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Solon Economist

Four conference dual victories

Spartans take down Western Dubuque

TIFFIN– The Spartan varsity wrestling squad moved its dual meet record to 17-5 on the season with a pair of conference sweeps.
Solon traveled to Tiffin Monday, Jan. 21, for a rescheduled double dual with Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Center Point-Urbana. The Spartans overcame an early Clipper lead for a 46-24 win, then blew past the Stormin’ Pointers, 54-21.
Thursday, Jan. 18, Solon headed up to Epworth for a double dual with Western Dubuque and Central DeWitt. The Spartans overwhelmed the Sabers, 47-24, and scored a solid victory over the Bobcats, 40-24.

Solon girls drop two, now 5-11

Girls hit a skid on the courts

EPWORTH– The week started Tuesday, Jan. 16, with a loss at home, 32-21, to the Central DeWitt Sabers and continued to tumble Friday, Jan. 19, in Epworth with a loss to the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 63-38.
The slow, low-scoring affair on Jan. 16 was the result of four very close periods, however the Lady Spartans were unable to summit a quarter.

Ely News by Lenna See

Christmas day guests of Butch and Annette Wieneke were Shirley Adams, of Connecticut; Brian Adams, of Minnesota; Rob and Erin Kramer, Lowen and Finnley, of Cedar Rapids; Dan, Elli, Addison and Mya Netolicky, Brett Wieneke and Janine Norman.

Dave and Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, entertained with a dinner at the Red Robin Restaurant in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in honor of their son, Mason, for his sixth birthday. Those attending were Shirley Worley, of Ely, Jim and Carolyn Kearns, of Garrison, Jennie Rambo, of Vinton, and Eliza Kearns.

Local outdoor skating rinks

Local communities’ outdoor skating rinks
By Trent Bowman
North Liberty Leader
“The best things in life are free,” sang Barrett Strong on his 1959 single “Money (That’s What I Want).”
The cities of North Liberty, Solon and Ely found a way to capitalize on Iowa’s traditionally cold winters and are offering free outdoor ice skating in designated areas.
Ever since Mike Reeves, the Solon Parks and Rec activities director, can remember, that’s the way it’s been in Solon.

Dance "Spectacular 2018”

Solon annual dance team show Saturday, Jan. 27, at high school

SOLON– Solon’s dance team will present “Spectacular 2018” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School gym. Several dance teams and studios, including Solon’s very own award winning Solon Dance Teams, will create a show highlighting the dance season. Admission is $5 or use your district activity pass. Concessions and shirt sales will be open during the evening. Snow date will be Friday, Feb. 9, at the same time.

School board members, superintendent, earn Awards

Board members and administrators from Iowa public school districts and AEAs recognized for commitment to learning and leadership

DES MOINES– The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) presented individual honors to Solon Community School District board members Tim Brown and Adam Haluska, and Superintendent Davis Eidahl, at the 2016-17 annual Better Boardsmanship Awards on Nov. 16 during the IASB Convention at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions

“Fill the Gym” night, Jan. 19

Solon High School hosts “Fill the Gym” night Friday, Jan. 19
SOLON– Solon High School is hoping to pack the stands Friday, Jan. 19, for a home varsity boys basketball game against the Western Dubuque Bobcats.
Admission will be free for all Solon students, with ninth-grade action beginning at 4:30 p.m. followed by a 10th grade game at 6 p.m. Varsity tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Optimist basketball contests Jan. 28

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 28, at the former Solon Middle School (Iowa Street) gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

KC free throw contest Jan. 28

SOLON– Sunday, Jan. 28, the Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest for competitors ages 8-14. The competition will be held at the old Solon Middle School gym on South Iowa Street. Again, it will be in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Solon Tristar Basketball Contests. Free signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m., with competition from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners, 9-14, may earn the opportunity to compete in district, regional and state levels. KC District competition is at 2 p.m. Parents and friends are welcome to watch.

“Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken, Feb. 3

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat, delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.

Women’s Club application deadline Feb. 1

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club sponsors scholarships and music campships with a Feb. 1 deadline each year.
Scholarship packets are available at the Solon Middle and High School guidance counselor’s office or through the music instructors. These scholarships are sponsored by the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club.
Email requests to Karen Martinek at karengfwc@gmail.com or Eileen Hageman at eileen.hageman@gmail.com. All applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1.
• GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club Scholarships