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Solon Economist

Haluska, Hauer elected to Solon school board

Area school boards welcome new members

JOHNSON COUNTY– A few local school boards are experiencing a great deal of change since last Tuesday.
In Iowa City, the Sept. 8 school board elections brought five new members to the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board, as directors Patti Fields, Jeff McGinness, Marla Swesey and Orville Townsend declined to seek reelection, and director Tuyet Baruah stepped down with two years remaining in her term

Xavier pulls off fourth quarter comeback

Interception halts Solon drive in final seconds, 22-19

SOLON– After hopefully exorcizing their demons with the 35-14 win over Mount Vernon, Solon looked poised to put it together when they battled Xavier on Sept. 11.
But it was not to be.
Cedar Rapids Xavier mounted a 93-yard fourth-quarter drive to drop Solon’s Spartans to 1-2 on the season with a 21-19 win Friday at Spartan Stadium.

Trisha Coberly third at Benton Community invitational

Cross country times drop

ATKINS– With a couple more new faces, Solon’s girls locked in fifth place Saturday at the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet.
Senior Trish Coberly was third overall during the annual Run Through the Woods, in Atkins. That’s the top individual finish for the Spartans this season. Freshman Erin Kerkhoff was within a few seconds all the way, taking 12th and collecting her first varsity (top-15) medal. Solon’s boys matched the fifth-place team finish. Senior Simon Düster was 16th overall. Senior Joe Regan was 18th.

Unusual suspects

Five Solon community leaders to be incarcerated for a good cause

SOLON– They did nothing wrong, but on Sept. 23, five members of the Solon community will be sent to jail.
It’s up to supporters of Solon’s Old Gold Diner to bail them out.
The five men are donating their time so that others may continue to enjoy a hot noon-time meal each weekday.

Four-year-old calls 911 to help grandmother

Reminder of how important it is to teach kids emergency plans

SOLON – “I’m your hero.”
Four-year-old Nathan Cross of Solon whispered these words earnestly into his mother’s ear, sitting on her lap and turning to gaze up at her with big blue eyes.
His mother laughed and agreed.
“You are my hero, buddy.”

No Solon council support for minimum wage increase

Council members, business reps split with county on hike

SOLON– Count Solon out.
Not a single public speaker at the Sept. 2 Solon City Council meeting supported adopting Johnson County’s proposal for an increased minimum wage.
They all spoke against it.
The mayor, all five council members and four Solon business representatives expressed their concern regarding the ordinance, which is scheduled for a third and final reading before the Johnson County Supervisors Thursday, Sept. 10.

Troop 120 hosts outdoor event for prospective Scouts Sept. 27

SOLON– Interested in Scouting, but don’t know where to turn? Solon’s own Boy Scout Troop 120 will be camping in the primitive campground at Lake Macbride State Park from Friday evening, Sept. 25, through Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Adult leaders and scouts will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate skills. Dutch oven cooking, a long-standing tradition in Scouting, will be a highlight of this campout. 

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the church.

The petals of where we belong

A community doesn’t exist merely in the present moment– its past and future are chapters in the story as well. A ‘rootedness’ or ‘sense of place’ connects the chapters with meaning in our lives. The great events and the small become our history.

Lady Spartans split season opener

SOLON– It was an evening of rivalries as the Solon Lady Spartans hosted the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and the Mount Vernon Mustangs, for a triangular set of volleyball matches Tuesday, Sept. 1.
The Lady Spartans split the meet, falling to CCA but defeating Mount Vernon.

Spartans rebound with win

Four TDs for Halston Durr in 35-14 win over Mount Vernon

SOLON– As the Spartans shook hands following their 21-13 loss with the Regina, a fog enveloped them like the smoke from a battle.
The stage would be different as the Spartans (0-1) met the Mount Vernon Mustangs (1-0) at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 4.
The Mustangs came to the game after putting up 285 yards of rushing and 82 yards receiving to defeat Marion, 37-14, last Friday.

Hot start for cross country

IOWA CITY– The early season is sizzling for Solon’s cross country Spartans. Their season opener was held in the morning. In their second meet, the start was pushed back to evening to avoid running in 90-degree heat. On top of that, high school girls are running an extra kilometer this year… with five of them getting their first feel for varsity competition.