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Community

Blue Christmas worship to be held in Tiffin Dec. 20

TIFFIN– The Christmas season can be challenging for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. It may not be easy to sing, “Joy to the World,” when you are feeling lonely. Tiffin Grace United Methodist Church, 300 W. Marengo Rd. in Tiffin, is holding its annual Blue Christmas Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. This quieter Christmas worship service is designed for those struggling to celebrate the season due to grief or loss.
For information regarding this special service, contact the church office at 319-545-2281 or revbev@southslope.net.

North Liberty recognizes outstanding employees

NORTH LIBERTY— The City of North Liberty recognized three employees for their outstanding service.
Director of Parks, Buildings and Grounds Guy Goldsmith was named Employee of the Year. He was cited for his commitment to excellence, willingness to work across departments to achieve goals, as well as finding creative ways to save taxpayers’ money.
“He doesn’t seek recognition. He doesn’t receive the accolades he has worked so hard to be worthy of. He’s just always there ready to lend a helping hand. He simply makes it happen,” said City Administrator Ryan Heiar, who presented the award.

Trojan varsity wrestlers fifth at Five Seasons High School Duals

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High varsity wrestlers finished fifth in the Five Seasons High School Duals held Saturday, Dec. 12, at Kennedy High School. Cedar Rapids Prairie won the tournament by defeating Alburnett, 40-34, in the first-place match. Cedar Rapids Kennedy defeated Linn-Mar, 41-36, for third place and the West High Trojans took down rival City High, 46-31, for fifth place. Bettendorf defeated West Delaware, 47-21, for seventh place and Urbandale knocked off Pleasant Valley, 48-36, for the ninth and 10th places respectively.

County to allow poultry processing on more agricultural parcels

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance amendment to allow for up to 999 birds to be raised, slaughtered and processed annually on agriculturally zoned parcels for sale to household consumers only. The change was made in response to a recommendation from the Johnson County Food Policy Council and research conducted by County Planning, Development and Sustainability staff.

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.

Neuzil’s replacement to be selected in Jan. 19 special election

Opponents worried about voter fatigue

JOHNSON COUNTY– There will be a special election to fill a vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Terrence Neuzil resigned his position to take a job in Kalamazoo County, Mich., effective Dec. 20, leaving an unfulfilled term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. According to Iowa law, the decision to either appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the reminder of Neuzil’s term falls to a committee of three.

City tightens TIF belt

Pending budget impacts cause caution for council

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city could handle $25,000 all at once, but it couldn’t handle $131,388 over five years.
The Solon City Council took no action on a request by the Solon Retirement Village to extend a five-year Tax Increment Finance (TIF) agreement for its assisted living facility, but it allowed Red Vespa Pizzeria to trade its 10-year tax abatement plan for a one-year kickback.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. 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 St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Lakeview fourth graders visiting Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Dec. 16

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.25 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4F (Mrs. Bogard).

County to hold Jan. 19 special election to fill supervisor vacancy

JOHNSON COUNTY– There will be a special election to fill a vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Terrence Neuzil resigned his position to take a job in Kalamazoo County, Mich., effective Dec. 20, leaving an unfulfilled term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. According to Iowa law, the decision to either appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the reminder of Neuzil’s term falls to a committee of three.

NL council to consider tax rebate requests

Public hearing to amend urban renewal plan Dec. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty may soon have its own bowling center– along with an arcade, laser tag arena, billiards room and sports bar, all under one roof.
At its Nov. 24 meeting, the North Liberty City Council heard a proposal from John Burchert to build a family entertainment center that would include all those amenities in a 37,000 square–foot building, located off Penn Street on Madison Avenue.

Holiday homicide hilarity takes center stage at CCA

New CCA director debuts with play’s first Iowa performance

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Murder isn’t usually a laughing matter, unless it’s a key element in a comedic thriller on the stage, as in Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department’s farce The Game’s Afoot or Holmes For The Holidays, which ran from Nov. 12 through Nov. 14 in the Performing Arts Center in Tiffin.