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July 20th

Council members abort pilot transit program

Intracity service to run through August

NORTH LIBERTY– A poorly patronized North Liberty bus route will make its last stop next month– less than a year after it was launched.
At its July 11 meeting, the North Liberty City Council unanimously voted to end the pilot transit program effective Sept. 1. The decision essentially nullifies a contract with Johnson County, which enabled the city to use a SEATS (Special Needs and Elderly Assisted Transportation System) bus and driver since last fall.
“I think conceptually this is a great service,” said council member Annie Pollock. “I think we’ve given great effort toward it.”

Spartans roll Mustangs in substate opener

Solon Economist
SOLON– Conventional wisdom among sports writers, fans and coaches postulates that it is all but impossible to beat a team three times in one season. The Solon Spartans varsity baseball team proved it is possible with a 6-1 win over the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday, July 14, at home in a Class 3A Substate 4 District 8 semifinal.
Solon went up on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. The Spartans added a run in the fourth when Luke Ira was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and a runner trotted home for a 2-0 score.

Lady Spartans, White are all-conference

Heick, Rogers, Hanrahan and Ryan named First Team

SOLON– Eight Lady Spartans and head coach Jim White were honored as the WaMaC Conference released its 2017 All-Conference Softball rosters Wednesday, July 12.
White was named WaMaC Conference East Division Coach of the Year.
Four Lady Spartans earned First Team Honors in the East Division, with two more on the Second Team and two receiving Honorable Mention.
Senior catcher Jess Heick, junior infielder Madison Rogers, senior outfielder Bryn Hanrahan and sophomore outfielder Taylor Ryan were named to the First Team.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY SOON

2017 Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31-Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– The Solon Spartans host the Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31 thru Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium. Cost for the camp is $40 and participants also receive a T-shirt. Grades 2-5 attend the 9-10:30 a.m. session and the 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. session is for grades 6-8.
Campers may expect to learn and apply skills applicable to football. Coaches will spend time teaching the fundamental techniques essential to player development in the Spartan program. Campers will play lead up games and participate in various competitions.

Solon News by Lenna See

Jamie Bos, of Woodbridge, W.Va, and Kevin and Allen Shima were dinner guests of Leo and Elaine Shima on Thursday, July 6.

Daryl and Frances Parks, of Antlers, Okla., were visitors of Ronald and Rebecca See on Saturday, July 8.

Leo and Elaine Shima attended the Shima Cousins Family Reunion on Sunday, July 9, at the Tipton Parish Hall in Tipton. A potluck dinner was enjoyed. About 40 were present.

Ely News by Lenna See

The 43rd Annual See Family Reunion was held on Sunday, July 9, at the Ely Community Center with a picnic dinner. The minutes from last year were read by Lenna See. Since the reunion last year there was one marriage and one birth. Members attending were Daryl and Frances Parks, of Antlers, Okla.; Fred Parks, of Des Moines; James and Carly Netolicky, Grant, Wendy and Lauraya Netolicky, Stuart Netolicky, Marilyn Coulter, Dalton Huff and Matt See, all of Iowa City.

Banding together

OXFORD– Bird nerds– they’re everywhere.
According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 46 million Americans enjoy bird watching. Twenty-two percent of Iowans over the age of 16 are birders. And Johnson County is host to a thriving intergenerational and growing birding community.
Sophia Davis, who recently finished eighth grade at Northwest Junior High, was a member of the Iowa City Bird Club for four years.

Kevin Olson takes over as City Attorney

Martinek steps down, but will still assist

SOLON– Kevin Olson hasn’t been working in Solon too long, but the town is growing on him.
Literally.
Olson, 44, is the new city attorney, replacing Jim Martinek, who scaled back his workload June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Olson was a natural fit for Solon, having served four other local communities– Coralville, West Branch and Washington– in the same capacity.
It was during his job representing the City of Coralville Olson caught Martinek’s eye.
As a magistrate judge for Johnson County, Martinek presided over several cases in which Olson was involved as city attorney.

Swisher Fun Days July 28-29

SWISHER– The annual Swisher Fun Days will be Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, in Swisher.
Events include a kiddy tractor pull, bingo, human foosball tournament, photo contest, bags tournament, horseshoes, 5K run, parade and fireworks. The kids zone, including inflatables, will be open Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.