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West one game away from state

4-2 win over Jefferson J-Hawks sends Trojans to substate final

IOWA CITY– It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season. So says the conventional wisdom as well as many coaches and sports writers.
It’s among their top-10 clichés.
However, Friday night (July 19) the West High Trojans showed the phrase has some truth in it as they initially struggled against Cedar Rapids Jefferson before winning 4-2 in a first round game in substate action at home. West had beaten the J-Hawks 11-0 and 6-3 almost a month ago and entered the contest No.1 in the substate 6 bracket with a 32-7 record while Jefferson was the No. 6 seed at 12-26.

Babe Ruth baseball winds up for new fall league

Registration deadline Aug. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– The community of North Liberty has played baseball for nearly 100 years now; can there possibly be anything new?
Surprisingly, there is. The North Liberty Babe Ruth Baseball League– historically played through the summer– will now offer structured games in the fall as well.

Highway 965 in NL to be reduced to a single lane on Friday for road work

NORTH LIBERTY– Workers are expected to pour road shoulders at the intersection of Pheasant Lane and Highway 965 on Friday, July 26. Highway 965 will be open to north and south bound traffic, but the highway will be down to a single lane with flaggers around the intersection. Residents should allow for extra travel time.

North Liberty puts out call for bids on $400K water tower paint job

NORTH LIBERTY– Some North Liberty residents may soon notice a tangible shroud of mystery hanging over one northeast part of the city.
Literally.
The city’s water tower on 240th Street is scheduled to be repainted this year, and the process requires a large curtain to be draped over the entire structure in order to contain any debris it might create.

How healthy is Coralville’s debt?

CORALVILLE– According to the State Treasurer of Iowa’s Outstanding Obligations report of 2012, Coralville is carrying a total of $278.9 million in debt.
It is the state’s third-highest city debt load behind Des Moines ($438 million) and Cedar Rapids ($430 million).
However, that number takes on a more troubling quality when put up against each city’s population, said Kevin O’Brien, area business owner and member of Citizens For Responsible Growth And Taxation (CFRG&T).

Spitting image

Harrison Vanderhorst winds up for the spit; the young man was encouraged to participate in the sunflower seed spitting contest held at North Liberty’s Centennial Birthday Bash on July 13. The day was filled with games and food, a picnic and friendly competitions held at Penn Meadows Park and the North Liberty Recreation Center. The evening brought a Hairball concert at Liberty Centre Park, sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. (photo by Lori Lindner)

JECC passes emergency communications test

Center functions well during June’s severe weather

JOHNSON COUNTY– County residents should be glad to hear that at least one return on their investment equals better safety for everyone.
North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm is a member of the policy board for the Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC), the central facility that dispatches emergency resources and personnel from fire departments, law enforcement agencies and medical responders countywide.
Salm told the North Liberty City Council earlier this month that June’s severe weather incidents put the JECC facility and its personnel to the test, and all passed with flying colors.

Spartans fall in semifinal to West Delaware

Solon baseball team ends regular season with doubleheader sweep of Marion

SOLON– The Solon baseball team was shut out for the first time earlier in July by Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The second shut-out ended the Spartans’ season.
Solon fell to West Delaware in a District 6 substate semifinal Friday night, 3-0. The Spartans ended their year with a 27-13 overall record.

On to state

Lady Spartans shut out Maquoketa for berth in tourney

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are on their way to Ft. Dodge.
Solon’s softball team punched its ticket with a 11-0 substate win over Maquoketa last Tuesday.
The Lady Spartans open the Class 4A State Softball Tournament Tuesday, July 23, (subsequent to the publication of this edition) against Washington (29-11). The winner plays either Waverly-Shell Rock (34-8) or Carlisle (32-7) on Thursday, July 25, with the 4A championship Friday, July 26, at 4:45 p.m. All of it takes place at Harlan Rogers Park north of Ft. Dodge.
It was a fairly easy road for the Lady Spartans.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading wraps up

Saturday, July 27, is the last day for kids to turn in reading logs for the Summer Reading Program. It’s been a great summer of reading and programs, and we’ll share final stats in coming weeks in this column. Grand prize drawings will be on Monday, July 29. A complete list of sponsors is available at the library, but we would especially like to thank the Solon Women’s Club for the beanies and candy prizes, Solon State Bank for the bicycle prize, Beef Days Committee for the carnival rides passes, and the Friends of the Library for the 52” plush bear.