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September 24th

City to host public open house for new police chief Oct. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Diane Venenga was named North Liberty’s police chief by mayor Tom Salm. The North Liberty City Council will vote on the appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. Venenga, who has served as the interim chief since February, will take the post permanently following council’s approval.
Venenga has been with the North Liberty Police Department for 14 years, serving as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant before her appointment as chief. Venenga is an Iowa native and holds degrees in criminology and political science from the University of Northern Iowa.

CCA to kick off petition drive for bond issue

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is ramping up its efforts to get the word out about its space woes, as a Feb. 4 bond issue referendum grows nearer.

Storm and high wind cause damage in North Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It was here and gone quickly, but Eastern Iowa’s severe weather last Thursday, Sept. 19, left plenty of reminders in its wake.
People in several North Liberty neighborhoods were surveying and cleaning up after heavy wind and rain damaged homes, outdoor equipment and other structures Friday morning, including the Greer family.

Reconfigured CCA board sets sail

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– While the majority of voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district did not call for change in the Sept. 10 school board election, the board of directors did undergo a roster change, and a change in leadership.

Muller continues pursuit of the truth

NL resident guides next generation of journalists

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As a child, Lyle Muller really liked three things: radio, newspapers and music. And through a dedicated career in the media, he is accomplished in all three.
Muller, a North Liberty resident since 1979, is currently the Executive Director of Iowa Watch, a non-profit media watchdog with the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Formerly the editor for The Gazette, Muller now spends his days focusing on the craft of journalism and mentoring up-and-coming student journalists.

Venenga chosen as NL chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has named its new chief of police.
Lt. Diane Venenga was chosen last week among a field of four final candidates culled from a national search orchestrated by Moulder and Associates LLC of Des Moines.

Smith brings the hammer against Beckman

SOLON– Jordan Smith obliged the Solon student section by bringing the hammer down against Dyersville Beckman last week.
The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball squad defeated Beckman 3-0 Tuesday night (Sept. 17), moving to 13-1 on the season and dropping to No. 2 in the Class 4A rankings released by the Iowa Girls High Athletic Union.
After a bit of a slow start, the Lady Spartans dominated Beckman in the second game and cruised to another sweep, their 12th of the year, 25-18, 25-13, 25-18.
But it was the standout play of junior Jordan Smith that really made the game memorable.

Big plays in big win for Spartans

Solon clobbers CCA 42-7 for Homecoming victory

SOLON– It was a good start.
Brandon Kramer took the handoff and ran 76 yards on Solon’s second play of the game against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Friday night.
Just like that, it was 7-0 Spartans and the tone was set for the rest of the game.
Solon added a sprinkling of breakout plays to solid performances by the offense and defense, a recipe for a 42-7 Homecoming victory over the Clippers.
“Our plan was to simply improve in every phase of the game,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “We did a much better job of executing on offense and defensively we were very sound.”

Girls take third at Solon Invitational; boys fifth

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Alex Smith has been running distance races since junior high. Now, though, as a junior on Solon’s girls cross country team, she is learning to run again.
In the last two years, she could keep her eyes, and pace, on now-graduated Lauren Benzing. Benzing did not lose a regular season or district meet through three years. Smith could settle into the pace and do well. She finished in the top five, 10 or 15 at most meets, settling in as Solon’s second, third or fourth runner.

Spartan Fund Run back on for Oct. 26

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Fund Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. at the Solon High School. Courses begin and end at the Solon High School Spartan Stadium.
Sign up by Oct. 4 to guarantee a race T-shirt.
Registration is now open at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/SpartanFundRun. Cost for this half-mile, one mile, 5K or 10K event are $15 per person, or $50 for a family of four. Additional family members can be included at $5 per member. Online registration will continue through Oct. 18. Please visit www.spartanfundrun.blogspot.com for more information.