Traffic Alert - Spruce Street and Highland Avenue

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday March 2, 2020, the southbound lane of Spruce Street will be closed between Deforest and Friendly Avenues to facilitate installation of water main.  In addition, the eastbound lane of Highland Avenue will be closed at its intersection with Spruce Street.  A detour route will be posted and access to residences will be maintained.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of April.

Motorists are to take note of this work, and seek an alternate during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts


ICPD seeks input on new pilot program: Project Blue Able

The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) is working towards the launch Project Blue Able, a program aimed at improving interactions with residents with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or those with speech and language impairments.

The ICPD has partnered with Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor, and will host public forums from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2002, at Mercer Aquatic Center’s Proctor and Gamble Room, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Iowa City Public Library’s Meeting Room A.

The two forums are being held to gather information from individuals across the disability spectrum to help create a pilot program. Police department representative and Access 2 Independence will share information and allow time for feedback and suggestions based on and past experiences with law enforcement.

Project Blue Able was created after being inspired by the work of Connecticut’s Blue Envelope program, where those with Autism Spectrum Disorders are given a blue envelope that holds their driver’s license and other important information. The blue envelope is a sign to police that the driver has a disability and may communicate in a way that officers may be unfamiliar with.

An online survey will be made available at the forums. Anyone who identifies as having a disability, family members, and disability service providers, are encouraged to attend the forums and fill out the survey to provide their firsthand knowledge, as well as suggestions to help create a comprehensive and successful program.


Traffic Alert - First Avenue

Iowa CityIOWA CITY - Weather permitting, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, lanes of traffic will be shifted on First Avenue south of Rochester Avenue to facilitate the installation of fiber optic facilities in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Mick Fletcher Joins F & M Bank

Fletcher  MickNathaniel W. Dunn, President, F & M Bank, is pleased to announce that Mick Fletcher has joined F & M Bank.

Mick brings 31 years of experience in commercial lending expertise to F & M Bank. As Senior Vice President, he will serve the Cedar Rapids Corridor and surrounding areas of Linn and Jones County.  “We welcome Mick as a great addition to our team. His many years of experience and dedication to his clients are assets that will mirror F & M’s mission to Exceed Clients’ Expectations,” stated Dunn. Mick is excited to join the F & M team, saying, “F & M Bank is a great fit for me. I value long term relationships with my clients and I’m looking forward to being a part of a respected and established organization.”

Mick is a graduate of Iowa City West, Cornell College and the University of Iowa. He has served on the boards of Junior Achievement and Iowa Children’s Museum. Mick and his wife Ann live in Iowa City with their children, Maddie and Olivia.

About F & M Bank-- A locally owned institution for 95 years, F & M Bank has experienced prudent and strategic growth with total assets in excess of $600 million.  F & M continues to serve Manchester, Cedar Rapids, Anamosa, Monticello, Eagle Grove, Goldfield, Clarion, Lino Lakes MN and Vadnais Heights MN.


Lucky PAWS Casino Night – Fundraiser for Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Join the Friends Helping Friends Foundation for their first ever Lucky PAWS Casino Night on Saturday, March 7, at the National Czech & Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, and help raise funds to support to the many needs of the homeless animals at Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control.

Lucky PAWS Casino Night is an event where guests can experience the thrill of Las Vegas without having to leave town!  Guests will enjoy free underground parking, a Red Carpet entrance where they can pose for a photo under the “Welcome to Las Vegas” archway, Vegas-style casino games by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Cedar Rapids Aerie #2272, Hors D' Oeuvres, hip music, and a cash bar!  At the end of the evening, winners will cash in their chips for raffle tickets to try their luck winning one or more of an array of fabulous prizes totaling more than $11,000!  Grand Prizes include an LG 50-inch 4K LED Smart TV,  a night at the ballpark for you and 19 guests in the Perfect Game Diamond Suite #209 for a 2020 Cedar Rapids Kernels game, gorgeous jewelry, a 10.1" LG GPad 5 Android tablet, two 10-week sessions for Farrell's Extreme Body shaping, and a Grill Master Package that includes a gas grill, grilling utensils, seasonings and sauces plus a certificate for fresh meats from Nelson’s Meat Market.  In all, there are more than 50 prizes that will be awarded!

