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Archive

November 30th, 2017

New season, new tempo

Solon gallops past Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-33

SOLON– The Lady Spartans took to the court to start a new season with a different appearance, a different pace, fast transitions and an exciting win over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Solon High School.
The Lady Spartans’ season opener commenced the 2017-18 season for both Solon and the Vikettes and a new, faster-paced, transition-oriented, full-court game by the Lady Spartans resulted in an eight-point lead at the half and a 51-33 triumph over the Vikettes. The win moved the Spartan ladies to 1-0 for the season.

December Old Gold Diner:

Jay and Helen Proffitt to sponsor Dec. 13 meal

November is past and it’s a downhill slide to December and Christmas. We were a little short on the fall colors, but there never seems to be a shortage of red and green in December for Christmas.

• Thanks to The Solon State Bank for sponsoring the November Meal and bringing well received messages about fraud and having things written down for your families. These are things we all should be thinking about now, and it never hurts to be reminded.

$2.15 million Mehaffey Trail bid awarded

Through traffic to be maintained

IOWA CITY– It’s been a while coming, but a two-mile, separated trail linking North Liberty to Mehaffey Bridge is finally on its way.
At a Nov. 2 meeting, the members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved a $2,150,912.55 bid from Peterson Contractors Inc. A public meeting on the project will be forthcoming.
The 10-foot concrete trail will link the intersection of Cedar Springs Drive and Mehaffey Bridge Road (North Liberty city limits) with the walking/biking lane on Mehaffey Bridge, and includes an underpass near the boat ramp.

Gingerbread

Kaeden Hopp builds a frosting lane for she and her brother Zane’s gingerbread house.

Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas Party

Dec. 3

SOLON– The Annual Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at the historic church locate at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, in Solon. The doors open at noon for the 1 p.m. musical program with light refreshments and a visit from Santa to follow. All are welcome.

Surviving the Holidays grief support

seminar Tuesday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Sign up for “Surviving the Holidays,” a grief support seminar, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are not necessary to attend but would be helpful so there will be enough printed materials to hand out. Let us know you would like to attend the seminar by calling 319-624-2251. Pastor Scott Keele Kober, from the Solon United Methodist Church, will be leading the program. For a reservation for the program and an Old Gold Diner meal, call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

Roundabout substantially complete

IOWA CITY– The roundabout at the intersection of W6E (Ely Road NE) and F16 (Highway 382 NE) has been substantially completed. Ely Road, North of Highway 382, was open to traffic on Nov. 22. The contractor will continue to work on remaining project requirements until the spring of 2018, so watch for temporary traffic control changes in and around the intersection as things are touched up.

Finding lost water

New meters will allow city to track its own use

SOLON– How many water meters are there in the City of Solon?
Care to guess?
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe estimated somewhere around 1,200, but we’ll find out for sure pretty soon.
That’s because the city is looking to replace all of them next year in an attempt to further improve the efficiency of the municipal water system.
City council members discussed the pending project at an Oct. 4 meeting, and expect to follow up with action in the next month or two.

Jackson earns Jack Tatum Award

Hawk Talk

IOWA CITY– University of Iowa junior defensive back Josh Jackson has been named the recipient of the 2017 Jack Tatum Award as the best defensive back in the nation. The award was announced Tuesday by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, and is named for the late Ohio State and NFL legend Jack Tatum.

“The Hawks blow up Nebraska”

The headline comes from the words that Gary Dolphin, Iowa’s play-by-play radio announcer, said as time ran out Black Friday in Lincoln.
The Iowa Hawkeyes blew the Huskers out in the second half, breaking a 14-14 halftime tie and scoring 42 unanswered points.
I have been to Lincoln once to see Iowa play Nebraska.
The year was 1980 and one of my homeboys from Moville, Kim Clark, was working in Lincoln and I went over for the weekend to go to the game with him.
The final score… 57-0!