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Lori Lindner

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.

Neuzil’s replacement to be selected in Jan. 19 special election

Opponents worried about voter fatigue

JOHNSON COUNTY– There will be a special election to fill a vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Terrence Neuzil resigned his position to take a job in Kalamazoo County, Mich., effective Dec. 20, leaving an unfulfilled term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. According to Iowa law, the decision to either appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the reminder of Neuzil’s term falls to a committee of three.

County to hold Jan. 19 special election to fill supervisor vacancy

JOHNSON COUNTY– There will be a special election to fill a vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Terrence Neuzil resigned his position to take a job in Kalamazoo County, Mich., effective Dec. 20, leaving an unfulfilled term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. According to Iowa law, the decision to either appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the reminder of Neuzil’s term falls to a committee of three.

NL council to consider tax rebate requests

Public hearing to amend urban renewal plan Dec. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty may soon have its own bowling center– along with an arcade, laser tag arena, billiards room and sports bar, all under one roof.
At its Nov. 24 meeting, the North Liberty City Council heard a proposal from John Burchert to build a family entertainment center that would include all those amenities in a 37,000 square–foot building, located off Penn Street on Madison Avenue.

Gun ban discussion draws crowd in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has learned that gun ownership is a touchy subject.
Discussion on city policy regarding firearms on public property brought citizens out in force at the North Liberty City Council meeting Nov. 24, resulting in expulsion of one individual and a backlash of criticism prior to the meeting and in the days to follow.

Veterans honored at local schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans were the honorees of the day at schools across the country Nov. 11, including Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.

Van Allen
Van Allen Elementary School has celebrated the day of remembrance for a number of years, with the school’s Team 2 students and teachers hosting local veterans for a brief assembly and refreshments, and inviting guests to individual classrooms. Some of the veterans give presentations to classes and speak of their time in the military.

TIF debt reduced in City of Tiffin

TIFFIN– Cleaning up Tiffin’s financial recordkeeping has uncovered a pleasant surprise.
With the city council’s approval of the Dec. 1 TIF filing, the City of Tiffin will carry a lower level of Tax Increment Finance (TIF) debt than reported in years past.

Who is paying for this?

North Liberty, Tiffin consider road upgrades as Iowa DOT plans interchange projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has much to work out with the cities of North Liberty and Tiffin.
DOT officials hosted an open house Wednesday, Nov. 18, in North Liberty to answer questions about a proposed new interchange at Interstate 380 and Forevergreen Road. About 100 people attended the meeting.

Cities await information on proposed new interchange

North Liberty, Tiffin consider road upgrades as Iowa DOT plans interchange projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has much to work out with the cities of North Liberty and Tiffin.
DOT officials hosted an open house Wednesday, Nov. 18, in North Liberty to answer questions about a proposed new interchange at Interstate 380 and Forevergreen Road. About 100 people attended the meeting.

NL council reviews budget goals for new fiscal year

NORTH LIBERTY– As the North Liberty City Council began to set budget goals for the upcoming fiscal year, one thing emerged as a top priority: engaging the community in planning the city’s future.
Dollar values are hard to assign to a goal like that, but seeking citizen input before proceeding with big-ticket items became part of the discussion several times during the council’s Nov. 17 budget goal setting work session.

Nothing is his kryptonite

Hawkeye Kid Captain Lincoln Ortman honored by his school, Hawkeye team members

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not every day that North Bend Elementary School starts the morning with the entire student body and staff wearing black and gold and chanting “I-O-W-A!”
But then, it’s not every day that the North Bend community invites the Iowa Hawkeye football players to visit or throws a pep rally to honor one very special student.

Tiffin’s public gives input on minimum wage

TIFFIN–Tiffin City Council members wanted more input on the minimum wage issue.
They got it last Tuesday, Nov. 10, in a public forum held just for that purpose.
After two council discussions on whether or not to abide by Johnson County’s new minimum wage rule ended in stalemates, the group asked to hold a public hearing on the matter. No separate ordinance was tied to the public hearing and the council expected to take no action, but they did wish to hear from members of the community about how an increase, or lack of one, would impact them.