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February 22nd, 2018

Brands wins third state wrestling championship

IC West crowns two champs at individual tournament

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands, a senior, finished his high school wrestling career with his third consecutive Class 3A state championship Saturday, Feb. 17, on the mats inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Brands went 4-0 in the tournament with two technical falls, a win by fall (pin) and win by decision and improved his record to 55-1.

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Winter Games

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Feb. 3, locals gathered at Penn Meadows Park to compete in Winter Games as part of Beat the Bitter’s week of festivities. That morning, about 180 runners, an increase from last year’s 150, participated in the 5K-ish Obstacle Run. Carly McCabe flipped tires, scaled walls and pulled weighted sleds to take women’s first place, while Craig Thompson took first place in men’s.
The third annual KICK Winter in the Snow BALL tournament was won by a brand new team of young men going by the moniker Team Fire Up!

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Grace to Guatemala

Grace Comm. Church to help those in need

NORTH LIBERTY– Grace Community Church is heading south. Starting at the end of June, a small team is being sent from the North Liberty based church to Guatemala with Mission: Mobility. The annual trip, which started in the summer of 2016, was certainly not the first for Rick and Annette Fulton, the minds behind Mission: Mobility.

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Johnson County workplace safety No. 1 in state

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County was recently named No. 1 in the state for workplace safety by the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA).

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25 years of hot ‘n’ fresh

Pizza Plus celebrates a quarter-century in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Some folks remember January 1993 for the inauguration of our 42nd president, Bill Clinton. Others may recall reeling from a disappointing season for the Iowa Hawkeyes, led by the legendary Coach Hayden Fry. For some 3,000 residents of the humble town of North Liberty, it also marked the opening of what would become one of the city’s most revered businesses.
“I was the first pizzeria,” recalled Cheri Becker, owner of Pizza Plus. The new restaurant, she said, introduced residents to the concept of pizza delivery.

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“Be Our Guest” Pancake Breakfast

“Beauty and the Beast” Pancake Breakfast March 3

“Beauty and the Beast”
Pancake Breakfast March 3

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Garner Elementary Spaghetti Dinner and Auction

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Spaghetti Dinner with Class Basket Auction and Raffles on Friday, March 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the school.
Zio Johno’s will serve spaghetti, bread and salad. After eating, take a look at the class baskets with varying themes including Slime Kit, Nerf, Game Night and Hawkeyes. Bid on baskets for a chance to win. Enter the raffle drawing for a chance at winning prizes, including hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, and birthday party packages. Proceeds from the event will support PTO-sponsored field trips and assemblies.

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No barriers to fun

CCA’s North Bend Elementary to build area’s first inclusive playground

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine, if you will, being a child confined to a wheelchair. It’s a warm, sunny day and you’re outside at recess with your classmates. While they’re scampering about on swings, monkey bars and other standard playground apparatus, there you sit, unless a kind classmate pushes you around the grounds for something for you to do.

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Spartans end regular season with win

Twenty steals helped offset a cold shooting night.

VINTON– Solon’s varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a 48-33 road win against Vinton-Shellsburg Thursday, Feb. 15.
The victory improved the Spartans to 14-7 on the season, and dropped the Vikings to 5-16.
Solon shot well below its season average offensively, but made up for it with disrupting the Viking defense.
“Even though we might not have shot the ball well, there were still some easy baskets in there, off those steals,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “And then it’s also that they’re just not very comfortable making passes or running their offense.”

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Solon boys win playoff opener, 58-31

3A semifinal Feb. 22 against Fairfield

SOLON– It was over early against the Chiefs.
Solon’s varsity boys basketball team rolled past Keokuk 58-31 in the opening round of playoff action at home Monday, Feb. 19,
The Spartans held the Chiefs to five points offensively in the first quarter and held a 33-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes when Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing liberally substituted from his bench.

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