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Community

Free family fun returns with Fire & Ice Jan. 26

Fireworks and Carnival Rides accompany Fire & Ice Jan. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Fire & Ice presented by GEICO Careers is the North Liberty Beat the Bitter’s free family day and it’s all about the fire and the ice. For this year, Fire & Ice is moving to the weekend and is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26, from 3-7 p.m. in Penn Meadows Park, located at 170 N. Dubuque St.

CCA reviews future facility plans and requests public input for elementary facilities Jan. 7

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana officials spent the last few months reviewing and updating the district’s long-term facilities plan. The most immediate concern is addressing aggressive elementary growth on the east side of the district and how to accommodate for it. Future forecasts show Tiffin Elementary at full capacity by 2022-23 and North Bend Elementary by 2023-24, bringing total district enrollment to 3,380. Current CCA enrollment is 2,750.

Filling bellies and warming hearts

CCA Middle School students hold Holiday Food Drive for the NL Pantry

TIFFIN– The holidays will be at least a little bit brighter for some thanks to a group of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School students, and a lot of generous individuals. Ten eighth graders at the school in Tiffin are participating in a service learning elective class called “Me to We.” According to their teacher, Leif Asper, the students organize local and global service campaigns in coordination with an organization called WE.

To serve, protect and bring holiday cheer

NLPD officers brighten Christmas with annual Shop With a Cop

CORALVILLE– The officers studied the documents before them, and questioned the young people in their custody. “What size does she wear?” “What does your brother like?” “Where’s the perfume at?”
These and many other vignettes were played out over the course of an hour Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Coralville Wal-Mart as officers with the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) conducted their annual Shop With a Cop event.

Santa brings Christmas Cheer to Oxford

American Legion Auxiliary’s Soup, Shop & Santa Event welcomes Good Old St. Nick

OXFORD– The American Legion Post 537 in Oxford hosted a very special couple on Saturday, Dec. 14, as Santa and Mrs. Claus dropped by to meet local children, and hear their Christmas wishes, dreams and hopes. The visit was part of the annual Soup, Shop & Santa event sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, with the Canopy Lodge #290 of the AF&AM Masons providing a free soup luncheon.
The jolly couple from the North Pole was delivered to the Legion Post by the Oxford Fire Department, and spent two hours at the Post.

Bond vote likely for CCA in 2020

District to propose two options for continued space crunch in January

OXFORD– Residents in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will likely be asked to approve another bond issue next September as the ongoing enrollment increases continue to max out the available classroom spaces.

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.

North Liberty to host Drop-In Transportation Assistance Program Registration

City of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Earlier this fall, the City of North Liberty launched a new Transportation Assistance Program to help residents make essential quality-of-life trips. So far, it’s registered more than 60 residents for the program. Staff will host drop-in registration dates in December and January (registration is always available online and by appointment).

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.

“Property Rites” takes the stage at Liberty High

One-act drama runs Friday and Saturday

NORTH LIBERTY– Kyle McManus has a problem. He is an art collector who invested millions in 15 high-tech androids programed to perform thousands of movements, monologues, dialogues and more. He’d like to sell them but a serious malfunction has arisen; they’ve come alive. The sculptures’ struggle to become autonomous, coupled with his desire to destroy them is played out in the one-act drama “Property Rites,” by Alan Haehnel.

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.

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.