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Macbride Fat Tire Classic, Mar. 3

Solon Centennial Lions Club to host soup luncheon

SOLON– Sugar Bottom Bikes, of North Liberty, has partnered with the Solon Centennial Lions Club to present a unique experience to area riders with the Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Mar. 3.

SHS's “Little Women” March 2-4

Solon High School Drama Department’s production of “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, focuses on the lives of the March Family: Marmee (Ellen Cross), Meg (Emma Bluder), Jo (Faye Düster), Beth (Sayler McIlravy), Amy (Kiersten Conway and Ellie Hawkins). Performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4, in the Solon Center for the Arts. (photo by Kim Hawkins)

SHS presents “Little Women”

Professor Bhaer (Noah Bishop), Mrs. Kirk (Megan Tucker) and Jo (Faye Duster) in a scene from the upcoming stage production of “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, by the Solon High School Drama Department. Performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4. Tickets are on sale online through MidwestTix. Visit MidwestTix at https://midwestix.securemytix.com/events/26063. In-person ticket sales began on Feb. 17 in the high school auditorium lobby from 10-11:30 a.m.

Fidget spinners for cancer awareness

SOLON– Four students from Solon Elementary School decided to make and sell fidget spinners to raise money for cancer awareness.
Cash Meade, Galvin Wisman, Allen Shima and Addy Wilmer were the four students among the group who made the fidget spinners. Wilmer donated the money she raised to an animal shelter.

Solon falls prey to Panthers, 73-46

MONTICELLO– The Solon Lady Spartans bid adieu to the 2017-18 Basketball season on Saturday, Feb. 10, following a first-round loss to the Monticello Panthers, 73-46, after ending their regular season on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Mount Vernon, with a loss to the Mustangs, 44-19.

Family & Sport Chiropractic supports Make-a-Wish Foundation

Serving a higher cause

NORTH LIBERTY– Standing at over 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds, 13-year-old Chandler Johnson, of North Liberty, stood out among his peers.
Johnson, who wears a size 17 shoe, had a history of peculiar motor skills dating back to the age of 3, noted by his various athletics coaches over the years. But it was never diagnosed as anything of serious concern.
“We never missed a doctor’s appointment, never missed a sports physical and nobody suspected there was anything wrong,” said Johnson’s mother Angela Bell. “They just said he was clumsy because he’s at that age and he’s large.”

A third successful Beat the Bitter

Third annual winter festival attracts thousands

NORTH LIBERTY– While the ground may have been absent of snow to start the Friday festivities, that didn’t stop thousands of locals from gathering for what is becoming a North Liberty tradition. A core part of the Beat the Bitter week, Fire & Ice Friday, took place Feb. 2 at Penn Meadows Park, offering locals a variety of free activities to celebrate Iowa’s frigid season.

Sectional champions

Solon advances to regional duals; 11 Spartans head for district meet

SOLON– With four champions and seven runners-up, the Solon Spartans ran away with the team title at a Class 2A sectional tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, in Solon.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers compiled 243.5 points for a comfortable lead over second-place Mount Vernon in the six-team field that also included Central DeWitt (160.5), Camanche (152), Tipton (108.5) and Northeast (101).
The sectional win advanced Solon to a regional dual meet Feb. 6 in West Liberty with the chance to qualify for the state dual meet in Des Moines Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Raiders slip away from the Creek Girls

Williamsburg pulls away late for 50-45 win over CCA

TIFFIN– The Williamsburg Raiders pulled off a bit of an upset Tuesday, Jan. 30, as they defeated the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in girls’ varsity basketball at CCA, 50-45.
A 3-point basket by Jordan Neely gave the Creek Girls an early 3-2 lead on their way to an 11-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Karsyn Stratton poured in 15 of CCA’s 27 first-half points on her way to a game-high 28. Andrea Roller drained a 3-point basket in the final minute of the second period and dropped in a two-point basket just ahead of the halftime buzzer. The Clippers led, 27-22, at the break.

Pioneers of the Ice

An Olympic bobsledder tells her story in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Feb. 8, 2002, in Salt Lake City. The opening ceremony for the XIX Olympic Winter Games had commenced to an enthusiastic crowd in the Rice-Eccles Stadium. And for the first time since 1932, the highest global institution in all of athletics was about to host two-woman bobsledding. Amidst all the pomp and festivities was a Midwestern girl named Jean, who helped pave the way for what was about to happen.

965 Phase 3

Prepping for more Ranshaw Way expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With the amount of growth North Liberty experienced in recent years, parts of Ranshaw Way have become a bottlenecked route for commuters. Fortunately for them, one of the busiest parts of the former Highway 965 will finally get the expansions it needs to match its rush hour traffic. The construction project known as 965 Phase 3 will span four blocks from Penn Street to Zeller Street. Shive-Hattery, of Iowa City, was selected to design the project, and the expansion will go out for bid in February.
City Administrator Ryan Heiar is eager for its fulfillment.

Big Picture cultivates creativity

Channeling the inner artist

NORTH LIBERTY– It was 5 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, and another class was in session. Peyton Gordon, Grant Nidey and Finn Fountain sat together at a paper-lined table as Becky Popelka led the students on a collage using watercolors, salt and decorated paper.
“This is a mixed media project,” she began, presenting the materials her beloved “kiddos” were about to employ.