memories and remove the hazards by disposing of Christmas trees p…

TIFFIN — Holiday lights twinkling in the night are a tradition dating back to the earliest days of incandescent lighting. Today high output/low energy use LED lights brighten the holidays, and when coupled with technology can be combined into elaborate and creative displays. One such lumines…

NORTH LIBERTY — The North Liberty Library will be holding a third installment of Lighthouse in the Library (LITL) on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, with a panel discussion focusing on workforce challenges in the community at 11 a.m. and a free job fair beginning at noon. Community members have the…

OXFORD— The sounds of the Christmas season prevailed, Wednesday, Dec. 15, in Oxford, as Clear Creek Elementary School third-graders gathered in front of the city’s new Christmas Tree, north of the fire station, and sang carols.

OXFORD — For at least 30 years Santa and Mrs. Claus have met with local children at the American Legion Post 537 in Oxford, and on Dec. 18 the red-clad couple continued the tradition.

In order to help farm families build relationships and set family goals, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two “Farm Couple Getaways.” Both events are aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on the farm or fam…

IOWA CITY — In 2014 then-Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek acquired an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) armored truck from the Defense Department under their 1033 Program which provides military surplus equipment and vehicles to law enforcement agencies through an application proc…

Iowa Workforce Development will launch its new Reemployment Case Management (RCM) program next month, formally beginning a new chapter in how the agency will approach unemployment moving forward.

Resident hunting, fishing, and other licenses for 2022 are available beginning Dec. 15. The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $55; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $62; and the Hunter’s Spec…

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NORTH LIBERTY — A Christmas tradition continued in North Liberty as Santa Claus took a little time to meet with kids at the North Liberty Recreation Center Dec. 4. The annual Breakfast with Santa featured pancakes grilled by the North Liberty Lions, crafts for the kids, and vintage electric …

The migraines, exhaustion and shortness of breath have existed dating to before Darcy Havel-Sturdevant was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April 2020. The shortness of breath has improved a bit but the rest remain going into the Christmas holiday season.