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News

Jet stream

Solon firefighter Matt Boerjan helps Keanen Carey in a waterball fight during Solon Beef Days July 20. The fire department set up a Future Firefighters Waterball Contest on South Dubuque Street, giving kids a chance to enjoy a smaller version of the contest. The department hosted adult water fights at the city park earlier in the day. See page 16 for more photos from Beef Days 2013. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Staying on the island

Johnson County Fair Queen Cassidy Bringle awaits the crowd’s choice on the winner for the Family Survivor competition on July 23. The friendly contest was just one of dozens of entertainment opportunities for fair goers at the 2013 Johnson County Ag and 4H Fair, held July 22-25. The 17-year-old Bringle won the crown from among 16 other queen contestants this year, a record number in the fair’s 19-year history. (photo by Eric Hawkinson)

Connecting to a higher power

Former engineer now guiding the flock at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Scott Keele Kober used to design power lines to connect communities to the electrical grid. Now, as the Pastor of the Solon United Methodist Church (UMC), he connects people to become a community, and to connect that community to the highest power: God.

Advocates honor Stinochers for 60 years of service

Decades at the Legion and Beef Days with Bob and Jean

SOLON– Jean Stinocher had no clue how to bake a kolache when she first moved to Solon– but if anyone knows a thing about kolaches, they know the Czech pastry is difficult to make just right on the first try.
“The first ones were hockey pucks,” Jean said with a grin. “But I’ve got it mastered and I make pretty damn good ones right now.”
“And pies,” barked her husband, Bob Stinocher, who said he stashes a slice away before others eat the rest. “If you don’t believe it just ask some guys at the Legion.”

Officials vote to close Hoover Elementary, eventually

Iowa City school board officially adopts facilities scenario 1A

By Eric Hawkinson
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Despite significant support from resilient pro-Hoover Elementary School community members, the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of education decided on a scenario that leads to the school’s closure by 2017.

How healthy is Coralville’s debt?

CORALVILLE– According to the State Treasurer of Iowa’s Outstanding Obligations report of 2012, Coralville is carrying a total of $278.9 million in debt.
It is the state’s third-highest city debt load behind Des Moines ($438 million) and Cedar Rapids ($430 million).
However, that number takes on a more troubling quality when put up against each city’s population, said Kevin O’Brien, area business owner and member of Citizens For Responsible Growth And Taxation (CFRG&T).