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Archive - 2019

November 8th

Hinman in top tier at 3a state cross country

Solon sophomore finishes 35th at Ft. Dodge

FORT DODGE– Turning on the jets with less than a half-mile to go, Solon sophomore Gabe Hinman threaded his way through the pack. He picked up some valuable real estate at the Kennedy Park Golf (and cross country) course, Saturday, finishing 35th at the Class 3A state cross country meet.
“Gabe had a great meet,” applauded head coach Emy Williams. “He ran most of the race in 43rd place. In the last 400 meters he caught a lot of runners and ended up 35th. His experience from the year before (when he finished 46th as a freshman) helped, too.

Solon girls 7th at state XC

Now, it’s reload for 2020!

FORT DODGE– With a brisk midday wind, and temperature struggling to hit 40 degrees, Solon’s girls capped their cross country season on a high note. Basically matching their final ranking in the polls (which ranged from 12th to sixth through the second half of the season), the Lady Spartans finished seventh of the 15 regional qualifying teams on the turf Nov. 2, for the Class 3A state meet at Kennedy Park Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Solon escapes Liberty, 14-7

Spartans advance to host Pella Friday

SOLON– The week’s pole barn proverb read, “No chance for Lightning,” on Friday, Nov. 1.
Although cold winds blew and rain fell for most of the game at Spartan Stadium, the dour weather was not enough to turn away a large crowd eager to see the Spartans’ 14-7 triumph over the Liberty Lightning in their first Class 3A playoff appearance.

Nefarious schemes and romantic dreams

“Dirty Work at the Crossroads” takes the stage at CCA High School this weekend

TIFFIN– Murder, mayhem and other nefarious events will take center stage at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Performing Arts Center in Tiffin this weekend as the High School’s drama department presents Dirty Work at the Crossroads, or Tempted, Tried and True, a Gay Nineties melodrama in three acts written by Bill Johnson.

The start of a new tradition in North Liberty

Jack-O-Lanterns put the Ranshaw House in a Halloween spotlight

NORTH LIBERTY– Inspiration can come in many forms. For Jillian Miller, the community engagement coordinator for the City of North Liberty, a photo on a website inspired her to spearhead a new community activity. The result was a display of pumpkins carved by residents, on display outside the historic Ranshaw House.

A big community meal for everyone to share

Annual Stone Soup Supper benefits NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– At some point it is likely you’ve heard or read the folk tale “Stone Soup.” While the characters change from sneaky charlatans to Jesuits to soldiers, the end result is the same: strangers coming together for a common meal forged through generosity.

On the record

P&Z Commission makes its concerns with the UDO known

IOWA CITY– A number of items related to agriculture, in general, and animal agriculture, in particular, in the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for Johnson County has brought forth a firestorm of criticism from the agricultural community.
During a Sept. 9 public hearing, conducted by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), 20 spoke in objection to parts of Chapter 8 of the document, which has been in development since July 2018 as a follow up to the county’s comprehensive plan.

Council OKs expanded safety training

Solon to join cost-share for regional coordinator

SOLON– It’s time to enhance safety training for city employees.
At an Oct. 16 meeting, Solon City Council members gave informal approval to join a pool of regional communities looking to hire a full-time safety instructor.
Currently, public works employees receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training through the Eastern Iowa Area Safety and Support Organization (EIASSO).

Making Halloween a fun time for all kids

Miracles in Motion hosts a Halloween event focused on those with special needs

SWISHER– A Knight in shining armor, skeletons in a stable, kids in costumes and friendly horses were all in the spotlight Saturday, Oct. 26, as Miracles in Motion hosted its third “Boo at the Barn” Halloween event at its facility near Swisher.

October 31st

Liberty Boys are state XC bound

Bolts’ runners are the first team in school history to make it to state

MARSHALLTOWN– Another piece of Liberty High School history was made Thursday, Oct. 24, as the varsity boys cross country team earned a place on the starting line of the 2019 Class 4A state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Bolts finished third in team points in a district (state qualifying) meet at the Marshalltown Community College course behind champion (and Mississippi Valley Conference rival) Cedar Rapids Prairie, and runner-up Johnston.