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PTO to discuss standards based grading May 7

SOLON– The Solon Middle School PTO will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the middle school media center. Director of instructional support Matt Townsley will be the featured guest and will speak about standards based grading at the start of the meeting. There will be time for questions. This is an opportunity to learn about the grading system that is now active in all classes in the Solon Community School District.

Solon Spotlight Schwann’s fundraiser through May 10

SOLON– Do you love ice cream? Or any of Schwann’s other great products? Solon Spotlight is sponsoring a Schwann’s fundraiser to help raise dollars to support the performing arts in Solon. Solon middle and high school music students will be around asking for your help. To help, just order some of Schwann’s delicious and convenient items from any student, and then pick up your order at the high school on May 15. Spotlight will receive a percentage of every Schwann’s order placed for this fundraiser. You can also place an order online at www.schwanns.com.

May Day breakfast Saturday, May 4

SOLON– GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club will sponsor a May Day Breakfast on Saturday, May 4, from 7 until 11 a.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church serving egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12 at the door. Children under 5 eat free. Proceeds benefit the Solon Public Library and the Solon Community School District libraries.

Jail or no jail: voters decide May 7

Retooled proposal goes back in front of county voters

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.

Hawk Talk

Spring football

This is the final part of spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. This week I’ll talk about the scrimmage last Saturday and special teams.
The scrimmage had a new look at Kinnick with the offense and defense going heads up and keeping score.
It was a perfect day for football, not too hot, a nice breeze and enough clouds not to get sunburned.
I liked the new format that had a point system that allowed for some good competition.
They played 15-minute quarters in the first half, 12-minute quarters in the second half.
I’ll start with the offense, which won the battle, 61-37.

Audrey Barta

Audrey Jean B arta, 85, of Solon, died at Hallmark Care Center, Mount Vernon, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Visitation was April 25 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Robert A. Barta of Solon; son, Jeff (Doreen) Barta of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Nancy (Mark) Menefee of Branson West, Mo.; grandchildren, John Metz, Bradley Metz and Jami (Josh) Wingert; great-grandchildren, Andrew Wingert, Taylor Metz and Sydney Metz; and many nieces and nephews.

Marguerite Knoedel

Marguerite “Peg” Gatens Knoedel, 91, of Legacy Pointe, Iowa City, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Mercy Hospital Hospice.
Funeral Mass was offered April 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiated by Father John Spiegel. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Marguerite was born April 10, 1922, in Cedar County to James and Anna (Tucker) Gatens. She attended school in Springdale and later at St. Patrick’s in Iowa City, where she graduated in 1939. She married Joe Knoedel on Sept. 16, 1947, at St. Patrick’s Church in Iowa City.

Louise McKinnie

Louise McKinnie, 83, Gladstone, Mo., died April 26, 2013. She was born in Bodeau, Ark., to Gussie and Grace Jinks on Dec. 1, 1929. She lived in Gladstone, Mo., for 55 years and was a member of Englewood Baptist Church. Louise was preceded in death by her son, Rick McKinnie. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dean; children Larry of Holt, Mo., and Gary (Lori) McKinnie of Solon; many loving grandchildren including Alison McKinnie; great-grandchildren as well as sisters, Doris Rushing and Lawanda Langley of Conway, Ark.

Cletus Redlinger

Cletus R. Redlinger, 78, of Solon and longtime Iowa City resident, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Mass of Christian Burial was held April 25 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon with Reverend James Vrba officiating.
A rosary, followed by visitation was April 24 at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Solon Fire Department, Friends of Solon Public Library, or St. Mary’s Church.

Darrell Wallace

Darrell Wallace, 74, of North Liberty and formerly of Oxford, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.
Funeral Mass was celebrated April 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford with the Rev. Edmond Dunn officiating. Burial was at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Cosgrove. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Darrell’s name.