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March 10th, 2021

Six Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference basketball honors

CCA’s Christian Withrow named the WaMaC West Player of the Year

TIFFIN– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball players earned WaMaC honors. The WaMaC released its East and West Division All-Conference selections Tuesday, March 2, with Christian Withrow, Mike Potter and Ryan Navara named to the West First Team, while Kyle Schrepfer and Brock Reade were Second Team picks. Ben Swails received the WaMaC Recognition Award.

Four Bolts earn MVC All-Division boys’ basketball honors

Liberty’s Kelby Telander named to Mississippi Division First Team

NORTH LIBERTY– Four of the Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball players earned Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) honors. The MVC released its All-Division Basketball selections on Wednesday, March 3, with Kelby Telander named to the Mississippi Division First Team, while Ira Hazeltine was a Second Team pick. Basil Aldoss and Ethan O’Donnell received Honorable Mention.

Spartans end Lightning’s season in substate final

Kelby Telander leads Liberty with 14 points in 57-46 loss to Pleasant Valley

BETTENDORF– Liberty High’s unusual varsity boys’ basketball season, started late and interrupted by quarantines, ended Tuesday, March 2, in a Class 4A substate final against the Pleasant Valley Spartans, in Bettendorf. Pleasant Valley (PV) denied the Lightning their first state tournament appearance with a 57-46 win.
“Pleasant Valley got off to a hot start hitting four-for-four three-pointers in (the) first four minutes,” Co-coach Stu Ordman said. The Spartans went on to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first period.

Kathleen Olson, Jessie Pauley and Ally Disterhoft are IGHSAU Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees

West High standout racked up 1,590 career points for the Women of Troy North Liberty Leader

DES MOINES– Waukee's Kathleen Olson, Jessie Pauley of OABCIG and Iowa City West's Ally Disterhoft are the 2021 inductees into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Basketball Hall of Fame. This year's hall of fame class was to be inducted at halftime of the Class 2A championship on Saturday, March 6.

Tax hike on the way for North Liberty

29-cent property tax levy increase will generate 6.9% more general fund dollars

NORTH LIBERTY– Property owners in North Liberty will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets after the city council approved a $0.29 increase in the tax levy.
A public hearing was held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with no comments received, for or against, and a 5-0 vote by the council approved the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (FY22) budget with the increase. The second and final public hearing and resolution approving the FY22 budget was scheduled for Tuesday, March 9 (after this edition’s deadline).

You can still see what happened on Mulberry Street

Controversial to some, Dr. Seuss books still available in local libraries

IOWA CITY– Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), known to all as “Dr. Seuss,” was a prolific author and illustrator of children’s books who helped generations learn to read.
His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published in 1937. The book, a young boy’s whimsical fantasy tale building on having seen a horse and wagon on the street during his journey home from school, is now one of six, no longer be published due to images deemed to be racist and/or culturally insensitive.

March 5th

A true role model

Gov. Reynolds tours and praises Johnson Countys GuideLink Center

IOWA CITY The GuideLink Center, also known as the Access Center of Johnson County, started accepting patients with an acute mental health or substance abuse crisis on Monday, Feb. 15, as part of a gradual soft opening.
The facility, located at 300 Southgate Ave. in Iowa City, has been a goal through roughly a decade of discussion in Johnson County. Momentum was gained in 2015 when then Jail Alternatives Coordinator Jessica Peckover started a crusade for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) made up of law enforcement officers, starting with the Johnson County Sheriffs Office (JCSO).

Beef Days seeking 50th anniversary design

SOLON Attention amateur and professional artists!
The Solon Beef Days Committee is seeking T-shirt artwork for the 50th Anniversary Beef Days Celebration in 2021.
Original artwork is currently being accepted for the T-shirt design of the 50th Anniversary of Beef Days to be held Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. Each artist may submit more than one design. To qualify, designs need to meet the following guidelines:
Artwork must be produced using a conventional media or desktop publishing software;
Artwork must be 5 x 7 or larger;

CCA FFA at sub-district contest

MARENGO– On Feb. 23, four members of the Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter traveled to Iowa Valley High School to compete in the 2021 Northwest Sub-District Competition. Four FFA members represented Clear Creek Amana competing in contests at Sub-Districts. Lillie Haman participated in Ag Sales and sold Muck Boots. Haman received a gold and is the alternate for Districts.

6 Lady Spartans and coaching staff receive recognition

Callie Levin WaMaC East Player of Year and Coach Smith IGCA All District Coach of the Year

SOLON The Lady Spartans experienced considerable success during the 2020-2021 season capturing a conference title, competing in the conference championship game, recording 17 wins during the season and capturing a top-15 rank in Class 3A in Head Coach Jamie Smiths third season heading the program.
The postseason recognition of the program continues.
On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the WaMaC East Conference recognized six Lady Spartans with All-Conference honors.