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Community

Construction on 180th Street NE to county line completed

IOWA CITY– 180th Street NE, from Utah Avenue NE to the Johnson-Cedar county line, will reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The improvements planned for this project are complete and only minor touch-up work along the roadway may take place over the next couple of weeks. Drive carefully through the project area and be aware of equipment and workers in the right-of-way.

Advocates attending “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15

SOLON– The Solon Senor Advocates are planning to attend a performance of “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island.
“Elf The Musical” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Leave the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10:15 a.m.
Call 624-2710 to join the trip.

Solon man charged with felony theft after credit card purchases

NORTH LIBERTY– A Solon man has been accused of purchasing over $20,000 of personal items on company credit cards over an 18-month period.
According to court documents, Virgil Dewayne Olney, 43, was charged with unauthorized use of a credit card (over $10,000) and theft in the first degree, both Class C felonies.

Swisher Auxiliary to host Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo Saturday, Nov. 4

SWISHER– Swisher Auxiliary’s Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo will hosted Saturday, Nov 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion, located at 68 3rd St. SE, in Swisher.
Cost of the event is adults $10, children 6-12 years old $5 with under 5 admitted free.
The Junior Auxiliary will also host a turkey bingo upstairs. Cost is $1 to play bingo for the opportunity to win a frozen turkey. Bingo begins at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until the turkeys are gone. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Free Thanksgiving Meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 23

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 23. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Senior Advocates seeking to raise funds for van upkeep

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates is asking the community to help maintain the organization’s trip program for seniors. The Advocates’ yearly $3,000 insurance and maintenance costs exceed what can fairly be charged to area seniors. The Advocates purchased a 15-passenger mini-van from the University of Iowa in 2014 in order to take seniors on monthly restaurant road trips and excursions to area interests.

Ely News by Lenna See

Edward and Loretta Jenson, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., spent a few days visiting her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Eileen Jacobson. They were en route to their winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery receives Iowa Entrepreneur Award

WEST DES MOINES– For several years, Dan Takes had a vision of starting a creamery right by the family’s Linn County dairy, and they would provide farm fresh dairy products to local consumers. Dan’s wife, Debbie, knew how much work would be necessary for the creamery, and with six children, Dan’s business vision needed to wait for the right opportunity.

Keystone Place mural celebrates Iowa

Retirement community artwork pays tribute with beauty and humor By Cale Stelken

NORTH LIBERTY– “It kinda felt like Oakdale, maybe a prison!”
Mary Jo Pipkin, Executive Director of Keystone Place at Forevergreen, laughed about the once imposing, concrete wall that loomed over the retirement community’s Memory Care Courtyard.
“We started out here and said, ‘Gosh, what can we do with this wall with it being secured and gated in?’” she said. The staff soon saw the giant pale slab as an artistic opportunity.

Traffic stop leads to trio’s arrest

Search warrant finds slew of drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty residents face multiple charges following a search of their home. The arrests were spurred by a traffic stop gone awry the previous evening.
At about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, North Liberty Police Officer Spence Madole began pursuit of a Honda Civic driven by Jahmil B. Thomas, whose license was barred for being repeat offender.
As the officer turned around and closed in on Thomas, the 23 year-old exited his car. The officer ordered Thomas to stop before he fled into the woods on foot. Officer Madole was able to identify Thomas based on booking photos.

North Liberty City council candidates speak out

Annie Pollock
Please tell us a little bit about your personal background:
I was born and raised in Northville, Michigan. I first came to Iowa to attend the University of Iowa where I earned my Bachelor of Science, Certificate of Aging Studies, Master of Arts and Master of Health Administration. I have also lived in Denver and Boston. I am proud to call North Liberty home since 2010. I live here with my husband, Zach, and our two year-old son, Xavier. I work in strategic planning and business development at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

North Liberty Business Boom to celebrate the business community Nov. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the local business community to share a drink, a few bites and each other’s company at the North Liberty Business Boom. The open-house social will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front Street. The event is complementary and no RSVP is required. More information about the event is available at northlibertyiowa.org/boom.