Beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 10, the indoor pool will close to complete work to replace its heater. This work is expected to last through Oct. 24. The reopening date will be determined by the work’s completion as well as testing and balancing of the pool water.

Solon’s Erin Kerkhoff returns home as a Paralympic Games finalist, with an eighth place finish in the 400 meter dash in Tokyo.

The Solon Senior Advocates will host an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Solon Public Library for the two honorees sharing the Senior of the Year award this year.

Johnson County was recently recognized by AARP as an age-friendly community and was officially accepted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Johnson County is the first county to receive this designation in the State of Iowa.

JOHNSON COUNTY — The first installment of Johnson County property and mobile home taxes were due on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The last day to pay property taxes without a penalty is Thursday, Sept. 30. A penalty of 1 ½ percent per month will be attached to late payments beginning Friday, Oct. 1.

The Solon Retirement Village announced on its Facebook page Tuesday, Aug. 31, that it will be restricting visits until further notice. The decision was made upon advice from the facility’s medical director.

Participants in the Mary’s Meals 5k run ready their watches while awaiting the starting gun Saturday, August 21 at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. A 5k, 10k, and 1-mile fun run/walk were held as part of the annual Hunger Heroes event, which raised money for Mary’s Meals – an internatio…

Emma Olsem was very happy to get her 5k run time of 27:36.66, good for fourth place among the female competitors line Saturday, August 21 at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. A 5k, 10k, and 1-mile fun run/walk were held as part of the annual Hunger Heroes event, which raised money for Ma…

Theresa Bonnema gives final instructions to kids and adults participating in a one-mile fun run/walk Saturday, August 21 at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area during the annual Mary’s Meals races. This year’s theme for the event was “Be a Hero for Hunger” with timed 5k and 10k races suppor…

Kids and adults participating in a one-mile fun run/walk leave the starting line Saturday, August 21 at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area during the annual Mary’s Meals races. This year’s theme for the event was “Be a Hero for Hunger” with timed 5k and 10k races supporting Mary’s Meals – …

Daniel Pape (at left) leads the 5k runners away from the starting line Saturday, August 21 at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. A 5k, 10k, and 1-mile fun run/walk were held as part of the annual Hunger Heroes event, which raised money for Mary’s Meals – an international charity, which pr…

Daniel Pape runs his own race with a significant lead over all other 5k participants Saturday, August 21 at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. A 5k, 10k, and 1-mile fun run/walk were held as part of the annual Hunger Heroes event, which raised money for Mary’s Meals – an international cha…

Sarah Roy, from Iowa City, closes in on the finish line during the annual Mary’s Meals races. Roy was the fastest female winning the 19-35 and overall groups in 23:42.86.

Kobe Ridout (at right) and Zander Bishop near the finish line Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area during the annual Mary’s Meals races. Ridout, age 11, and Bishop, age 12, both from Solon, finished first and second respectively in the Male 18 and under class in 24:09.0…

SOLON — Distance runners seldom need a reason to get out and grind away at a 5k or 10k run as running is their passion. On Saturday, August 21 they were able to combine their passion with a purpose and the greater good.

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Hawkeye Area Labor Council AFL-CIO announces the annual Labor Day Picnics in all chapters have been canceled for 2021 due to COVID numbers in the state on the rise. Reports now show that children 0-17 account for 13% of all reported positive cases in Iowa. Executive Direct…

Solon Old Gold Diner is delivering meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Serving meals in house on Wednesdays.

SOLON — After a year’s delay due to the pandemic, and many months of planning, The Moving Wall – a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC arrived in Solon for public viewing from Thursday, Aug. 12 until Monday, August 16. Over 58,000 names are on the wall represent…

SWISHER — It almost seems beyond cliché’ to state that 2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges. However, for the Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center, 2020 was a year of both pandemic and derecho – two events, which had profound effects on the non-profit organization.

SOLON— In 1982 a pair of black granite walls with the names of over 58,000 American servicemen and women who were killed in the Vietnam War was dedicated in Washington, DC. Vietnam veteran John Devitt attended the dedication and felt what he described as “the positive power of The Wall.” Dev…

The Grand Opening for the Solon Splash Pad and Shelter was held Thursday, August 5, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Center. The Splash Pad hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and is free to the public.

WEST DES MOINES- The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation has announced the winners of its 2021 scholarship program. Seventy-two Iowans were awarded scholarships, totaling $160,000, to pursue an education in health care.

According to Solon Fire Chief, Bob Siddell, fundraising progress continues and is moving in the right direction. “We still have some more to go, but we’re moving along.” Siddell explained the project still needs funding for the garden wall — which serves as the platform for the station’s sig…

Solon is growing by leaps and bounds and the community recently welcomed another business to the area. Zoetic Coffee is owned Lisa Bishop, who opened the transformative coffee shop at 417 Haganman Lane in Spartan Square. She says opening the unique coffee shop has been a 20-year dream in the…

MONTICELLO— The 42nd Annual Pineapple Gala is Friday, August 20, at the downtown Cedar Rapids DoubleTree Convention Center beginning at 6 p.m.

The Solon City Council voted down a resolution Wednesday, Aug. 4, for a rezoning request for the O’Brien Farm within the two-mile fringe area of the city limits. The council also requested the issue be sent to a special committee for resolution as outlined in the 2008 Fringe Area Agreement b…

CEDAR RAPIDS– The following students graduated from Mount Mercy in June. Students from North Liberty graduating included: Matthew Been, Safi Birindwa, Cristal Boeding, Melinda Jones, Holly Madorin, Spencer Wiskus and Lauren Wymore.

AMANA– The Amana Arts Guild sponsors its Festival of the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Market Barn area, in Amana. The special event features sales of fine arts, crafts and traditional Colony folk arts created by local and guest artists. A unique part of the festiva…

AMANA– Visit the Amana Colonies on Saturday, Aug. 7, for the sixth annual Bike Ride of Iowa County (BRIC). The event is free and riders must register to participate. Registration opens Saturday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. at Millstream Brewing Company. The ride officially takes off at 11 a.m. from t…

MONTICELLO– The 44th Annual Pineapple Sales for Camp Courageous began Thursday, July 29, and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 11, at over 30 Hy-Vee Stores located throughout Eastern Iowa. It started as a dream of a few United Airlines employees in 1978 and turned into one of Camp Courageous’ lar…

DES MOINES– The Iowa Legislature appropriated state infrastructure funds to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be used for a community-based tree planting program for derecho recovery.

DUBUQUE– The University of Dubuque celebrated its 169th commencement with three in-person commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 1, at the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center, in Dubuque.

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Library will hold a second Lighthouse in the Library (LITL) event on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. The event marks one of the first events the library conducts in-person since the pandemic began in 2020; an option for virtual attendance, via Zoom, is available…

NORTH LIBERTY– South Slope Cooperative Communications will bring fiber optic technology to homes and businesses in the city of Oxford with construction of the network beginning in August. Oxford residents and business owners, within city limits, are encouraged to call South Slope at 319-626-…