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Solon Economist

$48k TIF funds for Monk’s

Lukewarm response to leased public parking proposal

SOLON– Tax incentive, yes. Parking lot?
Maybe.
Solon City Council members approved close to $50,000 in tax breaks for the redevelopment of an existing Main Street building, but were cautious regarding a proposal by the developer to lease an adjacent property for public parking.
At a Feb. 22 meeting, council members considered a request from Ryan Wade seeking $147,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funding from the city to help offset $719,550 spent remodeling the former Solon Station into a new restaurant.

SHS's “Little Women” March 2-4

Solon High School Drama Department’s production of “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, focuses on the lives of the March Family: Marmee (Ellen Cross), Meg (Emma Bluder), Jo (Faye Düster), Beth (Sayler McIlravy), Amy (Kiersten Conway and Ellie Hawkins). Performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4, in the Solon Center for the Arts. (photo by Kim Hawkins)

Troop 120 can drive, March 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be dropped off at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Chains Interrupted

co-founder Raeside at St. Mary March 8

SOLON– Chains Interrupted co-founder Lenchen Raeside will present a program on Human Trafficking at St Mary Catholic Church on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
Plan to join students, parents and everyone to listen to Lenchen detail her 10 year experience assisting survivors of human trafficking and educating communities on the heinous crime. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Lenchen has worked tirelessly assisting survivors but 98-99 percent of victims are not rescued, and she believes prevention is the key.

Seeking Beef Days T-shirt designs

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 20-21.

Ely News by Lenna See

Louise Florence, 69, of Clinton, mother of Tricia Nederhiser of rural Ely, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, following a car accident. Among those attending the visitation, on Friday evening, and the funeral services, on Saturday at the Pape Funeral Home in Clinton, were Tricia and Paul Nederhiser and their two children, Natalie and Nathan; Gail Nederhiser; Bruce, Donna, Logan, and Macy Griebel; and Dennis and Jill Hartl.

Robert and Carol Andrle spent a week recently vacationing in Costa Rica. They enjoyed looking through the shops and sightseeing.

Solon boys stopped short of state

After beating Fairfield Spartans fall to Mt. Pleasant

MUSCATINE– It was tough for Solon Head Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing to have no practice Tuesday.
“It’s probably been the most fun and energetic group, man, practices were awesome,” Pershing lamented.
His varsity Spartans saw their season end Monday, Feb. 26, at the hands of the No. 1 Mount Pleasant Panthers in a Class 3A Substate 5 in Muscatine, just shy of the state basketball tournament.
The 21-3 Panthers took advantage early, building a 37-18 halftime lead and holding Solon off for a 68-47 final.

3 All-WaMaC Lady Spartans

Brianna Smith, Gabby Marty and Abby Smith named

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans were well represented when the 2017-18 area girls’ conference basketball honor teams were announced. During a season where the Lady Spartans regular season record was 6-15 and they suffered a first round postseason loss to the Monticello Panthers, three Lady Spartans were recognized for their performance on the hardwood.

Snider selected for US National fencing team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Maggie Snider, of Solon, was selected to the US National Team for the 2018 Pan American Junior Fencing Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Spartan wrestlers place at State

Linderbaum 3rd, Gnida 4th, Bevans takes 6th for Spartans

DES MOINES– They came back a long way after losing a lot of talent.
A state champion and a runner-up from last year’s title team were gone to graduation, but Solon’s varsity wrestling team still made its run at both the Class 2A State Dual and State Individual tournaments in Des Moines Feb. 14-17.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum finished third at 285 pounds while sophomore Zeb Gnida (120) captured fourth and junior Zack Bevans (152) took sixth to propel Solon to a tie for 13th with Crestwood in the individual meet.

Solon boys win playoff opener, 58-31

3A semifinal Feb. 22 against Fairfield

SOLON– It was over early against the Chiefs.
Solon’s varsity boys basketball team rolled past Keokuk 58-31 in the opening round of playoff action at home Monday, Feb. 19,
The Spartans held the Chiefs to five points offensively in the first quarter and held a 33-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes when Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing liberally substituted from his bench.

Spartans end regular season with win

Twenty steals helped offset a cold shooting night.

VINTON– Solon’s varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a 48-33 road win against Vinton-Shellsburg Thursday, Feb. 15.
The victory improved the Spartans to 14-7 on the season, and dropped the Vikings to 5-16.
Solon shot well below its season average offensively, but made up for it with disrupting the Viking defense.
“Even though we might not have shot the ball well, there were still some easy baskets in there, off those steals,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “And then it’s also that they’re just not very comfortable making passes or running their offense.”