Founder and Treasurer of the Friends Helping Friends Foundation, Diane Webber, said, “I couldn’t be more excited about organizing this first annual Lucky PAWS Casino Night.  Guests are sure to have an exciting time playing Black Jack, Texas Hold ’Em, Plinko, Craps and Floor Dice while helping to raise funds to support the pets in need at Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control.

Go to www.Eventbrite.com and search Lucky PAWS Casino Night to get your tickets.

About Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control

The shelter is located at 900 76th Avenue Dr. SW on the Kirkwood College Campus directly behind Washington Hall.  For more information, please call 319-286-5993 or check our webpage at www.cedar-rapids.org/animal.  You can view a list of the many wonderful pets we have available for adoption by visiting our PetFinder website at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IA125.html.  


Dodgeball Tournament to Raise Funds for Police K-9 Unit

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Harding Middle School will host the 14th Annual Kids vs. Cops Dodgeball Tournament on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.  Organized by the Harding Student Council, the annual tournament raises funds for the Police Department’s K-9 program.  The efforts of students, faculty, and staff at Harding Middle School have culminated in nearly $24,000 donated to the K-9 program over the past 13 years.  These donations have allowed the police department to purchase and train dogs, as well as purchase necessary equipment like protective vests for the dogs. 

Police officers and students participate in a friendly competition that helps to build relationships and trust between officers and students.  

The event will be held on February 26 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium at Harding Middle School, 4801 Golf Street NE.  Representatives from the Police Department, including the K-9 unit, will participate in the tournament, and the dogs will be on site. The cost is $3.00 to watch or play. The school raised $1,950 in 2019. 


Johnson County History Society Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program

Hyvee Giving TagCoralville, IA – The Johnson County History Society, a non-profit committed to preserving, interpreting, and educating about Johnson County history, has begun generating donations through the Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program. The Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program, which launched in November 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where customers live and work. When a customer purchases a $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag at any Hy-Vee store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local non-profit by using the attached Giving Tag. Johnson County History Society has already begun generating donations through the use of the Giving Tag. “We're thrilled to participate,” said Johnson County History Society Executive Director, Alexandra McKendree, “These donations help us reach our mission which is all about preserving the local history and culture of Johnson County.”
 
For more information on the Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program, visit hy-vee.bags4mycause.com.   
 
The Johnson County Historical Society is a private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation. Visit www.johnsoncountyhistory.org for more information. 

Police Investigating Stabbing Incident

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Police Officers were called to the 400 block of 8th Avenue SW at 11:40 a.m. this morning for a possible stabbing.   Officers located a 27-year old male at a residence who was suffering from apparent stab wounds to a lower extremity. 

Police officers provided emergency medical care to the victim.  The victim, who sustained serious injuries, was transported by Area Ambulance Service personnel to a local hospital.

There is an active, ongoing investigation.  There is no suspect information available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME.

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.


CORALVILLE MAN TAKES A SPIN ON WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Wheel of fortuneKenny Weets of Coralville, Iowa, will be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Kenny is a table games dealer and supervisor at a local casino. He also hosts trivia at local bars and loves playing darts, singing karaoke, watching sports, and going to concerts. Kenny has been tuning in to America’s Game® since he was a kid and watched with his grandmother every night. After decades of loyal viewing, Kenny took the first steps to be a contestant when he attended a Wheelmobile event in Osceola.

WHERE TO WATCH: Weeknights on KWWL at 6:30 PM.

Kenny is appearing during “National Parks” week on Wheel of Fortune, featuring trips to scenic National Parks—from Mount Rushmore to the Grand Canyon—as prizes on the Wheel. The elaborate set is designed to look like a log cabin for this special week of shows, with props and decorations giving a nod to National Parks across the country. Kenny will be spinning the Wheel, calling out consonants, and buying vowels to solve hangman-style puzzles and win once-in-a-lifetime vacations, new cars, and cash prizes!

Wheel Watchers Club members will want to pay specific attention to the Mystery Round. If the $10,000 Mystery Wedge is won by a contestant, then the SPIN ID of a loyal viewer at home will be revealed, giving them the chance to also win $10,000.