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Crest just under 2008

By Nathan Countryman
and Jake Krob
Mount Vernon Sun
SUTLIFF– Sutliff was one of the areas preparing for Cedar River flooding.
On Friday, Sept. 23, Rod Sullivan, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and a Lisbon native, was at the site to investigate the potential impact of floodwaters on the Sutliff Bridge.
“At 24.1 feet of water, the water level will touch some of the metal at the base of the bridge,” Sullivan said. “It won’t be as high as it was in 2008, though.”

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Forevergreen Rd. interchange becoming reality

Iowa Department of Transportation presents final design to council

NORTH LIBERTY– While not set to be fully functional until late 2019, plans for the Forevergreen Road interchange are virtually complete.
Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) staff presented a project overview, including a local roadway improvement plan, during a North Liberty City Council work session Tuesday, Sept. 13.
“We’re now reaching the detailed part of our design,” said IDOT engineer Newman Abuissa, who first presented the proposal to city council in September 2015.

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Five-and-0

Clippers earn historic win 26-0 over CP-U

TIFFIN– To borrow from the late musical artist known as Prince, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers likely partied like it was 1999 in the wake of their 26-0 win Friday, Sept. 23 over Center Point-Urbana. The year 1999 was the last time the Creek Boys had a 5-0 record, which is where they and West Delaware stand in Class 3A District 4.
The win was doubly sweet for the Clippers coming on their Homecoming night with quarterback Ashton Carpenter presented as the King with Be DeShaw as his Queen.

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Solon High School Homecoming royalty

It’s Homecoming for the Solon Community School District. Members of the Homecoming Court gathered outside the high school for a photo Friday, Sept. 16. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced this week as part of the Homecoming Parade Wednesday and the varsity football game against Oskaloosa Friday. Front: McKenna Miller, Kylie Holubar, Ali Diersen, Elizabeth Hand, Alexis Sands, MaKayla Lindemann. Back: Liam Bell, Graeson Dall, Bo Black, Justin Gibbs, Trevor Nelson, Ben Carr. (photo by Doug Lindner)

North Liberty’s seventh annual Doggie Plunge

Over 300 dogs make a splash at North Liberty’s seventh annual Doggie Plunge
View more Doggie Plunge photos in our online gallery at http://economist-leader.smugmug.com/

Goodbye “Big G”

Penn students Memorialize Griffin Tauke

NORTH LIBERTY– Griffin L. Tauke, 9, of North Liberty, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, at home in his dad’s arms.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Sept. 12, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Coralville, with Fr. Stephen Page officiating. Burial followed in Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. Griffin’s family greeted friends Sunday at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville.
Instead of flowers and plants, memorials may be directed to The Griffin Tauke Memorial Fund, The Bennett Tauke Education Fund or the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.

Water restrictions lifted

An employee of Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin, paints an orange stripe around the Solon water tower Thursday, Sept. 1. The Solon City Council approved an additional $9,800 in cost for the tower painting to add the Solon Community School District Spartan logo to the west side (and add the stripes). The extra money was covered by the Solon Area Commuity Foundation ($5,000), the Solon Beef Days Committee ($4,000) and the Optimist Club of Solon ($1,000).

Spartans take their lumps

34-0 loss to Regina

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”
– Edwin Markham

IOWA CITY– The winless, but still-No. 1 ranked Regina Regals rolled onto their home field on Friday, Sept. 2, to exact some revenge for their week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier. When the dust cleared, the Solon Spartans were left in a swirling loess behind the Regals, 34-0.

Clippers go 2-0

26-0 win over Mustangs

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had little trouble with the Independence Mustangs Friday, Sept. 2, picking up a 26-0 non-district win and moving to a 2-0 record. Among the scorers for CCA were Kobey Schlottman with a first-quarter touchdown reception and Matt Brimeyer with a touchdown run in the second. Corey Siders scored in the third quarter for the Clippers.

Excitement builds for Lady Lightning

West High freshmen take the floor for Liberty High volleyball

IOWA CITY– Much like how Liberty High School is still under construction on the east side of North Liberty, the Lady Lightning freshman volleyball team is under construction.
“We’re building from the floor up,” said coach Whitney Lang.

A family affair at the Johnson County Fair

Solon's five Düsters participate in Johnson County Fair

SOLON– Seven ribbons and five days later, the Düster family came to the conclusion of yet another Johnson County Fair.
It’s a busy week for many families in the county. But the Düsters are unique in that they have five children in 4-H– at the same time.
All five kids started 4-H in fifth grade and are still going strong– although the oldest, who just graduated from Solon High School, participated in his last fair this year.

You say you want a "Servolution"

Fifth annual Servolution serves over 250 kids at Penn Meadows

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The first day of school is never easy, but a group of local organizations does its best to make the transition easier for students and parents.
Servolution, an annual back-to-school outreach organized by LIFE Church of Coralville, has been providing kids of all ages with free shoes, school supplies, haircuts and clothes for five years at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty.
Adam Kolosik, missions coordinator at LIFE Church, said it was largely thanks to ToGather Together that the whole thing got started.