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January 12th

NLFD responds in 7 minutes to home fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department responded to a manufactured home fire on at 12:08 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 149 Golfview Ct. for a report of a manufactured home on fire.
Firefighters arrived within seven minutes after dispatch and found smoke and fire coming from the rear of the residence. The residence was occupied at the time of the fire, which originated in a back bedroom and was determined to be accidental as a result of a 5-year-old child playing with a lighter. There were no working smoke detectors in the residence.

Transit Desert

Corridor public transit systems need connectivity

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NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty and rural Johnson County inhabit areas that transportation planners sometimes refer to as “transit deserts,” locales where substantial numbers of people without cars rely on public transit services that stop short of providing access to the outermost pick-up and drop-off points of larger metropolitan bus and passenger rail systems. It’s an issue that has caught the attention of state-level representatives of Corridor communities.

Tiffin Hypnotist comedy show Jan. 25

TIFFIN– The Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (F.A.M.E.) will be hosting Clear Creek Amana (CCA) alumnus Steve Meade as he performs his comedy hypnosis show “The Virtual Reality Tour” Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana High School Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Volunteers from the audience will be taken on a spellbound lifelike mental vacation using the power of hypnosis.

MPO seeks ECICOG representative

East Central Iowa Council of Governments Board of Directors seeks citizen representative

JOHNSON COUNTY– The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County is seeking a representative to participate on the East Central Iowa Council of Governments Board of Directors. ECICOG is an intergovernmental council established in 1973 and is governed by a board of directors comprised of elected officials and private citizens. The appointment is for one year.

Christmas tree collection Jan. 10 and 17.

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Refuse will collect discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.
Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. with all decorations removed. Please remove the tree from any bag or container. This service is free of charge.

Troop 216 chili supper Feb. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 38th annual Chili Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

Road Closure: Walnut and Front

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather depending, the intersection of Walnut and Front streets will be closed on Jan. 15 and 16. The closure is necessary so a contractor can remove two large trees. The closures will only last during the day, while the crew is working.
This work was previously scheduled to occur earlier in January, but was delayed due to the severely low temperatures.

Liberty Dance Team wins state

Eyes regional and national titles in debut season

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NORTH LIBERTY– It was an unexpected victory.
“The competition is tough. The bar has been raised in our competition in the last five years quite high,” said Kathy Enyart, Executive Director for the Iowa State Dance Drill Team Association (ISDTA). “So for them to come as a new face, that’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment.”

Introducing Falco

NLPD’s first K-9 joins the squad

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NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty rest assured, Falco’s got you covered.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) recently recruited its first K-9, a nearly 60-pound Belgian Malinois. Falco, who joined the NLPD in early December, provides a much-needed asset in broadening police coverage in Johnson County.
“Before, it was hit or miss; you’d call for a dog and there wouldn’t be one working,” recalled Falco’s handler, Officer Benjamin Campbell.
“But now, we almost have 24/7 coverage.”

Second half comeback not enough

Solon boys pick up 1st home loss against Benton

SOLON– A second-half flurry wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start, and Solon’s varsity boys basketball team picked up its first home loss of the season to Benton Community Friday, Jan. 5.
The 68-61 defeat dropped the Spartans to 6-3 on the season. The Bobcats improved to 6-2.
“We shot too many outside shots, and did not attack early,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “That affected our defense as well.”
Solon dropped into an 18-9 hole in the first quarter and found itself down 18 points at the half, 39-21.