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Big Grove Brewery

Much anticipated opening date set for

SOLON– It’s a combination of rustic elements and contemporary design, urban chic meets country comfort. It’s a Friday night with old friends around the fire, topped off with new-to-the-world trendy craft beer.
It’s part five-star chef, part mom’s mac-and-cheese, born of a blend of talented individuals both raised in the Midwest and schooled by life in some of the most eclectic, metropolitan places in the world.
And it’s all in once place, right in the heart of Solon.

Marshek residents unhappy with city’s approach

Residents want to ditch homeowners’ association, but city might require it

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Things had been moving along, albeit slowly.
The drainage issue affecting the residents of the cul-de-sac Marshek Court had made it back on the city council’s radar, and over the last month the city’s engineer and public works director had been working on a cost-effective solution.
Then came Wednesday night’s council meeting.

Sponsors needed for Solon Senior Advocates trip program

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are initiating a trip sponsorship program to help reduce costs for our seniors. A sponsorship program will enable us to provide lower rates for the 12 to 14 yearly trips. Increased participation often necessitates organizing bus transportation which adds cost and not all seniors can afford these trips. Many would like to participate, not only for entertainment, but for sociability and mobility. Pledges may be made in any amount at $30 per trip or up to include all 12 trips.

JCHT to host Family Day at Belgum Grove Sept. 15

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s the perfect time to get outside, smell the wildflowers, soak up the sun, explore the creek, fish in the pond and reconnect with the best that nature has to offer.
Join Johnson County Heritage Trust members for the organization’s fourth annual Family Day at Belgum Grove, Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 until 3 p.m.

Solon Public Library

Fall hours, holiday closing

The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, regular library hours resume which means the library will open at noon on Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours remain 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Library policy on unattended children

Solon High School ACT scores are highest in past five years

SOLON– Solon High School students scored the highest marks in the past five years in the areas of English, math, and science on the 2013 ACT tests. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. The composite score of 23.4 for Solon High School was well above the state average of 22.1.

Solon fall sports begin this week

VARSITY FOOTBALL

Date Opponent Site TIME
Aug. 30 Mt. Vernon Mt. Vernon 5 PM
Sept. 6 Iowa City Regina Solon 5:15 PM
Sept. 13 Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant 5 PM
Sept. 20 Clear Creek Amana Solon 5 PM
Sept. 27 Central DeWitt DeWitt 5 PM
Oct. 4 Anamosa Solon 5 PM
Oct. 11 Marion Solon 5 PM
Oct. 18 Maquoketa Maquoketa 5 PM
Oct. 25 Benton Community Van Horne 5 PM
Oct. 30 Sub-State Game TBA 7PM
Nov. 4 First Round Playoffs TBA 7 PM
Nov. 8 State Quarterfinals TBA 7 PM
Nov. 14 State Semifinals UNI Dome TBA
Nov. 21 State Championship UNI Dome TBA

Just hangin’ around with the NLFD

Beth Jaeger, 8, of North Liberty, looks back from the Velcro Wall at the North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer, held Saturday at Bobber’s Grill and Scales Pointe Campground. The inflatable kids’ games were only a part of the day-long event, which included a mechanical bull, silent auction and live music. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Dealing with racial disparity

Five local reps to attend juvenile justice reform training

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The subject of minorities being arrested and incarcerated at a higher percentage than white people has been an on-going discussion topic in Johnson County, and was cited during debates over the county’s proposed new justice center. However that discussion focused on adult contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice center, and not necessarily on juvenile offenders.

Be aware of changes in CCA school board election ballot

Pitlick wants out, Kinney wants back in

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– There are two significant changes in the upcoming school board election for the Clear Creek Amana school district.
As of the candidate filing deadline of Aug. 1, CCA board president Eileen Schmidt was set to face current board member Aimee Pitlick for one at-large seat in the Sept. 10 election. Pitlick currently holds the at-large seat with Schmidt representing District Two. Both were elected to the board in 2009.