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Archive - 2013

November 24th

School leaning toward $25M bond issue

Look for a vote in spring of 2014

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Twenty-five million dollars.
That’s the projected price tag of a bond issue the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education expects to put before voters in spring of 2014.
But it still isn’t clear what the money will buy.
The district has a wide range of options, including a new middle school and a high school auditorium, and some of those were discussed again at a Nov. 11 board meeting.
What is clear is that the district will have approximately $25 million in bonding capacity to work with.

Funning for the firefighters

NL comedian serves up more Comedy For Charity

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They’re on-call 24/7/365, ready at a moment’s notice to drop whatever they’re doing and respond to your call for help. They’re the firefighters who make up 14 fire departments in Johnson County, and North Liberty-based comedian Nathan Timmel would like to give them a little help.

Patch work

NLPD asks for citizen input on logo redesign

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– For the next seven days, citizens have a unique opportunity to tell North Liberty police officers what to do.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is in the process of updating the emblem that will represent the department, not only on its officers’ uniforms but also on letterhead, identification badges and other items, and they are asking for the public to weigh in on the design.

Clear Creek Amana Foundation Hall of Fame honors 2013 inductees

Special to the North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation held its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25, during the half-time of the junior varsity football game. Honored were 2013 Clear Creek Amana Hall of Fame inductees Bill J. Leischenring and Darrell Wallace.

Striking out for the top

West High bowling team prepares for 2013-14 season

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It started out as a club activity, became a sanctioned sport by both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), and continues to get bigger every year. “It” is the girls and boys bowling teams at West High, under coach Mike Mellecker.
Mellecker started as an assistant coach in 2000, back in the club sport days. In 2007 he took the top spot. Since then the boys have compiled a 19-62 record while the girls have fared better at 33-61.

West High’s 2013-14 wrestlers loaded and ready

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland’s 2013-2014 West High varsity wrestling team hasn’t changed much from last year’s squad, which went 21-8, 13-1 in MVC competition. Reiland, in his 15th season with the Trojans, only lost four seniors to graduation: Kegan Wakefield at 138 pounds, Blake Bohner at 182, Mickey Pelfrey at 195 and Colin Foerstner at 285.

Inking those college deals

Six West High athletes commit

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They signed on the line and formalized their commitments. Six West High athletes– Jasmine Bailey, Tyus Adkins, Declan Doyle, Wyatt Lohaus, Tereysa Lehnertz and Adrienne Jensen– signed national letters of intent at a signing ceremony in the school cafeteria Wednesday, Nov. 13.

CCA girls set a course for success

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Matt Haas took the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team in 2011 and found a program in trouble. With a new outlook and a new way of doing things, the team closed-out his debut season with a 7-16 record, just one win short of the total wins in the previous three seasons. Last year the Clippers hit the .500 mark at 11-11 (6-8 in WaMaC play for fifth in the conference).

Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope is free, open to the public

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to those in need, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will
be available for those in need at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty. Transportation to the meal will also be available. To schedule transportation, please call 319-530-0135 and leave a message. For general information about the Thanksgiving dinner, contact Amanda Engstrom at amanda@southslope.net.

Swatch of green redefines plat

Fox Valley asked to change, then change back

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes all you have to do is ask nicely.
Other times, you have to lay your personal dreams out on the table and plead for them to be considered.
A North Liberty resident did a little of both at last week’s council meeting, and ultimately got the answer she was hoping for.