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News

Iowa Wrestlers beat Oklahoma State

IOWA CITY– Nine straight losses to the Cowboys doesn’t sound right so the Hawkeyes, wrestling without two starters, won six matches and righted the wrong with a 20-13 win over the Cowboys.
I don’t know if head coach Tom Brands will be happy with four matches decided by less than three points but there is still time to improve.
I suppose you have to give Oklahoma State a little credit for keeping it close.
They used a smaller mat, which Mark Ironside (radio color man for Iowa) called a “junior high mat”.

North Central Jr. High Knights go undefeated

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Central Knights eighth-grade boys basketball team completed the season with a 9-0 record. They were also undefeated as seventh-graders so they completed junior high with an overall record of 18-0.

Guest opinion from the Iowa House

DES MOINES– On Monday morning, January 12th, I was sworn in as your State Representative for the next two years. I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve, and I am humbled by the challenges currently facing Iowa and the new General Assembly. In this space, over the next two years, I will attempt to update you as to my activities as your State Representative, my legislative goals, and the week-to-week developments in the Iowa Legislature and State Government.

Johnson County to phase out the phasing?

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just a guideline, really.
However, proposed changes to the North Corridor portion of the Johnson County Land Use Plan could impact a significant number of rural property owners, if they wish to develop land in the future.

Crime and reason

NORTH LIBERTY — The news was shocking: five robberies in six months, an attempted sexual assault, and a purse snatching in a store parking lot.
For some, it may have seemed the end of small town innocence. For North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin, it’s a symptom of the growing pains common to a rapidly expanding community.
“We’re no longer a small-town agency,” Chief Warkentin said in a mid-December interview with The Leader.
In 2008, the NLPD responded to 12,729 calls for service, a 46 percent increase over 2007. The department filed 571 charges with 455 arrests.

Joint Communications Center receives second grant

IOWA CITY– The announcement of a second grant award for the new Johnson County Joint Communications Center in Iowa City should help to ease the construction costs of the new building and county wide interoperable communications system.
In November 2008, the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency was awarded $1,927,882 from the federal Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant.
Funding from this grant will be used toward the new countywide joint emergency communications center and interoperable radio system.

Area Chamber announces new board members

IOWA CITY– Three local business leaders have joined the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. Larry Meyers, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, Kate Minette, Pearson, and Craig Willis, Security Abstract Corp., will lend their expertise to the policy-making body.
Born and raised in Dyersville, Iowa, Larry Meyers has lived in Johnson County for nearly 30 years. As a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors since January 2006, Mr. Meyers serves on a variety of County committees including Technology Plan – GIS, Safety and Information Services.

Kirkwood to host Children's Miracle Dance Marathon

IOWA CITY– Each year, nearly 80 American schools participate in Dance Marathon across the country in support of the Children’s Miracle Network. Now the Kirkwood Community College Iowa City Campus is getting in on the fun and the fund-raising.
“The community gives so much to the college in terms of support. To show our appreciation we like to give back in turn. Dance Marathon is a wonderful fund-raising event in which our students and their families can participate and have lots of fun doing so,” said Kirkwood faculty member Connie Marberry.

Johnson County Compensation Commission vacancy

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors announces vacancies on the Johnson County Compensation Commission. These terms will begin immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2009.
Duties include assessment of damage to all property taken by the applicant and located in the county. No member of the Compensation Commission selected shall possess any interest in the proceeding which would cause such person to render a biased decision.

Ina N. Copeland

Ina N. Copeland, 99, formerly of North Liberty, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Honey Creek Cottage in Swisher.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.
Her family includes a son and his wife, Frank and Audrey Copeland of Afton, Minn., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil S. Copeland.

Augustine Wyatt “Gus” Koch

Augustine Wyatt “Gus” Koch, five-week old son of Gregory and Heather (Kidwell) Koch of rural Riverside died Thursday, January 8, 2009, at their home from complications since his birth. Those who remain to mourn his passing and celebrate his birth into eternal life include his parents, Greg and Heather; grandparents Kevin and Carol Kidwell of Solon, Mary Koch of Potosi, Mo., and Gary Koch of St.

Ronald Lathrop

Ronald Lathrop, 66, of Lone Tree, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Per Ronald’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Ronald. Sympathy notes may be left for the Lathrop family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com. The Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services of Lone Tree is handling the arrangements for Ron and his family.