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Solon Economist

Spartans outlast Cardinals in 2-OT thriller

MAQUOKETA– The Spartans already had one overtime win under their belts this season, why not another?
And why not make it two overtimes?
That’s what it took for Solon to down the Maquoketa Cardinals, 52-51, Friday on the road in Maquoketa.
Austin Miller made two free throws with 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Spartans the lead for good, and Maquoketa’s subsequent pass was deflected, preventing the Cardinals from getting off a shot before time expired.

Solon steps up to the plate

Donors make sure chickens arrive in time for holiday meal

Plucky Christmas for Solon pantry

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Why did the chickens cross the road?
Because they fell out of the back of a truck topper.
Jay Proffitt has heard lots of chicken jokes in the last week.
Proffitt, along with his wife Helen and Frank and Shelley Kuennen, had been planning to secretly supply the Solon Community Food Pantry with about 60 chickens for Christmas.

Council picks up tab for diner

Old Gold Diner seeks support for going local

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Art Tellin said it best.
Representatives for Solon senior citizens were present at last week’s city council meeting to discuss the city’s ongoing support of the Old Gold Diner after the senior dining site’s decision to split from provider Elder Services, Inc.
“I don’t want you to think this was a rash decision, that we just pulled away from the government funding, because we lost it anyway,” Tellin said. “We’ve got to keep this center going.”
And the city stepped up to the plate with a $6,000 contribution.

Supervisors still lack conviction on future justice center

Board of supervisors hear from architects in on-going justice center discussion

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– They asked, they received, and they still lack a majority consensus.
At the conclusion of a Nov. 6 work session centered around the question of what to do about the county’s jail and courthouse in the wake of May’s failed bond referendum, a request was made for preliminary designs for two new options. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, those options were laid out in great detail for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

Spotlight can drive fundraiser on Jan. 4

SOLON– Solon Spotlight is having a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Please drop off empty cans and bottles at the Solon Fire Station any time that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For pick up, or more information, please email JamiWolf.realtor@gmail.com.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Christmas tree pickup Jan. 10

SOLON– The City of Solon Christmas tree pick up will be Friday, Jan. 10. Please have trees placed at the curb by 7 a.m.

Ways you can support Solon’s Old Gold Senior Dining

By Sandy Hanson
Special to the Economist

Mobile Mammography Unit to be in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Monday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic has recently been renamed from Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for 27 years.

Two in a row

Lady Spartans take control against Central DeWitt, 50-34

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartans avenged their season-opening loss by defeating Central DeWitt, 50-34, Tuesday for their second win in a row.
The Lady Spartans have won three of their last four games and moved to 3-4 on the season.
After falling behind in the first quarter, Solon stepped on the gas in the second quarter, taking the lead when Nichole Oberthien went coast to coast for a layup and an 18-17 lead.
The Lady Spartans then went on a 9-0 run, taking a 27-17 lead into the locker room for halftime.

Spartans lose first of the year against Sabers

DeWitt explodes for 25 points in fateful fourth quarter

DeWITT– It was the first basketball loss of the year for Solon’s varsity boys Tuesday, as Central DeWitt scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Spartans, 61-52.
“Both teams played well,” said head coach Brad Randall. “They played better in the fourth quarter.”
Solon built a 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Sabers whittled it away slightly in the second. The Spartans held a four-point lead at the half, 26-22.
Central DeWitt tied the game at 36-36 to end the third period and then went on a 25-16 scoring splurge in the fourth to pull away.