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Archive

December 19th

Young readers win with books on collegiate sports

SOLON– As a reading resource teacher in Iowa City, Ann Bell was working to entice young readers to pick up books. She asked herself, “What would they like to read?”
She listened to her students.
One look around the classroom of any Iowa City school will reveal more than a little black and gold. This is Hawkeye country after all.
She decided to write books for the students about sports, specifically University of Iowa athletes. Bell contacted Fred Mims at the University of Iowa about the project.

O Christmas Tree

SOLON– It’s a crisp winter morning, with a light dusting of snow on the ground, and hooting and hollering and laughter can be heard echoing through the surrounding trees. A friendly game of football ensues while spectators sip hot chocolate and munch popcorn with mittens on. Older kids dog pile on the first man to go down, and little voices shout out that it’s time to ride the train.
The jovial commotion is coming from the Sueppel family’s makeshift tailgating camp, set up for just one morning at Handley’s Holiday Hillside Christmas tree farm east of Solon.

Caught and cuffed after burglary in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department apprehended three individuals suspected in a home invasion and robbery Friday morning.
North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin said North Liberty officers responded to a report of a home invasion at 745 N. Front St. at 10:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, where property was taken from the residence. The victim told police she was assaulted, and the suspects indicated they were armed with handguns.

O’ Christmas tree

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– It’s a crisp winter morning, with a light dusting of snow on the ground, and hooting and hollering and laughter can be heard echoing through the surrounding trees. A friendly game of football ensues while spectators sip hot chocolate and munch popcorn with mittens on. Older kids dog pile on the first man to go down, and little voices shout out that it’s time to ride the train.

Cash reserves pay for elementary hires

By B. Adam Burke
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Flat education funding from Des Moines has kept the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) staffing levels similarly flat this year, despite an increase in student enrollment of over 400. On Dec. 6, the school board gave the go-ahead to use some of the district’s financial cushion to ease large class sizes, especially at the elementary level.

Show choir to raise money for scholarships

IOWA CITY– The Greater Iowa City Area Dollars for Scholars will host a show choir concert on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in the West High School Auditorium. West High’s “Showtime” and “Good Time Company” and City High’s “City Lights” and “Fourth Avenue Jazz Company” will be featured. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The first choir will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.

West sweeps East in hoops action

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY— Steve Bergman’s West High Trojans improved their record to 5-0 (2-0 MVC) with an 85-37 trouncing of the Trojans of Waterloo East Tuesday night in their home opener.
The sophomore squad pulled out a 71-62 win to open the night.
Jacob Gylten put up West’s first two buckets as the Iowa City Trojans surged to a quick 9-4 lead with a basket by Jeremy Morgan and a three-bomb from Dondre Alexander. West took the first period 17-6 with a goal by Richard Bryant at the buzzer.

West boys swim to sixth place at Mercer Invitational meet Dec. 17

IOWA CITY– The Johnston Dragons won the Mercer Invitational Saturday, Dec. 17, at City High in Iowa City with 394 points. Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf rounded out the top five. The West High Trojans placed sixth with 207, besting rival City High’s seventh place showing with 187. Ottumwa High rounded out the field in eighth place with 75 points.
200-yard medley—3, IC West “A”, (Kaisen Yao, Carson Miller, Thomas Burrill, Anthony Lehnertz), 1:42.03.
200-yard freestyle — 17, Mason Weibel, 2:07.79. 19, Ross McCurdy, 2:09.58. 21, Scott Callum, 2:15.09.

South Slope presents local non-profits with grants

NORTH LIBERTY– South Slope Cooperative and Iowa Network Services, Inc. (INS) are pleased to announce the following grants have been awarded in our matching grant program.
Grantees included the Optimist Club of North Liberty ($2,000); North Liberty Community Pantry ($2,000) and Jefferson Monroe Friends of Library ($1,600).

December 18th

Christmas Dinner for older adults in Johnson County

IOWA CITY– Elder Services, Inc. will be serving a Christmas Day dinner on Sunday, Dec. 25, at the Elderberry Café in the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Please join us from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for roast pork with cinnamon apple sauce, savory apple stuffing, green bean casserole, party potatoes and homemade custard. Meals will be produced and served by Elder Services with volunteers from the Coralville Optimist Club. Meal delivery will also be available to homebound seniors.