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Solon Economist

Robotics can/bottle drive Jan. 2

SOLON– The Solon Robotics teams will conduct a can/bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will go door to door asking for any empty containers with a 5¢ deposit to be recycled to raise funds. Can or bottle pickup can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com. Donations may be dropped off at the robotics room, behind the Solon Middle School auditorium.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Van available in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center Mobile Mammography van will be in Solon on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The Van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic, formerly known as Solon Family Practice, is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for nearly 20 years.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 24, from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Kids age 5 and under eat free. The public is invited to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Supervisor candidate Hoffman to hold meet-and-greet events

JOHNSON COUNTY– Chris Hoffman, candidate for Johnson County Supervisor, will be hosting meet-and-greet events in Solon, North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City next week. Hoffman has been a North Liberty City Councilor for eight years, and believes his experience as an elected official will benefit all of Johnson County.
Hoffman will be available to answer questions and to hear constituents’ thoughts on the current state of Johnson County at these locations and times:
Monday, Jan. 4: Solon Community Library, Reading Area, 320 W. Main St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

More time to fight crime

Cities consider request to increase contracted hours with Sheriff

JOHNSON COUNTY– Growing populations require additional services, and law enforcement is usually at the top of the list.
Once each year at municipal budget time, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek visits the governing bodies in each of the county’s smaller communities to report how often his department protects and serves them.

Rocca learned the ropes as an intern at Lake Macbride

SOLON– There’s a new ranger in town.
Lake Macbride State Park near Solon recently welcomed Park Ranger Nick Rocca. Rocca replaced Ranger Gwen Prentice, who transferred her position to Wildcat Den State Park, near Muscatine, late in the summer.

Hills Bank donates to Solon schools

SOLON– Hills Bank and Trust Company’s Classroom Cash program recently donated $1,526.13 to the Solon Community School District. These funds will be used to support the programs and services helping to enhance student educational experiences.

Lady Spartans hit the reset button on season

Solon girls move to 4-4 with 68-29 win over Blazers

SOLON– The varsity Lady Spartans dominated the Dyersville Beckman Blazers on the hardwood Friday, Dec. 18. Solon took to the boards, as they had not previously during the season, in a 68-29 win. It was as if they were avenging a 25-24 loss, in the final seconds of the game, by the junior varsity (JV) team earlier in the evening.

Solon wrestlers split double dual

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers upended Anamosa but were edged out by Western Dubuque in a double dual meet held Dec. 17 at the Solon High School gymnasium.
The Spartans walloped Anamosa, 64-18, but fell to Western Dubuque, 43-26, to move to 2-3 on the dual season.
“Our three losses have come to three of the top teams in the WaMaC,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each meet has been a one or two match difference. In each meet we had a match or two where we were ahead and almost got a pin, but ended up getting pinned. That is a 12-point swing in a dual meet.”

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Basketball referees needed for third-sixth grade boys basketball

Applicants are required to be in high school or older and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Lakeview Elementary gym (Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6 and 13) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game. Those with questions may call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Boys basketball coaches needed for fourth and fifth to sixth grades

Lady Spartans back on track against Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans traveled north to Anamosa to meet the 2-4 Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 15, and returned home one win closer to .500 on the basketball season. They got back on the winning path defeating the Anamosa Raiders, 42-32.
Brianna Smith put the Lady Spartans on top in the opening minute of the game with a 3-point shot, and the Spartans didn’t look back.
The Lady Spartans doubled up the Raiders in the first period, 13-6. Bryce Hinkel sank a shot with four minutes remaining in the half to put Solon up, 23-9.

Solon comeback falls short against Anamosa

SOLON– Faced with a 13-point deficit to open the fourth quarter, the Solon Spartans clawed their way back to within a point, but it just wasn’t enough.
Despite a gutsy comeback, the Spartans suffered their first loss of the varsity basketball season Dec. 15 in Solon, falling to the Anamosa Raiders, 50-45.
Anamosa jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead, and the two teams played evenly until the final period, when Solon outscored Anamosa, 12-4.