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Archive - 2014

February 12th

ICCSD preliminary budget relies on assumptions, waits on state aid

IOWA CITY– Craig Hansel, chief financial officer/board of education secretary of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), began finalization of the fiscal year 2015 budget by reviewing the certified budget assumptions at the school board Operations Committee meeting on Jan. 28.
Hansel discussed a potential increase in property taxes.

Results positive for CCA

Voters approve $48 million bond issue

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved a $48 million bond issue last Tuesday (Feb. 4) 79 percent to 21 percent. The measure, which required 60 percent to pass, allows the district to sell bonds to finance the construction of a new elementary school on the east side of Tiffin and expand the middle school, also in Tiffin. Also approved is expanding the high school and improvements to Amana Elementary.
A total of 1,237 votes were cast, with 989 yes, and 268 no votes.

School night

For NLFD recruits, Monday night means time in the classroom

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s Monday evening at the North Liberty fire station. Probationary firefighter Rich Reasner is emptying the dishwasher and scrubbing items in the kitchen sink. To his right, probationary firefighter Jenn Vanderhoff is checking on a pizza and breadsticks she’s baking for her fellow new recruits and their instructor for the evening, firefighter/EMT Reese Bryson. Four more of their fellow “probies” filter in, and after a bit of friendly banter, they settle in for the evening’s work.

Playing by the rules

City approves agreement with NLYBS

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty and one of the community’s most popular youth programs have put their partnership in writing.
The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved an agreement between the city and the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball league (NLYBS) at its Jan. 28 meeting.

Spartans fall to Mustangs on the road

MOUNT VERNON– It was one of those games.
The Solon boys fell to the Mount Vernon Mustangs on the road Tuesday night (Feb. 4), 69-55.
“They (Mount Vernon) played well, and it was just kind of a buzz saw,” said Solon head coach Brad Randall. “It just wasn’t one of our best defensive games.”
The Spartans trailed by only five points at halftime, but every time the Spartans made a run, Mount Vernon’s Andy Decamp seemed to be there to match it. “He just shot the ball so well,” Randall said. “Even when we defended him well.” Decamp finished the game with 22 points on 8-12 from the field.

Half the team with a chance at state

Seven Spartan wrestlers advance to district meet Saturday at Marion

MOUNT VERNON– Seven Solon wrestlers have advanced to compete at the district meet Saturday at Marion, the last step toward a berth at state.
Solon’s varsity wrestling program placed third at the sectional meet held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mount Vernon, with a score of 218 points, just off the pace set by sectional champ Mount Vernon (242) and second place Williamsburg (227).
But more importantly, seeding was decided for the sectional meet, with the champion and runner-up advancing to the district tournament.

Lady Spartans too much for CCA to handle

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.

Optimist Club of Solon to sponsor essay contest

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “How Dreams Lead to Success” as part of the Optimist International essay contest for 2014.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme and determine the top winners. Top three place winners at the local level will receive medallions and the winning essay will be sent to the district level where college scholarships up to $2,500 are available for top winners.

Solon Public Library

Save this garage sale date

‘Bringing in the Green’ carnival March 2

The Solon Dollars for Scholars ‘Bringing in the Green’ carnival will be held on Sunday, March 2, at the Lakeview large gym. The group needs juniors, seniors and their parents to help make the carnival a success again this year. All the money raised will be used for scholarships for the Solon graduating class of 2014. Sign-up sheets are in the high school office or contact Pat Zimmerman at 319-430-2105 for more information.