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Solon Economist

Beef Days Hay Bale Toss to add senior division

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Hay Bale Toss will feature a new wrinkle this year.
According to organizer Tony Green, the Hay Bale Toss will add a new division, called Speed Limit, which is for participants 55 and older.
Trophies, cash and prizes will be awarded to winners of the 55 and older, 60 and older, and 65 and older. “Please bring proper identification such as wedding photos, moonshine license, criminal record, etc.,” Green said. 
The hay bale toss, established in 1999, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Green thanked this year’s sponsors for their support.

Spartans take two from CCA Clippers

Varsity baseball team has won seven of last nine

SOLON– The Spartan baseball team swept Anamosa and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) last week, helping pave the way for Solon to host its substate bracket.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association schedule for Class 3A’s substate will allow the Spartans to play their way into the state tournament without leaving town.
Solon’s varsity baseball team is currently 18-12 (as of July 8) with just a handful of games remaining in the regular season.

Solon Trapshooting Team aims to win at state competitions

SOLON– From Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, members of the Solon Spartan Trapshooting Team were in Cedar Falls participating in annual state level competitions. The team had an excellent showing and placed well in several award categories as they competed against more than 1,400 student athletes (and over 150 schools).

Lady Spartans sweep Anamosa, Beckman

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans have moved to 33-1 with doubleheader sweeps over Anamosa and Dyersville-Beckman last week.
The softball postseason begins Saturday, July 12, as Solon hosts either Marion or Dubuque Wahlert in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal with a 7 p.m. start. The Region 3 final will be Tuesday, July 15, in Solon, also with a 7 p.m. start.
Solon moved up to No. 3 in the final 4A rankings issued July 3 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
The Lady Spartans out-scored Anamosa 22-0 in two games shortened by the mercy rule July 1 in Solon.

$25.5 million decision

Middle school, performing arts center go to ballot - Sept. 9

SOLON– It’s official.
As expected, the Solon school board has decided to place a $25.5 million bond referendum for a new middle school and performing arts center before district voters.
At a June 26 meeting, school board members accepted a 220-signature petition signed by residents of the district, and passed a resolution calling for a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
It was an action the district had been working toward for months.

Our Lord’s Church marks 10th anniversary

Happy Birthday, Our Lord’s Church!

SOLON– In 2004, a small group of residents gathered at the Solon Public Library for the first service of a new church community.
Two years later, the new church had its own building and had established a record of community service that it continues today.
Our Lord’s Church will mark the first decade of its existence Sunday, July 13, with a public celebration at its 131 N. Market St. location, serving brats, burgers and hot dogs after its weekly service. Potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and cake will also be served.