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February 26th

Dance, Dance, Dance

UI Dance Marathon raises record-breaking $1.8 million

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Feb. 7 raised $1,801,032.20– $300,000 more than last year and the largest amount in the event’s history.
“Every day is a great day to be a Hawkeye, but today is especially a great day… a big win over Michigan and an amazing Dance Marathon toteboard,” UI Dean of Students David Grady said in a congratulatory note to the event’s organizers.

Rural Solon development approved

County OKs plat despite neighbors’ opposition

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Despite public objections and petitioning neighbors, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plat for an eight-home subdivision just west of Solon.

City weathers a trying winter

Public works staff deals with 40 inches of snow, freezing wastewater plant

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– As the city dealt with the effects of an oscillating polar vortex and 42 snow events, the Feb. 19 city council meeting provided evidence of how a small town dealt with extreme weather.

2014-15 school year to start early

Last year’s decision overturned by board

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist


Classes for the 2014-2015 school year will now start Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, with graduation Sunday, May 17, 2015.

SOLON– If you started planning for the Solon school district’s 2015 graduation last year, you might want to update your plans.
On a 3-2 vote, the members of the Solon school board have adopted a new calendar for the 2014-2015 year, changing both the start of classes and commencement for seniors.
School will now start Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, with graduation Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Co Big Ten champs

The University of Iowa wrestling team won seven of 10 matches to defeat No. 15 Wisconsin, 28-10, and earn a share of the Big Ten title Sunday.
Cory Clark and Tony Ramos opened the dual with pins, and Nick Moore recorded his team-high fifth major decision to help Iowa improve to 7-1 in conference duals. The Hawkeyes share the Big Ten dual title with Minnesota and Penn State, and in two weeks Iowa returns to Madison to challenge for the Big Ten tournament title.

Doubleheader

Last Saturday, the Hawkeye men played Wisconsin at Carver at 11 a.m. while the women took on the Wolverines at Michigan. Their game started at 12:30 p.m.
I don’t like losing to the Badgers. Before the season started, the Hawks were leading the all-time series, 79-78.
After Wisconsin’s 79-74 victory Saturday, they now lead the series, 80-79.
You had four Hawkeyes in double figures, Iowa had more bench points (35-21), more rebounds (35-33), but the Badgers had four more 3-pointers (8-4).
Iowa led by one with a minute to play, but couldn’t finish.
Tough game... tough loss.

Roy versus Devin

Hawk Talk

Since I did a comparison of Lisa Bluder’s first team in 2000-2001 and this year’s women’s team, I thought it would be interesting to compare Dr. Tom Davis’ first team in 1986-1987 and Fran’s team this year.
Roy Marble, a sophomore at the time, was one of the many stars that helped lead Iowa to a record 30 wins and five losses.
Roy’s team averaged 87.2 points per game. This year’s team, led by his son Devyn, is averaging 84 points.
Roy’s team had 10 players averaging over 11 minutes per game, Devyn’s team has 11 players averaging over 10 minutes.
Neither team would wear each other out.

Vera Wilson

Vera G. Wilson, 94, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center in West Branch. Funeral services were held on Feb. 19 at West Branch United Methodist Church. Burial was at West Branch Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.

Mary Velky

Mary Elizabeth Velky, 78, of Solon, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House. Services were Feb. 17 at Brosh Chapel in Solon, with burial following in Sulek Cemetery near Shueyville.

Clara Schoderbek

Clara Leitzinger Schoderbek, 78, of Solon, died Jan. 23, 2014, from complications of cancer. A memorial service was held Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Solon.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Clara’s name with American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA, 20198-2237; or www.abcbirds.org.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.