Waterloo Council to Again Discuss Opening Prayer

Members of the Waterloo City Council are again taking up the question of whether their meetings should be opened with a prayer.   The issue was raised Monday during a council work session. While agendas list “prayer or moment of silence” to open meetings, most start with a moment of silence. Council members Pat Morrissey, Sharon…read more »

Former Linn County Saleswoman Accused of Embezzlement

A woman has been accused of stealing $69,000 from her employer in Cedar Rapids. Linn County court records say 37-year-old Kelly Bentow is charged with two counts of theft. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a call this(Thur) morning from The Associated Press. The records say Bentow paid herself unearned commissions of around $35,500 and misappropriated…read more »

Waterloo Water Works to Raise Rates 2% for 2020

If you live in Waterloo, Hudson, Raymond, Elk Run Heights, Washburn, or any other place that gets its water from Waterloo Water Works, your rates will be going up 2% next January. The utility’s board of trustees voted unanimously yesterday(Wed) to raise the quarterly charge for a household using 4,000 gallons a month from $43.31-per-quarter…read more »

Madison, Warren and Marion Counties Named State Disaster Areas

The severe weather that pushed through Iowa Tuesday morning left people dealing with damage from tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flash flooding. Today(Wed), Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for three of the hardest-hit counties. The proclamation allows residents of Madison, Marion, and Warren counties that incurred storm-related damage to get some help from the…read more »

West Branch HS Principal Resigns Four Days Before Classes Resume

The West Branch Board of Education has accepted the resignation of the high school’s principal, Shannon Bucknell. The superintendent of the school district, Marty Jimmerson sent documents outlining Bucknell has been accused of allowing a hostile workplace and learning environment, including not responding to complaints by female students and making inappropriate comments to female staff.…read more »

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