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Archive - 2014

November 12th

Nielsen elected first female mayor of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The Nov. 4 election brought big changes to the political make-up of the nation’s congress, with Republicans taking many state-level races by storm over Democrat candidates and seizing control of the United States Senate.
It also brought a shake-up to the leadership in the community of North Liberty.

Five revenue generators say no to LOST, smaller towns say yes

JOHNSON COUNTY– While the 2009 vote for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) marked the closest public measure election results in Johnson County history– with a margin of seven votes in Iowa City– last week’s outcome was more disparate.
Smaller communities in the county managed to pass the one-cent sales tax measure, but the contiguous cities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin and University Heights– which were combined into a single voting block– failed to reach a majority.

Failed courthouse referendum leaves supervisors scratching their heads, pondering next steps

What now?

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY- For the third time, Johnson County voters rejected a bond issue that would have funded the construction of an annex to the existing courthouse.
In the Nov. 4 election, the $33.4 million project received a majority approval at 57 percent; however a super majority of 60 percent was required.
The day after the election, frustrated supervisors met with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) for some guidance on what to do next.

Spartan football season still a success

MANCHESTER– Even though the season ended for the Solon football team prior to the championship game, there’s no arguing the success of the 2014 campaign.
The Spartans ended the year 9-2 after losing to West Delaware 28-14 in a second round 3A playoff game on a soggy field in Manchester Nov. 3.
Solon had a 14-12 halftime lead but was held scoreless in the second half.
“The second half the field conditions weren’t ideal and I believed it negated some of our speed,” said head coach Kevin Miller.

No. 2 Solon moving on

Solon defeats Iowa Falls in first round of state tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS– The quest is still alive.
After two straight second-place finishes in 4A, Solon’s Lady Spartans dropped to Class 3A this year and have made it to the semifinals of the state tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids again.
Solon’s volleyball team defeated No. 8 Iowa Falls-Alden, 3-0, in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, Nov. 11.
After trading runs in the opening set, Solon settled in with aces serves by seniors Jordan Runge and Jordan Smith and closed the game out on a 5-0 run, 25-17.

Solon Public Library

Puppet Theater Dec. 15

Solon Food Pantry to provide Thanksgiving boxes Nov. 24

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Thanksgiving boxes with all the fixings for a meal again this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Nov. 24, from 2 until 6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please visit the pantry Monday, Nov. 17, or call 319-430-8655 for more information.

‘Chef’ to be screened at ‘Meal and a Movie’ Dec. 5 at library

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates Meal and a Movie for November and December will be Friday, Dec. 5, at the Solon Public Library. The movie, “Chef” is a recent release starring Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr., focusing on food and family. The Sam’s Main Street Market catering menu will be Mexican casserole, chips and salsa and dessert.
Sign up at Old Gold Dining or call 319-624-2710.

Failed referendum leaves county supervisors scratching their heads,

IOWA CITY- For the third time, Johnson County voters rejected a bond issue that would have funded the construction of an annex to the existing courthouse.
In the Nov. 4 election, the $33.4 million project received a majority approval at 57 percent; however a super majority of 60 percent was required.
The day after the election, frustrated supervisors met with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) for some guidance on what to do next.

Solon voters support LOST cause

Big five say no; Solon and four others say yes

JOHNSON COUNTY– While the 2009 vote for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) marked the closest public measure election results in Johnson County history– with a margin of seven votes in Iowa City– last week’s outcome was more disparate.
Smaller communities in the county managed to pass the one-cent sales tax measure, but the contiguous cities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin and University Heights– which were combined into a single voting block– failed to reach a majority.