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November 13th, 2019

A one-stop shop for all things aquatic

DiVentures opens brand new swimming and diving center in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY After two years in the community, DiVentures SCUBA and Swim Center has opened a new facility on West Penn Street in North Liberty. A grand opening and ribbon cutting event was held on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 8,500-square foot facility, which replaces a much smaller, temporary location in North Liberty.
DiVentures founder Dean Hollis explained the many unique features, and rationale for locating a dive shop in Eastern Iowa.

Carson King slated for Corridor Market fundraiser

Solons Kelsey Swancutt organizing upscale holiday bazaar

TIFFIN– When Kelsey Swancutt decided the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital would be the beneficiary of Corridor Market’s annual fundraiser, there was one name that came to mind.
Carson King.
Swancutt, 31, of rural Solon, has been a primary organizer of the Corridor Market, which provides a shopping venue for local small businesses twice a year in the area.
“Every event, we try to do some sort of charity aspect,” she explained. “We use our market and the ability to get people together as an outlet for whatever charity we choose.”

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ONeil, Farlinger added to council Haluska and Wolf join school board

SOLON– Only one of the two incumbents made it through.
But the votes were spread out amongst all the candidates.
According to unofficial results from the combined Nov. 5 city and school election, only city council candidate Dan O’Neil received a majority (68 percent) in a four-way race for two seats with 344 votes. The race for the second seat was much tighter, with John Farlinger (238 votes) edging our incumbent Shawn Mercer (217) and former council member Kevin Samek (213).

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Flaherty leaves rec. coordinator position

McIlrath to fill in while city searches for replacement

SOLON– The City of Solon needs a new recreation activities coordinator.
Ben Flaherty, who joined the city in September of 2018, accepted a new position with the City of Ames. His last day was Thursday, Nov. 7.
Recreation Administrative Assistant McKenzie McIlrath will serve as an interim coordinator until the position is filled.
Flaherty, a native of Van Meter and a 2018 graduate of the University of Iowa, was initially hired on an interim basis but was elevated to a permanent employee in January.

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City to buy North Street house for $140k

House to be demolished, lot resold as commercial

SOLON The City of Solon has gone from selling to buying.
The city, which announced its intention of selling the lot next door to City Hall, is taking ownership of a residential property located in a projected downtown growth area.
At a Nov. 6 regular session, Solon City Council members unanimously approved purchasing 123 East North Street for $140,000.
Mayor Steve Stange said during the meeting the city would raze the existing one-story structure and leave the 60-by-100-foot lot as green space until resold for development as commercial property.

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November 8th

River Queens end the Creek Girls’ season

Clinton upsets ranked CCA 3-1 in regional semifinal volleyball

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball season ended Tuesday, Oct. 29, as the Clinton River Queens pulled off a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16) upset in a Class 4A regional semifinal match at CCA.
The Clippers entered the contest after a first-round bye with a 23-14 record, and a No.14 ranking in Class 4A from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU). Clinton, on the other hand, was unranked with a 12-22 record.

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Liberty’s Keeney 2nd at state XC

Keeney, Logan and Mac represent the Lightning in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE– Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney took the runner-up spot in the Class 4A Girls State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Nov. 2, in Fort Dodge. The speedy sophomore finished the course in 17:44.1, behind Champion Camille Jackson, of Ames, who won in 17:23.9. Keeney’s Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival, Micah Poellet, from Linn-Mar, was fourth in 18:18.9. Keeney was 72nd last year as a freshman in 20:22.8. She won this year’s MVC Super Meet with a 47-second lead over second-place Poellet, and aced her out a week later in the Valley Division Meet.

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The “O-Bolts” era ends in Solon

Liberty falls 14-7 to unbeaten Spartans in 3A football playoff

SOLON– Friday, Nov. 1, was bittersweet for Liberty High School as the Lightning celebrated the first playoff appearance for the varsity football team, and bid farewell to the “Original,” or “O-Bolts,” the seniors who have worn Liberty’s black, purple and silver for four years on the gridiron.
The Bolts faced the undefeated Solon Spartans in a Class 3A first round playoff game in Solon, and fell 14-7. The Spartans did all of their damage in the first half with a touchdown on their first possession, and the second just inside the second quarter.

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Bolts sweep the Muskies in regional semifinal volleyball

Liberty’s 3-0 win over Muscatine sends Lightning to regional final

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team moved a step closer to the state tournament with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of the Muscatine Muskies Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match.
The Lightning earned a first-round bye with a 32-2 record and were ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The Muskies were unranked and brought a 6-17 record into the contest.

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Creek Boys 2nd in 3A at State Meet

O’Connor cracks the top-10 with 9th place

FORT DODGE¬– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up its second consecutive state runner-up trophy Saturday, Nov. 2, at the 2019 Class 3A State Meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers, ranked No. 1 in the state for several weeks, lost to Dallas Center-Grimes by one point, 110-109, for second place.
Nick O’Connor, a senior, led the Creek Boys with a ninth-place finish in 16:29.5. Brandon Barker, a junior, was in the top-15 with an 11th-place finish in 16:30.7.
The Clippers were runners-up last year, for the first time in the history of the program.

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