Local updates

Businesses are still feeling the pinch in the months after the onset of the novel coronavirus but see an improvement, while consumers are making a slow return to retail stores and restaurants, according to three separate surveys released by the Waverly Chamber of Commerce.


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An employee at the Waverly Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, who has not been on the premises since July 23, has tested positive for COVID-19, a company spokesperson said.

The farming community is used to the stress that comes from the unpredictable and uncontrollable challenges that jeopardize their production and livelihood.

Like all small businesses, our family farmers are struggling with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, facing lower demand, disrupted incomes and an uncertain future — plus all the same monthly bills on rents, leases, supplies and other essentials.

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following open letter to the state of Iowa:

AMES — Sometimes too much of a good thing can be stressful. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, couples and families may be facing a surplus of quality time. Adults may be forced to work from home or be on leave and children may not be able to attend school or go to childcare. So, what …


Cole Neil was disappointed when the Bremer County Fair Association announced the cancellation of the 2020 fair.


The novel coronavirus forced the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season and shortened the baseball and softball seasons in Iowa by about a month.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reports a COVID-19 scam is circling in the area. Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics was made aware of the phone scam affecting Iowa and alerted authorities.