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December 28, 2017 Highlights from headlines in the news in Lone Tree
Article Pages -- as published on the The Kalona News website.

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Here are some of the headlines that made the newspaper in Lone Tree during 2017.

• Jan. 19: Ken Crawford joins Lone Tree School District as superintendent. Ken Crawford accepted the offer Dec. 14, the contract to begin July 1.

• Feb. 9: Century-old business moving from Lone Tree. Young Insurance, located at 104 W. Jayne, closed its doors and relocated to West Branch.

March 16: Family loses one child, almost a second. Ronan Moffitt was seriously injured when he was hit by a truck on South Wapsi. His younger brother, Sanders, died of leukemia, Jan. 30.

• April 6: Tentative plans call for Casey’s coming to Lone Tree. What was tentative became reality when construction began in September. Casey’s is scheduled to open for business this coming February.

• April 20: Work on Wellness Center to begin May 1. Although work actually began in June, the Wellness Center is scheduled to be finished and ready this coming July.

• May 25: School receives $200,000 grant from Washington County Riverboat Foundation. The foundation grant was for the Wellness Center. The center was also awarded a $250,000 Enhance Iowa grant in June.

• June 23: Michael Reeves ends 17 years at Lone Tree Community School District.

• June 29: Apartments going up on North Devoe. Construction on an eight-plex, located at 301 N. Devoe and owned by Iowa City developer Martin Gaffey, began in May. It is now nearly finished and is accepting applications from prospective tenants.

• Aug. 31: Highland, Lone Tree look to expanding sharing programs. Superintendents Ken Crawford and Michael Jorgensen and the Lone Tree and Highland schools boards met in a work session to discuss possible operational sharing.

• Sept. 7: New row of buildings planned for Devoe. Iowa City developer Martin Gaffey purchased property on the east side of Devoe between Commercial and the post office from Brian and Joanne Havel.

• Oct. 19: On the ballot – Lone Tree City Council. Sandy Flake, incumbent mayor, and Jon Green vied for the office. Incumbents Ken Barton and Kice Brown and challengers Ryan Ronan, Tyler Baird, and Eric Morris competed for three seats. A candidate forum held Oct 17 focused on development and growth.

• Nov. 9: Johnson County plan talk focuses on livestock. Two public meetings, a town hall Oct. 9 and a final draft Nov. 2, were held to discuss Johnson County’s Comprehensive Plan, proposed land use and zoning regulations, and increasing pressure for residential development in unincorporated areas.

• Nov. 16: Local election results: Green surprises Flake in Lone Tree. Jon Green defeated incumbent mayor Sandy Flake. Incumbent Ken Barton and challengers Tyler Baird and Ryan Ronan defeated incumbent Kice Brown and challenger Eric Morris for city council. Flake had served on the council 14 years and Brown for 21 years.

• Nov. 16: Highland and Lone Tree school boards meet on operational partnership. Superintendents Crawford and Jorgensen also issued a joint statement.

• Nov. 16: Yakish Construction moving down Devoe. Randy Yakish and Martin Gaffey reached an agreement on that last lot on the 100 block of N. Devoe. Yakish Construction will relocate this coming summer.

• Dec. 7: Lone Tree looks for Senior Dining solutions. City council considered ways to make Senior Dining more self-sustaining, and Rod Sullivan, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, offered suggestion regarding the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

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