State Roundup


• The Solon Community School District, the City of Solon and the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department have entered into an agreement for the joint operation of a diesel fuel depot outside the city’s public works facility. The 3,000-gallon tank was installed and is expected to be operational in February. Each entity would have a card or fob with individualized tracking by vehicle and employee. — Solon Economist

Mount Vernon

• Mount Vernon may soon allow private wells to be constructed or drilled within the city limits if they first receive a waiver approved by the city council. The current city ordinance does not allow any new private wells. It requires all residences and businesses within city limits to be connected to the public water system if a water main is within 100 feet of the property line. The city council at the Jan. 15 meeting unanimously passed the first reading of a proposed ordinance to allow the city council to consider a waiver to construct private wells in subdivisions of four lots or fewer, or on individual lots where a property line is more than 100 feet from a city water main. — Sun, Mount Vernon-Lisbon


• Monday was a special day for 11-year-old Linn-Mar student Gage as he got to meet Steve Schmidt, the Chief Pilot for the Boeing F/A-18 and T-X airplanes. Boeing Defense, Space and Security Company has developed them for use as training aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. For a class writing project, Gage decided write a letter to Boeing Defense where he mentioned he was obsessed with flying and airplanes. Schmidt, from a small town in Illinois, decided to surprise Gage with a visit to the Linn-Mar classroom in full flight suit. — Marion Times


• About this time in 1993, a group of Hubbard-Radcliffe girls were about to launch a post-season basketball campaign they hoped would take them all the way to a state championship. After 39 years of coaching, Les Hueser had won just bout everything – except a 6-on-6 state championship and this was the last year to accomplish that. The Iowa Girls Athletic Union had already announced that the girls would go to the traditional five-player game the following year. The Hubbard-Radcliffe Lady Rebels defeated Altantic 85-66. Tonight at the half time of the South Hamilton-South Hardin girls basketball game in Eldora the 1993 Lady Rebels will be honored. — South Hardin Signal-Review