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Solon Economist

Special council election set for May 30

Lauren Whitehead and Dale Snipes say they will run

SOLON– There will be at least two candidates for the special city council election Tuesday, May 30.
Both Dale Snipes, appointed April 5 to fill a seat vacated by longtime council member Mark Krall, and Lauren Whitehead, who had also applied for the position, plan to appear on the ballot.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate has until Friday, May 5, to submit the appropriate paperwork to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Ten signatures are required for the nomination petition.

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Mayor responds to charges of special treatment

SOLON– Mayor Steve Stange said he did nothing wrong.
At the conclusion of a lengthy and at times contentious council meeting April 19, Stange took time during his mayor’s comments to address the sale of his home to developers for a Main Street project.
“I’m tired of being accused of doing things inappropriately,” Stange said. “It’s to the point where I’ve just had enough.”
Last February or March, Stange said, he was approached by Mark Pattison about the possible sale of his home at 131 W. Main St.

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Townsley named Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year

SOLON– Matt Townsley, director of instruction and technology for the Solon Community School District, was named the 2017 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).

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Chandler Johnson 3 on 3 soccer tournament fundraiser April 30

SOLON– A three-on-three soccer tournament Sunday, April 30, will serve as a fundraiser for the family of Solon student Chandler Johnson.
Solon FCA will host the tournament at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, with a rain date to be determined.
The event will begin with a speaker at noon, followed by games at around 12:30 p.m. Expect to come as a team around 11:30 a.m.

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May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

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Be A Hunger Hero, May 13 at SRNA

SOLON– On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Be A Hunger Hero at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
This event is for the entire family to enjoy a morning full of hero themed activities. A super-hero training course provided and ran by Iowa Gym-Nest, cape decorating, Solon firefighters, bounce houses, and face painting are all provided for participating children.
One mile and 5K fun runs will start at 9:30 a.m. The runs take place on the paved trail around the recreation and nature area and partially on the graveled Lake MacBride Nature Trail.

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Solon senior advocates May newsletter

2017 Advocate Trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
• Thursday, May 18: Kalona; Salina Bontrager, bakery, Stringtown, Country Store, Perry Bender greenhouse. $50.
• Thursday, June 22: Prairie City, Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge. $20.
• Thursday, July 20: Waterloo, John Deere Museum. $25.
• Thursday, Aug. 17: Villages of Van Buren County; cost to be announced.
To make reservations for an Advocate trip, call 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net.

Restaurant Road Trip May 4

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On to Drake for Solon girls

SOLON– Was it the shoes?
Solon sophomore Abby Smith was doing okay early this season in the high jump, clearing 4-10, 5 foot once, and picking up a couple points in the event for her team.
Add a new pair of jumping shoes, though, and she’s scaling new heights.
At Solon’s April 18 Denny Gruber Coed Relays track meet, she laced up her new footwear and cleared 5-4.
That was good for third place at the meet named for her grandfather, a former head track coach at Solon, who still volunteers as the school’s– and Abby’s– jumps coach.

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Solon boys fourth at Denny Gruber Relays

Spartans begin late season climb

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– Great things have happened at Solon Stadium. The community has come together, military services have been honored, fallen comrades remembered and records have been set. Tuesday, April 18, was no different as the lights of the stadium shown brightly on the athletes competing in the Denny Gruber Relays.
This year’s Denny Gruber Relays supported tradition in a big way as the girls’ track team captured first place and the boys’ track and field team captured fourth in a field of stout competition.

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Solon golfers hanging tough

Spartans 1st or 2nd in tournament action

SOLON– The Spartan varsity golfers are tearing up the links this season.
Solon won its home invitational April 7 and has placed second in tournaments at Central DeWitt April 18 and West Delaware April 22.

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Old Gold Diner - May activities

• April was another good month at The Old Gold Diner. We enjoyed what we learned about bees and beekeeping from Ron Puettmann. Bees are amazing creatures and the beekeepers are doing us all a favor by helping the population of bees grow.

• A big thank you to the George and Gladys Chaloupka family for sponsoring the April meal. What a wonderful way to remember them, friends and family that came enjoyed that time together.

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7th grade girls second, 8th grade sixth

SOLON– The future was so bright, the Solon High School track coaches almost had to be wearing shades as the Solon Middle School girls competed under sunny skies, at home on April 11, in the opening meet of their track season. The eighth grade girls finished sixth with 55 team points, behind Mid-Prairie (119), Clear Creek Amana (106.5), Williamsburg (94), Anamosa (76), and Benton (61), but bested Regina (44.5). The seventh grade girls were runners-up to Mid Prairie (130) but spent much of the meet knocking on the door before finishing with 119 team points.