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Solon Economist

Times improve for boys; work now on closing the gap

Hinman finishes 8th at Regina invitational

IOWA CITY– Solon’s boys are getting the pack idea down.
Their job over the next few cross country meets is to move it up as the finish line approaches.
With sophomore Gabe Hinman cracking the top 10 at the Regina-hosted Bob Brown Invitational, the Spartans didn’t have another runner cross the finish line for a minute and a half. Hinman, 25th ranked among Class 3A boys, turned in a 17:45 finish; good for eighth place at the Sept. 5 Regina meet.

Lady Spartans pick up first win

Solon goes 2-1 at Marshalltown tournament

MARSHALLTOWN– Win one is under the belt.
But there’s more growing pains coming for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The Lady Spartans picked up their first win of the season at a Marshalltown tournament Sept. 5, but lost junior setter Kennedy Bombei to injury.
Solon defeated Marshalltown and Columbus Catholic by 2-1 scores, but fell 2-0 to No. 7 (4A) Waverly-Shell Rock.

On location at Sam’s Main Street Market

“East of Middle West” cameras and crew invade grocery store

SOLON– It was a little bit of movie magic.
Customers at Sam’s Main Street Market shared the aisles with movie cameras, sound equipment, actors and technicians from the production crew of “East of Middle West,” on the afternoon of Aug. 28.
For about seven hours, scenes were filmed throughout the grocery store, including at the front register as rush hour was starting for owner Sam Lensing and his staff.
“I was kind of worried it might hinder the flow,” Lensing said. “It went pretty smooth.”
Lensing said the film’s director wanted a lot of bodies moving around in the background.

City puts hotel/motel tax on November ballot

Could impose up to 7% tax

SOLON– They know it’s likely coming at some point.
Solon City Council members voted to place a hotel/motel tax proposal on the ballot for the Nov. 5 city-school election.
The measure will require a simple majority for passage.
The city has been preparing for the possibility of a hotel or other short-term rental properties for months.
The Solon Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has been working on a number of revisions to the city’s zoning code, including the creation of bed and breakfast (B&B) and short-term rental ordinances.

Tradition never graduates- Spartans defeat Mustangs again, 35-7

35-7 season opener over Mustangs affirms prognostications

MOUNT VERNON– “Tradition never graduates” adorned the side of the machine shed for all to see heading north on Highway 1, toward Solon, on their way to the Highway 1 rivalry game Friday, Aug. 30.
The tradition of Solon defeating the Mustangs continued, as the Spartans soundly defeated Mount Vernon, 35-7, at Ash Park, under the lights on the Cornell Rams’ home field in Mount Vernon. It was the 17th straight victory for Solon in the match up.

XC Boys 6th, Hinman medals at Prairie

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Sophomore Ethan McLaughlin hits the electronic finish line Aug. 31 at the Prairie cross country invitational.

CEDAR RAPIDS– First meet of the season? Solon’s boys stepped up against 21 schools– 10 of which qualified for the 2018 state cross country meet. With a new season, though, come new lineups… and new expectations.

Lady Spartans fall to CCA, CPU

Scrappy Solon volleyball team keeps it close against 8th-ranked Clippers

SOLON– There was a lot to like in those two losses for Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin.
“I was very happy with the team, we communicated well, moved the ball around, served well,” Ferin said. “Just a couple hiccups would have made a difference, all of our mistakes are fixable.”
The varsity Lady Spartans opened the season Aug. 29 hosting a quad meet with No. 1 (3A) Mount Vernon, No. 8 (4A) Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and unranked Center Point Urbana (CPU).
Solon dropped 2-1 decisions to CCA and CPU.

City and school elections combined in November

Filing period for candidates runs through Sept. 19

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s time for the presidential candidates to step aside.
There’s a local election to be held this November.
For the first time since a change adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2017, local city council and school board elections will be combined Tuesday, Nov. 5.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, city and school elections will be combined in November of odd-numbered years.

Supervisors and farmers at odds, again

Johnson County’s proposed ordinances may impact animal agriculture

IOWA CITY– Six farmers and supporters of agriculture addressed the Johnson County Board of Supervisors during the public comments portion of a work session Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the county’s administrative building in Iowa City.

Fall Sports Kick Off displays strong programs

Preseason prospects keep Coach Miller focusing on balance

SOLON– Spartan Stadium filled with fall sports athletes and Spartan faithful, like a cornucopia of athletic promise, prior to the Spartans’ preseason scrimmage with Union on Friday, Aug. 23.
The matchup, previously scheduled to be played at Union was relocated to Solon when conditions of Union’s field forced the change of venue. Subsequently the Falls Sports Kick Off was also rescheduled from Thursday, Aug. 22, to coincide with the Union scrimmage at Spartan Stadium.

Volleyball opens season with quad meet Thursday

Lady Spartans look to replace 9 graduated seniors

SOLON– There will be a lot of shoes to fill for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The squad graduated nine seniors, five of them starters in the varsity rotation.
Gone are seniors Taylor Moore, Raysa Garbes, Kate Benzing, Rachael Nelson, Hannah Kramer, Abby Smith, Taylor Noonan, Elli Becicka and Vanessa Milliman, as well as Lauren Schrock, the team’s leader in kills last year.
But third-year Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin is looking forward to a good season.
“The seniors are ready to contribute after waiting behind a four-year starting class that graduated last year,” Ferin noted.

Bumsted is Solon’s Iowan of the Day

State fair accolade for avid volunteer

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted was humbled someone thought to nominate her as Iowan of the Day at the Iowa State Fair.
If nothing else, she hopes it highlights some of the volunteer opportunities that are available in Solon.
“We are really lucky to have a lot of thriving organizations in this town,” Bumsted added. “Whatever gift that you might have, whether it’s writing calligraphy or being good at Excel spreadsheets or chalkboard drawing, whatever your gift is, odds are you can share it somewhere in our community.”