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September 9th, 2020

Fireworks up for debate

Council members split on possible ban

SOLON– Should Solon continue to allow fireworks?
The question will be put to a vote after council members informally split on the issue at a Sept. 2 meeting.
Council members Lynn Morris and Lauren Whitehead spoke in support of banning the private displays, allowed July 1-4 since late 2017.
“We had some complaints about the size of shows going on,” noted Mayor Steve Stange. He said Morris and members of the public asked for the topic to be revisited.

Lightning shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High sweeps City, 3-0, in volleyball season opener

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball program ended the 2019 season at the Class 5A state tournament, in Cedar Rapids, falling, 3-1, to Pleasant Valley in the quarterfinals. It was a big step for the program, in only its third year, said Coach Randy Dolson, noting the Lightning are looking to return to the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids (home of the state tourney), again this year.

Creek Girls sweep Trojans 3-0

11 kills for Clubb, 10 for Pollock against South Tama

TAMA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of the South Tama Trojans Thursday, Sept. 3, at South Tama High School.
The Clippers pulled off a 25-20 first-set win, took the second set 25-18, and dominated the third 25-12.
Calia Clubb, a junior, led the Creek Girls with 11 kills while senior Hailey Pollock produced 10. Freshman Meg Berkland and Clubb made a dozen digs each. Grace Bedford, a senior, produced 16 assists while freshman Kenadi Wood made a dozen.

Bolts clip the Blue Birds’ wings

Liberty High gets first win of the season on the road against CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity football team recovered from a 27-0 loss to Iowa City West in the 2020 season opener with a 7-3 Week Two win, on the road, against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. The Bolts improved to 1-1, while the J-Hawks dropped to 0-2.

Creek Boys sail past the Muskies in Week Two

CCA defeats Muscatine, 41-21

TIFFIN– Week Two of the 2020 prep football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers at home in a non-district contest against the Class 4A Muskies of Muscatine with a greatly reduced crowd in the bleachers, including a smaller but no less vocal student section. After a Week One loss on the road to Mount Pleasant, the home field advantage may have factored in as CCA dominated the Muskies, 41-21.

Keeney and Mac deliver one-two punch for Lightning

Liberty and CCA squads run Regina’s Bob Brown Cross Country Classic

IOWA CITY– The Lightning struck twice Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Iowa City Regina Catholic High School Bob Brown Cross Country Classic where Liberty High won both the girls and boys team titles. The large field was broken down into “A” and “B” races due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Liberty junior Ashlyn Keeney won the event in 19:33.61 with senior teammate Cami Mac hot on her heels in 19:43.41 for second place. Senior McKenzie Logan and freshman Cori Mac were fourth and fifth in 21:12.37 and 21:13.91, respectively.

Residents invited to paint storm drains

NORTH LIBERTY– Storm drains are mouths to rivers and lakes and when pollutants enter the storm drains, they can easily be carried into water bodies. Murals found on storm drains throughout North Liberty remind the public the important role the drains play in Iowa’s water quality and our responsibility to keep them clean.

City of North Liberty PlaceMates returns for virtual dinners with neighbors on Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– PlaceMates introduces residents of 52317 to fellow North Libertarians. While PlaceMates was first designed to be potluck dinners held concurrently in homes throughout the city (the program matched over 100 households across 22 potlucks in 2019), it pivoted to a virtual alternative to comply with social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
That said, now is the time to connect as a community more than ever.

North Liberty Community Pantry needs volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) needs volunteers to help distribute food.
The pantry is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals who wish to help alleviate food insecurity in the community. After seeing an increase in new families needing assistance due to COVID-19 and the derecho storm, NLCP is seeking additional help to fulfill the operation’s needs. Individuals available for daytime and afternoons helping take orders and carry out groceries are strongly encouraged to sign up. Protective equipment is both required and provided. Moderate lifting is required.

Limkemann wins spot on Tiffin City Council

120 votes total in special election for open seat

TIFFIN– One hundred twenty votes decided who fills an empty seat on the Tiffin City Council.
A special election to fill the seat vacated by Rodney Walls in late May, was held Tuesday, Sept. 1, with Skylar Limkemann defeating Dapo “DJ” Oguntoyinbo, 77-39. There were 115 ballots cast on election day with three write-ins and five absentee ballots received for a grand total of 120 votes cast out of 2,680 registered voters for 4.48 percent.