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June 10th

Home sweet home, at last

Liberty baseball brings back just about everybody for 2020

NORTH LIBERTY– The Bolts’ diamond was finished last year, but not in time for Coach Tom Cronk and his crew to play on it.
After two seasons of being full-time road warriors, with “home” games played at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, the Liberty High Lightning will finally get to play on their own diamond on Liberty’s campus in North Liberty.

Burning the midnight oil

CCA softball starts the season at the earliest possible moment

OXFORD– The Creek Girls couldn’t wait any longer.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School softball team started the 2020 season at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 1, the first day of practice per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), the Governor’s Office, the Iowa Deptartment of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Overwhelming advantage

Primary election win presumptively clears Kunkel’s path to sheriff

IOWA CITY– Brad Kunkel will likely be Johnson County’s next sheriff.
Kunkel, a sergeant and the public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, defeated Al Fear, a sergeant with the Patrol Division of the Cedar Rapids Police Department, with an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote in a Democrat primary election Tuesday, June 2. Kunkel, of rural Solon, had 19,469 votes to 4,128 for Fear, a resident of Swisher.

“We Have Work To Do”

A joint statement from North Liberty’s mayor, city administrator and police chief

By Mayor Terry Donahue
City Administrator Ryan Heiar
Police Chief Diane Venenga

George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer was a heinous act.
We have seen the anger, frustration and grief spill out across the country, throughout our state and here in our own community, and finding the right words to say is difficult. Failing to say anything is immeasurably worse.
We will start here:

June 3rd

Preparing for a return to school

Board reviews distance learning data, early planning for 2020-2021

SOLON– In mid-March, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) had to move fast to put together a plan for distance learning.
Now the district has to figure out how to bring kids back to school.
SCSD board members reviewed voluntary participation numbers during the final months of the school year and listened to an overview of the district’s Return to Learning plan at a regular meeting May 21.
Superintendent Davis Eidahl walked board members through both reports.
Eidahl complimented district staff for quickly adapting to a model of remote learning for the final months of the year.

Baseball and softball restart June 15

Spartans and Lady Spartans open at home June 17

SOLON– You’ll have about a month of varsity baseball and softball.
The abbreviated season will pick up where it would have been if a global pandemic had not wiped out months of competitive high school sports.
The Spartans and Lady Spartans both open with doubleheaders Monday, June 15, on the road at Manchester against the West Delaware Hawks, and both make their home debut Wednesday, June 17.

Don’t ignore the extra burden

No time like a crisis to check your mental health

SOLON– It’s a strain.
“Trauma is a big scary word but that’s kind of what we’re living through right now,” noted Troy Ward of Ward Counseling Services. “I can’t do the things that I used to be able to do, I don’t know when I’m going to be able to do them again.”
That’s hard to deal with, Ward said, and if you are an individual already struggling in some way, you just had a lot more piled on your plate in the last two months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ward has been offering free telehealth services for the uninsured and underinsured during the outbreak.

Preparing for a return to school

Board reviews distance learning data, early planning for 2020-2021

SOLON– In mid-March, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) had to move fast to put together a plan for distance learning.
Now the district has to figure out how to bring kids back to school.
SCSD board members reviewed voluntary participation numbers during the final months of the school year and listened to an overview of the district’s Return to Learning plan at a regular meeting May 21.
Superintendent Davis Eidahl walked board members through both reports.
Eidahl complimented district staff for quickly adapting to a model of remote learning for the final months of the year.

Short but action packed

CCA and Liberty High release baseball and softball shortened season schedules

NORTH LIBERTY– The schedules for the 2020 high school baseball and softball seasons were released by the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) and WaMaC Conference, and set the stage for a short campaign for the Liberty High Lightning and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
On Wednesday, May 20, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the summer sports season could proceed and approved the reopening of school facilities beginning on Monday, June 1.

Preventing the over-policing of people of color

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, we’ve been asked what training and procedures the North Liberty Police Department has in place to help prevent the over-policing of people of color in our own community. This post provides a high-level overview of current training, policies and procedures. There is, of course, work still to do, and it’s important for our community to hold conversations and itself accountable.

Use of force