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December 16th

Fareway comes to Tiffin

Plans for store announced at city council meeting

TIFFIN– About four years ago, the City of Tiffin conducted a survey asking for residents’ feedback. Among the top of their requests? A grocery store.
It appears residents of Tiffin have finally had their wish come true, this holiday season, as plans for a Fareway grocery store have been announced in their own backyard.
“We have property under contract in the Prairie Village Commercial Development for approximately three acres on the northwest corner—contemplated to construct a store in middle of 2018,” announced Garrett Piklapp, Vice President, General Counsel at Fareway Stores Inc.

Seven marathons seven days seven continents

Running across the world, for a cause

North Liberty dentist to run seven marathons in seven days in seven continents for charity

NORTH LIBERTY– Many of us like to devote some time and energy to a charity or cause near to our hearts. Others, well, they go the extra mile.
Deb Carneol D.D.S. of North Liberty Dental is doing just that. In January, she and a group of 15 other participants will take a charter plane across the globe for an epic endeavor known as the 777 World Marathon Challenge. In it, her team will represent a cause of their choice while completing seven marathons in seven continents in just seven days.

Grapplers solid at Cliff Keen Invitational

Linderbaum, Hoyle and Wegmann lead Spartans

Linderbaum, Hoyle and Wegmann lead Spartans

INDEPENDENCE– Powered by its veteran grapplers, Solon’s varsity wrestlers finished 10th at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Independence Dec. 1-2.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum won the tournament championship at 285 pounds, senior Zach Wegmann finished fifth at 220, and sophomore Zeb Gnida (120 pounds) and junior Mike Hoyle (182) each took sixth place.
Solon had two other wrestlers– juniors Aidan Dall (126 pounds, 10th) and Andy Brokaw (138 pounds, 10th) place in the top 10.

Spartans pick up dual wins

The Spartans posted comfortable victories over Dyersville Beckman and Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers picked up a pair of dual wins Dec. 7 in Mount Vernon.
The Spartans posted comfortable victories against Dyersville Beckman (53-21) and host Mount Vernon (51-16).
“Anytime you can get two conference wins on the same night is a good night,” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams said.
Aidan Dall (126 pounds), Andy Brokaw (138) and Jax Flynn (152) pinned their Beckman opponents, while Zeb Gnida (120) picked up a technical fall. Mike Hoyle (182) and Adam Bock (195) each won decisions for the Spartans.

Lady Spartans drop third in a row

This week wasn't kind

SOLON– Another week, another three games on the hardwood for the Solon girls’ basketball team, but this week wasn’t as kind as the last.
The Lady Spartans started the week on the road Tuesday, Dec. 5, falling behind early against Central Clinton, in DeWitt, being outscored the first two quarters, 11-8 and 12-3, but rallied in the third quarter outscoring the Sabers, 14-5, setting up a sprint to the finish that found Solon only able to match Central Clinton’s performance, 7-7. The Lady Spartans fell, 35-32, in a close, low-scoring affair.

Spartans roar past Sabers

Solon picks up 1st loss after slow start at Epworth

SOLON– It was smooth sailing against Central DeWitt, but the Spartans couldn’t shake the sleepies against Western Dubuque.
The Solon varsity boys’ basketball team picked up its third win and first loss last week, rolling past Central DeWitt at home Dec. 5, but falling on the round at undefeated Western Dubuque Dec. 8.
Hosting the Sabers, the Spartans jumped out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 66-39 victory, fueled by 25 points from senior Ben Krutzfeldt.
Krutzfeldt is leading the team in scoring so far this season with an average of 18 points per game.

Iowa needs workers with skills in industrial arts

State senators Kinney and Mathis talk jobs at North Liberty meeting

NORTH LIBERTY— The overarching theme of the evening was jobs. But a lively discussion among legislators and about a dozen constituents ranged widely, from the role of career preparation in K-12 education, to the need for a public transit system, to the challenges of getting broadband connectivity to rural and smaller communities, and even the potential of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Iowa.

Saturday Soup Ministry Ends Dec. 16

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church sadly announced it will end Saturday Soup Ministry after the Dec. 16 soup delivery. For the past 13 years, the church delivered soup to those who requested it in the Solon and Ely area. Each delivered soup provided one person enough soup for two meals. Over those 13 years, the church provided 25,990 servings of soup. It has been Our Lord’s Church’s pleasure to have provided the service to the wonderful individuals they had the pleasure of meeting and serving.
Note: Our Lord’s Church continues to provide the free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Minor injured in Johnson County hunting incident

JOHNSON COUNTY– An 11-year-old boy was injured in a hunting incident on Sunday, Dec. 10, on private property near the intersection of 320th Street NE and Prairie Du Chen Road NE in Johnson County north of Iowa City.

A hobby gone awry

Pyles making the Christmas season bright near Solon

LAKE MACBRIDE– It all started 40 years ago, and has exploded into a light and sound spectacle that just keeps growing and growing at the corner of Hwy. 382 and Newberry Drive west of Solon and near the entrance to Lake Macbride.
“It was when I had my first daughters, and Christmas was Christmas, and I just put up a few strings (of lights), and we’ve been at it ever since,” Dan Pyle said. Pyle and his wife Hope have gone from those first few strands to 142 separate runs of extension cords supplying electricity to at least 30,000 lights.