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January 2nd

Liberty girls end 2019 1-6

City High soars past the Lightning, 87-31

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls’ basketball squad ended 2019 on a sour note. The City High Little Hawks flew by them for an 87-31 win on Friday, Dec. 20. City took a commanding 30-8 lead in the first quarter and held a 54-16 halftime advantage. The Little Hawks pounded in 22 points in the third, holding the Lightning to only six, for a 76-22 lead going into the final period.
The loss dropped the Bolts to 1-6. It was Liberty’s second consecutive loss after a Dec. 13 win on the road against Waterloo East.

Helping non-profits do great things

Team 218 Web Design donates services annually

NORTH LIBERTY– Team 218 Web Design is not your typical website designer.
“We’re not out to be the biggest or have the most clients,” explained co-owner Chuck Hersey, of North Liberty. “We’re a little more selective in the projects we get involved in. We like getting involved in projects that are interesting to us.”
And once a year, that includes offering free services to a non-profit organization.

Hoping for less bitter this year, Beat the Bitter returns this month!

A full week of outdoor activities kick off on Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Winter in Iowa can be rough. Once green cornfields resemble a windswept Arctic tundra from Siberia. Most people huddle in their homes, grumbling about the cold, the wind, the snow, the ice, and whatever reason it is they continue to live in Iowa.
However, there is another group of people who grin rather than grumble and embrace winter rather than curse it. For those special folks, there is Beat the Bitter, a week full of activities designed to get people out from under their comforters and into the great outdoors for fun, adventure and good cheer.

Solon 5th at Fort Madison Invitational

Taylor, Gnida and Flynn take 1st

FORT MADISON– Powered by three individual champions, Solon’s varsity wrestlers placed fifth in the 18-team Fort Madison Invitational Dec. 20-21.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds), Zeb Gnida (152) and Jax Flynn (170) provided 154 of the Spartans’ 374 points with first-place finishes.
Twelve Solon wrestlers earned points in the two-day tournament heading into the holiday break.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy took the team title with 487 points, with Dubuque Hempstead (421.5) and host Fort Madison (421) neck and neck for runner-up. New London edged Solon out of fourth place by seven points.

Lady Spartans bid adieu to 2019 with 54-47 win

Solon defeats one-loss Beckman at home

SOLON– “A win tonight would make Christmas stuffing taste better,” Assistant Coach Jim Smith said on Friday night, Dec. 20, in the heat of the fourth quarter during a varsity basketball game between the Lady Spartans and the Beckman Trailblazers.
Solon hung on, following a one-point deficit, 18-17, in the first quarter, to build a seven-point lead at the half, 30-23. A tight battle in the third quarter, during which Beckman rallied to outscore Solon, 15-11, to trail, 41-38, before the Lady Spartans rebounded to triumph, 54-47, over a previously 6-1 Trailblazer team.

Sheriffs office confirms pharmacy break-in

SOLON– What was originally thought to be a fluke accident is now being investigated as a burglary.
According to Lt. Randy Lamm of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, an alarm was reported at Solon Towncrest Pharmacy shortly after 4 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23.
Both the responding deputy and the owner found the glass of the front door shattered, but everything appeared to be in place with no other evidence of a break-in.

A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher

Santa Claus and The Grinch team up for Christmas joy

SWISHER– The sights and sounds of the season were on full display Saturday, Dec. 14, in a small, northwestern Johnson County community as “A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher” was held for an evening of holiday festivities.

No Airbnbs in residential Solon

Council passes first reading of zoning changes

SOLON For now, there will be no short-term rentals in residential areas.
The first reading of an ordinance limiting such rentals to commercial areas was passed at a Dec. 18 meeting of the Solon City Council.
Council members were asked to consider allowing the alternate lodging in residential zones by Michelle Bennett, of Solon, who has been offering short-term stays in a house at 113 E. Elm Street.
Council members stuck with the recommendations of the citys Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, but left the door open to future modifications.

December 26th

Trojan-Bolts victorious over the Lions

Liberty’s Hajek, Brotherton, Skelley, Nichols, Keeney and Petersen win for IC West and Liberty High against Linn-Mar

CORALVILLE– ‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all across the pool, final warm-up laps were swum, Lions “roared” and the Trojan-Bolts let out a war whoop before notching yet another home dual meet win Tuesday, Dec. 17, as the Linn-Mar Lions visited Iowa City West.
The West High-Liberty High combined team swept the Lions with the junior varsity winning, 133-37, and the varsity taking a 119-51 victory.

Cougars sweep Trojans on the lanes

CCA’s Stirlen Roberson leads West High boys against CR Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS– Five pins.
That’s how close the Iowa City West High varsity boys bowling team came to picking up a win Tuesday, Dec. 17, on the road at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center in a match against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Cougars won 2,698 to West’s 2,694 with Clear Creek Amana’s Stirlen Roberson, competing with the Trojans, leading all with 513 pins knocked down.
West’s junior varsity (JV) boys fell 2,356 to 1,597 pins with Kennedy’s Hunter Leaven winning with 396 and West’s Caden Noeller leading the Trojans with 213.