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Community

Champion

Lance Evans caps an undefeated season with Solon’s third state wrestling title

Lance Evans is a champion.

The Solon senior won the Class 2A 220-pound title at the Iowa high school wrestling tournament over the weekend.
He became the third Solon wrestler to do so, joining Randy Beranek and Cody Kroul, according to Solon Activities Director Keith McSweeney.
And he did it without a single loss, completing the season 31-0.
“It is very impressive to go through the entire year undefeated,” said Solon wrestling head coach Brooks McLaren. “In the last two years, he has only lost two high school matches.”

Green-Douglass to appear on primary ballot in June

JOHNSON COUNTY– Lisa Green-Douglass became a political junkie at the age of 21, the first time she attended her first Iowa caucus, during the presidential election year of 1980.
“I was immediately drawn into the whole process,” said Green-Douglass. “When you are at a caucus, you are in the initial picking process. You help create the party platform. Sometimes, some of those issues end up getting legislated. It was such a thrill for me to see grass roots politics, and really understand for the first time in my life what that really meant.”

Ireland Avenue just a few official steps away

Tiffin council remains optimistic

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has encountered many roadblocks on its six-year path to extending a main thoroughfare through town, but the Ireland Avenue project continues to gain ground.
At the city council meeting Feb. 12, City Attorney Crystal Raiber told the council the remaining necessary easement agreements were falling into place at last.

Wagner named 2013 Special Olympics coach of the year

DUBUQUE– Special Olympics Iowa is honored to announce the selection of Rob Wagner of North Liberty as Special Olympics North America’s 2013 coach of the year. Wagner was presented with the national award during the 2014 Special Olympics Iowa State Winter Games in Dubuque Jan. 14.

Youth football registration to be March 4

TIFFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Youth Football Program will hold registrations for incoming fifth and sixth grade students for the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 until 8 p. m. in the CCA Middle School multi-purpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. Fundamentals of football will be taught. This is full contact with pads and helmets. All equipment will be furnished except shoes. Cost for the program is $150. Practices start mid-August and last until the final game in October.

Big Country Seeds to assist in securing grant for CCA schools

TIFFIN– Big Country Seeds Inc. of Tiffin, is excited to offer its support in assisting the Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) school district secure a $25,000 grant through Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Fund.” The process begins with nomination submission by April 6 with award announcement in August.
Dan Steines, president of Big Country Seeds Inc., said the timing is right for his company to drive this initiative.

Community leaders supporting ‘Spread the Love’ PB&J drive through February

IOWA CITY– Businesses and organizations throughout Johnson County are hosting peanut butter and jelly drives this month as part of the Crisis Center’s “Spread the Love” campaign.
The Crisis Center encourages PB&J donations to the food bank throughout the month of February. Peanut butter in particular is a good source of protein and other nutrients for food bank clients.

Solon Booster Club “Celebration of School Athletics” Feb. 28

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club is holding its first annual “Celebration of Solon Athletics” on Friday, Feb. 28, at Lake Macbride Golf Course. Tickets for the event are $25 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Solon Athletic Booster Club in support of Solon High School and Middle School athletics.
The schedule for the evening will be as follows:
6 p.m.: Doors open (cash bar available to patrons);
7 p.m.: Dinner: (roast beef or chicken, potatoes, and salad);
Entertainment: Solon Jazz Band performance (pre-dinner and dinner);

Ely Rotary chili/chicken noodle soup supper March 8

ELY– Gateway Rotary Club is hosting a chili/chicken noodle soup supper from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. It will be held at the legion hall in downtown Ely.
This a fundraising project for various programs at College Community schools, especially at Prairie Edge and Prairie Woods facilities. There will be live entertainment provided by Shima Country Sounds, and a bake sale supplied by local residents.
The cost is $5 per person and children under 5 are free.
Questions can be directed to Brad Buchanan at 319-560-8075.

Missing piece (land) now found for district

Potential site for new middle school purchased

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) was looking for a new building site.
Now it has one.
At a regular meeting Monday, Feb. 10, Solon school board members approved a $450,000 purchase agreement for approximately 11 acres of land owned by Don and Yvonne Epley west of the high school.
Board members also set a March public hearing date for a lease agreement which will allow the Epleys to maintain their current residence for up to two years.

Solon Public Library

Thank you

The budget process is completed for the year and the library would like to extend a thank you to both the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the Solon City Council for their annual contributions to our library. The city and the county each provide approximately half of our annual budget (based on the circulation of our patrons and where they live) and we are very fortunate to have their financial support.

Thanks to the Friends of the Library for another successful book sale

New library display “Hollywood and Vine”

The Solon Public Library has a new display, “Hollywood and Vine,” dedicated to the Hardacre Theater in Tipton, and celebrating all things cinema– the movies, the stars, the festivals and awards, the sound tracks, and of course, the food.