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Shianne Fisher

Spartan Grapplers Take State

Spartans earn 1st title

DES MOINES–They did it as a team.
That’s how Solon head coach Blake Williams explained the Spartans’ first-ever state championship title, which the boys brought home Sunday from the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines after narrowly beating No. 1-ranked New Hampton, 96.5 to 96.

Making a big impact on the littles

Sprout Kids Academy offers top-of-the-line everything

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TIFFIN– It was a no-brainer for Aimee Pitlick when she was approached two years ago to be the director of a new childcare facility in Tiffin.
“I missed it. I missed the kids. I missed the work, the good things, the babies,” said Pitlick. “You have such an ability to make such a huge impact on them.”
Having already run Tiffin’s former Busy Bees Preschool and Daycare from 2005-2010, and with a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Pitlick was well prepared to take on the task of helping plan a childcare facility from the ground up.

Eight to state

Spartans advance solo and as a team for state wrestling

SOLON– Last November, a state wrestling dual appearance was in the back of the Spartans’ minds as they began a second season under the only coach to ever get them there back in 2001.
Three months later, it’s on the forefront.
After an overwhelming victory at home Tuesday, Feb. 7, over Saydel (70-12) and Mount Vernon (51-18), Solon advanced to the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Dual Tournament. They were scheduled to wrestle Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a 9 a.m. quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Second annual Beat the Bitter

Winter games and good cheer focus on the family

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NORTH LIBERTY– Wind chills in the teens didn’t stop thousands from enjoying another year of North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter the weekend of Feb. 3 at Penn Meadows Park.
“It’s nice to have something to do in the winter,” said Sarah Espy, of North Liberty.
She and her husband Matt Espy, along with their two children, agreed the cold temperatures were worth the festivities.
“It could be a lot worse,” said Matt.

13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

CONFERENCE CHAMPS

Spartans on course to host regional dual Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

WILLIAMSBURG– Victory was long overdue for the Solon wrestling team, which won its first conference tournament in 30 years on Saturday, Jan. 28, on the mats at Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School.
The Spartans amassed 221.5 points over Williamsburg’s 172.5 and Western Dubuque’s 163.5, claiming their premier WaMaC title and first conference win since scoring the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Conference plaque in 1987.

One step closer to North Liberty’s next mayor

City council set to make appointment Tuesday, Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The ball is finally rolling.
In a 3-2 vote, the North Liberty City Council decided to appoint a new mayor, rather than hold a special election.
At a regularly scheduled Jan. 24 meeting, members Terry Donahue, Brian Wayson and Chris Hoffman voted for appointment, while Annie Pollock and Brian Sayre favored a special election.
The decision came after former mayor Amy Nielsen assumed her role as state legislator earlier this month. Council members had a 60-day window following Nielsen’s Dec. 31 resignation date to come to a consensus.

New leadership at South Slope Co-op

Chuck Deisbeck makes move from Western Iowa to become CEO

NORTH LIBERTY– Chuck Deisbeck was called to the telecommunications industry at a young age– when he was just 8 years old to be exact.
Beginning in third grade, he spent many an afternoon rebuilding phones and installing jacks alongside his older brother for a business his father managed.
“We were kind of his hired hands but didn’t get paid,” said Deisbeck, with a laugh. “By eighth grade, I was climbing poles, and running boring machines and backhoes.”

Beat the Bitter is back

Second annual winter event on course to be bigger, better

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NORTH LIBERTY– How do you coax Iowans out of hibernation? With fireworks, a 5K and Snuggies, of course.
Those are just a few things scheduled for North Liberty’s second annual Beat the Bitter, a two-day festival filled with winter games and good cheer.

Spartans second

Lisbon dominates with six champs to Spartans’ four

SOLON– It was a full day of déjà vu for many Solon wrestlers last Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational.
The Spartans placed second behind Lisbon after several repeat matchups from last year– including an overtime duel at 160 pounds between senior Trevor Nelson and Wapello’s Rogan Pforts, whom Nelson beat in 2016 to become Solon’s lone champion.

The Depot Express coming to Liberty High area

Site plan approved for new convenience store

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters visiting and returning from the southeast side of North Liberty will soon have another option for filling up the gas tank, and their stomachs.
At a meeting Dec. 13, members of the North Liberty City Council unanimously approved the site plan for The Depot Express, a 5,700-square-foot gas station and convenience store to be located at the northwest corner of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, directly west of Liberty High School.

Council approves land purchase negotiations

Throttle Down to share frontage road with City Park

TIFFIN– At first, it will be a road to nowhere. But eventually there could be another entrance to City Park amenities, if the City of Tiffin moves forward with a potential land purchase.
At a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, Tiffin City Council members discussed the acquisition of property near Throttle Down, 607 E. Marengo Rd., for a future frontage road off Highway 6.