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Solon Girl Scouts supporting Witty Kitties with project

SOLON– Members of Solon Girl Scout Troop 8967 are working on their Bronze projects. Four groups have projects to benefit the community.
One group is working to raise donations for Witty Kitties Animal Rescue; the second group is working to install benches at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area; group three is hoping to get gaga ball pits; and the fourth group is working on creating mini-libraries.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host blood drive on Monday, May 5

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Diane Wurzer at 319-624-2719 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 3

SOLON– Highlight May 3 on your calendar to remind you to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 until 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 through 12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 3. Bring your family and friends and receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Solon Cub Scout open house May 5

SOLON– The Solon Cub Scouts will be holding an open house in the media center at Lakeview Elementary on Monday, May 5, from 5 until 7 p.m. First through fourth graders are all welcome to join. Through the Cub Scout program parents and Scouts will have fun and challenging experiences in a wide range of activities. Please plan on coming and finding out what the Cub Scouts have to offer.

Solon student looks at barriers to employment of local veterans

Intern looks at hiring those who served

SOLON– The state of Iowa in general, and Johnson County in particular, is doing a good job when it comes to hiring veterans.
More needs to be done, according to Clayton Olson.

Curious trends: Some crimes on the decline

County sheriff’s office releases 2013 annual report

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– Sometimes there are no clear cut answers to explain why things are the way they are.
As an example, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) released its annual report documenting the department’s activities in 2013. While some categories of offenses are down, Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek is at a loss as to why, exactly. On the other hand, in general, calls for service are up, continuing a trend that shows the department is busier with each passing year.

Twin win at Drake

Shelby Gunnells and Dalton Ferguson are the best in the state at shot put.

Spring football scrimmage

Hawk Talk

Last Saturday the Hawkeyes held their final practice of the spring with a scrimmage.
I’ll try to break down the offense, defense and special teams.

Offense

The offense won the game 46-31 on a couple of touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown and three field goals by Marshall Koehn.
They also received points for plays over 20 yards.
Jake Rudock is a solid number-one quarterback. Going against the defensive starters, Jake was 11-22 for 165 yards and a touchdown pass.
Jake’s lone bad pass was a 35-yard throw against the wind that Desmond King picked off.

Ronald Weber

Ronald Henry Weber, 54, of Raymond, died of cancer on Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home. Funeral Services were April 24 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Waterloo, with burial at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Raymond.

Viola Stanek

Viola Alice Stanek, 92, of Beggs, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Tulsa, Okla.
She was born May 30, 1921, in Tama to the late Edward and Barbara (Prusha) Suchanek. Viola taught school in various area one-room school houses as a young woman. Later, she helped with the farm near Keystone. She raised her family and spent most of her life in Iowa before moving to Oklahoma in 2007. Viola was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Belle Plaine.