MLB -- Bryce Harper brings down the house with epic Derby comeback

WASHINGTON -- Too many days this season, Bryce Harper has looked more like a young athlete saddled with a terrible burden than a superstar on the precipice of an adventure. He's hitting .214. The Washington Nationals are playing below expectations. And his manager, Dave Martinez, recently had to call him in and deliver a reminder of the importance of running out routine ground balls.

Somber, distracted and underachieving are never a good recipe for getting the most out of a free-agent "walk" year.


Hock and Neighbor Join Parks and Recreation Department’s Management Team

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has had two changes to its management staff.

Scott Hock, joined the Department as Director on July 9. Hock is responsible for managing the City’s Parks and Recreation Department which includes 96 named parks, hundreds of acres of undeveloped green space for future park expansion and flood control, four municipal golf courses, six swimming pools, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, trails, two athletic complexes and more than 1,500 recreation programs held annually. He manages 59 employees.

Hock comes to Cedar Rapids from the City of Davenport where he served as Director since April 2014. Originally from Manson, Iowa, he has worked in the field of parks and recreation for more than 20 years. He has served in roles from Recreation Superintendent to Assistant Director for the cities of Shenandoah, Kansas City, Ames, and Urbandale. Hock holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leisure Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University.

Hock has previously worked in systems similar to Cedar Rapids with direct experience managing parks, trail systems, golf courses and aquatic facilities. He has provided leadership in the areas of park planning, facility management, recreation programming and special event development.

While he has worked on large capital projects building new amenities for communities, he most enjoys building relationships and partnerships with organizations and citizens. “Cedar Rapids is a progressive city. I look forward to working with the community and finding areas where we can enhance the quality of life for residents,” Hock said.

Brent Neighbor was promoted from the position of Ellis Maintenance Supervisor to Park Superintendent in June. He is responsible for managing park’s green infrastructure and facility development, maintenance, operations and activities. His position includes supervision of 23 employees who operate park, trail and athletic complex facilities and provide support to recreation programs.

Neighbor has more than 17 years of previous experience in turf management as the Sports Turf and Grounds Manager at the University of New Mexico, Project Superintendent for Mountain West GolfScapes and Ellis Maintenance Supervisor in Cedar Rapids. His past position responsibilities include hosting the 1st annual New Mexico Bowl game in 2006, and maintaining the guards’ and inmates’ football fields on the Sante Fe, New Mexico set of “The Longest Yard.”

Neighbor served as a US Air Force, KC-10 Crew Chief. He holds a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Agricultural Studies with an emphasis in Turf Management.

“Working as a project superintendent, I learned to make efficient use of limited resources to make a project come out in a quality, cost effective manner,” he said. “I look forward to continuing that at as a manager, while supporting our dedicated staff and providing an excellent park system for Cedar Rapids,” Neighbor continued.

Register Now for K9Splash! at Bever Pool

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – K9COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas) and the City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department are hosting the K9Splash! dog swim at Bever Park Pool in Cedar Rapids.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for dogs under 15 inches only).  Proceeds from K9Splash! benefit off-leash parks in Cedar Rapids and the City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department.

Walk-in and online pre-registration is available now through August 8 until 5:00 p.m. The cost to pre-register is $10 per dog per day (plus additional fees for online registration). The fee is $15 per dog per day on the day of the event. A link to online pre-registration is available at or pre-registration can be done through Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation in person at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW.

Participants must provide proof of Rabies, Parvo, and Distemper vaccines from a vet (a rabies tag is not enough), sign a waiver, and complete a registration form. Registration forms and waivers along with a complete list of rules are available at For their safety, children less than 48 inches tall will not be admitted into the pool area.

K9COLA is looking for volunteers to help with the event. Volunteers receive special incentives including a free t-shirt and entry into the event depending on the hours volunteered. Please contact Kelly at for more details on helping with the event.

Sponsors and vendors are still being accepted for this event. If your business or nonprofit is interested in this opportunity, please contact Dave 319-535-2670 or

K9COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that works with the City of Cedar Rapids to support, develop, and maintain off-leash areas in the Cedar Rapids community.

For more information about this event, please visit, email, or contact Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at 319-286-5566.

Update to Fatal Accident on Saturday, July 14th

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids police officers and firefighters, along with Area Ambulance Service personnel, responded to a single vehicle accident in the 4900 block of Edgewood Road SW on Saturday, July 14th at approximately 5:13 a.m.

