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Community

Casey Grover, Mark Krall, Steve Stange return council papers

SOLON– Two incumbents and a newcomer are all but guaranteed election after filing as candidates for three expiring seats on the Solon City Council.

Popcorn sales start Thursday

SOLON– This August, Eric Swartzendruber, along with his parents, Roger and Dee, were able to travel to the Pecatonica River Popcorn Factory in Livingston, Wis. The Pecatonica River Popcorn Factory is the company that makes the Scout popcorn. There Eric met with Nick Solomon. After speaking with Mr. Solomon, he gave the family a tour of the plant. The Scout popcorn sales start Thursday, Sept. 26.

Spartan Fund Run back on for Oct. 26

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Fund Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. at the Solon High School. Courses begin and end at the Solon High School Spartan Stadium.
Sign up by Oct. 4 to guarantee a race T-shirt.
Registration is now open at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/SpartanFundRun. Cost for this half-mile, one mile, 5K or 10K event are $15 per person, or $50 for a family of four. Additional family members can be included at $5 per member. Online registration will continue through Oct. 18. Please visit www.spartanfundrun.blogspot.com for more information.

Venenga chosen as NL chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has named its new chief of police.
Lt. Diane Venenga was chosen last week among a field of four final candidates culled from a national search orchestrated by Moulder and Associates LLC of Des Moines.

Muller continues pursuit of the truth

NL resident guides next generation of journalists

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As a child, Lyle Muller really liked three things: radio, newspapers and music. And through a dedicated career in the media, he is accomplished in all three.
Muller, a North Liberty resident since 1979, is currently the Executive Director of Iowa Watch, a non-profit media watchdog with the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Formerly the editor for The Gazette, Muller now spends his days focusing on the craft of journalism and mentoring up-and-coming student journalists.

Storm and high wind cause damage in North Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It was here and gone quickly, but Eastern Iowa’s severe weather last Thursday, Sept. 19, left plenty of reminders in its wake.
People in several North Liberty neighborhoods were surveying and cleaning up after heavy wind and rain damaged homes, outdoor equipment and other structures Friday morning, including the Greer family.

CCA to kick off petition drive for bond issue

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is ramping up its efforts to get the word out about its space woes, as a Feb. 4 bond issue referendum grows nearer.

City to host public open house for new police chief Oct. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Diane Venenga was named North Liberty’s police chief by mayor Tom Salm. The North Liberty City Council will vote on the appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. Venenga, who has served as the interim chief since February, will take the post permanently following council’s approval.
Venenga has been with the North Liberty Police Department for 14 years, serving as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant before her appointment as chief. Venenga is an Iowa native and holds degrees in criminology and political science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Fitness screening at North Liberty VNA flu clinic Sept. 27

NORTH LIBERTY– There will be a free fitness screening at the North Liberty Visiting Nurses Association flu clinic on Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. until noon at the North Liberty Recreation Center, 820 W. Cherry St., North Liberty.
Fitness screening can help assess balance and strength, both of which are extremely important in preventing falls. The free screening, taking approximately five minutes, will be conducted by trained volunteers with the oversight of a community expert.

Sign up now for North Liberty’s ‘Make A Difference Day’ Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will be hosting “Make A Difference Day,” a service project on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Work teams from local churches will be fanning out all over North Liberty to perform community service.
Service projects will include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve lives in the North Liberty community.

NL will have county’s first vote center for Nov. 5 city election

NORTH LIBERTY– All North Liberty city election voters will be able to vote at Johnson County’s first ever vote center on Nov. 5. The vote center at South Slope Communications, 980 N. Front St., will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Recent changes in state law allow auditors to combine precincts into vote centers for all non-partisan elections to save costs and increase voter convenience.
The vote center will have five to eight workers, instead of the minimum 18 workers that would have been required at six polling places, for an estimated savings of from $2,000 to $2,500.