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August 18th, 2020

It’s the law… sort-of

JoCo Supervisors pass face covering ordinance

IOWA CITY– They’ve asked nicely. They’ve pleaded, appealing to your concern for your fellow man. Now, they’ve made it a regulation.
The Johnson County Supervisors unanimously approved a face covering regulation during their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 6.

Uncertainty, suspicion, distrust and a long wait for change

Life experiences are shared at North Liberty Social Justice and Racial Equity listening posts

NORTH LIBERTY– The death, in police custody, of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this summer sparked protests, riots and a new awareness of racial inequalities.
Following demonstrations in Iowa City, Coralville and Solon, the City of North Liberty embarked on a proactive approach to address issues related to its minority communities.
According to data from 2015, whites make up 88.2 percent (16,134) of the residents of North Liberty with blacks comprising 4.7 percent (867), and Hispanics totaling 4.4 percent (806).

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.

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.

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.

August 5th

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.

Five Spartans receive All-WaMaC East baseball honors

SOLON– Senior Cole Arduser made the First Team, while sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska was a unanimous Second Team pick after the WaMaC Conference announced its East Division baseball honors for the shortened 2020 summer season.
Incoming freshman Brett White was also named to the Second Team, while junior Carson Shive and senior Lucas Walker received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).
“Cole Arduser was a very deserving First Team selection and had an outstanding senior season,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney.

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.

Friday Night Lights will burn bright this fall

IHSAA announces football changes, CCA and Liberty release schedules

BOONE– Barring the reimplementation of COVID-19 related restrictions, there will be high school football in Iowa this fall. The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released a revised schedule for the 2020 season on Friday, July 24, which calls for a first practice date of no earlier than Monday, Aug. 10, and a first competition date of Thursday, Aug. 27. State semifinals are set for Nov. 13-15 with the finals on Nov. 20-21.