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News

Solon school board sets date for start of 2014-15 classes

SOLON– The board was evenly split.
Solon school board members Dean Martin and Lianne Westcot favored a later start date for the 2014-2015 school year. Members Dan Coons and Dick Schwab supported starting a week earlier.
The decision was left to board president Dave Asprey.

UPDATED: Volunteers still needed to sandbag in Solon

Meet at public works building

SOLON– Residents of Solon continued to sandbag Wednesday evening as rapidly rising waters closed in on the city’s sewage plant.
Volunteers are still needed.
Report to the new Solon Public Works building on Stinocher Street. Bring gloves and wear a hat.
Severe thunderstorms with driving winds dumped as much as 5 inches of rain on the Solon area Wednesday, and by mid-afternoon, Randall Park was submerged by a swollen Mill Creek. The city’s wastewater treatment facility is located across the creek from the park.

Fire heavily damages Solon industrial condo

Area departments respond to Thursday blaze

SOLON– Firefighters from Solon, North Liberty, Ely and Iowa City responded Thursday morning to find an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side partially engulfed in flames.

Council moving ahead with city hall design

SOLON– A Cedar Rapids engineering firm has been selected to design Solon’s new city hall.
At a March 20 meeting, city council members approved $3,050 in architectural services for Design Dynamics, Inc. for a design concept, and a full presentation was tentatively scheduled for special council meeting Monday, March 15.

Easter brunch

Eight-month-old Tannor Ostrander of Solon samples a plastic egg while taking a leisurely crawl through the toddler field of the Solon Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt Sunday. The event was rescheduled to April 7 after inclement weather wiped out the original date, and as a result the turnout was a little light.

NLFD responds to structure fire April 2

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday April 2, at 6:38 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 1625 Grizzly Trail, North Liberty, for a structure fire. North Liberty Engine Company, the first unit to arrive at the scene, reportedly found a vehicle fully-engulfed by fire, with the fire having spread to the attached garage. The fire was under control within 26 minutes of arrival.
Early property damage estimate is $10,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Two North Liberty residents charged with drug possession, child endangerment

NORTH LIBERTY– Two North Liberty residents are now facing multiple drug charges after North Liberty police officers conducted a search of their home.

Dealing with a drug problem

NLPD assigns officer to Johnson County drug task force

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– If you are thinking of using, making or selling illegal drugs in North Liberty, be advised that the men and women in blue are going to be out looking for you.
Since 2001, the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) has been a participating member of the Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force. While the department has had officers assisting the task force, it has been a goal to have an officer assigned fulltime to the mission of battling drug crime.
In January, that goal was achieved.

Good for the sole

Solon High School students collect shoes for those in need

SOLON– When it comes to community service, a handful of Solon High School students have created some mighty big shoes to fill.
When sophomores Kaytee Berstler, Sydney Gerdts, Kaitlin Hatcher, Taylor Nearad, Lake Reyhons and Jake Singkofer found themselves with time on their hands during the school day, they set about looking for a cause to support. Principal’s secretary Kim Blankenheim suggested they research an organization she had heard about called Soles4Souls, a charity that recycles shoes to be donated to those in need in the United States and more than 125 other countries.

A pig & a poke

Newport Road residents to contrast rural/urban living after Dooley decision

IOWA CITY– By a 4-1 vote, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the third and final reading of a controversial rezoning request on Thursday, March 28. The vote cleared the way for 90.89 acres of agricultural land owned by Sharon Dooley at 2915 Newport Road to be rezoned to the county’s new RC, or Residential Cluster, designation. The move allows Iowa City realtor Bill Young to move forward with plans for a 70-unit housing development.

Learn more about Mehaffey Bridge replacement project at meeting Monday, April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Secondary Roads Department will be holding a public information meeting for the Mehaffey Bridge Replacement Project Monday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center located at 980 N. Front St. in North Liberty.

The waiting is the hardest part

NORTH LIBERTY– The anticipation built slowly as more kids and parents made their way into the gymnasiums of the North Liberty Recreation Center.
Saturday, March 23, was the city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, and while it wasn’t much of a hunt, it did begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. with the blast of a horn that startled many in attendance into action.