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Ely City Administrator Hoy leaving post

City hopes to choose replacement at the end of the month

ELY– The City of Ely hopes to land a new City Administrator by the end of the month.
The members of the Ely City Council voted at an April 25 session to accept the resignation of current City Administrator Denise Hoy, who took a new position as City Clerk for the City of Ankeny.
Her last day on the job will be Friday, June 14.
She’s moving back to central Iowa to be closer to her children and grandchildren in Conrad and Knoxville.
“Ankeny’s right in the middle,” Hoy said.
She joined the City of Ely in January of 2017 after over two decades working for the City of Conrad.

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Swisher native Conor Mittauer trains to serve as the next generation of U.S. Naval Aviation Warfighters

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– A 2012 Cedar Rapids Prairie High School graduate and Swisher native is participating in a rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Conor Mittauer is a student pilot with the “Stingrays” of Training Squadron (VT) 35, based in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The squadron flies the T-44C Pegasus aircraft.
A Navy student pilot is responsible for training to become a maritime pilot.
“I enjoy how extremely challenging the training program is,” Mittauer said.

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The rules of the road still matter

NL Optimists help kids stay safe on the streets with annual bike rodeo

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes kids need a little reminder when it comes to personal safety. The North Liberty Optimist Club provided a reminder on bicycle safety Saturday, June 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.

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Become the you you’ve always wanted to be

Elite Fitness opens in Solon

SOLON– Spartan Square, a small strip mall on the south side of Solon along Highway 1 has become something of a one-stop-shop for healthy living. The center includes Mac’s Nutrition, Eastern Iowa Family Counseling, Ability Physical Therapy, and opening today, Elite Fitness.

Preparing for the worst

CCA commissions a study to determine what’s best in case of a tornado

OXFORD– While many things can qualify as a “worst-case scenario,” one situation bound to top the list every time is a tornado hitting a school while it is in session. The nightmare has come true several times with three of particular note.
On April 21, 1967, a tornado scored a direct hit on the Belvidere, Ill., High School just as students were loading buses at the end of the school day. Thirteen deaths and 300 injuries were reported at the school. According to Tom Grazulis of The Tornado Project, this was the nation’s sixth-worst school death toll from a tornado.

Preparing for the worst

CCA commissions a study to determine what’s best in case of a tornado

OXFORD– While many things can qualify as a “worst-case scenario,” one situation bound to top the list every time is a tornado hitting a school while it is in session. The nightmare has come true several times with three of particular note.
On April 21, 1967, a tornado scored a direct hit on the Belvidere, Ill., High School just as students were loading buses at the end of the school day. Thirteen deaths and 300 injuries were reported at the school. According to Tom Grazulis of The Tornado Project, this was the nation’s sixth-worst school death toll from a tornado.

Area schools combat vaping

Solon hosts informational session for parents

SOLON– It looked like a typical teenager’s bedroom: a pile of clothes on the floor, stuff on the bed, an array of items on the nightstand and on the desk. As concerned parents surveyed the scene, with guidance from Prelude staff, it quickly became apparent there was contraband hidden in plain sight.

Think right, do right

Solon’s “Shoe Guy” Greg Morris, honored as Iowa’s Firefighter of the Year

SOLON– Greg Morris had a lot of titles over the years: husband, father, ardent fans of University of Iowa athletics know him as “The Shoe Guy,” volunteer firefighter, and now he’s added another.
Morris, from Solon, is the 2019 Iowa Firefighter of the Year.

Bitter winter and wet spring delays outdoor pool opening

NORTH LIBERTY- We’re all looking forward to summer, but the wet spring and bitter winter will continue to have an impact on the summer outdoor pool opening.

Fareway and managers celebrate 20th anniversary

Second generations learning values carting groceries

NORTH LIBERTY- You can learn a lot of basic skills working for a grocery store.
Like being punctual.
Myron Hoffman was the tender age of 16 when he started work at the Fareway Store in his hometown of Carroll, after school let out his junior year in high school.
He knows the date by heart.
May 28, 1980.
“It was a Wednesday, 6 a.m.,” the North Liberty Fareway grocery manager recalled.
He’s been with the Boone-based chain ever since.

Dudes and Donuts combine for breakfast at North Bend

Connecting families with their school

NORTH LIBERTY– Friday, April 19, was supposed to be a day off from school for students at Clear Creek Amana’s North Bend Elementary, in North Liberty. Instead, it became a regular school day due to so many snow days this past winter.
However, the bitterness of having to go to school to kick off the Easter weekend was sweetened.
Literally.
The school held its fourth annual Dudes and Donuts breakfast the hour before the start of classes, giving the kids a sweet start to their school day.

The dragon maker

Author Sarah Prineas drops latest title, “Dragonfell”

SOLON– Sarah Prineas created a world where cities run on magic.
Now she’s made another where dragons hoard teacups.
“Dragonfell,” her 11th book for HarperCollins, was released in hardcover in March.
It takes place in an otherworld, on the cusp of industrial revolution, with less room for magic and dragons.
Rafi Bywater, accused by a factory owner of being “dragon-touched,” is cast out of his village, and begins a journey to discover the truth, befriended along the way by Maud, a wanna-be dragon scientist.