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July 9th

Blues and BBQ 2020: A Virtual Summer Festival

NORTH LIBERTY– In April, the planning committee announced a decision to cancel the 2020 in-person edition of North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
But fans of the festival still have the opportunity to have a taste of Blues and BBQ at home. This year, the 14th annual event is built for the backyard.
Full details were announced late in June, but we wanted to give you a sampling to chew on.

July 1st

Cougars sweep the Bolts

CR Kennedy knocks off Liberty, 9-7 and 10-8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Cedar Rapids Kennedy varsity baseball team moved to the top of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division with a sweep of the Liberty High Lightning on Thursday, June 25, at Liberty. The Cougars improved to 4-0 in the conference, and 6-0 overall, while the Lightning dropped to 2-2 in conference play, and 5-3 overall.

Lady Spartans tackle ranked opponents

Solon sweeps rescheduled doubleheader from Central DeWitt

SOLON The Lady Spartans took on some heavy hitters.
Solons varsity softball team hosted a trio of ranked teams for a pair of weekend triangular tournaments and came away 1-2.
The Lady Spartans, ranked No. 14 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, defeated unranked Keokuk and No. 15 (2A) Columbus Catholic (Waterloo) Friday before falling to No. 10 (5A) Ottumwa and No. 4 (5A) Iowa City High Saturday.
The Lady Spartans came into the tournament riding another winning streak, having overpowered Central DeWitt with 21 total hits and 19 runs in a home doubleheader June 25.

CCA sweeps Solon

Clippers sail past Spartans in road doubleheader

TIFFIN– Solon didn’t have what it needed to get past Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
The Clippers swept the Spartan varsity baseball team June 25 in Tiffin. CCA claimed the first game 8-3 and took the nightcap 5-4 in nine innings when Clipper Ben Swails drove home teammate Brock Reade with the winning run.

Solon splits with CCA

Lady Spartans rebound for 9-2 win in nightcap

OXFORD The Lady Spartans six-game win streak ended in Oxford.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team took the opening game of a road doubleheader from Solon, 8-4, June 24, but the Lady Spartans bounced back with a convincing 9-2 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, Solon struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
But the Creek Girls grabbed control with four runs in the home half of the third.

Solon rides highs and lows against Tipton and Assumption

Big win at home, big loss on the road

SOLON– The Spartans scored 15 runs over two games.
But 14 came in one game and the Solon varsity baseball team split single games against Tipton and Davenport Assumption last week.
The Spartans shut out the Tigers, 14-0, at home, on June 23 and then got waylaid by the Knights the following evening, 11-1.
Freshman Blake Timmons and seniors Lucas Walker and Mathieux Rehnke combined to limit Tipton to four hits and no runs over five innings, with seven strikeouts by Walker.

School board tackles race

Coons pushes discussion, asks for plan addressing teaching diversity

SOLON Dan Coons thinks something needs to happen.
The Solon school board member wants to know what the district is going to do to address racism.
He asked the question during the final moments of the June 18 board meeting, during an agenda item (Talking Points) reserved for reflection and observation.
Coons said he sent the other board members an email expressing his desire to discuss the recent national struggle to deal with race relations.

Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo.

DENVER– Taylor Moore, junior at Solon High School, earned a position on the Iowa State National High School Rodeo team and will travel with fellow teammates to Guthrie, Okla., on July 17-23 to compete at the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the pole bending and cutting horse competitions.

More development on East Main

Erusha presents mixed-use concept to council Spring 2021 construction planned

SOLON– The landscape of Solon’s Main Street is set to change again.
At a June 17 meeting, Solon City Council members reviewed a plan by Neil Erusha, of rural Solon, to redevelop three-quarters of a city block on the northeast corner of Highway 1 and Main Street into a mix of commercial and residential use.
Erusha proposed two new two-story buildings facing Main Street and the rehabilitation of an existing building on the north end of the property.
The concept depicted accesses on Highway 1, Cedar Street and Main Street, and that’s where Mayor Steve Stange had an issue.

Beef Days Bundles available for online order

SOLON– Thanks to everyone for your patience as the Beef Days Committee works out the details in alternative activities. With social distancing, we are unable to gather together, so the committee wants to send a little taste of Beef Days to your home. The Beef Days Committee is excited to announce “Beef Days Bundles” featuring varieties of meat from our local locker Ruzicka's and your choice of soda or Big Grove Brewery Boomtown beer. Uptown Solon won't be street-lined with activities in Mid-July like usual, but we encourage you to have your very own backyard Beef Days BBQ.