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August 17th, 2016

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 20

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event will be a 4-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $50 per golfer which includes greens fee, lunch and a drink ticket. There will be two sessions, one at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served between the two groups starting at noon. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride golf course at 319-624-2500 or Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

City imposes water use restrictions

Water tower painting prompts prohibition on lawn watering beginning Aug. 15

SOLON– The City of Solon water tower will be undergoing routine maintenance starting Aug. 15. The city has contracted Central Iowa Tank to clean and paint both the inside and outside of the tower. When completed, the water tower will have a new facelift with a different color, lettering and school logo. The entire process will require the to tower be taken offline for approximately four-six weeks.

City administrator leaving Ely in September

ELY– The man who helped the City of Ely manage a decade of growth is moving on.
City Administrator Aaron Anderson tendered his resignation Monday, Aug. 8. His last day with the city will be Sept. 16.
Anderson came to Ely when the city had a population of just over 1,000 residents. Current unofficial estimates put the number of citizens at around 2,000.
“It’s been a challenge to keep up with that growth,” Anderson said.
The transition from small town to active, growing community has been an enjoyable one for Anderson.

New guidelines close SCSD open enrollment

Solon school board approves more space for local growth

SOLON– The Solon school board approved changes which should effectively muzzle open enrollment for at least the upcoming school year.
At a special meeting Aug. 15, board members agreed to new guidelines which lowered the number which triggers the closing of a grade level to open enrollment.
“The takeaway is the new policy would basically close open enrollment for all practical purposes unless we had a very small kindergarten class,” board member Tim Brown said.

Big Rain

Flash flood causes damage to Solon homes, facilities

SOLON– It was a pretty helpless feeling for Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level Kleppe had never seen before.
Coupled with a power outage, the flash flooding that followed caused extensive damage to a number of Solon homes and prompted the city to declare a local disaster declaration

The Iowa Hawkeye offense

Hawk Talk


This is the first of a three-part series.
For the next couple of weeks, I’ll talk about the University of Iowa football team’s offense, defense and special teams.
Like I said last week, I missed my first football media press conference in 15 years.
Two of my homeboys, Terry Intveld and Brian Fleck, were the “next-man-in” and took pictures and got some quotes.
Terry has been taking pictures for me for at least seven or eight years.

Market After Dark returns for a second year on Aug. 27

CEDAR RAPIDS– Market After Dark returns for its second year on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-11 p.m. A variety of nearly 100 vendors and entertainment mixed with downtown nightlife, make up this unique community event.

The first annual Bike Ride of Iowa County (B.R.I.C.) Saturday, Aug. 20

AMANA– While RAGBRAI may be over, the bike riding season hasn’t ended just yet. The first annual Bike Ride of Iowa County, also known as “BRIC,” is scheduled for Aug. 20. The ride is a scenic 37-mile jaunt through Iowa County beginning in the village of Amana amid the brick buildings of the historic area. The route heads south from Amana to Williamsburg’s classic town square, with its brick paved streets, then past Fireside Winery, near Conroy, before returning to the Amana Colonies. BRIC is more than just a bike ride, there are special foods and events planned at each stop along the route.

Eleanor M. Brumwell

Eleanor Marie (Stinocher) Brumwell, 81, of Solon, passed away in her home on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Celebration of life services were held Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre.

Coming clean

Walkin'

As I was saying, the final impetus to remove the stack of drug money from my office closet came when we landed the new minister as the guest of honor at a small dinner party and I was afraid Sabra would uncover the stash in a cleaning frenzy.