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January 30th, 2012

Solon Large Group Speech to district competition

Solon Large Group Speech went to Monticello for district contest on Saturday, Jan. 21. Kaitlin Schlotfelt and Sammy Eckrich performed a piece that you may have seen last spring at our play festival by a local playwright, Brian Tanner. “21st Century Espionage” is a comedic depiction of introducing social media to the old-fashioned spy game. Their performance of this piece received a Division I rating, qualifying the pair of seniors to perform it again for three judges at the state contest. We will be traveling to Cedar Rapids Washington High School on Feb. 4 for the state contest.

Wrestlers take second at WaMaC meet

DEWITT– The Solon wrestling team grappled to its highest finish since joining the WaMaC with a runner-up finish at the conference tournament Saturday. Team scores were as follows:
1. West Delaware 269.5
2. Solon 169
3. Williamsburg 154.5
4. Western Dubuque 142.5
5. Independence 137.5
6. Mount Vernon 121.5
7. Central DeWitt 92.5
8. Waterloo Columbus 88.5
9. Benton Community 79.5
10. Dyersville Beckman 74
11. Center Point-Urbana 57
12. Vinton-Shellsburg 34
13. Anamosa 28
14. Maquoketa 26
15. Clear Creek Amana 22
16. Marion 16

Lady Spartans break streak with win over Indee

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans snapped a four-game losing streak last week with a 66-55 home win against Independence.
Unfortunately, the home win was bookended by two road losses at Mount Vernon and Western Dubuque at Epworth.
Solon had its opportunities against Mount Vernon, the top team in the WaMaC East. The game was knotted at 21-all at the half and the Lady Spartans held a four-point lead going into the final quarter.
“I thought we put together one of our best games of the year,” Head Coach Mark Sovers said of the 49-44 loss in Mount Vernon Jan. 24.

Solon boys fall to conference leaders Mount Vernon and Western Dubuque

SOLON– They played hard, they were in the game, but they couldn’t quite finish.
It’s been a familiar theme for the Solon boys’ basketball team, which dropped home games to the conference’s top two teams last week.
The Spartans hosted Mount Vernon Tuesday in a 37-31 loss and suffered a similar fate Friday night when Western Dubuque of Epworth rolled into town, 59-52.

Swisher Legion to sponsor ‘Chili Cook-off’ Feb. 5

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will hold a “Chili Cook-off” on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5. The entry fee is $5, which includes participants’ all-you-can-eat chili. Entries must arrive at the Swisher American Legion by 2 p.m. One entry per person; one crock-pot per entry.
Prizes are first place $100, second place $50, third place $25.
Everyone is welcome for the $5 all-you-can-eat chili after the judging.
Call Ron for more information at 319-857-4315.

Constitutionally speaking

TIFFIN— At 8:30 a.m. on a Monday morning, a bell rings. Fourteen Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school students filter in to a classroom for immersion in the government of the United States of America.
And they want to be there.

Who’s in the dog house?

IOWA CITY– Last Wednesday, representatives of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center presented their case for proposing a regional animal shelter before board members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Johnson County.
MPO board members– specifically, those sitting on the Urban Policy Board– had plenty of questions for the panel of presenters. But those making the pitch only had one question in return.
Are you in, or are you out?

CCA board will likely green-light NBE expansion

TIFFIN— A six-classroom addition to the North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty will likely be approved next month. In the third work session this month, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board continued to look at a list of enrollment growth options, including proposed the addition.
Four of the seven members– Terry Davis, Mic Kahler, president Eileen Schmidt and Ted Hergert– said the addition was their top choice among seven options the board has been discussing. Steve Swenka and Bob Broghammer elected to pursue other options, while Aimee Pitlick said she had no favorite choice.

Forecast shows even more growth

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— A week after the board of directors of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district received a forecast of continued enrollment growth in North Liberty‘s the North Bend Elementary School neighborhood, the board learned Tiffin is expanding too.
And in a few years, a new elementary school will likely be needed.

Rebuilding history

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SUTLIFF– Three and a half years after historic flooding nearly destroyed it, the Sutliff Bridge reconstruction project has begun.