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Community

Ely woman killed in school bus accident

SOLON– An Ely woman was killed and her husband was airlifted to the hospital after her car collided with a school bus carrying approximately 30 Solon Community School District students at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to a report by the Iowa Highway Patrol, Patricia Howell, 73, of Ely was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion when she turned east into the path of the westbound school bus. Bunyan Howell, 75, Ely, was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the report said. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Solon City Council seeking applicants interested in vacancy

SOLON– On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Solon City Council voted to fulfill by appointment a vacancy on city council created with the resignation of Brad Kunkel who has moved outside the city limits. The city council is asking for those interested in completing the council term through Dec. 31, 2015, to send a letter of interest to Solon City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St., Solon IA 52333, by Dec. 16, 2014.

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.

Council moving ahead on water storage

City planning for ground storage reservoir next to SRNA well

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon has been aware that it needs additional water storage for some time.
Now a solution has risen to the top.
At a regular meeting Dec. 3, Solon City Council members voted to pursue a 400,000-gallon ground storage reservoir to be located adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).

Solon Public Library

Friends of the Library book donations accepted at library

If you’re cleaning for the holidays and find that you have an abundance of gently used books, DVDs, and/or puzzles, you should consider donating them to the library. All donations are tax-deductible and are either added to the library’s collection or given to the Friends of the Solon Public Library to be sold at their yearly book sale. The proceeds of their book sale go towards providing programming at the library.

Monthly drawing winner

Junior Post Prom Spartan Rummage Sale Saturday, Dec. 15

SOLON– Junior Post Prom Committee will be hosting a Spartan Rummage Sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 5-9 p.m. in the Solon Middle School commons. This clothing sale will include used Spartan clothing and sports equipment.

Shrek - The SHS Musical Production

SOLON– What happens when you put a couple dozen dancing dolls, three blind mice, two jaded ogres and one narcissistic lord all together in a magical kingdom where fairy tale creatures come to life and a brassy dragon falls in love with a sassy donkey?
Another fantastic musical presented by the Solon High School music and drama departments.
“Shrek the Musical,” a theater adaptation of the DreamWorks film, was directed by Solon Middle School vocal music instructor Jessica Frerich and performed by a slew of Solon’s middle school and high school students on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

One step closer to eminent domain procedure

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council in its Dec. 9 meeting took action that moves the city one step closer toward exercising eminent domain to obtain private property for a public purpose.
On Tuesday, the council unanimously voted to proceed with obtaining sewer easements on eight private properties. In one case, the council did so in the face of litigation against it.

Keystone Place at Forevergreen to open in 2016

Coming soon to NL: new options for senior living

NORTH LIBERTY– A high demand for senior living options in North Liberty will soon be met.
Developers and investors in the planned Keystone Place at Forevergreen gathered Nov. 21 at 1275 W. Forevergreen Rd., formerly the Colony Country RV Park, to break ground for the new senior living center.

Weather delays could spell trouble for CCA construction projects

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD — They’re not ready to push the panic button just yet, but administrators and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) board members are concerned about progress on the new middle school addition, and weather-related delays.

Small change making a big difference

United Way of Johnson County, MidWestOne partner for financial literacy program

NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance, taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial decision-making is never simple. Yet money management is more often learned through the school of hard knocks than through any educational institution or formal curriculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now helping guide the way for some Johnson County residents.

NL to sponsor holiday lighting contest

NORTH LIBERTY– Nothing says happy holidays like competition over the best holiday lights display.
The North Liberty Recreation Department is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest with prizes for the top three displays based on public and recreation center staff voting.