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Doug Lindner

Sheriffs office confirms pharmacy break-in

SOLON– What was originally thought to be a fluke accident is now being investigated as a burglary.
According to Lt. Randy Lamm of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, an alarm was reported at Solon Towncrest Pharmacy shortly after 4 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23.
Both the responding deputy and the owner found the glass of the front door shattered, but everything appeared to be in place with no other evidence of a break-in.

Solon 5th at Fort Madison Invitational

Taylor, Gnida and Flynn take 1st

FORT MADISON– Powered by three individual champions, Solon’s varsity wrestlers placed fifth in the 18-team Fort Madison Invitational Dec. 20-21.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds), Zeb Gnida (152) and Jax Flynn (170) provided 154 of the Spartans’ 374 points with first-place finishes.
Twelve Solon wrestlers earned points in the two-day tournament heading into the holiday break.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy took the team title with 487 points, with Dubuque Hempstead (421.5) and host Fort Madison (421) neck and neck for runner-up. New London edged Solon out of fourth place by seven points.

Helping non-profits do great things

Team 218 Web Design donates services annually

NORTH LIBERTY– Team 218 Web Design is not your typical website designer.
“We’re not out to be the biggest or have the most clients,” explained co-owner Chuck Hersey, of North Liberty. “We’re a little more selective in the projects we get involved in. We like getting involved in projects that are interesting to us.”
And once a year, that includes offering free services to a non-profit organization.

Dean’s Dream

Solon Hardware documentary screens at community center Jan. 12

SOLON– For Barry Sharp, the history of Solon Hardware was worth preserving.
“If you want to feel good about living in this community, this is a great story,” he noted.
His documentary film, “Dean’s Dream,” will be screened for the public Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Solon Community Center.
Sharp moved to Solon in 2006 as director of the Iowa City Veteran Affairs (VA) Health Care System. He visited the Solon Hardware Store to purchase garbage cans and other items needed for a new home.

Wrestlers split with Central DeWitt, Maquoketa

Cardinals edge Spartans, 39-37

DeWITT– Solon’s wrestlers narrowly missed sweeping a double dual at Central DeWitt Dec. 19.
The Spartans pulled away late against the host Sabers, 54-30, but were edged by the Cardinals, 39-37, in a dual decided in the final match.
Against Maquoketa, Solon came back from a 30-15 deficit to take the lead near the end of the meet, but the slim margin was not enough to withstand losses in the last two matches of the evening.
The Spartans started with a modest 3-0 lead on a 6-2 decision by Gage Marty (220 pounds) over Maquoketa’s Lane Stender.

Spartans push Sabers, but fall, 62-38

Solon draws to within three in third quarter

SOLON– In the third period, Solon had Central DeWitt’s lead whittled away to three points on a breakaway by sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska.
It forced a Saber timeout and had Solon Head Coach Matt Lesan pumping his fist on the sidelines.
But Central DeWitt senior Tucker Kinney was not to be denied and his game-high 27 points led the Sabers past the Spartans in the fourth quarter for a 62-38 win in Solon Dec. 17.
The loss moved the Spartans to 2-4 on the season.

Saving Santa

Helen Proffitt restores Golden Age department store Santa Santa’s Kitchen display featured at tree walk

SOLON– It was the year Helen Proffitt saved Santa.
Proffitt, of rural Solon, spent several months restoring a 5-foot 1961 Harold Gale Santa Company Santa for display at Solon’s annual tree walk Dec. 7.
The Santa figure, along with two elves, were featured in a three-walled Santa’s Kitchen in a corner of the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, along with hundreds of other donated items.
Many of those, including Santa and the elves, came from the collection of Toni Russo of Solon.

New recreation director hired

Tom Harder started Dec. 16

SOLON– Solon has a new recreation director.
Tom Harder, a native of Iowa City, started the new post Dec. 16.
Harder replaces Ben Flaherty, who served in the position from September of 2018 to Nov. 7. Flaherty accepted a new job with the City of Ames.
Recreation Administrative Assistant McKenzie McIlrath served as an interim coordinator while the candidate search was underway.
According to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, interviews were conducted in November and the position was offered and accepted by Harder.

Spartans pick up wins at South Tama duals

Solon falls to Indee, Nebraska powerhouse

TAMA– Solon’s varsity wrestlers picked up steam over the weekend at the South Tama County Duals.
The Spartan grapplers went 3-2 with big wins against Vinton-Shellsburg, Iowa City Regina and Des Moines East, and narrow losses against highly-ranked Independence and Omaha Burke of Nebraska.
“I thought our wrestlers improved with their effort and fight from Thursday (dual losses to West Delaware and Lisbon),” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams said. “In both meets we lost, we competed. We stressed that before each meet to go out and compete.”

Solon loses in 2OT to Benton

Spartans turn it around Saturday against CPU

SOLON– It could have been a soul-crushing loss.
But the varsity Spartan basketball team shook it off.
After watching a nine-point first-half lead evaporate, Solon fell in double-overtime to Benton Community, 57-52, in the home basketball opener Friday, Dec. 13.
And when the Spartans hosted the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) the next day, they fell in a 16-0 hole before their first points hit the scoreboard in the second period.
When the final horn sounded, however, Solon emerged with a 48-46 win.

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.

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.