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Spartans claw back to beat Mount Vernon

SOLON– Down by as many as 13 points, Solon roared back to out-score the Mount Vernon Mustangs 23-6 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 68-63 basketball win Jan. 13 in Solon.
It was the second win in a row for the Spartans and moved their record to .500 on the year. The varsity boys followed the win with another good performance, but unfortunately, in a two-point road loss at Dyersville Beckman, 68-66.

Ice fishing clinic lures outdoor crowd

JOHNSON COUNTY– It was a great day for fishing, even if the fish didn’t catch on.
About 22 participants joined Johnson County Conservation Program Director Brad Freidhof at F.W. Kent Park near Tiffin on Sunday, Jan. 11, to learn the basics of ice fishing and try their hands at catching the big one.
“We have phenomenal weather,” said Freidhof of the above-freezing temperatures and sunshine. “I was hoping that would turn the fish on today, but so far I’m not seeing that.”

Mending a broken heart

Swisher’s Teresa Hafner relies on her positive attitude as she waits for a heart transplant

SWISHER– Teresa Hafner has dedicated much of her life to giving to others.
Now, she just wants one thing.
A heart.
Last March, the owner of Honey Creek Cottage assisted living facility in Swisher found herself in a battle she was unprepared for. After returning from a trip to Cancun, Mexico, with her husband, she learned her sister had been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City with heart failure.

Closing the gap

Hoover Trail could be extended to Solon in 2016

IOWA CITY— Trail users in Johnson County could have reason to rejoice in 2016 as plans to close a major gap in the Hoover Nature Trail begin to take shape.

CCA girls knock off unbeaten Solon

Clippers 55, Spartans 43

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SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity basketball team rebounded from a pair of losses to Benton Community and West Branch just before the Christmas break and spoiled Solon’s unbeaten record with a 55-43 win over their WaMaC conference rival Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Hanna Stokes’ 16-point effort led the Clippers and topped all scorers.
The win improved the Clippers’ record to 4-6 overall while the Lady Spartans (12th-ranked in Class 3A according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its fifth weekly rankings issued Thursday, Jan. 8) dropped to 8-1.

It’s not so scary

AORN’S Teddy Bear Hospital informs public on role of OR nurses

SOLON-Standing at about six feet tall, the patient might have seemed just a little bit intimidating to the average kindergartener.
But really, he was just a big teddy bear.
Over 30 Solon area children, parents, and stuffed animals attended the Teddy Bear Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) put on the event held at Lakeview Elementary.

Spartans win big at Saber Invitational

take second at Solon duals

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity wrestlers settled for second place at the Solon Dual Tournament over the weekend.
Solon fell to Cedar Rapids Prairie, 56-12, in the championship match after defeating Dallas Center-Grimes, Interstate 35, Prairie City Monroe (PCM) and Muscatine earlier in the tournament, held Saturday, Jan. 3.
Cole Fritz (138 pounds), Kade Steuhm (145), Graeson Dall (152) and Logan Linderbaum (285) were undefeated through the five dual meets, and were the only Solon wrestlers to score points against Prairie in the championship round.

“I love this ground”

Local property owner fights City of North Liberty against eminent domain

CORALVILLE– Gary Weinman’s three children grew up on a pristine Johnson County acreage surrounded by farm fields. The family hiked and played in the timber among stands of mature trees where deer, foxes and wild turkeys still roamed unmolested. They waded barefoot in Muddy Creek for reprieve from the hot summer and skated across its frozen surface in winter. They worked to return five acres of row crops, through reseeding and restoration efforts, back into a rolling prairie landscape, ripe with native Iowa grasses and flowers as beautiful as they are ecologically important.

Love and joy come to you

Youth group members of the Solon United Methodist Church in grades five through 12 met under the gazebo at Solon City Park in downtown Solon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for an old-fashioned night of Christmas caroling. The caroling event was capped off by an evening of crafts, cocoa and Christmas treats at the church’s fellowship hall. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Bionic Nerds

North Bend Bionic Nerds place at regional competition

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary school is proud of its LEGO League team, Bionic Nerds of North Bend. The team competed against 32 other teams in Davenport all day on Sunday, Dec. 14, and ranked 13th in the competition. The team earned a Judges’ Choice Award for team members’ core values and assisting another team which would otherwise would have been unable to compete in the competition.

Take THAT, cancer

Five junior high boys help two friends fight life-threatening illness

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NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wanted to punch cancer in the nose, knock its teeth out or even give cancer a swift knee to the groin?
Five young men from North Central Junior High (NCJH) have made it possible, on their crowd fund website “KILL CANCER for Flash and Avery.”
The group of seventh and eighth graders– Carson Baldes, Sam Rechkemmer, Kaleb Williams, Drake Woody and Ben Vander Leest– together with mentor B.C. Tweedt of North Liberty created a web-based video to help two young friends fight cancer.

Warriors washed by West’s Women

West girls 8-0 with 67-21 win over CR Wash

IOWA CITY– Christmas came early for the West High Women of Troy as they gave themselves a present Friday, Dec. 19, by scrubbing the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 67-21, in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) play.
The West High girls, ranked fourth in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, had little trouble with the 4-3 (now 4-4) and unranked Warriors. Washington, led by Anne Visser’s seven points, was held to only 11 points in the first half, and scored most of their points at the charity stripe.
West remained perfect with an 8-0 record.