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April 22nd

A gift for everyone

St. John Lutheran Church in Ely has more room to welcome all

ELY– St. John Lutheran Church in Ely has a lot to celebrate this spring.
The church recently completed a building project that brought a new sanctuary, office space, Sunday school rooms and updates to the existing fellowship hall. A dedication of the new space will be held on Sunday, April 26, and everyone is welcome.
St. John pastor Erika Uthe said the expansion was the result of an extensive self-study conducted by the entire congregation, which began in 2011.

movin’ on up

The former home of Don and Yvonne Epley heads south on Racine Avenue Thursday, April 16, after being moved off its foundation at the site of the new Solon Middle School. The home was purchased from the Solon Community School District by Dick and Judy Miller and was relocated to a family farm south of Solon. (photo by Jessica Milliman)

Timeline for superintendent search debated

Super search on fast track

SOLON– The search for a new superintendent is underway.
Last week, Solon School Board members met with consultants from Ray and Associates Inc., a recruiting agency specializing in educational leadership searches, to discuss steps for finding a replacement for current Superintendent Sam Miller.
Earlier this month, Miller accepted a position as chief administrator at Area Education Agency 267. His current contract with Solon schools is set to expire June 30.
Miller has served as Solon’s superintendent for five years.

City to consider utility vehicle ordinance

Council members concerned about enforcement

SOLON– Despite concerns over enforcement, Solon City Council members voted last week to move ahead with drafting an ordinance to allow utility vehicles on city streets.
Council member Casey Grover introduced the subject during the April 15 regular session, saying residents had approached him with the idea. He presented the council with a sample ordinance from the city of Knoxville, and reported the community of about 7,000 located southeast of Des Moines has not had significant issues with its enactment.

Linebackers look solid

Hawk Talk

This is the fourth part of spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes
This week I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.
Iowa loses Quinton Alston, who played as a true freshman but didn’t start until he was a senior.
Last season, Quinton was second on the team with tackles and started every game at middle linebacker. He was named second team All-Big Ten by the coaches and was permanent team captain.
He was a great leader on and off the field and won the Coaches Appreciation Award on defense.

Michael Wapp

Michael A. Wapp, 63, of Hiawatha, passed away in his home on April 10, 2015. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 13, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hiawatha. Reverend Daniel Krueger officiated. Visitation was on Sunday, April 12, at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Elsie Lamb

Elsie Lamb, 81, of Iowa City, formerly of Creston, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 10, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 16, at the Powers Funeral Home in Creston with Pastor Doug Brunell officiating. Following the service luncheon was provided at the First Presbyterian Church in Creston. Burial at Moon Cemetery in Macksburg followed the luncheon.

Lucille Hinker

Lucille Hinker, 99, of Calmar, died on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah.
Funeral services were held at Saturday, April 18, at the Calmar Lutheran Church in Calmar, with Rev. Phil Olson presiding. Burial was in the church cemetery. Friends called on Friday, April 17, at the Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, French Chapel.

Bradley Erenberger

Bradley Scott Erenberger, 57 of Carrollton, Texas, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, April 11, 2015. Celebration of life services took place Saturday, April 18, at Brosh Chapel. Burial followed in Czech National Cemetery. 

Marie Croy

Marie (Wray) Croy, 88 of Solon, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Solon Nursing Care Center.
Memorial services were held Sunday, April 19, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, followed by a reception for family and friends at the funeral home. Visitation was on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial took place after the service and luncheon at the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.