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Mehaffey Bridge Road to receive more improvements this spring

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– A trip between Solon and North Liberty will take a little more time when a reconstruction project on Mehaffey Bridge Road gears up this spring.
The North Liberty City Council received an update on the planned upgrade from City Engineer Kevin Trom, of Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering. The council approved the city’s 28E agreement with Johnson County for cost-sharing on the project.

Preliminary results for Swisher, CCA vote

JOHNSON COUNTY– Voters in two areas of Johnson County have received at least preliminary answers.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Swisher residents elected a new mayor to replace the position vacated by Tim Mason’s resignation in November. There were just two candidates on the ballot: Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor.
Results released by the Johnson County Auditor’s office at 8 p.m. Tuesday show Taylor taking the seat, with a tally of 151 to Hurlbert’s 136 votes.

Expect miracles, droll humor in collection of tales

NL author releases book

NORTH LIBERTY– Local author Patrick Irelan doesn’t expect everyone to believe in miracles.
But if he piques your imagination or wonderment, he will consider that praise enough.
Miracles– of both the everyday and inexplicable sorts– intertwine Irelan’s recently-released collection of short stories, “The Miracle Boy,” published by Ice Cube Press.

SHARE: great food at affordable prices

NORTH LIBERTY– SHARE IOWA offers its February grocery package in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in your community. Check out our Best Value Package for $25. Orders must be in by Feb. 7 for a pick up date of Feb. 22. Order forms are located at the North Liberty library, or place orders online at www.shareiowa.org or by calling local host site Carmen at 319-626-3455. For more information, call 1-800-344-1107.
SHARE Iowa is a non-profit food buying group. Volunteer membership fees. See more packages offered at the website.

Iowa City native headlines ‘Dinner with the Zobrists’ Feb. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m., Heritage Christian School hosts its annual Educating for Eternity Banquet (EFE) at the Coralville Marriott. This year’s banquet is titled “Dinner with the Zobrists” and features the homecoming of Iowa City native, Heritage and City High alumna, Julianna Zobrist, along with her husband Ben Zobrist, a 2013 Major League Baseball all-star and player for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Zobrists entertain, encourage and challenge audiences across the country with their story of leadership, perseverance, family and, of course, baseball.

Unstable ice on reservoir

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that while the extreme cold has added ice to Coralville Lake, it has also caused the inflow of water into the lake to be less than the minimum outflow.

Fun in any season

Friendly foursome overcomes challenges, brings fun back to Bobbers Grill, Scales Pointe

NORTH LIBERTY– It was an opportunity that hit suddenly, led to a leap of faith, a flurry of activity, and culminated in four friends becoming business partners.
But that’s only the beginning.
When Rick and Marcia Frauenholtz, and Jeff and Mary Dostal purchased Bobbers Grill, and the Scales Pointe Campground, nobody could have foreseen the challenges and rewards to come. As long time campers, they were familiar with the place and many of its patrons. They had watched dishearteningly as its popularity declined.

Van Allen school to be expanded

Four new classrooms will serve 100 additional students

IOWA CITY– Paintings by Van Allen and Penn Elementary School students on the walls of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board meeting were a colorful backdrop as Superintendent Stephen Murley and the board held brief discussions during an equally brief meeting on Jan. 28.

NL reduces projected shortfall

Administration presents budget that is $57,000 below revenues

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s budget picture is much rosier than the last time it was presented.

WMcGlaughlin sets record at MVC sophomore swim meet

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) sophomore boys conference swim meet was held Saturday, Feb. 1, and hosted by Iowa City High. Dubuque Senior High took the conference championship while Cedar Rapids Washington was the runner-up. The West High Trojans were seventh in overall team points with 135, beating rival City High. The Little Hawks were eighth with 103.