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Community

Veterans honored at local schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans were the honorees of the day at schools across the country Nov. 11, including Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.

Van Allen
Van Allen Elementary School has celebrated the day of remembrance for a number of years, with the school’s Team 2 students and teachers hosting local veterans for a brief assembly and refreshments, and inviting guests to individual classrooms. Some of the veterans give presentations to classes and speak of their time in the military.

District gears up for Liberty High

Parents, students await additional answers

IOWA CITY– About 50 North Liberty parents and students attended an information meeting on Nov. 23, held by the Iowa City Community School District, to address questions about the Liberty High School transition.
Matt Degner, the district’s director of schools, presented plans for the new school, then held a question-and-answer session with audience members in the Iowa City West High theater.

TIF debt reduced in City of Tiffin

TIFFIN– Cleaning up Tiffin’s financial recordkeeping has uncovered a pleasant surprise.
With the city council’s approval of the Dec. 1 TIF filing, the City of Tiffin will carry a lower level of Tax Increment Finance (TIF) debt than reported in years past.

Local businesses join In Community to make a difference this holiday season

NORTH LIBERTY– Being “In Community” has taken on new meaning for a group of local businesses working to raise money for the Coralville and North Liberty food pantries. Fifteen businesses have joined together to promote shopping local and support the community. By working together, these businesses show the value of shopping local and raising more money for the pantries.

North Liberty recreation staff to sponsor holiday lights contest for fun and prizes

NORTH LIBERTY– Nothing says “happy holidays” like competition over the best holiday lights display.
The North Liberty Recreation Department is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest with prizes for the top three displays based on public and staff voting.
To register or nominate a neighbor, complete the entry form available at the city’s website, northlibertyiowa.org, or fill out a form at the North Liberty Community Center. Voting will be held from Dec. 14-20, with the winners announced Dec. 21.
So safely get into your best Clark Griswold mentality and show your neighborhood what’s what.

Officials offer information about clearing snow from Johnson County roadways

By Kevin Braddock
Special to the Leader

 JOHNSON COUNTY– Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 22, but as Iowans, we know the snow and ice can come well before then. Now is a good time to remind residents of the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department’s Snow Removal Policy, available on the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com.

Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent to play college sports

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Nine Iowa City West High athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play college athletics on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Aidan Keen, Mark McGlaughlin, Will Scott, Donovan Doyle, Tanner Lohaus, Matthew Schneider, Tia Saunders, Taylor Libby and Adara Opiola made their commitments in a 3:30 p.m. signing ceremony in the school’s cafeteria.

RJ’z seeks to build new BP station

Co-owner hopes for quick demolition, April 1 reopening

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– A new building is in the works for RJ’z Express.
The locally-owned convenience store offering BP gasoline closed for business Sunday night, Nov. 22, to make way for a bigger store.
According to RJ’z co-owner Randy Walter of rural Swisher, the new, larger store will feature a full kitchen, more retail and an in-house Godfather’s Pizza franchise.

Who is paying for this?

North Liberty, Tiffin consider road upgrades as Iowa DOT plans interchange projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has much to work out with the cities of North Liberty and Tiffin.
DOT officials hosted an open house Wednesday, Nov. 18, in North Liberty to answer questions about a proposed new interchange at Interstate 380 and Forevergreen Road. About 100 people attended the meeting.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at stable Saturday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting the first-ever Christmas Tree Walk at the Palmer House Stable Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Trees from different organizations, businesses and individuals or families will be on display, with entertainment throughout the day. A free will offering is requested, and proceeds will be shared with area non-profits, not including the Old Gold Diner.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 4, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items. The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Nov. 26

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 26. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.