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Community

Kettle-fried chicken dinner Feb. 1 at Legion

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will be hosting their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious 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 $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit the community and Solon school projects. 

Giant leap for local daycare

Frog Hollow to expand

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Frog Hollow Kid Campus is getting a new pad.
The child care center in North Liberty built its location on Dubuque Street in 2008. Growth in the community has warranted a second location, said owner Alan Arzu.
Arzu came to the Jan. 14 North Liberty City Council meeting to present a preliminary site plan for a new center to be built at the southeast corner of Jones Boulevard and Penn Street.

CCA Creek Squad makes computer-savvy request

School board informally approves 1:1 computers for middle school

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– They came, they asked, and they were heard.

Making a splash in North Liberty

Council okays purchase of splash pad components

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s hard to think of donning shorts and playing outside in the sprinkler when outdoor temperatures have been sub-zero, but the City of North Liberty is planning for just that.
On Jan. 14, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of $25,000 worth of components for a new splash pad to be installed this spring.
The recreational addition was the incentive chosen by public as a result of the community’s participation in the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program.

Hope Church to host free community meal Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hope Evangelical Church will host North Liberty’s next Community Monthly Meal Saturday, Jan. 25, from 12 to 1 p.m.  This meal is open to anyone who lives in the North Liberty community who wishes to get to know their neighbors better and share a meal together.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

City of Tiffin offers $20,000 for school property

Public hearing scheduled for Feb. 19 at CCA

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Residents of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will have the opportunity to weigh in on the sale of a small portion of the district’s land to the City of Tiffin during a public hearing next month.

Time to prepare for CCA Kindergarten roundup

TIFFIN– All parents in the Clear Creek Amana School District who have children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, and are planning on sending their children to school in August 2014 are asked to call the elementary school their child will be attending.
For those who reside in Iowa County, please call 319-622-3255. Residents in Johnson County, please call 319-828-4505 (Clear Creek Elementary) or 319-626-3950 (North Bend Elementary).

NLYBS now accepting registrations for spring

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2014 season is open. Sign up at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by March 1. Leagues are available for boys and girls ages four to 13. Call the NLYBS hotline 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website.

Ely bank robber captured by authorities

Solon State Bank in Ely robbed Friday morning

ELY– The suspect in the Friday morning robbery of the Solon State Bank in Ely has been taken into custody, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree and remains in the Linn County Jail pending his court appearance, according to Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County Conservation officer located the suspect and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where the suspect was taken into custody.

Welcome to the fire service

NLFD’s ranks expand with 10 recruits

NORTH LIBERTY– Chief of department Edward Croker of the city of New York (1899-1911), once said, “When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”

Early voting for Feb. 4 elections begins this week

IOWA CITY– Early voting for both the Feb. 4 Clear Creek Amana bond election and the Swisher mayoral election will begin Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:45 a.m.
Voting will be available at the auditor’s office at 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays through Monday, Feb. 3, the day before the election. The office will be closed on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20. 
Satellite voting will be available at Clear Creek Amana High School on Friday, Jan. 31, before and during the basketball game, from 5 to 8 p.m.