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April 29th, 2017

Chandler Johnson 3 on 3 soccer tournament fundraiser April 30

SOLON– A three-on-three soccer tournament Sunday, April 30, will serve as a fundraiser for the family of Solon student Chandler Johnson.
Solon FCA will host the tournament at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, with a rain date to be determined.
The event will begin with a speaker at noon, followed by games at around 12:30 p.m. Expect to come as a team around 11:30 a.m.

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Townsley named Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year

SOLON– Matt Townsley, director of instruction and technology for the Solon Community School District, was named the 2017 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).

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Mayor responds to charges of special treatment

SOLON– Mayor Steve Stange said he did nothing wrong.
At the conclusion of a lengthy and at times contentious council meeting April 19, Stange took time during his mayor’s comments to address the sale of his home to developers for a Main Street project.
“I’m tired of being accused of doing things inappropriately,” Stange said. “It’s to the point where I’ve just had enough.”
Last February or March, Stange said, he was approached by Mark Pattison about the possible sale of his home at 131 W. Main St.

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Bad feelings bubble up as developer’s agreement passes

Council approves parking, rebate for 121 on Main

City to rebate an additional $20k for street work

SOLON– Mayor Pro Tempore Steve Duncan tried to wrap up what could generously be described as discussion over the developer’s agreement for 121 on Main, a commercial/residential development adjacent to Big Grove Brewery.
Duncan closed off comments from Solon resident and developer Al Wells, noting he appreciated the input.
“No, you don’t,” Wells replied.
“Yeah, I do,” Duncan responded.

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Special council election set for May 30

Lauren Whitehead and Dale Snipes say they will run

SOLON– There will be at least two candidates for the special city council election Tuesday, May 30.
Both Dale Snipes, appointed April 5 to fill a seat vacated by longtime council member Mark Krall, and Lauren Whitehead, who had also applied for the position, plan to appear on the ballot.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate has until Friday, May 5, to submit the appropriate paperwork to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Ten signatures are required for the nomination petition.

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Spring football scrimmage

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeyes held their final scrimmage of the spring last Friday night under the lights at Kinnick Stadium.
I sat in the press box with one of my homeboys from Moville, Jerry Steffen. Jerry and I went from kindergarten to graduation at Woodbury Central. He was the leadoff hitter on our junior high baseball team that won the state championship in little league in 1968.

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Mud and blood brother

Walkin'

On my recent trip home for my folks’ 70th anniversary, I found myself digging in the garden with Brad.

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...a young man’s fancy

Food For Thought

My grandmother used to take great delight in quoting snippets of Tennyson’s poetry– especially bits about spring and love. She often had her own version of his famous lines, however. “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” morphed into, “...a young man’s fancy, and an old one’s not too bad.” And she warned us about what could happen once the headiness of new love wore off by saying, “He will hold thee, when its passion will have spent its novel force, / something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.”

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April 22nd

Clear Creek Amana golf

Clipper boys sweep Mustangs off the golf course

CCA varsity and JV squads defeat Independence in dual meet

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AMANA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity and junior varsity (JV) golf squads swept the Independence Mustangs on Monday, April 10, in a dual meet at the Amana Golf Course. The varsity Clippers won 196-205, led by Brandon McCarty with 40. McCarty was the meet medalist, while teammate Cory Siders was the runner-up with 48.
The JV Clippers won 230-275, led by Isaac Quinn’s 53.

Creek Boys sixth at Bobcat Relays

4x800 relay kicks it for the win

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VAN HORNE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team kicked off the Easter weekend with a trip to Van Horne for the Benton Community High School Bobcat Relays Thursday, April 13. The Clippers placed sixth behind winner Vinton-Shellsburg (136 points), Mount Vernon (109), Benton Community (91), Williamsburg (57), and North Linn (45). The Creek Boys amassed 35 points. Sigourney (20), Belle Plaine (19), Union (14), Iowa Valley (12), Independence (11), Alburnett (8) and Janesville (2) rounded out the field.