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November 6th, 2018

From barn to badge

Alec Fjelstul, the NLPD’s newest and youngest officer

NORTH LIBERTY– A fresh face has joined the ranks of North Liberty’s finest. And if you ask him, there’s nowhere else he’d rather be.
“I love it here,” Alec Fjelstul affirmed of his new role.
At 22 years old, Officer Fjelstul, Badge 523, is the newest and youngest member of the growing North Liberty Police Department (NLPD), having completed his field training Thursday, Nov. 1.

A focal point in the community is due for a makeover

Oxford American Legion seeks donations for new Veterans Memorial

OXFORD– The Veterans Memorial in Oxford stands for all who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States. Like many veterans, it has seen good times and bad, and has stood in the face of adversity.
But Oxford’s memorial has lost some of its luster and Oxford American Legion members have banded together to raise funds for a new one.
The current memorial replaced a wooden monument which bore the names of Oxford’s veterans placed some 25-30 years ago, possibly even 40, depending on who you ask.

Oak Hill

CCA board approves historic name for new elementary school

TIFFIN– The members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board faced a dilemma with far-reaching implications Wednesday, Oct. 17, during their regular monthly meeting in Oxford: What to call the new school, currently under construction in Tiffin.

Supervisors close to finalizing land purchase for Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

Multiple studies OK purchase and construction, Rettig still opposed due to flood risk

IOWA CITY– A long awaited comprehensive access center for behavioral emergencies and mental health crisis in Johnson County, the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), took another step toward becoming a reality as the board of supervisors received an update on the various studies being performed ahead of finalizing purchase of land for the facility.
Matt Miller, the project manager with Hart Frederick Consultants P.C., reported on the pre-purchase progress during a Wednesday, Oct. 31, work session of the supervisors.

A golden opportunity

ICCSD donation of a house provides rare training opportunity for the NLFD

NORTH LIBERTY– A small two-story house and two little sheds used to sit on a parcel of land overlooking a wooded ravine just east of Liberty High School in North Liberty. The house was abandoned for some time and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) purchased the land for future expansion of the high school. Eventually the structures would have to be torn down.

November 1st

Letting the "Littles" thrive

4-H/Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers in Solon and NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Blasting bottle rockets outside, making ice cream in a bag and roasting marshmallows over a campfire may sound like simple fun and games, but in the 4-H/Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) after-school club, they serve as a powerful vessel for bonding and personal development.

Bringing a legend back to life

The DanceMor opens its doors again after four-year hiatus

SWISHER– Live music and dancing has returned to the historic DanceMor ballroom in downtown Swisher after a four-year hiatus.
The venue, originally a dance floor and stage covered by a circus tent, closed in 2014 and sat dormant until a young couple with an appreciation for the history, and a passion, set out to breathe new life into it.

City of North Liberty sues BlendCard

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty successfully filed suit against BlendCard in September for failure to pay a loan agreement, according to city officials and court documents.
The Iowa-based startup company developed a rewards program for small businesses lacking the marketing power of major companies, consolidating them into one card for consumer use and in exchange providing information on consumer habits to the enrolled businesses, allowing said businesses to engage in direct and targeted marketing strategies.

Kinney faces Hora for Senate District 39

Republican challenges incumbent Democrat

NORTH LIBERTY– State Senator Kevin Kinney faces a challenger for his District 39 seat on the ballot for Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Kinney, a Democrat, was first elected in 2014.
District 39 includes the towns of Swisher, Shueyville, North Liberty (Madison Twp.), Oxford, Tiffin, Frytown and Hills and the townships of Monroe, Jefferson, Oxford, Madison, Clear Creek, Hardin, Union, West Lucas, Washington, Sharon, Liberty, Pleasant Valley, Lincoln and Fremont. The district also includes portions of Washington and Keokuk counties.

Three battle for two Johnson County Supervisor seats

Supervisors race features an incumbent and a Republican

JOHNSON COUNTY– Three candidates are on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6, for two seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent Janelle Rettig survived a primary election to defend her seat while Pat Heiden also won on primary night to fight for the seat being vacated by Supervisor Mike Carberry. Heiden defeated Carberry in the primary. Republican Phil Hemingway enters the fray as well, hoping to be the first Republican to be elected to the board since 2013 when John Etheredge of Kalona was elected to fill the seat vacated by Sally Stutsman when she left for the Iowa Senate.