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Community

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

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

SHS preparing for classes at new Kirkwood center

Johnson County site to open in fall 2015

SOLON– Preparations are in the works for a project that will have a big impact on Solon High School in the fall of 2015, and it’s not an auditorium.
The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa is scheduled to open in Johnson County next fall, and Solon school staff is working to develop a plan for the long-range partnership.

Solon United Methodist Family Life Center to host blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 23

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 ext. 1281 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Solon Public Library

New books

“The Job” by Janet Evanovich. The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox– bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons.
“Full Force and Effect” by Tom Clancy. A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don’t have.

Solon Booster holiday store adding hours at home basketball games

SOLON– Still looking for that perfect Spartan gift? By popular demand, the Solon Athletic Boosters are offering more opportunities to shop our holiday inventory. Come shop for colorful sweatshirts, digital camo hats, state championship volleyball T-shirts, teacher gifts, stocking stuffers and other Spartan clothing. The Booster shop will be open Friday, Dec. 19, in the Solon High School commons during the boys’ basketball game against West Delaware. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 319-331-0758.

Pantry seeking ingredients for Christmas meal boxes

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Christmas boxes with all the fixings for a meal to families struggling with food supplies this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Dec. 22, from 2-6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please call 319-430-8655.

ICCSD must revise diversity policy

USDA confirms district cannot use Free/Reduced Lunch data

IOWA CITY- The Iowa City Community School Distirct (ICCSD) received confirmation that it must divorce its diversity policy from Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data.
Superintendent Stephen Murley told the board last Tuesday that the use violates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules on what the data can and cannot be used for.
The USDA has given the school district until Jan. 31, 2015, to cease using the data.

NL man threatens to set himself on fire, charged with arson and domestic abuse

NORTH LIBERTY– According to a release issued by the City of North Liberty Telecommunications Department, officers of the North Liberty Police Department were dispatched to 254 Golfview Ct., North Liberty, in reference to a domestic disturbance on Dec. 15, around 9:15 p.m. Through the investigation, officers learned that Fernando Maldonado, age 38, (AKA Javier T.

Kinze opens new facility in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 10 to celebrate the opening of its newest office facility in North Liberty. The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce attended the ceremony to celebrate the opening of the building, which marks Kinze’s first presence in the North Liberty area.

ACE on target at CCA

Innovative student-professional collaboration to bring new building to CCA campus next spring

OXFORD — Last March, Joe Greathouse, assistant professor in construction management at Kirkwood Community College, introduced to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board the idea of an innovative educational experience.
Greathouse spoke of Kirkwood’s Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) academy, which prepares students for two- or four-year degrees, a trade program or even entry into the construction field by providing mentors who work directly with students.

Gerdin family gifts $300K to Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s

CEDAR RAPIDS– Hundreds of families with hospitalized children will be the beneficiaries of a major gift from the Gerdin Family Foundation. The family is gifting $300,000 to St. Luke’s Foundation for the creation of the Ronald McDonald Family Room®, which is currently under construction on the second floor of St. Luke’s Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Foundation will use $100,000 of the gift to open an endowment to support future capital needs as there will always be a demand for this type of facility for the families of critically-ill children.

Dec. 31 reception to recognize service of outgoing supervisor John Etheredge

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will host a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, to thank Supervisor John Etheredge for his service. Etheredge’s term will expire on Dec. 31. The reception is open to the public and will be held at the Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.
Etheredge began his term on March 11, 2013, to complete the term vacated when Sally Stutsman resigned after being elected to the Iowa Legislature.