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Archive - 2014

December 10th

NL to sponsor holiday lighting contest

NORTH LIBERTY– Nothing says happy holidays like competition over the best holiday lights display.
The North Liberty Recreation Department is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest with prizes for the top three displays based on public and recreation center staff voting.

Small change making a big difference

United Way of Johnson County, MidWestOne partner for financial literacy program

NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance, taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial decision-making is never simple. Yet money management is more often learned through the school of hard knocks than through any educational institution or formal curriculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now helping guide the way for some Johnson County residents.

Weather delays could spell trouble for CCA construction projects

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD — They’re not ready to push the panic button just yet, but administrators and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) board members are concerned about progress on the new middle school addition, and weather-related delays.

Keystone Place at Forevergreen to open in 2016

Coming soon to NL: new options for senior living

NORTH LIBERTY– A high demand for senior living options in North Liberty will soon be met.
Developers and investors in the planned Keystone Place at Forevergreen gathered Nov. 21 at 1275 W. Forevergreen Rd., formerly the Colony Country RV Park, to break ground for the new senior living center.

One step closer to eminent domain procedure

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council in its Dec. 9 meeting took action that moves the city one step closer toward exercising eminent domain to obtain private property for a public purpose.
On Tuesday, the council unanimously voted to proceed with obtaining sewer easements on eight private properties. In one case, the council did so in the face of litigation against it.

Solon wrestlers win Montezuma Invitational

MONTEZUMA– After splitting two duals last Thursday in Williamsburg, the Solon wrestling team had a dominating day at the Montezuma Invitational on the way to a team title. 
The Spartans had eight of 14 wrestlers in the tournament finals and crowned five champions (Ben Carr, 120; Louis Gnida, 126; Graeson Dall, 152; Trevor Nelson, 160; and Logan Linderbaum, 285) along with three wrestlers finishing as runner-up (Christian Haight, 106; Cole Fritz, 138; and Kade Steuhm, 145).

Pack the Gym for Solon wrestlers Dec. 11

SOLON– The Solon Spartan wrestling team is hosting Pack the Gym Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Solon High School gym.
The Spartans will wrestle Dyersville Beckman and arch rival Mount Vernon in a double dual meet.
Come support the Solon wrestling team and pack the gym with Spartan wrestling fans.

Spartan boys pull out thriller against Bobcats

SOLON– It went right down to the wire, but the Solon boys basketball team won its home opener Friday night against the team that ended its season a year ago.
A depleted Spartan squad defeated Benton Community, 63-59, to move to 2-0 on the young season.
Starting guard Halston Durr is out four-to-six weeks, according to head coach Jason Pershing, and guard Emilio Villagrana and Jacob Coons fouled out in the fourth quarter when Solon had taken control of the game.

Lady Spartans start the season 4-0

Girls pick up wins on the road early in the season

SOLON– Last year, the Solon girls varsity basketball team started out 0-3 and were never able to string more than two wins together consecutively.
This year’s squad has been able to mirror that in reverse.
The Lady Spartan basketball team has started the season with four straight wins, with a close 53-50 win on the road at Benton Community Friday night, and a 44-25 victory at Washington Saturday.
“We knew going in that the Benton was going to be a great test on the road,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol. “They are so well coached and mix things up both defensively and offensively.”

Shrek - The SHS Musical Production

SOLON– What happens when you put a couple dozen dancing dolls, three blind mice, two jaded ogres and one narcissistic lord all together in a magical kingdom where fairy tale creatures come to life and a brassy dragon falls in love with a sassy donkey?
Another fantastic musical presented by the Solon High School music and drama departments.
“Shrek the Musical,” a theater adaptation of the DreamWorks film, was directed by Solon Middle School vocal music instructor Jessica Frerich and performed by a slew of Solon’s middle school and high school students on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.