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June 25th

People come first

It’s all about service and building relationships at NextHome Navigator in Tiffin

TIFFIN– You see it all the time: businesses proclaiming, “We put the customer first,” “Customer service is our No.1 priority” and other similar platitudes. But sadly, reality is often disconnected from flowery rhetoric.
In Tiffin, Jeff Tackaberry and his NextHome Navigator real estate agency is putting meaning behind the words with a focus on putting people first. “#Humans over Houses” is the motto.
Tackaberry has been in the real estate industry for 17 years, and has worked with several different companies.

Blues and BBQ cooks up a socially distant alternative

By the North Liberty Blues and BBQ Committee

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been two months since North Liberty Blues and BBQ organizers announced a decision to cancel the 2020 in-person edition of North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but fans of the festival can still have a taste of Blues and BBQ at home.

June 18th

Iowa State Fair Board votes to postpone

Options for 4-H and FFA youth livestock shows are under review

DES MOINES– The Iowa State Fair Board, the governing body overseeing the Iowa State Fair, voted to postpone the 2020 Iowa State Fair until Aug.12-22, 2021, amid ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The decision was made to protect the health and safety of all Fairgoers.
After a thorough review of possible options, carefully reviewing current health guidelines and examining operating limitations, it became clear holding the 2020 Iowa State Fair, which attracts approximately one million people over 11 days, would not be responsible.

A necessary and responsible increase

Water rates will go up three percent in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Water rates in North Liberty increase by three percent next month. The City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the increase Tuesday, June 9, during a regular meeting conducted online via the Zoom virtual meeting platform. Two more readings are required with the second scheduled for later this month and the third to occur during the first meeting in July.
The new rate starts with water used in July according to Assistant City Administrator/City Clerk Tracey Mulcahey.
A public hearing, by phone and email, was held with no comments received.

City of North Liberty commissioner vacancies remain to get involved

NORTH LIBERTY– After a series of commission appointments on June 9, several vacancies remain. The commissions and boards make decisions about a host of issue facing the community: what can be rezoned, if a variance to code should/can be allowed, priorities for public parks and recreational amenities, and much more. Volunteers are needed to lead and advise on the commissions. Applications are due July 7.

Black Lives Matter

Solon grads share their experiences with racism Over 100 march through Solon

SOLON– Black Lives Matter to white people, too.
And that is making a difference, according to a few Solon High School (SHS) graduates.
SHS alumni led a throng of about 150 people on a march through Solon Sunday, June 14, demanding justice for black Americans.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters shouted the names of the most recent victims in America’s race war as they walked from the SHS parking lot to the bandstand downtown.
Leading the crowd were Solon graduates Ainslee Eastman, Cate Neumann, Sydney Lawson and Ellie Hawkins, and 17-year-old Quincy Jagnow of North Liberty.

Modern Piping steps up for hands-free conversion projects

High school, Lakeview, Spartan Stadium to see upgrades

SOLON– With a boost from Modern Piping, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, the Solon school district is converting plumbing fixtures in three facilities to hands-free use.
According to Mike Shive, of rural Solon, Modern Piping donated the plumbing labor involved.
As part of the company’s community goodwill program, executive staff identified several non-profit donations to provide relief from the COVID pandemic.
Converting the existing fixtures at Lakeview Elementary, Solon High School and Spartan Stadium was one of them, Shive said.

His work is done

Ely’s Jim Miller leaves behind the legacy of a lifetime of service

ELY– A lifetime of service to the people of Ely, Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area came to an end on Sunday, June 7, as 87-year-old James “Jim” Miller died at his home, in Ely. Miller was born in Cedar Rapids in 1932, graduated from St. Wenceslaus Catholic High School, and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. In 1955, Miller married Kathryn “Katie” Bush, who survives him. Of Katie, Miller frequently said, “If I looked for 100 years, I could never find a better wife than Katie.”

Black Lives Matter

Solon grads share their experiences with racism Over 100 march through Solon

SOLON– Black Lives Matter to white people, too.
And that is making a difference, according to a few Solon High School (SHS) graduates.
SHS alumni led a throng of about 150 people on a march through Solon Sunday, June 14, demanding justice for black Americans.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters shouted the names of the most recent victims in America’s race war as they walked from the SHS parking lot to the bandstand downtown.
Leading the crowd were Solon graduates Ainslee Eastman, Cate Neumann, Sydney Lawson and Ellie Hawkins, and 17-year-old Quincy Jagnow of North Liberty.

The search is over

CCA’s TJ Bollers commits to play football for Wisconsin

TIFFIN– Herky the Hawk has one more reason to shake his fist at Bucky Badger starting in the fall of 2021.
Clear Creek Amana High School (CCA) standout student-athlete TJ Bollers ended a lengthy search for a collegiate home, with suitors wooing him from across the country, to continue playing football with a video announcement on Twitter, released Thursday, June 11.
Bollers, a senior at CCA this fall, announced his intent to attend the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, where he will pursue a degree in engineering along with gridiron success.