Monday, May 20, 2013
The chance for severe weather across Iowa continues tonight.
Update 8:30 p.m.: A thunderstorm watch has been upgraded to warning for Black Hawk County. The warning lasts until 9:15 p.m. It includes a potential for quarter-sized hail and 60 mph winds. The National Weather Service said hail damage to vehicles and crops is expected, along with wind damage to roofs, siding and trees. At 8:24 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was eight miles east of Eldora, moving northeast at 35 mph. The warning is for the following areas: Northwestern Black Hawk County, southeastern Butler County, Grundy Count and east-central Hardin County. Original story: A thunderstorm watch has been issued for 39 counties in Iowa a day after severe weather caused power outages and damages around the state. The watch lasts until 1 a.m. …
The Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau publishes a weekly e-newsletter, called Hospitality Highlights.
Four candidates will interview for the position of Cedar Falls superintendent this week.
Update 8:57 p.m.: Being open and collaborative is key to successful leadership, said Charles City and Riceville Superintendent Andy Pattee, who spoke with community members Monday as a finalist for the Cedar Falls superintendent position. "You have to spend time in the course of the first month or two months talking with people," he said. Pattee was also a finalist for superintendent a year ago, when the district hired Mike Wells. After deciding not to renew Wells' contract, the Cedar Falls School Board is again interviewing candidates this week. Pattee said he decided to apply again because he likes the people and opportunities of Cedar Falls. "I came back, threw my hat back in the ring, so to speak, because I thought this was such a …
How many Sarahs were born in 1991? What year was Matthew the most popular? How many babies got your name the year you were born? Explore our database of Iowa baby names from 1910 to 2011.
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Justin Bieber is one of the biggest names on the planet. He was born in 1994 in London, Ontario, Canada. That same year, there were 185 Justins and 15 Justines born in the Hawkeye State. Justin has been a popular name in Iowa, apparently, with hundreds of baby boys christened that way. The name hit its zenith in Iowa in 1980 with 605. The year of the fewest Iowa Justins? The year 1957, with five. That little tidbit comes from our searchable database of Iowa baby names from 1910 to 2011. Curious about what people were named in Iowa? You can use the tools above to search by name, year or gender to explore questions such as: The data comes from the Social Security Administration, which released baby name data for all 50 states and the …
The Cedar River is forecast to rise to flood stage Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a flood warning for the Cedar River in Black Hawk County until Saturday morning. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, the river was at 85.4 feet, 2.6 feet below flood stage of 88 feet. No flooding is currently occurring, but moderate flooding is forecast, the Weather Service said. The river is forecast to rise to flood stage Tuesday morning and continue rising to 92 feet, four feet above flood stage, by Thursday morning. It is forecast to go below flood stage Saturday morning. At 91.2 feet, water covers portions of Lake Street, according to the warning. Follow @CedarFallsPatch on Twitter, on Facebook and through our newsletter for future news updates.
The following information was provided by the Cedar Falls Police. It does not indicate a conviction.
There were two arrests in today's police blotter, from May 16-17. Charges include possession of a fictitious license, theft and public intoxication. Find the arrest details attached to this article as a PDF. Note: if you are reading this on a smart phone, you may not be able to view the PDF. Follow @CedarFallsPatch on Twitter, on Facebook and through our newsletter for future police news updates.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several counties in Northeastern Iowa as strong storms are predicted to arrive in the area by the late afternoon and evening.
Iowa's record breaking streak without a tornado may come to an end tonight as forecasters are predicting strong storms could be coming into the area tonight. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a tornado watch until 9:00 p.m. Sunday for much of Northeastern Iowa including both Black Hawk and Linn Counties. Iowa Counties included in the watch:
A star of History Channel's "American Pickers," Mike Wolfe, visited a couple of Iowa grocery stores in connection with American Vintage Hard Tea, including Ankeny Fareway.
Why nine? Because the Patch community includes nine sites in Iowa: Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Johnston, Marion, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines. 9. The DNR reports that an Ames man accidentally shot himself while trying to unload a handgun at the Brushy Creek shooting range in Webster County. 8. Waterloo Police shot a Cedar Falls man who'd reportedly made suicidal comments the same night. Police said Richard Anderson, 39, had been threatening officers with a knife and said "he wasn't going to be taken alive” when he was shot. 7. A star of History Channel's "American Pickers," Mike Wolfe, visited a couple of Iowa grocery stores in connection with American Vintage Hard Tea, including Ankeny Fareway. 6. Johnston Mayor Paula …
Betty Johnson, winner of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award and initiator of Iowa's first Body and Soul program, speaks on grief and her goals to help others get the healthcare they need.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. To lose one loved one is enough grief — but Betty Johnson lost three. She lost her mother to Alzheimer’s. Her younger sister and a close friend died of cancer. Healthcare is a concern for Johnson, who has a degree in sociology from Coe College. She strives to educate people on the topic, and to make sure they have access to the medical screenings and procedures they need. She established Iowa’s first Body and Soul program, a health initiative developed by the American Cancer Society for African American churches…
We Iowans apparently watch our language, but we could stand to say "please" and "thank you" a bit more.
We Iowans apparently watch our language, but we could stand to say "please" and "thank you" a bit more. About now, you're probably saying, 'thanks for the free #*#@* advice!?!?' According to an analysis the Marchex Institute, Iowans are among the least likely to curse on the phone. Iowa ranked in the bottom third of states in tendency to swear. Marchex examined more than 600,000 calls over a year that were placed by consumers to businesses in 30 different industries. Though Iowans don’t curse much, they also don’t say “please” and “thank you” enough, either. Iowa was ranked in the bottom third in a category called "not courteous" in the report. The analysis by found that Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas and Virginia are least …