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Community

Early voting in progress at Johnson County Auditor’s Office

NORTH LIBERTY– Early voting for the April 25 North Liberty special election will begin Monday, April 10. Voting will be available at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through the close of business Monday, April 24.
The auditor’s office will also have a satellite voting site at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St., on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information about the North Liberty election is available at www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor.aspx?id=22077.

North Liberty man calls in false robbery to evade police

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man allegedly called in a fake report in order to avoid being pulled over last week.
According to complaints, police observed a Ford Taurus being driven along Penn Street around 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, and recognized the driver as Bryce J. Wagehoft, who was barred from driving. In an attempt to divert the officer, Wagehoft then called 911 and reported an armed robbery in progress at a local convenience store. He even gave a description of a made-up suspect before hanging up, according to reports.

North Liberty Blues & BBQ announces date, headliner

Anderson East to headline July 8

NORTH LIBERTY–North Liberty Blues & BBQ announced Veridian Credit Union will partner to present North Liberty’s annual premiere family event in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Along with the new partnership, organizers are excited to unveil the festival’s new logo.
“North Liberty Blues & BBQ has become an exciting summer tradition that brings our community together,” said Jennifer Roberts, a spokesperson for Veridian. “We’re grateful to the city, countless businesses and hundreds of volunteers that make this event possible, and we’re proud to be a partner in its success.”

Two arrested in North Liberty after breaking into wrong home

NORTH LIBERTY– Police arrested two suspects for allegedly breaking into a North Liberty residence during the evening hours Tuesday, April 4.
According to the complaint, North Liberty police responded to a residence on Whipple Court around 7 p.m. after receiving a report from a homeowner that someone had entered a back window well. Officers determined that 18-year-old Sammy I. Hamed of Coralville was attempting to gain entry into the wrong residence. Reports state that 19-year-old Mohamed A. Elsemeih, a resident of Whipple Court in North Liberty, stood by as Hamed broke in.

Morning spring leaf pick-up through April 21

NORTH LIBERTY– Open burning of leaves and yard waste is not permitted in North Liberty. The City will pick up leaves that property owners have raked to the curb through April 21. Dependent on how many leaves are out curbside will determine the time it takes to make the pickups.

Road work: Penn Street between Jones Blvd. and Cameron Way

NORTH LIBERTY– Work has begun to widen Penn Street to five lanes between Cameron Way and Jones Boulevard. Two lanes of traffic will remain open through the work site, however the speed limit and lane width will be reduced to allow crews to begin utility work and install storm sewers.
On Monday, April 17, the sidewalk on the south side of Penn Street will be closed as grading and utility work will begin on the south side of Penn Street. The sidewalk will be removed and then repaved once the south side of Penn Street is reconstructed. This sidewalk closure is expected to last through June.

Spring Cleanup Day April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 29, from 7-11:30 a.m. is for residents of North Liberty only. Please be prepared to verify that you are a North Liberty resident with a water bill stub or driver’s license. North Liberty residents pay 30¢ each month on their recycling bill for this service.
Miscellaneous large items are to be brought to the Public Works Facility, 620 Calvin St.
Assistance will be provided to the elderly or handicapped. Please call City Hall (319-626-5700) by April 27 to make arrangements.

Ely Road construction to bring detours

Roundabout at Hwy. 382 intersection coming this season

SOLON– Everyone’s favorite route between Solon and Cedar Rapids will be the subject of extensive construction this year.
Two more phases of an Ely Road (W6E) overhaul are planned for this season, including the conversion of its intersection with Highway 382 into a three-way roundabout.
Following the completion of the roundabout, the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department plans to proceed with the paving of three-quarters of a mile of Ely Road from the intersection north to 140th Street NE, adjacent to the Lakeview OHV park.

SHS Art Club hosts 8th Empty Bowls Luncheon Saturday, April 8

SOLON– On Saturday, April 8, the Solon High School Art Club hosts the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger in the Solon High School commons.

Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 15

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the east end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery to host Taste of Iowa April 8 in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).