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News

Ina N. Copeland

Ina N. Copeland, 99, formerly of North Liberty, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Honey Creek Cottage in Swisher.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.
Her family includes a son and his wife, Frank and Audrey Copeland of Afton, Minn., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil S. Copeland.

Area Chamber announces new board members

IOWA CITY– Three local business leaders have joined the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. Larry Meyers, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, Kate Minette, Pearson, and Craig Willis, Security Abstract Corp., will lend their expertise to the policy-making body.
Born and raised in Dyersville, Iowa, Larry Meyers has lived in Johnson County for nearly 30 years. As a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors since January 2006, Mr. Meyers serves on a variety of County committees including Technology Plan – GIS, Safety and Information Services.

Joint Communications Center receives second grant

IOWA CITY– The announcement of a second grant award for the new Johnson County Joint Communications Center in Iowa City should help to ease the construction costs of the new building and county wide interoperable communications system.
In November 2008, the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency was awarded $1,927,882 from the federal Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant.
Funding from this grant will be used toward the new countywide joint emergency communications center and interoperable radio system.

Crime and reason

NORTH LIBERTY — The news was shocking: five robberies in six months, an attempted sexual assault, and a purse snatching in a store parking lot.
For some, it may have seemed the end of small town innocence. For North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin, it’s a symptom of the growing pains common to a rapidly expanding community.
“We’re no longer a small-town agency,” Chief Warkentin said in a mid-December interview with The Leader.
In 2008, the NLPD responded to 12,729 calls for service, a 46 percent increase over 2007. The department filed 571 charges with 455 arrests.

Johnson County to phase out the phasing?

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just a guideline, really.
However, proposed changes to the North Corridor portion of the Johnson County Land Use Plan could impact a significant number of rural property owners, if they wish to develop land in the future.

Ronald Lathrop

Ronald Lathrop, 66, of Lone Tree, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Per Ronald’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Ronald. Sympathy notes may be left for the Lathrop family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com. The Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services of Lone Tree is handling the arrangements for Ron and his family.