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Solon Economist

Closer to compromise on Main Street

Council discusses potential agreement with general contractor

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Solutions were on the horizon for the city last week, as Solon council members found quick consensus on a direction to resolve a dispute with the contractor for the 2012 Main Street improvement project.
A quick decision was also made regarding the city’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) budget for the next fiscal year.
Short two members and juggling a quorum, the Solon City Council met last week at a bit of an accelerated pace, shuffling the agenda to arrange action items.

Solon Public Library

LEGO Club

The popular Lego Club meets the first Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. That means that Dec. 2 will be the next meeting night. Come and join the fun.

Tree decorating contest & auction

Solon School News

Solon media services Barnes & Noble book fair fundraiser Dec. 7

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Media Services’ annual Barnes and Noble book fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Coral Ridge Mall. Your support is appreciated. Over $1,000 in store credit was earned at last year’s sale.

Spring facilities meeting Dec. 11

Spartans on track for continued success

Solon looks to extend district title streak

SOLON– They’ve won 83 percent of their games over the last 10 seasons, are the reigning district champs, and have been for nine years running. And coach Brad Randall thinks the Solon Spartans varsity boy’s basketball team can do it again.

Rebuilding

Lady Spartans short on basketball experience

SOLON– Tony Nicol isn’t totally starting from scratch as he prepares the Lady Spartans for the 2013-2014 girl’s varsity basketball campaign, but he’s got a lot of work to do.
The Spartans finished 11-12 last season, good for third place in the WaMaC conference. That team featured six seniors: Kristen Purdy, Rachel Purdy, Kara Misel, Karly Kramer, Brittney Stinocher and Emma Rickels. In the wake of their graduations, Nicol finds himself with three returning starters.

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Jobs program for veterans announced

By Sally Stutsman
Iowa house

School leaning toward $25M bond issue

Look for a vote in spring of 2014

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Twenty-five million dollars.
That’s the projected price tag of a bond issue the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education expects to put before voters in spring of 2014.
But it still isn’t clear what the money will buy.
The district has a wide range of options, including a new middle school and a high school auditorium, and some of those were discussed again at a Nov. 11 board meeting.
What is clear is that the district will have approximately $25 million in bonding capacity to work with.

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 6-7

New Yoga class to begin this week
SOLON– Solon Parks and Recreation is offering a yoga class that began Tuesday, Nov. 19. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings in the lower level of Brosh Chapel Community Center from 5:45 until 6:45 p.m.
Registration forms can be found on the city website at www.solon-iowa.com under the parks and recreation page.
Forms are also available at the city office. The five-week yoga class will meet on the following days: Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

Solon teens injured in I-380 rollover

GILBERTVILLE– Two Solon school students were injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 380 Thursday, Nov. 14, subsequent to a semifinal football playoff game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Allie Mercer, 17, and Alexa Roeder, 18, sustained non-incapacitating injuries when driver Shae Scott, 18, lost control of the 2002 Ford Expedition she was driving, according to a state accident report filed by the Black Hawk Sheriff’s Department.

Solon Community Pantry to donate ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meals

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry is once again offering a ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal box to families filled with all the holiday fixings. Boxes may be picked up Monday, Nov. 25, at the pantry between 2 and 6 p.m. Please call Carol Tobias, 319-351-6707 to reserve a meal box. Monetary donations to help with our Thanksgiving meals may be mailed to Solon Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 344, Solon, IA 52333.

Second place for the second time for girls

CEDAR RAPIDS– A disappointing end, but a valiant effort.
Solon’s Lady Spartans fell to No. 1 Harlan, 3-1, in the Class 4A volleyball championship match Friday, Nov. 15, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
An even first set that got away from Solon gave way to a breakdown in the second, and Solon found itself down 0-2 against Harlan and heavy hitter Jess Schaben. Schaben finished the game with 31 kills.