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Solon Economist

Big Rain

Flash flood causes damage to Solon homes, facilities

SOLON– It was a pretty helpless feeling for Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level Kleppe had never seen before.
Coupled with a power outage, the flash flooding that followed caused extensive damage to a number of Solon homes and prompted the city to declare a local disaster declaration

New guidelines close SCSD open enrollment

Solon school board approves more space for local growth

SOLON– The Solon school board approved changes which should effectively muzzle open enrollment for at least the upcoming school year.
At a special meeting Aug. 15, board members agreed to new guidelines which lowered the number which triggers the closing of a grade level to open enrollment.
“The takeaway is the new policy would basically close open enrollment for all practical purposes unless we had a very small kindergarten class,” board member Tim Brown said.

City administrator leaving Ely in September

ELY– The man who helped the City of Ely manage a decade of growth is moving on.
City Administrator Aaron Anderson tendered his resignation Monday, Aug. 8. His last day with the city will be Sept. 16.
Anderson came to Ely when the city had a population of just over 1,000 residents. Current unofficial estimates put the number of citizens at around 2,000.
“It’s been a challenge to keep up with that growth,” Anderson said.
The transition from small town to active, growing community has been an enjoyable one for Anderson.

City imposes water use restrictions

Water tower painting prompts prohibition on lawn watering beginning Aug. 15

SOLON– The City of Solon water tower will be undergoing routine maintenance starting Aug. 15. The city has contracted Central Iowa Tank to clean and paint both the inside and outside of the tower. When completed, the water tower will have a new facelift with a different color, lettering and school logo. The entire process will require the to tower be taken offline for approximately four-six weeks.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 20

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event will be a 4-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $50 per golfer which includes greens fee, lunch and a drink ticket. There will be two sessions, one at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served between the two groups starting at noon. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride golf course at 319-624-2500 or Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

Volleyball runs in her family

Meet new Solon High School varsity volleyball coach Sarah Ferin

SOLON– After Peter Gustin stepped down in February to take a position as volunteer assistant coach at the University of Iowa, the stars aligned perfectly for Sarah Ferin to take over as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach of the Lady Spartans.
The timing couldn’t have been better and Solon is the perfect place for the Cedar Rapids native and former assistant coach of the Xavier Saints to embark on the next phase of her career.

Solon baseball players named to All-WaMaC teams

Sophomore Luke Ira named first team

SOLON– Five Solon varsity baseball players earned WaMaC conference East-Division baseball honors for the 2016 season.
The selections were announced Thursday, July 21.
Sophomore shortstop Luke Ira made the First Team, while senior third baseman Patrick Maston and sophomore first baseman Tyler Linderbaum received Second Team honors.
Sophomore Eric Weetman and senior Dillon Drake were named Honorable Mention.

Solon High School wrestling team participates in Luther’s Team Wrestling Camp

DECORAH– The Solon High School High School wrestling team participated in the 2016 Luther College Team Wrestling Camp in Decorah.
The 2016 Luther wrestling camps, directed by Luther Head Wrestling Coach Dave Mitchell, have grown into some of the largest and most recognized athletic camps in the Midwest. There are six wrestling camps on Luther’s campus each summer that include more than 1,000 wrestlers and 150 coaches.
Recent clinicians have included several Olympian, NCAA champion and All-American wrestlers, including Cael Sanderson, Brandon Slay and Brent Metcalf.

Ely Fall Fest and Classic Car Show Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5k and 1 mile run at 7:45 pm, followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race, and live music throughout the day. The day is capped off with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is fully devoted to the Classic Car Show, 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 20

OLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event will be a 4-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $50 per golfer which includes greens fee, lunch and a drink ticket. There will be two sessions, one at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served between the two groups starting at noon. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride golf course at 319-624-2500 or Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

The Great Race

Rural Shueyville man completes cross country road rally

SHUEYVILLE– For Shueyville’s John Williams, the third time was not only the charm, but also charmed.
Williams, a retired teacher from the College Community School District’s Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, participated in the 2016 Great Race cross-country road rally and made it all the way from near the California coast to Moline, Ill.
This was Williams’ third attempt at the event, held annually since the early 1980s, and the first time he made it from starting line to finish line.

Movie Under the Stars Thursday, Aug. 11

SOLON– As daylight fades, the movie rolls Thursday, Aug. 11, at Randall Park in Solon. Join neighbors and friends for Family Movie Night when the 2009 film ‘Up’ is featured.