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September 4th

Chasing Presidents for endangered species: Moulton, Sestak

For months, a couple dozen presidential candidates have been through Iowa’s Main Streets, corn boils, summer festivals, parades, house parties and other events. They’re asking for our votes. Maybe you have noticed.
Their prize, of course, is a good showing in February’s Iowa presidential caucus. Right now, with a Republican incumbent, it is sort of a Democratic free for all. Still, there are a couple GOP names floated.

City and school elections combined in November

Filing period for candidates runs through Sept. 19

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s time for the presidential candidates to step aside.
There’s a local election to be held this November.
For the first time since a change adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2017, local city council and school board elections will be combined Tuesday, Nov. 5.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, city and school elections will be combined in November of odd-numbered years.

They came, they saw, they Conquered the Creek

Unique obstacle course provides good dirty fun in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Solon has Beef Days. Swisher has Fun Days. North Liberty has Blues & BBQ. Jason Wilkerson is hoping his Conquer the Creek family obstacle course joins these other events on the map of summertime fun.
“Everybody’s got these certain events that towns are known for,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do for Tiffin. It’s something totally different, a youth obstacle course, just to get kids out of the house,”

Funding needs through a day of fun

Forever Green raises money for the community with eighth annual Fun Fair

CORALVILLE– For the eighth year, the staff at Forever Green Landscape and Garden Center held their annual Fun Fair, a free day of games and activities.
The Saturday, Aug. 24, event raised money for three organizations: the North Liberty Back 2 School Bash, The Dream Center (afterschool programs/parenting groups in the Iowa City schools) and local junior high and high school student Family Resource Centers.

Lady Spartans fall to CCA, CPU

Scrappy Solon volleyball team keeps it close against 8th-ranked Clippers

SOLON– There was a lot to like in those two losses for Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin.
“I was very happy with the team, we communicated well, moved the ball around, served well,” Ferin said. “Just a couple hiccups would have made a difference, all of our mistakes are fixable.”
The varsity Lady Spartans opened the season Aug. 29 hosting a quad meet with No. 1 (3A) Mount Vernon, No. 8 (4A) Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and unranked Center Point Urbana (CPU).
Solon dropped 2-1 decisions to CCA and CPU.

XC Boys 6th, Hinman medals at Prairie

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Sophomore Ethan McLaughlin hits the electronic finish line Aug. 31 at the Prairie cross country invitational.

CEDAR RAPIDS– First meet of the season? Solon’s boys stepped up against 21 schools– 10 of which qualified for the 2018 state cross country meet. With a new season, though, come new lineups… and new expectations.

Tradition never graduates- Spartans defeat Mustangs again, 35-7

35-7 season opener over Mustangs affirms prognostications

MOUNT VERNON– “Tradition never graduates” adorned the side of the machine shed for all to see heading north on Highway 1, toward Solon, on their way to the Highway 1 rivalry game Friday, Aug. 30.
The tradition of Solon defeating the Mustangs continued, as the Spartans soundly defeated Mount Vernon, 35-7, at Ash Park, under the lights on the Cornell Rams’ home field in Mount Vernon. It was the 17th straight victory for Solon in the match up.

City puts hotel/motel tax on November ballot

Could impose up to 7% tax

SOLON– They know it’s likely coming at some point.
Solon City Council members voted to place a hotel/motel tax proposal on the ballot for the Nov. 5 city-school election.
The measure will require a simple majority for passage.
The city has been preparing for the possibility of a hotel or other short-term rental properties for months.
The Solon Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has been working on a number of revisions to the city’s zoning code, including the creation of bed and breakfast (B&B) and short-term rental ordinances.

On location at Sam’s Main Street Market

“East of Middle West” cameras and crew invade grocery store

SOLON– It was a little bit of movie magic.
Customers at Sam’s Main Street Market shared the aisles with movie cameras, sound equipment, actors and technicians from the production crew of “East of Middle West,” on the afternoon of Aug. 28.
For about seven hours, scenes were filmed throughout the grocery store, including at the front register as rush hour was starting for owner Sam Lensing and his staff.
“I was kind of worried it might hinder the flow,” Lensing said. “It went pretty smooth.”
Lensing said the film’s director wanted a lot of bodies moving around in the background.