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Cedar Rapids school board election: Q&A with Joseph Miller

Joseph Miller, an attorney at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, has six children. Five are currently in the CRSCD and one will be a future student. Because of his children, Miller said he is “very close to the teachers and staff and heavily invested in the schools.” Miller and his family have lived in Cedar Rapids for almost five years. […]

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Iowa City school board election: Q&A with Shawn Eyestone

Shawn Eyestone was elected to the school board in September 2017, to complete the two years left on the term of LaTasha DeLoach, who had resigned two months earlier. Eyestone is an analytical lab manager at Integrated DNA Technologies in Coralville. “I have two sons who are currently attending Liberty High,” he said. “That makes all three

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Ely Public Library receives this year’s Iowa Literacy Award for its summer reading initiative

Ely Public Library Director Sarah Sellon wanted summer reading to be about more than just kids receiving prizes for reading books. So, part of the library’s summer reading program for the past five years has been Reading Support, an eight-week initiative where children get paired with volunteers from the community and have a chance to work […]

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Christina Bohannan announces run for an Iowa City seat in the Iowa House of Representatives

University of Iowa College of Law professor Christina Bohannan announced on Monday that she is running for the Iowa House of Representatives. Bohannan, a Democrat, is running in Iowa City-based District 85, which is currently represented by Vicki Lensing, a fellow Democrat. “I am running for the Iowa House of Representatives, because over […]

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The Makers Loft makes a major change, after controversy over how artworks were handled

The Makers Loft, the Ped Mall store selling the work of local artists and artisans, is changing management. Simeon Talley, the store’s founder, will no longer be involved in the store’s day-to-day operations, including handling finances and dealing with the artists whose work The Makers Loft sells on consignment, but he will remain its primary owner. […]

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Cedar Rapids Police Department receives federal grant to continue addressing mental health needs

A federal grant of $222,345 will support the Cedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD) in its work with Foundation 2, a nonprofit human services agency, to connect individuals experiencing mental health issues to appropriate resources, instead of incarcerating them. […]

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Iowa Supreme Court strikes down Iowa City ballot measure on demolition of old Hoover Elementary building

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday morning invalidating a ballot measure Iowa Citians are already voting on. Public measure LY, which the court struck down, asked voters to decide if the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) should be permitted to “demolish the building known as Hoover Elementary School, located at […]

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Free apple-flavored samples of sangria, wine and other treats available in NewBo/Czech Village on Friday

Apple enthusiasts in Cedar Rapids are in for a treat. More than 20 businesses in NewBo/Czech Village will be offering free cider and apple-themed samples on Friday, Oct. 18. Shoppers browsing the various shops and restaurants will be able to try both alcoholic and nonalcoholic options at the event hosted by the Cedar Rapids Main Street District. […]

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Iowa City Student Climate Strike want to the community to join its ‘roving climate strikes’

Two weeks after their rally with Greta Thunberg brought downtown Iowa City to a standstill, the organizers of the Iowa City Student Climate Strike (ICSCS) want to go mobile with their strike, with people all across Iowa City joining in. “Last week we started our roving climate strikes, where we’re just trying to go from one place to another,” […]

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Cedar Rapids nonprofit Matthew 25 now taking applications for home repair program

Matthew 25 is now accepting applications for its fifth annual Transform Week, during which the Cedar Rapids nonprofit will assist low-income families with home repair and maintenance. To qualify, residents must live in the Time Check or Taylor neighborhoods and own their home. Applicants must also earn less than $57,160, which […]

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Class action lawsuit filed against Hy-Vee over its months-long data breach

Two customers whose card information was stolen in a Hy-Vee data breach filed a class action suit against the company in federal court in Illinois. “The Data Breach was the inevitable result of Hy-Vee’s inadequate data security measures and cavalier approach to data security,” according the plaintiff’s filing. “Despite the well-publicized and ever-growing […]

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