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Solon Economist

City to take general fund hit after undeveloped commercial land drops

SOLON– The season of giving is over.
It’s time for taking back.
The City of Solon will absorb what amounts to a $10,000 hit in its general fund for the upcoming fiscal year because of a change in the valuation of undeveloped property.
Budget discussions began in earnest for the Solon City Council during a regular meeting last week where city administrator Cassandra Lippincott announced the news.
Undeveloped commercial and multifamily residential lots in the Fox Ridge subdivision have been reassessed by Johnson County as a result of a legislative change, she said.

Wilderness Studio decks the halls

SOLON– Dick Sjolund and Wilderness Studio assistant Emilee McNeal were delivering gifts a bit ahead of Santa at the Solon Nursing Care Center in December.
Sjolund surprised residents with framed photos (printed at his studio in rural Solon) and little fanfare. Sjolund has been taking portraits of the care center staff at his Wilderness Studio. He decided against a holiday sale of his pictures in favor of gifting his photos, many of which were taken and exhibited around the world.

First day of Solon school up for grabs

School board to hold hearing Jan. 14 to take input on start date

Solon Public Library

Book notes
(featured new arrivals)
“And Then You Dye” by Monica Ferris (Book 16 in the Needlecraft Mystery series).
“Cross Roads” by William Paul Young (Author of the popular novel, “The Shack”).
“Private London” by James Patterson.
“Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy (A Jack Ryan novel).

New Year’s resolutions? The library can help

Spartans capsize CCA Clippers

SOLON– The Spartans came out to play in the third quarter.
After building and losing a first-half lead, Solon’s varsity basketball squad held Clear Creek Amana (CCA) to 10 points in the second half and waltzed away with a 71-43 win Friday night.
“I thought it was our best overall second half of basketball we’ve played,” Solon head coach Brad Randall said. “Although we need to be ready to play defense a little earlier.”
Solon held a 6-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, but CCA came back in second quarter to tie and even take a 29-28 lead with three minutes before halftime.

Lady Spartan JV bested by CCA

TIFFIN– With the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Spartan varsity girls moving their match-up to Cornell College and “Rivalry Saturday,” Friday night’s junior varsity (JV) game became the marquee contest. The home crowd wasn’t disappointed, as PJ Sweeney and company pulled off a 60-49 win powered by sophomore Lexi Kinnaird’s 22-point effort including one 3-pointer.

Linderbaum leads wrestlers at Highland

Quinn takes second place at 182

RIVERSIDE– Sophomore heavyweight Logan Linderbaum took first place, leading the Solon Spartans to a sixth place team finish this past weekend in the Gary Curtis Invitational at Highland High School.
Linderbaum’s 4-2 victory in the finals avenged a loss by fall against his opponent from West Liberty earlier in the season. Junior 182-pounder Matt Quinn joined Linderbaum in the finals, wrestling to a second place finish.
Other place winners included:
Third: Dan Whitmore at 195 pounds; Brian Haight at 132 pounds; Louis Gnida at 113 pounds.

here’s looking at you, 2012

Garbage pickup delayed one day for holidays

SOLON– Garbage pick-up will run one day late for the New Year’s holiday, with pick-up on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Senior Advocates announce trip to Circa 21

SOLON– “Lonesome Road,” the musical tribute to the late Hank Williams, will be playing at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island and the Senior Advocates are planning a trip, Wednesday, Jan. 16, not just for seniors, but anyone who would enjoy memories of this country music icon. Ticket price is $40. Additional donations will be applied to fuel charges and support for the Old Gold Senior Dining site manager’s position. Call 319-624-2710 to register or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Solon Spotlight can drive fundraiser Jan. 5

SOLON– Solon Spotlight is hosting a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Please drop off your empty cans and bottles at the Solon Fire Station anytime that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you would like pick up of your containers, please call 319-310-7031.
Solon Spotlight annually provides over $10,000 in support to cover the costs of things such as fees for band and choir competitions, accompanist fees, instrument and technology upgrades, performing arts scholarships and more.

Mobile Mammography Unit in Solon Jan. 16

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Jan. 16. The van will be located at the Solon Family Practice Clinic. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for eastern Iowa women for 26 years.
Anyone wishing to participate needs to contact their local healthcare provider for appropriate paper work and scheduling. Please call 319-861-7778 if you have questions regarding procedures or services provided by the mobile mammography unit.