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Archive - 2018

May 10th

Solon man pleads guilty to cyberstalking female teen

DAVENPORT– A Solon man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty April 30 to a federal charge of cyberstalking a 16-year-old female.
Daniel Lee Stone, 48, of Solon, appeared before Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson, Jr. in U.S. District Court, in Davenport and entered a guilty plea, according to U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
In a plea agreement, Stone admitted to texting a minor female over 170 times from on or about Oct. 31, 2016, through Nov. 3, 2016.

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration

Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration
By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Johnson County Refuse program

New automated curbside service to begin July 1

SOLON– The City of Solon has officially adopted a new, automated curbside garbage and recycling system proposed by Johnson County Refuse of North Liberty.
Residents will receive two carts, one for recycling and one for garbage, to be used beginning in July. The new carts will eliminate the need for Johnson County Refuse employees to lift bags, limiting workplace injuries for the company.

Early voting for June 5 primary

IOWA CITY– Early voting for the June 5 primary will be available weekdays 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, located at 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The office will be closed Memorial Day, May 28.
Voting will also be available at the auditor’s office the weekend before the election: Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, noon to 5 p.m.
Early voting will also be available at these satellite voting sites:
• Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.
- Friday, June 1, 2:30–6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anniversaries and Goldilocks

Walkin'

Mom and Dad recently celebrated their 71st anniversary without any fanfare. Actually, they were going to do nothing at all, but a late morning doctor appointment found them driving home, Mom sitting on her pillows so she could see over the steering wheel, past Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant on a Tuesday. They like the food, service and price at Pepe’s in general, and they specifically like Taco Tuesday, when they both can get a large lunch, chips and salsa included, for under $6 each.

Peanut butter and WHAT?

Food For Thought

I could hardly believe my ears. Right there on national television, on the 5:30 p.m. news, someone was ranting about a strange new sandwich that had become popular. A woman, who apparently just sampled it expressed disgust, saying it definitely was not for her. This purportedly latest addition to that convenient innovation was age-old news to me.

Robert Neustrom-Born to be a Hawkeye

Hawk Talk

Robert Neustrom’s story starts in the 1930s on the family farm in northwest Iowa, 10 miles southeast of Moville, when Bob Neustrom, Robert’s grandfather, would listen to Iowa football on WHO.
Bob’s favorite player was Ozzie Simmons, a break-away running back from Texas, who starred for the Hawkeyes from 1934-1936.
Flash-forward to 1962 when Bob, his two sons Tom and Bobby, plus Uncle Bob Thomas and son Barry would load up the 1956 Oldsmobile and drive to Iowa City Saturday morning to watch the Hawkeyes play.

New Farmers Market opens May 29

SOLON– The Solon Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of Mushroom Park on Tuesdays, from 3-6 p.m., starting May 29. Other days the market will be open are Sunday, May 27 (Solon firefighters breakfast), and Saturday, June 2 (weekend of Solon garage sales). The hours those days are 8-11 a.m. For vendor information, go to the city website, www.solon-iowa.com and open the Solon Farmers Market page.

May 9th

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper Saturday, May 12

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Saturday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous sauce will be available for purchase at $5 a quart.

Be a Hunger Hero, May 12

4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser Saturday, May 12
SOLON– The 4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration can be done online at GetMeRegistered.com, or onsite starting at 7:15 a.m. Strollers and dogs are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite heroes.