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Community

Garner to host waffle breakfast Feb. 8

NORTH LIBERTY – Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with a basket auction and raffle on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7-11 a.m. at the school.

Two men to square off for Swisher mayoral race

Hurlbert and Taylor on ballot for Tuesday, Feb. 4 election

North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– The abrupt resignation of Swisher mayor Tim Mason last November set into motion a special election set for Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor are on the ballot for the open seat. The winner will serve for the remainder of Mason’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2015.
The Swisher American Legion is the polling place, and it will be open from noon until 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail from the Johnson County Auditor’s office.

Resignation of basketball coach on Monday agenda

Solon school board to consider Randall release

SOLON– The Solon school board will be considering the resignation of varsity boys basketball coach Brad Randall during a special work session Monday, Jan. 27.
Randall has been the head coach for 20 years. He was named the Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2009, the year his Solon team won the state championship. The Spartans were runners-up at the state tournament in 2010.
The coach has been absent from the sidelines for the last two weeks while a personnel review has been conducted by the school.

SCSD revisits 2014-2015 calendar dates

Board seeks input on earlier start

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Are you comfortable with school starting on Aug. 14?
The scenarios are in play again for the 2014-2015 Solon school year, and the district’s board of education is seeking feedback from its residents prior to a decision Feb. 10.
At odds are the start date on one end and the date for graduation on the other.
Moving the start date for school to Aug. 14 would allow the Solon Community School District (SCSD) to align the end of the first semester with the winter break and provide a consistent graduation date year-to-year.

Ely bank robbed; CR man charged

ELY– A Cedar Rapids man has been charged after a Friday morning robbery at the Solon State Bank in Ely, 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, according to Linn County sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County conservation officer located Melton and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where he was taken into custody.

SHS Octagon Mini Dance Marathon Saturday, Feb. 1, to benefit UI Dance fundraiser

SOLON– The annual Octagon Club Mini Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight in the commons at Solon High School.
The mini-Dance Marathon is held in support of the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon. It is a fundraiser to donate money to families that are currently or have been previously afflicted with cancer. The cancer victims aided by this are children.
The event started in 1985 and has raised over $12 million dollars to help defray the cost of treatment while patients and their families seek treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.