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September 23rd, 2020

Homecoming festivities: No parade, no dance

SOLON– Homecoming will look quite a bit different in 2020.
The traditional Wednesday parade is anticipated to be replaced with a pep rally at Spartan Stadium, capping off with the crowning of the Homecoming King; and the Saturday dance will be converted to an outdoor event at the stadium, according to Solon High School Instructional Coach Amanda Stahle.
The Homecoming Queen will be announced and crowned at halftime of the Friday Sept. 25, varsity football game against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings.

Council leaves fireworks law as is Split members vote down ban

No support for limiting to July 4

SOLON– Solon residents can continue to shoot private fireworks July 1-4.
City council members took no action to ban the displays during a Sept. 16 meeting.
A motion to prohibit fireworks failed on a 2-3 vote, and a second motion to restrict usage to July 4 died for a lack of a second.
Council members Lynn Morris and Lauren Whitehead voted in support of a ban. Council members Steve Duncan, John Farlinger and Dan O’Neil dissented.

Creek Boys win on Cascade’s XC course

Brandon Barker wins, Gavin Zillyette takes 4th

CASCADE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys won the Cascade Invitational cross country meet Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Filmore Fairways Golf Course, in Cascade.
The Clippers topped the 13-team field with 48 points, edging past second-place Dubuque Wahlert Catholic (67) and third-place Maquoketa Valley (88).
Senior Brandon Barker won the event with a time of 17:10.7 and teammate Gavin Zillyette finished fourth in 17:51.4.

Mustangs hold off the Creek Girls

CCA falls, 3-1, to Independence in close match

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team dipped to 8-3 on the season in the wake of a 3-1 WaMaC West Conference loss on the road in Independence. The Mustangs held off the Clippers taking the first set, 25-20, and the second set, 25-23. The Creek Girls rallied back for a third set, 29-27, win, but came up short, 25-21, in the fourth and final set.
Junior Calia Clubb led the Clippers’ offense with 18 kills, while senior Hailey Pollock put up a dozen. Pollock also had a pair of solo blocks and two ace serves in the contest, as well.

Creek Boys roll over the Bobcats

CCA dominates Benton Community, 49-3

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team improved to 2-2 on the season (1-1 in Class 3A District 6) with a 49-3 shelling of the visiting Benton Community Bobcats Friday, Sept. 18, in Tiffin.
The Clippers opened the contest with Gage Freeman, a junior, taking the opening kickoff on an 85-yard sprint for a touchdown. Anthony Hennes, a senior, booted the extra point kick through the uprights, and the Creek Boys had a 7-0 lead only 11 seconds into the game.

Moving in the right direction

NLFD cuts response times, expands paid staff, and takes delivery of a new fire engine

NORTH LIBERTY– When it comes to emergency services, minutes count.
A person not breathing begins to suffer brain damage in three minutes, and it becomes irreversible by nine minutes. A person in cardiac arrest (not breathing and no pulse) has his or her chance of survival drop 10 percent with every minute. Fire doubles in size every minute. For firefighters, this reality translates into a relentless quest to minimize response times.

Moving in the right direction

NLFD cuts response times, expands paid staff, and takes delivery of a new fire engine

NORTH LIBERTY– When it comes to emergency services, minutes count.
A person not breathing begins to suffer brain damage in three minutes, and it becomes irreversible by nine minutes. A person in cardiac arrest (not breathing and no pulse) has his or her chance of survival drop 10 percent with every minute. Fire doubles in size every minute. For firefighters, this reality translates into a relentless quest to minimize response times.

They’re going back to school

Lower COVID-19 positivity rates allow ICCSD to return to classrooms on Sept. 28

IOWA CITY– On Monday, Sept. 28, students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) will report to their classrooms for the first time this academic year.
The district opened the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in a 100 percent virtual (all online) format after receiving a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education, which lifted a requirement for at least 50 percent of learning being delivered in-person, due to COVID-19 positivity rates greater than 15 percent in Johnson County.

An event for the whole community to participate in, virtually

CCA school board approves the student leadership council Homecoming plan

OXFORD– It is doubtful any aspect of the school year is left untouched by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the annual fall tradition of Homecoming. The student leadership council at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, in Tiffin, wrestled with how to continue the time-honored celebration while balancing health and safety concerns. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, members of the council, along with teacher and advisor Matt Trosky, presented a plan to the district’s school board of directors for approval.

September 16th

Clean sweep

Solon XC boys, girls and JV all win at Tipton

TIPTON– The cold and rain were certainly not welcome, but the results made it worth the soggy wait for Solon runners and fans at the Tipton Invitational Cross Country Meet Sept. 8.
Solon came home with wins in not only the varsity girls’ and boys’ race, but both junior varsity (JV) events, as well.
The coaches call that hard work and reaching a goal.