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Archive - 2014

August 20th

Lady Spartans move to 3A with an eye on WaMaC title

SOLON– After being the runner-up team the past two years in the State Class 4A volleyball tournament, the Lady Spartans have dropped back to Class 3A for the 2014 season.
A 3-0 regional final win over Clear Creek Amana sent the Spartans to the state tournament where they knocked off Indianola 3-1, and Davenport Assumption 3-0 before falling 3-1 to Harlan in the championship last November. This season, coach Peter Gustin (in his third year with the program) returns three senior starters: Taylor Nearad, Jordan Runge and Jordan Smith.

Solon yearbooks available

SOLON– To 2014 graduates and their parents: Yearbooks have arrived at the high school. Please stop by the high school office during the next two weeks to pick them up. If a sibling or neighbor will pick up a book in your stead, please email Jim Erickson at jerickson@solon.k12.ia.us to let him know who that might be or to ask him any questions if you have any. Due to prohibitive costs, we will not be mailing yearbooks to families who still have an address in the corridor.

Reserve your Spartan Stadium football parking spot now

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is once again selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. There are 49 spots in the lot and 12 of these spaces will be reserved for handicapped parking that will be available on a first come-first serve basis at each home football game for those cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven will be reserved for game administration, with the other 30 made available to the community for purchase.

Blood drive Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3 until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church, inside the Family Life Center Gymnasium.
Appointments: To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Solon Public Library

New audio books

“The Family of Jesus” by Karen Kingsbury. Offers a collection of scripturally based short story views of six of the family members of Jesus Christ, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth.

Solon to turn 175 in 2015

Celebrate Solon’s history, and future, under the big tent next September

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– The community of Solon will celebrate its 175th anniversary next year, and plans for the dosquicentennial include a community-wide gathering known as a Chautauqua.

Solon school board to host hearing on building proposals Aug. 25

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Directors will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed new middle school and performing arts center Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.
The two construction projects would be funded with a $25.5 million bond issue being placed before district voters in a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
Architects for the project will provide a presentation on the project during the public hearing.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and express their views orally and in writing.

County drops request for LOST funds

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the hoopla between governments in Johnson County over their propensity to share is apparently now moot.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn its request for the county’s municipalities to collaboratively pay for a long-awaited courthouse expansion in exchange for an extended sunset.

Volunteer efforts fuel new shelter

Parks and Recreation Commission makes the most of a tight budget

SOLON– Sometimes the kids don’t get along with the parents, and vice versa. In the end, however, time adds perspective.
At a joint meeting of the Solon City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission, some of the members of the municipal family got together to see how things were going.

Offense Preview

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a three-part story on Hawkeye football.
Last week I looked at the special teams, the quarterbacks and fullbacks.
This week I’ll look at the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and running backs.
The offensive line should be one of the strengths of the team, especially when you have Brandon Scherff back for his senior year.
Brandon checks in at 6-5, 320 pounds and is on everybody’s preseason All-American teams.
It was the best news of the of season last year when he said, “I’ll be back.”