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News

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.

5th Street intersection still clogged up

Workers move to west side until mid-August

SOLON– It will be mid-August before the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street opens back up completely.
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported contractors for a signalization project were scheduled to switch to the west side of the intersection July 27, with work to be wrapped on Friday, Aug. 14.
A second phase of the project, the installation of the signals, is not expected until October, Kleppe said.
Solon City Council members questioned the project’s timeline at a July 15 meeting, and Kleppe clarified the schedule July 23.

A red LeMans and a Golden Ticket

Eli DeWitt’s custom ’67 earns berth in Vegas builders’ show Purchased in 2010, he didn’t drive it until 2017

SOLON– He’s got a Golden Ticket.
Eli DeWitt’s custom 1967 Pontiac LeMans is going to the big show.
DeWitt, a 2014 Solon High School graduate, won a regional qualifier in the Young Guns division of the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Battle of the Builders, and heads to Las Vegas in November to compete nationally.
He’ll face about three-dozen other entrants age 18-27 in the Young Guns division, created to spotlight up-and-coming industry talent.

Supervisors and Board of Health issue face covering order for Johnson County

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors, in coordination with the Johnson County Board of Health, voted to issue a resolution that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, every person in Johnson County must wear a face covering when in a public place.
The resolution, signed Thursday, July 23, requires face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when:
• In public as opposed to being in one’s place of residence, when one cannot stay 6 feet away from others.
• Inside of any indoor public settings, for example, but not limited to:
- Grocery stores;
- Pharmacies;

Positive COVID-19 cases reported at Solon Nursing Care Center

No serious symptoms, no hospitalization

SOLON– The 2019 novel coronavirus has made its way into the Solon Nursing Care Center (SNCC).
A resident of the facility tested positive Sunday, July 12, according to Solon Retirement Village Campus Administrator Melissa Reed.
As of Friday, July 17, four staff members and 16 residents had tested positive.
Reed said none presented severe symptoms nor required hospitalization.
“The majority are all asymptomatic,” she reported. “They don’t have a fever, they’re not having chills, they’re not complaining about medical concerns.”

Return to Learn

On-site or virtual semesters offered Online teaching to be outsourced Masks strongly recommended but not mandated

SOLON– Solon Community School District (SCSD) families need to decide.
Will students attend classes in-person or virtually?
The choices were outlined July 16 as Superintendent Davis Eidahl revealed more detail about the district’s Return to Learn plan during a regular meeting of the school board.
The plan was to be unveiled to teachers July 17 and released to school families during a webinar July 22.
A team of 38 district employees developed the plan over the summer based on recommendations from the Iowa Department of Education and Department of Public Health.

Together again

Perfect weather for SHS graduation

SOLON– The weather cooperated, and Solon High School’s (SHS) Class of 2020 had its day in the sun.
The Solon Community School District conducted its formal graduation ceremony Sunday, July 19, at Spartan Stadium.
Inclement weather would have forced the ceremony into the high school’s auditorium, limiting the number of family members and friends able to attend.

UTV fatality on Newport Road

IOWA CITY– A Newport Road resident was killed July 16 in a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) accident in rural Johnson County.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Julie Bell, 62, of North Liberty, was operating a UTV in a field when she lost control, causing the UTV to roll
Passenger Mary Kay Knight, 65, of 2664 Newport Rd. NE, was pinned under the UTV and died at the scene.
The Joint Emergency Communications Center received a report of the accident at 6:03 p.m., according to a press release.

Class of 2020 to have its day

July 19 ceremony to be held at Spartan Stadium Inclement weather could curtail attendance

SOLON– Parents, family members and friends will be able to spread out at Spartan Stadium to safely celebrate the graduating Solon High School (SHS) Class of 2020 Sunday, July 19.
But if the weather doesn’t cooperate, things change.
According to SHS Principal Zach Wigle, if the ceremony is forced inside, the district will utilize the high school auditorium, and that will limit the number of guests for each graduate.

Helping others feel good

Physical therapist Tara Saul joins staff at Ability PT

SOLON– COVID-19 put the brakes on Tara Saul’s transition to Solon.
Saul was originally set to take up her new position as a physical therapist at Ability PT’s Solon clinic in March.
While physical therapy was deemed an essential service by Governor Kim Reynolds and Ability remained open during COVID restrictions, there weren’t as many patients in the clinic, Saul said. Not as many people were going outside or not being as active, and as a result, there were not as many injuries.
Saul became a stay-at-home mom with very active son Logan, 1 1/2.

Show will go on for many 4-H, FFA families

Johnson County Fair prepares for competitions with no crowds

IOWA CITY– For most Johnson County 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) families, there will be a 2020 fair.
When the Johnson County Fair Board announced in mid-May it was canceling 2020 grounds and grandstand entertainment, it also promised to find a way to spotlight the accomplishments of 4-H and FFA members.
That opportunity is coming up July 26 through July 29.

City, school renew community center lease

SOLON– The community center has another six months.
At a June 17 meeting, city council members approved a second six-month lease with the Solon Community School District, extending the operation of the Solon Community Center to the end of 2020.
In December of 2019, the city and school negotiated a new six-month lease for the former middle school at 313 S. Iowa St. in an attempt to control costs.