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Community

Ely bank robber captured by authorities

Solon State Bank in Ely robbed Friday morning

ELY– The suspect in the Friday morning robbery of the Solon State Bank in Ely has been taken into custody, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree and remains in the Linn County Jail pending his court appearance, according to Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County Conservation officer located the suspect and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where the suspect was taken into custody.

Welcome to the fire service

NLFD’s ranks expand with 10 recruits

NORTH LIBERTY– Chief of department Edward Croker of the city of New York (1899-1911), once said, “When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”

Early voting for Feb. 4 elections begins this week

IOWA CITY– Early voting for both the Feb. 4 Clear Creek Amana bond election and the Swisher mayoral election will begin Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:45 a.m.
Voting will be available at the auditor’s office at 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays through Monday, Feb. 3, the day before the election. The office will be closed on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20. 
Satellite voting will be available at Clear Creek Amana High School on Friday, Jan. 31, before and during the basketball game, from 5 to 8 p.m.

West High to host mini-dance marathon Jan. 19

IOWA CITY– The second annual West High Mini-Dance Marathon (WHSDM) will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1-6 p.m. in the Iowa City West High School Cafeteria. In 2013, the inaugural WHSDM raised over $21,000 that went towards the final total at the University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s Big Event, which raises money for the UI Children’s Hospital and children battling pediatric cancer.

Tiffin Fire Association annual meeting to be held Jan. 20

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting including election of officers.
Please contact Bill Rippert by phone at 319-331-6201 or email at weruppert@aol.com with questions.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

Hope Church to host free community meal Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hope Evangelical Church will host North Liberty’s next Community Monthly Meal Saturday, Jan. 25, from 12 to 1 p.m.  This meal is open to anyone who lives in the North Liberty community who wishes to get to know their neighbors better and share a meal together.

Vocal group “Six Appeal” coming to CCA Jan. 30

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is pleased to announce “Six Appeal” will perform at the High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Six Appeal is a high-energy a cappella group from the Twin Cities area.

No shelter from the budget crunch

City council looks to trim $41,000 from next year’s budget

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– It’s a tight budget for the second year in a row.
Solon city staff, elected representatives and appointed officials met together at a Jan. 8 Solon City Council meeting to grind out the details of the 2014-2015 budget.
Early figures put the budget over $40,000 in the red, but by the end of Wednesday’s lengthy meeting, it appeared the city was close to balancing its expenses and revenues.

Veterans Memorial breakfast Jan. 19

SOLON– The Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a special breakfast Sunday, Jan. 19, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, juice, coffee and milk. The cost for adults is $7, and $4 for children ages 6-12. Children age 5 and under eat free. All proceeds go to the Veterans Memorial Fund for maintenance purposes.

Kettle-fried chicken dinner Feb. 1 at Legion

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will be hosting their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and  drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit the community and Solon school projects. 

Optimist Club basketball contests Jan. 26

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will sponsor basketball contests at the Solon Middle School gym on Sunday, Jan. 26. Registration is at 12:30 p.m., and contests start at 1 p.m.
There will be contests in dribbling, passing, and shooting for ages 8 through 13– boys and girls divisions, with first, second and third place awards to each age group, plus boys and girls champion awards.