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June 28th

Here and back

More than 1,300 bicyclists to flood Main Street for RAGBRAI training ride

SOLON– Solon will be at the turn for Big Rove, a 36-mile RAGBRAI training ride Saturday, July 29.
Downtown will the mid-point for over 1,300 bicyclists as they travel from Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City to its namesake in Solon for lunch and back, with stops in North Liberty along the way.
The event, sponsored by RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Race Across Iowa), the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Big Grove Brewery and Think Iowa City, will take over the intersection of Main Street and Iowa Street for a street party most of the day.

Celebrating 150 years

Oxford’s Sesquicentennial is July 4, 5 & 6

OXFORD– According to the Rock Island Railroad’s 1962-63 fall and winter passenger train timetable, Oxford, Iowa, is located 252 miles west of Chicago. The City’s website lists a population of approximately 800. It’s the administrative home of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District, is located about a mile south of U.S. Highway 6, and about as far north of Interstate 80.
And on Thursday, July 4, it’ll be celebrating not only our nation’s 243rd birthday on Independence Day but also the town’s 150th anniversary, or “Sesquicentennial.”

June 12th

Baseball Bolts beat the Boats

Liberty High tops CCA 6-2 in Fight With Flash Crosstown Classic

IOWA CITY– Six varsity baseball teams met Saturday, June 8, for the fifth annual Fight With Flash Crosstown Classic. The tournament, in honor of the late Austin “Flash” Schroeder, pairs up local teams in a fundraiser for the Fight With Flash Foundation, with the proceeds going to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
One pairing pitted the Liberty High Lightning (AKA the Bolts) against the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, in a non-conference contest with the Bolts beating the Boats, 6-2.

Indians take two from the Creek Boys

CCA falls 5-0 and 4-2 on the road at Marion

MARION– The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team dipped to 5-6 on the season Thursday, June 6, on the road in Marion, against the Marion Indians. The Indians swept the Clippers, 5-0 and 4-2, to improve to an 8-1 record.

Lady Spartans slugging their way to wins

Solon offense pounding out runs

SOLON– Offense is not a problem for the Lady Spartan varsity softball team.
Among those squads reporting statistics to Quik Stats Iowa (as of June 5), Solon ranked second in all classes for doubles (29), third in hits (152) and seventh in home runs (10).
The Lady Spartans have racked up 117 runs.
Thirteen of them came in a wild and wooly 13-10 win over Mount Vernon June 4 in Solon.
The Lady Spartans split with the Mustangs, who took the nightcap, 12-2, handing Solon its first loss of the season.

Solon sweeps Independence

Maquoketa game suspended at 1-1

SOLON– Jake Van Roekel and Sully Steen made the most of their first starts of the season.
The sophomore and junior led the varsity Spartans to a 10-3 and 15-5 doubleheader sweep over Independence June 6 in Solon.
Van Roekel went 6-1/3 innings on the mound in the opener, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking three. Steen pitched five innings in the nightcap, striking out six and allowing a single walk while giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits.

The rules of the road still matter

NL Optimists help kids stay safe on the streets with annual bike rodeo

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes kids need a little reminder when it comes to personal safety. The North Liberty Optimist Club provided a reminder on bicycle safety Saturday, June 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.

The view from the top

CCA supt. gives his State of the District report

OXFORD– The President of the United States reports on the State of the Union to Congress. The governor gives a State of the State report to the Legislature. Some mayors give a State of the City report to their city councils. In like fashion, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Superintendent Tim Kuehl gave a State of the District report to the school board of directors in a pair of work sessions on Tuesday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 11, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Swisher native Conor Mittauer trains to serve as the next generation of U.S. Naval Aviation Warfighters

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– A 2012 Cedar Rapids Prairie High School graduate and Swisher native is participating in a rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Conor Mittauer is a student pilot with the “Stingrays” of Training Squadron (VT) 35, based in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The squadron flies the T-44C Pegasus aircraft.
A Navy student pilot is responsible for training to become a maritime pilot.
“I enjoy how extremely challenging the training program is,” Mittauer said.

Ely City Administrator Hoy leaving post

City hopes to choose replacement at the end of the month

ELY– The City of Ely hopes to land a new City Administrator by the end of the month.
The members of the Ely City Council voted at an April 25 session to accept the resignation of current City Administrator Denise Hoy, who took a new position as City Clerk for the City of Ankeny.
Her last day on the job will be Friday, June 14.
She’s moving back to central Iowa to be closer to her children and grandchildren in Conrad and Knoxville.
“Ankeny’s right in the middle,” Hoy said.
She joined the City of Ely in January of 2017 after over two decades working for the City of Conrad.