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Plan on ringing in 2020 with fireworks?

Become familiar with fireworks laws in Johnson County

IOWA CITY– New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Those planning to ring in 2020 by lighting up the night sky should familiarize themselves with fireworks laws in Johnson County.
It is illegal to set off fireworks anywhere in unincorporated areas of Johnson County without a permit. Any person intending to set off certain fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County must obtain a permit from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. A completed application should be provided to the Board of Supervisors Office at least 14 days before the anticipated display.

Community Center condensed

City signs 6-month lease, cuts back on space

SOLON– The city will be downsizing its community center starting Jan. 1.
In an attempt to control costs, city representatives negotiated a new six-month lease with the Solon Community School District for the former middle school at 313 S. Iowa St.
The new lease was approved by council members at a Dec. 4 meeting, and awaits consideration by the school board later this month.

UDO passes first reading on split vote

Johnson County Supervisors approve controversial plan, 3-2

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors are on track to achieving a major goal for 2019: passing the updated Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and having it in place to go into effect on January 1, 2020.
The 299-page document, which codifies the county’s comprehensive plan, was approved on a 3-2 vote in the first of three required readings Thursday, Dec. 5, during a regular meeting of the supervisors.

Sights of the season, in Oxford

Voting for “Light It Up Oxford” Christmas Decorating Contest ends Dec. 13

OXFORD– Christmas lights shine bright in the early winter nights in Oxford. And for somebody, they may shine a bit brighter with $100 in prize money.
The American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 537, in Oxford, is sponsoring a “Light It Up Oxford” Christmas Decorating Contest with a $100 cash prize for the best residential and the best business entry in Oxford. Registration was from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1. Four houses and six businesses registered for the contest with voting ending on Friday, Dec. 13.

Matt Lesan returns to Spartan sideline

Solon, Upper Iowa standout to lead varsity basketball team

SOLON– When the current Solon High School opened, Matt Lesan was an eighth grader.
He was there the day crews put up the basketball hoops in the new gymnasium and he snuck in to sink the first shot in the west side basket.
Former coach Ed Hansen had beat him to the east side.
Lesan went on to become Solon’s most prolific scorer, and now he’s back on the sidelines as the head coach for the varsity Spartan basketball team.

Unleash the adventure in style

Archie’s Rent-A-Ride meets NL’s temporary transportation needs

NORTH LIBERTY– Many small businesses were started by entrepreneurs who saw a need that wasn’t being met locally. Such is the case with Archie’s Rent-A-Ride in North Liberty. Since July, Ron and Kris Mace have been providing top-notch rental cars as an offshoot of their repair shop, Archie’s Brake & Quick Lube.

On a quest to do good

Iowa icon Carson King helps out the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, again

TIFFIN– On Sept. 14, a new Iowa icon was created. Cable sports network ESPN’s Game Day program was in Ames for the University of Iowa (UI) versus Iowa State University football game when their cameras picked up a young man named Carson King holding a cardboard sign seeking beer money. What started as a joke quickly escalated into a serious fundraiser as thousands of people from across the country responded.

Sold!

Council approves deal with Pattison for 120 W. Main St. City approves first of competing offers

SOLON– City council members selected the proposal that was ready to roll.
Citing financial and legal readiness, the city approved selling an empty lot next door to City Hall to developer Mark Pattison during a Nov. 20 council meeting.
North Corridor Properites Investments will take possession of 120 W. Main St. in December and begin construction on a two-story mixed-use building with two commercial units on the ground level and a single, upper-level residence.
The city considered a competing offer from Uptown Main LLC, represented by developer Al Wells.

A two-wheeled vision for the future

MPO of Johnson County unveils bike plans at public meeting

NORTH LIBERTY– About a dozen or so people took a first-hand look at future plans for bicycle trails in the Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin and North Liberty area at a public meeting held by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Johnson County on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Van Allen Elementary School in North Liberty.

The changing of the guard

New voices and new roles for CCA school board

OXFORD– It was the changing of the guard Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors as Steve Swenka and Terry Davis departed at the end of their terms, and Eileen Schmidt and Jeff Tackaberry joined the seven-member board.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is tale as old as time

SOLON– It was a classic story of love and redemption.
The Solon High School Drama Department’s fall musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was presented to the public in the Center for the Arts Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.
Director Sami McAtee reported all three shows were almost sold out. “The kids worked so hard to make the magic come to life and we cannot wait until the spring show, to share the magic again,” she said.

Thank you is all most veterans need

Montgomery shares Vietnam experience: “These kids were my friends.”

SOLON– We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.
The heartfelt message from Solon graduate and Vietnam veteran Mike Montgomery was delivered to Solon High School students Tuesday, Nov. 12,
during the district’s annual Veterans Appreciation Program.
Montgomery was a member of the 1963 football team and a 1964 graduate of Solon High School. Three months after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with numerous commendations and medals.
After his service, he obtained a doctorate in business administration with a minor in management.