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Iowa to ease restrictions on amusement parks, casinos; allows bars to reopen

Kim Reynolds talks at Hy-Vee in Coralville during her 99 Counties tour on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Sarah Watson, Editor

May 26, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced more steps to reopen Iowa businesses, including allowing bars to reopen on Thursday and easing restrictions on casinos and amusement parks beginning in June. At her daily press briefing Tuesday, Reynolds said bars, wineries, and distilleries would be allowed to op...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors extend building closures

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Supervisors discussed budget items for the year.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 14, 2020

County buildings will remain closed until 7:30 a.m. June 8 as some businesses plan to reopen in a limited capacity statewide May 15. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced May 13 that retail stores, fitness centers, and restaurants, but not bars, could reopen with half capacity and social distancing guide...

Johnson County Fair cancels in-person entertainment

Fans gather to meet monster truck drivers during the first-evert All-Star Monster Trucks show at the Johnson County Fair on July 21, 2019.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 14, 2020

The Johnson County Fair, slated for July, won't have grandstand or ground entertainment this year. In a press release Thursday, the Johnson County Agricultural Association and the Johnson County Fair Board announced they would be canceling all in-person entertainment for the fair to mitigate spread...

City of Iowa City expected to take $4.6 million loss in 2020 budget

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan. (Hayden Froehlich/The Daily Iowan.)

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

Two months since Johnson County confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case, the novel-coronavirus pandemic has created a “fluid and unpredictable” financial environment for Iowa City and caused negative impacts to revenue and expenditures, as local officials predicted at an Iowa City City Council me...

Johnson County parks seeing heavy visitor traffic, officials encouraging physical distancing


Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 5, 2020

Although Tuesday's skies remained gray and rainy, Johnson County parks officials are encouraging residents to remain at six feet apart while outdoors as temperatures warm into the summer and the parks experience heavy foot traffic. Like much of Iowa, parks, trails, and recreation areas remain open...

‘It was horrifying’: Revisiting the Kent State shooting’s impact on the UI campus 50 years later

Kent State University has canceled plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, shootings.

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

May 3, 2020

When Willard “Sandy” Boyd became University of Iowa president in 1969, he never expected to receive the news a year later that students just a few states over had been killed on a college campus. A demonstration at Kent State University against the Vietnam War broke out on May 4, 1970. At th...

On the county border: West Branch restaurants stay closed while Cedar County OK’d to reopen

Steven Grace poses for a portrait at Main Street Sweets in West Branch on Friday, May 1, 2020. Grace, co-owner of the restaurant, said as a business owner it is important to be adaptable and as restrictions change “we’ll play it by ear.”

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 3, 2020

Fifteen minutes west of Iowa City, the city of West Branch straddles the divide between Johnson and Cedar Counties. Although Cedar County is one of 77 counties that were allowed to reopen May 1, local restaurants in West Branch, population 2,200, are opting to stay shuttered to the public amid COVID...

Local parks departments discuss fate of summer programs, safety measures amid COVID-19 spread

The Robert A Lee Community Center is seen on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

With summer around the corner, local Parks and Recreation departments have canceled summer sports activities, and are discussing options for other summer youth and recreation programs. Iowa City Parks and Recreation will still have its summer day camp program for school-aged children since it se...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors extend building closures, increase recommended minimum wage

Johnson County supervisors hold a work session over live-stream on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Thursday to extend the closure of county buildings and continued its 2015 ordinance to recommend employers in the county to increase the minimum wage to $10.63. The building closures will extend until 7:30 a.m. May 18, with the exception of th...

Johnson County Historic Poor Farm to add wellness trail

Johnson County supervisors hold a work session over live-stream on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 29, 2020

Johnson County Historic Poor Farm will soon add a wellness trail, produce washing station, and temporary electric deer fence for the property, representatives presented to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at a work session on Wednesday. The new quarter-mile wellness trail will move throu...

Johnson County leaders recommend still avoiding nonessential travel as other counties set to phase in reopening

The Johnson County Health and Human Services building at 855 South Dubuque Street.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 28, 2020

Even as the governor relaxes restrictions statewide on religious gatherings and farmers markets, some Johnson County organizations are hesitant to begin in-person gatherings next week, opting to continue with delays or no-contact operations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. North Liberty Baptist...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors to discuss recommended minimum wage increase to $10.63

Johnson County Supervisors call for the meeting to start at the Johnson County Human Services building before a public hearing to replace the Unified Development Ordinance on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will discuss raising the county’s recommended minimum wage to $10.63 at their 9 a.m. Wednesday meeting this week.  If passed, its decision would fall in line with the phased increases that were established by vote in 2015, as previously reported by The D...