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February 5th

Lady Spartans scalped by Indians, 74-30

SOLON– In the first contest of a three-game week for the Lady Spartans, the visiting Marion Indians ran over Solon’s varsity basketball team, 74-30, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the high school. It was the second Solon loss to the Indians this season, the first coming on Jan. 3, 50-18.
Both teams showed considerable improvement from their match-up at the beginning of the month, with Marion ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.

Wrestlers 4th at WaMaC

Taylor, Gnida take titles, Marty 2nd

MANCHESTER– It was a solid showing.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers came in fourth at the 14-team WaMaC Conference Tournament in Manchester Feb. 1.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds) and Zeb Gnida (152) brought home first-place finishes, with Gage Marty (195) taking runner-up.

E & J Electric pays $126,420 in overtime back wages

U.S. Department of Labor investigation finds violations

SOLON– After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), E & J Electric Inc.– based in Solon, and operating as both E & J Electric Inc. and E & J Geothermal Inc.– paid $126,420 in back wages to 25 current and former employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

DNR closes roads at Hawkeye Wildlife Area

OXFORD– Roads on the south side of the Hawkeye Wildlife Area have been closed to vehicle traffic for the remainder of this winter and into early spring to minimize rutting and other damage caused when thawing and melting occurs.
“Road repairs are very expensive and eliminating driving during these periods helps reduce time and material to reestablish good driving conditions,” said Steve Woodruff, wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Roadways will be reopened when roads are in favorable conditions.”

Solon Robotics teams advance

SOLON– Two Solon Robotics First Tech Challenge teams have advanced to a postseason Super Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Regina in Iowa City. Team 367, Jedi Pugs, and team 15055, 501st Legion, qualified at the league tournament in Ottumwa late last month.
The Jedi Pugs were captains of the tournament champions alliance while the 501st Legion were on the second-place finalist alliance of teams. Jedi Pugs also received the Control Award for excellence in the autonomous programming portion of the competition.

Mulford and Burden compete in Iowa Girls State Wrestling Tournament

WAVERLY– Cheyenne Mulford and Addison Burden competed in the 2020 Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Iowa Girls State Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25.
Mulford made it to the second day of competition and finished her tournament with three wins and two losses. Burden finished her tournament with a 2-2 record.
“These two girls made history as the first two girls to compete in the state tournament,” said Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams

The dogs have their day during Beat the Bitter

NL’s weeklong winter festival wraps up with winter games

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter winter festival, a weeklong effort to break people out of their wintertime hibernation, wrapped up Saturday, Feb. 1, with adult kickball and the Run the I“Bitter”Rod 1k doggie fun run/walk at Penn Meadows Park, along with several other events around North Liberty, including the Snuggie Crawl and Boy Scout Troop 216’s annual Chili Supper.

So many projects, but only so much money

NL Council discusses capital projects and spending surplus funds

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council continued its discussion on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget Tuesday, Jan. 28, during a work session preceding a regular meeting. Council members looked at potential allocations using surplus general fund dollars from FY19 as well as proposed capital projects for the new fiscal year.
General Fund Allocations from FY19 Surplus

Time to read

SMS 40-book challenge a real page-turner

SOLON– Middle school students are reading more and more.
And it’s making a difference in reaching benchmarks set by the district.
At the heart of it all is Solon Middle School’s 40-Book Challenge, an optional but highly encouraged competition over the course of the school year.
Every student is asked to read 40 novels from a wide variety of genres, and are given dedicated school time to accomplish the task.
“There’s something quite amazing going here,” said Julie Smith, middle school instructional coach.