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Archive - 2020

October 28th

Bolts survive and sweep the Trojans

Liberty High defeats Iowa City West High, 3-0, in regional semifinal

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High Lightning’s hot streak continued on the volleyball court Thursday, Oct. 22, as they swept Iowa City West High, 3-0, at home, in a Class 5A Region 7 semifinal match.

Lightning forecast for Fort Dodge

Liberty boys, Ashlyn Keeney, Cami Mac and Cori Mac qualify for state XC meet

BETTENDORF– The Liberty High varsity boys cross country team qualified for the 2020 Class 4A state meet for the second time in school history Wednesday, Oct. 21, in a qualifying meet at Crow Creek Park, in Bettendorf. The Lightning took the runner-up spot behind team champion Cedar Rapids Prairie (35 points) with 51 points. The Bolts qualified as a team for the first time last year with a third-place finish, also behind Prairie (last year’s district champion).

Metzler selected to bowling Hall of Fame

Years of dedication to the sport leads to nomination for Performance/Meritorious Service

NORTH LIBERTY– Dave Metzler not only loves to bowl, he loves the sport, and loves being an ambassador for it.
“Anybody can do it; you can be 5 or 95 and still do it. It’s never to late to jump in and get started, or too early,” he said in 2018 after bowling his 27th 300 game.
Metzler, from North Liberty, has been in the sport for over 45 years and picked up his 29th 300 game in April of 2019. He’s had many accomplishments beyond racking up perfect games on the lanes, including a runner-up finish in the 1993 Petersen Classic.

Creek Boys come up short on team return to state XC

Brandon Barker wins 3A qualifying meet, Zillyette and Haidyn Barker also run in Fort Dodge

MONTICELLO– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity boys’ cross country team was the Class 3A state runner-up two years in a row. However, hopes of a “three-peat” or better were dashed Wednesday, Oct. 21, when the Clippers fell short of qualifying as a team for the 2020 state meet. The Creek Boys finished fourth with 90 team points in the state qualifying meet at the Monticello High School, behind team champion Solon (48), runner-up West Delaware (77) and Dubuque Wahlert Catholic (85).

Keep Swisher Swisher, they said

Community survey leads to crafting a vision for the future

SWISHER– A consistent theme ran through a recent community survey in Swisher: Keep Swisher Swisher.
Over 250 residents participated in the survey, up from 160 in 2012, according to Regenia D. Bailey, a former Iowa City City Council member and founder of Bailey Leadership Initiative, LLC. Bailey conducted a visioning session for the Swisher City Council on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Swisher Community Library, where the survey was dissected, and the first steps on a path to the future were taken.

Progress, but more work needed

NL Council receives update on Ranshaw House restoration project

NORTH LIBERTY– Phase Two of the historic Ranshaw House’s restoration and renovation is well underway, according to City Engineer Kevin Trom, who reported on the project’s progress at the North Liberty City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
“Construction is proceeding well,” Trom said. “The contractor started work right away, and they’ve been in there the whole time, so they’re really going to town on this project.”

October 23rd

Clippers volleyball season ends

Positive COVID-19 case quarantines varsity team

TIFFIN– Throughout the summer sports season, and into the fall sports, high school athletic teams around the state have had their season ended, or dramatically altered, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Add the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team to the list.
In an email to CCA parents, staff, students and community members dated Thursday, Oct. 15, Superintendent Tim Kuehl announced the district had been made aware of a positive COVID-19 case within the varsity program.

Creek Boys fifth, girls seventh at WaMaC XC championship meet

CCA’s Gavin Zillyette fifth, Haidyn Barker second

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) cross country athletes competed in the 2020 WaMaC Championship Thursday, Oct. 15, in Williamsburg. WaMaC East rival Solon took the team championship in the varsity boys, edging Marion 57-65. The Clippers were fifth with 124 points, and were led by Gavin Zillyette and Brandon Barker in fourth- and fifth-place, respectively. Zillyette finished in 16:41.90 while Barker crossed the finish line in 16:45.30.

Paving waived for Brotherton Ridge

Small subdivision on gravel can defer until further development

SOLON– Just one more thing.
An overlooked variance for Brotherton Ridge Part Two placed the small subdivision back on the agenda for the Solon City Council at an Oct. 7 meeting.
Council members approved a final plat for the proposed development and a conditional use request by Mike Bails for a shop house (“shouse”) at 1809 Racine Ave. during a Sept. 16 session.
Left out was consideration of a request to delay paving the driveways for the three residential lots.

Derecho damage spurs safety improvements

School board considers parent proposal for varsity baseball field

SOLON– When the Aug. 10 derecho hit Solon, school board president Tim Brown was shocked the varsity baseball dugouts at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) weren’t blown over.
“There are posts that are rotted through and not connected to the ground,” Brown commented. “How that stood up, I have no idea.”
The baseball diamond did sustain damage, and school board members discussed piggybacking repairs with a parent-driven improvement project during an Oct. 15 board meeting.