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News

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).

DIGGING IT

Michael Sharp and Owen Einwalter look on as youth services librarian Carey Major shows them how to make a fossil using materials like macaroni and feathers. It was all part of Afternoon Adventures, an elementary-aged hour of fun that’s part of the Solon Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Turn to page 24 for more photos. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Look who came to the birthday party!

The city of North Liberty turns 100 this year, and community leaders and volunteers hosted an all-day birthday bash Saturday, July 13. While families and children enjoyed a picnic and games at Penn Meadows Park, several local cooks– young and old– entered the old fashioned culinary competitions held at the North Liberty Community Center. Grown up kids played kickball on the ball diamonds, and Saturday night, the party culminated in a bombastic blast of rock and roll, when Hairball took the stage at Liberty Centre Park.

Local tradition turns 10 on the Fourth of July

JOHNSON COUNTY– Thanks to the commitment of one area neighborhood, a patriotic tradition continues.
Residents of the Hickory Heights development, situated off Lake Manor Road between the communities of Solon, Shueyville and North Liberty, have celebrated the July 4th holiday for 10 years now, in much the same fashion as thousands of small communities across the country; with a parade featuring color guards, fire trucks, decorated vehicles, and horses adored in red, white and blue finery bringing up the rear, followed by family-friendly cookouts and even live music to entertain the crowds.

Rare white deer drawing a crowd near Twin View

SOLON– Traffic slowed on the highway. Neighbors out for a walk stuck around for the show, too, In the first days of July, word of the albino deer got around quickly.
For several evenings in a row, and occasionally around dawn, the snow white deer, with pink inner ears and nose, would be grazing in a just-cut hay field four miles west of Solon on County Road F-16, next to Twin View Heights.

Marshek residents still bailing water

Neighbors claim school trail has made things worse

SOLON– The residents of Marshek Court are waterlogged once more.
The beleaguered neighborhood off Sovers Street is again experiencing drainage issues, and homeowners shared their grievances with the Solon City Council last week.
It’s been six years since the city agreed to help maintain the detention pond and intakes that serve the area, but according to residents, things are as bad as ever.
“There’s so much water that comes off the school grounds, we’re trying to push so much water through such a small pipe, it’s unreal,” resident Randy Cline told council members Tuesday night.