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July 7th, 2016

“It changed my future”

North Liberty teen says online school gave her confidence

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Sixteen-year-old Julia Love thought she would drop out of high school. Now, she’s planning for college.
She changed the story of her education with the help of Iowa Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school done entirely online. Love completes 100 percent of her coursework from her home in North Liberty. After years of struggling to manage debilitating anxiety in a traditional classroom setting, online study has helped her gain a new confidence and self-assuredness.

North Liberty population count official

One-quarter of mostly white residents aged 25-34, 10.5 percent under five years old

NORTH LIBERTY– A special census conducted in the City of North Liberty last fall is finally official.
According to a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau to the city, the population of North Liberty was 18,299 as of last October– up 36 percent from 13,374 in 2010. The new housing count was 7,551.
Now that the city has received the certified population count, North Liberty will receive increases in state funding distributed per capita, such as road-use tax.

Vote early in ICCSD special election

IOWA CITY– Early voting for the July 19 Iowa City School District special election began Tuesday, July 5, at 7:45 a.m. at the Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St.
Early voting at the Auditor’s Office will be available weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through the close of business Monday, July 18.
There will also be two satellite voting sites on Sunday, July 17.
· Coralville Public Library, noon to 4 p.m.
· Iowa City Public Library, noon to 5 p.m.

Meet your meat and its makers

Custom caterer, international food truck on the menu at Blues & BBQ

NORTH LIBERTY– If you haven’t tasted some local chefs’ off-the-beaten-path barbecue, this Saturday is your chance.
Of the 13 food vendors serving at North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, two are as local as it gets, but you won’t find their fare in a restaurant.
T.C. Bonez Catering & BBQ, located off Mehaffey Bridge Road near Club 76, has been smoking Iowa-grown meats since 2003, and owner Todd Carr makes it a point to never miss a Blues.
“I’m so excited,” he said last week. “I wish it was here this weekend.”

Solon public library

Unattended Child Policy

Division III overlooked, underrated

Iowa NCAA DIII schools aim for a well-rounded student-athlete

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa has 15 colleges and universities affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A few, aligned with the association’s top tier of programs, or Division I schools, are very well known. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and Drake University are popular among potential students, student athletes and fans of college sports. Lesser known are the Division II and Division III schools.

Spartans split with Williamsburg and Benton Community

Linderbaum walk-off grand slam wins it against Raiders

SOLON– A grand slam by sophomore Tyler Linderbaum in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Solon Spartans a walk-off victory against Williamsburg June 29 in Solon.
Powered by Linderbaum’s homer, the Spartans stole a 14-10 win from the Raiders and earned a doubleheader split. The Raiders defeated Solon, 5-2, in the other half of the twin bill.
Linderbaum finished the win with a double, a home run and six RBI to lead the team.
The Spartans started the game in the hole, trailing 8-1 at the end of four innings, but came alive in the bottom of the fifth for seven runs to tie the game.

Lady Spartans host semifinal July 8

Girls close out with sweep of Western Dubuque, split at Ottumwa tournament

OTTUMWA– The Solon varsity softball team ended its regular season 29-9 after splitting a pair of games at a weekend tournament in Ottumwa.
The Lady Spartans defeated No. 8 (4A) Fairfield, 4-3, then fell in six innings to unranked Southeast Polk, 3-1.

The final word

73-year-old Air Corps report sheds light on Pavel brother’s disappearance

MASSILLON– On May 29, 1943, a United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) B-24D heavy bomber disappeared off the coast of California during a routine training mission. Ten men were on the plane, including Second Lt. Paul Pavel of Solon, the pilot. Pavel’s plane was the 10th in a 10-plane group flying from Marysville, Calif., located in the northern part of the state. The planes took off 15 minutes apart and were to fly to a rendezvous point 140 nautical miles out to sea. Pavel’s plane never made it to the rendezvous point.

July 17 field day explores handing farm to next generation

SOLON— Many farm transfer stories fall into one of two categories: transfers occurring within a family, or those involving a sale to an unrelated stranger. The dearth of other farm transfer models was both a challenge – and an opportunity – for beginning farmer Carmen Black and her farm mentor, long-time vegetable producer Susan Jutz, as they worked on their plan to transfer Susan’s farm to Carmen.