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Solon Economist

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.

Report predicts more heavy rains for the Midwest

Impact of global warming is here but the fight is on

SOLON– Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level never seen before.
For the second time in three years, Randall Park was extensively damaged.
A similar flash flood struck in April of 2013 when severe thunderstorms and driving winds dumped as much as 8-inches of rain on the Solon area in a little over 24-hours.
In 2004, surging waters overtook the park just a year after the new playground structure was constructed.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Solon King and Queen crowned

Homecoming Queen McKenna Miller is flanked to her right by court members Makayla Lindeman and Alexis Sands, and to her left by Elizabeth Hand, Ali Dierson and Kylie Holubar on Friday, Sept. 23, following being crowned at halftime of Solon’s 34-3 defeat of the Oskaloosa Indians. (photo by Jeff Hess)
Liam Bell was announced as the 2016 Homecoming King at the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade Sept. 21. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Lady Spartans swept by Cardinals

SOLON– The Maquoketa Cardinals were just a bit better all around, and it led to Solon dropping a WaMaC East varsity volleyball contest, 3-0, Sept. 20 in Solon.
Maquoketa defeated Solon 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18 to drop the Lady Spartans to 5-12 and winless at home on the season.

Spartans in control

Harris rushes for four TDs as Solon downs Oskaloosa, 34-3

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– The promise of an offensive duel never materialized in the Class 3A District 5 match-up on Friday, Sept. 23. The Spartans bum-rushed the Oskaloosa Indians, 34-3, under the lights at Spartan Stadium.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and we took advantage of some Oskaloosa turnovers,” Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller said. “Also, I thought our physical play set the tone early in the game.”

Girls 5th, boys 10th at Anamosa

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
ANAMOSA– The annual ‘Run Round the Lake’ was more of a slip and slide this year. Midweek rain meant muddy side hills on the cross country course which rounds Central Park Lake near Anamosa. It evens out, though, since everybody runs the same course.
Solon’s varsity girls were fifth of 11 full teams. The boys were 10th of 12 teams on the 5 kilometer course, which threads through head-high prairie, pine woods, campground grass, the 26-acre lake’s dam and across the iconic wooden plank bridge.

Justus leads boys across Anamosa finish line

Lady Spartans defeat Vinton-Shellsburg at Linn-Mar volleyball tournament

MARION– The Solon varsity volleyball squad went 1-3 against some tough competition at the Linn-Mar Volleyball Tournament Sept. 10 in Marion.
The Lady Spartans defeated unranked Vinton-Shellsburg, 2-0, but dropped three matches to ranked opponents.
Solon was defeated during the tourney by host Linn-Mar (No. 7, 5A), Pleasant Valley (No. 14, 5A) and Sumner-Fredericksburg (No. 2, 2A). Sumner-Fredericksburg won the tournament by defeating Linn-Mar, 2-0, in the title match.

Solon Varisty Dance Team collecting coupons for troops

SOLON– The Solon Varsity Dance Team is collecting manufacturer’s coupons for troops overseas. In the past eight years with the community’s help, the team has sent more than $38,000 in manufacturer’s coupons. The first packet went to a naval base in Japan with almost $1,450 value in coupons to be used at the base’s commissary/grocery store. For those wishing to donate, coupons may be dropped off to Marjorie Lane at the high school, or call 319-624-3401, ext. 1116, or email mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to schedule a pick up.

Solon High School Homecoming royalty

It’s Homecoming for the Solon Community School District. Members of the Homecoming Court gathered outside the high school for a photo Friday, Sept. 16. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced this week as part of the Homecoming Parade Wednesday and the varsity football game against Oskaloosa Friday. Front: McKenna Miller, Kylie Holubar, Ali Diersen, Elizabeth Hand, Alexis Sands, MaKayla Lindemann. Back: Liam Bell, Graeson Dall, Bo Black, Justin Gibbs, Trevor Nelson, Ben Carr. (photo by Doug Lindner)

4 decades of family feed

2nd generation helps chart future of Solon Feed Mill

By Janet Nolte
Solon Economist
SOLON– When Charles Searles heard in 1978 that Elmer Ponsar had decided to put his Solon mill and feed business up for sale, he called his daughter Shelley and her husband of two years, Frank Kuennen.
Shelley and Frank were at a crossroads. Shelley, a remedial reading teacher, learned she was out of a job due to cutbacks in the Title I program. Frank was considering either going back to college or, true to his upbringing on a dairy farm in Fayette county, returning to some kind of work in agriculture.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.