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Cale Stelken

A proud first year for Keystone Place

Open house celebrates one-year anniversary

NORTH LIBERTY— It was an evening of celebration for Keystone Place at Forevergreen. Staff, residents and locals of the retirement community celebrated its first year in North Liberty on Thursday, Nov. 9.
“Well, we did it!” declared co-owner Tom Lepic. “And how exciting it is that we’re here tonight.”

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Threats to Liberty High Juvenile in custody

Instagram posts prompted school closure and arrest

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department took a minor into custody Friday, Nov. 17, following a series of threats towards students of Liberty High School.
At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, police dispatch received word an anonymous individual made posts that evening threatening to “shoot up” Liberty High School with references to individual students. The comments were made through an anonymous profile, in a group chat, on Instagram, a popular social media application.

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Tensions persist over Tiffin construction

Residents vent frustrations and concerns at packed city council meeting

TIFFIN– Springmier Community Library barely managed to house the capacity attendance of the Tiffin City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The meeting had a lively initiation with a public hearing for the assessment of the Original Town Urbanization Project. Behind the fully occupied rows of seating, additional residents stood in the back of the room, some soured by a recently completed project, others anxious about oncoming construction plans and many eager to voice their concerns.

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Wanted man arrested for armed robbery

Looted neighboring apartment with rifle in hand

A North Liberty man was arrested for the armed robbery of a neighboring apartment tenant. Already wanted for a previous felony, he now faces several charges.
Accord to police complaints, Beauhanan D. Walker Jr., 33, of Country Living Apartments, at 160 Sugar Creek Ln., knocked on the door of the neighboring apartment around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. When the woman opened her door, Walker aimed a rifle at her head and entered the apartment.

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Elementary school design unveiled

Innovative building plans passed unanimously

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty and the surrounding community can anticipate a stylish new elementary school in their near future. During the Oct. 10 Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Education meeting, a unique building design was presented for the upcoming elementary school in North Liberty.
“We really wanted to do something different,” said Director of Facilities Duane Van Hemert.

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Behind-the-scenes in The City of North Liberty.

NORTH LIBERTY– Few ingredients are more vital to the integrity of a community than its ability to stay informed on city activity and celebrate camaraderie through organized events. But how are these feats accomplished for a growing city such as North Liberty?
Enter Nick Bergus, Director of the city’s Communications Department. Be it through fostering special events or offering residents context for city announcements, his team provides a crucial backdrop to the everyday bustle that is North Liberty.

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Tin Roost offers new gathering space

Unique food and drinks at an ambitious new North Liberty location

NORTH LIBERTY– Take a drive down Penn Street and you’ll quickly notice there’s a new hangout in townas. North Liberty introduces Tin Roost to its growing portfolio of restaurants.
The brand new location on Penn Street is visually impressive. Constructed in July, the modern style building features a bold, black and white rooster emblazoning its front, accented with wood paneling and corrugated steel, a fitting motif of Iowa farm culture.

Business Boom celebrates

Open house social offers new congregation for bustling business community

NORTH LIBERTY– Businesspeople, politicians and city employees alike socialized at North Liberty’s inaugural Business Boom on Thursday, Nov. 2. The open-house social, hosted from 5-6:30 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center, provided an opportunity for area businesspeople to meet and greet while celebrating the expansion of North Liberty.
Guests were treated to appetizers, beer and wine provided by Fareway and Big Grove Brewery. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Sorensen, adorned in calavera face paint, lent background music to event as he sang and played acoustic guitar and keyboard.

NL man arrested for sexual assault

Resident faces two charges stemming from vehicular incident

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man has been charged with sexual abuse after allegedly having intercourse with a woman against her will.
Maialiwa Kabandelwa, 31, was charged for acts stemming from an incident he had with a woman at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the home of Kabadelwa in the Golfview trailer court.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim intended to drive Kabadelwa to the post office but didn’t understand how to turn on the headlights of his vehicle.

Keystone Place mural celebrates Iowa

Retirement community artwork pays tribute with beauty and humor By Cale Stelken

NORTH LIBERTY– “It kinda felt like Oakdale, maybe a prison!”
Mary Jo Pipkin, Executive Director of Keystone Place at Forevergreen, laughed about the once imposing, concrete wall that loomed over the retirement community’s Memory Care Courtyard.
“We started out here and said, ‘Gosh, what can we do with this wall with it being secured and gated in?’” she said. The staff soon saw the giant pale slab as an artistic opportunity.

Traffic stop leads to trio’s arrest

Search warrant finds slew of drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty residents face multiple charges following a search of their home. The arrests were spurred by a traffic stop gone awry the previous evening.
At about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, North Liberty Police Officer Spence Madole began pursuit of a Honda Civic driven by Jahmil B. Thomas, whose license was barred for being repeat offender.
As the officer turned around and closed in on Thomas, the 23 year-old exited his car. The officer ordered Thomas to stop before he fled into the woods on foot. Officer Madole was able to identify Thomas based on booking photos.

Celebrating and serving up Tex-Mex Friday night

Adelitas grand opening Oct. 27

NORTH LIBERTY– Walk into Adelitas, and you won’t see too many sombreros, or other symbols of traditional Mexican culture for that matter.
“I tried to make it look a little bit more like a sports bar, something you would actually see in Mexico,” said Jose Antonio Hernandez, the young general manager and co-owner of Adelitas.
An avid sports fan, Hernandez wanted to go for the feel of a modern Mexican sports bar, as opposed to what most Mexican restaurants aim for. “It’s a little bit different. It’s not something that you would see in every place.”