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October 16th, 2019

Six seeking NL council seats

Introducing Brent Smith, Matthew Eckhardt, Mike Nichols, Bryan Wayson, RaQuishia Harrington and Chris Hoffman

NORTH LIBERTY– Three incumbents will face two challengers on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election ballot in North Liberty for three city council seats. RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman and Brent Smith will defend their four-year terms against challengers Matthew Eckhardt and Michael Nicholls. Harrington and Smith are new to the council with Harrington winning a special election in March to fill the vacancy left by Jim Sayre (who moved out of state) while Smith was appointed by the council in May to replace Jennifer Goings (who also has left the area).

Girls third over Hillcrest hills

KALONA– There is a reason most noise at cross country meets comes near the finish line. That’s where the crowd is! As runners close in on 5,000 meters, the fans want to see their finish.
Sure, Mid-Prairie’s top ranked– and Future Hall of Famer– Marie Hostletler is going to win by more than a minute each time out. However, the excitement builds as the next 10, 50 or 100 girls fight for position. Solon’s girls provided a couple such moments, at the Hillcrest Academy Invite, October 7.

Boys 6th at North Linn, postseason ahead

TROY MILLS– Going into postseason runs, Solon’s boys notched a sixth-place finish among 16 teams at the 2019 North Linn invitational cross country meet, Oct. 12. “It was an amazing meet for the whole Solon cross country team. Almost every runner had season best times,” reviewed head coach Emy Williams. “We looked strong and really competed.”

Lady Spartans notch conference win

Solon takes 3-2 win from Central DeWitt

DeWITT– Either way, one team was going to pick up its first divisional conference win.
That team was Solon.
The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball team moved to 13-16 on the season and picked up its first WaMaC East Division win of the season at Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 10.
But it didn’t come easily.
It took five sets to overcome the Sabers (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 19-25, 15-11). Statistics were not available at press time.

Spartans lead Class 3A District 6

Six weeks in, Solon on top

MOUNT PLEASANT– Almost to the beckoning of the machine shed mantra south of Solon on Highway 1, the Solon Spartans football team de-pounced the Panthers, at the Mapleleaf Complex in Mount Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 11, in grand fashion, to the tune of 35-14, remaining unbeaten through week seven of the season and claiming its 36th consecutive regular season win.

Kites rule the skies over Centennial Park

North Liberty’s first ever Take Flight! event celebrates aviation

NORTH LIBERTY– For quite a while the only things flying over the grounds of Centennial Park, in North Liberty, were purple martin birds checking out the throngs of humans who gathered for “Take Flight!” an afternoon of kite flying. The event, the first standalone kite event (mega kites were part of the last Beat the Bitter event) was held Sunday, Oct. 6, with gigantic kites sharing the cloudy skies with many smaller kites.

Wizards work their hoops magic in the Creek

CCA foundation brings Harlem Wizards back for fundraiser

TIFFIN– Choreographed chaos reigned on the hardwood of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Monday, Oct. 7, as the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team played a benefit game against CCA teachers in support of the CCA Foundation.

Legion helps heroes with hunt

SOLON– After Don Erusha’s passing in March, his son Mike asked Solon American Legion Past Commander Jim Leland’s help in finding two disabled veterans interested in an antelope hunt in Wyoming.
Mike Erusha, a resident of Wyoming, is part of the organization “Hunting with Heroes Wyoming” which honors disabled veterans with an all-expense paid, guided antelope hunt out of Casper, Wyo.
“I found two very qualified veterans that fit the bill,” Leland said.

Gabbard: The cost of war is too high

POTUS hopeful makes quick stop by the lake

SOLON– When Paul Julius went to his first caucus, he showed up not knowing who Barack Obama was, and ended up in Obama’s camp.
“That was a really proud moment,” he said. “Yes! It started here in Iowa– that kind of got his name out.
“This sort of had the same feeling,” he said of hosting presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D- Hawaii) Oct. 9 in the backyard of his rural Solon home. “I did something I believe in, and even though it was small, it’s what I could do.”

Meet the candidates

Four candidates for two seats on Solon City Council

SOLON– Eligible voters in the City of Solon will have their choice of council representatives in November.
Four candidates, including one incumbent, are vying for four-year terms on the Solon City Council.
The two Solon City Council seats occupied by Mark Prentice and Shawn Mercer will have their terms come to an end at the end of the year. Mercer is seeking re-election, joined on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot by John D. Farlinger, Daniel P. O'Neil and Kevin Samek.