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Community

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 37th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 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 30 Scouts.

Beat the Bitter is back

Second annual winter event on course to be bigger, better

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– How do you coax Iowans out of hibernation? With fireworks, a 5K and Snuggies, of course.
Those are just a few things scheduled for North Liberty’s second annual Beat the Bitter, a two-day festival filled with winter games and good cheer.

Solon Center for the Arts wows community at open house

SOLON– The verdict is in and it’s unanimous: the Solon Community School District’s Center for the Arts is amazing.
Large numbers of community members, students and their families turned out to celebrate the official opening of the facility at an open house held on Sunday, Jan. 15. The school’s fine arts department and Solon Spotlight Music Boosters, a parent-run organization, collaborated to host the event.

Lady Spartan Softball homemade lasagna orders due Jan. 25

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball Team is holding a fundraiser just in time for the Big Game, once again selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and garlic bread to eliminate the need to cook on game day.
The 9x13 pans of lasagna, along with garlic bread, sell for $20.
Please email solonsoftball@southslope.net to place an order. Orders are due by Jan. 25 and lasagnas will be assembled on Jan. 29. The Solon Lady Spartan Softball Team appreciates the fundraising support.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann to host Town Hall Listening Post Jan. 21

SOLON– A Town Hall Listening Post for Rep. Bobby Kaufmann will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21, in the Palmer House Stable, 200 E. Main St.
Come hear an update from the capitol and ask questions on any issues you would like.

Sons of the American Legion Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Feb. 4

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will hosting its annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The Legion will serve from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veteran’s projects.

Solon Dance Team Spectacular 2017 Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Dance Team presents Spectacular 2017, an evening highlighting Solon’s dance teams, local studios and other high school teams on Saturday, Jan. 28. Attend the show, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Solon High School gymnasium. Admission is $5 or use an activity pass. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Pantry and receive a glow stick.

Solon Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Jan. 29

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Contest Jan. 29

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus Council #12129, in Solon, will hold a basketball free throw contest for competitors ages 8 to 14 on Sunday, Jan. 29. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimist Club. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition from 1-2 p.m. Winners at each age level may earn the opportunity to compete in district, state and international levels.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 annual soup supper Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features soups of all varieties. Previous years’ soups have included traditional soups such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder.

Man shot accidentally in Golfview mobile home court

NORTH LIBERTY– A 19-year-old male in the Golfview Mobile Home Park was accidentally shot, according to authorities.
At 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, officers of the North Liberty Police Department responded to 35 Golfview Dr. in response to a report of a 19-year-old who had sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the City of North Liberty issued a press release stating the victim reportedly did not know the gunman, and a witness stated that a black male, wearing a dark-colored hoodie, shot the victim with a handgun and fled northeast on foot through the trailer court.

Audit report for fiscal year 2016 available

NORTH LIBERTY– Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC today released an audit report on the City of North Liberty for the year ending June 30, 2016.
The city’s receipts totaled $26,826,568, a 14.6 percent increase from 2015. The receipts included $8,053,179 in property tax; $4,509,489 in tax increment financing revenues; $10,096,467 from charges for service; $2,078,288 from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest; $1,673,552 from capital grants, contributions and restricted interest; $29,515 from unrestricted interest on cash investments; and $386,078 from other receipts.