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News

2016-2017 preview: Clippers cruise into uncharted territory

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Coach Brandon Clubb, in his first year leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball program, summed up the 2016-2017 season in six words: “It’s going to be an adventure.”
Clubb takes over the program from veteran coach Steve Ottoson, who retired in February after 40 years of coaching with 21 years in the CCA district. Ottoson also retired from teaching physical education (PE) at the end of the school year.
Clubb, a Williamsburg native, has taken that position as well.

North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen Announces Run for State Representative in Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announced Feb. 10 that she will run for State Representative in House District 77, which encompasses western and southern Johnson County, including the cities of North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville and Lone Tree.

Minor injuries for students in fatal bus-car crash

A bus containing approximately 30 Solon Community School District students was involved in a collision Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to Superintendent Sam Miller, three minor injuries were reported to school children. “Parents of all students on the bus were notified of the accident,” Miller said in a press release. “Students were transferred to a different bus and taken home.”

Stir it up

Souped up fundraiser benefits pantry

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Food Pantry is raising some green to feed its neighbors.

A new spin on peace

Montessori preschool observes International Peace Day

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– From Bangkok to Barbados, from Long Valley, New Jersey to North Liberty, Iowa, four million pinwheels were collectively spinning a solitary message on Sept. 21.

CCA student reaching for the stars.

NORTH LIBERTY–Grace Stewart, student at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School, wants to be an aerospace engineer.
And given her drive and focus, one small step for this girl could certainly turn into a giant leap for mankind.

MRAP armored vehicle "just another tool"

Johnson County law enforcement agencies band together for armored vehicle

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just another tool in the toolbox for law enforcement personnel. So says Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek about the MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected) truck his department and five other law enforcement agencies across the county recently joined together to obtain.

Any good candy in there?

Community event celebrates supporting local veterans

SWISHER– With kids’ games and a vendor fair, a horseshoe tournament and cow chip bingo, and especially a weekend full of free live music, Swisher Fun Days truly is a fun way to support veterans.
The 2014 Swisher Fun Days weekend was held Aug. 1 and 2 in the small town of 879 people. It’s been a community tradition for so long, even organizers have a hard time pinning down the number of years the free event has taken place.
“I do know it has been at least 28 years,” said parade organizer Gary Palas.

City crews to pick up storm debris

NORTH LIBERTY– City crews will collect fallen branches from Monday's storm through noon on Thursday, July 3. The branches should be no longer than five feet and placed along the curb.

Spurrell specializes in on-location photography, milestone sessions

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Sandi Spurrell loves babies. She is an artist quite skilled in drawing and graphic design. She adores children and families, enjoys meeting new people and making fast friends, and is killer with a camera.
Wrapped all up in one package, these qualities are what make Spurrell an excellent on-location photographer.
Spurrell’s journey through various stages of life and different facets of her career led her to start her own business, Sandi Spurrell Photography, run from her home in North Liberty. She is now accepting new clients.

Carberry runs for Democratic nomination

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County supervisor Democratic candidate Mike Carberry traces his ambition back to his roots.
The son of a large animal veterinarian and a school teacher, Carberry grew up on a small farm in Benton County.
“I spent a lot of time on small family farms from my dad, and I learned a real conservation ethic from those farmers,” said Carberry. He mentions his participation in Boy Scouts and earning the rank of Eagle Scout as another influence.

Steve Stange appointed mayor of Solon

Residents have two weeks to call for special election

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city council appointed Steve Stange mayor at a May 7 meeting, and decided to appoint, rather than elect, his replacement on the council.
City voters have until Wednesday, May 21, to file a petition for a special election if they disagree with Stange’s appointment.
Stange had expressed an interest in the position after previous mayor Cami Rasmussen resigned her post to accept an interim position as city administrator.