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Solon Economist

Supervisors fail to find consensus on justice center

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– A Johnson County Board of Supervisors work session on Monday, Oct. 14, was meant to determine the next steps toward finding a courthouse and jail proposal voters would approve.
Instead of consensus there was conflict, and after more than three hours of discussion, the five members decided to step back and try again at a later date.

Yellow doesn’t mean stop

DOT agrees to removal of flashing yellow at Highway 1 and Main Street

SOLON– A yellow traffic signal means to proceed with caution.
Not enough people traveling Highway 1 through Solon have been able to grasp the concept.
The Solon City Council last week agreed to proceed with a project funded by an Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) grant which will remove the flashing yellow lights which stretch across the Highway 1 intersection of with Main Street.

St. Mary to host Solon blood drive Thursday, Oct. 24

SOLON– A Solon community blood drive will be held from 3 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave. N.E., inside Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Deb Gaddis at 319-624-2844 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Legion to host turkey dinner Nov. 3

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will have a turkey dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The menu includes turkey and dressing, real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, rye bread, homemade dessert, coffee and milk. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 through 12, and children 5 and under free.

Pumpkin carving/painting event to be held Oct. 27 at Randall Park

All children age 12 and younger are invited to come paint or carve a pumpkin from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Randall Park shelter. Solon Parks and Recreation will supply the pumpkins for the kids. Each child will get to pick out his or her own pumpkin and must be accompanied by an adult. Paint pens and markers will be provided, however each child/parent is required to bring their own carving materials. The fee is $5 per child.

Solon’s Sam Miller among the nominees for state’s superintendent of the year

SOLON– Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community School District, was a nominee for the 2013-2014 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).
Solon has recently implemented Standards-Based Grading, a grading and reporting practice that measures students’ proficiency on well-defined course standards. Additionally, Solon has developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan, and completed construction on a new Spartan Stadium.

Conference champs

Lady Spartans avenge loss to West Delaware in final

MARION– It was a clean sweep for the Lady Spartans at last week’s WaMaC volleyball tournament.
Solon didn’t drop a set in pool or bracket play, outlasting both Marion and West Delaware in the semifinals and finals at Marion Thursday night.
The Lady Spartans defeated Benton Community (21-7, 21-10), DeWitt Central (21-10, 21-13) and Marion (21-14, 21-18) in pool play Tuesday at Manchester, then faced Dyersville Beckman (25-13, 25-19), Marion (25-22, 25-22) and then West Delaware (25-23, 25-22) in the highly contested championship bracket.

Spartans clip Cardinals for district title

MAQUOKETA– It took a while to get going, but once Solon’s offense came to life, it helped turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point halftime lead.
In a wild, back-and-forth scoring barrage, the Spartan football team outlasted the Maquoketa Cardinals to claim the Class 3A District 6 regular season title Friday in Maquoketa, 49-31.
Although Solon struck first on a 35-yard interception returned for touchdown by Jacob Black, the Spartans found themselves on the wrong end of a 17-7 deficit early in the second quarter.

State meet hopes alive for Solon cross country

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CENTER POINT– It’s back home for districts Oct. 24 as Solon’s cross country teams determine whether they run once more at the 2013 state meet.
Solon’s boys launched their postseason run with sixth place at the WaMaC Conference meet in Center Point Thursday, Oct. 17. The girls finished second. “It was a great night. We had 40 personal records from the 53 boys and girls running,” noted coach Emy Williams.

Our Lord’s Church Fall Festival Oct. 19

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its ninth annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St., Solon.
A soup luncheon will start at 10:30 a.m. serving homemade chili, chicken noodle, and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs and chili dogs. The bake sale will include Kolaches, pies, cakes, cookies, bars, some candy, fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties. The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, and fresh cheese curds from the Kalona Cheese Factory.

A mission of love

One veteran’s quest to help his fellow veterans win the battle against PTSD

CEDAR RAPIDS– “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
It’s a quote of uncertain origin, but there is no uncertainty about whom it was said.

American pickers

Ray Novotny picks apples from the scoop of an endloader operated by Glenn Shima on his rural Solon farm on Sugar Bottom Road. Shima said the two, both 86 years old, have been picking apples from the Granny Smith tree for years. Most are given away, he said. (photo by Doug Lindner)