Officers located an unconscious driver with serious injuries in the vehicle and began providing emergency medical care. The driver, later identified as Dieudonne Nsengimana, DOB/01-01-1990, age 28, of Cedar Rapids, was transported to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Based on the preliminary investigation, Nsengimana was northbound on Edgewood Road SW when he struck a guardrail at a high rate of speed.  The accident occurred just south of U.S. Highway 30 in the approximately 4900 block of Edgewood Road near Union Pacific Railroad Beverly Yard.

Accident reconstruction specialists are continuing to investigation the accident.  Toxicology results are still pending.  

Suspect Arrested for Criminal Mischief at Kennedy High School

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department arrested a 17-year old male for Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree for damage caused at Kennedy High School, 4545 Wenig Road NE, on Friday evening.

Officers took a report of vandalism on Saturday, July 14th when school officials found that a vehicle had driven through a chain-link fence and onto the high school track at Kennedy High School.  The suspect spun the vehicle’s tires on the track.  There was approximately $4,000 damage to the fence and track.

The subsequent investigation identified a suspect in the case and officers arrested the 17-year old male on Sunday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m.

Due to state juvenile confidentiality laws, the Police Department is unable to provide additional information about the juvenile arrested.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Party in the Park - Ned Ashton House

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music, games, crafts and frozen treats at Party in the Park. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 19 at the Ned Ashton House, 820 Park Rd., with entertainment by Alex Gordon Hi-Fi. The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand, as well as representatives from various City departments who will share information about their areas of expertise. Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division, Party in the Park gives residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods. This program runs weekly on Thursdays in June, July, and August, and on Sundays in September. To view the full Party in the Park schedule, visit

Questions? Contact Joyce Carroll, Recreation Supervisor, at or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at or 319-356-5237.

Curbside customers can pick up 25-gallon organics cart

Iowa City curbside customers can pick up a 25-gallon organics cart for curbside food scraps and yard waste from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Public Works Complex, 3800 Napoleon Lane. Pull alongside the red building and provide a copy of your utility bill for proof of address. Carts must be reserved in advance in order to pick them up. 

If you can't make it to this event, pick up your 25-gallon container from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14 at the same location. Free kitchen countertop compost containers will also be available for curbside customers to take home during these events. 

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Cart Reservation 

Reserve your carts by submitting an online form or call 319-356-5151. 

95-gallon organics carts and 65-gallon recycling carts are also available upon request and will be delivered to homes. All curbside customers can request a 65-gallon recycling cart and either a 95-gallon or 25-gallon cart for organics, food and yard waste. Not both. Cart purchases and delivery are based on budget and staff time. Wait times will vary. 

Program Information 

Yard waste, food waste, and other compostable items like paper napkins in contact with food, or pizza boxes are allowed in City organics carts and can be mixed with yard waste. For more information on accepted items, view the City's food waste handout. To keep carts clean, place food waste in newspaper or ASTM D6400 certified-compostable bags before placing in curbside carts.

Video Update: Cart Distribution, Book Sale, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include an organic cart distribution event, a book sale at the library, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update

25-Gallon Organic Cart Distribution Event

If you reserved a 25-gallon organic cart from the City, don't miss your chance to pick it up during this distribution event taking place this week.

ICPL Friends Foundation Book Sale

Discover how you can get great bargains on book while helping support our public library.

Rummage in the Ramp Instagram Photo Contest

Watch to learn how you can participate in this contest for a chance to win credit at this year's Rummage in the Ramp.

Hydrant Flushing

Learn about this important maintenance process and how it impacts you.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

Savannah-area trucking companies face driver shortages

Stephanie Wagner, terminal manager for Ace Drayage in Savannah said the shortage has started to show.

“It is a problem,” Wagner said. “Over the last year we started seeing a big difference in how many people were coming in to apply.”

The biggest drop in applicants is from drivers willing to go out on the road longer than one day, Wagner said.

“Those drivers are getting harder to find,” Wagner said. “We just don’t see a lot of new drivers coming in.”


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Food Review: McDonald's New Bacon Smokehouse Burger - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

McDonald's Smokehouse Burger
Looks great in the box right? But how is it in the mouth?...

So McDonald's is trying to up their game, updating a menu that's been needing to be updated for quite some time....

Enter, the new Bacon Smokehouse Burger

It's about damn time McDonald's!

As described on the McDonald's website:  Smoky, sweet & savory flavors on a juicy, fresh beef burger Bacon Smokehouse Burger. A burger made with unexpected flavor combinations, including crispy Applewood smoked bacon, smoky bacon-onion sauce, real white cheddar, mild sweet mustard sauce and in-house fried onion strings.

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