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News

Solon school start moved to Monday, Aug. 31

SOLON– The loss of power has set the Solon school district back a week.
Classes for the Solon Community School District (SCSD) will now begin Monday, Aug. 31, with a modified schedule, according to an announcement posted to the district’s website by Director of Teaching and Learning Josh Lyons.

100 miles an hour

Inland hurricane blows through Solon and most of state

SOLON– Winds in excess of 100 miles an hour lashed the area Monday, Aug. 10, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction.
The inland hurricane, or derecho, struck Solon around 12:30 p.m., snapping trees across the community and leaving thousands without power.
One local fatality was reported by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Auditorium Lofts plan approved again

Second story slated for hotel/motel

SOLON– It’s been a long time since Solon had a hotel.
One is potentially in the works as Solon City Council members approved a new site plan for Auditorium Lofts & Commons at an Aug. 5 meeting.
Prairie Equity Group of Iowa City has proposed to renovate the 1915 former St. Mary auditorium at the corner of Dubuque and Short Streets into a mix of residential and commercial uses, including “The Literary Hotel,” a collection of 11 guest rooms on the second floor.

Clear Creek Amana FFA Fair fun

IOWA CITY– Several Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) members participated in the Johnson County Fair. Although many fair events were canceled this year and closed to the public, Johnson County still provided an opportunity for 4-H and FFA members and their families to exhibit their projects.
Kayla Jiras and Lillie Haman both participated in the photography division at the county fair. The students brought their photos in for judging on Monday, July 20, and picked them up on Thursday, July 23. Kayla and Lillie earned blue ribbons for each of their photography exhibits.

Iowa State Fair Hosts Virtual State Fair, Aug. 13-23

DES MOINES– Even though we can't be together for the Iowa State Fair this year, we can safely join together for some of our Fair favorites virtually. For the 11 days that would have been the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13-23, you will find fair videos, competitions, facts, memories, classes, history, trivia and games on the fair’s website and Facebook page.

The fair goes on

Johnson County Fair, although scaled back, still lets 4-H kids showcase their hard work

IOWA CITY– While the continuing COVID-19 crisis has cancelled many traditional summer activities this year, one tradition continued, albeit with virus-related modifications.

No confidence

Oxford firefighters and first responders call for vote of no confidence against mayor

OXFORD– Penny Jenn, the mayor of Oxford, still has her job following a split no confidence vote by city council members during a regular meeting Tuesday, July 14, in the Oxford fire station. Two council members (David Cook and Bryan Cooling) voted against the Mayor while Vicki Kasper, Pat Lewis and Marti XXXXXX voted in support of Jenn. Jenn ran unopposed on the ballot last November in a reelection bid garnering 106 votes. There were 60 write-in votes.

Finding home

Deeney Law Firm end of a long journey for meaning

SOLON– Every experience has led Joe Deeney on a path to Solon.
Deeney’s spark for the legal world didn’t catch until he was in his late 20s, and it wasn’t until he opened his attorney’s office in downtown Solon that he found his calling.
“When I first made the decision to start a private practice, in the back of my mind I was thinking I’d be the town attorney, and kind of doing a little bit of everything,” he said. “But since opening my doors, I’ve come to the realization I’m very passionate about estate planning.”

Solon man injured in motorcycle accident

MARION– A Solon resident sustained serious injuries when he lost control of his motorcycle July 31 at an intersection on the eastern edge of Marion.
According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, emergency services responded to a personal injury accident near the intersection of Highway 100 and Highway 13 at approximately 10:29 p.m.

Solon Recreation Update

The Solon Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for the first three weeks of August. Solon Recreation’s youth fall sports programs are open for registration until Aug. 9. Sign up today.
Youth Programs:
Fall Soccer: This is a five-week soccer season for kids in Pre-K through sixth grade. Games are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights in September and early October. $43 per kid for residents of Solon and $48 for non-residents of Solon. Registration closes Aug. 9 and practices start Aug. 24.

Solon Recreation Update

The Solon Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for the first three weeks of August. Solon Recreation’s youth fall sports programs are open for registration until Aug. 9. Sign up today.
Youth Programs:
Fall Soccer: This is a five-week soccer season for kids in Pre-K through sixth grade. Games are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights in September and early October. $43 per kid for residents of Solon and $48 for non-residents of Solon. Registration closes Aug. 9 and practices start Aug. 24.

5th Street intersection still clogged up

Workers move to west side until mid-August

SOLON– It will be mid-August before the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street opens back up completely.
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported contractors for a signalization project were scheduled to switch to the west side of the intersection July 27, with work to be wrapped on Friday, Aug. 14.
A second phase of the project, the installation of the signals, is not expected until October, Kleppe said.
Solon City Council members questioned the project’s timeline at a July 15 meeting, and Kleppe clarified the schedule July 23.