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Solon Trustworthy Hardware celebrates 40 years of business

SOLON– Walking into his parents’ hardware store, Tom Trump wasn’t quite prepared for the display of pink step stools, toolboxes and tools that greeted him in the front window. It seemed out of place for a store that sold lawn mower parts, plumbing supplies and other home improvement tools.
Immediately, he knew this was his mother, Carolyn’s, doing.
“What are you going to do with that?” he recalled asking her.

Come and get it

West Trojans to defend title, close in on four-peat performance in Des Moines

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans took a 23-0 record to the Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament after powering past the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 79-50, in a substate final Tuesday, March 3, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Natural curiosity

Solon senior Kaitlin Hatcher traveled to New Zealand to participate in a biology study with the University of Iowa

SOLON- John Hatcher remembers buying his daughter, Kaitlin, a go-cart when she was in her early teens.
Like any other kid her age, she and a friend immediately took the new toy out in the back of the family’s property to test it out. After awhile, John began to worry about the girls, who had yet to return from their ride, and went outside to check on them. Seeing no sign of Kaitlin or her friend or the go-cart, he went into the brush to find them.
John what was surprised by what he found.

North Liberty Fire Department responds to mobile home fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 115 Holiday Lodge Rd. in North Liberty on Monday March 2, at 1:45 p.m. to respond to a report of a mobile home on fire. First-arriving units found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the home. The occupant of the home, 70-year-old Fred Steven, was able to exit the structure. It is unknown if smoke detectors were functioning at the time. Fire crews had the fire under control in 20 minutes while clean-up continued for a couple of hours.

Women of Troy return to state tournament

IOWA CITY— After sitting out the 2014 Girls State Basketball Tournament, the West High Women of Troy returned to the Wells Fargo Arena after knocking out Muscatine and Pleasant Valley in Class 5A Regional competition.
The Muskies were pan-fried in Iowa City on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Semifinal Round 54-28, while the Spartans of Pleasant Valley were foiled 45-27 in Iowa City, during the Regional Final on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

RAGBRAI returns

Bicycle ride to pass through Solon a week after Beef Days

SOLON– Guess who’s coming to lunch?
About 10,000 bicyclists on their way to Coralville.
The City of Solon has accepted an invitation by the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) to participate as a pass-through town Friday, July 24.
The decision was announced at a Feb. 18 city council meeting during City Administrator Cami Rasmussen’s report.
The 43rd edition of the statewide bicycle race will begin in Sioux City Saturday, July 18, and end in Davenport Saturday, July 25, spanning a route of 462.2 miles.

Birds-eye view

Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo: attendance and eagles rebound

JOHNSON COUNTY– The weather was more cooperative this year for the third annual Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo, held Feb. 7, at the Coralville Lake and North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Last year, an early morning snowstorm and icy conditions kept attendance down, but this time, the sun was shining and the temperatures mild, bringing the best attendance the event has seen, including the birds.

West girls fry Muskies

54-28 win sends West to regional final

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy easily took care of the Muscatine Muskies in a Class 5A regional semifinal basketball game Saturday, Feb. 21, at home, winning 54-28. The win improved West’s record to 20-2 overall and put them on a collision course with Pleasant Valley (18-4) in a regional final Tuesday, Feb. 24, at West.
The Women of Troy also handily took care of Pleasant Valley, winning 45-27 and ensuring a berth at the state tournament.

Six Spartans heading to state

Cole Fritz and Kade Steuhm take first place at districts

SOLON– Six Solon wrestlers will take to the mats this week for the 2015 state tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Louis Gnida (126 pounds), Cole Fritz (138), Kade Steuhm (145), Graeson Dall (152), Trevor Nelson (160) and Logan Linderbaum (285) all qualified for a berth in the tournament after finishing in the top two places at the 2A district meet held Feb. 14 in Solon.
Fritz and Steuhm finished in first place at the district meet, while Gnida, Dall, Nelson and Linderbaum finished second. Ten Solon wrestlers made it to the district meet for a chance at a trip to Des Moines.

$80K awarded in condemnation case

County commission decides condemnation case

IOWA CITY– The route toward land condemnation took a couple of unexpected turns before its conclusion last Friday.
Ultimately, the county’s Compensation Commission decided that Gary Weinman should be compensated a total of $80,000 for a permanent easement sought by the City of North Liberty.

A Hairy situation

Christian outreach duo John and Diane Windle perform at Grace Community Church

NORTH LIBERTY– What do two singing camp counselors, 400 children and Grace Community Church members have in common?
They all love Hairy.
And who wouldn’t? Hairy is a kooky, comedic puppet with more fuzz than finesse, and enough energy and enthusiasm to fill an auditorium. That’s what he did on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Grace Community Church in North Liberty.

Back to five members

Council apponts Dale Snipes to replace Ron Herdliska

SOLON– The newest member of the Solon City Council sees himself as an average Joe.
At a Wednesday, Feb. 4, meeting, council members voted to appoint Dale Snipes to the seat vacated by Ron Herdliska, who resigned the post Jan. 1.
Snipes, 57, will serve out the remaining year of Herdliska’s term, but has already indicated he will seek election in November.
With the decision, the council is back to its full complement of five members.