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Lori Lindner

Soon, a new chapter in library’s history

Ryan Humphrey, Ashlyn Wheery, Katelyn Humphrey and Haydon Wheery enjoy a “crafternoon” at the North Liberty Community Library on March 12. Behind them, the particle board partition separates the existing library from the new 11,000 square foot expansion that is currently under construction. The new section of the library is expected to be open to the public in May. (photo by Lori Lindner)

West side park to see first phase of improvements

Public invited to give input at March 27 open house

NORTH LIBERTY– Plans for a new public park in North Liberty are now in full swing.
At its March 12 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved plans, specifications, form of contract and cost estimates for improvements to a 40-acre green space acquired by the city in 2009. The space near the intersection of Jones Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive was used as farm ground until last year, and is now ready for its first phase of development.

Etheredge edges Dahms for supervisor’s seat

JOHNSON COUNTY– It wasn’t a landslide victory, but it might be considered a landmark one.
On Tuesday, March 5, Republican candidate John Etheredge won a seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the first Republican to serve on that body in 51 years, since the term of Republican Oren Alt ended in 1962.

Common threads tell unique stories

NORTH LIBERTY– Quilts are so much more than scraps of fabric, cut by hand and stitched together with careful placement, more than warm comfort on a cold night, even more than American folk art handed down through generations.
Quilts are testaments to lives well lived, celebrations of life’s milestones, congratulatory gifts of honor.

Vote March 5

Special election to choose new Johnson County supervisor

JOHNSON COUNTY– On March 5, voters in Johnson County will go to the polls for the second time in about four months.
The special election is to determine which of two candidates will fill the Johnson County Board of Supervisors seat left vacant by Sally Stutsman, who resigned from the board in January after being elected to the Iowa House of Representatives. Stutsman’s term ran through December 2014.

Market value

Cedar Rapids’ NewBo is a place for all tastes

CEDAR RAPIDS– There are two strict rules to guide Cedar Rapids’ NewBo City Market almost-anything-goes atmosphere: it has to be fresh. It has to be fun.
That’s why it is the place to be each Thursday and on weekends, where you can shop for farm-fresh produce, watch a cooking demonstration, experience a trendy flash mob by a local opera theater company and enjoy a relaxing glass of wine, all in the same place, any time of year.
“The idea behind NewBo is to make it a place people want to come to,” said NewBo City Market Director Ann Poe.

Made from scratch, topped with love

Pizza Plus celebrates a milestone birthday in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Anything that lasts 20 years has a proven track record.
Anyone who has been able to grow and maintain a business in North Liberty for 20 years has accomplished a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that it is a family-owned-and-operated, non-franchise restaurant serving made-from-scratch goodness to the public since 1993.

Nobody came

Public silent on city’s budget

NORTH LIBERTY– Apparently, North Liberty residents are completely satisfied with the way the city proposes to spend their money.
The North Liberty City Council offered a special agenda item last Tuesday, Feb. 12, to allow the public to ask questions and offer input on the city’s proposed 2014 fiscal year budget.
Nobody came.

Severance package approved for North Liberty’s former police chief

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s former police chief has accepted a severance package after his abrupt departure from the city’s employ Feb. 1.
The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved a resignation agreement between the city and former North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin at the council’s Feb. 12 meeting. The agreement grants Warkentin $37,647.46 for severance pay, overtime and paid time off due as of his departure date of Feb. 1, as well as providing insurance benefits until March 31, 2013.

Delays ahead

Construction on Mehaffey Bridge to begin in April

JOHNSON COUNTY– Travelers between North Liberty and Solon, prepare for delays ahead. Mehaffey Bridge will be under construction for the next two years.
At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved a bid for replacement of the aging structure spanning the Coralville Reservoir between the two communities. The wining base bid of $8,865,974 was offered by Iowa Bridge & Culvert of Washington, Iowa. Lookouts along the bridge’s separate multi-use trail will also be included, for an estimated total project cost of $8,904,245.

A tale of one sweet city

Garner students create mock city

NORTH LIBERTY– Second grade students at Buford Garner Elementary School in North Liberty got a taste of city development in December, and it was a sweet lesson in collaboration.

Rise up against violence Feb. 14 in Ely

One Billion Rising gives voice to women facing violence

ELY– Ely, Iowa, may only officially have 1,776 people, but this Valentine’s Day, it will be home to one billion.