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Matt Lesan returns to Spartan sideline

Solon, Upper Iowa standout to lead varsity basketball team

SOLON– When the current Solon High School opened, Matt Lesan was an eighth grader.
He was there the day crews put up the basketball hoops in the new gymnasium and he snuck in to sink the first shot in the west side basket.
Former coach Ed Hansen had beat him to the east side.
Lesan went on to become Solon’s most prolific scorer, and now he’s back on the sidelines as the head coach for the varsity Spartan basketball team.

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Unleash the adventure in style

Archie’s Rent-A-Ride meets NL’s temporary transportation needs

NORTH LIBERTY– Many small businesses were started by entrepreneurs who saw a need that wasn’t being met locally. Such is the case with Archie’s Rent-A-Ride in North Liberty. Since July, Ron and Kris Mace have been providing top-notch rental cars as an offshoot of their repair shop, Archie’s Brake & Quick Lube.

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On a quest to do good

Iowa icon Carson King helps out the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, again

TIFFIN– On Sept. 14, a new Iowa icon was created. Cable sports network ESPN’s Game Day program was in Ames for the University of Iowa (UI) versus Iowa State University football game when their cameras picked up a young man named Carson King holding a cardboard sign seeking beer money. What started as a joke quickly escalated into a serious fundraiser as thousands of people from across the country responded.

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Sold!

Council approves deal with Pattison for 120 W. Main St. City approves first of competing offers

SOLON– City council members selected the proposal that was ready to roll.
Citing financial and legal readiness, the city approved selling an empty lot next door to City Hall to developer Mark Pattison during a Nov. 20 council meeting.
North Corridor Properites Investments will take possession of 120 W. Main St. in December and begin construction on a two-story mixed-use building with two commercial units on the ground level and a single, upper-level residence.
The city considered a competing offer from Uptown Main LLC, represented by developer Al Wells.

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A two-wheeled vision for the future

MPO of Johnson County unveils bike plans at public meeting

NORTH LIBERTY– About a dozen or so people took a first-hand look at future plans for bicycle trails in the Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin and North Liberty area at a public meeting held by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Johnson County on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Van Allen Elementary School in North Liberty.

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The changing of the guard

New voices and new roles for CCA school board

OXFORD– It was the changing of the guard Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors as Steve Swenka and Terry Davis departed at the end of their terms, and Eileen Schmidt and Jeff Tackaberry joined the seven-member board.

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“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is tale as old as time

SOLON– It was a classic story of love and redemption.
The Solon High School Drama Department’s fall musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was presented to the public in the Center for the Arts Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.
Director Sami McAtee reported all three shows were almost sold out. “The kids worked so hard to make the magic come to life and we cannot wait until the spring show, to share the magic again,” she said.

Thank you is all most veterans need

Montgomery shares Vietnam experience: “These kids were my friends.”

SOLON– We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.
The heartfelt message from Solon graduate and Vietnam veteran Mike Montgomery was delivered to Solon High School students Tuesday, Nov. 12,
during the district’s annual Veterans Appreciation Program.
Montgomery was a member of the 1963 football team and a 1964 graduate of Solon High School. Three months after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with numerous commendations and medals.
After his service, he obtained a doctorate in business administration with a minor in management.

Not the chow line they were used to

CCA Middle School’s annual Veterans Breakfast thanked those who served

TIFFIN– Just as they had done countless times years ago, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines “fell in” for the chow line. This time however, instead of grumpy mess sergeants and privates on KP duty, they were greeted by smiling middle school student council members who happily filled their red, white and blue decorated plates with pastries, breakfast pizza and even biscuits and gravy.

City to buy North Street house for $140k

House to be demolished, lot resold as commercial

SOLON The City of Solon has gone from selling to buying.
The city, which announced its intention of selling the lot next door to City Hall, is taking ownership of a residential property located in a projected downtown growth area.
At a Nov. 6 regular session, Solon City Council members unanimously approved purchasing 123 East North Street for $140,000.
Mayor Steve Stange said during the meeting the city would raze the existing one-story structure and leave the 60-by-100-foot lot as green space until resold for development as commercial property.

Carson King slated for Corridor Market fundraiser

Solons Kelsey Swancutt organizing upscale holiday bazaar

TIFFIN– When Kelsey Swancutt decided the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital would be the beneficiary of Corridor Market’s annual fundraiser, there was one name that came to mind.
Carson King.
Swancutt, 31, of rural Solon, has been a primary organizer of the Corridor Market, which provides a shopping venue for local small businesses twice a year in the area.
“Every event, we try to do some sort of charity aspect,” she explained. “We use our market and the ability to get people together as an outlet for whatever charity we choose.”

A one-stop shop for all things aquatic

DiVentures opens brand new swimming and diving center in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY After two years in the community, DiVentures SCUBA and Swim Center has opened a new facility on West Penn Street in North Liberty. A grand opening and ribbon cutting event was held on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 8,500-square foot facility, which replaces a much smaller, temporary location in North Liberty.
DiVentures founder Dean Hollis explained the many unique features, and rationale for locating a dive shop in Eastern Iowa.