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April 1st

Solon football schedule released for fall 2020

2020 football schedule offers something to ponder other than the pandemic

DES MOINES– With the predicament weighing heavy due to the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa State High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the fall season football schedules to offer the public something to take their minds off the threat and provide something to look forward to.

Iowa COVID-19 cases quadruple in one week

JOHNSON COUNTY– The numbers have quadrupled in Iowa over the last week.
On Monday, March 30, Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 88 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19.
Linn County overtook Johnson County for the most cases in the state, with 71. Johnson County was second with 70 cases, with Polk County increasing to 61.
Linn County had 29 new cases.
The 88 cases were the most announced in a single day, bringing the state’s total to 424 positive cases and six casualties.

School budget hearing April 6

District to keep levy virtually unchanged for fourth year Comments taken by email

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) will hold a public hearing for the 2020-2021 budget Monday, April 6, but don’t plan on attending.
Public comments on the $23,441,990 budget will be taken via email to School Board Secretary Kris Wentzien (kwentzien@solon.k12.ia.us) and read into the record.
Solon’s school board will be meeting virtually, with only Wentzien, SCSD Superintendent Davis Eidahl and either President Tim Brown or Vice-President Adam Haluska physically present. All other board members will virtually attend.

Pantry closes, reopens

School distribution modified

SOLON– Concerns over volunteers prompted a one-day closure of the Solon Community Food Pantry.
But things are back on track and the pantry is continuing to partner with the Solon Community School District (SCSD) to provide food in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Pantry organizer Sandy Hanson said a concern for needed volunteers prompted the decision, but the pantry quickly regrouped after a showing of community support.
“It didn’t last more than a day, not even a full day,” Hanson reported.

Fire department lights up to show support

Morris wants to provide hope in a trying time

SOLON– The bell at the Solon United Methodist Church tolled the hour.
The doors at the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department were raised and the lights on the emergency vehicles and a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office cruiser were turned on.
A handful of department members, residents and the media watched as firefighters streamed the event live on Facebook.

School budgets afflicted, too

CCA board discusses how COVID-19 may impact district funding

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, like districts across the state, has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools were recommended to close for four weeks on March 15 by Gov. Kim Reynolds, and are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 13. While the district cannot, under Iowa law, force its students to participate in online learning, many teachers are providing lessons as the district provides tablets and Internet connectivity.

COVID-19 forces Amana Refrigeration shutdowns

Infected employee triggers closures and cleaning

AMANA– Whirlpool’s Amana refrigeration plant was shut down on Tuesday, March 24, after an employee had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
According to Whirlpool spokesman Chad Parks, the individual had not been in the plant since Tuesday, March 17, but did report close contact with one other employee, who was subsequently sent home.
“We are working closely with local health authorities to provide the necessary support for our colleagues and we are wishing them well,” Parks said in response to an email inquiry.

They’re still making house calls

South Slope techs take COVID-19 precautions while continuing to provide service

NORTH LIBERTY– As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, businesses have had to adjust how they deliver service to their customers out of an abundance of caution.
For South Slope Cooperative Communications, headquartered in North Liberty, precautions against spreading the virus have led to several changes in-house, as well as how their technicians operate in customers’ houses.

Another piece of the GuideLink funding puzzle falls into place

NL City Council approves 28E agreement with Johnson County for the Access Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council approved a 28E agreement with Johnson County for funding the GuideLink Center, also known as the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), or access center. The council, meeting online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, voted 5-0 in favor of the agreement, which provides a $500,000 contribution for construction of the facility. Payments by the city will be made at various points throughout the project, which was scheduled to resume construction the week of March 2, with a November completion and December opening anticipated.

Strength and Hope

Area firefighters raise the doors and light up the trucks as a show of support in the war against COVID-19

OXFORD– “The doors are down, all is quiet, but we still stand ready.”
So said Solon firefighter Greg Morris in a Facebook post announcing a special response for Wednesday, March 25. At 7 p.m., the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department was going to raise the doors of the apparatus bays and turn on the emergency lights on the trucks as a sign of strength and hope for all during the ongoing war against the COVID-19 virus.