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Solon Economist

PLAY BALL!

Gov. Reynolds, IHSAA, IGHSAU all green light HS baseball and softball starting June 1

JOHNSTON– The words “Play ball!” will be heard this summer on high school baseball and softball diamonds across the state after months of wondering and waiting due to COVID-19-induced cancellation of the spring sports season on April 17 and the termination of the remainder of the traditional school year.
On Wednesday, May 20, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the summer sports season could proceed, and approved the reopening of school facilities beginning on Monday, June 1.

Verizon tower goes up on south side

SOLON– Maybe you’ll be able to hear better soon.
Workers put up a 130-foot Verizon Wireless tower, in a light commercial district, on Stinocher Street, adjacent to F.J. Krob Co.
Mike Aicher, owner of the property, reported the tower was delivered in three pieces on Wednesday, May 6.

Four contenders for three seats

An all-Democrat field vies for board of supervisor in the June 2 primary

JOHNSON COUNTY– Four Democrats are competing for three seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in the June 2 primary election.
Supervisors Rod Sullivan, Lisa Green-Douglass, and Royceann Porter are facing the expiration of their term on Dec. 31 while Dean Phinney hopes to take the place of one of them as three seats are on the ballot.

Galpin to lead Spartan hoops program

SOLON¬– Jared Galpin has been hired as the next Solon High School Head Boys Basketball Coach.
Galpin was officially approved by members of the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education at a May 21 meeting at a salary of $5,048.
His selection was announced by SCSD Activities Director Casey Hack.

Solon turns to Anamosas Lucas Stanton as head coach of Spartans

SOLON– A bit overshadowed by the fluid situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, March 12, is a day echoing in the halls of Spartan history as Head Coach Kevin Miller’s stepped away from the football limelight to focus on his family.
Friday, May 1, with Miller’s steps fading in those hallowed halls, the next chapter was revealed as Lucas Stanton, a former Mount Vernon alum who coached the last three seasons at Anamosa, received the nod as the Spartans’ new head coach.

Solon Senior of the Year: Judy Shulista

Decades of helping out wherever needed honored by Advocates

SOLON Judy Shulista is always willing to lend a hand.
Whether it was counting the weekly collection at St. Mary Catholic Church or preparing stuffing for a Solon American Legion Auxiliary turkey dinner, Shulista could be counted on for decades as a happy worker bee.
Those contributions were recognized by Solon Senior Advocates, which named Shulista Senior of the Year for 2020.
Advocates President Larry Meister caught Shulista by surprise when he called with the news.
I didnt have a clue why he was calling, she said. I tried to talk him out of it because I dont feel I deserve this.

Council says no to private park

Prairie Acres mailboxes, basketball hoop waiting on sidewalks

SOLON– For the last year, residents of Prairie Acres Part 6 and 7 have been driving to the post office for their mail, developer Matt Lepic reported.
The pad for their mailboxes and the sidewalk along a dedicated park space in the development haven’t been poured, he told Solon City Council members during a May 6 meeting.
Lepic, who is finishing the final phases of Prairie Acres, proposed taking ownership of the outlot, which will serve as park space for the neighborhood, but council members weren’t in favor.

Solon senior spring athletes

The Johnson County Fair Association cancels 2020 Grounds and Grandstand Entertainment

IOWA CITY– Due to the ongoing social distancing guidelines and additional precautions taking place to help slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Johnson County Agricultural Association made the difficult decision to cancel the grounds and grandstand entertainment for the 2020 Johnson County Fair.

5th Street traffic signals coming later this year

Project comes in over budget; LOST funds to pay difference

The new traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street will be similar to the one built on Main Street in 2016.

At a May 6 meeting, Solon City Council members approved a low bid for the construction of a traffic signal for the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street.

SOLON– Construction on a long-anticipated traffic signal for the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street begins later this year.
At a May 6 meeting, Solon City Council members approved a low bid of $286,931.50 from Price Electric, of Robins, for the project.

An educational journey ends

Jodi Rickels finishes back where she started

SOLON– Jodi Rickels was very much influenced by her teachers.
“I was one of those kids that just loved, loved, loved school,” she said. “I was the one who would cry on the last day of school each year. I didn’t want it to end.”
As a little girl, she played school at home. As a young student, she volunteered for anything to stay in the building.
It was a natural extension of what she already loved to do, and her large family was involved in a lot of school events. Her father also owned and operated the local school buses.

Katie Moore had no idea how worldly her education would be staying close to home and attending the University of Iowa.

IOWA CITY– Growing up 12 miles north of the University of Iowa (UI), Katelyn Moore was reluctant to become a Hawkeye. She wanted to go farther away. But a family dinner outing ultimately changed her mind, and led her to an education that has taken her around the world.
One night in Solon while at a restaurant with her parents, Moore chatted with a fellow patron who asked about her college plans. When she mentioned she was considering elementary education, the man invited her to Iowa City for a campus visit. He happened to be Dean emeritus of the UI College of Education Nicholas Colangelo.