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Voters to decide on jail, courthouse revision

Special election to be May 7

JOHNSON COUNTY–Certain Johnson County officials hope $3.3 million in reductions to the design for a proposed justice center will be enough to swing public sentiment in their favor.
In the November 2012 general election, a $46.8 million bond issue for the project was defeated, receiving only 56 percent voter approval when 60 percent was required. Proponents went back to the drawing board almost immediately to revise the plan for a combined jail and improved Johnson County courthouse, and get it back in front of the public as soon as they thought feasible.

Drake performances highlight busy week for girls

DES MOINES– Spread across three days, the Drake Relays capped a three-meet week for Solon in track. The Lady Spartans’ efforts were highlighted by a fifth-place finish by Kara Misel in the shot put (40’10) and Lauren Benzing’s eighth-place finish in the 1,500 meters, her 4:45.71 cutting 10 seconds off her qualifying time.

1st and 2nd place for Spartans

Connor Ham second at Drake Relays

MAQUOKETA– The Solon boy’s track team took advantage of some decent weather last week, winning one invitational meet, and finishing second at another.
The Spartans finished second at the 17-team Maquoketa Valley Invitational on Monday, with team scores as follows:
1. Monticello 134
2. Solon 96
3. CPU 86
4. Cascade 69
5. Beckman 52
6. West Delaware 38
7. Anamosa 30
8. Jesup 23
9. Springville 22
10. North Linn 10
11. Starmont 10
12. Independence 8
13 Clayton Ridge 5
14. Alburnett 5
15. Maquoketa Valley 1
16. Central City 0

Regina wins tight battle

Lady Spartans overpower Mustangs

Katie Vitosh controls the ball as Brianna Pike looks on during Solon’s 6-1 win over Mount Vernon Friday. Alison McKinnie scored four goals for the Lady Spartans, while Anna Seydel and Abby Haas eached scored once. The girls moved to 6-2 on the season. The Lady Spartans lost to Muscatine 5-1 April 20, but picked up lopsided wins against Western Dubuque, 7-0, and Monticello, 10-0, Tuesday and Thursday. (Photo by Doug Lindner)

Ely-Shueyville potluck and service May 2

SHUEYVILLE– The Ely-Shueyville Ecumenical Association is sponsoring a Nation Day of Prayer Community Potluck and Prayer Service on Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. hosted by the Shueyville United Methodist Church. The event is sponsored by the faith communities of St John’s Lutheran Ely, First Presbyterian Ely, and Shueyville Methodist. For more information contact 319-848-4624.

Cub Scout signup May 8 at Lakeview

SOLON– Current kindergartners through fourth graders are invited to a Cub Scouts informational and sign-up at the Lakeview Elementary Media Center. Come join us anytime between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. Parents are invited to bring their potential scouts and any other family members.

Solon Public Library

Volunteer profile

MS schedule works- if you’re in band or choir

Administrators lament lack of flexibility for non-music students

SOLON– Sixty-four percent of Solon’s middle school students participate in either band or choir.
But for the remaining 35 percent, there are no options except study hall.
The scheduling dilemma was discussed at the April 8 meeting of the Solon school board and options will be explored in the coming months as administrators attempt to align possible academic changes with a long-range facilities plan.
The Solon Middle School operates on an eight-period day, but the periods are now arranged in a adjusted block to allow for a transition to the high school’s block schedule.

Old Gold Dining to move May 6 through May 10

SOLON– Old Gold Senior Dining will be served at the Family Life Center, Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 while the floor in the fellowship hall is being replaced. The sponsored meal scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, May 15. Call 319-624-2251 for information and reservations.