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Community

Solon Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Jan. 29

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Contest Jan. 29

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus Council #12129, in Solon, will hold a basketball free throw contest for competitors ages 8 to 14 on Sunday, Jan. 29. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimist Club. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition from 1-2 p.m. Winners at each age level may earn the opportunity to compete in district, state and international levels.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 annual soup supper Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features soups of all varieties. Previous years’ soups have included traditional soups such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder.

Shueyville, Swisher making safety a priority

Towns working to codify underground water storage for fire department

SHUEYVILLE– A unique attempt to bolster fire protection through underground water tanks in this northwest Johnson County community came a step closer to being codified in city ordinance Monday, Jan. 9.
The Shueyville Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) took up the matter during its regular monthly meeting, however lacking a specific proposal, tabled the matter until the next meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.

Dudes dance, too!

Dance Spectacular 2017 features award-winning coed and all-male teams

SOLON– “Just don’t let me be the only dude out there,” said Logan Yakish when he finally agreed to join Solon’s co-ed dance team last year.
“It’s gucci!” his friends reassured him. (For the uninitiated, “gucci” is high school-ese for “cool.”)

Williamsburg man charged in accidental shooting

NORTH LIBERTY– One week after an accidental shooting in North Liberty, charges have been filed.
Authorities identified Nicholas P. Wombacher, 19, of Williamsburg, as the individual who allegedly shot another 19-year-old male last week in the Golfview Mobile Home Court.

New leadership at South Slope Co-op

Chuck Deisbeck makes move from Western Iowa to become CEO

NORTH LIBERTY– Chuck Deisbeck was called to the telecommunications industry at a young age– when he was just 8 years old to be exact.
Beginning in third grade, he spent many an afternoon rebuilding phones and installing jacks alongside his older brother for a business his father managed.
“We were kind of his hired hands but didn’t get paid,” said Deisbeck, with a laugh. “By eighth grade, I was climbing poles, and running boring machines and backhoes.”

Performers wanted for Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (FAME) will host a Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search qualifying show on Saturday, March 4, at the CCA High School Performing Arts Center. Priority will be given to Clear Creek Amana district students, CCA alumni and CCA area preschoolers. There will be 15 available slots in each of the two divisions. Performers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all spots have been filled.

Iowa DOT approves justification for Hwy. 6 signalization

THE ISSUE
Since construction was completed at the Highway 6 and Ireland Avenue/Roberts Ferry Road intersection, there have been concerns by Clear Creek Amana and City of Tiffin officials, as well as by community members, about the safety of the crosswalks.

Multiple discussions in late 2016 led to a traffic study to determine whether or not the intersection warranted traffic lights..

WHAT WE KNEW
According to a traffic study by Hart Frederick Consultants, as many as 75 students use the intersection daily.

2017 pet tags now available

NORTH LIBERTY– It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2017. Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be purchased at city hall for $2. Owners must provide verification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee of $25.
A tag provides identification in the event a pet is lost. The registration of an animal helps the city to ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with vaccines.
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be impounded.

Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1-Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

City officials alert residents of recent buglaries

TIFFIN– In a City of Tiffin press release on Thursday, Jan. 19, city officials alerted residents of multiple burglaries in Tiffin.
According to the release, there have been a string of burglaries recently in Tiffin. Vehicles have been broken into and items have been stolen.
Any suspiscious activity should be reported to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Non-Emergency line (319-356-6800).
City officials urged residents to protect their property by locking all doors.