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May 6th

Williams walks off the mat

A positive influence Solon wrestling head coach decides it’s time after 23 years

SOLON– He’ll miss the daily connection with the kids the most.
You get pretty close to those high school wrestlers over winter.
“You’re spending more time with them than you probably are your own kids,” Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams said. “And they become your kids.”
Williams, 45, announced April 30 he is stepping down from the head coaching position, although he will continue as a physical education instructor for the intermediate and middle school.

Changes on hold

Supervisors’ UDO amendment discussion delayed until July 9

IOWA CITY– Throughout the development of Johnson County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and its companion Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), the Johnson County Farm Bureau and the County’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability Department (PDS) have been at odds with each other.
On Thursday, April 9, both entities were in complete agreement.

Lucas Stanton to succeed Miller as SHS football coach

SOLON– Pending school board approval, Lucas Stanton will be the next head football coach at Solon High School, according to Activities Director Casey Hack.
Stanton, a Mount Vernon High School graduate, has been the head football coach for Anamosa High School the last three years.
“We are excited to have Lucas on board,” Hack said in announcing the selection.
Stanton will succeed Kevin Miller, who resigned the position March 11.

Graduation May 17 and July 19

Beef Days Sunday pegged for traditional graduation

SOLON– There will be two graduation ceremonies for Solon High School’s seniors.
A modified event will take place as originally scheduled, Sunday, May 17, in the Solon High School (SHS) parking lot.
The second, a traditional graduation ceremony, is set for Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education is expected to approve the plan at a special meeting May 7.

Waiting for the green light

Coberly ready to start cutting hair again

SOLON– Lisa Coberly is anxious to go back to work.
But she’ll have to wait until Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health decide it’s safe.
Coberly’s Solon Barber Shop has been shuttered since a March 22 proclamation in which Reynolds closed a slew of retail businesses.
“I saw it coming,” she said. “I was expecting it. It still kind of broke my heart when it actually happened.”
Coberly admitted she’s happiest when working. It’s been hard not seeing her customers.

Schrepfer signs with the Fighting Bees

CCA senior commits to St. Ambrose

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Tyler Schrepfer signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees. Schrepfer made the commitment from home Tuesday, April 28, sitting at his family’s dining room table in North Liberty.

Back at it

Tiffin roundabout project is “going well”

TIFFIN– Work on the Highway 6 and Park Road roundabout, on the east side of Tiffin, resumed Monday, April 13, following a winter hiatus.
The $3.1 million project is being paid for with a combination of funding sources: $500,000 coming from an Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) grant, $500,000 from the Transportation Safety Improvement Program (TSIP), and the balance from municipal bonds.

Two men battle at the ballot box for Johnson County Sheriff

Winner of June 2 primary will likely be the next sheriff

JOHNSON COUNTY– Two men will be on the June 2 Democrat primary election ballot for the position of Johnson County’s Sheriff. And, with nobody on the Republican ticket, the winner will most likely become the successor to retiring Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.
Pulkrabek, a Democrat, announced his retirement last year along with his intention to challenge Republican Bobby Kaufmann for Iowa House District 73, which includes Solon, the easternmost part of Johnson County, and all of Cedar County.

All dressed up and nowhere to graduate

Liberty High seniors receive their caps and gowns while graduation plans remain uncertain

NORTH LIBERTY– Curbside pick-up has become a mainstay of the new normal during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as restaurants and hardware stores have adapted in order to serve their customers in a safe and socially distanced manner. At Liberty High School in North Liberty, curbside delivery was utilized on Thursday, April 30, as a way to distribute graduation caps and gowns to the seniors during a two-hour event. A drive-through lane was set up outside the main entrance to the school where tables were set up with boxes full of bagged caps and gowns, arranged alphabetically.

A ride to remember in a year like no other

CCA seniors parade through the streets of Tiffin

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School seniors were to have donned their “Clipper Blue” caps and gowns, and crossed the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas on Friday, May 22, in a graduation ceremony.
However, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to wipe out mass gatherings, the district cancelled the event and announced a “virtual ceremony” in its place at 7 p.m. on May 22. The district also tentatively announced an official ceremony for July 24 with the decision to be made by July 10.