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Solon Economist

Eatery embraces history

City council approves site plan, alley lease for revived Monk’s Place

SOLON– “Monk” Meyers is returning to downtown Solon.
The previous owner of a bar at 122 E. Main St., the former Solon Station, will be invoked in the moniker for a new Prohibition-inspired eatery planned for the building.
Details surrounding the new venture were unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the members of the Solon City Council considered a site plan for the building submitted by John Burchert of MAiNGREDIENT.

Lions Club Soup Luncheon March 3

SOLON– Come and enjoy soup, snacks and drinks with the Solon Centennial Lions Club on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lions’ Clubhouse, 301 S. Iowa St. Watch and cheer on the Fat Tire bicyclists as they race around Lake Macbride. The cost is $5 per plate with proceeds benefiting the Lions Club Community Betterment Fund.

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Rep. Kaufmann hosts Solon Town Hall

Feb. 17

SOLON– Iowa House Representative Bobby Kaufmann will host a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Palmer House Stable (200 E. Main St.) to give a 2018 legislative update as well as take questions. The event will last from 1-3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Center for the Arts hosts Sara Gazarek Feb. 16

Critically acclaimed jazz singer to perform Friday night; tickets $10

SOLON– Popular jazz singer Sara Gazarek will perform at the Solon Center For the Arts on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
The performance will cap a two-day Solon Vocal Jazz Festival, an annual event for the high school, overseen by vocal music instructor Joel Foreman. 
“Every year, we bring in a visiting artist to work with our groups in what is basically a Jazz Master Class setting,” said Foreman. “This year we brought in Katie Thiroux in the fall. There was a concert for her at the Center for the Arts, as well.”

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Solon public library

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime. Join us each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts, for children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Held weekly. During the month of February the theme is friendship.
Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space (fifth-12th grade). Snacks and space for board games, Wii, and hanging out. Held on school days only.

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Old Gold Menu

Thursday, Feb. 15: Cheeseburger, baked beans, potato salad, ice cream.

Friday, Feb. 16: Lemon pepper tilapia. Baked potato, fried cabbage, chef’s choice dessert. Cards AM and PM.

Monday, Feb. 19: Closed for Presidents’ Day. To reserve for Tues. Feb 20, you must do so by 1pm Fri., Feb 16.

Tuesday, Feb. 20: Pork loin baked sweet potatoes, country trio vegetables, raspberry sherbet. Bingo AM and PM.

Wednesday, Feb. 21: Swiss steak with tomato, garlic Parmesan, potatoes, peas, orange mist cake and ice cream. Fourth Graders 4A Ms. Dobney. Cards AM and PM.

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Spartans to state dual

Eight Solon wrestlers to individual tournament Feb. 15

WEST LIBERTY– It all came down to the last two matches for Solon.
After rolling to a 45-24 win over Independence in the opening meet of the regional duals Feb. 6 in West Liberty, the Spartan varsity wrestling team faced off with the home Comets for a berth in the 2018 State Dual Tournament.
Despite leading by 17 points midway through the meet, Solon found itself trailing 34-29 with just the 160 and 170 pound matches remaining.
“We knew we had to win both of those matches,” Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams said. “There was no ifs ands or buts about it.”

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Spartans hold off Mustangs

Postseason begins Monday, Feb. 19, hosting Keokuk

SOLON– It was another close win for the Solon boys.
The Spartan varsity basketball team avenged a January road loss with a 67-62 home victory over Mount Vernon Feb. 6.
Solon jumped out to a first-quarter lead, but the two teams battled back and forth in a see-saw affair throughout the game.
The Spartans actually trailed early, but hopped back into the game thanks in part to some early offense from senior Luke Schaeckenbach.

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Solon falls prey to Panthers, 73-46

MONTICELLO– The Solon Lady Spartans bid adieu to the 2017-18 Basketball season on Saturday, Feb. 10, following a first-round loss to the Monticello Panthers, 73-46, after ending their regular season on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Mount Vernon, with a loss to the Mustangs, 44-19.

Lady Spartan coach Bishop resigns

SOLON– Lisa Bishop, head girls basketball coach at Solon High School, resigned Monday, Feb. 12, according to Solon Community School District Activities Director Zach Wigle.
“She met with current players earlier today to notify them,” Wigle said in an email.

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Swisher Legion Lenten suppers

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will serve Lenten suppers every Friday between Feb. 16 and March 23, from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will serve all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6; meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5; kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through the salad bar. Carry-out is available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten suppers. The public is welcome, call 319-857-4687 for more information.

Sectional champions

Solon advances to regional duals; 11 Spartans head for district meet

SOLON– With four champions and seven runners-up, the Solon Spartans ran away with the team title at a Class 2A sectional tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, in Solon.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers compiled 243.5 points for a comfortable lead over second-place Mount Vernon in the six-team field that also included Central DeWitt (160.5), Camanche (152), Tipton (108.5) and Northeast (101).
The sectional win advanced Solon to a regional dual meet Feb. 6 in West Liberty with the chance to qualify for the state dual meet in Des Moines Wednesday, Feb. 14.