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News

Supervisors skeptical about social host ordinance

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– They agree there is a problem with underage drinking and house parties or other gatherings where alcohol is consumed illegally. How to address it, however, is something the Johnson County Board of Supervisors isn’t sure about.

South Slope workers allowed back on job

Cooperative and union workers continue to negotiate

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

NORTH LIBERTY– Fifty-five contract employees of South Slope Cooperative Communications who were unable to work Friday, Nov. 1., due to an expired contract, were allowed to return to work Monday morning.

It’s on at CCA

School board okays February special election

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will decide on Feb. 4, 2014, whether or not to allow the district to issue $48 million in bonds for construction and renovation projects.
Board president Steve Swenka accepted petitions bearing a total of 437 signatures calling for the special election during the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

One-man mission of love

Local veteran seeks to help others battle PTSD

CEDAR RAPIDS– “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
It’s a quote of uncertain origin, but there is no uncertainty about whom it was said.

School releases facilities report

Board members mull over future buildings

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– You might want to think about replacing that middle school.
The Solon school board discussed its options for the district’s facility plan on Monday, Oct. 21. While the board did not finalize any course of action, members appeared in agreement about a consultant’s recommendations and the overall phasing of significant projects, including the addition of a large-enough auditorium at the high school.

POWs: Every day a blessing

Former POWs share true accounts with Solon students at luncheon

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– The students at Solon High School witnessed history as former prisoners of war told them their harrowing accounts of survival during World War II. It was part of Solon High School’s annual POW/MIA ceremonial luncheon Sept. 20, which honored veterans and POWs Asher Schroeder, 88, and Leland Chandler, 90, as well as those not fortunate enough to have made it home safe.
“Every day is a blessing for me,” said Chandler as he addressed the students. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my wife, and the good Lord.”