Volunteers needed for Christmas toy distribution events
WATERLOO – The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls is looking for volunteers to make Christmas morning special for 809 children in Black Hawk County. Volunteers are needed for the following Angel Tree toy distribution events:. Event setup from 2 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec....
Otto Schoitz Foundation awards more than $3 million in grants
Otto Schoitz Foundation has announced grant awards totaling more than $3.2 million to organizations improving the health and wellbeing of the Cedar Valley community. Fourteen local organizations are recipients of funding. With the announcement of its most recent awards, Otto Schoitz Foundation’s investment in the community totals more than $20 million.
LSI receives $10,000 grant to support services in Black Hawk County
WATERLOO — Lutheran Services in Iowa has received $10,000 from the Pauline Barrett Charitable Foundation to support Therapy and Behavioral Health Intervention Services in Black Hawk County. The funding will support the delivery of mental health services to more than 110 Black Hawk County youth and individuals in need...
Drive-through light displays benefit House of Hope, Black Hawk County Conservation
Even the Grinch would find something to smile about on a drive through dazzling community holiday light displays. Many metro-area neighborhoods will be getting their shine, while the night sky will sparkle as large public displays flip the switch on a light-filled Christmas season. On Friday, House of Hope Festival...
Waterloo Health Alert: Regular Sleep Schedules Can Help You Live Longer. Doctor Explains
The Big Picture: Dr. Shelandra Bell, Family Medicine. says, "Having a consistent sleep schedule may be more important than the number of hours you sleep for good health." Doctor's Expert Insights About Sleep Health and Your Health in Iowa. Know this: "Creating and maintaining a regular sleep schedule has many...
Black Hawk County: A Testament to Indigenous Legacy and American Resilience
In the heart of the American Midwest lies Black Hawk County, Iowa, a region steeped in the profound legacy of the Sauk leader Black Hawk, after whom it is named. Within this county sits the small, unincorporated community of Dewar, reflecting the enduring spirit of the land's historical narrative since its platting in 1888. Black Hawk's valiant efforts during the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War of 1832 are forever intertwined with the identity of this place.
Readlyn man faces OWI charge in Cedar Wapsi Road crash
A Readlyn man is facing charges after involvement in a crash on Cedar Wapsi Road in Black Hawk County on Nov. 17 that hospitalized two Cedar Rapids residents. Matthew Richard Matthias, 45 of Readlyn, was stopped at a stop sign facing eastbound at County Road C57 and US Hwy. 63 in a 2007 Toyota Tundra.
Black Hawk County's new public health director wants to focus on health equity
WATERLOO — After leading the county’s health department on an interim basis, Kaitlin Emrich is now officially in the top role. Emrich, 38, is the new public health director at Black Hawk County Public Health. Previously, she served as deputy director from 2021 to 2022. She became the interim public health director after Nafissa Egbuonye departed in 2022.
Koats 4 Kids seeks donations for winter gear distribution across the Cedar Valley
WATERLOO — As colder temperatures reach the Cedar Valley, Koats 4 Kids is gearing up to provide coats, scarves, gloves and other winter-weather gear to children from low-income families. Founded by Julie Ehlers in 2012, Koats 4 Kids has provided nearly 21,000 winter gear items to students at 34...
Remember Waterloo special election on Dec. 5
Did you know that the Nov. 7 election isn’t over for the voters of Waterloo? Since none of the candidates received 50% of the vote, the top two candidates running for the at-large City Council seat — Jonathan Grieder and Steve Simon— are on the ballot Tuesday, Dec. 5. So, the NAACP of Black Hawk County and the Black Hawk/Bremer League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring a Candidate Forum on Nov. 29 from 7 to 8 pm. at Waterloo City Council Chambers.
Teen Trust program's 2024 grant application deadline is Dec. 13
CEDAR FALLS — The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's Teen Trust grant application deadline for its 2024 grant cycle is Dec. 13. Details about funding priorities including grant request limits, as well as a link to the online grant application, may be found on CFNEIA's website at cfneia.org/teentrustgrants. Grant application assistance will be available up to the application deadline.
Runoff provision means man who died will be on Raymond council election ballot Dec. 5
WATERLOO — Raymond is holding a runoff election Dec. 5 after one of the candidates on the ballot for three at-large City Council seats didn’t receive a large enough share of the votes. But there was another problem when all the votes were tallied following the Nov. 7...
Waterloo woman arrested for trying to set vehicle on fire in 2022
WATERLOO — A Waterloo woman has been arrested for allegedly dousing a vehicle in gasoline and attempting to it set on fire in 2022. Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies arrested 36-year-old Traynetta Brisha Monique Ford, 734 Wellington St., on Monday on a warrant for one count of second-degree arson. She was also arrested on a parole violation warrant and bond was set at $25,000.
Two people injured after Black Hawk County Crash
BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - Two people are injured after a Friday afternoon crash in Black Hawk County. The crash occurred just before 3:00 p.m. A 2007 Toyota driven by 45-year-old Matthew Richard Matthias from Readlyn, Iowa was stopped at a stop sign facing eastbound at County Road 57 and U.S. 63. A 2013 Honda driven by 60-year-old Charles Farnam Stone from Cedar Rapids was traveling north on U.S. 63.
Cedar Rapids couple injured in Black Hawk County OWI accident
A Cedar Rapids couple were injured when they struck a vehicle that ran a stop sign in BlackHawk County Friday afternoon. The incident occurred on US63 at East Cedar Wapsi Road, south of Denver, just before 3pm. The Iowa State Patrol says 45-year-old Matthew Matthias of Readlyn, Iowa, failed to yield to a Honda CRV driven by 60-year-old Charles Stone of Cedar Rapids. The Honda struck Matthias’ Toyota, injuring Stone and his passenger, 56-year-old Lily Stone.
Weekly Safety Report: Troubles at Restaurant, Scam Warning, Accident, Missing Person, Shooting Arrest, Phone Scam in Black Hawk County, Iowa
This week in Black Hawk County, Iowa, several incidents occurred that require attention. These incidents include trouble at a newly opened restaurant, a warning about a door-to-door scam, a motor vehicle accident, a missing person case, an arrest following a shooting, and a phone scam involving the non-emergency police number.
Waterloo run-off election candidate forum scheduled
WATERLOO -- The Black Hawk County NAACP and the Black Hawk/Bremer League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for Waterloo's Dec. 5 run-off election for the at-large city council seat. The forum will be from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Waterloo City Council chambers in...
GUEST COLUMN: Here for good for Iowa communities
As National Community Foundation Week (Nov. 12-18) comes to an end, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is lifting up the increasingly important role of community foundations as critical philanthropic organizations fostering local collaboration and leadership to address civic, social and economic challenges. As a local foundation, CFNEIA is uniquely situated to strengthen its region by enacting innovative solutions and creating powerful partnerships.
Waterloo mother arrested for punching teenage daughter in the mouth
WATERLOO — A Waterloo woman has been arrested for allegedly punching her teen daughter in the mouth in 2022. Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies arrested Amber Lynn Smith, 34, on Wednesday on a warrant for one count of child endangerment causing bodily injury and four counts of child endangerment. Bond was set at $7,000.