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January 23rd

Order youth group sub sandwiches for big game Sunday, Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Youth Group is selling sub sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday. These delicious subs are made by the youth on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2. For an order form, please contact Kelly Meyer at 624-5191 or meyerk@soloniaumc.org. A great variety of toppings are available and everything is made-to-order fresh.

SHS Octagon Mini Dance Marathon Saturday, Feb. 1, to benefit UI Dance fundraiser

SOLON– The annual Octagon Club Mini Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight in the commons at Solon High School.
The mini-Dance Marathon is held in support of the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon. It is a fundraiser to donate money to families that are currently or have been previously afflicted with cancer. The cancer victims aided by this are children.
The event started in 1985 and has raised over $12 million dollars to help defray the cost of treatment while patients and their families seek treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Ely bank robbed; CR man charged

ELY– A Cedar Rapids man has been charged after a Friday morning robbery at the Solon State Bank in Ely, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree, according to Linn County sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County conservation officer located Melton and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where he was taken into custody.

SCSD revisits 2014-2015 calendar dates

Board seeks input on earlier start

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Are you comfortable with school starting on Aug. 14?
The scenarios are in play again for the 2014-2015 Solon school year, and the district’s board of education is seeking feedback from its residents prior to a decision Feb. 10.
At odds are the start date on one end and the date for graduation on the other.
Moving the start date for school to Aug. 14 would allow the Solon Community School District (SCSD) to align the end of the first semester with the winter break and provide a consistent graduation date year-to-year.

Neighbors oppose rural Solon development

Corps of Engineers, DNR and county recommend approval

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– A housing subdivision proposed for 20 acres just west of Solon has ruffled some feathers, and not just those of the thousands of pelicans that flock to the adjacent lakefront each migratory season.

Women Split

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeyes’ 88-72 loss to the Michigan State women last Thursday was tough to watch.
Iowa relies on its 3-point shooting, but have won games when they are not hitting from the outside.
Against the Spartans, the Hawks were not only cold from the outside (1-13) but got crushed on the boards 44-29.
Size, balance and quickness were on Michigan State’s side as the Spartans had five players in double figures, the Hawkeyes three.

Wrestlers roll over Nebraska

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The third-ranked Iowa wrestlers took out the Nebraska Cornhuskers 22-9 Saturday at Lincoln, but lost some tough matches.
Derek St. John (157) lost his first match of the year when third-ranked James Green knocked off Derek, 9-7.
James beat Derek last year in the Big Ten Tournament, but Derek bounced back and won the Nationals.
Mike Evans (174) has lost two straight to wrestlers ranked higher then he was, but I have to give him credit, he kept attacking in both matches.

Hawk men stomp Gophers, 94-73

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

I thought the Iowa-Minnesota game was going to be a back-and-forth battle and stay close for the whole game.
I was right… for the first half.
The Hawkeyes trailed by 10, 43-33, with 1:13 left in the first half.
Mike Gesell hits a lay up and then Josh Oglesby goes off, draining three straight 3-pointers to cut the lead to 43-41 at half.
What a difference a year makes.
Josh struggled from behind the arc last season and when he broke his foot before the season, there was talk of a redshirt.
Fran McCaffery had no plans to do that and it paid off Sunday.

Pauline Stoner

Pauline S. Stoner, 84, formerly of rural Solon and North Liberty, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.
A memorial service was held Jan. 17 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Inurnment will take place at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Pauline’s memory. Online condolences can be sent to Pauline’s family at www.gayandciha.com.

Eileen Rogers

Eileen Kathryn Rogers, 74, formerly of Mount Vernon, and a resident of the Great River Care Center, McGregor, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body disease. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 18 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, by the Rev. Monsignor Thomas Zinkula. Visitation with Rosary, followed by a Celebration of Life, was held Jan. 17, at Morgan Funeral Choices, Mount Vernon.