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Community

Makes hanging pictures easy

NL inventor makes A product to hang his hat on

NORTH LIBERTY– For those of us who struggle getting photos to hang on the wall straight (and who doesn’t?) a North Liberty inventor has the solution.
“Everybody is frustrated with hanging pictures; I don’t care who you talk to,” said Roger Miller, creator of PicGenie123. “I created the product out of my own frustration– bottom line.”
The Iowan developed a unique new approach to hanging wall objects using a simple set of hardware. His invention even gained the approval of The Home Depot, which recently started selling the product in over 2,000 stores across the U.S. and its territories.

K-9 stop nets eight pounds of meth in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Two non-Iowa residents have been arrested on drug and weapon charges after a weekend traffic stop in Tiffin.
After running a stop sign, Dawn M. Colunga, 38, of Indianapolis, was stopped by Coralville police on the 100 block of Village Drive at about 7:05 p.m. Friday. With the assistance of a K-9, police searched her Honda Civic and found out eight-and-a-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine, a small bag of heroin and a small portion of marijuana.

CCA seeks public input

School district held three public hearings on Dec. 20

CCA held three public hearings on Dec. 20
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors held three public hearings on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Clear Creek Elementary, in Oxford, during its regular monthly meeting.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Monday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservation.

Distant dream nearing reality

One-stop-shop for crisis intervention moves forward

IOWA CITY– What once seemed like only a good idea, and a bit of a dream, is nearing realization in Johnson County as plans for a comprehensive, “one-stop-shop” for addiction and behavioral short-term care recently took a giant step forward.

One man, many voices

Ben Carling channels Dickens with ‘A Christmas Carol’

NORTH LIBERTY– On Dec. 3, 1867, the New York Daily Tribune ran a review of Charles Dickens’ first reading of “A Christmas Carol” in Boston’s Tremont Temple the prior evening:
From first to last there is no trickery in it,—full of action, abounding in gesture, with a voice for every character in every mood; with a face for every man, woman, and child, reflecting every feeling. There is no straining for stage effect, no attitudizing, no affectation. The most effective reading we ever listened to—it was the most beautifully simple, straightforward, hearty piece of painting from life.

2018 hunting, fishing licenses go on sale Friday, Dec. 15

DES MOINES– Iowans may start buying 2018 resident hunting, fishing and other licenses on Dec. 15. Licenses purchased for 2017 expire on Jan. 10.
The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $47; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $53; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $86.

Gallery West decision “hopefully”

Council sets Dec. 13 work session for in-depth discussion

SOLON– The Solon City Council is expected to make a decision regarding Gallery Acres West’s request for water service at a Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed the issue briefly at a Dec. 6 meeting before setting a Dec. 13 work session for in-depth deliberation.
At the beginning of November, Stange asked council members to decide on the Gallery Acres West (GAW) extension by the end of December.
The topic appeared on the Dec. 6 agenda for discussion and possible action, but Stange quickly extinguished the hope of a decision.

A hobby gone awry

Pyles making the Christmas season bright near Solon

LAKE MACBRIDE– It all started 40 years ago, and has exploded into a light and sound spectacle that just keeps growing and growing at the corner of Hwy. 382 and Newberry Drive west of Solon and near the entrance to Lake Macbride.
“It was when I had my first daughters, and Christmas was Christmas, and I just put up a few strings (of lights), and we’ve been at it ever since,” Dan Pyle said. Pyle and his wife Hope have gone from those first few strands to 142 separate runs of extension cords supplying electricity to at least 30,000 lights.

Minor injured in Johnson County hunting incident

JOHNSON COUNTY– An 11-year-old boy was injured in a hunting incident on Sunday, Dec. 10, on private property near the intersection of 320th Street NE and Prairie Du Chen Road NE in Johnson County north of Iowa City.

Saturday Soup Ministry Ends Dec. 16

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church sadly announced it will end Saturday Soup Ministry after the Dec. 16 soup delivery. For the past 13 years, the church delivered soup to those who requested it in the Solon and Ely area. Each delivered soup provided one person enough soup for two meals. Over those 13 years, the church provided 25,990 servings of soup. It has been Our Lord’s Church’s pleasure to have provided the service to the wonderful individuals they had the pleasure of meeting and serving.
Note: Our Lord’s Church continues to provide the free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Iowa needs workers with skills in industrial arts

State senators Kinney and Mathis talk jobs at North Liberty meeting

NORTH LIBERTY— The overarching theme of the evening was jobs. But a lively discussion among legislators and about a dozen constituents ranged widely, from the role of career preparation in K-12 education, to the need for a public transit system, to the challenges of getting broadband connectivity to rural and smaller communities, and even the potential of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Iowa.