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January 15th, 2016

Solon Archery Team to host tournament Jan. 23 at high school

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team will host a tournament at Solon High School on Saturday, Jan. 23. The team hopes to get more kids involved in the sport and this would be a way for them to see the team firsthand. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The team will host 500 kids from 10 Eastern Iowa schools. Participants will range in age from elementary to high school.
A raffle for a Mathews Z-2 Bow in Lost Camo will be held during the tournament to raise funds to support the team.

KCs to hold basketball free throw contest Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest, for competitors ages nine to 14, on Sunday, Jan. 24. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimists Basketball Contests. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition taking place from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners earns the opportunity to compete in the district competition with an eye toward moving on to state and international levels.

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketballs.

Casey Grover resigns from Solon City Council

Mayor wants to appoint Lynn Morris

SOLON– Solon is once again short a council member.
At a regular meeting Jan. 6, Mayor Steve Stange read an immediately-effective letter of resignation from council member Casey Grover.
Grover, elected to a four-year term in November 2013, indicated he would no longer be able to serve after moving to a home in Ely. Grover was not present for the meeting.
“It has been a great honor to be elected in our growing town,” Grover said in the letter. “I thank you for entrusting me to do a good job. I hope that I have lived up to your expectations.”

Iowa men 3-0 in the Big Ten

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes took care of business last week with a 77-66 win over Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
This had to be a tough game for the Hawks to get up for.
They opened the Big Ten season with a win over No. 1 Michigan State at home and then beat 13th-ranked Purdue on the road before they played Nebraska, which lost its first two Big Ten games.
Iowa was down 10-0 before Jarrod Uthoff got warmed up.

Tanner D. Wymer

Tanner DeWayne Wymer, 17, of Solon, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in a tragic drowning accident on the Coralville Reservoir. Celebration of life services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located at 1749 Racine Avenue NE. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. 
Tanner was born April 19, 1998 in Iowa City, the son of Brad and Marcy (Gage) Wymer. He was a senior at Solon High School planning to graduate in May. Tanner was an outstanding student and active in football, wrestling and track and field. 

Linda Hansel

Linda Hansel, 53, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a battle with COPD. A celebration of life was held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, in the Lawrence Room at the Lawrence Community Center in Anamosa. Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, has been entrusted with Linda’s arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Jeffrey S. Astor

Jeffrey Scott Astor, 56, of North Liberty, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia. He passed peacefully at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas surrounded by loved ones. Jeff was born to James and Laura Astor on Dec. 12, 1959. He was the youngest of five siblings: Donna Birkicht and friend; Cary Rhoads, of Cedar Rapids; Carol Murphy and her husband Steve, of Georgetown, Texas; Dennis Astor and friend Bev Davis, of Cedar Rapids; and Janis McMann and her husband Larry, of Cedar Rapids.

Not so much

Tanner Wymer’s visitation was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and we planned to be at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon right when it started.
We’ve known Brad and Marcy Wymer since about the same time we moved to Solon almost 20 years ago. Their son, Jordan, and our son, Kale, were buddies when they were much younger, not much more than preschoolers.
So we got to know the family a little, and over time you would see the parents of your kids’ friends on a regular basis, because your kids weren’t old enough to drive on their own.

So why do I feel guilty?

There he stood, with his red kettle and cheery brass bell, and I realized I no longer make three trips to the grocery store every week. Nor do I spend a month or six weeks shopping for gifts for Christmas. I probably wasn’t tossing nearly as much into that red kettle every year as I once did. In the past, it had been my habit to just clean out my loose change and add a dollar bill, if it looked too meager, every time I encountered one of those hearty Salvation Army volunteers.