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Archive - 2014

April 23rd

Grace Community Church to host women’s conference May 2-3

NORTH LIBERTY– Grace Community Church (North Liberty) will host a two day women’s conference, Uncomfortable Grace: The Hope of Jesus in the Midst of Adversity on May 2 and 3. The conference will occur Friday evening from 6:30 until 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The featured speaker will be Sarah Stevenson, formerly of Revive Our Hearts, and currently the Women’s Ministry Director at Cornerstone Church in Ames. The conference will include worship, testimonials, food, fellowship, and dynamic teaching.

CCA to reduce district tax levy

OXFORD– The board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community school district approved the certified budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year as well as Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and School Improvement Local Option tax (SILO) budgets.

North Liberty festival moved to July

Blues train arrives later this year

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s the same hot party with the same cool vibe.
It’s just happening a little later this year.
The North Liberty Blues & BBQ festival planners held a press conference last week to announce the event’s lineup and activities, with its biggest changes being the move away from its traditional Memorial Day weekend date, and a brand new location.
This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, from noon until 10 p.m., and will be held in Centennial Park near the corner of Jones Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive in North Liberty.

NLFD recruits: training the best, for the worst

NLFD recruits learn to save themselves

NORTH LIBERTY– Firefighters work in some of the most hostile environments on Earth, where extreme heat and near zero visibility are normal in a setting most definitely “Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH).” It is in these situations where the ability to remain calm and rely on training and experience are vital, particularly when things go from bad to worse. While firefighters go into burning structures to save others’ lives, sometimes they end up having to save themselves.

NL receives green light to move east

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has been given the green light to expand its boundaries.
The state’s City Development Board voted unanimously to approve North Liberty’s application to annex a total of 567.7 acres on the city’s current southeast side.
The city received voluntary annexation petitions from property owners last fall, and North Liberty officials were poised to grant them, due to the anticipated new Iowa City school district high school to be built in that area.

Boys second at Jesse Day Relays in Davenport

DAVENPORT– The Solon varsity boys track team had a strong showing in a meet held at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport last week, finishing second in a field of strong 4A and 3A schools.
The team scored well in field events, led by senior thrower Dalton Ferguson, taking first in the shot put with a throw of 56’1, and second in the discuss with a toss of 153’8. The long jump has become a strong event for Solon as well, with Zach Nunemaker finishing second on a leap of 21’1 and Halston Durr close behind in fourth at 20’2.

Boys nudged out of second place at Spartan Invite

SOLON– There will be lots of golfing for the next month, as the Solon Spartans swing through the bulk of their schedule.
Solon’s varsity boys golf squad will be back home next week for two home dates before heading into postseason tournaments.
“I feel this group has a lot of potential,” said head coach Adam Stahle. “A lot of kids put in time over the summer.”
Stahle said there are 29 high school boys out for golf, with three letter winners returning from last year– Jared Capouch, Josh Kleppe and Spencer Schaefer.

Jason Pershing picked as head basketball coach

Hoops head hired

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Pershing as head boys basketball coach (pending school board approval). Coach Pershing debuts as a varsity head coach after successful assistant coaching experiences at Xavier, Linn Mar, C.R. Washington, Coe College, and most recently at Mt. Vernon.

Solon Girls send four to Drake Relays

Lady Spartans second at Jesse Day Relays

SOLON– Strong throws and strong sprinters boosted first and second place team finishes in two meets last week and helped send four Solon girls high school entries to the Drake Relays this week.
The Relays annually features the top college and world entries in track and field, but with an Iowa flavor. They have always included an Iowa high school program– even a grade school shuttle relay on the infield– to promote visibility of the sport over the three-day festival. Over 18,000 fans sell out Drake Stadium at $40 a ticket every ‘Relays Saturday’ for the final day of competition.

New library display window to feature Monet’s Garden

“These landscapes of water and reflections have become an obsession… I hope that something will come of all my efforts.” –Claude Monet, 1908.

SOLON– This spring the Solon Public Library’s display window takes us to France– 40 miles northwest of Paris, to visit Giverny, the home and garden of the great painter, Claude Monet. Described as the most visited garden in the world, this beautiful setting was the subject of many of Monet’s paintings, including his water lilies, featured in our display.