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February 11th

Public safety in the budgetary spotlight

Additional revenue is coming into NLs coffers, but a property tax increase hangs over the discussion of next years budget

NORTH LIBERTY Growth by a city can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, more housing and more businesses mean more tax revenue for the city. On the other, an increase in demand for city services quickly consumes revenue. And often, debt is incurred by the city to pay off new expenses over time.
For the City of North Liberty, the first discussion of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 (2021-2022) budget by the city council on Tuesday, Jan. 19, illustrated the effects of growth upon the community.

February 4th

Hack earns Certified Master Athletic Administrator designation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) has recognized Solon Community School District Activities Director Casey Hack as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

Tabor to lead Lakeview full time in fall

SOLON– Jessica Tabor will lead Lakeview Elementary full-time beginning the 2021-2022 school year.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) announced the decision to pre-kindergarten through fifth grade staff Jan. 18 and posted the news to its website Jan. 22.

Weekend recreation hours resume, registration opens for swim lessons and more City of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Department again offers weekend hours for members beginning Feb. 6, at the North Liberty Community Center. The recreation center operates weekdays from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Use continues to require appointments and is subject to COVID-19 protocols, including a health screening.

Matt Degner named ICCSD district superintendent

Unanimous vote by school board approves change from interim supt.

IOWA CITY The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors has voted to remove the interim tag from Interim Superintendent Matt Degners title. Degner served as the interim superintendent for the district since July 1, 2020, following the resignation of former Superintendent Stephen Murley. The board of directors voted unanimously during the Jan. 26 board meeting to make the role permanent for Degner.

Spartans and Bobcats deadlock on the mats

But Solon gets the tiebreaker Solon picks up lopsided win over Camanche

SOLON Its a tie.
Solon and Benton Community knotted at 39 points, but the Spartans took the tiebreaker in a home triangular meet Jan. 28.
Nash Altman (285 pounds), Lawson Sinnwell (126) and Caleb Ebert (160) all delivered pins, and Lucas Kampman (170) earned a 10-3 decision over Bentons Zane Frese.

Lady Spartans outlast Bobcats, 59-54

Holtkamp scores 21 leading Solon past Benton Community

SOLON The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team orchestrated another thriller, on the home hardwood, besting the Benton Community Bobcats, 59-54, on Friday, Jan. 29, moving to 13-4 on the season.
It was the only game of the week as Saturdays Rivalry Weekend game against West Liberty in Delhi was postponed again due to inclement weather.
The Lady Spartans played one of the best games of their season with a considerably well-matched Benton Community team.

Spartans keep Bobcats winless

Solon overcomes early deficit for 75-54 win 14th in a row for boys

VAN HORNE– It took all five starters scoring in double figures, but Solon’s varsity boys extended their win streak to 14 games by fending off a pesky Benton Community team on its home court Friday, Jan. 29.
The Spartans kept the Bobcats winless with a 75-54 cross-conference basketball victory in Van Horne.
Solon scored 42 second-half points to take control after falling into an early deficit.
The Bobcats led 21-12 heading into the second quarter, but the Spartans turned the tables just before halftime, using a 21-8 spurt to take a 33-29 advantage at the break.

Spartan girls 22nd at state meet

111 teams, nearly 500 wrestlers converge on Coralville

CORALVILLE– Not bad for the first time out.
Solon High School’s fledgling Lady Spartan wrestling team entered the 2021 Iowa Wrestling Officials and Coaches Association (IWCOA)’s Girls State Wrestling Tournament Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at the new Xtream Arena in Coralville’s Iowa River Landing.
While none of the Lady Spartans placed, Solon finished 22nd out of 111 teams.

Fry-day

Legion Friday Night Fish Fries carryout only in 2021 Help needed as volunteers withdraw in pandemic

SOLON– In past years, profits from the Solon American Legion’s annual fish fries funded community projects and upgrades to the building.
This year, profits will keep the Legion doors open until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, according to Legion member Denny Hansen.
The fish fries are the Legion’s largest fundraiser and 2020 was setting a record pace until the pandemic hit midway through the Lenten season, with 398 meals served on a single night.