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Archive - 2013

November 24th

CCA’s new elementary most likely to be in Tiffin

Board approves land deal contingent upon bond passage

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– If voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district approve a $48 million bond in February, Tiffin will be the site of a new elementary school.
CCA superintendent Tim Kuehl asked the school board to approve a resolution at their monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, approving the acquisition of land for the new school. The deal involves two parcels of land in the Bigelow Subdivision, located on the NE corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue on the east side of Tiffin.

November 21st

The price of freedom

HCS students learn about sacrifice on Veterans Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people may see the phrase, “freedom is not free” as a cliché. For Michael Annis, the administrator of the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty, it is more of an understatement.
The school hosted it’s annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, with veterans honored and thanked for their service through musical and video tributes as well as words of appreciation from Annis and a personal thank-you from every student in the building.

Solon’s All-American - James Morris

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Growing up in Solon, which is about 15 miles from Iowa City, it didn’t take long for James Morris to become a Hawkeye fan.
“The first game I ever went to was Akron,” said James, who was 11 at the time.
He picked a good year to start following the Hawkeyes as the Akron Zips was the first game in 2002 and Iowa rolled, 57-21.
That was the year that Brad Banks, Dallas Clark, Nate Kaeding and crew led the Hawks to an 11-2 record, including 8-0 in the Big Ten and a co-Big Ten championship with Ohio State.

Dora Wright

Dora “Joan” Wright, 78, of Swisher, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Services were held Nov. 18 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, conducted by the Rev. Stasia Fine. Burial was at Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

William Wickman 

William “Bill” Wickman, 69, of rural Solon died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Bill owned and operated Dallas Custom Auto in Iowa City for a number of years. Prior to that he was highly respected as an owner of an auto body shop in Chicago for many years before moving to this area. He is survived by his four children, three brothers, eight dogs and his partner-in-crime, Deborah Meade of rural Solon.
No local services are planned.

Edward Vorel

The family of Edward Vorel welcomed friends to a time of remembrance and celebration on Nov. 16 at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona, where a brief memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Private graveside services will be at a later date. Ed died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, following a short illness, at the Iowa City Veteran’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Edward Elmer Vorel was born Aug. 25, 1919, in Ely, the son of Louis and Agnes (Marash) Vorel. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in Central Europe, Normandy, France and Germany. He was discharged in 1945.

Beth Smith

Beth A. Hrabak Smith, 52, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in her Mount Vernon home with her family by her side.

Jimmie Smith Jr.

Jimmie “Jimbo” D. Smith, 47, of North Liberty, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at his home.
Graveside services were held Nov. 14 at Oakhill Cemetery in Coralville. Memorials in Jimmie’s name can be made to the Jimmie Smith Memorial Fund.
Jimmie Dean Smith Jr. was born July 25, 1966, in Iowa City, son of Jimmie E. and Alta M. (Blaha) Smith. He grew up in the Coralville/Iowa City and worked for several years at the Coralville Hy-Vee and more recently at Haight’s Hawkeye Meat Market.

Curtis Miller Sr.

Curtis Ray Miller Sr., 77, of Tiffin, left to be with his Lord on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with visitation before services. Burial followed services at the Rock Island National Cemetery where military honors were provided. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Andy Kacmarynski

Andy Kacmarynski, 57, of Solon, died Nov. 11, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Andrew Francis Kacmarynski was born Oct. 27, 1956, in Storm Lake. He was the son of Norbert and Elsie (Boyd) Kacmarynski. Andy grew up in Linn Grove on a rural farmstead with 11 other brothers and sisters.
After graduation, he moved to Iowa City where he was employed by Payless Cashways for 25 years. Andy subsequently worked in a variety of construction related jobs in the Iowa City area. The weekly safety meeting with co-workers was a highlight of his week.