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March 19th

Taleb Salameh

Taleb Salameh, 28, North Liberty, died Sunday, March 10, 2013.
Private family services will be held at the Iowa City Mosque at a later time. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Taleb’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Walkin'

Back pain is back

My back went out for the first time in the late 1970s.
I was a twenty-something publishing a newspaper for the military community of Bamberg, Germany.
Once a week I’d check a sedan out from the motor pool and drive 140 miles to the Stars and Stripes headquarters in Darmstadt to get my paper printed. Occasionally, a vehicle from the pool would not be available and I’d have to scramble to find transportation.

Food for Thought

Why kids ask so many questions

I remember, at sometime in my early childhood, how many big and mysterious words there were in the world. Not just words I heard adults use, and that I assumed I would someday learn the meanings of, but words that were just out there– posted on cars, buildings, billboards– waiting for me to unravel their mysteries. Reading was like a parlor trick. Comprehending was another matter.

March 12th

Trojans still 4A state champs

DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans are still the reigning Class 4A Champions after a three-game campaign at the Boys State Basketball Tournament in the Wells Fargo Arena.
The team, coached by Steve Bergman, went on a rollercoaster ride, which ended with its second consecutive state tournament trophy, the fifth for the program and the fourth for Bergman.
But it almost didn’t happen.

Common threads tell unique stories

NORTH LIBERTY– Quilts are so much more than scraps of fabric, cut by hand and stitched together with careful placement, more than warm comfort on a cold night, even more than American folk art handed down through generations.
Quilts are testaments to lives well lived, celebrations of life’s milestones, congratulatory gifts of honor.

Etheredge edges Dahms for supervisor’s seat

JOHNSON COUNTY– It wasn’t a landslide victory, but it might be considered a landmark one.
On Tuesday, March 5, Republican candidate John Etheredge won a seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the first Republican to serve on that body in 51 years, since the term of Republican Oren Alt ended in 1962.

Second annual ‘Spartan Dash’ set for April 27 at SRNA

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will be hosting its second annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 27, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a family team. Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Nature and Recreation Area. The event will start and end near the round barn in the Solon Nature and Recreation Area.

Feeling the synergy

Members of the Solon Middle School Show Choir Synergy finish one of their numbers during a performance at the Solon Musical Showcase Friday, March 1, in the Solon High School gymnasium. The members of Synergy took first place in the Class 3A middle school division of the Indianola Show/Jazz Encounter in February. Turn to page 20 for more photos of middle school performers. (photo by Doug Lindner)

City tearing down candy store

<h3>Council votes for demolition and new construction for city hall</h3>

SOLON– The continuing story of Solon’s quest for a new city hall entered a new chapter last week as council members voted to demolish the building it purchased at 100 W. Main St.
Engineering estimates for the renovation of the former candy store had come in at $1.8 million, almost three times the $650,000 available for the project. And when city hall committee members asked for revised numbers that reflected the actual budget, they learned they couldn’t fully finish the main level.

Hawkeye men and women have 20 wins

The Hawkeye men needed to win their last two home games and maybe two games in the Big Ten Tournament to have a shot at the NCAA tournament.
The got one in a good win over Illinois, 63-55, last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It was another one of those grind-it-out games, but Devyn Marble and Iowa’s bench were too tough for the Fighting Illini.
Devyn was 10-10 from the free throw line, scoring 21 points with six rebounds and four assists.
Devyn has really stepped up his game since Mike Gesell went down with a foot injury, and has carried the team to a 2-1 record without Mike.