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March 29th

Solon girls show up big at Central sponsored indoor track meet

PELLA– Early season high school track meets in Iowa are inside. The track is shorter. The curves are tighter. But they offer an early peek at the season ahead. With a couple indoor meets now behind them, some bright spots are beginning to glow for Solon’s girls.
“I feel good about every distance. We may not yet have the four solid runners we will need for the relays in every distance,” underscored head girls coach Brent Sands, after a March 20 Central College-sponsored indoor meet in Pella. “Still, we should be really good in the 400-800-meter range.”

It’s been such a long time

Solon boys playing soccer this spring

SOLON– The last game for the varsity Spartan soccer team was a 1-0 heartbreaker in a substate final at home against Iowa Mennonite.
May 25, 2019.
It’s been almost two years since the team took the field after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of schools and the cancelation of spring sports in 2020.
Solon could be understandably rusty when it opens the season hosting its own varsity tournament Saturday, April 3. Scrimmages are scheduled for March 25 and March 27, and the Spartans will participate in the Cedar Rapids Prairie Jamboree March 30.

Rec programs rebound

City sticking with emphasis on outdoor activities

SOLON– Business is picking up for the Solon Recreation Department.
Recreation Director Tom Harder reported strong numbers for spring soccer and a full slate of expanded programs for summer during a Solon City Council meeting March 17.
“Our numbers are basically right where they were pre-COVID, which is great,” Harder said after the meeting.
Soccer registration closed with over 250 kids signed up for 33 teams across pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, he said. Practice begins soon with games in early April.

Let’s do it again

Solon COVID-19 clinic finishes second dose

SOLON– It went just as smoothly the second time around.
Over 1,100 people received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and local residents to host a vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.

Withrow named to IPSWA all-state basketball team

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced the 2021 boys’ basketball all-state teams on Tuesday, March 16, with Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Christian Withrow named to the Class 3A Second Team.
Withrow led the Clippers’ scoring with 440 points this season, topping the 1,000-point mark. The IPSWA recognition follows being named the WaMaC West Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the WaMaC West First Team. In addition, the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association picked Withrow for the 2021 Class 3A Substate 6 All-Substate Team.

Liberty’s distance men compete in Dickinson Relays

Jack Kinzer second in the 3,200

CEDAR FALLS– The Liberty High varsity distance runners started the 2021 track and field season with an appearance in the Dickinson Relays held Tuesday, March 9, at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
Seniors Bo Gryp, Jack Kinzer and Caleb Schillinger and junior Christian Montover competed in one of the very few indoor meets being held this season. Gryp and Montover ran the 1,600-meter run with Gryp finishing 11th in 4:35.99 while Montover was 26th in 4:55.36. Kinzer was second in the 3,200-meter run in 9:48.14 with Schillinger taking 14th place in 10:16.59.

More unknowns than in a typical year

CCA 2021 girls’ soccer preview

TIFFIN– Twenty-one months. That’s how long it will have been since the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity soccer girls played their last game when they take the field on Tuesday, April 6.
The 2020 season was wiped out before it even started due to the cancellation of the remainder of the school year, and all spring sports, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Head Coach Matt Harding in his ninth year (and eighth season, as there was no season last year) remembers all too well how it felt when Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation was made.

Terrorists for the greater good?

NL comedian and author Nathan Timmel enters the realm of fiction with “We Are 100”

NORTH LIBERTY– What happens when the common man gets pushed to his limits and finds a group of like-minded individuals? Nathan Timmel explores the possibilities in his new book We Are 100, which is now available on Amazon.com.
Timmel, a North Liberty-based comedian, has previously penned 11 non-fiction books ranging from an autobiography to collections of letters to his young children, Hillary and Truman, which were written in hotel rooms across the country; and even an exploration of life with a new baby in the house-written from the perspective of Kitty, his late miniature schnauzer.

County tax levy continues to decrease

Supervisors discuss FY 22 budget, vote set for March 25

IOWA CITY– For the fifth consecutive year, the countywide tax levy for Johnson County will decrease. The levy, assessed to property owners, will be $6.30143 per $1,000 of taxable value according to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, beginning on July 1, and is down from the current rate of $6.34581. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the proposed budget Tuesday, March 16, and is scheduled for a final discussion and vote Thursday, March 25, at 9 a.m.

Family, tradition, duty, and honor

Four Tiffin firefighters recognized as they retire

TIFFIN — The Tiffin Fire Department celebrated 76 years of combined service Monday, March 15 as Chief Brian Detert (24 years), 1st. Asst. Chief Randy Morgan (31 years), 2nd Asst. Chief Corey Donaldson (11 years), and 2nd Captain Steve Kick (10 years) retired from the all-volunteer department.