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Meet the Leader’s newest reporter

NORTH LIBERTY– Much like the city of its namesake, the North Liberty Leader is undergoing changes. In September, Cale Stelken of Iowa City joined the team as a reporter and photographer. Stelken replaces Shianne Fisher, who has since moved to the Des Moines area.

North Liberty one of the best places to live

NEW YORK– Money magazine named North Liberty one of the best 100 places to live for 2017 in the nationwide assessment that considered more than 70 separate types of data, according to the magazine, looking at factors sharing each town’s economy, cost of living, education, housing, crime, amenities and ease of living.
North Liberty was recognized as No. 75 on the list. The citation noted North Liberty’s 5.2 percent projected job growth, 19-minute average commute time and $77,983 median household income. Council Bluffs was the only other Iowa city to make the list.

Grow It Cook It

Kids take vegetables from garden to table

NORTH LIBERTY– What kid hasn’t turned up their nose at vegetables, no matter how well prepared, opting instead for French fries or pizza, if given the choice? It’s a perennial problem for parents of middle-schoolers and teenagers.
A new program, piloted this summer in Johnson County, aims to offer a solution. On Aug. 9, kids who participated in the Grow It Cook It summer day camp held their first public “Taste and Tour” event at the garden space adjacent to the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP).

Investigation Ends In Suicide

Suspected burglar takes his life at North Liberty residence

NORTH LIBERTY– A 21-year-old suspect in an Iowa City burglary died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a police response to a North Liberty home Sept. 26.
Iowa City and North Liberty police officers went to 60 David Lee Ct. in North Liberty to assist with the investigation of an early-morning burglary in Iowa City, according to information provided by the Iowa City and North Liberty police departments.

Blazers sweeps Lady Spartans at home

Solon volleyball season wraps up Oct. 5 at Central DeWitt

SOLON– The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball team won’t be able to finish with a perfect home record.
Solon was swept by Dyersville Beckman (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) Sept. 26, the same night of the team’s annual cancer awareness fundraiser and Future Spartan night.
The Lady Spartans host only three home matches this season, winning against Anamosa Aug. 31, and welcoming Western Dubuque for Senior Night Oct. 3.

Solon captures first cross country title this season

Girls win, boys third at Williamsburg XC

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

WILLIAMSBURG– Cloudy and cool was a welcome change… and so was the team title. Solon’s girls raced to their first 2017 win at the Raider Invitational cross country meet, Sept. 26, in Williamsburg. Leading the way, with her first high school win, was freshman Kiersten Conway.

Solon smothers Bloodhounds, 62-0

Ft. Madison dominated by Spartans in Homecoming rout

SOLON– Sixty-two unanswered points later, the top-ranked Solon Spartans have outscored their 2017 season opponents 244-14.
In their fourth shut out of the season, Solon’s varsity football squad smothered the Fort Madison Bloodhounds, 62-0, on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Spartan defense blanketed the Bloodhounds most of the game, holding Fort Madison quarterbacks Lennon Barker and Will Larson to a total of 6-21 passing combined for 17 total yards and intercepting them a total of three times. Solon’s defensive juggernaut denied the Bloodhounds’ ground game, allowing only 64 yards on 28 carries.

Homecoming

Homecoming King Nick Radcliffe and Queen Ellen Cross. (photo by Jeff Hess)

Devoted to serving kids

Youth librarian Cassi Elton ready to reach out to Solon

SOLON—Solon’s kids were welcomed to the library’s Storytime with a ukulele last week, as new Youth Services Librarian Cassandra (Cassi) Elton sang and strummed “If You Want to Read a Book” to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Elton, who began in her new role on Sept. 18, will be facilitating and planning weekly Storytime, instructing Babygarten, and organizing early-out activities and teen programming.
Working with boisterous children sounds like a fun challenge to her, rather than a scary task. She loves kids’ contagious enthusiasm.

Scouting for Food Oct. 14

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 14.  Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-11 and collect filled bags on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits.