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Solon Economist

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.

Moel is Military Hero of the Game for UI v. Nebraska

Survivor of USS Gambier Bay honored by Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY– Solon’s Dean Moel, a survivor of the sinking of the USS Gambier Bay by Japanese forces during World War II, will be honored by the University of Iowa football program during its Friday, Nov. 27, game hosting Nebraska.
Moel was selected as the Military Hero of the Game and will be recognized during the radio broadcast and social media posts leading up to the gridiron contest.
Moel was born a little bit northeast of Sutliff, in Cedar County, and spent time in Central City, Cedar Bluff and Nevada (Iowa) before settling in Cedar Rapids.

Class 2A District 6 champs recognized

Spartans named to all-district squads

SOLON– Several Spartan varsity football players were recognized for performances both on and off the field as the Spartans ended the 2020 campaign Class 2A District 6 Champions and Class 2A quarterfinalists.
Senior running back Jackson Ryan was recognized as Overall District Most Valuable Player, was named to the First Team All-District Team and received Academic All-District honors.
Senior wide receiver Colton Hoffman was named Offensive Skill Most Valuable Player, received First Team All-District recognition and was acknowledged for his Academic All-District performance.

Lady Spartans excited for 2020-2021 basketball season

Lady Spartans basketball ready to control what they can, nothing more, nothing less

SOLON– “We have had a great two weeks of practice,” Lady Spartans Head Coach Jamie Smith responded. “The energy and effort has been at a high level. We have got better.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic swelling and the promise of a pandemic modified season to contend with, the Lady Spartans under Coach Smith rely on a recurring theme.
The theme under Smith has been “‘Program>>>>Team>>>>Me.’ This served us well the past two years and has been a big part of the growth of the program.”
But the global pandemic has affected the Lady Spartans’ preparation.

Stories of sacrifice

Thank veterans and their families, too 1995 SHS grad featured speaker at Veterans Day program

SOLON Words matter.
Thank you for your service, is a common phrase that we hear as service members, observed United States Air Force Lt. Col. Karri (Hirl) Roman. It may seem simple, but there is so much meaning behind that phrase.
Roman, a 1995 graduate of Solon High School, was the featured speaker at the annual Veterans Day program hosted by the school in its Center For the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Sacrifices are made by all service members, Roman said, although those sacrifices may look different.

Stramel one to watch

Red Vespa manager honors by state restaurant association

SOLON Krista Stramel didnt know where her path was.
For me, the hospitality industry gave me a lot of stability and really allowed me to figure out where I wanted to go in life and what my purpose was, she explained.
Stramel, 32, celebrated her third year as the general manager of Red Vespa, in Solon, with a nomination as one of 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality announced by the Iowa Restaurant Association.
The honorees were recognized Nov. 16 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines during the associations annual Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony.

SCSD confident measures are working

Quarantine numbers on the rise

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) continues to battle to keep its doors open and its students learning.
An increase in the number of student and staff quarantined prompted the district to post two notices from the administrative team to the community on its website Nov. 9 and Nov. 11.
The COVID-19 dashboard on the school website reported 146 students and eight staff quarantined Nov. 13, with three positive student cases.

Johnson County receives REAP grant for conservation land purchase Malinda Reif Reilly Fen and Prairie located north of Solon

IOWA CITY– Johnson County Conservation (JCC) received a $400,000 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant to help fund the purchase of a new 100-acre preserve north of Solon, over half of which is native prairie and wetland including a fen.
The site joins JCC’s other conservation wetlands– Ciha Fen, Pechman Delta and Cedar River Crossing– in preserving a variety of once-common wetlands which have disappeared from much of Iowa’s landscape. In addition to providing homes for a variety of native plants and animals, these wetlands help cleanse water, govern its flow, and fight floods.

Spartans fall

Waukon clamps down on Solon offense in 24-8 loss

WAUKON– It’s hard to win a football game without the offense scoring any points.
Despite opportunities, Solon’s varsity football team could only find the end zone once against Waukon, when Gage Marty picked up an Indian fumble and rumbled 25 yards across the goal line.
The Spartans were eliminated from the Class 2A football playoffs after a 24-8 loss to the Indians in Waukon Friday, Nov. 6.

Solon Centennial Lions Club promotes health literacy

SOLON– November is National Diabetes Month, a time for awareness in our community. The Solon Centennial Lions Club is promoting health literacy through a $400 donation to the Solon Community School District. These funds will be used to purchase books about diabetes for each of the four Solon school libraries. Thousands of children and young adults are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every year; learning about diabetes at any age is important for awareness and a possible early diagnosis.