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Community

Synergy named Grand Champions

Solon MS show choir with early season success

JOHNSTON– Synergy, one of two show choirs at Solon Middle School, recently opened its season competing at Johnston and Dallas Center-Grimes. On Friday, Jan. 24, Solon competed at Johnston Showzam, which featured mostly 4A schools from the Des Moines and Omaha metro areas. Solon took first place in Class 3A, and finished third overall in the nine-team field, placing only behind Urbandale and Omaha Westside. Special recognition went to eighth grader Ellie Hawkins, who received the competition’s Best Female Soloist award.

NL reduces projected shortfall

Administration presents budget that is $57,000 below revenues

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s budget picture is much rosier than the last time it was presented.

Van Allen school to be expanded

Four new classrooms will serve 100 additional students

IOWA CITY– Paintings by Van Allen and Penn Elementary School students on the walls of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board meeting were a colorful backdrop as Superintendent Stephen Murley and the board held brief discussions during an equally brief meeting on Jan. 28.

Unstable ice on reservoir

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that while the extreme cold has added ice to Coralville Lake, it has also caused the inflow of water into the lake to be less than the minimum outflow.

Iowa City native headlines ‘Dinner with the Zobrists’ Feb. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m., Heritage Christian School hosts its annual Educating for Eternity Banquet (EFE) at the Coralville Marriott. This year’s banquet is titled “Dinner with the Zobrists” and features the homecoming of Iowa City native, Heritage and City High alumna, Julianna Zobrist, along with her husband Ben Zobrist, a 2013 Major League Baseball all-star and player for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Zobrists entertain, encourage and challenge audiences across the country with their story of leadership, perseverance, family and, of course, baseball.

SHARE: great food at affordable prices

NORTH LIBERTY– SHARE IOWA offers its February grocery package in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in your community. Check out our Best Value Package for $25. Orders must be in by Feb. 7 for a pick up date of Feb. 22. Order forms are located at the North Liberty library, or place orders online at www.shareiowa.org or by calling local host site Carmen at 319-626-3455. For more information, call 1-800-344-1107.
SHARE Iowa is a non-profit food buying group. Volunteer membership fees. See more packages offered at the website.

Preliminary results for Swisher, CCA vote

JOHNSON COUNTY– Voters in two areas of Johnson County have received at least preliminary answers.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Swisher residents elected a new mayor to replace the position vacated by Tim Mason’s resignation in November. There were just two candidates on the ballot: Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor.
Results released by the Johnson County Auditor’s office at 8 p.m. Tuesday show Taylor taking the seat, with a tally of 151 to Hurlbert’s 136 votes.

Mehaffey Bridge Road to receive more improvements this spring

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– A trip between Solon and North Liberty will take a little more time when a reconstruction project on Mehaffey Bridge Road gears up this spring.
The North Liberty City Council received an update on the planned upgrade from City Engineer Kevin Trom, of Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering. The council approved the city’s 28E agreement with Johnson County for cost-sharing on the project.

Veterans pancake breakfast Feb. 16

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will hold a Veterans memorial pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m., serving all-you-care-to-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk. The cost for adults is $7, children (6 through 12) is $4, and children 5 and under eat free.
All proceeds go to the maintenance costs at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument.

Kettle-fried chicken dinner Feb. 1 at Legion

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will be hosting their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and  drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Solon KCs breakfast Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6 through 11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.

SUMC youth group subs for big game Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Youth Group is selling sub sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday. These delicious subs are made by the youth on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2. For an order form, please contact Kelly Meyer at 624-5191 or meyerk@soloniaumc.org. A great variety of toppings are available and everything is made-to-order fresh.