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North Liberty Leader

A focal point in the community is due for a makeover

Oxford American Legion seeks donations for new Veterans Memorial

OXFORD– The Veterans Memorial in Oxford stands for all who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States. Like many veterans, it has seen good times and bad, and has stood in the face of adversity.
But Oxford’s memorial has lost some of its luster and Oxford American Legion members have banded together to raise funds for a new one.
The current memorial replaced a wooden monument which bore the names of Oxford’s veterans placed some 25-30 years ago, possibly even 40, depending on who you ask.

From barn to badge

Alec Fjelstul, the NLPD’s newest and youngest officer

NORTH LIBERTY– A fresh face has joined the ranks of North Liberty’s finest. And if you ask him, there’s nowhere else he’d rather be.
“I love it here,” Alec Fjelstul affirmed of his new role.
At 22 years old, Officer Fjelstul, Badge 523, is the newest and youngest member of the growing North Liberty Police Department (NLPD), having completed his field training Thursday, Nov. 1.

Three battle for two Johnson County Supervisor seats

Supervisors race features an incumbent and a Republican

JOHNSON COUNTY– Three candidates are on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6, for two seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent Janelle Rettig survived a primary election to defend her seat while Pat Heiden also won on primary night to fight for the seat being vacated by Supervisor Mike Carberry. Heiden defeated Carberry in the primary. Republican Phil Hemingway enters the fray as well, hoping to be the first Republican to be elected to the board since 2013 when John Etheredge of Kalona was elected to fill the seat vacated by Sally Stutsman when she left for the Iowa Senate.

Kinney faces Hora for Senate District 39

Republican challenges incumbent Democrat

NORTH LIBERTY– State Senator Kevin Kinney faces a challenger for his District 39 seat on the ballot for Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Kinney, a Democrat, was first elected in 2014.
District 39 includes the towns of Swisher, Shueyville, North Liberty (Madison Twp.), Oxford, Tiffin, Frytown and Hills and the townships of Monroe, Jefferson, Oxford, Madison, Clear Creek, Hardin, Union, West Lucas, Washington, Sharon, Liberty, Pleasant Valley, Lincoln and Fremont. The district also includes portions of Washington and Keokuk counties.

City of North Liberty sues BlendCard

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty successfully filed suit against BlendCard in September for failure to pay a loan agreement, according to city officials and court documents.
The Iowa-based startup company developed a rewards program for small businesses lacking the marketing power of major companies, consolidating them into one card for consumer use and in exchange providing information on consumer habits to the enrolled businesses, allowing said businesses to engage in direct and targeted marketing strategies.

Bringing a legend back to life

The DanceMor opens its doors again after four-year hiatus

SWISHER– Live music and dancing has returned to the historic DanceMor ballroom in downtown Swisher after a four-year hiatus.
The venue, originally a dance floor and stage covered by a circus tent, closed in 2014 and sat dormant until a young couple with an appreciation for the history, and a passion, set out to breathe new life into it.

Letting the "Littles" thrive

4-H/Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers in Solon and NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Blasting bottle rockets outside, making ice cream in a bag and roasting marshmallows over a campfire may sound like simple fun and games, but in the 4-H/Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) after-school club, they serve as a powerful vessel for bonding and personal development.

Tiffin in exploration phase for future rec complex

Evaluating possibilities with Diamond Dreams and Shive-Hattery

TIFFIN– A recreation complex could be in Tiffin’s near future. The city has begun the exploratory phase of shaping what is sure to be a fixture of the growing community.

A2Z provides a breadth of household services

Halloween party/open house Wed., Oct. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– From modest, rural Johnson County beginnings to forging a reputation in Iowa City, A2Z Heating and Plumbing, Inc. now begins an exciting chapter with its new home in the heart of North Liberty.
A2Z’s service radius spans from Cedar Rapids to Washington, and according to Owner Darline Horton, the company name isn’t just flair.
“There’s literally almost something under every letter of the alphabet that we do,” she remarked. “Heating, air conditioning, plumbing is the day-to-day, most of the calls that we get. But we also do a lot of the commercial refrigeration work.”

A toilet paper "ribbon cutting"

NL wastewater treatment plant celebrates expansion

Photo: North Liberty City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tempore Chris Hoffman delivers remarks ahead of a toilet paper “ribbon cutting” Thursday, Oct. 18, at the North Liberty Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The streak is over

N. Scott lances CCA, 45-7, ending historic winning streak for the Clippers

TIFFIN– Senior Night at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School was spoiled Friday, Oct. 12, as the Clippers’ historic gridiron winning streak ended at the hands of the visiting North Scott Lancers.
The Lancers pounded the Creek Boys, 45-7, and dipped CCA to 7-1 after the first-ever 7-0 record in school history. North Scott also clinched the Class 3A District 5 championship (and secured a spot in the playoffs) as well.

First United Methodist Church facility completes expansion

Dedication ceremony, grand opening Oct. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– One of North Liberty’s most prominent churches has undergone an ambitious expansion to meet the needs of its growing congregation.
First United Methodist Church, located at 85 N. Jones Blvd., plans to celebrate the milestone with a dedication ceremony and grand opening this weekend.