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Archive - 2017

December 16th

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.

Gallery West decision “hopefully”

Council sets Dec. 13 work session for in-depth discussion

SOLON– The Solon City Council is expected to make a decision regarding Gallery Acres West’s request for water service at a Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed the issue briefly at a Dec. 6 meeting before setting a Dec. 13 work session for in-depth deliberation.
At the beginning of November, Stange asked council members to decide on the Gallery Acres West (GAW) extension by the end of December.
The topic appeared on the Dec. 6 agenda for discussion and possible action, but Stange quickly extinguished the hope of a decision.

Iowa wrestlers

Hawk Talk

For the second meet in a row, the Hawks lost the first three matches and trailed 12-0. But they came back to beat 16th-ranked Rutgers, 25-13, last Friday.
For the second week in a row, heavyweight Sam Stoll ended the match with a pin to give Iowa the win.
“We’re going to be in the funny farm if we have to keep digging ourselves out of holes,” said head coach Tom Brands. “We know we have good guys at every weight. It’s not even about winning. It’s about wrestling the entire match. Nothing in life works if you wrestle only part of it.”

Hawkeye men play two

Hawk Talk

The Iowa men didn’t fare as well against the Cyclones in their trip to Ames last Thursday, losing 84-78.
A couple of stats that jump off the page in the loss include turnovers and free throws.
The Hawks turned the ball over 18 times, and Iowa State scored 28 points off turnovers.
The second was Iowa going 1-8 (12.5 percent) from the free throw line, and 0-5 in the first half.
The ‘Clones came through shooting 15-20 (75 percent) from the charity stripe.
It’s called the charity stripe because you get to shoot with nobody covering you.

Cy-Hawk week

Hawk Talk

Last week, the Hawkeye women traveled to Ames on Wednesday to play the Cyclones, the men went to Cyclone country on Thursday.
The last time the Iowa Hawkeye women beat the ‘Clones in Ames was 1989.
I was 35 years old and the Iowa football team was coming off a 5-6 record, 3-5 in the Big Ten.
I remember the last game at Kinnick Stadium, which was a 43-7 knockdown by Minnesota. The fans were booing at the end of the game with Matt Rodgers at quarterback.
It wasn’t pretty.
Of course, the team would bounce back in 1990, win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl

2018 hunting, fishing licenses go on sale Friday, Dec. 15

DES MOINES– Iowans may start buying 2018 resident hunting, fishing and other licenses on Dec. 15. Licenses purchased for 2017 expire on Jan. 10.
The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $47; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $53; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $86.