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13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

Dudes dance, too!

Dance Spectacular 2017 features award-winning coed and all-male teams

SOLON– “Just don’t let me be the only dude out there,” said Logan Yakish when he finally agreed to join Solon’s co-ed dance team last year.
“It’s gucci!” his friends reassured him. (For the uninitiated, “gucci” is high school-ese for “cool.”)

West wrestlers win over CRs Jefferson, Xavier

Trojan varsity over J-Hawks and Saints on the mat

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans took both sides of a varsity double dual meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at home as they took down Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 54-13, and pinned Cedar Rapids Xavier 47-21.

Trojan win over the Bulldogs makes four in a row

IC West dispatches Bettendorf, 59-45

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans improved to 9-1 on the season as they picked up their fourth consecutive win after a pre-Christmas upset by Cedar Rapids Prairie by biting the Bulldogs of Bettendorf, 59-45, Tuesday, Jan. 17, at home.

Beat the Bitter is back

Second annual winter event on course to be bigger, better

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– How do you coax Iowans out of hibernation? With fireworks, a 5K and Snuggies, of course.
Those are just a few things scheduled for North Liberty’s second annual Beat the Bitter, a two-day festival filled with winter games and good cheer.

Solon Center for the Arts wows community at open house

SOLON– The verdict is in and it’s unanimous: the Solon Community School District’s Center for the Arts is amazing.
Large numbers of community members, students and their families turned out to celebrate the official opening of the facility at an open house held on Sunday, Jan. 15. The school’s fine arts department and Solon Spotlight Music Boosters, a parent-run organization, collaborated to host the event.

Solon Wrestlers on a roll

Spartans first at Marshalltown tournament

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
MARSHALLTOWN– After a two-week hiatus from competition, the Solon varsity wrestlers are back to pinning.
And pinning. And pinning some more.
The Spartans have racked up 179 pins so far this season, 33 of them at the Allie Morrison Dual Tournament in Marshalltown last Saturday, Jan. 7.

Fire claims rural Tiffin mobile home

TIFFIN– A mobile home is a total loss after a fire broke out Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3153 Half Moon Ave. NW, just outside Tiffin.
The Tiffin Fire Department was called to the scene at 2:29 p.m., said Chief Brian Detert, and had the fire under control in about 45 minutes.
He said with help from the Oxford Fire Department, they were able to save a bedroom and part of the kitchen, but everything was ruined.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Johnson County Ambulance Service also assisted the fire departments.

McCaffery scores 1,000th point

Trojans ride roughshod over the Warriors in 92-56 win

IOWA CITY– It’s situation normal at Iowa City West High for the varsity boys basketball team as they continue to roll through the 2016-17 season. In the wake of an 80-71 pre-Christmas loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie, the Trojans rebounded to pound the Warriors of Cedar Rapids Washington, 92-56, Tuesday, Jan. 3, at West High.

No more through-traffic for snowmobilers in Tiffin

Pit stops to The Depot, Throttle Down still allowed

TIFFIN– Despite early snow activity, Tiffin residents could be seeing fewer snowmobilers downtown this year.
Due to the widening of Highway 6 as part of the Ireland Avenue updates, no sufficient right-of-way exists for snowmobiles between Grant Street and The Depot.
“Really we’ve created this kind of bottleneck and choked them out a little bit,” said City Administrator Doug Boldt. “They can’t get through there anymore.”
Derrick Parker, secretary of the Iowa Snowdrifters, brought the group’s concerns to the Tiffin City Council members’ attention at a Dec. 6 meeting.

‘Zat You, Santa Claus?

Harper Moses, 10 months, of Solon, calmly regards the man in the red suit with the beard during a visit by Santa Claus to Solon State Bank Dec. 16. (photo by Doug Lindner)

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

Theodore Bradbury (center) considers his answer carefully before answering a question from Santa Claus, who was visiting Bridge Community Bank in Solon Dec. 8. Also enjoying Santa’s company is Theodore’s brother Matthew. (photo by Doug Lindner)