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September 24th

Gladys Lawrence

Gladys Vivian Lawrence, 96, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Mrs. Lawrence was a resident of the Solon Care Center.

Trademarks

Walkin'

The old gray tractor caught my eye because it was just what I needed for mowing the thistles on our land a couple miles north of town. It was in the parking lot of Solon Truck and Tractor and had a for sale sign, so I went into the shop.
Owner Mike Aicher and I go back to 1981 when we both showed up on the Solon business scene.
I’d just scraped together every penny I owned and borrowed the rest to buy the Solon Economist. Mike had traded in his experience as a farm boy, sailor and mechanic to open his shop on the south edge of town.

A connection?

Food For Thought

At the risk of sounding like a crackpot, I find myself wondering if there is a link between the flurry of so many people to suddenly decide they needed to buy handguns and obtain permits to carry them a couple years ago, and the current rash of mass shootings in crowded public places.

September 17th

Women of Troy soak Little Hawks in swimming

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy took on rival City High in a swimming dual meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center.
West High swept the Little Hawks in both junior varsity (JV) and varsity competition. The JV squad splashed City High, 105-32, while the varsity won, 116-69.
West High swimmers won all but four events: the JV 50-yard freestyle, JV 100-yard backstroke, varsity 1-meter diving and the varsity 100-yard breaststroke.

West boys second, girls fourth at CR Invitational

Greiner leads boys, Gabby Skopec sets the pace for the ladies

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s cross country squads competed in the 2015 Cedar Rapids Invitational hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson Thursday, Sept. 10, at Noelridge Park.
The Trojan guys placed second in overall team points behind winner Cedar Rapids Prairie. Kolby Greiner was the fastest Trojan with a fifth-place finish in 16:26.01. The Women of Troy were fourth in team points behind Pleasant Valley, Muscatine and Bettendorf with Gabby Skopec’s eighth-place finish leading the way for West in 19:14.86.

Clipper boys win Tipton Invitational

Hinricks wins JV race, Douglass takes third in varsity cross country

North Liberty Leader
TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys cross country coach Ben Robison called his team’s performance in the Tipton Invitational “one of, if not the best, top-to-bottom meets I’ve ever seen.”
The Clipper boys won the meet, besting a field of 18 teams plus four incomplete teams.
Eric Douglass took third place in the varsity race with a time of 17:35, with teammate Jacob Tener not far behind in seventh place.

Clippers football falls to 0-3 with 28-7 loss to Washington

North Liberty Leader
WASHINGTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers sank to an 0-3 record in the 2015 varsity football season as they opened district play with a 28-7 loss on the road to the Washington Demons Friday, Sept. 11.
Washington’s Ryan Reighard challenged the Clipper defense running for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Aaron Akers ran for 126 yards to lead the CCA offensive effort. Evan Downes, sporting his Clipper-blue Mohawk, returned a Demon punt 17 yards for a touchdown to prevent the shutout.

Warriors’ offense too much for Trojans

West falls to CR Wash, 42-13

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans fell to 0-3 on the season with a 42-13 loss to Cedar Rapids Washington, in a non-district meeting of the Mississippi Valley Conference rivals, Friday, Sept. 11, on the Trojans’ turf.
A scoreless first quarter gave way to three Washington touchdowns before halftime.
With 9:31 left in the first half, the Warriors scored on a short run. Wash scored again with 59 seconds remaining on a touchdown pass and ended the half with another pass into the West High end zone in the final five seconds and took a 21-0 lead into the locker room.

West wins annual battle against City High, 3-2

We like the spike!

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They took back The Spike.
West High’s Women of Troy took possession of the traveling trophy, consisting of a golden railroad spike mounted on a plaque, after defeating rival City High, 3-2, in varsity volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the West High gymnasium. The City High Little Hawks won the coveted trophy last year, by the same margin, in their gym.
City was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union while the Women of Troy were 10th.

No Child Left Behind results reinforce need for new system of federal accountability, says Wise  

DES MOINES– Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said this year’s report on student performance under the federal No Child Left Behind law reflects a flawed system of school accountability rather than the work of Iowa’s classrooms, and he expressed optimism that a long-overdue revision of the federal law is on the horizon.