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CAT grant makes a splash (pad)

No pump and dump for Solon Work delayed until final plans approved

SOLON– Solon’s splash pad should be cooling off kids next summer.
The site at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) has been prepped and is ready to roll, and the city is only waiting on final approval of its plans by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The water amenity has been delayed by a change in the original plan, explained Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
“What threw a wrench into this for the most part was the recirculation, recycling of the water,” he said.

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Creek Fest puts the “Fun” in Tiffin

Something for everybody at Tiffun Creek Fest

TIFFIN– This year’s Tiffun Creek Fest offered an afternoon and evening of fun for all ages. The Saturday, Aug. 10, event kicked off with a Kid’s Fishing Derby and featured Tiffin City Council member Jim Bartels as the Grand Marshal for the afternoon parade.

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A taste of success builds an appetite for 2019 greatness

CCA varsity football preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football team had a historic 2018 gridiron campaign, and that taste of success has them hungry for an even better 2019 outing.
The Clippers posted their first 7-0 record in school history and made their first Class 3A playoff appearance since 2014. Sixteen teams made it into the playoffs under the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which looks at the team’s record, the team’s opponents’ records, and team’s opponents’ opponents’ records to develop a ranking.

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Roll camera, ACTION!

“East of Middle West” begins filming in Solon 1990s vehicles and extras needed this month

SOLON– “We’ve got some scenes that we’re going to need a bunch of extras,” noted Bill “Ginks” Ginkens.
Ginkens, of rural Solon, spent much of his summer as location scout for “East of Middle West,” a feature film written and produced by University of Iowa (UI) graduate Mokotsi Rukundo and directed by Brian Lucke Anderson.
The independent film was scheduled to film at various locations in and around the Solon area from Thursday, Aug. 8, through the end of the month.

SPARK-ing ideas in North Liberty

Unique public forum highlights the best of North Liberty, and offers suggestions for the future

NORTH LIBERTY– What is so special about living in North Liberty? What would make living in North Liberty more enjoyable? How can a smalltown feel be maintained in an ever-growing community? What would help North Liberty be a more progressive community in the future?
Eight presenters, sometimes solo, sometimes in pairs, and even in a small group, took center stage on Tuesday, July 30, at the Tin Roost restaurant in North Liberty for a unique event called SPARK North Liberty to present their answers and vision.

You’ll scream for Moo Moo’s Ice Cream

Solon couple supports local businesses with cool treats

SOLON– It’s a ritual of summertime in a city: somewhere, off in the distance, the faint tones of “The Entertainer” are heard. Closer, and closer the music gets. And then, the kids make the realization, “The Ice Cream Truck is coming!” The quick dash home follows, with frantic pleas to mom for money for the ice cream truck, while the music gets louder and louder. Panic ensues as it seems to take an eternity for mom to get her purse and dig out some spare change, or a dollar bill.

Hard work and dedication on display

Area 4-H kids strut their stuff at the Johnson County Fair

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Fair showcased the future of agriculture as 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) kids showed their livestock and other projects during the fair, which ran from Friday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 24, at the fairgrounds in Iowa City.

Fine on Friday, soggy on Saturday

Swisher celebrates with annual Fun Days event

SWISHER– The community of Swisher held its annual Fun Days celebration Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, with fair skies and sunshine Friday evening, and a post-parade downpour on Saturday.

Council upgrades tower lease

T-Mobile to pay $1,500 a month

SOLON– T-Mobile’s antenna is staying on top of the city’s water tower.
City council members approved a five-year lease for the mobile carrier at a July 3 meeting.
T-Mobile will pay the city $1,500 a month, over the next five years, to rent a 15-by-20-foot area on the elevated tower.
Although the initial term is five years, the lease includes three automatic five-year renewals, with the rent increasing by 10 percent each term. After 20 years, an automatic extension kicks in for up to nine one-year periods, each with a one percent hike.

Solon boys romp over Pella, 13-0

Spartans advance to face Oskaloosa on the road

OSKALOOSA– Solon’s Cam Miller struck out eight and walked one against Pella.
The opposing team’s five pitchers combined for eight walks and two strikeouts.
The Spartan varsity baseball team cruised past the Dutch 13-0 in a Class 3A Substate 6 semifinal July 19 in Oskaloosa.
“Cam pitched really well, and had all of his pitches working,” Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney said. “When they did square him up our outfielders tracked it down.”
McSweeney said the biggest play of the game probably occurred in the third inning when Solon was already up 4-0.

Bolts outlast the Warriors

Liberty holds off late attack from CR Wash for 8-7 substate win in nine innings

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity baseball team overcame the first hurdle on the road to Des Moines, and the 2019 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament, on Friday, July 19, outlasting Cedar Rapids Washington, 8-7, in nine innings at home, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, in a substate first round game.
The Bolts swept the Warriors, 15-10 and 5-2, both in eight-innings, a week before at Washington High and entered substate competition as the No.2 seeded team in Substate 7 behind top-seeded West Des Moines Dowling Catholic.

Haggard Brothers to headline Beef Days July 19

Manternach caps two decades of booking with country royalty

SOLON– Having the Haggard Brothers perform Friday night, July 19, is next-level stuff for Beef Days.
Ben and Noel, sons of country music icon Merle Haggard, have teamed together to tour the country and will take the stage at Beef Days at 9:30 p.m. for a 90-minute tribute to their father’s music.
“It’s going to be cool,” exuded Beef Days Entertainment Chair Dean Manternach. “It’s going to be really great.”
He’s expecting a standing-room-only crowd for the biggest name ever booked for the two-day free community festival.