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­Let’s play two!

North Liberty youth fall ball expands on summer’s success

NORTH LIBERTY– Some kids don’t know when to quit. For the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball league, that’s a good thing.
A 900-plus player operation in the summer, the league has been seeing more turnover into the fall season, when a five-week clinic is offered through the Diamond Dreams Sports Academy.
“Obviously the partnership is working because kids are coming back, for one, and new kids are signing up,” said Diamond Dreams’ general manager Kyle Sherman.
After a 998-player and 83-team summer season, NLYBS had 140 kindergarteners through eighth graders sign up for fall ball.

Reach out. Cook out.

No-pressure events lead effort to share with the community

SOLON– It’s a bridge to the community.
As part of a prescription for a healthy congregation, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been reaching out this year.
In April, the church kicked off a series of events aimed at bringing residents together in a no-pressure atmosphere. The first was the environmentally themed Kick Off to Earth Day at the Timber DOME Lodge; the second, a family movie night in August.

The Great Race

Third time the charm for Shueyville man

SHUEYVILLE– For Shueyville’s John Williams, the third time was not only the charm, but also charmed.
Williams, a retired teacher from the College Community School District’s Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, participated in the 2016 Great Race cross-country road rally and made it all the way from near the California coast to Moline, Ill.
This was Williams’ third attempt at the event, held annually since the early 1980s, and the first time he made it from starting line to finish line.

9th Ely Fall Fest

Ely Fall Fest attendees take a spin on the hayride at the city’s annual event, held Saturday, Sept. 17, featuring pumpkin decorating, sports tournaments, local vendors and more. (photo by Shianne Fisher)

Never before

CCA earns first-ever 6-0 record with 30-14 win over West Delaware

TIFFIN– The father-and-son coaching duo of Ronnie and Matt Hughes have a simple philosophy for getting through the varsity football season at Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
“Every week, we want to be 1-0,” Matt Hughes said. “If we get enough 1-0s, at the end of the season, we’ll be happy.”
So far the Clippers have racked up six, surpassing the 5-0 mark which hadn’t been attained since 1999, and now establishing a new team-best benchmark after defeating West Delaware, 30-14, Friday, Sept. 30 in Tiffin.

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.”

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.

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.

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).