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News

Steve Stange appointed mayor of Solon

Residents have two weeks to call for special election

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city council appointed Steve Stange mayor at a May 7 meeting, and decided to appoint, rather than elect, his replacement on the council.
City voters have until Wednesday, May 21, to file a petition for a special election if they disagree with Stange’s appointment.
Stange had expressed an interest in the position after previous mayor Cami Rasmussen resigned her post to accept an interim position as city administrator.

Courthouse annex ready for vote

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– Voters in Johnson County will decide in November whether or not to approve a $30,800,000 bond referendum for a courthouse annex.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors gave tentative approval for the floor plans of the proposed three-story structure in a meeting Wednesday, May 8, with Neumann Monson Architects and Venture Architects as well as County Attorney Janet Lyness and Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek. The board gave an overview of the facility later that afternoon in a meeting with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.

Referendum likely this fall, but new jail won’t be on it

IOWA CITY– The dilemma over the Johnson County Jail and Courthouse had the board of supervisors in meetings that at times were contentious late last year. After another failed bond issue last May, which would have built a justice center, combining additional courthouse space with a new jail, the supervisors have continued to battle over a variety of options.

NLFD recruits: training the best, for the worst

NLFD recruits learn to save themselves

NORTH LIBERTY– Firefighters work in some of the most hostile environments on Earth, where extreme heat and near zero visibility are normal in a setting most definitely “Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH).” It is in these situations where the ability to remain calm and rely on training and experience are vital, particularly when things go from bad to worse. While firefighters go into burning structures to save others’ lives, sometimes they end up having to save themselves.

Story Time Yoga

Library brings yoga into Saturday story time

NORTH LIBERTY– Yoga is known for its physical, mental and spiritual benefits. It can increase strength, facilitate flexibility and reduce stress.
At the North Liberty Community Library, it is also helping kids get more out of books read at story time.
Youth and Teen Services Librarian Melanie Harrison and Circulation Library Emily O’Sheridan-Tabor came across the idea when attending a library conference last fall.

Solon school district studies the use of technology

SOLON– Technology is a word tossed about casually on a day-to-day basis. But, what it actually entails, and how technology is used, is open for debate and discussion.