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Community

Highway 965 work to begin after Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– The first stage of major improvements to Highway 965 is set to begin as early as next week. To facilitate the first stage of construction, Highway 965 will be closed north of Penn Street past Pasha Parkway. This stage is expected to last into August, when a second stage, expected to last into November, will begin.
During the first stage, Highway 965 traffic will be detoured along Penn Street to Alexander Way, where there will be temporary traffic signals throughout the project, back to Highway 965 via 240th Street.

NL city offices close for mayor’s funeral, Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– City Hall and the North Liberty Community Library will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 23, so city staff can attend the funeral of Mayor Tom Salm, who died Sunday. Recreation and aquatics services will remain open.
City Hall and the Community Library will also be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. North Liberty’s Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Budget cuts solid, administration salaries frozen

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Across Iowa, school districts are dealing with the end of one-time money provided by the federal government to support operations. The result has been dramatic budget cuts in school districts, including the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
Protests from students, faculty and community members over a $3.6 million budget cut for the 2014-2015 fiscal year have gone largely unaddressed by the school board since the decision to cut the budget was made last January.

NL Leader honored with awards at INA convention

DES MOINES– The North Liberty Leader again placed a close second as the best newspaper in its class over the weekend at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contests.
The Leader was awarded second place in the overall General Excellence category, only three points behind the Westside Observer. The Leader placed in 11 writing and photography contests, capturing first place nine times.

Solon Public Library

Thank you, South Slope

We want to thank South Slope’s continued and generous support of the Solon Public Library. Through the years, they have offered the library free access to Internet, and recently, they bumped up the speed from five MBPS to 10 MBPS, allowing us to offer faster Internet capabilities to our patrons. Thanks again, South Slope. You help to make our library a success.

Teen summer reading kick-off party

Fine arts strike CCA’s board’s fancy

Choir, speech take center stage

OXFORD– After all of the performers and their families and friends left, the remainder of the evening was comparatively bland.
Third, fourth and fifth grade choir members at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) performed for the Clear Creek Amana school board during a regular meeting Wednesday, April 16, in the CCE library. Also on the venue were four CCA high school students who competed in the All-State Speech Contest at University of Northern Iowa on March 31.