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Solon Economist

Salt Fork owners take issue with plan

Proposal for Beerburger relative tabled over alley

SOLON– A new restaurant is trying to squeeze into the Main Street landscape.
But prospective neighbors were concerned to find out about it through little league; and likewise disconcerted to find out the new eatery wanted exclusive use of a shared alley for outdoor dining.
Relations between tentative neighbors got off left foot first during a wild and wooly Oct. 4 Solon City Council meeting.

Our Lord’s Fall Festival Oct. 14

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Bake Sale and Soup Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon.
The soup luncheon features homemade chili, chicken noodle, and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs and drinks. All soups will be hot and ready at 10:30 a.m. The bake sale will include kolaches and much more. Dee Meister’s cards will also be on sale.

Scouting for Food Oct. 14

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 14.  Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-11 and collect filled bags on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits.

Archery Team open house Oct. 19

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team hosts an open house on Thursday, Oct. 19, with registration at 6:30 p.m., and a parent meeting at 7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents, and anyone in fifth-12th grades interested in joining the team are encouraged to attend. At this time, required forms will needed to be completed by parents, shirt sizing information completed, and collection of dues. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Questions regarding the program will also be answered.

Chicken Noodle Soup and Kolach Supper Saturday, Oct. 21

ELY– The First Presbyterian Church, near Ely, hosts its 68th Annual Chicken Soup and Kolach Supper on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4-7 p.m.
The cost for adults is $10 and kids 3-12 pay just $5 for the menu of piping hot chicken noodle soup with crackers, fresh bread, relishes and a drink, plus fresh-baked kolaches.
Aside from enjoying kolaches with the meal, they can be purchased by the dozen at the event’s country store where attendees can also buy other baked goods and homemade gift items.
The Riverbottom Ramblers and the Iowa Accordion Club will provide musical entertainment.

Solon’s Old Gold Diner to host 4C fourth graders Wednesday, Oct. 18

SOLON– Old Gold Dining hosts a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Drake dives into Korea

Summer abroad includes trip to the Demilitarized Zone

SOLON– Valerie Drake was lost in Seoul, South Korea.
She had flown from Cedar Rapids to Detroit to South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and taken the bus to Seoul, but despite researching in advance, she took the wrong turn and couldn’t find her hotel.
It was night, she was exhausted and she didn’t have international service on her cellular phone.
But she planned it that way.
Drake, a 2014 graduate of Solon High School, traveled to South Korea for a summer program at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, to help complete her minor in Korean at the University of Iowa (UI).

Ely News by Lenna See

Shirley Worley accompanied Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, and Jennie Rambo, of Vinton, to Olathe, Kan., on Friday, Sept. 22, to visit Shirley’s sister-in-law Melody Fawl. Fawl was a patient in the hospital from Tuesday, Sept. 19, to Saturday, Sept. 23. She is recuperating at home. Worley and her daughters returned home on Sunday.

Spartans pulverize Panthers

Solon moves to 7-0 with 33-0 shutout on the road at Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT– As Solon’s varsity football team boarded their bus and traveled south to face the Mount Pleasant Panthers on Friday, Oct. 6, they likely passed the Highway 1 machine shed which encouraged them to “Pulverize the Panthers.”
Even Mother Nature could not deny the Spartans, with rains sweeping across the gray, overcast Southeast Iowa skies, delaying the game nearly an hour less than two minutes into the opening quarter.
The Spartans rolled over the Panthers, 33-0.

Five-set loss, five-set win

2 days after tough home loss, Solon rebounds

SOLON– The Lady Spartans slugged it out on Senior Night.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team hosted No. 13 (4A) Western Dubuque Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the final home match of the season, but couldn’t put the Bobcats away.
Despite a rollicking, see-saw battle, the Lady Spartans fell in five sets, 3-2.
“I was extremely happy with the effort,” Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin said. “We played some really great volleyball Tuesday night.”

Boys 7th, girls 2nd at Wellman meet

Girls a close third at soggy North Linn

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
TROY MILLS– Each year, at the North Linn Cross Country Invitational, you can count on the weather… to do something different.
Past years have featured sub-freezing temperatures, swirling snow or high winds. This year, Mother Nature offered soaked turf and light rain for one of the biggest late-season runs in Eastern Iowa. Still, runners from two dozen schools had to run the same course, in the same conditions. This year, coaches just hoped for a team of mudders.

Solon Alumni Basketball Tournament planned for Saturday, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Solon Basketball Alumni tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. The tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant.