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Community

Solon Booster holiday store adding hours at home basketball games

SOLON– Still looking for that perfect Spartan gift? By popular demand, the Solon Athletic Boosters are offering more opportunities to shop our holiday inventory. Come shop for colorful sweatshirts, digital camo hats, state championship volleyball T-shirts, teacher gifts, stocking stuffers and other Spartan clothing. The Booster shop will be open Friday, Dec. 19, in the Solon High School commons during the boys’ basketball game against West Delaware. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 319-331-0758.

Pantry seeking ingredients for Christmas meal boxes

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Christmas boxes with all the fixings for a meal to families struggling with food supplies this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Dec. 22, from 2-6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please call 319-430-8655.

ICCSD must revise diversity policy

USDA confirms district cannot use Free/Reduced Lunch data

IOWA CITY- The Iowa City Community School Distirct (ICCSD) received confirmation that it must divorce its diversity policy from Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data.
Superintendent Stephen Murley told the board last Tuesday that the use violates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules on what the data can and cannot be used for.
The USDA has given the school district until Jan. 31, 2015, to cease using the data.

NL man threatens to set himself on fire, charged with arson and domestic abuse

NORTH LIBERTY– According to a release issued by the City of North Liberty Telecommunications Department, officers of the North Liberty Police Department were dispatched to 254 Golfview Ct., North Liberty, in reference to a domestic disturbance on Dec. 15, around 9:15 p.m. Through the investigation, officers learned that Fernando Maldonado, age 38, (AKA Javier T.

Kinze opens new facility in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 10 to celebrate the opening of its newest office facility in North Liberty. The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce attended the ceremony to celebrate the opening of the building, which marks Kinze’s first presence in the North Liberty area.

ACE on target at CCA

Innovative student-professional collaboration to bring new building to CCA campus next spring

OXFORD — Last March, Joe Greathouse, assistant professor in construction management at Kirkwood Community College, introduced to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board the idea of an innovative educational experience.
Greathouse spoke of Kirkwood’s Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) academy, which prepares students for two- or four-year degrees, a trade program or even entry into the construction field by providing mentors who work directly with students.

Gerdin family gifts $300K to Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s

CEDAR RAPIDS– Hundreds of families with hospitalized children will be the beneficiaries of a major gift from the Gerdin Family Foundation. The family is gifting $300,000 to St. Luke’s Foundation for the creation of the Ronald McDonald Family Room®, which is currently under construction on the second floor of St. Luke’s Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Foundation will use $100,000 of the gift to open an endowment to support future capital needs as there will always be a demand for this type of facility for the families of critically-ill children.

Dec. 31 reception to recognize service of outgoing supervisor John Etheredge

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will host a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, to thank Supervisor John Etheredge for his service. Etheredge’s term will expire on Dec. 31. The reception is open to the public and will be held at the Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.
Etheredge began his term on March 11, 2013, to complete the term vacated when Sally Stutsman resigned after being elected to the Iowa Legislature.

Noises Off!

Theatrical frivolity on the CCA stage

TIFFIN — In 1982, playwright Michael Frayn penned a satirical look at the world of theatre titled “Noises Off.” It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play and the London Evening Standard’s Theatre Award for Best Comedy.

Ely woman killed in school bus accident

SOLON– An Ely woman was killed and her husband was airlifted to the hospital after her car collided with a school bus carrying approximately 30 Solon Community School District students at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to a report by the Iowa Highway Patrol, Patricia Howell, 73, of Ely was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion when she turned east into the path of the westbound school bus. Bunyan Howell, 75, Ely, was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the report said. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Solon City Council seeking applicants interested in vacancy

SOLON– On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Solon City Council voted to fulfill by appointment a vacancy on city council created with the resignation of Brad Kunkel who has moved outside the city limits. The city council is asking for those interested in completing the council term through Dec. 31, 2015, to send a letter of interest to Solon City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St., Solon IA 52333, by Dec. 16, 2014.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Thursday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.