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Archive - 2014

January 16th

No shelter from the budget crunch

City council looks to trim $41,000 from next year’s budget

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– It’s a tight budget for the second year in a row.
Solon city staff, elected representatives and appointed officials met together at a Jan. 8 Solon City Council meeting to grind out the details of the 2014-2015 budget.
Early figures put the budget over $40,000 in the red, but by the end of Wednesday’s lengthy meeting, it appeared the city was close to balancing its expenses and revenues.

Wrestlers third at Highland

MANCHESTER– Solon’s wrestlers split a double dual at Manchester last week and then placed second at a Highland tournament over the weekend.
The Spartans defeated Maquoketa, 51-27, and then fell to West Delaware by the same score Thursday, Jan. 9, at Manchester.
Louis Gnida, Trevor Nelson and Lance Evans remained undefeated in dual competition, according to head coach Brooks McLaren. Cole Fritz, Evans and Logan Linderbaum had pins against Maquoketa.
Evans, Gnida, Nelson and Danny Whitmore had pins against West Delaware.

Marion turns tables on Lady Spartans in fourth

Solon’s girls send Indians to the line 21 times in final frame

MARION– It was a tough loss.
Solon’s Lady Spartans couldn’t hold on to a fourth quarter lead after injury sidelined their leading scorer Friday night at Marion.
Solon dropped to 4-6 on the year with a 62-51 loss to the Indians.
According to head coach Tony Nicol, the Lady Spartans lost senior guard Rylee Smith to a knee injury about midway through the third quarter of the game.
“The team rallied and gained a small lead, but could not hold on down the stretch,” Nicol said.

Balanced scoring gives Solon win over Marion

Head coach Brad Randall not on the sidelines for Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans had no head coach, but they had four players in double-figures, and that helped lead to a double-digit win over Marion Friday in Solon.
Solon took a five-point lead at the end of the third quarter and stretched it out in the fourth quarter for a 77-64 win.
Nick Shelman led the Spartans’ scoring with 19 points, with help from Ethan Ahern (17 points), Emilio Villagrana (16) and Jaden Durr (12).
While Marion led most of the statistical categories, it was Solon’s shooting that gave the Spartans an edge.

Vocal group “Six Appeal” coming to CCA Jan. 30

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is pleased to announce “Six Appeal” will perform at the High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Six Appeal is a high-energy a cappella group from the Twin Cities area.

Hope Church to host free community meal Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hope Evangelical Church will host North Liberty’s next Community Monthly Meal Saturday, Jan. 25, from 12 to 1 p.m.  This meal is open to anyone who lives in the North Liberty community who wishes to get to know their neighbors better and share a meal together.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

Tiffin Fire Association annual meeting to be held Jan. 20

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting including election of officers.
Please contact Bill Rippert by phone at 319-331-6201 or email at weruppert@aol.com with questions.

West High to host mini-dance marathon Jan. 19

IOWA CITY– The second annual West High Mini-Dance Marathon (WHSDM) will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1-6 p.m. in the Iowa City West High School Cafeteria. In 2013, the inaugural WHSDM raised over $21,000 that went towards the final total at the University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s Big Event, which raises money for the UI Children’s Hospital and children battling pediatric cancer.

Early voting for Feb. 4 elections begins this week

IOWA CITY– Early voting for both the Feb. 4 Clear Creek Amana bond election and the Swisher mayoral election will begin Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:45 a.m.
Voting will be available at the auditor’s office at 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays through Monday, Feb. 3, the day before the election. The office will be closed on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20. 
Satellite voting will be available at Clear Creek Amana High School on Friday, Jan. 31, before and during the basketball game, from 5 to 8 p.m.