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Disease balancing act: Experts walk the line between informing and scaring the public

IOWA CITY — Television crews stalked a Dallas apartment last week where a man from Liberia became the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil. National media outlets sent breaking news alerts Wednesday when that man — Thomas Eric Du [...]

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County nixes possible public/private development

JOHNSON COUNTY — Plans to pursue a private/public development aimed at meeting county space needs while creating possible residential or commercial space have come to a halt.

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors continued discussio [...]

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Johnson County officials offer courthouse tours to stress need for annex

IOWA CITY — Evidence from some of Johnson County’s grisliest murder cases — Roger Bentley, Jonathan Memmer and Curtis Fry — sits on shelves in a damp old outbuilding’s basement near the courthouse.

The Cler [...]

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‘Missing link’ in DOT’s $5.5M recommendation for 12 recreational trail projects

The Iowa Department of Transportation made its recommendations on Tuesday to award $5.5 million in grants for 12 recreational trail projects, including preliminary work on a so called “missing link” that would connect approximately 2 [...]

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Johnson County to hold informational meetings on proposed courthouse annex

IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold several meetings this month about a courthouse project going before voters in the Nov. 4 election.

The supervisors will share information and take questions about a propos [...]

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Johnson County sales tax election finalized

IOWA CITY — The final pieces of the local-option sales tax vote slated for Johnson County this fall are now in place.

The county’s Board of Supervisor voted 4-1 Wednesday in support of a resolution setting the election for Nov [...]

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Johnson County revises courthouse annex price upward

IOWA CITY — Johnson County has revised the ballot language voters will see in November for a courthouse annex to reflect a higher price tag for the project.

The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Thursday to repeal a resolution continue »


Washington Co. Attorney says he was too busy to provide timely records response

DES MOINES — Washington County Attorney Larry Brock said he didn’t knowingly violate Iowa’s open records law, he was just too busy to provide public records to a former employee.

Brock was charged May 30 with breaking t [...]

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Johnson County backs off sales tax proposal

IOWA CITY — Johnson County’s supervisors on Wednesday shelved a proposal seeking sales tax money from area cities for a courthouse project, but not before further exposing the tension between local government officials.

The mov [...]

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Johnson County Supervisors request new Coralville Lake plan

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to send a funding request for changing the Coralville Lake’s management plan, which the supervisors believe is contributing to avoidable flooding.

The management plan is cont [...]

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Oxford takes steps to revitalize town

Officials in the small community of Oxford have some big ideas to freshen up the town and attract more people and businesses.

Penny Jenn, the city clerk and co-chair of the Oxford Visioning Committee with Crystal Pirkl, submitted an applica [...]

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Divisions show over Johnson County sales tax proposal

TIFFIN — Johnson County elected officials acknowledge getting voters to approve a sales tax increase will be tough, and on Monday the differences between government representatives themselves were clear.

A Coralville City Council mem [...]

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Johnson County wants sales tax money for courthouse project

IOWA CITY — Johnson County voters will be asked for money on two different ballot issues this fall, and some officials want one of those to help with the other.

The county’s Board of Supervisors has asked area towns to conside [...]

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Iowa City park to be named state preserve

A hidden gem of the Iowa City park system is about to receive a major recognition from the state.

Ryerson’s Woods Park is on the verge of being designated a continue »


Johnson County Courthouse vote set for November

IOWA CITY — Johnson County voters will go to the polls Nov. 4 to decide the fate of a $30.8 million court building.

The county’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to set the election date and the ballot language [...]

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