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May 7th

North Liberty Farmers Market returns

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Farmers Market will kick off the 2017 season Sunday, May 7, at Pacha Parkway.
In its third full year after a 2014 pilot market, the North Liberty Farmers Market at Penn Landing offers fresh produce, hot food, live music and hand-crafted artisan goods from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, May through October.
More information and vendor applications are available at pennlandingmarket.org.

Tiffin citywide yard sale May 5-7

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin’s citywide yard sale will be held Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7. Maps of yard sale locations are available at City Hall, Casey’s and The Depot.

Ready to get to work

Donahue remains mayor, Madsen fills empty council seat

NORTH LIBERTY– After a close race, the North Liberty City Council will welcome back Terry Donahue as mayor and greet newcomer Sarah Madsen to the bench.
“We’re all anxious to get underway and get working now with a fully-staffed council and elected mayor,” said Madsen in an interview following her victory in the April 25 special election.

Spartans lose close one to Regals

Lady Spartans defeat W. Dubuque, Mt. Vernon

SOLON– Solon’s varsity girls moved to 8-3 on the season with a pair of convincing home soccer wins last week.
The Lady Spartans, ranked No. 11 in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, defeated Western Dubuque 3-0 on April 25 and downed the Mount Vernon Mustangs 4-1 in soggy conditions April 28.
Senior Josie Durr accounted for all of Solon’s goals in the two matches to give her 47 for the season, according to online statistics.

Spartans fifth at Maquoketa Valley’s Wildcat Relays

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
DELHI– Heading the Solon Spartans’ TeamSnap homepage is the phrase, “Little things that chain together to create a moment.”
The Spartans are starting to link successes together and build on performance. It has been the team goal and Coach Mark Sovers’ resonating theme from the onset of the season, and he hopes to capitalize on this belief heading toward championship season.

Lady Spartans first at CP-U, CCA meets

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

In the wake of the 2017 Drake Relays and results already posted from some of the big meets this spring, here is a quick ‘catch up’ with the Lady Spartans progress over the last three weeks.

Stormin’ Pointer Invitational, April 24
CENTER POINT– It was a two-team race between the host school and Solon, with the Lady Spartans racking up 144 team points for the crown. Host Center Point-Urbana was next with 100. Maquoketa Valley (57) led the rest of the 10-school, 3A-2A field.

Spartans 2nd at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The old adage held true, in Iowa you can feel every season in a week.
Teeth were chattering, blankets abounded, stocking caps and mittens were worn and the sun shown brightly as the Spartan boys and Lady Spartans took to the oval at Tiffin’s Clear Creek Amana High School to compete in track and field events Thursday, April 27, as part of the Pacha Relays.

Lady Spartans make their mark at Drake Relays

Durr third in high jump, 4x4 breaks school record again

DES MOINES– Weather and track conditions were consistent through the weekend at the Drake Relays; cold, wet and windy. Solon’s girls responded, though, with highlight performances and others which still kept them near the top of the state’s high school track finishes, as they now head into their 2017 homestretch.
Drake is a late-season pause in the high school regular season. Top Iowa high school track and field performances share the limelight with regional and national college/university competition, special international elite events and Olympic rematches.

Lexie Cass selected as National American Miss Teen Iowa state finalist

SOLON— Lexie Cass, the 17-year-old daughter of Marvin and Rhonda Cass of Solon, was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Teen Iowa Pageant to be held July 8-9, at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Waterloo. The pageant is held for girls ages 16-18.