Iowa City Police Conduct Tobacco Law Compliance Checks

The Iowa City Police Department conducted tobacco sales law compliance checks between December 7, 2017 and December 16, 2017 at the fifty-seven businesses licensed to sell tobacco or other nicotine or vapor products.  Working with plainclothes officers, underage persons entered these businesses and attempted to illegally purchase these products.   Forty-eight businesses refused to sell tobacco or other nicotine or vapor products to the underage buyers.   

Nine businesses checked by police sold to the underage buyers.  The businesses that failed the compliance checks were: 

  • On the Go Convenience Store – 2315 Muscatine Ave.
  • Casey’s – 1904 Broadway St.
  • Creekside Market – 2601 Hwy 6 E
  • Kirkwood Liquor & Tobacco – 300 Kirkwood Ave.
  • Casey’s – 204 N Dubuque St.
  • Nile Hookah – 220 S Van Buren St.
  • The Convenience Store – 106 S Linn St.
  • Deli Mart – 2410 Mormon Trek Blvd.
  • Deli Mart – 525 Hwy 1 W

The employees who sold tobacco products to the underage buyers were each charged with, “Employee Selling Tobacco to Persons Under Age 18.”  An employee convicted of selling tobacco products to persons under age 18 years of age is guilty of a simple misdemeanor, punishable with a $100 fine for the offense.  Additionally, the violations may result in civil penalties against the tobacco licenses. 

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Feds review accessibility at Iowa City school playground

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Seriously? The feds investigating a playground?  This is just absurd!  Surely this could and SHOULD be resolved at the local level.  Somebody got knee-jerk with this one.

IOWA CITY — Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice conducted an audit of Iowa City playgrounds last month after receiving a complaint.

Officials visited Iowa City schools Nov. 15, according to an email from Kingsley Botchway, director of equity and engagement, that was sent Thursday to parents.

The complaint concerns accessibility at a playground built over the summer at Shimek Elementary School, school board President Janet Godwin said.

The district was first notified of the complaint on Sept. 15, and Botchway said the district has been cooperating with the investigation. Botchway met with officials when they arrived for “only one day,” he said, to coordinate their schedules and provide clarifications about playground documentation.

“We were under instructions from the DOJ that this was a highly technical audit and that they were not interested in making their process public or meeting with the board, the administration, school staff, or the community,” Botchway said in the email.


Carpet Tree - North Liberty

Carpet TreeYour satisfaction is our top priority. To ensure your happiness, we provide FREE estimates, professional installation, and custom ordering services.

Carpet Tree is locally owned and operated and has been serving the local community for more than 30 years. We're professional and trustworthy and only carry quality brands.

10 Hawkeye Dr., North Liberty

PH: 319-665-8381


Stevens Driver Wins Transition Trucking Award

A driver with Stevens Transport was named the winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes 2017 Transition Trucking Driving for Excellence award.

Gregg Softy, a 28-year U.S. Army veteran, received a new T680 from Kenworth Truck Co. at a ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce’s Washington headquarters.

“I’m speechless. My goal was just to drive. I was surprised to be nominated,” Softy said.


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Car-X Tire & Auto - Iowa City


You need your car, and your car needs us. We will service or repair your vehicle as quickly and affordably as possible. Every time.


We’ll never try to sell you something you don’t need, and we’ll always give you the best service for the best price.


Locally owned and operated, Car-X Tire and Auto is just around the corner. For service you can trust—from parts and labor to quality assurance, your car is in good hands. And so are you. We guarantee it.  With more than 145 locations across the U.S., Car-X is known for one thing—quality automotive service.

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Founded in 1971 by a group of experienced muffler shop owners, Car-X began as an exhaust specialist. Today, the company has grown to become the nation’s leading automotive service expert, providing just about any automotive repair you can imagine.

Locally owned and operated for over 40 years, Car-X has a reputation of providing exceptional service, and we continue to strive to exceed the expectations of every customer who walks through our doors.

1410 Waterfront Dr., Iowa City

PH: 319-337-2900


CJ's Oil Company - Kalona

CJ's Oil Company, in Kalona, IA, is the area's leading auto repair and service shop serving Iowa City, Riverside, Washington and surrounding areas since 1999. We offer alignments, tires, brakes, auto repair and service, oil changes and more. For all your auto repair and service needs, contact CJ's Oil Company in Kalona.

CJ's Oil Company
513 E Ave.
Kalona, IA 52247

PH: 319-656-2564


Discount Tire - Coralville, Cedar Rapids

Discount tireIn 1960, Bruce T. Halle founded the first Discount Tire in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Starting with an inventory of only six tires, Halle grew his store by cultivating connections to the community and honoring relationships with customers and employees. Through respect, fairness, and a willingness to always pay it forward, Halle transformed his store into a thriving, responsible business.

Today, Discount Tire is America’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer. Our 900+ locations across 29 states provide a wide range of product choices, affordable pricing, and expert staff. More importantly, all our stores offer the individual customer focus and warm personal touch you’d expect from a neighborhood store. In the spirit of the first Discount Tire store, we maintain commitments to mutual respect and fairness for all through community engagement and responsible growth.

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Senior Affordable Apartments for Rent

Apply now for a brand new spacious 2-bedroom apartment at Coral Ridge Apartments opening January 2018! At least 1 applicant per household must be 55 years of age and up. Rent amounts vary from $520-$975 (subject to change, income restrictions apply) and includes all major kitchen appliances, and in unit washer/dryer.  For more information contact Sand Property Management, LLC at 319-333-1602 National Voice Relay System 711 or email Equal Housing Opportunity, Accessible units.

1st Avenue Lane Reduction December 18-22 in Coralville

1st AveBeginning Monday morning, December 18, 1st Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between E. 7th Street and E. 9th Street to facilitate the final phase of work needed to connect the Drury Parking Ramp project to the existing water main that is under the 1st Avenue pavement.  

1st Avenue will remain one lane in each direction through the work zone until Friday afternoon, December 22. Access to businesses within the work zone will be maintained at all times.

Please direct questions to Assistant City Engineer Scott Larson at 319.248.1720 or


Firestone - Iowa City, Cedar Rapids

FirestoneAt Firestone Complete Auto Care, we have been providing quality automotive service since 1926. If you think your car could have a problem, our trained technicians can perform a free courtesy check. We'll check tires, air filters, hoses, and more. Plus, we're committed to giving you the best service possible, at unbeatable prices and a quick wait time. And did you know? You can buy tires online and have them delivered to your nearest store. Then schedule your installation at a time that's convenient for you. Come in today or plan your appointment online.

Come in to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care for all your car care needs. Learn more about our services, hours, and address below to get started.

Firestone Complete Auto Care

231 E Burlington St
Iowa City, IA 52240-1677
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Firestone Complete Auto Care

4444 1St Ave Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-3238
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Firestone Complete Auto Care

205 10Th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-2450
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