Author Archives: Mark Morris

Waterloo Council Grills City Attorney Candidates

The Waterloo City Council is in-session this(Fri) afternoon, interviewing candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant City Attorney position.  Veteran City Attorney Dave Zellhoefer told council members several months ago that he’ll be retiring by August 1st. The four names on an interview schedule distributed by the city are: *Martin Peterson *Clint Fichter *Micah Hawker Boehnke *And James…Read more »

Hawkeye State Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 2.4%

Iowa’s official government unemployment rate remained 2.4% in June, making it among the lowest in the nation. The rate released today(Fri)  by the Workforce Development agency ranked third in the nation, behind only Vermont and North Dakota. Iowa’s unemployment rate has stayed steady at 2.4% for nearly a year.  Both the number of people working…Read more »

Case Against Former AAU Coach Stephen Spreads to Civil Court

Sportswear maker Adidas Group has been added as a defendant in a lawsuit against former Iowa youth basketball coach Greg Stephen, now serving a 180-year prison sentence for sexually exploiting hundreds of former players. The civil lawsuit was initially filed in state court in Iowa in November on behalf of a victim identified only as…Read more »

CR Co. Sued by State; Accused of Asbestos-Related Shortcomings

The state of Iowa has sued a Cedar Rapids company for asbestos removal violations during renovations of Cedar Rapids Washington High School. The renovations took place in 2014 and 2015. The lawsuit accuses Abatement Specialties of failing to thoroughly inspect for and remove the asbestos before the renovation, along with other allegations. The company could…Read more »

Very Hot/Very Humid Weather Pattern Stuck for Now

The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on family members and neighbors. Officials are also concerned about…Read more »

“Starter-Pistol” Bank Robber’s Lawyer Wants Out

A Waterloo man who admitted to authorities using a starter’s pistol to rob the Regions Bank on Mulberry Street about two years ago, is shopping for a new lawyer. 54-year old Steven Sisk has already pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery, good for up to 20 years in prison, but about a week…Read more »

Gov’s Office Includes CFCSD in Latest Round of Computer-Ed Grants

The Cedar Falls Community School District is one-of-23 statewide to share in a $500,000  fund Governor Kim Reynolds has unveiled, that’s designed to bolster the schools’  computer-science-teacher workforce. The Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund is meant to add more “teeth,” to the state’s “Future Ready Iowa Initiative,” which was introduced several years ago, and…Read more »

Waterloo Native, Former CV Teacher, Pastor, Dean Named DM Bishop

Pope Francis has selected a Waterloo native and former Waterloo priest from the Dubuque Archdiocese to become bishop of the Des Moines Diocese. The selection of the Rev. William Joensen was announced today(Thur). His ordination and installation is scheduled for Sept. 27. Joensen replaces Bishop Richard Pates, who turned 75 last year and, as required…Read more »

Battle over Public Safety Model in CF Continues On-Line

The see-saw battle in Cedar Falls over which is better, separate fire and police departments, or the combination Public Safety model, in which new cops are also trained as firefighters and vice-versa, has shifted again to social media, with the removal of Fire Battalion Chief Curt Hildebrand from his shift and his replacement by Public…Read more »