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January 15th

Tiffin property valuations rise, levies likely to remain stable

TIFFIN– Thanks to consistent growth, the City of Tiffin will have a little more breathing room at budget time.
Each year, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office provides a report of each city’s taxable values on all properties within the city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt told the council at its Jan. 5 meeting that Tiffin’s valuation went from $78,015,306 in January 2014 to $93,821,928 in January 2015, an increase of about $15.8 million.
That equates to roughly $130,000 more in the city’s general fund balance this year, estimated Boldt.

Something to roar about at Penn Elementary

Penn staff, students celebrate new addition

NORTH LIBERTY– As a class of Penn Elementary School students file into their brand new media center, they set their books on the library tables and settle down on the polka-dotted area rug in front of a rocking chair, ready for story time.

Solon closes out against Benton, 45-42

JV squad provides spark against Bobcats

SOLON– A lot of strength and perseverance was displayed by the Lady Spartans as they defeated the Benton Bobcats at home, 45-42.
In a week that saw two games postponed due to the tragic drowning of Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Lady Spartans were called upon to perform Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Benton Bobcats.

Spartan wrestlers edge Hawks, dominate Sabers

SOLON– The varsity Solon wrestlers swept a meet with West Delaware and Central DeWitt Jan. 7, moving to 9-3 on the dual season.
The Spartans edged out West Delaware, 37-34, and then dominated Central DeWitt, 45-18.
“The West Delaware meet was very close,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each team won seven matches, but we had more bonus points. Of our seven wins, five of them were by fall and one was a major decision. That was the difference in the meet.”
The match started at 126 pounds, and Ben Carr put the Spartans on the board with a 39-second pin over West Delaware’s Jordan Rausch.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 Soup Annual Soup Supper Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 23, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features home made soups of all varieties. Previous year’s have included such traditional soups as chicken noodle and chili, and some not so traditional soups such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. The supper is all-you-can-eat, including fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts. Cost is $7 for ages 10 and up, $5 for ages 5 to 9 and free for those less than 5 years of age.

Kleinsmith honored with Scout Merit award

Tyler Puettmann wins Eagle Scout Project of the Year

RIVERSIDE– The Old Capitol Valley District of the Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, celebrated the accomplishments of the district and its volunteer leaders at the District Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 12. The dinner was held at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Riverside.
The District Award of Merit is the highest award a district can bestow on a volunteer leader. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. The following volunteers were recognized for their service, both in and out of Scouting.

Solon parent pedals for autism supplies

Brad Raasch and sons trek 230 miles to assist Lakeview Elementary

SOLON– The Raasch brothers– Preston, 5, and Zander, 4– call it the Big Adventure.
Their father, Brad Raasch, calls it “the right thing to do.”
For six days in August, Raasch and his sons cycled over 230 miles– the distance equivalent to traveling from Solon to Chicago– to raise funds to purchase supplies for children on the autism spectrum at Lakeview Elementary.
Raasch set up a funding page on the Crowdsource site YouCaring, listing a target goal of $500.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if we’d make that $500,” Raasch said.

Solon Archery Team to host tournament Jan. 23 at high school

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team will host a tournament at Solon High School on Saturday, Jan. 23. The team hopes to get more kids involved in the sport and this would be a way for them to see the team firsthand. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The team will host 500 kids from 10 Eastern Iowa schools. Participants will range in age from elementary to high school.
A raffle for a Mathews Z-2 Bow in Lost Camo will be held during the tournament to raise funds to support the team.

KCs to hold basketball free throw contest Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest, for competitors ages nine to 14, on Sunday, Jan. 24. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimists Basketball Contests. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition taking place from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners earns the opportunity to compete in the district competition with an eye toward moving on to state and international levels.

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketballs.