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Archive - 2015

December 2nd

Officials offer information about clearing snow from Johnson County roadways

By Kevin Braddock
Special to the Leader

 JOHNSON COUNTY– Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 22, but as Iowans, we know the snow and ice can come well before then. Now is a good time to remind residents of the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department’s Snow Removal Policy, available on the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com.

North Liberty recreation staff to sponsor holiday lights contest for fun and prizes

NORTH LIBERTY– Nothing says “happy holidays” like competition over the best holiday lights display.
The North Liberty Recreation Department is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest with prizes for the top three displays based on public and staff voting.
To register or nominate a neighbor, complete the entry form available at the city’s website, northlibertyiowa.org, or fill out a form at the North Liberty Community Center. Voting will be held from Dec. 14-20, with the winners announced Dec. 21.
So safely get into your best Clark Griswold mentality and show your neighborhood what’s what.

Local businesses join In Community to make a difference this holiday season

NORTH LIBERTY– Being “In Community” has taken on new meaning for a group of local businesses working to raise money for the Coralville and North Liberty food pantries. Fifteen businesses have joined together to promote shopping local and support the community. By working together, these businesses show the value of shopping local and raising more money for the pantries.

TIF debt reduced in City of Tiffin

TIFFIN– Cleaning up Tiffin’s financial recordkeeping has uncovered a pleasant surprise.
With the city council’s approval of the Dec. 1 TIF filing, the City of Tiffin will carry a lower level of Tax Increment Finance (TIF) debt than reported in years past.

District gears up for Liberty High

Parents, students await additional answers

IOWA CITY– About 50 North Liberty parents and students attended an information meeting on Nov. 23, held by the Iowa City Community School District, to address questions about the Liberty High School transition.
Matt Degner, the district’s director of schools, presented plans for the new school, then held a question-and-answer session with audience members in the Iowa City West High theater.

Veterans honored at local schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans were the honorees of the day at schools across the country Nov. 11, including Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.

Van Allen
Van Allen Elementary School has celebrated the day of remembrance for a number of years, with the school’s Team 2 students and teachers hosting local veterans for a brief assembly and refreshments, and inviting guests to individual classrooms. Some of the veterans give presentations to classes and speak of their time in the military.

Gun ban discussion draws crowd in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has learned that gun ownership is a touchy subject.
Discussion on city policy regarding firearms on public property brought citizens out in force at the North Liberty City Council meeting Nov. 24, resulting in expulsion of one individual and a backlash of criticism prior to the meeting and in the days to follow.

Clearing the snow from Johnson County roads

By Kevin Braddock
Maintenance Superintendent for Johnson County Secondary Roads

 JOHNSON COUNTY– Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 22, but as Iowans, we know the snow and ice can come well before then. Now is a good time to remind residents of the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department’s Snow Removal Policy, available on the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Basketball referees needed

Basketball referees are needed for third to sixth grade boys’ basketball.
Applicants need to be high school age or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Lakeview Elementary gym on Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, and 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game officiated. Questions regarding employment as a referee may be directed to Mike Reeve by phone or text at 319-594-1978, or e-mail mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Boys basketball

Lady Spartans open with a win on the road

Solon girls roll over Vinton-Shellsburg, 53-42

VINTON– The Solon Lady Spartans rolled into Vinton-Shellsburg to open the season and came away with a 53-42 win over the Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“Going into my first varsity game as a head coach I was nervous but, like I told my players, it was a good nervous. The kind where you are ready to compete!” said Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop. “I was excited to see how our girls would respond in a regular season game.”
The Spartan starters for the first varsity game were junior Alli Prybil, junior Josie Durr, and seniors Hannah Bluder, Dakota Doyle and Nichole Oberthien.