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All for the little ones’ Christmas joys

Three-year-old Quinn Walker tells Santa what she wants for Christmas while her sisters Brynlie, 6, and Mya, 5, listen and wait for their turn. Kids from North Liberty and beyond visited St. Nick at North Liberty’s annual Breakfast with Santa event held Saturday, Dec. 3, in the North Liberty Recreation Center gymnasium. The event included a pancake breakfast, crafts and a Christmas train demonstration. Photos with Santa will be posted at www.sandispurrellphotography.com. (photo by Shianne Fisher)

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Santa at South Slope Dec. 12-13

NORTH LIBERTY– South Slope welcomes community members to attend the annual Santa at South Slope event on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the community center.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera to capture their children meeting Santa. The event will also feature holiday movies and crafts. South Slope has also partnered with the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots to be a toy drop location.

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Liberty High academic, arts and athletic plans unveiled

NORTH LIBERTY– When Liberty High School opens its doors next fall, it will be a comprehensive facility with full course and activity offerings for freshmen through seniors.
That’s the plan at least, said Liberty Principal Scott Kibby during an informal conference with area media Thursday, Nov. 3, at North Central Junior High in North Liberty. With registration coming in January, Kibby said he’s received many questions about the new school and what academics, performing arts and athletics it will offer.

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Paving Park Road

Developer’s agreement to help accommodate new interchange traffic

TIFFIN– It’s going to take a lot of dirt– 1.7 million yards of it– to make Park Road more driver-friendly before the Forevergreen interchange opens.
And Scott Andersen is ready to break ground.
“That road’s got to be paved before the ramp gets open,” he told Tiffin City Council at a special meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15. “So how do you get there? Are you just going to asphalt what’s there? I don’t think that’s the right answer. I think you guys agreed to that the last time we were here.”

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Solon takes 4th at talent-packed Independence tournament

INDEPENDENCE– Solon wrestling proved itself a contender at its first tournament of the season last weekend.
The varsity Solon wrestlers took fourth place at the 25-team invitational in Independence, finishing with 227 team points and a pair of runner-up titles after two days of 3A, 2A and 1A competition.
“I thought we had a pretty strong showing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “It was the toughest tournament hands down in the state of Iowa this first weekend.”

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Spartans lose OT thriller to Pointers

Solon drops to 1-1 after opening win at Indee

SOLON– It went down to the wire.
The Solon Spartans and the Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Stormin’ Pointers took a varsity boys basketball match-up into overtime Dec. 2 in Solon.
CP-U held Solon to just three points in the extra period to prevail, 74-69, handing the Spartans their first loss of the season.
Solon dropped to 1-1, having won the Nov. 29 season opener on the road at Independence, 58-41.

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Lady Spartans pick up first win

Solon girls move to 2-2 with win over Washington

SOLON– The Lady Spartans turned up the pressure, and with it came the first win of the season.
Fueled by 28 total steals, half of them from senior Josie Durr, Solon routed Independence 59-24 during a home non-conference varsity basketball game Nov. 29.
Durr led all scorers with 25 points and added eight rebounds to pace the team. Junior Sam Miller added six points, as did junior Brianna Smith and sophomore Gabby Marty. Smith had six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, while Marty pulled down five boards.

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Waterfowlers honor missing friend, hunter

Solon waterfowlers hold autumn hunt in memory of Tanner Wymer

SOLON– A clear day, light southeast wind; with temperatures in the low 50s. It would be a great morning for a mid-autumn walk. Not so much for attracting geese to a picked corn field.
A small flock had worked the 30 decoys dotting the corn stubble west of nine layout blinds just outside Solon Oct. 23.
“Two geese were close enough for a shot, but we held up, thinking the group might circle once more,” explained Colton Dall.
It did not. Still, it was not a washout. A couple hunters worked a wooded creek, about 70 yards away, dropping a duck.

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Passing the baton

Ambition twirlers carry on tradition started by Golden Girls

IOWA CITY– Longtime Hawkeye fans remember Diana Reed as the “Golden Girl,” the baton twirler who performed with the University of Iowa (UI) Marching Band at football games and won the title of “Miss Iowa” in 2007.
Jessica Baker, 23, remembers Reed as the teacher and coach of Diana’s Golden Twirlers, the program Reed founded to offer twirling classes for an eager group of kids which included Jess and her younger sister Julia.

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Solon’s Maggie Snider wins second national fencing title

RICHMOND, Va.– Maggie Snider of Solon competed in the USA Fencing North American Cup, taking first place in the Division 1A Women’s Epee event. The event included top youth, college and adult fencers from around the country. 
With this win, Snider clinched first place for the 2016-2017 season of USA Fencing Division 1-A Women’s Epee. This is her second career national title, and her first division win.
Snider trains at the Iowa City Fencing Center (ICFC) with Judy O’Donnell, and she is coached in competition by 2012 USA Olympic Head Coach Roberto Sobalvarro. 

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