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Solon Economist

Deep team eyes another run

SOLON– Can Coach Jason Pershing recapture the lightning in a bottle that propelled the Solon varsity boys basketball team to the state tournament last season?
The Spartans toted a nine-game losing streak to the finish line of the 2015-16 regular season, but turned a switch with postseason wins over Central DeWitt, Davenport Assumption and Mount Vernon to reach the state basketball tournament. Solon played No. 1 seed Chariton tough for three quarters but eventually fell, 64-50, in a Class 3A quarterfinal to end the season at 10-15.

One starter back for girls

SOLON– It will be hard to replace four-fifths of the starting lineup.
Lisa Bishop, head varsity basketball coach for the Solon Lady Spartans, knows as much.
In her first year, Bishop and her squad delivered a 14-10 record.
But starting seniors Hannah Bluder, Nichole Oberthien, Dakota Doyle and Sydney Lawson have been lost to graduation, leaving Josie Durr as the sole member of last season’s starting five to return.
But that’s a solid place to start.

Mercer, Morris elected

Solon narrowly leans to Clinton in presidential race

SOLON– Lynn Morris will fill out the remaining year of her appointed term as a member of the Solon City Council, and Shawn Mercer will be a newcomer.
Morris and Mercer received 896 and 802 votes respectively in the Nov. 8 general election, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Mercer, while alone on the ballot for a three-year term, was opposed with a write-in campaign conducted by former council member Dale Snipes. It was actually Snipes’ term on the ballot, Snipes resigned from the council in July and had been replaced on an interim basis by Ron Herdliska.

Council moves ahead with water storage project

Work on 400,000- gallon ground storage reservoir to start in spring

SOLON– It will take Solon to a whole new level.
Bids for the construction of a 400,000-gallon water tank at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area will be awarded next month.
The project, originally expected to start in the spring of 2016, will now get underway a year later, with completion sometime in the fall of 2017.
The ground storage reservoir (GSR) will triple the capacity of the city’s municipal water storage, currently limited to a single 200,000-gallon water tower.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 24

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church serves a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 24. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or reservations.

Solon pantry offering Thanksgiving gift certificates to Sam’s Market

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry is offering Thanksgiving gift certificates to Sam’s Main Street Market for enrolled families. The certificates are valid until Tuesday, Dec. 6, and are available at the pantry on Monday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Dec. 5. Please call 319-430-8655 if you are unable to visit the pantry on those dates to make other arrangements.

Highway 965 bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Secondary Road Department announced substantial completion of the Highway 965 bridge project: the Highway 965 bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, Nov. 11, early enough for early morning traffic. The contractor, Cramer and Associates, of Grimes, completed work three weeks ahead of schedule.

Solon’s production of “Little Mermaid” delayed

I would like to take this time to announce a calendar change with our district’s musical production, “The Little Mermaid.”
Our initial completion date for our new 800-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium was early December, but as we near completion, we are much more confident with planning for a mid-January completion date.

Review gear before shotgun deer seasons begin

DES MOINES– The first of Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 3, giving hunters ample time to get their gun cleaned, oiled and patterned before heading to the timber.
“Most hunters want their guns sighted in for deer season. We suggest they come to a shooting range and begin at 25 yards and work out distances where they feel comfortable taking a shot in the field,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Practicing and knowing how the gun will perform before opening day is a good way to prepare for a successful hunt.”

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

St. Bernadette’s Parish Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale Nov. 13

WEST BRANCH– St. Bernadette’s Parish will host its annual Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale on Sunday, Nov. 13. Serving will be at the church at 507 Orange Street in West Branch, from 3-7 p.m. Homemade chicken noodle soup and chili are featured, along with pie, cake, ice cream and a beverage. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3-10. Carry-out is available.

Old Gold Diner to welcome fourth graders from Lakeview Nov. 16

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Nov. 16.