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News

Good for the sole

Solon High School students collect shoes for those in need

SOLON– When it comes to community service, a handful of Solon High School students have created some mighty big shoes to fill.
When sophomores Kaytee Berstler, Sydney Gerdts, Kaitlin Hatcher, Taylor Nearad, Lake Reyhons and Jake Singkofer found themselves with time on their hands during the school day, they set about looking for a cause to support. Principal’s secretary Kim Blankenheim suggested they research an organization she had heard about called Soles4Souls, a charity that recycles shoes to be donated to those in need in the United States and more than 125 other countries.

A pig & a poke

Newport Road residents to contrast rural/urban living after Dooley decision

IOWA CITY– By a 4-1 vote, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the third and final reading of a controversial rezoning request on Thursday, March 28. The vote cleared the way for 90.89 acres of agricultural land owned by Sharon Dooley at 2915 Newport Road to be rezoned to the county’s new RC, or Residential Cluster, designation. The move allows Iowa City realtor Bill Young to move forward with plans for a 70-unit housing development.

Learn more about Mehaffey Bridge replacement project at meeting Monday, April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Secondary Roads Department will be holding a public information meeting for the Mehaffey Bridge Replacement Project Monday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center located at 980 N. Front St. in North Liberty.

The waiting is the hardest part

NORTH LIBERTY– The anticipation built slowly as more kids and parents made their way into the gymnasiums of the North Liberty Recreation Center.
Saturday, March 23, was the city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, and while it wasn’t much of a hunt, it did begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. with the blast of a horn that startled many in attendance into action.

A pig and a poke

Newport neighbors hope to highlight incompatibility of county’s new zoning

IOWA CITY– By a 4-1 vote, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the third and final reading of a controversial rezoning request on Thursday, March 28. The vote cleared the way for 90.89 acres of agricultural land owned by Sharon Dooley at 2915 Newport Road to be rezoned to the county’s new RC, or Residential Cluster, designation. The move allows Iowa City realtor Bill Young to move forward with plans for a 70-unit housing development.

Investment policy still causing conflict

TIFFIN– Tiffin City Council member Mike Ryan has not changed his mind about the city’s investment policy.
He failed to change others’ minds last week as well.
Ryan asked for the city’s investment policy to be placed back on the council’s March 27 agenda because, he said, “I didn’t agree with the decision, I’m going to bring it up every council meeting until the sun doesn’t shine … I may never get my way, but as a council member, I can put it on the agenda every time and the pubic is going to hear about it.”

Projects underway and on display

City vows to keep residents updated on upcoming road delays

NORTH LIBERTY– About 75 North Liberty residents came out Wednesday night to learn more about what’s in store for the city’s streets and parks.
City officials held an open house last Wednesday, March 27, to allow the public to view plans for future road projects and two city parks.
“The purpose of the meeting was to get the public familiar with our upcoming projects,” said North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm. “Jones Boulevard, Highway 965 and west side park improvements.”

Go fish

Payton Haas and her friends won big at the live goldfish game, part of the 18th annual Solon Dollars for Scholars “Bringin’ in the Green” carnival held March 4 at Lakeview Elementary. The event is a fundraiser for the local organization that gives college scholarships to every Solon graduating senior who applies. See more photos in next week’s edition. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Runners get tunnel vision during off-road fundraiser

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K draws 90 runners

SOLON– Organizers for the Solon Survivor Extreme 5K were walking the planned race route looking for a safe place to cross Mehaffey Bridge Road when they all saw the culvert.
“A couple of us went through it and we knew immediately that this was going to be an extreme race,” said Brian Bock.
Bock was also one of the 90 participants in the off-road 5K held Saturday, March 9, as a fundraiser for the Solon Sluggers 12U baseball team and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. He finished fourth in just under 30 minutes.

Aiming for excellence

Swisher American Legion program promotes responsible firearms, developes young minds

SWISHER– In an era of tense controversy over the use and possession of firearms, one group in this northwest Johnson County town is learning to respect guns, rather than fear them.
And they’re learning life lessons while learning to shoot.
For two years, the American Legion Post 671 in Swisher has sponsored a Junior Shooting Sports Program, one of the legion’s many family and youth programs. Participants from ages 12 to 18 use an air-powered rifle shooting a .177 caliber pellet as they learn gun safety and marksmanship.

A cluster of controversy

Supervisors give initial approval to Dooley subdivision

Off road

Bruce Koffron trails behind Jana Holmes and Michelle Lobeck as they slog cross country through farmland southeast of Solon as part of the Solon Survivor Extreme 5K, held Saturday, March 9, as a fundraiser for the Solon Sluggers 12U baseball team and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. See next week’s edition for more photos and results. (photo by Doug Lindner)