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April 8th, 2020

With a season pending, Spartan track team remains poised

SOLON– Supported by an experienced coaching staff, the boys’ track and field team maintains its focus on the delayed 2020 season.
Head Coach Mark Sovers took a few moments to share his anticipation of the season and maintained his commitment to providing a unique opportunity for his team to develop and grow closer to the best version of who they are as an athlete, and most importantly a person. It’s been his focus throughout his 24 years teaching and coaching the track and field program at Solon High School.

With a season pending, Spartan track team remains poised

SOLON– Supported by an experienced coaching staff, the boys’ track and field team maintains its focus on the delayed 2020 season.
Head Coach Mark Sovers took a few moments to share his anticipation of the season and maintained his commitment to providing a unique opportunity for his team to develop and grow closer to the best version of who they are as an athlete, and most importantly a person. It’s been his focus throughout his 24 years teaching and coaching the track and field program at Solon High School.

Solon churches hold worship online

Looking forward to being together again

SOLON– We are now limited in how we connect, Rev. Ken Ferguson said.
“COVID -19 has had an impact with how we relate simply because as most people we enjoy shaking hands and patting each other on the back,” the pastor of the Solon United Methodist Church observed. “We enjoy sitting down across from each other for a coffee and roll.
“Today we cannot,” he added. “With the current situation there is a great deal of anxiety around this new reality.”
Solon’s churches, like others across the country, closed all public services and retreated online.

Solon to roll out required HS instruction

School closure extended to April 30

SOLON– Superintendent Davis Eidahl laid out the reasoning bluntly in a letter to the school community Friday, April 3.
“We anticipate the school closure to extend beyond April 30,” he wrote. “So we prepared a learning plan to best meet the long-term educational needs of our students and comply with the Department of Education requirements.”
Following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision to extend school closures to the end of the month, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) announced it would transition its high school students from voluntary enrichment opportunities to required coursework.

E’s Florals hunkers down

Local florist sees sales drop

SOLON– Elissa Lewis found out about Gov. Kim Reynolds’s decision to close florists in a series of rapid phone calls.
Other panicked businesses were calling her.
“At that point, I had already closed my shop, but was still doing business, either at the curb or making deliveries,” she said. “I guess I was already prepared for it.”
Reynolds had closed restaurants and bars, fitness centers, barbershops and salons, theaters and casinos earlier in the month in response to the community spread of COVID-19.

A birthday to remember

Tiffin twins get their own parade

TIFFIN– Ashton and Stella Welch were happily playing in their garage when told to put on their coats and come outside. In the driveway of their Tiffin home, chairs and blankets, to cut the chill of a strong breeze, were waiting. Minutes later, several units from the Tiffin and Oxford Fire Departments slowly turned the corner from Redbird Run onto West Goldfinch Drive with all of the emergency lights flashing.
With their eyes wide in excitement, the twins heard “Happy Birthday Ashton and Stella!” from a loudspeaker on one of the trucks.

The longest-serving council member in Swisher

Mary Gudenkauf has helped shape her community since 2008

SWISHER– During the March meeting of the Swisher City Council, Mayor Chris Taylor offered congratulations to council member Mary Gudenkauf, who he said “just set a new record for Swisher’s longest-serving council member in at least 40 years!” Gudenkauf was elected to the council in 2008 and is serving a term which expires in 2023.
When asked about the distinction, she initially and jokingly called it a “rumor,” but added since Taylor is a Conflict of Interest Research Application Analyst with the University of Iowa, “I’m inclined to believe he fact-checked his own statement.”

The gym is gone, but the memories live on

Work begins on new gym for Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford

OXFORD– A big piece of Oxford’s history was reduced to rubble last week.
The gym at Clear Creek Elementary fell victim to a large yellow Caterpillar track hoe excavator, and was hauled off one truckload of debris at a time. The gym, built in 1936, had become outdated, and too small. In its place, a new and larger gym will be built at a cost of $4,359,000, one of the final projects for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District to be funded by a voter approved bond issue in 2017.

Faith, hope, and COVID-19

How ministers and congregants cope with virus-mandated restrictions

NORTH LIBERTY– Last Easter, the congregation of the North Liberty Baptist Church celebrated the completion of a major renovation project and the first service in their church after five weeks of meeting at the North Liberty Community Center. This Easter, Sunday, March 12, the sanctuary will be empty with the congregants celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the safety of their homes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

April 1st

Solon football schedule released for fall 2020

2020 football schedule offers something to ponder other than the pandemic

DES MOINES– With the predicament weighing heavy due to the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa State High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the fall season football schedules to offer the public something to take their minds off the threat and provide something to look forward to.