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November 20th

Officially committed

Ten Bolts sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

NORTH LIBERTY– Ten Liberty High School student athletes signed official letters of intent to play collegiate athletics during a signing ceremony at the high school on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The pieces are in place for a competitive season for the Creek Girls

Clear Creek Amana 2019-2020 varsity girls’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– Hopes are high for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team that a combination of experience and depth will lead to a successful 2018-20 season.
The Creek Girls took a stab at earning a spot in the 2019 Class 4A state tournament with a regional quarterfinal win at home over Mount Pleasant, but fell in the regional semifinals to Fairfield. The Clippers finished the 2018-19 season with an 11-8 record overall and 10-6 showing in the WaMaC Conference, which was good for second Place among a competitive field.
Seniors Jordan Neely and Lydia Banwart graduated.

Creek Boys return four starters for the upcoming hoops season

Clear Creek Amana 2019-20 varsity boys’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team returns four starters for the 2019-20 season. The squad, under Head Coach Brandon Clubb, went 11-9 overall last season, with a 10-8 showing in the WaMaC Conference. Clubb, with 15 seasons as the top man, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Clippers’ program and is assisted by Mark Stern, Nick Neuendorf, Chuck Wolfe and Tate Thomsen.

The dream season comes to an end

Pleasant Valley ends Liberty High’s first state tourney campaign

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s third season of varsity competition came to an end Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a heartbreaking loss to Pleasant Valley (PV) in the Class 5A state volleyball quarterfinals at the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids. The No. 7 Spartans upset the No. 2 Lightning, 3-1 (25-17, 25-12, 19-25, 25-20), ending Liberty’s dream season with a 34-3 record overall, improving their own to 30-5.

It’s wait and see for farmers

P&Z makes 16 recommendations, supervisors set Dec. 5 for public hearing

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a document which codifies the Comprehensive Land Use Plan the Supervisors approved in 2018. Work began on the UDO soon after with over 1,000 man-hours spent by the county’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability department (PDS) crafting it.

Not the chow line they were used to

CCA Middle School’s annual Veterans Breakfast thanked those who served

TIFFIN– Just as they had done countless times years ago, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines “fell in” for the chow line. This time however, instead of grumpy mess sergeants and privates on KP duty, they were greeted by smiling middle school student council members who happily filled their red, white and blue decorated plates with pastries, breakfast pizza and even biscuits and gravy.

Back to the final

Spartans ascend, Warriors fall, Bobcats loom Solon outlasts Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 43-36, in prime time semifinal

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans are one step away from the title.
Solon is back in the Class 3A championship after a thrilling 43-36 semifinal win over the Sergeant Bluff-Luton (SBL) Warriors on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
The game set up the championship matchup, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, between the 12-0 Solon Spartans and the 12-0 Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. The Bobcats defeated the Lewis Central Titans, 48-14, in the other 3A semifinal.

U.S. 30 bypass of Mount Vernon/Lisbon will be open to traffic on Nov. 22

MOUNT VERNON– The U.S. 30 bypass of Mount Vernon/Lisbon from west of Wilcox Road in Linn County to Charles Avenue in Cedar County will be open to traffic late Friday afternoon, Nov. 22, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Davenport construction office.
Drivers should still be aware of temporary lane closures as additional work is done during the 2020 construction season.
Manatt’s, Inc. of Brooklyn was the main contractor for this $28,825,766 project.

Thank you is all most veterans need

Montgomery shares Vietnam experience: “These kids were my friends.”

SOLON– We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.
The heartfelt message from Solon graduate and Vietnam veteran Mike Montgomery was delivered to Solon High School students Tuesday, Nov. 12,
during the district’s annual Veterans Appreciation Program.
Montgomery was a member of the 1963 football team and a 1964 graduate of Solon High School. Three months after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with numerous commendations and medals.
After his service, he obtained a doctorate in business administration with a minor in management.

Council approves Brotherton Ridge plat

Three lots on Racine south of high school

SOLON– Three new acre-sized residential lots will need city water service, but not city sewer.
At a Nov. 6 meeting, Solon City Council members approved a developer’s agreement and preliminary plat for Brotherton Ridge Part Two, a small subdivision located along the gravel on Racine Avenue south of Solon High School.
The city will extend water service to the subdivision, but the new homes will have individual septic systems because of the need for a lift station to reach the city’s wastewater treatment plant.