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Ben Newell Memorial 5K race to be held at Sugar Bottom Nov. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the community for the Ben Newell Memorial 5K race Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area, North Liberty. Check-in is at 7 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m.
Mason City native Ben Newell enjoyed many passions in his life; his dog Jethro, attending country music concerts, Hawkeye football games, volunteering, fishing, boating, and working in the insurance industry. By far, Ben enjoyed playing sports and being active; he was training for his first mini-triathlon last fall.

Held up on the jail

Supes still wrestling with justice center options

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It could be back to the drawing table, literally, for some area architects. While the Johnson County Board of Supervisors continues to grapple with how to move forward in addressing courthouse and jail space needs, the possibility of dividing the proposed justice center into two separate projects appears more likely.

City elections Tuesday, Nov. 5

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Municipal elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters in Johnson County will be asked to choose city council members to fill any vacant seats. There is only one public measure on any municipal ballots this time around; Iowa City residents will be asked if the age for entry to a bar that serves alcohol should be changed back to 19 years, instead of 21. Iowa City, University Heights and Coralville all have strongly contested races for council positions, and Coralville has four candidates running for its mayor’s seat.

A happy haunting on Walnut Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween spirit is everywhere at 32 W. Walnut St. in North Liberty; in the bushes, on the lawn and dangling from the trees, in fact.
Jake McCusker really gets into the holiday. He grew up in Ottumwa, in an area of town that traditionally went all out with Halloween decorating.
“Everybody decorated for Halloween,” Jake said. “Subdivisions would even do themes. Everyone had their porch lights on for trick-or-treating. It was like Halloween Town.”

Swenka given maximum sentence

Judge accepts Alford plea, Swenka to serve two years

IOWA CITY– Twenty-year-old Zachary Swenka has been sentenced to two years in prison for causing the death of 14-year-old Mackenzie Lown.
Swenka was charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter when Lown was killed in the car Swenka was driving on Oct. 17, 2011, on U.S. Highway 6 near Tiffin.
Swenka’s plea hearing took place at the Johnson County Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 24, presided by Judge Stephen Gerard. Swenka submitted a guilty plea to the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Teams just miss

Three runners on to state

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Three Solon runners will be in the starting boxes Saturday at the State Class 3A cross country meet. Junior Alex Smith qualified at the Oct. 24 district meet at Solon for the girls. On the boys’ side, junior Ty Appleget and senior Patrick McGill made the field. Smith runs at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kennedy Park at Fort Dodge. Appleget and McGill get the gun at 12:30 p.m.

Smith goes, team stays…

Spartans tame Bobcats in first half, 43-7

Solon faces Western Dubuque tonight in first round of postseason

VAN HORNE– The halftime score was the final score.
The Solon Spartans rolled up 43 points in the first half against Benton Community in Van Horne Friday night, and that’s all that was needed.
The Spartans wrapped up the Class 3A District 6 championship outright with the 43-7 win, moving Solon’s record to 8-1 on the season and undefeated within the district.

Just Lego®– and let your imagination run wild

Solon Library’s Lego® club yields fanciful stories

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist
SOLON– There are few toys on the market that better help a child’s creativity than Legos®. It allows students to build something entirely of their own, with or without instructions– Legos® inspire creativity, art, critical thinking, and of course, storytelling.
At the Solon library Lego® club meeting last Monday, Oct. 7, imagination was rampant.

Solon Public Library

Early out movie, Thursday, Nov. 1

The next early out program will be on Thursday, Nov. 7, with the showing of the movie, “The Croods” (PG). Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m.

LEGO® Club

Supes wrestle with with options for justice center

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– It could be back to the drawing table, literally, for some area architects. While the Johnson County Board of Supervisors continues to grapple with how to move forward in addressing courthouse and jail space needs, the possibility of dividing the proposed justice center into two separate projects appears more likely.