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Community

Still time to donate to local pantrys’ Thanksgiving in July

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry is participating in Thanksgiving in July food drive activities. All food and funds donated will remain in North Liberty. Please drop-off food and/or financial donations at your local financial institution during the month of July. Financial donations are counted four pounds per dollar. The financial institution that collects the most pounds wins the Traveling Turkey Trophy to display throughout the next year.

Rainy Day Blues

Blues 2014 rained out, but not washed up

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s enough to make one wonder; does Mother Nature have something against the blues?

School board talks attendance areas, magnet schools

IOWA CITY– Chris Lynch presided over his first Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Directors meeting as president on Tuesday, July 8.
His duties included administering the oath of office to the board secretary and treasurer, moderating community comments, and leading the board through a packed agenda.

New school construction fees hinge on agreement

No concrete deal yet for city of Tiffin

TIFFIN– The sidewalk is still on the table.
Last Wednesday, July 9, Tiffin City Council members decided to delay action on agreements with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School district until the district’s July 23 board meeting, at which time the district is expected to accept or decline a deal crafted by the city for the construction of a new sidewalk.

NL council to appoint new member July 29

Application deadline July 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council plans to appoint someone to its existing vacant seat on July 29.
The council agreed unanimously in its July 8 meeting to appoint a person to fill the vacancy left by Gerry Kuhl, who moved into the position of North Liberty’s mayor by council appointment after the death of Tom Salm in May.

ICCSD approves names for new schools

NL to welcome Liberty High School, Grant Elementary

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Education approved the names of three elementary schools and a new high school at their July 8 business meeting.
The names were nominated by members of the public, and selected by a committee of 23 district residents that included students, parents, administrators, employees of the district, and other parties. The selection committee was appointed by Superintendent Steve Murley and former School Board President Sally Hoelscher. The vote for approval was unanimous with Director Patti Fields absent.
Elementary schools

Portion of Highway 965 to be detoured for 12 weeks

NORTH LIBERTY– A section of Highway 965 north of Penn Street in North Liberty is expected to be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, July 16, so crews can begin reconstruction of the highway, including the addition of sidewalks, recreation trails, landscaping and safety features.

NL council approves increased salaries for FY15

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city employees will receive more in their paychecks beginning this month.
The city council approved a new salary schedule for fiscal year 2015 at its June 24 meeting. The authorization includes a 2.75 percent cost-of-living adjustment, plus 2.45 percent step increase for eligible employees. Salaries for the city’s police officers– North Liberty’s only unionized department– are negotiated through a collective bargaining unit, and also include a 2.75 percent cost-of-living adjustment and a step increase for eligible officers.

St. John Lutheran Church in Ely begins new addition

SOLON– To accommodate the incredible growth in population within the Ely community, St. John Lutheran Church is taking steps to create more space for worship, fellowship and classroom learning.
“Our mission is to be a presence in Ely and to provide services for the needs of this community,” explained Pastor Erika Uthe. “Our hope and goal really is to let people know that there is a place for them and that they will always be welcome here no matter what. This addition helps us to provide the space.”

Hanson’s Grove hosts last show

SOLON– July 4 was Hanson’s Grove’s final hoorah.
According to organizer Sandy Hanson, the 2014 edition of the annual antique show held on her property north of Solon was the last.
The annual antique show couldn’t have ended on a more perfect note. The weather was mild, the attendance was enthusiastic and sales were humming.
After drenching rains on July 1, downed trees and debris, wet grounds and road closures all seemingly going to impact the show, Hanson said crews cleaned up the storm damage, the grounds dried out and the fourth dawned bright and clear.

Solon man charged with sending letters to Iowa City Regina

IOWA CITY– A Solon man has been charged with harassment after sending threatening letters to the Iowa City Regina school system.
According to the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD), Daniel Lee Stone, Solon, has been identified through DNA evidence as the author of several letters accusing the Regina football coaching staff of providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

Solon Public Library

Spartan Football Storytime

Monday, July 21 through Thursday, July 24, from 4 until 5 p.m., the library will be having very special guests visit to participate in “Spartan Football Storytime.” Members of the Solon Spartan Varsity Football Team will be reading their favorite storybooks aloud for all the children that attend. This program is for kids of all ages.

Special puppet Storytime