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November 4th, 2020

Clipper trio competes in state cross country meet

CCA’s Brandon Barker medals with ninth-place finish

FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s Brandon Barker, Gavin Zillyette and Haidyn Barker competed in the 2020 Class 3A State Cross Country Championships Friday, Oct. 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
Dallas Center-Grimes won the boys 3A title with the Clippers’ WaMaC East rival Solon taking the runner-up spot. The Clippers were the defending runner-up squad after two consecutive years.
Barker, a senior, finished ninth in 16:36.6 while Zillyette, a junior, was 22nd in 16:58.3.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was 33rd in the girls race in 20:11.9.

Fall into Cleanup Day

City offers alternate options for annual disposal day

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of North Liberty cancelled its annual spring cleanup day with plans to offer an alternative in the fall. While we won’t be able to host the day as normally, we are offering residential refuse customers some alternatives to dispose of additional refuse in November.

Lori Lacina publishes second book

SOLON– Lori Lacina, of Solon, published her second book titled
“Extra Sprinkles- More Reflections From the Heartland.” It is a compilation of stories about life in Iowa and humorous incidents sprinkled with some inspiration for readers.
It is a follow-up of sorts to her first book, which was 366 daily readings, “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like These- Reflections From the Heartland.”

Big Grove Brewery donates to support the work of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program

SOLON– Big Grove Brewery is honored to share that sales of its craft kettle sour beer, Equalitea Party, raised $5,320 in support of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in 2020.
The beer was brewed twice this year– once in January to honor the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s 40th anniversary and a second time in the fall, recognizing October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Blended learning

SMS math team pilots versatile classroom of the future

SOLON– In some ways, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) was ahead of the COVID-19 curve.
Solon was already exploring blended learning before the pandemic struck in 2020, Superintendent Davis Eidahl explained at an Oct. 15 school board meeting.
The initiative started two years ago in sixth-12th-grade math departments as part of the SCSD strategic plan goal of having 95 percent of students proficient in reading, writing, math and science, Eidahl explained.

Money moves

CCA receives HS addition bids and refinances some debt

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors met in regular session on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the district’s administrative building near Oxford.

Something a little different

Infuse Church holds a trick-or-treat parade in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Amid the near-constant drumbeat of social distancing, and guidelines for safe trick-or-treating in the year of the COVID-19 virus, Infuse Church devised a way for the community to celebrate Halloween without the need to go door-to-door.
The church held a trick-or-treat parade Saturday, Oct. 31, (Halloween), which featured the Tiffin Fire Department and a few local businesses distributing candy along a parade route encircling the north side of Tiffin.
The church meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Tiffin Elementary School.

Jack O’ Lanterns take center stage at the Ranshaw House

North Liberty’s second community pumpkin display garners 42 entries

NORTH LIBERTY– Linus surely would’ve approved.
Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” character famously sat in a pumpkin patch on Halloween awaiting “The Great Pumpkin.” For two nights in North Liberty, Linus would’ve had the historic Ranshaw House as a majestic background while awaiting his Santa Claus-like supernatural being.

October 28th

Spartans bow out

Third time not the charm against Mustangs Solon falls in quarterfinal, 3-0

MOUNT VERNON– At the end of the first game, Mount Vernon had just dominated Solon for a 25-10 win.
Head Coach Jeff Walker didn’t have a particular message for his team.
“(I) just told them that game’s over and this is a new game,” he reported.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team responded and fought back gamely, but the Mustangs withstood the storm and took the second game, 25-23. Third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon rolled on to a 25-15 third-set win and ended the season for the Spartans in a Region 7 road quarterfinal Oct. 19.

Spartans tether Huskies, 41-12

Solon faces Independence Oct. 30

SOLON Solon is on a streak, six straight wins following its 41-12 defeat of the Oelwein Huskies on Friday, Oct. 23, at Spartan Stadium, in the second round of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 2A football playoffs.
The victory puts the Spartans (6-2) on a collision course to host the Independence Mustangs (6-1) on Friday, Oct. 30, at Spartan Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.