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Spartans take their lumps

34-0 loss to Regina

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”
– Edwin Markham

IOWA CITY– The winless, but still-No. 1 ranked Regina Regals rolled onto their home field on Friday, Sept. 2, to exact some revenge for their week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier. When the dust cleared, the Solon Spartans were left in a swirling loess behind the Regals, 34-0.

Clippers go 2-0

26-0 win over Mustangs

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had little trouble with the Independence Mustangs Friday, Sept. 2, picking up a 26-0 non-district win and moving to a 2-0 record. Among the scorers for CCA were Kobey Schlottman with a first-quarter touchdown reception and Matt Brimeyer with a touchdown run in the second. Corey Siders scored in the third quarter for the Clippers.

Excitement builds for Lady Lightning

West High freshmen take the floor for Liberty High volleyball

IOWA CITY– Much like how Liberty High School is still under construction on the east side of North Liberty, the Lady Lightning freshman volleyball team is under construction.
“We’re building from the floor up,” said coach Whitney Lang.

A family affair at the Johnson County Fair

Solon's five Düsters participate in Johnson County Fair

SOLON– Seven ribbons and five days later, the Düster family came to the conclusion of yet another Johnson County Fair.
It’s a busy week for many families in the county. But the Düsters are unique in that they have five children in 4-H– at the same time.
All five kids started 4-H in fifth grade and are still going strong– although the oldest, who just graduated from Solon High School, participated in his last fair this year.

You say you want a "Servolution"

Fifth annual Servolution serves over 250 kids at Penn Meadows

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The first day of school is never easy, but a group of local organizations does its best to make the transition easier for students and parents.
Servolution, an annual back-to-school outreach organized by LIFE Church of Coralville, has been providing kids of all ages with free shoes, school supplies, haircuts and clothes for five years at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty.
Adam Kolosik, missions coordinator at LIFE Church, said it was largely thanks to ToGather Together that the whole thing got started.

West High Trojans trounce SE Polk Rams, 42-17

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened the 2016 varsity football season in grand fashion Friday, Aug. 26, by trouncing the Southeast (SE) Polk Rams , 42-17, in Iowa City.

Council wants park back

City decides to dip into park fund for flash flood repairs

SOLON– After a spring flood in 2013, Randall Park sat idle and unused for most of the year as the city worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the park’s fate.
Record water levels engulfed the park again Aug. 11-12, but this time the city isn’t waiting to take action.
At a regular council meeting Aug. 17, council members voted to utilize a park fund to rehabilitate the park as soon as possible.

Salute to Summer

Firefighters, kids cool down at annual fundraiser

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– An ominous morning turned into a beautiful day for the North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer fundraiser last Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill and Scales Pointe Campground.
Around 600 attended the event, said fire Capt. Chris Kochanny, which is fewer than normal. Still, he said it was one of the better events since the weather was cooler.
“In years past we’ve had issues with people getting too hot, especially kids in bouncy houses,” he said.
The only downside, he noted, was the wind.

Big Rain

Flash flood causes damage to Solon homes, facilities

SOLON– It was a pretty helpless feeling for Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level Kleppe had never seen before.
Coupled with a power outage, the flash flooding that followed caused extensive damage to a number of Solon homes and prompted the city to declare a local disaster declaration

Party on the turf

Annual kick-off event raises money for CCA football

TIFFIN– The 2nd annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Football Kick-Off to Friday Night Lights was held Friday, Aug. 12, at the high school stadium in Tiffin. The event serves as a fundraiser for the football program as well as a way to build excitement for the coming season.
Headlining the event again this year was contemporary country music artist Jake McVey, who had the students dancing on the sideline. McVey and his bass player even jumped off the stage and rocked out among the students at one point.

The Great Race

Rural Shueyville man completes cross country road rally

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.

Room to “grow something”

Lowe’s donates $2,800 to renovate Penn student gardens

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary students will notice a little something different about their Grow Something garden when they return to school this month.
With help from the Lowe’s Heroes project, parent volunteers and even current Penn Panthers, the greenhouse area was transformed into a garden patio last week, complete with raised beds, new planters and two arbor entrances.