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April 29th

Volunteers step in to clean up popular shooting range

SWISHER– One of Iowa’s most heavily used shooting ranges was the recipient of a cleanup project led by volunteers who stepped in after the local range manager was sidelined with a non-work-related injury.
The Hawkeye Wildlife Area shooting range, between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, is a popular destination for avid target shooters to sharpen their skills and site in their rifles. The range consists of three separate ranges– a 100-yard range, a 50-yard range and a 25-yard range. Range rules require users clean up after themselves and take out what they bring in.

A request for assistance

Solon firefighters ask county supervisors to help build the house

IOWA CITY– Solon’s volunteer firefighters have been working for roughly two years to build a new fire station on the south side of town.
The firefighters have received donations from young and old, from local businesses and various corporations, and from across the country via online donations.
Now they are turning to the county government.

Rickels recognized by state professional association

SOLON– Jodi Rickels was a finalist for the 2020 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year award, sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).
"We are pleased to recognize school leaders who provide high-quality learning opportunities for students in Iowa," said SAI executive director Roark Horn.
Her peers nominated Rickels for the award, and she will be recognized at SAI's regional district meeting.

ICCSD appoints interim superintendent

Matt Degner takes over for outgoing Steve Murley on July 1

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) moved one step closer to the end of the Steve Murley era as the district board of directors selected Assistant Superintendent Matt Degner to serve as the interim superintendent beginning July 1. The board took the action by unanimous vote on Tuesday, April 21.

North Liberty public building closures extended, programming modified

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty's public facilities, including city hall and the community center, currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain closed, and registration for summer programs will be postponed, indefinitely.
Through the closure, city staff will continue to offer no-contact services such as phone support and Library Hop checkout, digital services including movies and books, and other modified programming provided remotely, delivered digitally, or held asynchronously.

Lakeview teachers flip for students

Reverse parade packs SRNA parking lot

SOLON– Solon is known for hosting long parades.
Vehicles lined up in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) Saturday, April 25, and stretched out north and south on Racine Avenue as Lakeview Elementary teachers and students connected from a safe distance in a “flipped” parade.
Lakeview staff lined the SRNA parking lot with their vehicles and stood by with signs, balloon wands and happy waves as students and their families drove through with their own signs and decorations.

Meals on wheels

Big Grove donates 60 meals for shut-ins

SOLON– They were thinking of each other.
And it ended up helping the community.
Solon Community Food Pantry organizer and senior activist Sandy Hanson had been contacted by several people wanting to donate money to help furloughed restaurant workers.
She called every restaurant in town to see how they were doing.
After leaving a message with Big Grove Brewery managers Andrew Mitchell and Doug Goettsch, she learned they were wondering about her.

A glimpse of normal

CCA continues a patriotic tradition near Oxford

OXFORD– A common cliché heard frequently in this time of viral pandemic is “the new normal.” In a time of traditions such as going to church, high school graduations, RAGBRAI and the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival all being cancelled or prohibited, some glimpses of normal, or tradition, can still be found. For example, the large American flag still flies over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Administrative Offices, at the intersection of Highway 6 and Upper Old Highway 6, just north of Oxford.

No pomp under the circumstances

CCA cancels 2020 graduation amid COVID-19 concerns

TIFFIN– Seniors in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District were dealt two more disappointing blows on Wednesday, April 22, as both prom and graduation were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A letter sent to students and families stated, “We understand the disappointment this will cause for our students and all those who have worked tirelessly to plan this special event. However, we must remember that this is in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, families and our community at large.”

April 24th

No school? No spring sports. And no track

SOLON– Everyone hoped for better.
In the face of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called on schools in mid-March to shut down on-site education. Spring sports– girls’ and boys’ track, soccer and golf¬– were suspended.
Still, a framework existed for a possible three-meet end of season finish had there been a return to the classroom