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Solon Economist

Solon High School presents musical “Annie” Nov. 13, 14, and 15

SOLON– Solon High School now presents “Annie, The Musical!” Performance dates are Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium Lobby.
Gold seating is $12, silver seating is $9 and Bronze seating is $6. Checks may be made payable to Solon Drama Department.

City Loop Bus Tour Nov. 14

SOLON– The City Loop Bus Tours, conducted during Solon’s 175th Anniversary for returning alumni, were so popular the Senior Advocates are planning a city loop tour Saturday, Nov. 14, for anyone interested. The tour will originate at 10 a.m. at the Family Life Center parking lot across the street from the Solon United Methodist Church. Please call 318-624-2710 for reservations. A minimum of eight passengers is required. There is no cost for the tour, however donations are welcomed.

Coberly finishes in top half of state XC field

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

FORT DODGE– Three years ago, Trisha Coberly wasn’t even on the team. Last weekend, she was Solon’s lone runner at the state cross country meet.
In her third year of competition, Coberly made the Class 3A field, and finished 68th of the 139 girls (in 20:49) over the rolling hills at Kennedy Park near Fort Dodge. She earned the berth through her sixth-place finish earlier in the month at the state qualifying meet. This is the first season Iowa high school girls have run 5 kilometers in competition.

Solon kicks its way to 2nd round

Spartans defeat Demons in OT

“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when it is cold.” – Don Corleone, “The Godfather,” 1969.
WASHINGTON– The Spartans listened to the old adage Oct. 28 and defeated the Washington Demons in overtime, exorcizing a week-five loss, 17-14.
Solon traveled south to Case Field in Washington, the site of a less-than-stellar performance in week five, to meet the Washington Demons in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The evening, wrapped in a cold fall embrace, was a defense-grinding, momentum-shifting chess match of football at its finest. 

Spartans fall to West Delaware Hawks in second round of 3A football playoffs

MANCHESTER– It was a beautiful night for football, Monday, Nov. 2, as the Solon Spartans traveled to Manchester to meet the undefeated West Delaware Hawks. The Spartans fell behind in the first quarter, 7-0, and the Hawks scored again early in the second quarter. But it appeared Solon was on the brink of a repeat of its Wednesday battle with Washington when they rallied just before half with a score. At the half, West Delaware led, 14-7, but Solon seemed ready to start knocking.

First phase of Hoover Trail funding approved

State trail fund, conservation bond to cover cost

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s a go.
The first phase of the Hoover Trail project has received $679,699 in funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) State Recreational Trails Programs.
The state funding, coupled with money from the county’s Conservation Bond Fund, will enable construction of the first segment of a dedicated recreational trail between Solon and Ely, according to Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof.

Freedom Rock design set in stone

Ray “Bubba” Sorensen creating 99-county canvas

SOLON– “This is kind of a way to have a job and also keep my life in perspective,” Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II said, taking a break from work on the Solon Freedom Rock. “And be thankful I’m an American.”
Sorensen, 36, of Greenfield, was close to putting the finishing touches on the Solon Freedom Rock, one of 99 planned for the state of Iowa.
Solon’s rock, representing Johnson County, is No. 38.

Hydrant flushing to begin Nov. 2

SOLON– Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, the Solon Public Works Department will begin flushing fire hydrants starting at 9 a.m. It is anticipated this will last two weeks. This work is necessary to ensure the proper operation of the hydrants and to draw water through the water mains at a faster than normal rate to remove any iron sediment in the pipes.

Solon softball team collecting cans Nov. 1; also selling take-and-bake 

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball team is holding a can drive and fall fundraising event. The can drive will be Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Drop off your cans at the softball field. The Lady Spartans will also drive around Solon to collect cans. Team members will be selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and apple crisp, which are great for holiday guests and gatherings. An 8x8 apple crisp pan can be purchased for $12 (take-and-bake) and a 9x13 pan lasagna will be $15 (take-and-bake).

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Solon High School presents musical “Annie” Nov. 13, 14, and 15

SOLON– Solon High School now presents “Annie,” the musical! Performance dates are Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9-11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium Lobby.
Gold seating is $12, silver seating is $9 and Bronze seating is $6, checks may be made payable to Solon Drama Department.

Old Gold Diner November activities

November is the month of Thanksgiving. Do you know these bits of interest about it? Here’s something to talk about around the Thanksgiving table!
• What year did the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begin?
• Which President first proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
• A male turkey is called a tom. What is a female turkey called?
• Which country first adopted Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
• What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck?
• True or false: the song “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving?