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Archive - 2020

October 1st

Is Trick-or-Treating happening?

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus causing COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks and the more households they visit, the greater chance germs are spread and linger.

Removed and replaced

Lulu Merle Johnson is the county’s new namesake

IOWA CITY– Johnson County has a new namesake.
Lulu Merle Johnson, Ph.D., replaces Richard Mentor Johnson as the county’s eponym (namesake) through action by the county board of supervisors during a Wednesday, Sept. 23, work session.
Dr. Johnson (1907-1995) was born in Southwest Iowa and entered the University of Iowa (UI) in 1925 as one of at least 64 black students (14 women).

Clippers’ Homecoming Court announced

2020 King and Queen were crowned in virtual event on Sept. 30

TIFFIN– Homecoming at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School looks very different this year due to concerns and considerations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the traditional parade and dance indefinitely postponed in the name of safety.

September 23rd

Coralville’s Xtream Arena agrees to deal with new hockey organization

CORALVILLE– ArenaCo, the non-profit entity with oversight of Xtream Arena and GreenState Family Fieldhouse, agreed in principle with Deacon Sports and Entertainment (DSE) to work to bring an ECHL expansion hockey team to Coralville.
“The City of Coralville and ArenaCo have been pursuing a professional hockey team to call Xtream Arena home since the idea of this facility became a reality,” said Coralville Mayor John Lundell. “Hockey is a growing sport in our community, and we’re pleased to be able to provide another entertainment option for families in Eastern Iowa.”

Solon tests West Delaware

VB team picks up win against CR Jefferson

SOLON– The competition isn’t getting any softer for the Solon varsity volleyball squad.
The Spartans continued to battle ranked opponents last week, but came up winless at home against No. 8 (4A) West Delaware and on the road facing No. 3 (2A) Wilton.
Solon hosted perennial power West Delaware Sept. 15, and while the games were close (25-20, 25-23, 25-20) it still resulted in a 3-0 loss.
The Spartans then went 1-2 at a Clinton tournament Sept. 19, defeating Cedar Rapids Jefferson 2-1 before falling twice to Wilton’s Beavers by a 2-0 score.

42 Stanton and Spartans’ lucky number

Spartans blast Trojans, 42-7

TAMA– The Solon varsity football team moved to 2-2 on the season, 2-0 in Class 2A, District 6 play, following another 42-point evening.
The Spartans blasted the South Tama Trojans, 42-7, on the road on Friday, Sept. 18.
It was the second straight week of 42-point productivity, following the week three rout of Union, 42-0.
Forty-two may just be the Spartans’ and Head Coach Lucas Stanton’s new favorite number.
Stanton, when asked if Friday night’s Homcoming game might be another 42-point affair, refused to forecast.
“Ha, ha! No predictions, but we do like that number!” he responded.

First and second at Spartan Cross Country Invitational

SOLON– Approaching midseason, Solon’s cross country teams are leaning heavily on their depth to finish at– or near– the top of the standings.
That was driven home at Solon’s Sept. 21 home meet, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Varsity boys shook off a one-point bump to second from their last meet to a close first place this week. With three top-10 runners, the Spartans pushed past Bettendorf, and a 52-59 win. In the junior varsity (JV) meet, they were second, 30-39 to Mount Vernon-Lisbon.

Boys tie for title, tiebreaker forces second

Girls win division at Ballard invite

BALLARD– The anticipated cross country showdown, between Class 3A’s No. 1 Ballard Bombers girls and No. 7 Solon’s Lady Spartans was not to be. The Sept. 14 near upset, though, came from Solon’s No. 5 3A boys, who went down to the wire with back-to-back state 1A champions Madrid.

Online challenges

Some SCSD families flee virtual learning after rocky start District preventing spread onsite

SOLON– It’s been a bumpy ride for kindergarten-through-fifth grade families opting for the Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) virtual learning option.
But SCSD Director of Teaching and Learning Josh Lyons reported things improved after lengthy and serious conversations with the third-party provider Edmentum, Inc.
Lyons and Superintendent Davis Eidahl updated Solon school board members on the district’s Return to Learn plan during a Sept. 17 meeting.
Eidahl opened the meeting by noting the district’s success with onsite learning.

June drowning ruled accidental

SOLON– The death of an Iowa City woman on Lake Macbride June 7 has been ruled accidental by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Makeda Scott and a co-worker spent the afternoon kayaking on Lake Macbride June 7.