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Archive

February 6th, 2013

Justice center redux

Bond referendum likely to go before voters (again) in May

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They’re going to try again.

NL council balks at some additional contributions, bends for others

City holds second FY14 budget work session

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As budgets everywhere are squeezed, the North Liberty City Council has been hit up for additional donations.
At a second budget work session Tuesday, Jan. 29, the council agreed to fund some requests that would help people in need, while taking a more conservative stance on others for the upcoming fiscal year.

City confirms police chief’s departure

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty no longer has a police chief, but nobody is saying why, or how the vacancy occurred.
On Monday, Feb. 4, the North Liberty Leader received information that North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin had resigned his position with the city. However officials in the city’s administrative offices declined to say whether or not a resignation was tendered.

Book fest readings bring storybooks to life

NORTH LIBERTY– Storybook professions came to life at the One Book, Two Book Festival held concurrently in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty on Jan. 13.

Three Solon wrestlers advance at sectional

TIFFIN– The Solon varsity wrestling team crowned two champions and earned a third berth in the district tournament to be hosted by Solon Saturday, Feb. 9.
Individual champions for Solon at the sectional meet in Tiffin included Louis Gnida at 113 pounds and Lance Evans at 195 pounds. Logan Linderbaum took second place at heavyweight.
Gnida pinned Mount Vernon’s Levi Wade and earned a 9-5 decision over Keaton Sherwood of Benton Community. Evans pinned one opponent and took a 9-0 major decision over Conner Welch of Mount Vernon.
Other results for Solon included:

Feeling optimistic

Lady Spartans play top WaMaC teams tough

SOLON– Sometimes, a loss can feel okay.
Even though the short-handed Lady Spartans didn’t come away with a win last week against Mount Vernon and Western Dubuque, they gave the two top teams in the conference a run for the money.
With different starters sidelined for each of the home varsity matchups, the girls dropped to 10-10 on the season with a single game remaining.

Defensive gem

Spartans stymie Mustangs, 52-31

SMOUNT VERNON– It was the best game of the year defensively, said head coach Brad Randall.
The Solon varsity boys dismantled the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 52-31, last Tuesday (Jan. 30), their only game of the week.
But the Spartans have a full slate this week, including senior night hosting Dyersville Beckman Feb. 6 and road trips to West Branch and Williamsburg Thursday and Friday.
In Mount Vernon, Solon held the Mustangs to 13 first-half points and led 44-23 at the end of three quarters.

Rise up against violence Feb. 14 in Ely

One Billion Rising gives voice to women facing violence

ELY– Ely, Iowa, may only officially have 1,776 people, but this Valentine’s Day, it will be home to one billion.

Holding down the fort

Six inches of snow for Solon

Lucas TePoel and Zach Harp took advantage of last Wednesday’s snow to dig a hideaway in a large pile of snow just off Main Street in Solon. An arctic air mass was followed by about six inches of snow last week, prompting the cancellation of area schools. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon library closing for upgrade Feb. 8

New features, more interaction with new circulation software

SOLON– It’s time for an upgrade.
The Solon Public Library will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, to allow for training on a new software system that will streamline and update the library experience for patrons and staff.
The current circulation and management software programming is almost a decade old, more like a century in terms of recent technology advances, and its replacement will provide a host of options.
“We’ve got a lot to learn yet,” library director Kris Brown said Friday. “I think overall it will be easier and users can interact more with it.”