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Community

Methodist men hosting soup supper Feb. 5

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert.

SAL “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Feb. 6

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.

Solon Senior Advocates

Proposed Senior Advocate trips

* Wednesday, March 2: Circa 21 “Phantom;” leaving at 10 a.m. Cost is $65.
Thursday, March 31: Cedar Rapids Library/Paramount Theater Tour; $10
All Charter Bus or mini-bus trips leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. * Indicates bus trip
Call 319-624-2710 or 319-430-8655 for information and reservations.

Wednesday Feb. 17, meeting

Ely News

Lenna See

Phyllis Lange and Parker Lange and friend, of Cedar Rapids, and Patty Smyth were guests on Christmas Day of Terry and Stephanie Lange in Cedar Rapids.

Doug and Dawn Zieman, of Postville; Clint and Kerrin Andrle and family, of Dallas Center; Joel and Marna Schutte and family, of Pleasant Hill; Luke Andrle and Ethel Anderson were post-Christmas dinner guests on Sunday of Matt and Marci Whitaker and family in Clive.

A visit from Capitol Hill

Clinton visits North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Two weekends, two former U.S. Secretaries of State.
That’s the recent dignitary count for North Liberty.
Many in the community welcomed former Secretary Madeleine Albright on Sunday, Jan. 17, and former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday, Jan. 24. Both women were here to stump for Clinton as she campaigns to become the Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election.
A crowd of about 700 people gathered in the gym at Garner Elementary School to hear Clinton’s speech.

IC Police Department arrests West High School bomb threat suspect

IOWA CITY– On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 8:40 a.m., the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center (JECC) received a 911 call stating there was an explosive device at Iowa City West High School. The incoming call was not able to be called back by the dispatchers.
The bomb threat resulted in the evacuation of West High School and the bussing of more than 2,000 students to a secondary location, so the school could be searched for an explosive or incendiary device. Taking place at the time of the threat, a Johnson County special election polling place was forced to be relocated.

Assistant coaches needed for CCA youth football program

TIFFIN– Parents of CCA YSF football participants who would like to be considered as assistant coaches should contact Youth Football Coordinator Trevor Bollers at trevorbollers@ccaschools.org. Many coaches are leaving the program, so new volunteers are needed as soon as possible.
• Coaches have to be trained prior to working with YSF youth. The first training session is Feb. 6 in Waterloo, sponsored by the Youth Sports Foundation.
• Bollers will be sharing training videos and important program-specific training information, especially the way tackling is taught.

TOP SHELF Volunteer

NORTH LIEBRTY– Chelsea Ladlie first heard about the North Liberty Community Panty while searching the United Way website. She contacted the pantry to find out about the pantry’s volunteer opportunities and has been a volunteer for more than four years now.
Ladlie became involved at the pantry because she was working from home and wanted to get out of the house to be around people. She said one of the great things she has seen at the pantry is children asking for food donations to give to those in need instead of birthday presents.

Tiffin to hold public hearing on tiered minimum wage for minors

Council to see proposed ordinance Feb. 2

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin still has work to do in settling its minimum wage debate.
The council will hold a Feb. 2 public hearing on the issue; this time, to discuss a tiered wage system for workers under age 18.
Last October, after robust discussion and a public hearing in which city officials sought citizen input on an ordinance to increase the minimum wage countywide, the council ultimately took no action. The lack of action allowed the county’s ordinance to take effect Nov. 1, requiring employers to bump wages to a new minimum of $8.20 per hour.

Former U.S. Secretary of State visits North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus status has brought many prestigious guests from the political arena to Eastern Iowa.
Last Sunday, it was North Liberty’s turn to host one of the nation’s– and the world’s– most influential.

Clinton scheduled to visit North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY–North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has received an RSVP to an exclusive invitation; former U.S. Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning a visit to North Liberty on Sunday, Jan. 24.
As of press time, Nielsen had no details on Clinton’s visit, other than the date. Nielsen said she would make details available to the public as soon as they were confirmed.

NL council votes to help fund Community ID

Four new social services grants also approved

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is well on board with doing good.
The city council doled out contributions to several social service projects, as well as the county-wide Community ID program, at its Jan. 12 meeting.
As city staff works on a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the council was asked again about its willingness to help foot the bill for Johnson County’s Community ID program out of this year’s budget.