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Solon Economist

School to host hearing on building proposals Aug. 25

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Directors will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed new middle school and performing arts center Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.
The two construction projects would be funded with a $25.5 million bond issue being placed before district voters in a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
Architects for the project will provide a presentation on the project during the public hearing.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and express their views orally and in writing.

St. John Lutheran Church Polka Festival Aug. 17

ELY– The St. John Lutheran Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely.

Decades birthday party to raise funds for non-profits

SOLON– Solon resident Pat (Blum) Ikan and her family celebrates birthdays in a big way. This year, the public is invited to the group’s Family Decades Party Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the Solon American Legion, 222 E. Main St. The event is also a fundraiser for three of Ikan’s favorite local nonprofit organizations: Solon Old Gold Diner, Solon Community Food Pantry and Solon Senior Advocates.

School administration looking to scale back

Open enrollment door may be closing slightly

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is considering a slightly more restrictive open enrollment policy.
At a July 14 meeting, Superintendent Sam Miller provided the SCSD Board of Directors with a proposal to revise the caps currently in place for inbound open enrollment at Lakeview Elementary.
Back in April 2013, the school board approved a policy for kindergarten through fourth grades at Lakeview that cut off open enrollment when the number of students in each grade reached a level five seats below capacity.

LOST in the shuffle

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– The City of Iowa City has set in motion the chance for Johnson County and its municipalities to open a new revenue stream.
Iowa City’s council has proposed a one-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) referendum be placed countywide on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Movie in the Park offered Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department invites everyone to the movies.
The first-ever Movie in the Park Night will be held Friday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m. near the Timber D.O.M.E. Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The event is free, but popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the D.O.M.E. starting at 8:15 p.m.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The Aug. 15 movie will be “Despicable Me 2.”

Solon Storm 12U Small Town Baseball World Series Champs

The Solon Storm 12U baseball team won the Small Town Baseball Championships in Grinnell in June. In so doing, the team qualified for the Small Town Baseball World Series in Marshfield, Wisconsin, in July. The Storm proceeded to go 5-0 over the three-day tournament, to be crowned Small Town World Series Champions 2014. Team members include: (front) Nolan Pattison, Lucas Walker, Joe Stahle, Brayton Bair, Cael O’Neill, Sullivan Steen, Niko Longo, Peyton Herdliska, Luke Van Roekel and Cole Arduser. (not pictured A.J.

WaMaC East Division All Conference boys soccer 2013-14

SOLON– Six Spartans were named recently to the WaMaC East Division All Conference boys soccer squads.
Andrew West and Adam Nelson-Ockenfels were named to the WaMaC first team, while Brandan Childs and Keegan Paisley were on the second team.
David Coberly and Dylan Doyle received honorable mentions.
The Spartans finished the WaMaC season in third place for the East Division with a 5-2 record.

Trapshooting team can drive set for Sept. 6

SOLON– Save your cans for the Solon Trap Shooting team. The team will be holding an upcoming can drive Sept. 6. Watch for details or call Gerald Chaloupka at 624-2825 for more information.

Solon mayor, council to be elected Nov. 4

IOWA CITY– Solon will be electing a mayor and council member this November.
Three Johnson County cities– North Liberty, Oxford and Solon– will have special elections for city offices on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

According to the Johnson County Auditor’s office, Iowa law says that city council appointments last until the next scheduled city election. Because the local option sales tax (LOST) referendum will appear on the general election ballot, the general election is now considered the next scheduled city election.

Trapshooting team can drive set for Sept. 6

SOLON– Save your cans for the Solon Trap Shooting team. The team will be holding an upcoming can drive Sept. 6. Watch for details or call Gerald Chaloupka at 624-2825 for more information.

Car crash ends chase in Solon

SOLON– A vehicle matching the description of one involved in a Cedar Rapids shooting incident took law enforcement authorities on a chase that ended with a crash in Solon.
According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, charges have been filed against five individuals, including one juvenile.