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January 20th, 2021

Bolts get first win of the season

Daugherty’s 15 points leads Liberty past Western Dubuque in squeaker, 50-49

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls basketball team watched a 31-16 halftime lead evaporate but maintained a fingertip grasp to earn its first victory of the 2020-2021 season on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at home, against Western Dubuque. The Bolts pulled out a 50-49 win to improve to 1-4 overall, 1-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division. The Bobcats dipped to 2-10 and 1-4.

Rep. Nielsen: COVID-19 relief focus of 2021 legislative session

DES MOINES– The 2021 Iowa Legislative Session started Jan. 11 at the State Capitol and State Representative Amy Nielsen of North Liberty said her top priority is providing relief to Iowans due to COVID-19.

Kinney to work helping rebuild Iowa, boost Iowa education and expand quality of life in rural Iowa

DES MOINES– State Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford is looking forward to a productive next two years as a member of the Iowa State Senate.
“Iowa has had a rough time during the pandemic,” said Kinney. “We need to learn from that and focus on moving Iowa forward. A good start would be fully supporting Iowa’s mental health system, improving water quality across the state, and expanding job training opportunities.”
Kinney represents all of Keokuk County, almost all of Washington County and the southwestern half of Johnson County in the Iowa Senate.

Budget woes ahead for ICCSD

A decrease in enrollment could mean an increase for taxpayers

IOWA CITY– The continuing pandemic has reached into seemingly almost every aspect of our lives. And for the taxpayers of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), it may well reach into their wallets once the district’s school board of education sets the budget for the next school year.

NL council approves new city hall

Action paves the way for design work to begin

NORTH LIBERTY– Talk about whether to build a new city hall in North Liberty or extensively renovate the current facility turned into action late last month.
North Liberty City Council members approved moving forward with design work for a new building during their Dec. 22 regular meeting.

January 7th

Board takes peek at 2022-2023 school calendar

SOLON– Solon’s school board went back to the future.
Board members were presented with a draft of the school calendar for 2022-2023 during a Dec. 17 meeting.
According to Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent Davis Eidahl, the calendar was prepared based on previous years by administrative assistant and board secretary Kris Wentzien.
Eidahl reviewed the draft to ensure 180 school days and a minimum 1,080 hours of student contact.
The first day of school would be Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, and the last day for students would be Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Johnson County Board of Supervisors appoints Heiden as chairperson

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors addressed a number of organizational issues for 2021 in its first formal meeting of the year, Monday, Jan. 4. The board began by appointing Pat Heiden as chairperson for 2021. Royceann Porter was appointed vice chairperson.

Iowa frontline workers on COVID's severity: 'We've never seen anything like this'

NORTH LIBERTY– Elaine Hernandez and her husband were in a store when someone started to make fun of her for wearing a mask.
“Anyway, I mentioned COVID and he started screaming at me,” Hernandez, a nurse serving as a navigator/care coordinator clinician at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ post-Intensive Care Unit COVID unit, said as she recalled the incident. “He said, ‘Fake news, it’s a hoax.’ You know, he was like, he was very adamant about it. And, I was just crushed. I mean, I was shaking down to my knees.”

It’s retirement day!

Four men and 130 years of law enforcement experience retire from the sheriff’s office

IOWA CITY– The “Thin Blue Line” (which represents the men and women of law enforcement standing between the civil society and chaos) is thinner today in Johnson County. Four longtime members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO): Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, Major (Chief Deputy) Steve Dolezal, Captain Gary Kramer and Lieutenant Brian Adolph, all retired as of Thursday, Dec. 31. Combined, the men add up to over 130 years of law enforcement experience.

District readies for state assessment

Rebound from COVID layoff expected

SOLON– After a one-year, COVID-induced hiatus, Solon students will take a statewide assessment in 2021.
And while districts nationwide are dealing with a learning gap due to school closures and online curriculum, Solon’s administration expects to bounce back.
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) was introduced two years ago, explained Solon Community School District (SCSD) Director of Teaching and Learning Josh Lyons during a Dec. 17 school board meeting.
SCSD students took the ISASP during the 2018-2019 school year with paper and pencil, he noted.