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September 20th, 2017

Sandy Beach and Sugar Bottom campgrounds closing for season

CORALVILLE– The end of the 2017 camping season at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coralville Lake, is approaching.
The Sandy Beach Campground and Sugar Bottom Campground will close for the season on Sept. 30. The last night campers may register for a campsite is Friday, Sept. 29. Registered campers are required to check out by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at which time the gates at the entrance to the campgrounds will close and be locked.

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Bicycling Austria

Walkin'

“Did they show you the devil’s hole?” the young man across the picnic table asked me.
It was the third day of our ride.
It was a bicycling trip we made in August. Sabra’s sister, Lisa, and her husband Allen proposed it and we gladly joined. Who wouldn’t want to spend a couple of weeks visiting Austria and cycling along the Danube River to Vienna? Two friends of Lisa’s, Karen and Julie, also joined to make our group six.

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The girls of September

Food For Thought

I’ve always found it odd my three closest friends when I was growing up had birthdays within a few days of each other. Not only that, but two of them shared the same birthday, and the other had her birthday on the same day as my mother’s. This had to be more than mere coincidence and made me half believe in astrology which, logic tells me, is unreliable at best and superstitious nonsense at worst. I am ambivalent, after 80-some years, and may never be sure just what I believe about it.

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September 13th

Lady Spartans swept by No. 2 Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The varsity Lady Spartan volleyball squad fell in a sweep to the ninth-ranked (3A) Mustangs in Mount Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Solon was able to hang tough before losing the first set, 25-22, but Mount Vernon rolled 25-12 in the second game and held off the Lady Spartans, 25-18, in the third.

Solon girls 2nd at Benton

Cross country takes to the woods at Atkins

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ATKINS– To call the Atkins Roundhouse trail ‘tree-lined’ is a severe understatement. Over the last decade, the park has literally had a running trail carved out of its heavily-wooded acres. No manicured golf course or graded trail to traverse. At the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet, even fans stumble through the woods to get to their next vantage point. With stubble, occasional tree roots and a dropoff here and there, it is, truly, a cross country course.

Spartans massacre Chiefs, 47-7, in Keokuk

Solon turns to the air for offense as defense continues to shine

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
KEOKUK– After last week’s rushing successes by Hunter Kula, it was a forgone conclusion teams would be keying on Solon’s rushing game. However, the Spartans reloaded from their arsenal, and defeated the Keokuk Chiefs, 47-7, Friday, Sept. 8, in Keokuk.

North Liberty one of the 20 safest cities in Iowa

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah– North Liberty is one of the safest communities in Iowa, according to a report issued by a national home security company.
In its 4th annual Safest Cities in Iowa report, SafeWise ranked North Liberty as the 11th safest city in Iowa with a population of more than 3,000 people.
Eldridge ranked first, followed by Hampton and Waukon.
North Liberty improved its ranking from 21st the previous year.

Lord’s Acre Sale

Saturday in Shueyville Lunch, auction, sales and activities for a good cause

SHUEYVILLE– Kitchens and craft rooms are humming with activity across the Shueyville United Methodist Church community, as members and friends of the church’s congregation prepare for the church’s 70th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale.
The sale is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church, which is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Swisher.
The sale will feature a market, a chicken noodle soup lunch, a live auction, kids’ activities and fellowship, said Brenda Swanson, who has coordinated the past four sales.

NLFD responds to Fareway fire

Store reopened Monday, Sept. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– A Sunday morning fire at the Fareway grocery store is believed to have been caused by a refrigerator motor.
Members of the North Liberty Fire Department were dispatched at 10:32 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, after receiving reports of alarms going off and smoke coming from the roof of the structure located at 615 Westwood Dr.

North Liberty Community Library board of trustees vacancy

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for one vacancy on the North Liberty Community Library Board of Trustees for a person residing in unincorporated Johnson County to serve an unexpired term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2020.