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Cultivate Hope Corner Store brings healthy food at affordable price to Time Check neighborhood

The Cedar Rapids based non-profit Matthew 25 held a grand opening for its new Cultivate Hope Corner Store on Wednesday. → Read More

Freedom School expanding as it returns for second year in Cedar Rapids

Tanager Place is expanding its Freedom Schools program after seeing significant improvements in students through summer learning. The six week long program is held at McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids. → Read More

CommUnity Crisis Services & Food Bank brings on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Outreach Specialist

Amel Ali has spent more than 20 years in Iowa City, after moving there from Sudan with her family in 2000. At CommUnity, she will lead grassroots outreach efforts that build relationships and create personal connections with the goals of reducing stigma and increasing access to crisis services for all. → Read More

9 Who Care: Marla Schiess dedicated to helping Camp Courageous

For 30 years, Marla Schiess has been a dedicated, driving force behind the Camp Courageous Manchester Garage Sale. → Read More

Cedar Rapids adopts $37 million ReLeaf program helping replanting damage done by August 2020 derecho

The city of Cedar Rapids will plant more than 42,000 trees in public parks and along public streets over the next 10 years. → Read More

Record number of weddings expected in 2022

After the pandemic forced many couples to reschedule or postpone their wedding or reception, experts are looking at 2022 for a record number of nuptials. → Read More

Iowa organizations recognize National Human Trafficking Prevention month with new efforts to raise awareness

Chains Interrupted is a Cedar Rapids based nonprofit that works to stop human trafficking. It’s hosting a webinar this Thursday to educate people on how technology is used by traffickers. → Read More

City of Marion looking into on-demand public transit options

The city of Marion is looking into a new plan to expand public transportation’s reach. → Read More

Linn County Public Health looks to add new positions to help serve community

The Linn County Board of Supervisors will vote on approving three new positions within Linn County Public Health during its meeting Wednesday at 11am. → Read More

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds introduces plan for 4% flat rate income tax

Governor Kim Reynolds laid out her legislative priorities for the 2022 session during the annual Condition of the State Tuesday evening. → Read More

Iowa 2022 legislative session kicks off with lawmakers focusing on workforce shortage, tax cuts, education

150 Iowa lawmakers gaveled in at 10am Monday morning at the State Capitol, opening the 2022 legislative session. Republicans control both the House and Senate, as lawmakers on both sides are looking to tackle a wide range of topics this year. → Read More

Iowa City Reading Tree creating community for readers

The story of the Iowa City Reading tree goes back a year and a half ago, to the August 2020 derecho. → Read More

Linn County leaders say several factors behind high numbers of people experiencing homelessness

Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers says the August 2020 derecho destroyed many units being used for rapid-rehousing, and the eviction moratorium impacted local shelters, both contributing to the increased levels of people experiencing homelessness in Cedar Rapids. → Read More

Mobile Clothing Closet hits the road helping people across Eastern Iowa

The Corridor Community Action Network launched its Mobile Clothing Closet in November. Since then, it’s made stops across Eastern Iowa and served nearly 150 individuals and 12 families. → Read More

New Atkins city administrator salary above average compared to similar sized towns in Iowa

The Atkins City Council approved a contract in October for a newly created city administrator position. KCRG-TV9 obtained a copy of the contract for the city administrator, which states it is a two-year-contract paying $92,000 annually. → Read More

Atkins City Council votes to censure councilmember during special session

The Atkins City Council voted to censure one of its members during a special session Tuesday evening. There are no legal consequences for that kind of public reprimand. The public censure was issued against Councilwoman Julie DeMeulenare. → Read More

Lisbon Community School District “Blomme Squad” rallies behind teacher and wife battling breast cancer

The Lisbon Community School District held a fundraiser Monday night to raise support for 4th grade teacher and JV basketball coach Nick Blomme, and his wife Morgan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. → Read More

Tips to prepare physically and emotionally ahead of forecasted strong winds across Iowa

The City of Cedar Rapids is advising people to put away or secure things that can blow away like trash cans and Christmas decorations. → Read More

Cedar Rapids Community schools report steep decrease in high schoolers charged following changes to SRO program

The Cedar Rapids Community School District school board received an update from its School Resource Officer program at a board meeting Monday night. → Read More

Domestic Violence Intervention Program partners with Iowa Heartlanders to set up Holiday Store

DVIP gathered hundreds of toys through donations from the community. Families who get outreach and shelter services from DVIP can come to the store and pick out toys and gifts perfect for their kids, like shopping in a regular store, but with no cost. → Read More