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December 16th

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Getting to know teacher librarian Miranda Kral

Check out some humor with your books

SOLON– Miranda Kral asks some unusual questions.
What building has the most stories? (A library.) Who is the coolest king in the world? (King Author.) What does a cat like to read? (A mewspaper.)
As the Solon Community School District’s new teacher librarian, her favorite puns include— you guessed it— libraries and books.

Council ranking upcoming projects

City begins review of capital improvements list

SOLON– Solon’s city council is making its list and checking it twice.
The city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a compilation of significant wants and needs for the community, annually reviewed by the members of the city council as budget time approaches.

Hawk wrestlers are still undefeated

The Iowa wrestlers knocked off 11th-ranked Rutgers, 29-6, last week at Carver.
The Hawks had upset wins at 157 pounds (Edwin Cooper) and 285 (Sam Stoll).
Rutgers was ranked 17th at 157 and sixth at 285.
“It’s good because it’s my first ranked win,” said Stoll. “I know there’s more I could have done in the match.”
Iowa had technical falls at 125 pounds (Thomas Gillman, 21-6) and 149 pounds (Brandon Sorenson, 21-6).

Hawks lose twice at Ames

Hawk Talk

It was tough enough when the Hawkeye football team lost to Michigan State 16-13 in the Big Ten football championship game a couple weeks ago in Indianapolis.
Last week, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams lost in consecutive nights to the Cyclones.
The football loss was a back and forth contest in which the Spartans led going into the fourth quarter but Iowa regained the lead and kept it until 27 seconds were left on the clock.

Bert Louis (Louie) Brannaman

Bert Louis “Louie” Brannaman of Davis, Calif., passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2015. He was 95 years old. Louie was born in Sutliff on March 3, 1920. After high school, Louie attended the University of Iowa. Upon graduation, Louie moved to California where he started working for the University of California (UC) Riverside in agronomy. In 1963, Louie transferred to the UC Davis campus, where he was a lab technician in the agronomy department. Louie worked for 35 years for the University of California.

Good things

Walkin'

It was a good thing the stairs leading up to my Main Street apartment in Solon were extra wide, because during the decade I lived there many large objects including a piano, a heavy hide-a-bed sofa, an oversized couch and a series of 12-foot tall Christmas trees got moved up the steps.

Re-viewing the reruns

Food For Thought

For anyone who is not a dedicated spectator-sports fan, weekend television is rapidly becoming a numbing ordeal. There is little to choose from unless you’re an avid football fan and not necessarily fussy about what teams, college or professional, are being broadcast on any particular Saturday or Sunday.

December 10th

Trojans crown three wrestlers at Dick Mellinger Invitational

West ties with Ottumwa for team title

North Liberty Leader
BURLINGTON– Iowa City West High crowned three champions in Burlington High School’s Dick Mellinger Wrestling Invitational Saturday, Dec. 5.
Keaton Speicher won the 113-pound bracket after pinning Mediapolis’ Isaac Bybee in 3:28; Nelson Brands took the 145-pound bracket by pinning Keokuk’s Donnie Rose in 5:35; and Donovan Doyle won at 195 pounds with a fall in 1:40 over Burlington’s Mason Hartman.
West and Ottumwa tied for first place in team points with 366. Mediapolis was third with 326, followed by Keokuk (322), Burlington (210) and Davenport North (89).

Plenty of bowlers for West

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IOWA CITY– Bowling has become a more popular sport at Iowa City West High, coach Mike Mellecker noted.
“This will be our biggest team in a few years,” Mellecker said. An assistant coach for four years, Mellecker has been the head coach for nine years, sporting a 38-77 record with the boys’ teams, and 48-85 with the girls.
Last season the boys went 6-9 overall and 3-8 in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) competition, with Heath Schintler qualifying for the state meet, while the girls posted a 2-13 and 2-9 showing.