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Liberty Dance Team wins state

Eyes regional and national titles in debut season

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NORTH LIBERTY– It was an unexpected victory.
“The competition is tough. The bar has been raised in our competition in the last five years quite high,” said Kathy Enyart, Executive Director for the Iowa State Dance Drill Team Association (ISDTA). “So for them to come as a new face, that’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment.”

Clippers struck by Lightning

Liberty boys hand CCA boys 58-45 loss

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NORTH LIBERTY– Stu Ordman and the Liberty High varsity boys basketball team improved their record to 5-6 with a 58-45 home win over Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday, Jan. 6. The Lightning handed the Clippers their second loss in two days as the Creek Boys fell the night before to Central Clinton, DeWitt and dropped to 2-7.

Downtown Vision

A deeper look at Solon’s downtown

SOLON– A pedestrian mall and a bed and breakfast district could be part of the future for downtown Solon.
Both were presented conceptually Dec. 20 as Solon City Council members mulled the findings of a downtown visioning project recently completed by MSA Professional Services, the same consulting firm which assisted with the city’s comprehensive plan update in 2015.
Council members did not extensively discuss the results, but were expected to prepare comments prior to accepting the document at a future meeting.

Welcome Hoover Trail

Phase 1 & II construction bids received by county conservation board

SOLON– The Hoover Trail is on its way, but how will the City of Solon move bicyclists through town?
Answers will be forthcoming, but a glimpse into the future was offered at a Dec. 20 Solon City Council meeting.
City Engineer Dave Schechinger’s preliminary trail plan addressed how to link the Hoover Trail, the Iowa River Corridor Trail and Sutliff Road with businesses and services in Solon, as well as how the Hoover Trail might exit town to the southeast.

Liz Kroul Wins Award for Personal Excellence

Liz Kroul, of Mount Vernon, and a 66 year member of the Solon Women’s Club received the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ “Jennie Award” for personal excellence as shown by a club member’s contributions to her club, community and family. This award was presented by GFWC/Iowa State President, Betty Wade of Cedar Rapids, at the Solon Women’s Club Holiday Party on Dec. 14 held at the Solon Palmer House Stable. Kroul was selected as the Iowa State and Mississippi Valley Region recipient for the 2016-2018 Administration. (contributed photo)

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

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NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

The season of giving

Solon sixth graders collect 459 pounds of food for pantry

SOLON– Solon’s sixth graders are making a difference.
Nate Spengler and Mia Stahle, students in Kearce Lindner’s sixth grade class at Solon Middle School, wanted to create their own foundation (the Solon Spork Foundation) and do some good with it.
“We felt it was the season of giving, and we decided, what can we do to give back?” Spengler said. “We just wanted to do something small for the community.”
The two settled on a fundraiser to benefit the Solon Food Pantry and consulted their teacher.

NLPD makes Christmas brighter

Officers and community band together for annual Shop with a Cop event

CORALVILLE– There was a heavy police presence at the Target Store in the Coral Ridge Mall Tuesday, Dec. 12, however no crime had been committed and no threat mitigated.
Instead peace, goodwill and the spirit of helping thy fellow man reigned as officers and staff of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) conducted their third annual Shop with a Cop event.

Trojans undefeated

Iowa City West High sinks Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 131-39

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Solon wrestlers take first at Regina

Solon wrestlers put loss to West Delaware behind them,

SOLON– Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams didn’t want Thursday’s results to carry over to Saturday.
The Spartan varsity wrestlers were handed a convincing 48-23 loss by West Delaware at home Dec. 14.
“Although it was a disappointing night, the message to the team was learn from it and to put it behind us,” Williams said. “It is a quick turnaround Saturday.”
The team responded with an overwhelming win at the 14-team Regina Invitational Dec. 16.

Optimist 13th annual holiday food basket distribution

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Optimist held their 13th annual kid-friendly holiday food basket distribution at Van Allen Elementary School. The club provided food for when students are out of school for the holiday break, for a total of $3,800 in items such as canned foods, pasta, cereal, bread and fresh fruit. The club served 128 children last year and anticipates an increase this year, with figures to be available at the end of the school week. They were joined by Danielle Weipert, Jill Winders and Kris Hynek of the North Liberty Family Resource Center.

Gatorade Player of the Year

West High’s Evan Flitz is state’s best QB

IOWA CITY– West High’s standout quarterback, Evan Flitz, was named the 2017 Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year. The Gatorade Company announced Flitz’s selection Monday, Dec. 11.
“The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Flitz as Iowa’s best high school football player,” a press release from Gatorade said. Flitz is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, to be announced later this month.