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January 29th, 2013

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 33rd annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 scouts.

ICCSD’s Feb. 5 vote may reset school finances

IOWA CITY– Early voting has already begun at the county auditor’s office ahead of a Feb. 5 vote on an Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) revenue purpose statement (RPS). Satellite stations will open on Jan. 31 at University of Iowa Hospitals, and Feb. 1 at the Iowa City Public Library.
Voters are deciding if the schools should move ahead with a non-binding “One community, One district” plan that includes purchase of property and building new schools around the district, including a new high school.

School board’s diversity policy riles some, soothes others

Some schools would be redistributed by FRL rates under new plan

IOWA CITY– On Nov. 5, after being elected with Karla Cook as co-chairs of the governance committee, Sarah Swisher gave the board her goal for 2013: a new diversity policy based on free and reduced lunch rates at the schools.
She cited similar policy in Des Moines and Waterloo districts where a socio-economic approach attempts to keep schools balanced diversity.
The plan, which has been approved already twice in 4-3 votes by the board, still faces a final reading, likely on Feb. 5.

It takes a team to make a village

Tiffin looks to expand south

Annexation discussion to continue

TIFFIN– A proposed annexation by the City of Tiffin is still moving forward, and even with the city’s slow and careful pace, this annexation request could be a little easier than the one accomplished 10 years ago.
Still, there is more work to be done, according to a recent update from two of the city’s hired consultants.
Chris Janson and Shawn O’Shea of MSA Professional Services asked the Tiffin City Council at its Jan. 23 meeting to brainstorm the most important information to share about Tiffin’s request to annex almost 700 acres of rural property into its city limits.

Conspiracy theory v. the First Amendment

Attorneys for Coralville, citizen plaintiffs meet again in court

IOWA CITY– Attorneys for the parties in a lawsuit involving the City of Coralville met in the courtroom once again on Thursday, Jan. 24.
No ruling has been made on Coralville’s request for the plaintiffs to provide additional documents, but the city’s legal counsel politely asked Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Marsha Bergan to expedite her decision.

Hawk Talk

Hawkeye wrestlers edge out Minnesota

Hawk Wrestling
The Hawkeyes won five matches, Minnesota won five but Iowa took the meet with a 41-33 advantage in match points Saturday in Minnesota.
The big three– Matt McDonough, Tony Ramos and Derek St. John– led the way with decisions.
It would have been nice for Tony to get one more takedown at 133 to get a major. He won 8-2 but couldn’t get a takedown at the end.
Mark Ballweg had a solid 3-1 win at 141 but it was Nick Moore’s 8-2 decision at 165 that helped put Iowa in front.

Douglas Welbourne

Douglas C. Welbourne, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died Jan. 18, 2013 at Northbrook Manor, Cedar Rapids. Services were held Jan. 25 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cedar Rapids, conducted by the Rev. Dale Phelps.
Local survivors include daughter, Susie (Jack) Lindstrom of Ely.
Douglas was born June 7, 1919, in West Allis, Wis., son of Howard and Nellie Welbourne. He married Maxine Bruce on Dec. 31, 1944, in Cedar Rapids. Douglas was plant manager at Rapids Equipment until retirement. He served in the United States Army throughout World War II.

Deborah Thoe

Deborah K. Thoe, 59, formerly of Iowa City, presently living in rural Solon, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made Deborah’s favorite causes, Table to Table in Iowa City or Smile Train in Washington D.C. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

William Rieniets

William Rieniets, 80, of North Liberty, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. A Celebration of Life service was held Jan. 21, with a visitation before at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.
William John Rieniets was born Feb. 20, 1932, to John and Martha Kruse Rieniets. Bill taught math and sciences at various high schools, including Mount Pleasant, Center Point and then finally Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids. He volunteered to film many of the sporting events at the schools