People & Places

World-renowed speaker, minister visits Marion church

MARION — World-renowned speaker and minister, the Rev. Gemechis Buba, will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion this month to keynote a conference designed provide answers and guidance to an audience looking to spread the word [...]

continue »

Off the Map: Former college displays Delaware County’s history

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories of people and places we might not ordinarily take note of, but who make our communities special.

[...]

continue »

Students plant garden in I.C. parking garage

Plants will establish now, ready to thrive in spring

By Alison Gowans, The Gazette

If you’re walking down Burlington Street in Iowa City next spring and pass by the parking garage on the corner with Linn Street, stop and [...]

continue »

Off the Map: Garden pulls in Vinton youth

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories of people and places we might not ordinarily take note of, but who make our communities special.

[...]

continue »

Cedar Rapids couple opens LGBT-affirming church

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Rev. Tony White and his partner, Scott Niskanen, know what it’s like to be turned away from the church, and from those leading a Christian life.

“There are some hateful people out there, and some of th [...]

continue »

St. Ludmila celebrates century of history, looks to future

CEDAR RAPIDS — For the parish at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, a 100-year history is no small feat. That’s why members of the Czech Village church will be celebrating for the next 13 months.

“It&# [...]

continue »

March to their own beat

CEDAR RAPIDS — Friday nights are fun, but Saturdays are sacred to area high school marching bands. These are the days when the halftime show becomes the main event, and marching bands step off in competition.

The first marching invit [...]

continue »

Civil War memorial to honor Toolesboro brothers

LOUISA COUNTY, Iowa — When the six Littleton brothers of tiny Toolesboro set off for war, their sisters had no idea they would never welcome their brothers home.

The young Louisa County men all sacrificed their lives fighting for the [...]

continue »

Iowa City native a part of Beijing’s growing jazz scene

BEIJING — On a sultry summer Saturday evening, jazz lovers will find Nathaniel Gao performing on the cramped stage of the second-floor East Shore Jazz Cafe in China’s capital city. Gao, who grew up in Iowa City, steps onto the center [...]

continue »

Cedar Rapids man dreams of building an ‘incredible violin’

CEDAR RAPIDS — The shrill, yet beautiful, soprano song coaxed by a professional musician drawing a bow against a violin's strings, ignited a passion for the instrument in Joseph Mallie.

When popular Russian violinist David Rubinoff h [...]

continue »

Camp Fire’s Camp Hitaga to close

WALKER — An Eastern Iowa camp believes this summer was their last.

Camp Fire Camp Hitaga, near Walker, has decided to close after 83 years.

The council which oversees Hitaga said last week it’s selling the camp and will [...]

continue »

Former Independence ballroom to be inducted into state hall of fame

INDEPENDENCE — The Gayla Ballroom, an Independence landmark from its 1955 opening until it burned to the ground in 1983, will be inducted into the Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Music Association Hall of Fame on Aug. 31.

It “ [...]

continue »

Arrested Development star to deliver free lecture in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — A character actor known for his role playing George Bluth Sr., the embattled family patriarch in cult-favorite television show, Arrested Development, will speak in Iowa City on Thursday.

Jeffrey Tambor is scheduled to deli [...]

continue »

Off the map: Old St. Michael’s Church in Holbrook like stepping into historic Ireland

Editor’s note: Each week we will literally throw a dart at a map of Eastern Iowa. Where the dart lands, we’ll head in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories of people and places we might not ordinarily take note of, [...]

continue »

Are parents ever really happy?

Before I became a parent, I was assured I would never know such love as I have for my children. “Holding your baby is the most amazing experience of all!” I was assured by parents, relatives, friends and random strangers in the check [...]

continue »