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Archive

June 12th, 2018

A season in limbo

Penn Landing Market’s future in question

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer break is in full force in North Liberty. The rec center pool is open for business, and cyclists are eagerly strapping on their helmets for a weekend ride. But the absence of a certain community fixture may leave some locals scratching their heads.

A walk in the park

CCA walks to 13-1, 13-1 wins over Liberty High

OXFORD– A new non-conference rivalry started Monday, May 21, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers welcomed the Liberty High Lightning (Bolts) to McAreavy Field, in Oxford, on opening night of the 2018 season. The Clippers overwhelmed the very young Bolts - 19 freshmen, four sophomores and two eighth-graders, 13-1 and 13-1, in a pair of three-inning games.
Freshman Ashlyn Geasland singled for the Bolts in the top of the first inning, in game one, and scored Liberty’s run on an RBI triple by sophomore Brylee Klosterman.

Grant Elementary School breaks ground

School honors athletics pioneer Dr. Christine Grant of U of I

NORTH LIBERTY– A local and national legacy was further solidified on Tuesday, May 22, at a groundbreaking ceremony held on the future site of Grant Elementary, in North Liberty. The school was named in honor of Dr. Christine Grant, who not only was in attendance but also participated in the groundbreaking itself.

The big first

Liberty High holds first graduation ceremony

NORTH LIBERTY– One year ago, forty juniors made the decision to leave schools they’d already spent three years in, and spend their senior year in brand new Liberty High School in North Liberty. While freshmen and sophomores in the new attendance area were assigned to the new school, juniors and seniors had the option of staying put or transferring. On Saturday, May 26, those students were presented the first diplomas from the new school in the first graduation event, which was held in the auditorium.

June 7th

Encouraging kids to "stay creative"

Children’s picture book author Alastair Heim visits North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– Alastair Heim had words of encouragement for the kids of North Liberty.
On the morning of Saturday, May 26, families kicked off their weekend with a visit from the internationally published children’s picture book author. Heim took the occasion to read his books to the young locals, share some wisdom and sign copies of his work, with Prairie Lights Books providing books for sale. The event, which began at 11 a.m., was hosted by the library in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, free to the community.

June 6th

Playtime in North Liberty

Innovative playground coming to Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– This summer, kids will be making slide runs and scaling rope rungs to a backdrop of blues music. Come July, Centennial Park will finally have its own playground– two, in fact.

Conventional playground

For the G.O.O.D. of the community

Heritage Christian School’s annual serve-a-thon

NORTH LIBERTY– Third-graders squealed with excitement as they navigated the thick brush and rolling hills of Squire Point, evading thorn bushes and using downed trees as balancing beams. It was a cool, cloudy morning on Friday, May 11, as the students of Heritage Christian School took part in Operation G.O.O.D. (Giving Of Ourselves Day).

May 24th

Lady Spartans win in Williamsburg, lose on senior night to South Tama

SOLON– The Lady Spartans started their week by mending their winning ways in Williamsburg on Tuesday, May 15, with an offensively aggressive performance resulting in a win over the Williamsburg Raiders girls’ soccer team, 2-1. Their success was stymied on Thursday, May 17, at home against South Tama, as they fell on Senior Night, 1-0.

State track meet brings out personal bests for Solon boys

Ira, Linderbaum 2nd

DES MOINES– The Solon boys track and field team found success against tough statewide competition, again.
“We were really pleased with our team performance at the state track meet. Our goal from the beginning of the year has always been to go out and compete as the best version of ourselves each time we have the opportunity. When you can do it during championship season it is very satisfying,” said Coach Mark Sovers.

Spartans advance against Highland

Possible substate final against No. 2 Iowa Mennonite Saturday

SOLON– Solon’s varsity boys took their first step toward a trip to the state soccer tournament Monday.
The Spartans took care of business against one-win Highland Riverside in the opening round of Class 1A Substate 5 soccer May 21, dispatching the Huskies 5-0 at Spartan Stadium.
The win advanced Solon to a semifinal Wednesday, May 23, against Holy Trinity Catholic- Fort Madison, which defeated Central Lee 2-0 in a quarterfinal Monday evening in Burlington.