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Solon Economist

Solon Homecoming Royalty crowned

Solon High School’s Homecoming festivities concluded over the weekend. Connor Wiseman (above) was selected by the student body to be the 2013 Homecoming King, a decision announced at the end of the parade and pep rally Wednesday evening. Connor is the son of Steven Wiseman and Cindy Keeley. Rylee Smith (right) was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the varsity football game against Clear Creek Amana Friday night. Rylee is the daughter of Anne and Aaron Smith. (photos by Doug Lindner)

High winds cause damage

Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour buffeted Johnson County last week, collapsing a grain bin and ripping the end off of the storage building (above) on the Gene Greazel property west of Solon on Highway 382. (photo by Doug Lindner)

School board wades into Marshek Ct. drainage

But finding a solution could take time

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– Marshek Court residents shared their voices loud and clear at the Monday, Sept. 16, school board meeting.
Board members listened as residents explained the horrors of water damage and opened the discussion to fix the problem.
“Our feelings are, we’ve settled this once and now we have to get back into it again,” said Marshek Court resident Duane Mensen.

Main street paving not acceptable

Terracon evaluation finds flaws with new asphalt

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– From the moment the dust settled, Solon Public Works director Scott Kleppe knew he wasn’t happy with the asphalt on Main Street.
Now the city has some ammunition to back him up.
At last week’s city council meeting, representatives from Terracon, an Iowa City engineering and consulting company, reported samples of asphalt from the Main Street paving failed to meet the project’s required specifications in a number of ways.
The report confirmed something the city had suspected for a long time.

Casey Grover, Mark Krall, Steve Stange return council papers

SOLON– Two incumbents and a newcomer are all but guaranteed election after filing as candidates for three expiring seats on the Solon City Council.

Popcorn sales start Thursday

SOLON– This August, Eric Swartzendruber, along with his parents, Roger and Dee, were able to travel to the Pecatonica River Popcorn Factory in Livingston, Wis. The Pecatonica River Popcorn Factory is the company that makes the Scout popcorn. There Eric met with Nick Solomon. After speaking with Mr. Solomon, he gave the family a tour of the plant. The Scout popcorn sales start Thursday, Sept. 26.

Spartan Fund Run back on for Oct. 26

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Fund Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. at the Solon High School. Courses begin and end at the Solon High School Spartan Stadium.
Sign up by Oct. 4 to guarantee a race T-shirt.
Registration is now open at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/SpartanFundRun. Cost for this half-mile, one mile, 5K or 10K event are $15 per person, or $50 for a family of four. Additional family members can be included at $5 per member. Online registration will continue through Oct. 18. Please visit www.spartanfundrun.blogspot.com for more information.

Girls take third at Solon Invitational; boys fifth

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Alex Smith has been running distance races since junior high. Now, though, as a junior on Solon’s girls cross country team, she is learning to run again.
In the last two years, she could keep her eyes, and pace, on now-graduated Lauren Benzing. Benzing did not lose a regular season or district meet through three years. Smith could settle into the pace and do well. She finished in the top five, 10 or 15 at most meets, settling in as Solon’s second, third or fourth runner.

Big plays in big win for Spartans

Solon clobbers CCA 42-7 for Homecoming victory

SOLON– It was a good start.
Brandon Kramer took the handoff and ran 76 yards on Solon’s second play of the game against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Friday night.
Just like that, it was 7-0 Spartans and the tone was set for the rest of the game.
Solon added a sprinkling of breakout plays to solid performances by the offense and defense, a recipe for a 42-7 Homecoming victory over the Clippers.
“Our plan was to simply improve in every phase of the game,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “We did a much better job of executing on offense and defensively we were very sound.”

Smith brings the hammer against Beckman

SOLON– Jordan Smith obliged the Solon student section by bringing the hammer down against Dyersville Beckman last week.
The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball squad defeated Beckman 3-0 Tuesday night (Sept. 17), moving to 13-1 on the season and dropping to No. 2 in the Class 4A rankings released by the Iowa Girls High Athletic Union.
After a bit of a slow start, the Lady Spartans dominated Beckman in the second game and cruised to another sweep, their 12th of the year, 25-18, 25-13, 25-18.
But it was the standout play of junior Jordan Smith that really made the game memorable.

SOLON ROYALTY

It’s Homecoming Week at Solon High School, culminating with a football showdown with Clear Creek Amana Friday night and a dance Saturday night. The Homecoming Court includes queen candidates (front) Carissa Siddell, Anna Seydel, Emily Capper, Maegan Bruene, Emily Moore, Alexa Roeder and Rylee Smith; and king candidates (back) Tyler Shaffer, Shay Croy, Ethan Ahern, Dalton Ferguson, Connor Wiseman and Jordan Wymer. The king will be announced at the end of the Homecoming Parade and pep rally Wednesday night and the queen will be crowned at halftime of the varsity game Friday.

Road tripping through county projects

Supervisors, staff view progress of current road, bridge improvements

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County supervisors and county staff hit the road on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The purpose of the trip was to tour road sites, receive updates on projects and view road conditions in various spots throughout the county, an effort undertaken annually, said County Engineer Greg Parker, who supervises the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department.