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Community

TOP SHELF Volunteer

NORTH LIEBRTY– Chelsea Ladlie first heard about the North Liberty Community Panty while searching the United Way website. She contacted the pantry to find out about the pantry’s volunteer opportunities and has been a volunteer for more than four years now.
Ladlie became involved at the pantry because she was working from home and wanted to get out of the house to be around people. She said one of the great things she has seen at the pantry is children asking for food donations to give to those in need instead of birthday presents.

Tiffin to hold public hearing on tiered minimum wage for minors

Council to see proposed ordinance Feb. 2

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin still has work to do in settling its minimum wage debate.
The council will hold a Feb. 2 public hearing on the issue; this time, to discuss a tiered wage system for workers under age 18.
Last October, after robust discussion and a public hearing in which city officials sought citizen input on an ordinance to increase the minimum wage countywide, the council ultimately took no action. The lack of action allowed the county’s ordinance to take effect Nov. 1, requiring employers to bump wages to a new minimum of $8.20 per hour.

Former U.S. Secretary of State visits North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus status has brought many prestigious guests from the political arena to Eastern Iowa.
Last Sunday, it was North Liberty’s turn to host one of the nation’s– and the world’s– most influential.

Clinton scheduled to visit North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY–North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has received an RSVP to an exclusive invitation; former U.S. Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning a visit to North Liberty on Sunday, Jan. 24.
As of press time, Nielsen had no details on Clinton’s visit, other than the date. Nielsen said she would make details available to the public as soon as they were confirmed.

NL council votes to help fund Community ID

Four new social services grants also approved

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is well on board with doing good.
The city council doled out contributions to several social service projects, as well as the county-wide Community ID program, at its Jan. 12 meeting.
As city staff works on a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the council was asked again about its willingness to help foot the bill for Johnson County’s Community ID program out of this year’s budget.

District progress report shows disparity in test results between white, black students

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s Annual Progress Report showed numbers that concerned board members, particularly those that relate to black students’ proficiency and discipline experience in the district.
Among other data, the report for the 2014-15 showed less than half of black or African American students tested at a proficient level for reading, mathematics, and science in four out of six grade level subgroups tested. The numbers lag behind the averages of all students, and behind national proficiency rates as well.

City to host public open house for upcoming projects Thursday, Feb. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has projects coming up, including road improvements ahead of Liberty High School’s opening in the fall of 2017 which will start as early as March 1. The additional work is slated to reduce congestion on Penn Street.

Author to give reading at NL Community Library Jan. 24

Novel idea: A novel about the Iowa Caucuses coming to NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowans lived with Iowa Caucuses for over 40 years, but Iowa author Zachary Michael Jack may be the first to write a serious, and seriously funny, novel about them. Part political spoof, part earnest call for electoral reform, and one unforgettable campaign tale, “Corn Poll: A Novel of the Iowa Caucuses” has earned rave reviews since its October release from Tall Corn Books, the North Liberty-based imprint of Ice Cube Press. A Cedar County native, Jack brings his seven-city tour to the North Liberty Community Library Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m.

Black Gowns and Bowties Gala to be held at CCA Jan. 30

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Jan. 30, Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) fine arts boosters, F.A.M.E., will sponsor a Black Gowns and Bowties Gala in the CCA High School’s Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Proceeds will be used to fund performance attire and supplies for growing fine arts programs.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area with a silent auction and piano music by some of the talented students, teachers and friends of the program. Students will serve hors d’oeuvres while guests peruse and bid on silent auction items.

Garner Elementary to host Waffle Breakfast Feb. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary all-you-can-eat breakfast to be Jan. 24

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 24, from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Kids age five and under eat free. The public is invited to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

More teeth for SCSD good conduct policy?

Task force recommends encouraging healthy choices and discouraging substance abuse

SOLON– The whole idea started with Solon students’ pride for their schools, according to Solon High School (SHS) principal Nathan Wear.
Last year, some Solon students told their teachers and coaches they felt they were losing control of their ability to lead. They were concerned about alcohol use, drug use and other poor choices among students, and leaders at SHS didn’t want younger students to think these choices were acceptable, Wear said.