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Doug Lindner

Kunkel ready for sheriffs role

Priority on domestic violence, technology investigation

SOLON You dont get to say it very often in Johnson County.
Theres a new sheriff in town.
Brad Kunkel will take the reins from retiring Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek with the end of the calendar year.
The rural Solon resident and former city council member soundly defeated Al Fear in the June primary and was unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election.
Now hes prepared to make good on his campaign pledges and is working with Pulkrabek on a smooth transition.

IC Hy-Vee serves up meals for Solon seniors

100 meals for milestone Kirk Ferentz win

SOLON– It’s been a difficult year for seniors weathering the pandemic indoors.
So, when Hy-Vee offered up 100 free meals to celebrate the 100th Big Ten football win for University of Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, Solon was ready to accept.
On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Iowa City Waterfront Hy-Vee delivered the meals to the Solon United Methodist Church where a group of volunteer drivers were awaiting.
Solon was selected in large part because of its dedication to serving its senior population, according to Hy-Vee’s Nicole Reisen.

Defense feeds offense in wins

Big third periods boost Solon boys over Williamsburg, Vinton-Shellsburg

SOLON– The third quarters belonged to Solon.
In a home game against Williamsburg Dec. 8 and on the road against Vinton-Shellsburg Dec. 11, the varsity boys’ basketball team used the third period to great advantage.
Solon outscored Williamsburg 29-4 and Vinton-Shellsburg 28-8 to put both games effectively out of reach heading into the fourth.
The Spartans downed the Raiders, 70-36, and took care of the Vikings, 75-43, to move to 3-1 on the season.

The best is yet to come

Wrestlers take their lumps against WD, rebound with first at North Cedar

MANCHESTER West Delaware handed Solon a lop-sided wrestling loss, but the Spartans responded by taking first place at North Cedars invitational over the weekend.
Solons varsity wrestlers were on the wrong end of a 68-7 dual loss at Manchester against the Hawks Thursday, Dec. 10.
Hayden Taylor and Caleb Ebert provided the Spartans only points.
Taylor took a 9-1 major decision over Kyle Cole at 160 pounds, while Ebert came from behind with a takedown and a near-fall in the third period for an 8-7 decision against Logan Peyton at 145.

Some parents uncooperative

Solon district nurses busy with contact tracing Board expresses 100 percent support for protocols

SOLON– If kids are going to stay in school, strict contact tracing must take place, Superintendent Davis Eidahl said.
“That’s just the way it’s got to be,” he noted.
But not everyone has been happy to receive a phone call from school nurses Kris Elijah and Amy Link.
“When working through a case, parents can take their frustrations out on us,” Elijah said via email.
The two Solon Community School District (SCSD) nurses were on hand for a Nov. 19 meeting of the board of education to share their experiences responding to increased COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines.

1-point thriller to start the season

Co-coaches Bevans and Hadenfeldt chart course day by day Solon wrestling defeats Williamsburg, 34-33

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers took a one-point thriller against Williamsburg to open the season.
And then took a drubbing from powerhouse Lisbon.
“We knew coming in this would be a young team, a lot of new faces,” explained head co-coach T.J. Bevans. “We lost 500 varsity wins last year in three guys. That’s a lot.”
2020’s 2A state champion Jax Flynn (170 pounds), as well as Zeb Gnida (152) and Seamus Poynton (182) graduated after helping the Spartans to a fourth-place finish in Des Moines.

Grow west

Council considers concept for residential annexation 75 acres of houses, duplexes and four-plexes planned for Greazel property

SOLON– Another big residential subdivision is on Solon’s western horizon.
Developers representing the Grace Greazel Estate presented a preliminary annexation and rezoning concept for 116 acres just outside the city limits during a city council meeting Nov. 18.
As proposed, Trail Ridge Estates would include 107 single-family lots, 55 duplex lots and 13 four-plex lots– close to 270 living units– with space dedicated for public use as a dog park adjacent to the Hoover Nature Trail.

Increased turnout in a pandemic

Auditor Weipert pleased with county election process heading into third term

IOWA CITY– A record 86 percent turnout.
Huge early voting numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A fabulously popular response to drive-through voting.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert felt the Nov. 3 general election went really well.
On the last day of voting, he said, the staff of the auditor’s office processed 1,000 votes utilizing the drive-through service offered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building’s parking ramp in Iowa City.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Solon house destroyed by fire

High winds hampered firefighters

SOLON– A Solon family lost its home to a fire fueled by high winds Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The Solon Tri-Township Fire Department and assisting mutual aid agencies responded to a call reporting a fire with flames showing at 330 Marshek Ct. shortly after 1 p.m., according to Asst. Chief Scott Wolfe.
Based on the call information, Wolfe activated a second tier call for mutual aid immediately.
Firefighters arrived at the Randy and Sandy Cline residence to find heavy fire and smoke showing from the back of the garage, he said.

Keep kids in school as long as possible

District watching for uptick after holidays

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is keeping its eyes on the numbers.
Rising COVID-19 infection and quarantine numbers among students and staff came close to closing two buildings in recent weeks, and the district is already looking at possible impacts from the upcoming holiday season.
The school system remains poised to move classrooms, grade levels or even an entire building to online learning while instructing as many students as possible in-person, according to Superintendent Davis Eidahl.

Students happy to be in school

Public comments on in-person learning as COVID cases increase

SOLON– Solon High School students want to hang onto school for as long as they can.
A handful spoke to Solon Community School District board members during a Nov. 19 meeting, expressing appreciation for in-person learning and their desire to keep going.
Those sentiments were echoed by an almost equal number of parents present for the session, offset by the concerns of two others.
Speakers for the public comment portion of the agenda spilled into the adjacent room due to social distancing guidelines, with remarks held to a time limit.