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Archive - 2013

November 29th

Special election to replace Swisher mayor

Election in January, Gudenkauf remains mayor pro tem

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– The bomb was dropped Monday, Nov. 11, but the shock waves continued to tremble in this northwest Johnson County community a week later.
Mayor Tim Mason, and city clerk Connie Meier both resigned suddenly during the Nov. 11 meeting, making council member Mary Gudenkauf the mayor pro tem and leaving the city of just under 900 without a city clerk.

Marijuana found growing in NL couple’s basement

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty couple has been charged with possession of a controlled substance after law enforcement officers allegedly found marijuana plants in their basement.
On Sept. 16, at approximately 1 p.m., detectives of the multi-jurisdictional Johnson County Drug Task Force knocked on the door of the residence at 140 W. Zeller St. in North Liberty, based on a tip. Occupant Debbie Jean Kennel-Waechter, 53, wife of Kevin Waechter, 56, consented to a search of the premises.

Souped up support helps some stretch weekly food budgets

Pantry hosts fourth annual soup supper fundraiser

NORTH LIBERTY– In a community as rich in commerce and growth as North Liberty, it’s hard to remember there are people here who deal with hunger and food uncertainty every day.
It’s why the North Liberty Community Food Pantry just saw a record number of visits in one month; this October brought 837 visitors to the pantry. Its previous peak was 678 visits in a single month.
It’s also why participating in the organization’s fundraisers is more important than ever before.

Swenka files appeal with Supreme Court

Separate motion asks court to reconsider prison sentence

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– A new attorney representing Zachary Swenka has filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court and a motion for reconsideration of sentencing in Swenka’s criminal case.
Last Thursday, Nov. 21, documents were filed with the Sixth Judicial District Court and the Iowa Supreme Court by attorney Leon Spies, of Mellon & Spies of Iowa City. The motion requests that the two-year prison sentence imposed upon Swenka, after he pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Oct. 24, be reconsidered.

Jobs program for veterans announced

By Sally Stutsman
Iowa house

How to get cheap or free internet access at home

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Rebuilding

Lady Spartans short on basketball experience

SOLON– Tony Nicol isn’t totally starting from scratch as he prepares the Lady Spartans for the 2013-2014 girl’s varsity basketball campaign, but he’s got a lot of work to do.
The Spartans finished 11-12 last season, good for third place in the WaMaC conference. That team featured six seniors: Kristen Purdy, Rachel Purdy, Kara Misel, Karly Kramer, Brittney Stinocher and Emma Rickels. In the wake of their graduations, Nicol finds himself with three returning starters.

Spartans on track for continued success

Solon looks to extend district title streak

SOLON– They’ve won 83 percent of their games over the last 10 seasons, are the reigning district champs, and have been for nine years running. And coach Brad Randall thinks the Solon Spartans varsity boy’s basketball team can do it again.

Recreational Services offers environmental education with Snowy Owl Camp

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Recreational Services will offer their Snowy Owl Camp to first through sixth graders on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014. Camp days will begin supervision at 7:45 a.m. and will be provided until 4:15 p.m. Snowy Owl Camp will take place in three main facilities: Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Macbride Nature Recreation Area and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The camp is broken down into three program areas:

Solon School News

Solon media services Barnes & Noble book fair fundraiser Dec. 7

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Media Services’ annual Barnes and Noble book fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Coral Ridge Mall. Your support is appreciated. Over $1,000 in store credit was earned at last year’s sale.

Spring facilities meeting Dec. 11