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Archive - 2009

March 10th

Hawkeye wrestlers: Big Ten Champs

IOWA CITY– For the second year in a row, the Hawkeye wrestling team won the Big Ten tournament championship at University Park, Pennsylvania.
One hundred and forty-one points, two champions and nine will go to the NCAA championships in two weeks.
I’ll look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Iowa’s 33rd Big Ten title.
The good or great would have to be Brent Metcalf. Three pins, including one in the championship match, a major decision, being voted the Outstanding Wrestler for the second straight year, 33-0 for the year, 65 straight victories… and he’s only a junior.

Food for Thought

The other day I threw away an empty oatmeal box. I’ve done that a lot in the past 50 or so years, but for some reason this time I hesitated. There ought to be uses for such sturdy and relatively clean containers, aside from adding to the trash we Americans pile up in ever-growing mountains. It’s a nice, round box and it has a tightly-fitting plastic lid, better than the ragged cardboard lids of oatmeal boxes of the past.

Walkin'

I started my first full-time job, a lineman for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company, shortly after high school.
I got the job because I applied for it and did well on an aptitude test.
Just a couple weeks after graduating, I reported to work at a large garage in suburban Arlington Heights, where I was issued gloves, hardhat, belt and a small assortment of hand tools.

March 9th

City seeks applicants for the Telecommunication Commission

NORTH LIBERTY— There is currently one opening on the Telecommunications Commission to fill a partial term ending in June 2010. Meetings are typically held on the first Monday of the month. Not only can you have input on the redesign of the City Web site, but you will also promote local cable access and enhance public relations and communication efforts throughout the area.

March 8th

Safe! And not just at home plate

NORTH LIBERTY — The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NYLBS) league has taken a number of steps in recent years to increase the safety of all who attend the games. This season, the league has a new tool designed to prevent tragedy: a lightning detector designed to warn of an approaching storm.

March 3rd

Council says no loan for KinderWorld

NORTH LIBERTY– A long-established North Liberty day care center will relocate, likely with some financial assistance from the city.
It just wasn’t as much as she hoped.
The owner of KinderWorld Learning and Childcare Center, which has been housed in a building on site of the Ranshaw House for over 25 years, was informed she would have to move her child care operation when the city purchased the Penn Street property in 2004 for $650,000. Since then, KinderWorld owner Missy Butcher-Evans has been renting the daycare space from the city.

Conflict of interest still up for debate

NORTH LIBERTY– How much of an interest constitutes a conflict?
The North Liberty City Council will try to find some consensus on the matter.
Last month, council members learned that one of the project engineers from McClure Engineering– the lead engineering firm in a re-design of Highway 965– is also part owner of property along the highway.

A new look? CCA considers branding idea

TIFFIN –Ray Willoughby, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District’s Construction Manager, typically gives a briefing on the progress of the construction projects to the board during their monthly meeting. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Facility Oversight Task Force gave the board a presentation on, well…presentation.

North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry offers year-end update

NORTH LIBERTY– We would like to thank the City of North Liberty for their continued support of the North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry.

County P and Z extends public hearing on Land Use Plan

JOHNSON COUNTY– The discussion continues surrounding the growth and development plan for rural Johnson County.
Proposed changes to the North Corridor portion of the Johnson County Land Use Plan could impact rural property owners if they wish to develop land in the future.