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February 24th, 2021

Filling stomachs and the coffers, too

Liberty Baseball Club sells pizzas while helping the NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– Almost everywhere you looked, there were stacks of pizzas, at least 980 of them, neatly and carefully piled on tables, racks, in large coolers.
And they were all going out the door in a six-hour period over two days to fill stomachs and generate some funds for the Liberty Lightning Baseball Club.
The club partnered with Matt Zacek, owner of Z’s Catering and BBQ in North Liberty, for the fundraiser, which saw club members selling preorders for the take-and-bake pizzas over the past several weeks. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, were pick-up days at Z’s.

Rolling with the flow by maintaining the status quo

CCA sticks with 14-day COVID quarantine policy

OXFORD– “I mean my recommendations, and like so many things this year, I don’t really ever walk away feeling like, yeah, that was 100 percent the right thing,” Superintendent Tim Kuehl told the board members during a Wednesday, Feb. 3, work session of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Education.
Kuehl was talking about the district’s 14-day quarantine policy for positive COVID-19 cases and confirmed exposures.

Clippers shine in footlights

CCA fine arts students earn top honors

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School fine arts students recently earned top honors in theatre and vocal music competitions.
District Large Group Speech competition was held Jan. 23 at Montezuma High School with four CCA groups earning a 1-rating, and advancing to the State Large Group Speech Contest at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 6.

City Circle Theatre Company presents “First Date: A Musical Comedy” Feb. 26-28

CORALVILLE– City Circle Theatre Company’s next virtual performance is “First Date: A Musical Comedy,” Feb. 26-28. The event is professionally recorded and edited by CoralVision. Tickets are $12-$25. For tickets and more information, visit www.CoralvilleArts.org or call the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 319-248-9370.

Becoming a destination

Auditorium revival adds hotel to Solon. Palmer House Stable and Literary Hotel to provide unique package.

SOLON– “You have to offer an experience that people will talk about years later,” Al Wells said.
And Solon is ready to step up to the plate.
Wells, owner and operator of the Palmer House Stable, and partners Bill Wittig and Bruce Hudson, are knee-deep into the renovation of the abandoned St. Mary Auditorium in Solon.
When complete later this year, the Auditorium Lofts and Commons project with its second-floor hotel, will add another missing element to the community.

Dollar General planned

Parking concerns raised; plan sent to P&Z for comment

SOLON– A national retail chain has its eye on a Highway 1 industrial lot.
A concept plan for a 10,640 square-foot Dollar General was introduced to Solon City Council members during a Feb. 17 meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange raised concerns over a requested variance for parking stalls, and asked for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to comment.

Trail Ridge Estates stalled

No super-majority to overturn P&Z decision

SOLON– Trail Ridge Estates is one vote short.
As is, the proposal to annex and rezone a 130-acre residential subdivision west of Solon’s city limits on Highway 382 has only three of four city council votes needed to override a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission decision.
Mayor Steve Stange conducted the informal poll of council members at a Feb. 17 meeting.

Lady Spartans halted by Knights, 49-36

Solon derailed by Assumption in 3A Region 7 championship

CLARENCE– It took three Davenport Assumption Knights– Dawsen Dorsey (14 points), Ava Schubert (14) and Anna Wohlers (11)– to derail the Lady Spartans’ express during the 2020-2021, COVID-modified season. Solon traveled 30-minutes north to North Cedar High School, neutral territory for both teams, to meet and ultimately succumb to the Davenport Assumption Knights, 49-36, in a Class 3A regional final Feb. 20.

Solon down Trojans to advance

SOLON– On to the next round.
Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team advanced to a Class 3A Substate 4 semifinal with a 64-30 win over South Tama at home Feb. 22 in quarterfinal playoff game.
The Spartans will host Maquoketa Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. for the right to play in the Substate 4 final, scheduled for March 1 at a site to be determined.

Spartans blow by Demons

Solon closes out regular season with wins Substate semifinal Feb. 25

SOLON– Solon’s boys are back to their winning ways, just in time for the postseason.
The Spartan basketball team finished its regular season with a three-game win streak, edging Center Point-Urbana (CPU) on the road and then racing out of the gates against the Washington Demons at home.
Solon fended off the Stormin’ Pointers, 60-54, in Center Point Feb. 16, then cruised to a 62-38 victory over the Demons Feb. 18 in Solon.
Washington came into the game with a 14-5 record and its own three consecutive wins, including over Clear Creek Amana.