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Solon Economist

Solon News by Lenna See

Allen Shima, son of Kevin and Sherri Shima, was honored on his ninth birthday on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, with dinner at the Huhot Mongolian Grill in Coralville. Those attending were his grandparents, Leo and Elaine Shima, of Solon; Jerry and Lou Adair, of Oxford; and Nathan, Missy, Logan and Leigha Pacha, of Oxford.

Kevin and Sherri Shima entertained with a party in honor of their son, Allen, for his ninth birthday on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the United Methodist Church Family Life Center. About 25 classmates, friends and relatives attended.

Solon fencer Maggie Snider medals at Junior Olympic National Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Maggie Snider, of Solon, competed in the USA Fencing (USAF) Junior Olympics, taking seventh place in the Junior Women’s Epee event. Junior Olympics is the USAF National Championship tournament for college age fencers.
The event included 208 athletes representing Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Temple and several other NCAA Division I squads.

March Old Gold Diner

Editor’s Note: The wrong copy for the Old Gold Diner’s March activities was published in the March 2 edition of the Economist. The following is the correct version.

City to contract for Main Street concept

wrestlers on top

SOLON– Main Street will be the focus of a new concept plan authorized by the Solon City Council Feb. 1.
Council members voted to approve a contract with MSA Professional Services to oversee a downtown visioning project for just over $7,000.
It’s not the Downtown Master Plan which council members have called for in the last year, but it’s another step closer.

Solon Methodist men hosting annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster stew, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert. Live entertainment will be provided by Leo Shima. Donations of new or used children’s books will be collected for the “Change a Child” campaign.

Solon KCs hosting Euchre card party Feb. 25 at St. Mary Church

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Euchre card party Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The public is invited. Snacks will be provided.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 4, at St. Mary

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 4, at 8 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 10U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.

Great horned owl released after rehab

Raptor group responds to call from Twin View

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– It was January. A curious Labrador came within five feet of the scrawny, young owl. The terrified bird perched on a low branch, west of Solon, on public land. It didn’t move. The outlook was bleak.
Fast-forward six weeks. A small crowd walks through the trees to the same spot, near the Coralville Reservoir. With heavy duty gloves, Lacey Slutts reaches into the cardboard pet carrier she totes. From inside, drumming wingbeats indicate the occupant is more than ready to exit.

Solon man sentenced to four years for assault

IOWA CITY– A Solon man was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman at an Iowa City business in 2015.
Donald E. Born, 51, of Solon, pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in Johnson County District Court to two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor.
He was sentenced to two years in prison on each count, to be served consecutively for a maximum period of incarceration not to exceed four years.

T-shirt artwork sought for the 2017 Solon Beef Days celebration

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2017 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 21-22.
Original artwork is being accepted for the T-shirt design. Each artist may submit more than one design.

Spartan Grapplers Take State

Spartans earn 1st title

DES MOINES–They did it as a team.
That’s how Solon head coach Blake Williams explained the Spartans’ first-ever state championship title, which the boys brought home Sunday from the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines after narrowly beating No. 1-ranked New Hampton, 96.5 to 96.

Solon’s Josie Durr signs with Hawkeyes

Solon senior Josie Durr signs her letter of intent to play soccer for the Univerity of Iowa Hawkeyes during a ceremony Feb. 1 in the Solon High School media center. Durr had 46 of Solon’s 70 goals in the 2016 season, and has 108 goals for her career. (photo by Doug Lindner)