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News

‘I do’ it all over again

CORALVILLE– In traditional Valentine’s style, candles flickered, soft music wafted and words of romance were whispered between couples in love.
It was no less romantic that this Valentine’s Day, these couples spoke their vows in a church sanctuary within earshot of about three dozen strangers.
The Coralville United Methodist Church hosted a vow renewal ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 14, one event in the church’s year-long commemoration of its own 50th anniversary.
Lisa Beal is a church member who organized the vow renewal ceremony.

The history of a moment

NORTH LIBERTY– To attend this year’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. was nearly a historical feat in itself. The cold temperatures, unprecedented turnout and increased security did not deter an estimated two million people from trekking to the national mall on Jan. 20 to witness the swearing in of our nation’s first black president.
But Penn Elementary School teacher Jake Cummer made sure his students had front row seats.

UI men still hurting

IOWA CITY– I’m looking at the Iowa bench in their 49-45 home loss to Purdue last Saturday and I saw three starters who couldn’t play against the Boilermakers.
First you have Anthony Tucker, academically ineligible, who is the Hawks' best three-point shooter, along with Matt Gatens.
Sitting next to Anthony was Jeff Peterson, Iowa’s only true point guard, who leads the team in assists and steals.
Jeff has been playing with a broken bone in his left wrist, but a hamstring pull in last Wednesday’s loss to Wisconsin put him on the bench for the whole game.

William Matthew English Jr.,

William Matthew English Jr., 73, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, in his home in Anamosa. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 10 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Anamosa with Father Wayne Droessler officiating. Visitation and a Scripture service were held Monday, Feb. 8 at the funeral home. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Anamosa.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.

Doris M. Neal

Doris M. Neal, 76, of Swisher, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 14, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Visitation was an hour before services. Inurnment will be at a later date in Anderson Cemetery, Swisher.
Doris was born July 1, 1932, in Marion, the daughter of Walter B. and Thelma Iris (Oliver) Strong. She married Norman Lee Neal on April 28, 1954, in Cedar Rapids.

Larry E. Prull

Larry E. Prull, 61, of Cedar Rapids, died of cancer Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center. Services were held Friday, Feb. 13, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, with military rites. Burial was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was Feb. 12 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy; a daughter, Penny Prull of North Liberty; a son, Brian (Cynthia) of Calif.; two brothers, Robert (Bonnie) of Anamosa and Ralph (Katie) of Visalia, Calif.; and two sisters, Maryjo Nagel of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Lorna (Ray) Ellis of Manchester.

Rose Ann Ronnebaum

Rose Ann Ronnebaum, 67, of Earlville, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at her home. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 10 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Edgewood, by the Rev. Stephen Lundgren. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was Monday, Feb. 9 at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood.

Gerald D. Stull

Gerald D. Stull, 68, of Cedar Rapids, died Feb. 10, 2009, in his home following a sudden illness. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 14, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories with Rev. Carroll Brown officiating. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 13, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Private inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Christopher L. Tilley

Christopher L. Tilley, 35, of Ely, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at home. Arrangements are pending with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.

Carey Lynn Van Etten

Carey Lynn Van Etten, 51, of Mount Vernon, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 in her home following a courageous battle with cancer. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Bill Harnish. Visitation was Monday, Feb. 9, at the funeral home. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her husband, Ben; her mother, Marlene Lisenbee of North Liberty; her brother, Bob (Terese) Lisenbee of North Liberty; her in-laws, John (Marilyn) Van Etten of Cedar Rapids; and numerous other relatives.

Court rules against Coralville in proposed annexation

JOHNSON COUNTY– The City of Coralville lost the first round in a much-disputed annexation case filed by rural Johnson County residents.
Judge Douglas S. Russell of Iowa’s Sixth Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday, Jan. 27, that the City of Coralville failed to follow the procedures required by Iowa Code to give adjacent residents proper notice in the annexation proceedings of 386.9 acres of land near the east edge of North Liberty, known as Scanlon Farms.

“No current plans” for changing Golfview Mobile Home Park

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of Golfview Mobile Home Park in North Liberty approached North Liberty’s city council last Tuesday with one very grave concern.
“There are rumors going around about Golfview association selling the land that we lease, and I’m kind of worried,” said Mollie Oakes of Golfview Drive. “The state of Iowa tells us if we get an eviction notice, we have 60 days to move our mobile homes.”
Oakes and a neighbor, Dean Wade, both told the council rumors are “flying” that the current owners of Golfview Mobile Home Park plan to sell or re-zone the land for commercial development.