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November 12th

Dale D. Grifith

Dale D. Griffith, 88, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha.
Services took place Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Cedar Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Dave Higdon officiating. Entombment with military rites was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Deanna (Mike) Kroemer of Blairstown; sons, Jack (Barb) of Sheridan, Wyoming, Gary (Nancy) of Solon and Scott of Cedar Rapids. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Lee Cook

Kenneth Lee Cook, 86, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Visitation was held prior to the service at the chapel. Interment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ken was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Lisbon to Benjamin and Ethel Cook. He was married to Neva Thomas on March 17, 1946, in Cedar Rapids. Ken worked over 30 years for Coe College before retiring in 1993.

Asked and answered

Walkin'

Five things the far left, the far right and almost everyone in between seems to agree on but nothing ever gets done:
Campaign finance reform. Have you noticed that the more money that is spent on elections the dumber the political discourse gets? Here in Iowa we just finished a heated race for an open senate seat with spending near $40 million, 85 percent of which came from outside groups unaffiliated with either campaign.

Wake up!

Food for Thought

I just read an article that pointed out the fact that, by time we reach age 80, we will have spent approximately 233,600 hours sleeping. That’s the equivalent of 26.67 years– almost enough to make me want to sell my bed.

November 6th

West High girls sweep Muskies, Polk

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy made it two thirds of the way to the state tournament with wins over Muscatine and Southeast Polk in Class 5A regional quarterfinal and semifinal action.
The tournament trail started at home Monday, Oct. 27, as the 3-23 Muscatine Muskies visited for a regional quarterfinal match. West had little trouble pulling off a 3-0 sweep and earning the trip to Southeast Polk for the semifinal match.

Clippers advance to regional final on 3-0 win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers volleyball team advanced to a Class 4A regional final match-up with Cedar Rapids Xavier after defeating the Fort Madison Bloodhounds 3-0 in a regional semifinal at home Thursday, Oct. 30.
The Clippers won 25-11, 25-16 and 25-20.

CCA’s historic season ends in first round

TIFFIN– An historic season for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football came to a gut-grinding and heart-breaking end Wednesday, Oct. 29, on the home turf as the Cardinals of Newton held on for a 23-21 win in a Class 3A first round playoff game.
“It was a hard-fought game, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Matt Hughes said. “We started slow, that proved to be the thing that killed us.”
The Clippers found themselves in a 14-point hole in the first quarter as Newton scored on a 4-yard rushing play with 7:05 left in the period and followed that with a 50-yard touchdown reception.

Trojans survive Lin-Mar Lions with upset win

MARION– They never say die.
The Iowa City West High Trojans were down 31-34 with just over two minutes left in the game Monday, Nov. 3, as they faced the Linn-Mar Lions in the second round of Class 4A playoffs. A drive of over 90 yards ensued and ended with Yeshuwa Hicks making an 8-yard run for a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game. After Connor Gordon’s extra point kick, the Trojans had a 38-34 lead and the win.

Tease your hair: CCA Retro Prom fundraiser to be held Nov. 15

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Retro Prom “Return to Paradise” will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the CCA Middle School. Admission is $25/couple or $15 for individuals. Come dressed in your finest ‘80s attire and compete to win Best Dressed Couple. All proceeds benefit the Clear Creek Amana Post Prom Party.

NL Legion Auxiliary to host free Vets Day dinner Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at South Slope’s community room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty.
The evening will include a home-cooked meal, videos, music by Heritage Christian School, and guest speaker, Roy Romans from the Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Facility. Colors will be advanced by the Solon American Legion Color Guard, and a bugler from Boy Scout Troop 216 will accompany the ceremony.
Door prizes will be presented throughout the evening.