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Solon Economist

SHS to present “12 Angry Jurors” April 17-19

SOLON– The Solon Drama Department is proud to present “12 Angry Jurors” as its 2015 spring play. The show, renamed from the 1957 film “12 Angry Men,” is an American classic that explores our justice system, prejudice and the power of the individual. The show takes place over the course of one evening in the jury room as 12 jurors deliberate on their verdict. Tempers flare and each juror’s morality is tested. Did the 19-year old boy kill his father or is there room for reasonable doubt?

Create your own art at April 11 Art for the Arts Spotlight FUNraiser 

SOLON– On Saturday, April 11, local artist Lianne Westcot will host and provide step-by-step guidance in her studio in Swisher for the creation of a 16x20 canvas called Springtime Symphony. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in its creation.
There will be two sessions, both on Saturday, April 11, the first at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. No painting experience necessary.
Solon Spotlight will provide light snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring your favorite beverage– only non-alcoholic beverages at the 3:30 p.m. seating.

Golf carts generating complaints

SOLON– People have been driving their golf carts out of season, and it’s been brought to the attention of the Solon City Council and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
At the March 18 city council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange relayed complaints of out-of-season golf cart usage to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy present for the session.
Stange said he had received complaints about the use of golf carts in the Old Mill Creek subdivision. “Operating them at night, underage people operating them, possibly intoxicated people operating them,” Stange said.

Audit report for City of Solon’s 2013-14 fiscal year released

SOLON– Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC today released an audit report on the City of Solon, Iowa, for the year ended June 30, 2014.

Hoover Trail extension meeting to be held in Solon April 7

SOLON– The public is invited to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County on Tuesday, April 7, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon.
All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.

Salt Fork Kitchen chef and owner on IPTV’s Iowa Ingredient April 4

 JOHNSTON– Solon’s Eric Menze, a farmer and owner of Salt Fork Kitchen, and Chef Jay Schworn will be featured on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Ingredient” series on Friday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. The episode will feature Iowa-grown carrots.
Now in its fourth season, “Iowa Ingredient” profiles the farms, restaurants and ingredients that make Iowa food uniquely Iowan. Each episode features a single Iowa ingredient and treats viewers to a spectacular trip from the farm to the table.

Finding balance

Local kayak fishing enthusiasts cast around for new club members

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think you couldn’t reel in a 25-pound catfish in a kayak, Scott Shrader would prove you wrong.
Shrader, of North Liberty, has always been a fisherman. As a child, he went bass fishing with his father and competed in fishing tournaments as he got older.
He bought a kayak because he also loved paddling around on the water, and a kayak offered something a little different.
“Kayaking a relaxing sport, and you don’t have to deal with the gas and maintenance and expense of having a motor boat,” said Shrader.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Session 2 of Zumba

is currently underway. It started March 24 and meets Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. It runs until April 23. Cost of a 10-punch card: $50 for city residents or $60 for non-city residents. Walk-ins are welcome for a $10 fee or an unused punch from a previously purchased punch card. Registration forms are available on the Parks and Recreation website or can be picked up from city hall or at the class.

Plenty of challenges for CCA school board

Project delays and legislative inaction beset administrators and directors

AMANA– A troublesome sewer line, delays at the middle school and legislative impasses added up to a challenging agenda.
These were the issues the board of education of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District confronted at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 11, in the Amana library.
The news started out well for the board, as District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby reported on progress at Tiffin Elementary.
“They say they’ll be ready for us on the first of August, that was the last report we had,” Willoughby said.

City begins process of reviewing comprehensive plan

SOLON– It’s time to make some changes.
Solon City Council members were introduced last week to the consultants who will help forge the latest version of the city’s comprehensive plan.
Shawn O’Shea and Jim Holz, of MSA Professional Services, were present for the March 18 council meeting to outline the initial steps of updating the comprehensive plan.
The plan serves as a guide for future development decisions and includes demographic information as well as planning recommendations.

They could have danced all night

Solon Dynamite dance team hosts Dance Spectacular 2015

SOLON– Solon Dynamite is the bomb.
The high school dance team of six hosted the group’s annual Dance Spectacular on Friday, Feb. 13, in the high school gym. As is tradition, Solon invited other dance troupes from the area to share the spotlight, including a team from Solon Middle School, preschool through sixth grade dancers who lit up the night with a glow stick routine, and individual members who presented solo numbers in a variety of dance styles. Dance teams from Williamsburg, Grinnell and Dance Arts Iowa also performed routines for the packed house.

Hoover Trail extension meeting to be held in Solon April 7

SOLON– The public is invited to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County on Tuesday, April 7, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon.
All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.