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Archive - 2019

December 11th

Sights of the season, in Oxford

Voting for “Light It Up Oxford” Christmas Decorating Contest ends Dec. 13

OXFORD– Christmas lights shine bright in the early winter nights in Oxford. And for somebody, they may shine a bit brighter with $100 in prize money.
The American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 537, in Oxford, is sponsoring a “Light It Up Oxford” Christmas Decorating Contest with a $100 cash prize for the best residential and the best business entry in Oxford. Registration was from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1. Four houses and six businesses registered for the contest with voting ending on Friday, Dec. 13.

Solon Spartans recognized as Gazette 2019 All-Area players

Cam-Coons Connection, Broghammer and Andregg continue to receive recognition for football performance

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Gazette, a Cedar Rapids-based daily print newspaper and online news source, recognized several Solon Spartan football players as members of its 2019 Gazette All-Area Football Team in a Friday, Dec. 6, publication.

Spartans suffer two-point season-opening loss

Vinton-Shellsburg sends Solon home 0-1

VINTON– It’s two points they’ll have to make up down the road.
Solon’s varsity basketball team came up just shy in a season-opener on the road at Vinton-Shellsburg Dec. 6, falling to the Vikings 58-56.
The Spartans ran out to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Vikings turned the tables, holding Solon to six points in the second.
Although Solon led 17-16 at halftime, Vinton-Shellsburg took the lead in the third and held the Spartans at bay until time expired.

Solon outlasts Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-47, in home opener

SOLON– The Lady Spartans basketball team claimed its first win of the season in their house, 51-47, over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes in a crowded Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Dec. 6. The home stands were well populated as Solon hosted its home opener.

Williamsburg edges Solon

Spartans drop opening dual, 47-27

WILLIAMSBURG– It was too big of a hole.
Solon’s varsity wrestling team couldn’t overcome an early 30-point deficit and dropped the opening dual of the season 47-27 to the Williamsburg Raiders Dec. 5 in a rockin’ Solon High School gymnasium.
“We knew going in this would be a very tough dual,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Williamsburg is a very solid team year in and year out. Overall, I thought we wrestled okay even though the final score might not reflect that. We split the 12 contested matches 6-6.”

UDO passes first reading on split vote

Johnson County Supervisors approve controversial plan, 3-2

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors are on track to achieving a major goal for 2019: passing the updated Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and having it in place to go into effect on January 1, 2020.
The 299-page document, which codifies the county’s comprehensive plan, was approved on a 3-2 vote in the first of three required readings Thursday, Dec. 5, during a regular meeting of the supervisors.

Community Center condensed

City signs 6-month lease, cuts back on space

SOLON– The city will be downsizing its community center starting Jan. 1.
In an attempt to control costs, city representatives negotiated a new six-month lease with the Solon Community School District for the former middle school at 313 S. Iowa St.
The new lease was approved by council members at a Dec. 4 meeting, and awaits consideration by the school board later this month.

Wastewater escapes to Mill Creek

Faulty pump contacts cause release: DNR investigates spillage

SOLON– A pump malfunction at the Solon wastewater treatment plant apparently caused thousands of gallons of partially-treated sludge water to be released into Mill Creek.
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe told city council members at a Dec. 4 meeting bad contacts in a pump had caused it to turn itself on Monday evening, Dec. 2.
“There’s nothing on that tank that alerts us of a high level or an overflow situation,” Kleppe reported.
The pump continued to run until it was discovered Tuesday morning by public works staff, he said.

December 9th

Three Bolts earn more volleyball honors

IGCA names All-State teams

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) recently released its picks for 2019’s volleyball Senior All-Stars, All-District and All-State teams with Liberty High represented.

Trojans fall to the Little Hawks

Bowling season opens with The Battle for the King and Queen Pins

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High and Iowa City, City High opened the 2019-20 bowling season with the annual crosstown rivalry match on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City. The Trojans and Little Hawks battle each year for the King and Queen Pins, and this year City High prevailed as its varsity boys and varsity girls defeated the Trojans.