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News

Richard L. Frantz

Richard L. Frantz, 66, of Iowa City, died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, surrounded by his loving family, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following an extended illness. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in rural Hills. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Regina Education Center. Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City, is handling the arrangements.

Joan J. Harper

Joan J. Harper, 86, of West Ridge Care Center, died there Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, after a short illness. Services were held Friday, Feb. 27, at Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel, by the Rev. Fred Darbonne of First Christian Church. Interment was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday an hour before the service.
Survivors include her children, Barbara (Loren) Cohen and Susan Harper, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeff Harper of Swisher and David Harper of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Debra (Mrs. David) McGowan

Debra (Mrs. David) McGowan, 54, of rural Gladbrook, died early Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 2009, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a brief illness.

Bessie Mabel Sedlacek

Bessie Mabel Sedlacek, 108, a short-time resident of the Solon Care Center and formerly of Silver Pines Assisted Living & Retirement Community, Cedar Rapids, died there Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, after a sudden illness. Services were held Saturday, Feb. 28 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Sonda Kirsteatter of Olivet Presbyterian Church officiating. Visitation was held Feb. 27 at the funeral home. Burial was in Czech National Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Kimberly Jean Stoneking

Kimberly Jean Stoneking, 50, of Ely, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, in her home following a short illness. Private family services will be held at a later date. Papich-Kuba Funeral Service, Cedar Rapids, is serving the family.

Hawks play hard, despite loss

IOWA CITY– I didn’t have a good feeling when the Hawkeye men traveled to East Lansing last Wednesday.
They haven’t won there since Matt Gatens was 5. Last year, the Spartans jumped out to a 20-1 lead and coasted to a 66-52 win.
Iowa did have one of the great upsets of the year when they beat Michigan State, 43-36, in Iowa City last season.
I was just hoping the Hawks wouldn’t lose by 20.
They didn’t, and the 62-54 loss was played hard from start to finish.
Every time Iowa would make a run, the Spartans would answer.

Hawk Women Will Be NCAA Host

IOWA CITY– By winning their final two games of the regular season last week, the Hawkeyes assured themselves of being the host team for the NCAA tournament March 22-24 at Carver.
The Hawkeyes finished with the same record they had last year, 20-9 (13-5 in the Big Ten). They were co-Big Ten Champs last season, but this year they tied for second place with Purdue and Michigan State.
It was Senior Night for the Hawkeye women last Thursday.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said at her press conference if things work out all five seniors, including Nicole VanderPol, would be on the court one last time.

County P and Z extends public hearing on Land Use Plan

JOHNSON COUNTY– The discussion continues surrounding the growth and development plan for rural Johnson County.
Proposed changes to the North Corridor portion of the Johnson County Land Use Plan could impact rural property owners if they wish to develop land in the future.

North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry offers year-end update

NORTH LIBERTY– We would like to thank the City of North Liberty for their continued support of the North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry.

A new look? CCA considers branding idea

TIFFIN –Ray Willoughby, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District’s Construction Manager, typically gives a briefing on the progress of the construction projects to the board during their monthly meeting. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Facility Oversight Task Force gave the board a presentation on, well…presentation.

Conflict of interest still up for debate

NORTH LIBERTY– How much of an interest constitutes a conflict?
The North Liberty City Council will try to find some consensus on the matter.
Last month, council members learned that one of the project engineers from McClure Engineering– the lead engineering firm in a re-design of Highway 965– is also part owner of property along the highway.

Council says no loan for KinderWorld

NORTH LIBERTY– A long-established North Liberty day care center will relocate, likely with some financial assistance from the city.
It just wasn’t as much as she hoped.
The owner of KinderWorld Learning and Childcare Center, which has been housed in a building on site of the Ranshaw House for over 25 years, was informed she would have to move her child care operation when the city purchased the Penn Street property in 2004 for $650,000. Since then, KinderWorld owner Missy Butcher-Evans has been renting the daycare space from the city.