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A Hairy situation

Christian outreach duo John and Diane Windle perform at Grace Community Church

NORTH LIBERTY– What do two singing camp counselors, 400 children and Grace Community Church members have in common?
They all love Hairy.
And who wouldn’t? Hairy is a kooky, comedic puppet with more fuzz than finesse, and enough energy and enthusiasm to fill an auditorium. That’s what he did on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Grace Community Church in North Liberty.

Back to five members

Council apponts Dale Snipes to replace Ron Herdliska

SOLON– The newest member of the Solon City Council sees himself as an average Joe.
At a Wednesday, Feb. 4, meeting, council members voted to appoint Dale Snipes to the seat vacated by Ron Herdliska, who resigned the post Jan. 1.
Snipes, 57, will serve out the remaining year of Herdliska’s term, but has already indicated he will seek election in November.
With the decision, the council is back to its full complement of five members.

10 Spartans advance to district meet

Gnida collects 150th career win, Linderbaum suffers first loss

DAVENPORT– Ten Solon wrestlers will advance to the district tournament Feb. 14 with a chance to advance to the state tournament.
The varsity Spartan wrestlers finished second to No. 2 Davenport Assumption at the 2A Sectional 13 meet Saturday, Feb. 7, and will host the district tournament Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at noon.
The top two wrestlers from each sectional tournament advance to districts, and the top two wrestlers from each district qualify for the state tournament Feb. 19-21 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The best of mimes

Josh Meade, a junior at Clear Creek Amana High School, performs in a group mime act “The Fourth One,” during CCA’s Speech Showcase Night, held Jan. 22 at the high school in Tiffin. Meade’s was one of three mime acts presented that evening. For more photos of the event, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Spotlight on speech and drama

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — Mimes, intense drama, fractured fairytales and musical theater combined on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) stage Thursday, Jan. 22, as the high school’s speech and drama students hosted their Speech Showcase Night.
Fourteen acts were scheduled; plenty to choose from, noted speech team director Christine Maas. “We have over four hours of material,” said Maas. The goal of the night was for each student to perform at least once.

Clippers knock off Bobcats, 55-41

TIFFIN– It’s a much better season this year for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boy’s varsity basketball team.
With a 55-41 win over the Benton Community Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Clippers improved to 11-4 on the season and notched their fourth win in a row for the second time in the 2014-15 campaign.
In contrast, Steve Ottoson’s crew only posted six wins last season with 15 losses.
Jake Neubauer, a junior, led CCA against the Bobcats with 14 points while senior Drew Wagner put up a dozen, mostly in the tumultuous second half.

“Fitness On Demand”

Your kind of workout, right at your fingertips

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine customizing your workouts at the gym: choosing your favorite instructor, requesting your own intensity level, setting a time limit on your workout and even picking your own workout partners (and coincidentally, leaving your least favorite out).
Would it motivate you to exercise more?
The staff at the North Liberty Recreation Center hope so.
It’s called Fitness On Demand, and it is now available at everyone’s fingertips.
For the next month, it’s absolutely free.

Solon will seek waiver

But new 2015-16 school calendar put together just in case

SOLON– Not so fast.
The Solon Community School District’s Board of Education was expected to make a decision on the start and end dates for the 2015-16 school year last Monday.
No decision was made.
Board members tabled the lone action item on the agenda for the Jan. 12 regular session, although Superintendent Sam Miller was instructed to proceed with applying to the Iowa Department of Education for a waiver to start school prior to Sept. 1.

Spartans claw back to beat Mount Vernon

SOLON– Down by as many as 13 points, Solon roared back to out-score the Mount Vernon Mustangs 23-6 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 68-63 basketball win Jan. 13 in Solon.
It was the second win in a row for the Spartans and moved their record to .500 on the year. The varsity boys followed the win with another good performance, but unfortunately, in a two-point road loss at Dyersville Beckman, 68-66.

Ice fishing clinic lures outdoor crowd

JOHNSON COUNTY– It was a great day for fishing, even if the fish didn’t catch on.
About 22 participants joined Johnson County Conservation Program Director Brad Freidhof at F.W. Kent Park near Tiffin on Sunday, Jan. 11, to learn the basics of ice fishing and try their hands at catching the big one.
“We have phenomenal weather,” said Freidhof of the above-freezing temperatures and sunshine. “I was hoping that would turn the fish on today, but so far I’m not seeing that.”

Mending a broken heart

Swisher’s Teresa Hafner relies on her positive attitude as she waits for a heart transplant

SWISHER– Teresa Hafner has dedicated much of her life to giving to others.
Now, she just wants one thing.
A heart.
Last March, the owner of Honey Creek Cottage assisted living facility in Swisher found herself in a battle she was unprepared for. After returning from a trip to Cancun, Mexico, with her husband, she learned her sister had been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City with heart failure.

Closing the gap

Hoover Trail could be extended to Solon in 2016

IOWA CITY— Trail users in Johnson County could have reason to rejoice in 2016 as plans to close a major gap in the Hoover Nature Trail begin to take shape.