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Filling the gap

SolonFC tries to bridge between elementary and high school soccer

SOLON– Are you ready for some fútbol?
For more than 50 Solon kids and their families, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
This is the second year for the SolonFC, a youth soccer club initiated by a few Solon parents who saw a gap in the action for kids who love soccer. While Solon’s Recreation Department runs spring and fall soccer leagues for children in preschool through grade six and Solon High School’s soccer teams pick up new freshmen each year, there were no local soccer opportunities for players in seventh or eighth grade.

Something’s brewing in the Corridor

Kirkwood Community College, NL business capitalize on home brewing popularity

CEDAR RAPIDS– When Kirkwood Program Developer Matt Murphy first started brewing his own beer two years ago, he had a lot of questions.
In search of answers, he turned to YouTube, and found dozens upon dozens of videos produced by a young beer enthusiast who went by the handle, terpsichoreankid.
“He was one of my biggest resources starting out,” Murphy said.
“This one guy” turned out to be someone right in his own backyard; Joe Williams, a home brewing expert and owner of the Marion and North Liberty home brew supply stores, BIY (Brew It Yourself).

Old Gold Diner celebrate 35th anniversary

Johnny Krob entertains the capacity crowd at the Old Gold Diner’s 35th anniversary celebration Wednesday, April 15. The Old Gold Diner is Solon’s congregate meal site, and some of the original staff were present for the meal. Located in the fellowship hall of the Solon United Methodist Church, the Old Gold Diner provides a lunch meal weekdays and special events and activities throughout the month. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Twin titles for solon at Drake Relays

Solon’s Shelby Gunnells follows through on a throw in the 2015 Drake Relays high school shot put. Gunnells won the competition to match her 2014 Drake title.
Solon senior Connor Ham eyes the finish line during the final of the 110-meter high hurdles at the Drake Relays Friday. Ham won the event in 14.31 seconds, the fastest time of all preliminaries as well as the final. Ham placed second in the event as a sophomore and missed the finals last year as a junior.

Feed me!

Ironic comedy is Pete Huch’s curtain call

TIFFIN — For 11 years, Pete Huch has been the director of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school drama department. On Saturday April 11, as the curtain came down on the third and final performance of Little Shop of Horrors, the show ended and Huch’s time as department director went dark.
“I wouldn’t say I’m giving it up,” Huch said, “but I’m allowing someone else to entertain the audiences.”
The show centers on a man-eating plant from outer space and a number of people trying to find better lives for themselves. For Huch it was a bit more.

movin’ on up

The former home of Don and Yvonne Epley heads south on Racine Avenue Thursday, April 16, after being moved off its foundation at the site of the new Solon Middle School. The home was purchased from the Solon Community School District by Dick and Judy Miller and was relocated to a family farm south of Solon. (photo by Jessica Milliman)

Raking it in

NLYBS hits it out of the park with annual field clean-up day

NORTH LIBERTY– Talk about cleanup batters.
It was a huge day at the ballpark, as more than 630 people joined North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) leaders to help with the league’s annual Field Enhancement Day on Saturday, March 28, at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty.

Clipper girls undefeated

CCA wins against Washington and CPU

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a successful week for Matt Harding and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team as they pounded Washington, 11-1, on the road and survived a scare from Center Point-Urbana (CPU), 2-0, at home.
Hannah Bormann and Megan Hall pulled off hat tricks against the Demons of Washington on Monday, April 13, with three goals each and were supported by Morgan Carew (two goals), Carolina Herrera, Hannah Pfister and Kaitlin Riggle.

Beginning of the dream

Cycling enthusiasts swarm trail meeting

SOLON– Gary Gray loves riding his bicycle, especially from his home in Cedar Rapids to Ely on the Hoover Trail. Before the trail went in, bike riding was getting more and more exciting than he’d bargained for. “Ely Road has gotten more traffic so it’s a little harder (to ride on) now. The trail to Ely has made it so much easier, it’s just mindless biking now… no cars. And just think, it’s only five more miles to Solon.”

Lady Spartans stumble in the Creek

TIFFIN– Emma Moss scored in the fourth minute of a varsity contest between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Saturday, April 11, to give Solon an early 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Solon it would be its only goal as the Clippers regrouped in the second half and scored four times for a 4-1 WaMaC conference win.
Solon was ranked seventh in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in their first weekly rankings of the season, issued Wednesday, April 8. The Clippers (2-0) were in the number-four spot in the rankings.

First step in countywide ID program

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County supervisors don’t always get applause, hoots and whistles when they make a decision. But then, their meetings don’t typically draw audiences of 100 or more people at once.

Hatching nest eggs

Hills Bank celebrates agriculture month

NORTH LIBERTY– March was agriculture month at Hills Bank and Trust Company, and what better way to celebrate than inviting a few chicks over?
It was baby chick day at North Liberty’s Forevergreen Road location on Saturday, March 28. Doors opened to the public so children and families could visit the baby chicks hatched at the bank earlier this month.