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70 years of memories

CR Horsemen’s Club celebrates the past

WESTERN– “It’s been a fun ride and we’ve really enjoyed it.”
An appropriate sentiment from equestrian Marilyn Butler, member of the board of directors for the Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club, and the driving force behind the club’s recent anniversary celebration. The club celebrated its founding in 1944, and the years since with “70 Years of Memories” at a Sunday Night Supper Oct. 12 at the club house on Club Road in Western.

New chapter for Spartan basketball

Jason Pershing takes over as head coach for Solon boys program

SOLON– After 21 years the Solon Spartans boys’ varsity basketball program has a new head coach.
Jason S. Pershing took over the program earlier this year, replacing veteran coach Brad Randall who resigned at the end of last season in February. Pershing is used to working among legendary coaches such as Dick Breitbach at Cedar Rapids Xavier, Chris Robertson at Linn-Mar and at Cedar Rapids Washington.

Marching Clippers

Marching Clippers cap successful season

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Solon sweeps through tournament to 3A volleyball championship

The members of the Solon volleyball team celebrate on center court after winning the 3A championship with a 3-0 sweep of No. 1 Mount Vernon Friday, Nov. 14, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The Lady Spartans did not lose a set during their three matches in the state volleyball tournament. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Nielsen sworn in as mayor

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city hall has officially installed a new mayor.
Assistant City Administrator Tracey Mulcahey conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Amy Nielsen on Thursday, Nov. 13, in council chambers. Present were friends and several members of Nielsen’s family and extended family.
After Nielsen took the oath of office, she posed for photographs with various relatives, and took a moment to reflect on her recent election to the office.

Stir it up

Souped up fundraiser benefits pantry

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Food Pantry is raising some green to feed its neighbors.

No. 2 Solon moving on

Solon defeats Iowa Falls in first round of state tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS– The quest is still alive.
After two straight second-place finishes in 4A, Solon’s Lady Spartans dropped to Class 3A this year and have made it to the semifinals of the state tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids again.
Solon’s volleyball team defeated No. 8 Iowa Falls-Alden, 3-0, in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, Nov. 11.
After trading runs in the opening set, Solon settled in with aces serves by seniors Jordan Runge and Jordan Smith and closed the game out on a 5-0 run, 25-17.

Nielsen elected first female mayor of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The Nov. 4 election brought big changes to the political make-up of the nation’s congress, with Republicans taking many state-level races by storm over Democrat candidates and seizing control of the United States Senate.
It also brought a shake-up to the leadership in the community of North Liberty.

Made it to state, and into the history books

Clipper girls see first state tourney since 1999 for CCA

MARENGO– After watching the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football team make history this fall with the most wins in a season, a district championship and a play-off appearance, it was the volleyball team’s turn to add a new chapter in Clipper history.
The ladies earned their first trip to the State Volleyball Tournament since 1999 with a 3-0 sweep of Cedar Rapids Xavier at Iowa Valley High School in Marengo on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Clippers were listing early in the first set, down 1-6, which prompted coach Jackie Clubb to call an early time out.

Great Pumpkin

Owen Einwalter pauses to survey the surroundings at Solon Public Library’s Halloween Party Monday, Oct. 27. According to Youth Services Librarian Carey Major, 483 people attended the annual party, which featured trick-or-treating, crafts and games at stations throughout the library. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Supervisors like NL-based Moxie solar company

County gives consensus for powering Secondary Roads building

NORTH LIBERTY– A dawning North Liberty business has just been granted a bright opportunity.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors sought renewable energy sources to power its new Secondary Roads building. Moxie Solar, based in North Liberty, was one of five entities to submit proposals on the project. The county narrowed its choice to three companies, and during the board’s Oct. 9 discussion, Moxie Solar came out on top.
Jason Hall, founder of Moxie Solar, said his company is eager to work with the county.

Still Alive

Lady Spartans sweep Beckman in regional final

CENTER POINT– The Lady Spartans are headed back to the state volleyball tournament.
Solon defeated Dyersville Beckman 3-0 Tuesday night, Nov. 4, at Center Point to capture the Class 3A Region 7 championship and a berth in the 3A state tournament which begins Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.