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Community

New city hall to open inTiffin

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is ready to move.
City offices will close at noon on Thursday, Feb. 6, and remain closed all day Feb. 7 in order for staff to move into the new city hall, located at 300 Railroad St. The new facility will be open for business to the public beginning Monday, Feb. 10.
The Tiffin City Council’s next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, will be held in the new city hall building.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

Garner to host waffle breakfast Feb. 8

NORTH LIBERTY – Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with a basket auction and raffle on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7-11 a.m. at the school.

Two men to square off for Swisher mayoral race

Hurlbert and Taylor on ballot for Tuesday, Feb. 4 election

North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– The abrupt resignation of Swisher mayor Tim Mason last November set into motion a special election set for Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor are on the ballot for the open seat. The winner will serve for the remainder of Mason’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2015.
The Swisher American Legion is the polling place, and it will be open from noon until 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail from the Johnson County Auditor’s office.

Resignation of basketball coach on Monday agenda

Solon school board to consider Randall release

SOLON– The Solon school board will be considering the resignation of varsity boys basketball coach Brad Randall during a special work session Monday, Jan. 27.
Randall has been the head coach for 20 years. He was named the Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2009, the year his Solon team won the state championship. The Spartans were runners-up at the state tournament in 2010.
The coach has been absent from the sidelines for the last two weeks while a personnel review has been conducted by the school.

SCSD revisits 2014-2015 calendar dates

Board seeks input on earlier start

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Are you comfortable with school starting on Aug. 14?
The scenarios are in play again for the 2014-2015 Solon school year, and the district’s board of education is seeking feedback from its residents prior to a decision Feb. 10.
At odds are the start date on one end and the date for graduation on the other.
Moving the start date for school to Aug. 14 would allow the Solon Community School District (SCSD) to align the end of the first semester with the winter break and provide a consistent graduation date year-to-year.

Ely bank robbed; CR man charged

ELY– A Cedar Rapids man has been charged after a Friday morning robbery at the Solon State Bank in Ely, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree, according to Linn County sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County conservation officer located Melton and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where he was taken into custody.

SHS Octagon Mini Dance Marathon Saturday, Feb. 1, to benefit UI Dance fundraiser

SOLON– The annual Octagon Club Mini Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight in the commons at Solon High School.
The mini-Dance Marathon is held in support of the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon. It is a fundraiser to donate money to families that are currently or have been previously afflicted with cancer. The cancer victims aided by this are children.
The event started in 1985 and has raised over $12 million dollars to help defray the cost of treatment while patients and their families seek treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Order youth group sub sandwiches for big game Sunday, 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.

Solon public library

New movie arrivals

“The Butler” As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.
“Enough Said” A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.
“Start! Walking At Home with Leslie Sansone” If you’re new to exercising, begin with the gentle-paced, 20-minute– one mile– beginner program. When you’re ready, move on to the intermediate 30-minute– two mile– brisk walk.

Optimist Club basketball contests Jan. 26

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will sponsor basketball contests at the Solon Middle School gym on Sunday, Jan. 26. Registration is at 12:30 p.m., and contests start at 1 p.m.
There will be contests in dribbling, passing, and shooting for ages 8 through 13– boys and girls divisions, with first, second and third place awards to each age group, plus boys and girls champion awards.

Solon KC free throw competition Jan. 26

SOLON– All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus (KC) Free Throw Championship. The local KC Council #12129 competition will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Middle School.
For additional information, contact Steve Kottenstette at 624-3257.