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December 23rd

Bill Bryson’s “The Body” discussed Jan. 7 and 14

SOLON– Students enrolled in the Anatomy and Physiology class at Solon High School will facilitate small group discussions of Bill Bryson’s book, “The Body,” on Thursday, Jan. 7, and again on Jan. 14, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., as part of the Community Read program organized by science teacher Dawn Posekany.

Lone rangers: Number of state park officers declines despite growth in visitors

DES MOINES– Iowa’s state park rangers, certified peace officers safeguarding the state’s premier outdoor recreational areas, are confronting an increasingly endangered species: themselves.
Budget cuts severely thinned the ranks of state park rangers over years, to 35 this year from between 45 and 55 in the late 1990s, State Parks Bureau data shows.

Kunkel ready for sheriff’s role

Priority on domestic violence, technology investigation

SOLON– You don’t get to say it very often in Johnson County.
There’s a new sheriff in town.
Brad Kunkel will take the reins from retiring Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek with the end of the calendar year.
The rural Solon resident and former city council member soundly defeated Al Fear in the June primary and was unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election.
Now he’s prepared to make good on his campaign pledges and is working with Pulkrabek on a smooth transition.

3 more months

City and school renew community center lease New location at fire station?

SOLON– Three months at a time.
The City of Solon and the Solon Community School District agreed to a three-month lease for the former middle school and current community center on South Iowa Street.
The new lease begins Jan. 1, 2021, and runs through March 30, 2021.
Council members approved their side of the agreement at a regular meeting Dec. 16.
The city scaled back the operation of the community center in an attempt to cope with high utility bills and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recreation programs.

Creek Girls roll over Indee’s Mustangs

Clubb leads CCA with 12 points in 62-24 win over Independence

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team improved to 4-1 on the season shelling the Independence Mustangs, 62-24, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at home.
The Clippers pounded Indee, 18-2, in the first period and built a 29-8 lead at halftime. A 17-point barrage by the Creek Girls ensued in the third period for a 46-15 advantage with a 16-point onslaught in the final eight minutes.
Calia Clubb led all with a dozen points and dominated the boards with 10 rebounds. Emily Sly and Ava Locklear produced 11 points each with 10 from Morgan Etscheidt.

Creek Boys spoil season opener for Indee

22 points from Withrow in CCA’s 65-49 win over Independence

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team improved to 3-2 on the season handing the Independence Mustangs a season-opening loss Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Mustangs’ corral.
Indee galloped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first period, but a 23-point barrage by the Clippers led to a 31-28 halftime advantage. The Mustangs kept the game close, trailing the Creek Boys by six points at the end of the third as CCA led, 49-43. The Clippers put up a 16-point effort in the final eight minutes holding their hosts to only six points for the 65-49 win.

Prairie Hawks get the better of the Bolts

CR Prairie spoils Liberty girls’ season opener with 61-45 loss

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls were finally able to hit the floor to open the 2020-2021 season Friday, Dec. 18, at home as Cedar Rapids Prairie visited. However, the evening was spoiled for the Lightning as the Hawks soared to a 61-45 win.

Bolts outlast the Hawks in season opener

Liberty boys power past CR Prairie for 68-62 win

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity boys battled back from an early deficit to take a 68-62 season-opening win Friday, Dec. 18, at home over the visiting Prairie Hawks from Cedar Rapids Prairie.
Ira Hazeltine, a senior, put Liberty on the scoreboard for an early 2-0 lead, but a three-pointer from Prairie showed the Bolts the contest would be a tough one. Prairie went on to take the first period 20-13 with seniors Ethan O’Donnell, Kelby Telander, and Grayson Tyler, and junior Max Beckman putting up points for Liberty.

Cougars sweep the Trojans

IC West’s combined bowling teams fall to CR Kennedy in season opener

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s combined (with bowlers from Liberty High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA)) girls and boys bowling teams opened the 2020-2021 season Friday, Dec. 18, at home against Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The Cougars swept the Trojans, with the varsity boys falling 2,938 to 2,505, the junior varsity (JV) boys falling 2,593 to 2,084, and the varsity girls falling 2,341 to 2,044. Kennedy did not bring a JV girls squad, which led to something of an inter-squad scrimmage.

Good Neighbor Meeting for property West of North Liberty Road and East of Arlington Ridge

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may consider a zoning map amendment, also called a rezoning, and preliminary plat for property located on the west side of North Liberty Road and east of Arlington Ridge Subdivision, and the city will host a Good Neighbor Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m.