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Solon Economist

Feeling optimistic

Lady Spartans play top WaMaC teams tough

SOLON– Sometimes, a loss can feel okay.
Even though the short-handed Lady Spartans didn’t come away with a win last week against Mount Vernon and Western Dubuque, they gave the two top teams in the conference a run for the money.
With different starters sidelined for each of the home varsity matchups, the girls dropped to 10-10 on the season with a single game remaining.

Three Solon wrestlers advance at sectional

TIFFIN– The Solon varsity wrestling team crowned two champions and earned a third berth in the district tournament to be hosted by Solon Saturday, Feb. 9.
Individual champions for Solon at the sectional meet in Tiffin included Louis Gnida at 113 pounds and Lance Evans at 195 pounds. Logan Linderbaum took second place at heavyweight.
Gnida pinned Mount Vernon’s Levi Wade and earned a 9-5 decision over Keaton Sherwood of Benton Community. Evans pinned one opponent and took a 9-0 major decision over Conner Welch of Mount Vernon.
Other results for Solon included:

Solon softball/baseball teams can drive Feb. 9

SOLON– The Solon High School softball and baseball programs are conducting a can drive on Feb. 9 from 1 until 5 p.m. to raise money for an indoor hitting facility project.
The goal is to eventually build or rehab a shed on district property that can be used year round (but primarily during the winter months) for indoor hitting and throwing training for softball and baseball players. Softball and baseball players will be going door to door to collect cans/bottles.

New Griefshare session begins Jan. 31

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church, Solon United Methodist Church and Our Lord’s Church of Solon are co-sponsoring a community support group for those experiencing loss in their lives. Griefshare will begin Thursday, Jan. 31, in the adult room at St. Mary. Griefshare is a program to help individuals cope with the loss of a loved one and to once again experience joy in their lives.

Solon Methodist Church soup supper Feb. 8

SOLON– The Annual Solon United Methodist Church Soup Supper will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at the church, serving from 5 until 7 p.m. The menu includes oyster stew, chicken noodle soup or chili, hotdogs, relish, pie, and beverage for $6 adults and $4 children under 12. There will also be live entertainment.

Switching SEATS?

Supervisors hoping cities will help fund service

Supervisors hoping cities will help fund service

By B. Adam Burke
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Contracts with Iowa City and Coralville for the county-wide para-transit bus service, SEATS, will expire at the end of June. But Johnson County supervisors have already decided they want to end their subsidy of the service.
The program provides riders around the county with door-to-door transport and anyone outside the city limits of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and University Heights can request a ride that comes with a half-hour window for pick-ups.

Coralville Lake bald eagle watch and expo Feb. 9

IOWA CITY–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be hosting a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free to the public and will have two different locations going simultaneously. The indoor venue will be at the Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Dr., Coralville. The outdoor venue will be a viewing site at the Tailwater West Picnic Shelter downstream from the dam at Coralville Lake.
Indoor expo venue

Council approves learning academy site plan

IBy Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Building blocks for big kids were discussed as the Solon Learning Academy’s site plan went before the Solon City Council.
The proposed childcare center will be located at the intersection of Prairie Rose Lane and Windflower Lane (east of Dairy Queen), and is slated to open in August.
The site plan passed unanimously at the council’s Jan. 16 meeting.

SAL Kettle fried chicken dinner Saturday, Feb. 9

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will hold their famous kettle-fried chicken dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9, serving from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Take-out is available. For $8 adults, $4 kids (6-12) the menu includes delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven baked beans, bread and butter, dessert, and coffee, milk or lemonade. Children five and under eat free.

Solon Public Library

Friends of the library used book sale Feb. 2

Solon Community School District audit released for 2011-12

SOLON– Nolte, Cornman & Johnson P.C. today released an audit report on the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
The district’s revenues totaled $16,439,050 for the year ended June 30, 2012, a 2.13 percent increase from the prior year. Revenues included unrestricted state grants of $5,013,376, local tax of $7,144,344, operating grants, contributions, and restricted interest of $2,080,417, charges for service of $1,886,367, nonspecific program federal grants of $237,307, unrestricted interest of $21,595 and other general revenues of $55,644.