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Community

$5.4 million to South Slope for broadband expansion

USDA ReConnect Program brings fiber optic network to Oxford and surrounding areas

OXFORD– A combination of a loan and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes it possible for South Slope Cooperative Communications to expand the fiber optic network and bring broadband service to Oxford and the surrounding area.

Refilling and reigning in P&Z

New commissioners appointed on Oct. 15, with training to follow

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission was a topic of discussion during a work session of the County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, Sept. 30. Legislation passed earlier this year required P&Z commissioners and board of adjustment members to live in unincorporated areas created two vacancies on P&Z, which have gone unfilled.
According to Assistant County Attorney Ryan Maas, three or more votes are required to approve applications, and with only three commissioners (out of five seats) left, if one member cannot attend a meeting, then P&Z cannot function.

A legacy of care for others

Linda Herring honored for 35-plus years of service as a Tiffin First Responder

TIFFIN– In 1985 the Tiffin Fire Department went looking for volunteers for a brand new first responder unit.
Until fairly recently, the term “First Responder” meant “A person trained to provide initial care for patients suffering injury or sudden illness. The typical first responder can assess patients, provide basic life support and render the care that is necessary to prevent medical and injury-related problems from becoming a threat to survival,” according to “First Responder, Third Edition (Update)” by J. David Bergeron, Gloria Bizjak and David M. Wall.

Mailed ballots begin arriving in Johnson County mailboxes

IOWA CITY– Voters do not have to send voted ballots back by mail, and can return them to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 913 S. Dubuque St.
Two drive-up drop boxes were installed along the driveway south of the administration building, according to the auditor’s office. Walk-up voters may use the drop slot at the front door of the Administration Building.
The office delivered 32,000 ballots to the Cedar Rapids regional mail center. Those who requested a mailed ballot are encouraged to wait a couple days for the ballot.

Mercy Iowa City debuts state of the art technology to dramatically improve capacity for COVID-19 testing

IOWA CITY– Mercy Iowa City acquired and implemented a highly accurate, state of the art laboratory instrument doctors say provides the best and most accurate tests available to the community, making it the only community hospital in Johnson County with this new technology. The machine known as “Panther Fusion” provides rapid testing for COVID-19. Mercy Iowa City plans to make the testing available to other health care institutions, local businesses and to the community at large in conjunction with local health care providers.

Malli and Barker crowned as CCA’s Homecoming Queen and King

Tradition reigns in scaled back 2020 Homecoming

TIFFIN– Although greatly scaled back due to concerns prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Homecoming Week was held in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District. Organizers cancelled the annual parade and traditional dance, opting instead to defer both events until a time when such gatherings are safe to attend.

Still a long way back to normal

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Lake Macbride State Park

SOLON– Almost seven weeks after the historic derecho wind storm moved across the state of Iowa, the after-effects are still evident at Lake Macbride State Park despite a Herculean effort by park staff.
“It was bad,” said Park Manager Ron Puettmann. “There’s probably thousands of trees down in the park, most of them in the timbered areas, of course.”
The hardest-hit areas though, were the campgrounds, he said.
“Those are still closed yet until we get the hazard trees taken care of,” he noted.

Four contend for three board of supervisor seats

Republican Phil Hemmingway hopes to unseat one incumbent Democrat

IOWA CITY– Four candidates are on the ballot for three seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Democrat incumbents Rod Sullivan, Lisa Green-Douglass, and Royceann Porter are defending their seats while Republican Phil Hemmingway, a former member of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Education, hopes to unseat one of them. Hemmingway lost to Porter in a December 2018 special election to replace the late Kurt Friese, and also ran in the 2018 general election.

NL’s dog park is now open!

A soft open now ahead of grand opening in the spring for the Red Fern Dog Park

NORTH LIBERTY– Louis was very excited. As a 6-month-old standard poodle puppy, he’s naturally a happy and curious creature. On Thursday, Oct. 1, however, he had a whole new world to explore, and but for his human and the local newspaperman, it was all his.
Louis and his doggie mom, Maria Bozaan, were the first to visit the park, which officially but quietly opened at sunrise. Bozaan explained she had been taking Louis to the dog park in Iowa City, but living and working from home in North Liberty, the new Red Fern Dog Park was a long-awaited convenience.

Clippers’ Homecoming Court announced

2020 King and Queen were crowned in virtual event on Sept. 30

TIFFIN– Homecoming at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School looks very different this year due to concerns and considerations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the traditional parade and dance indefinitely postponed in the name of safety.

Removed and replaced

Lulu Merle Johnson is the county’s new namesake

IOWA CITY– Johnson County has a new namesake.
Lulu Merle Johnson, Ph.D., replaces Richard Mentor Johnson as the county’s eponym (namesake) through action by the county board of supervisors during a Wednesday, Sept. 23, work session.
Dr. Johnson (1907-1995) was born in Southwest Iowa and entered the University of Iowa (UI) in 1925 as one of at least 64 black students (14 women).

Is Trick-or-Treating happening?

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus causing COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks and the more households they visit, the greater chance germs are spread and linger.