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December 9th

Iowa City Schools to stay online only through Dec. 11

State issues district another waiver due to increased COVID-19 rates

IOWA CITY– Students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) continue to attend school from the comfort of their homes, and via computer, at least through Friday, Dec. 11. The district moved back to all online learning on Monday, Nov. 16, due to high COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, and initially planned to return to the classrooms on Monday, Nov. 30, after the Thanksgiving break.

Looking for many good men and women

JoCo supes to appoint candidates to fill board and commission vacancies

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors expected to fill vacancies on a variety of boards and commissions during the regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10. According to Mike Hensch, the office executive director for the supervisors, 12 such organizations had vacancies in need of appointments. Hensch gave the supervisors a briefing during their Thursday, Dec. 3, informal meeting.

The Queen of Iowa Agriculture

Mollie Upton crowned 2021 Iowa Miss United States Agriculture

TIFFIN– A Tiffin native and 2016 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School graduate is Iowa’s newest agricultural ambassador. Mollie Upton was crowned the 2021 Iowa Miss United States Agriculture the weekend of Nov. 20-21 in Maryville, Mo., and competes for the national title June 18-19, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.
Joining 4-H around the age of 12 fueled Upton’s passion for agriculture, along with taking ag classes and joining Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Williamsburg High School during her time at CCA. CCA did not have an ag program at the time, but does currently.

A Silent Night in Oxford

A couple walks along a quiet stretch of Augusta Avenue in Oxford in the early evening of Friday, Dec. 4. A “Light Up Oxford!” event, complete with a visit from Santa Claus, had been scheduled for the evening, but was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“With the numbers (of positive cases) spiking we didn’t think we could do it and follow all the rules of social distancing,” event organizer Kimberly Kumpf Carolan said.

December 3rd

Five Solon varsity football players recognized by IPSWA

Shive named to First Team defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced its selections for postseason Class 2A football honors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Among those honored were five members of Solon’s 2020 varsity football team.
Solon senior Carson Shive was named the IPSWA Class 2A First Team defense for his success as an inside linebacker. He recorded 78 tackles, a team high, including 58 solo, 12 for loss and four sacks. He also recovered four fumbles.

Lady Spartans outpace Stormin’ Pointers in season opener

Solon overwhelms CPU, 68-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the varsity girls’ basketball season on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the preseason, top-five ranked defending state semifinalist Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers in grand fashion, introducing new players and making a statement, surpassing CPU, 68-41.
Solon’s Kiersten Conway belted out the national anthem and Don Ellis, the voice of the Lady Spartans, introduced the WaMaC inter-conference match up.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Holiday trees and wreaths on display at community center

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Community Center to view the trees and wreaths form the talented, artistic, community members. Stop to bid on a tree or wreath or purchase one and raise funds for high school seniors.

Santa is coming to town Dec. 5

SOLON– A safe and socially-distanced Santa Claus will appear in Solon Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1-3 p.m. in the window of Briar Ridge Bikes, 120 W. Main St., Solon, according to the Solon Recreation Department.
If you have a letter you would like sent to the North Pole, please bring it along, and place it in Santa’s mailbox.

Increased turnout in a pandemic

Auditor Weipert pleased with county election process heading into third term

IOWA CITY– A record 86 percent turnout.
Huge early voting numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A fabulously popular response to drive-through voting.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert felt the Nov. 3 general election went really well.
On the last day of voting, he said, the staff of the auditor’s office processed 1,000 votes utilizing the drive-through service offered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building’s parking ramp in Iowa City.