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News

A hard knock life

TIFFIN– It started as a comic strip in the 1930s, became a Broadway smash in the 1970s and 80s, and in April 2013, it hit the stage at Clear Creek Amana High School.
It’s “Annie,” a classic American Broadway smash chock-full of optimism, hope and catchy tunes that stick in your head for days.
Jenna Tackaberry donned the curly red wig for the title role in the CCA High School production, which ran April 4, through April 6, in the CCA Performing Arts Center. Sage Spiker took on the role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the hardened billionaire who opened his heart to the plucky orphan.

North Liberty’s got talent

Mike Ogoli fine-tunes his guitar shortly before the start of the “North Liberty’s Got Talent” program showcasing the talented youth of the community Saturday, April 6, at Grace Community Church. The talent show was one of the monthly activities held as part of North Liberty’s year-long centennial celebration. For more photos from the event, see page 20. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Don’t get cross over the bridge

Plans for Mehaffey Bridge reconstruction laid out for public

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County Engineer Greg Parker has made a promise.
“Once we’re done, you’ll love it.”
Parker issued the vow Monday, April 15, at a public meeting held at South Slope Communications in North Liberty regarding the replacement of the aging Mehaffey Bridge. A packed crowd sat through a brief presentation, then directed over 20 questions at Parker, assistant engineer Ed Bartels and representatives of VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert about the nearly $9 million project.

Divisible by five?

Petition pushes for district representation at county level

JOHNSON COUNTY– Petitioners pushing for a new way to elect county supervisors are getting closer to their goal.
According to Debra Thornton, chair of the Johnson County Republicans, members of the Committee for Fair Representation– the group that organized the petition drive– are “well on their way” to gathering the 7,619 valid signatures required to call for a public vote on the matter.

Investigation into fatal shooting clears NLPD officers

Report concludes police had “no lesser course of action available”

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty police officers placed on administrative leave after a fatal shooting on March 10, 2013, have been cleared through an investigation of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness issued a press release last Friday with the findings of the investigation. It stated the officers acted with reasonable force in returning fire after being shot, and that they had no lesser course of action available to them at the time.

Voters in NL precinct 03 to have temporary polling place May 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to a scheduling conflict with the normal polling location for North Liberty 03 voters, North Liberty 03 voters will vote at a temporary polling location for the May 7 special election regarding the Johnson County Justice Center issue. On May 7, North Liberty 03 voter who normally vote at the South Slope Communications building on 980 Front Street in North Liberty will vote at the South Slope Communications Video Conferencing Center at 645 Liberty Way, only for this election.

FLASH

Below, Solon High School students wait for more sandbags at the city wastewater treatment facility Wednesday. Students barricaded two buildings at the sewer plant to protect from the rising waters of Mill Creek.

Heavy rain threatens Solon sewer plant, closes roads

SOLON– Residents of Solon continued to sandbag Wednesday evening as rapidly rising waters closed in on the city’s sewage plant.
But by Thursday morning, things were looking up.
Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported Mill Creek had withdrawn to its banks after being as close as 3 feet from a building at the wastewater treatment facility.

Meet the future Mehaffey Bridge

Plans laid out for the public

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County Engineer Greg Parker has made a promise.
“Once we’re done, you’ll love it.”
Parker issued the vow Monday, April 15, at a public meeting held at South Slope Communications in North Liberty regarding the replacement of the aging Mehaffey Bridge. A packed crowd sat through a brief presentation, then directed over 20 questions at Parker, assistant engineer Ed Bartels and representatives of VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert about the nearly $9 million project.

Volunteers no longer needed to sandbag in Solon

wastewater plant out of jeopardy

Report To The Public Works Building

Industrial condo destroyed

Large dollar loss expected after Thursday fire

SOLON– The cause of last Thursday’s fire at an industrial condo in Solon is still under investigation, but assistant fire chief Scott Wolfe reported over the weekend the dollar loss will be huge.
Firefighters from around the area assisted Thursday morning when an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side became engulfed in flames.
The Solon Fire Department was called to the multiple-unit industrial condo located at 200 Windflower Ln. east of Highway 1 at 10:08 a.m. Thursday.
Wolfe said dispatchers could offer only that a paint booth was on fire.

Brannaman fights cancer coast to coast

Million dollar marathon stretches from Washington to Delaware this summer

SUTLIFF– When Sarah Brannaman of Sutliff competes in her first-ever marathon this summer, it will have special meaning.
Brannaman, 42, has survived multiple occurrences of cancer, and her run this summer is part of the Million Dollar Marathon Coast to Coast for Cancer event.
The run is presented by the Above and Beyond Cancer charity.
Brannaman is part of a team led by Kortney Moel of Lisbon. The two work together at ACT in Iowa City.