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Solon Economist

Old Gold Jailbirds

Incarcerated for a good cause

Make your reservation by Friday, Sept. 22

SOLON– It’s time for the community to join together in a jailbreak.
Solon’s Old Gold Diner hosts its major fundraiser for the year Wednesday, Sept. 27, with a special meal, entertainment and a lock-in of jailbirds who have to raise bail money for the program before their release.
Scott Kleppe, Brad Randall, Paula Sears, Denny Gruber, Kris Brown and Ruby Jean Berridge stepped forward to become “jailbirds” for a short amount of time, raising bail by asking friends, family and program-supporters to make cash donations to the cause.

Volleyball Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser Night Tuesday, Sept. 26

SOLON– On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m., join the Lady Spartans volleyball teams at Solon High School.
There will be a silent auction, a bake sale, T-shirts, 50/50 raffle and more.
Come and cheer the Lady Spartan volleyball teams for a great night with a great cause.
All proceeds go to: Strands of Strength (http://strandsofstrength.com/) and a local family affected by cancer.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and games start at 5 p.m.

Solon High School student expelled by board action

SOLON– A student at Solon High School was expelled for violating the district’s conduct policy.
The action was taken during a special school board meeting Monday, Sept. 11.
Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl said the board members voted 4-0 to expel a student for the 2017-18 school year, citing board policy 502.7, which pertains to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other controlled substances.

New space for Solon Robotics Club

Open house held in former middle school

SOLON– The Solon Robotics Club moved to a new space just underneath the central administration offices for the Solon Community School District.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Sept. 30 (time change!)

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing is Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event is a three-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $60 per golfer and includes greens fee, lunch, a door prize and a drink ticket. This year the outing is limited to one session at 8:30 a.m. (PLEASE NOTE change in time). Lunch will be served after golf. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride Golf Course at 319-624-2500 or contact Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

VNA, Old Gold Diner to host flu clinic Thursday, Sept. 28

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will provide a flu shot clinic at the Old Gold Diner Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This clinic will offer flu shots QIV and High Dose Flu (for ages 65 and older). Also available upon prior request will be pneumonia vaccines PPSV23 and PCV13. Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 ext. 1155 to reserve the pneumonia vaccine dose.
The Old Gold Diner is located at the Solon United Methodist Church, 122 N. West St.

St. Mary Catholic Church hosts Harvest Festival Oct. 1

SOLON­– St. Mary Catholic Church will be holding its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 1.
The community is invited to enjoy a chicken and wood-fired smoked pork dinner with homemade salads, desserts and more from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a bidding barn with guided hunt, live auction, country store and children’s events as well as a festival raffle. This year the top prize will be season tickets for two people for the Hawkeye men’s basketball games along with parking passes.

Solon Library Board of Trustees vacancy announced

SOLON– The City of Solon is accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees for a city representative. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Applicants must reside within the Solon city limits. Those interested in becoming a member of the board may submit an application to the City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon. The application can be found on the city’s website at www.solon-iowa.com.

Spartans cast out Demons, 40-0

Solon stays unbeaten atop District 5

SOLON– “Cast out the Demons,” capped on each side by the Spartan logo, was the warning off Highway 1 as the Washington Demons came to town on Friday, Sept. 15. They should have heeded the warning as the Solon Spartans demolished the Washington Demons, 40-0.
The Solon Spartans are sitting at 4-0, 2-0 in district play, and have only allowed seven points.
Did Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller see that coming?
“I’m not sure to be honest,” Miller said. “We knew that we had some important pieces in places that would allow our team to achieve at a high level.”

Girls 3rd at Solon XC meet

No rain for home meet. Despite that? Things to work on

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Skies threatened rain; but a few late sprinkles didn’t hold back any performances as more than 700 cross country runners threaded their way through the Solon Recreation and Nature Area during six separate races in the 2017 Spartan Invitational, Monday, Sept. 18.

Girls challenge ranked 3A, 4A teams and finish 3rd

Lady Spartans fall to No. 7 Pleasant Valley

Solon picks up win over Vinton-Shellsburg

MANCHESTER– It was a week of ups and downs that didn’t result in too many wins for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The Lady Spartans doubled-down against No. 7 (5A) Pleasant Valley and faced off with No. 14 (2A) Sumner-Fredericksburg at a Marion tournament over the previous weekend and then fell on the road to West Delaware Sept. 12.
The lone victory for Solon came against Vinton-Shellsburg at Marion, a 2-0 sweep Sept. 9.
But the Lady Spartans battled against the ranked teams– pushing Pleasant Valley in a rematch and taking a 1-0 lead before falling to Sumner-Fredericksburg.

Fox Ridge developments approved by city

Council approves site plan for new vet clinic, conditional use for self-storage units

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Things are heating up on the south side of town.
To be specific, in the Fox Ridge subdivision.
At a regular meeting Sept. 6, Solon City Council members took action on three separate developments in the subdivision, all within a few blocks of each other.
Site plans for a new veterinary clinic, three lots of additional townhomes, as well as a conditional use for a self-storage facility, were approved unanimously by the council.