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Solon Economist

Spartans spoil CCA Senior Night

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans fended off Clear Creek Amana (CCA) on the road Feb. 10, handing the Clippers an 82-50 varsity basketball loss on their Senior Night.
Solon broke open a tight game in the second quarter, outscoring CCA 21-10 on the way to a 36-22 halftime lead.

Lady Spartans end season against No. 10 Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– They’ve probably seen enough of the Mustangs for now.
Solon’s varsity girls ended their basketball season with a 52-36 loss to Mount Vernon Feb. 11 in Mount Vernon.
The Lady Spartans had concluded the regular season Feb. 7 hosting the Mustangs in a 61-41 loss, then faced Mount Vernon again four days later in the Class 3A Region 5 quarterfinal.
Solon’s season closed out with an 8-14 record.

City mulls impact of TIF rebate for Main Street project

HPR applies for $350,00 to help build “121 on Main”

SOLON– They didn’t say yes, but they didn’t say no.
At a regular meeting Feb. 1, members of the Solon City Council directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen to project the impact of between $125,000 and $200,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) rebates over the span of five budget years for a proposed Main Street development.
The move was in response to a TIF application by HPR Investments LLC seeking $350,000, or 10 percent of the $3.5 million project cost, in assistance for “121 on Main,” a mixed-use two-story building slated to replace three Main Street residences.

Their aim is true

Spartan team takes 2nd at home tournament, 1st at Hawkeye Downs

Solon Economist
SOLON– Their aim is true.
The Solon Spartan Archery team hosted its second annual tournament Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Solon High School gymnasium, finishing a strong second place and missing first place by only 12 points. Several individual archers were awarded medals in different divisions. 

13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

Lady Spartans win two in a row

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team swept the season series with West Delaware and avenged a loss earlier in the year at Maquoketa with a pair of WaMaC wins last week.
Solon used a 30-17 rebounding edge to push its way past West Delaware, 48-40, on the road Jan. 31, and built a double-digit lead it didn’t relinquish at home against Maquoketa Feb. 3 for a 63-44 victory.
The twin wins pushed the Lady Spartans’ record to 8-12 on the year with a single game on the schedule remaining hosting Mount Vernon Feb. 8.

No. 2 West Delaware outlasts Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans were within striking distance.
Down seven after the first quarter to undefeated West Delaware, Solon’s varsity boys tied the game up in the second quarter and were trailing by only three heading into the final eight minutes.
But the Hawks poured in 30 points in the final period to pull away from the Spartans Jan. 31 in Solon for a 69-57 win.
“We competed at a very high level versus the No. 2-ranked team in the state,” said Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We had many opportunities to take control of the game, but West Delaware responded as good teams do.”

Solon Parks & Rec

Boot Camp: SESSION 3 OF BOOT CAMP:

Classes begin Feb. 20 on Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Classes will be held in the basement of the St. Mary Church Parish Hall and include a variety of exercises, including resistance training and body weight exercises. This 10-class strengthening session is again being instructed by Renee Manders. More information and the registration forms are on the Solon Parks and Recreation website. Registration forms, as well as punch cards, are also available at Solon City Hall.

Cost of recycling to increase for Solon residents

Johnson County Refuse asks for help with transportation costs

SOLON– Council members are in it for the longer haul.
The members of the Solon City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance increasing the monthly recycling fee from $5.50 to $6.35 at a special meeting Jan. 25.
Sixty cents of the jump in price is due to the trucking of recyclables from Johnson County to Scott County, according to Johnson County Refuse owner Steve Smith.
Smith told council members at a Jan. 11 special meeting his local market for recyclables had changed dramatically in the last 18 months.

Lions hunt members

Scott Kleppe elected charter president of new service club

SOLON– Solon will soon be appointing a new lion tamer.
With the motto “We serve,” Lions Club International is poised to help over 30 local charter members create the Solon Centennial Lions Club.
Lions Club organizers visited Solon in mid-January to gauge interest in a new service organization, and on Friday, Jan. 20, the group’s first formal meeting was held at Solon City Hall.
“The response in this community has been fantastic,” said District Governor Paul Hain of Lone Tree, a 43-year member of the Lions. “None of you knew we were coming. We have been welcomed very warmly.”

Solon Knights of Columbus all-you-can-eat Breakfast Sunday, Feb. 5

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6-11, and free for ages five and younger.
The KCs will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes and omelets on request.

Iowa Raptor Family Day Feb. 4

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to another Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. February’s event features the Great Horned Owl, many of which are already nesting in the area.
Make your own owl baby out of cotton balls, pinecones, edible play dough and birdseed. Because they are edible for wildlife, kids can then put them out in the woods for the birds to munch on.
This free event takes place at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, in Solon. The Iowa Raptor Project will have a fire going to help keep visitors warm.