• strict warning: Non-static method view::load_views() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 837.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::db_objects() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/includes/view.inc on line 1367.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 14.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.

Chris Umscheid

CCA volleyball season ends with loss in Marion

Creek Girls dump the Demons, fall to the Indians

MARION– The season ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team as the Marion Indians sank the Clippers, 3-1, in a Class 4A regional semifinal match Thursday, Oct. 29, in Marion.
The Clippers opened the postseason with a 3-0 win over the Washington Demons at home, in Tiffin, on Monday, Oct. 26, in a quarterfinal round match up. Alyssa Weldon led the Clippers with a dozen kills as the Creek Girls met little resistance with 25-13, 25-8 and 25-12 set wins.

Clippers trounce Trojans on Senior Night

Clear Creek Amana 41, Fairfield 14, in season finale

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers put on what was likely their best performance of the season as they trounced the Trojans of Fairfield, 41-14, Friday, Oct. 23, at home on Senior Night, the last regular season game ahead of the playoffs.
“I think it is (our best game of the season),” coach Matt Hughes said. “I mean, offensively, defensively, special teams… it was pretty much a complete game.”
The exceptions were two early drives by the Trojans resulting in their 14 points. After that, it was all CCA.

West plucks Prairie Hawks, 3-2 to end regular season

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy closed out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the Prairie Hawks’ nest. It was a hard-fought win, with West taking the first set, 25-22, stumbling in the second for a 25-17 loss, bouncing back to take the third set, 25-16, and back-sliding in the fourth with a 25-18 loss before taking the fifth and final set, 15-12.
Emma Norris led the attack with a dozen kills, backed up by Colby Greene’s 10.

Smooth sailing for new Clear Creek Amana school

Tiffin Elementary launches its inaugural year

TIFFIN— It’s anchors aweigh for Tiffin Elementary, the newest building in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District. The approximately $14 million structure was constructed as part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in February of last year. Other projects included in the bond were an addition to the middle school, which is still under construction, and a high school addition slated for construction in the spring. A groundbreaking ceremony was held three months after the bond was approved, and site work commenced almost immediately at the corner of Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue.

Clippers vanquish Vikings on the gridiron

CCA 27, Vinton-Shellsburg 7

VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football Clippers improved to 4-4 on the season with a non-district win on the road in Vinton Friday, Oct. 16. The Clippers raided the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings and took a 27-7 victory from their WaMaC foes, dropping the Vikings to 2-6 overall.
The Vikings scored on their first drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff and put the Clippers in a 7-0 deficit.

Honor, bravery and appreciation

Local fabricator says “thank you” in a big way

SOLON— There are many traditions in the fire service, including the Maltese Cross, the time-honored symbol of firefighters. The Maltese Cross is considered a badge of honor and a symbol of protection displayed by American firefighters.
In Solon, it’s also a sign of gratitude and appreciation.
Bill Frees, owner of Newport Fab and Machine, Inc., recently fabricated and donated a Maltese Cross emblem to the Solon Fire Department.

There to help

Rural Health and Safety Clinic faces many challenges

HILLS– President Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
For four years, Roger Stutsman and Kelley Donham have been trying to convince farmers they are not from the government, and they truly are there to help.

Moving forward with police, citizen relationships in NL

NLPD strategizes to bring cops and kids together on the court

NORTH LIBERTY — Everyone knows they serve and protect; but on Saturday, Oct. 24, North Liberty residents will find out if their sworn police officers got game, too.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) will host its first “Hoops with a Cop” event at the North Liberty Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to noon, with the officers taking to the basketball court to meet the public and have a little fun.

Clippers vex Vikettes

CCA wins, 3-0, against Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– The Creek Girls, under the leadership of head coach Jackie Clubb, knocked off the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg, 3-0, in varsity competition Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School gym. Corrine Schwarting’s dozen kills led the Clippers, backed up by 10 from Alyssa Weldon.
CCA overcame an early deficit in game one for the 25-20 win, with kills from Ashley Prusha and Schwarting. Game two also saw the Creek Girls battling early from behind. An apparent ace serve from Alyssa Weldon gave them a 7-6 lead on their way to a 25-17 win before taking the third set 25-20.

Spectacular Senior Night for West

Trojans pick up second win, 63-27, over Hempstead

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans put on quite a show Friday, Oct. 9, as they celebrated Senior Night with a 63-27 win over Dubuque Hempstead. The win elevated the Trojans to 2-5 overall, 2-0 in Class 4A District 7, while the Mustangs slipped to 5-2 overall, 1-1 in district play.

Remembering Solon’s fallen

Window display tells the story of Solon’s war veterans

SOLON– In November 1942, a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Juneau, a light cruiser. Among the dead were five brothers from Waterloo: George, Francis, Joseph, Madison and Albert Sullivan. News of the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers became a rally cry for the war effort as their story went nationwide.

Migrating to Mexico

Project documents butterflies

KENT PARK— Every fall, monarch butterflies pass through Johnson County on their way to their winter home in Mexico, a journey of over 2,000 miles. Scientifically inclined minds have often pondered where the little wonders come from, where they go and what, if anything, affects their journey. During an afternoon event Saturday, Sept. 12, at F. W. Kent Park, 65 of the colorful fliers were tagged and documented as they headed south.
Kristen Morrow, a Naturalist with Johnson County Conservation, led the event for 80 people.