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“Storage Wars”

Wears to auction off storage contents on nine episodes

Solon’s Emily Wears to appear on “Storage Wars”

SOLON– Local viewers of A&E’s “Storage Wars” will see a familiar face next month as Solon’s own Emily Wears guest stars. “Storage Wars” follows a group of treasure- and wealth-seeking buyers who bid on the contents of abandoned storage units. Wears appears in nine episodes, starting Wednesday, April 12, conducting the auctions.

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Re-churching

Infuse brings fellowship and worship services to Solon

SOLON– Around 9 a.m. on the last Sunday in February, there is a flurry of activity along the corridor leading from the back entrance to the Solon Middle School.

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CHAMPIONS

DES MOINES– They were on a mission, and the mission was accomplished.
“This has been our goal since the beginning,” Connor McCaffery said in postgame comments Saturday, March 11, in the interview room at the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines after the West High Trojans knocked off defending State Class 4A champions West Des Moines Valley, 64-50, to claim the title. The Valley High Tigers denied the Trojans the championship last year by defeating West, 46-39.

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Blue Hearts beat true

Group gives mutual support, reaches out to community

NORTH LIBERTY– “It was the Dallas mass shooting when the officers were attacked this past summer,” recalled Darci Roehler, wife of a Coralville police officer. “Four or five of us were on Facebook that night, messaging each other back and forth.”
“Unable to sleep, worried,” added Jennifer Downes, a fellow police wife and co-founder of the Blue Hearts of Johnson County. “We were just kind of seeking each other out because we understood…. We were friends, some of us for 15 years. We just kind of found solace in each other that night.”
Roehler said they were all glued to the TV.

Bullseye

Ben McAtee shoots 296 to top boys at state archery tournament

Solon Economist
DES MOINES– Solon sophomore Ben McAtee took individual honors at the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament March 3-4 in Des Moines..
McAtee scored a 296 out of 300 to earn first place for high school boys , first place for 10th grade boys and first place overall at state for boys out of 284 entrants.
The Solon High School Archery Team finished in seventh place out of 23 teams with an overall score of 3,294, and qualified for the national tournament.

Donahue mayor for now

North Liberty resident files petition to hold special election

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– After nearly two months without an official mayor, North Liberty finally has a new civic leader, although it’s also down one city council member.
After a contentious discussion at a regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, the North Liberty City Council voted, 3-2, to appoint council member and Mayor pro tem Terry Donahue as mayor. Council member Chris Hoffman’s name was also up for consideration. A third individual applied but was ineligible due to a residing address outside city limits.

Valley crushes West’s championship hopes

Win over Waukee leads to loss in semifinals for Women of Troy

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy made their fifth state basketball tournament appearance under Coach B.J. Mayer, and had their hopes for a Class 5A championship crushed by the Tigers of Valley, West Des Moines, in the semifinal round on Friday, March 3, in a 55-48 loss.

“Just try it”

encourages Solon schools’ Nutrition Director Becky West

SOLON– It’s 11 a.m. on a Thursday morning at Solon High School.
A lunch server is out sick, so district Nutrition Director Becky West will throw on an apron and join the crew on the serving line, feeding hungry students.
It’s all in a day’s work.
West is a new face in the Solon schools, starting last summer after seven years working as nutrition director in the Highland Community School District.

Brewing perfection

Café Muse opens in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– From its architecture to its direct trade coffee, Café Muse embodies perfection.
Open since Feb. 4, the new North Liberty coffee shop boasts single origin coffee, high tea and caffeinated cocktails, as well as a unique indoor design.
For co-owners Nasi Moradi and CJ Huang, it’s about more than just cranking out warm cups of joe; it’s about the experience.

Great horned owl released after rehab

Raptor group responds to call from Twin View

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– It was January. A curious Labrador came within five feet of the scrawny, young owl. The terrified bird perched on a low branch, west of Solon, on public land. It didn’t move. The outlook was bleak.
Fast-forward six weeks. A small crowd walks through the trees to the same spot, near the Coralville Reservoir. With heavy duty gloves, Lacey Slutts reaches into the cardboard pet carrier she totes. From inside, drumming wingbeats indicate the occupant is more than ready to exit.

Spartan Grapplers Take State

Spartans earn 1st title

DES MOINES–They did it as a team.
That’s how Solon head coach Blake Williams explained the Spartans’ first-ever state championship title, which the boys brought home Sunday from the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines after narrowly beating No. 1-ranked New Hampton, 96.5 to 96.

$6 million gift for SCSD

School board, Gerdin Family Foundation announce contribution to build high school addition

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It is a massive contribution.
An estimated $6 million addition to Solon High School will be built by the Gerdin Family Foundation.
The addition, which includes a practice gymnasium, expanded weight room and the completion of the elevated walking track eliminated from the original construction, was announced at a special meeting of the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education Monday, Feb. 13, in the lobby of the recently-completed Solon Center for the Arts.