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After taking a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Solon’s Christmas Tree Walk will be making its triumphant return in 2021.

Returning for its second year, the Solon Parks and Recreation Board is hopeful it can build off the positive feedback it received from the inaugural Solon Holiday Decorating Contest.

Dr. Theresa Brennan of University of Iowa Health Care is encouraging everyone who has not received a flu vaccine to make that a priority.

Visit the Solon Public Library to view the contributions to the Holiday Decorating Contest courtesy of talented, artistic community members. The trees and wreaths for sale are imaginative, creative and colorful with lights and ornaments, consider bidding and purchasing one of the items for y…

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has approved a $2 million investment of American Rescue Plan money on an innovative Excluded Workers Fund for “payments to workers who were ineligible for previous relief programs” such as unemployment insurance or stimulus checks.

CORALVILLE LAKE— From Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, Nov. 25, through New Years Eve, the West Overlook Campground, at the Coralville Lake, will glow with a dazzling array of lighted displays in a drive-through Holiday Lights at the Lake event benefiting The Bird House Hospice House, in Iowa City.

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JOHNSON COUNTY — Iowa’s electoral maps underwent a significant overhaul as a bipartisan committee of legislators undertook the daunting task of redistricting the state’s Congressional, State Senate, and State Representative districts based on the 2020 census.

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“East of Middle West,” filmed in and around Solon, continues to make a splash, garnering multiple awards on the festival circuit.

NORTH LIBERTY — The City of North Liberty recently updated snowmobile rules and routes ahead of the winter season. The update limits snowmobile use to the designated route, generally in the city right-of-way along Ranshaw Way (Highway 965) from northern city limits to Dubuque Street, Scales …

Solon will be returning both incumbents who ran for school board, but a newcomer was the top vote getter in school and city elections held Nov. 2.

Cole Gabriel always planned to give back to the Solon community, but the timing was altered when there were more seats than candidates for the Solon City Council. When he saw that at least one seat would be filled by a write-in candidate, Gabriel put his name forward.

Johnson County is accepting Child Care Assistance Expansion Grant applications. The purpose is to create additional opportunities for Johnson County families eligible for Child Care Assistance (CCA) to access quality child care in their community. Specifically, this funding is intended to cr…

One person was killed and another injured following a crash on Hwy. 1 just after 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. Members of the Solon Fire Department were among those responding to the scene just north of Iowa City.

Solon’s girls’ cross country team ran away from the field to capture the Class 3A state championship Friday, Oct. 29, in Fort Dodge. They accepted their trophy and medals on the deck of the clubhouse there. The Lady Spartans scored 77 points and placed three runners, Kayla Young, Emma Bock a…

Biography: My parents are from the Chicago area but I spent most of my youth in Oklahoma. I attended the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner) and then moved with a brand new husband to Iowa for graduate school. We bought our first home in Solon in 2011, a 1937 cottage near the Auto Medic. …

Solon youth enjoyed a bike ride Saturday, Oct. 23 around the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The group decorated their bikes then enjoyed a Saturday ride along the trails. The Solon Centennial Lions organized the Bicycle Parade and brought materials for decorating bikes. Sugar Bottom Bikes…

Elliot Wiebel carefully selects a treat.

Leah and Brandon Frazier dressed as Minions.

Noah, Lauren and Aaron Konner (left) and Nova and Alex Morelock, take stock of a werewolf (or a doggie depending on who you ask) at the GFWC booth.

Lines moved along, but with enough time to enjoy spooky decorations.

Brittney and Matt Ahrens attended along with the Tin Man (Hudson), Scarecrow (Ellis), Dorothy (Harper) and Glinda the Good (Lucy). The Cowardly Lion (Jack) enjoyed much of the day from a stroller.

The middle school gym was turned into a mattress showroom.

Toby Kleinsmith, an eighth-grader at Solon, helped drum up business for the fundraiser.

Scouts with Troop 120 in Solon delivered bags of food to the Solon Food Pantry at the Solon Methodist Church Saturday, Oct. 23. The Scouts collected food and other necessities from all across town in a Scouting for Food drive. The donations were then sorted in the church fellowship hall.

Kirsten and Tim Wolf staffed the Scout Troop 120 booth, as the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

Surrounded by family, Solon grade-schooler Tyler Juhl holds up a white lantern representing those undergoing treatment for a blood cancer at Light the Night, a fundraising and awareness event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

People begin a mile-long walk on the campus of Green Street Credit Union in North Liberty

People hold up lanterns to shine a light on the darkness of cancer during Light the Night Thursday, Oct. 21.

While most of Iowa’s 3 million old tires are disposed of properly each year, some illegally disposed tires recently left unsuspecting landowners with a financial headache and environmental concerns.

Johnson County Deputy Austin Jiras (third from left) was honored for his actions in a lifesaving event in Solon.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) and the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) are adjusting the state’s approach to provide Iowans convenient access to free COVID-19 testing statewide.

Riders of all ages are invited to take part in the Solon Centennial Lions Bicycle Parade being held Saturday at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. People are invited to dress in costume and decorate their bikes for the event.

A father and son from North Liberty, return a fish they caught to North Lake MacBride Saturday, Oct. 16. The pair were among hundreds of people who enjoyed the sunshine this past weekend.

A major project years in the making is expected to be ready by the end of the year.

Seeking input from residents on how to use more than $29 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money, representatives of Johnson County had one of several public session in Solon Tuesday, Sept. 28.

From Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Nov. 5, Johnson County Community IDs will be available by appointment only at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Appointments will be required for new, renewal or replacement IDs.