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October 22nd

North Liberty Recreation Center opens new kids’ play area

NORTH LIBERTY–The new Kids Campsite in North Liberty is now open to the public.
Kids Campsite is an indoor playground with soft, safe equipment for younger children, located inside the remodeled south entrance of the North Liberty Community Center.
Hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until noon and from 4 until 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Oct. 27 soup supper, auction to benefit pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its fifth Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5 until 7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank and Trust Company, South Slope Cooperative Communications, JM Swank, and University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Making memories of a lifetime

Local veterans take Honor Flight

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY­– Though they have drifted through the jungles of Panama, tramped along the 38th parallel between North and South Korea, and flown over the mountains of Japan, three North Liberty residents say their recent flights to Washington, D.C., was for each of them the trip of a lifetime.

Tiffin extends olive branch, request to CCA schools

Mayor asks CCA for favor

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– Steve Berner didn’t quite get what he wanted for the city of Tiffin, but it was a step forward.
The Tiffin mayor addressed the board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district during the board’s regular monthly meeting Wed., Oct. 16, in Oxford. The City of Tiffin is hoping the district will deed some land on the western edge of the CCA campus to the city for an intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and a road into the Deerview development.

Justice center:

revive, revise or relinquish

Supervisors fail to find consensus in justice center redux

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– A Johnson County Board of Supervisors work session on Monday, Oct. 14, was meant to determine the next steps toward finding a courthouse and jail proposal voters would approve.
Instead of consensus there was conflict, and after more than three hours of discussion, the five members decided to step back and try again at a later date.

State meet hopes alive for Solon cross country

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CENTER POINT– It’s back home for districts Oct. 24 as Solon’s cross country teams determine whether they run once more at the 2013 state meet.
Solon’s boys launched their postseason run with sixth place at the WaMaC Conference meet in Center Point Thursday, Oct. 17. The girls finished second. “It was a great night. We had 40 personal records from the 53 boys and girls running,” noted coach Emy Williams.

Spartans clip Cardinals for district title

MAQUOKETA– It took a while to get going, but once Solon’s offense came to life, it helped turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point halftime lead.
In a wild, back-and-forth scoring barrage, the Spartan football team outlasted the Maquoketa Cardinals to claim the Class 3A District 6 regular season title Friday in Maquoketa, 49-31.
Although Solon struck first on a 35-yard interception returned for touchdown by Jacob Black, the Spartans found themselves on the wrong end of a 17-7 deficit early in the second quarter.

Conference champs

Lady Spartans avenge loss to West Delaware in final

MARION– It was a clean sweep for the Lady Spartans at last week’s WaMaC volleyball tournament.
Solon didn’t drop a set in pool or bracket play, outlasting both Marion and West Delaware in the semifinals and finals at Marion Thursday night.
The Lady Spartans defeated Benton Community (21-7, 21-10), DeWitt Central (21-10, 21-13) and Marion (21-14, 21-18) in pool play Tuesday at Manchester, then faced Dyersville Beckman (25-13, 25-19), Marion (25-22, 25-22) and then West Delaware (25-23, 25-22) in the highly contested championship bracket.

Solon’s Sam Miller among the nominees for state’s superintendent of the year

SOLON– Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community School District, was a nominee for the 2013-2014 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).
Solon has recently implemented Standards-Based Grading, a grading and reporting practice that measures students’ proficiency on well-defined course standards. Additionally, Solon has developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan, and completed construction on a new Spartan Stadium.

Solon Public Library

Halloween Events

The library’s annual Halloween Costume Party will be Monday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume for an hour of food, games, crafts and indoor trick-or-treating. If you can’t get there right at 6:30 p.m. or need to leave early, that’s not a problem– the event is an open house structure, where kids can go to just some or all of the activity stations. There is no charge for this event. The Teen Advisory Board will also be sponsoring a Teen Halloween Party (seventh grade and up) on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 until 10 p.m.