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Solon Economist

Kevin Olson takes over as City Attorney

Martinek steps down, but will still assist

SOLON– Kevin Olson hasn’t been working in Solon too long, but the town is growing on him.
Literally.
Olson, 44, is the new city attorney, replacing Jim Martinek, who scaled back his workload June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Olson was a natural fit for Solon, having served four other local communities– Coralville, West Branch and Washington– in the same capacity.
It was during his job representing the City of Coralville Olson caught Martinek’s eye.
As a magistrate judge for Johnson County, Martinek presided over several cases in which Olson was involved as city attorney.

Ely News by Lenna See

The 43rd Annual See Family Reunion was held on Sunday, July 9, at the Ely Community Center with a picnic dinner. The minutes from last year were read by Lenna See. Since the reunion last year there was one marriage and one birth. Members attending were Daryl and Frances Parks, of Antlers, Okla.; Fred Parks, of Des Moines; James and Carly Netolicky, Grant, Wendy and Lauraya Netolicky, Stuart Netolicky, Marilyn Coulter, Dalton Huff and Matt See, all of Iowa City.

Solon News by Lenna See

Jamie Bos, of Woodbridge, W.Va, and Kevin and Allen Shima were dinner guests of Leo and Elaine Shima on Thursday, July 6.

Daryl and Frances Parks, of Antlers, Okla., were visitors of Ronald and Rebecca See on Saturday, July 8.

Leo and Elaine Shima attended the Shima Cousins Family Reunion on Sunday, July 9, at the Tipton Parish Hall in Tipton. A potluck dinner was enjoyed. About 40 were present.

2017 Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31-Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– The Solon Spartans host the Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31 thru Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium. Cost for the camp is $40 and participants also receive a T-shirt. Grades 2-5 attend the 9-10:30 a.m. session and the 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. session is for grades 6-8.
Campers may expect to learn and apply skills applicable to football. Coaches will spend time teaching the fundamental techniques essential to player development in the Spartan program. Campers will play lead up games and participate in various competitions.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY SOON

Lady Spartans, White are all-conference

Heick, Rogers, Hanrahan and Ryan named First Team

SOLON– Eight Lady Spartans and head coach Jim White were honored as the WaMaC Conference released its 2017 All-Conference Softball rosters Wednesday, July 12.
White was named WaMaC Conference East Division Coach of the Year.
Four Lady Spartans earned First Team Honors in the East Division, with two more on the Second Team and two receiving Honorable Mention.
Senior catcher Jess Heick, junior infielder Madison Rogers, senior outfielder Bryn Hanrahan and sophomore outfielder Taylor Ryan were named to the First Team.

Spartans roll Mustangs in substate opener

Solon Economist
SOLON– Conventional wisdom among sports writers, fans and coaches postulates that it is all but impossible to beat a team three times in one season. The Solon Spartans varsity baseball team proved it is possible with a 6-1 win over the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday, July 14, at home in a Class 3A Substate 4 District 8 semifinal.
Solon went up on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. The Spartans added a run in the fourth when Luke Ira was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and a runner trotted home for a 2-0 score.

Ira homer, Zach Wegmann single provide Solon power

SOLON– “It’s a long game,” Solon head coach Keith McSweeney reminded his players in the dugout.
It was two innings into a Class 3A District 8 baseball final and the Spartans were already down 4-0 to Central DeWitt. The Sabers had knocked around Solon starter Luke Ira and Central DeWitt sophomore Garrett Finley had not allowed a base runner through three innings.

Wymers purchase ice suits for Solon fire department

Firefighers to keep memory of Tanner Wymer near their hearts

SOLON– On the outside of the new ice rescue suits, right in front of the heart, is the logo with Tanner Wymer’s initials and the hashtag #wymerstrong.
Six of the suits were purchased for the Solon Tri-Township Emergency Response Agency by the Wymer family with the proceeds from the second annual poker run held in Tanner’s honor, April 22.
There were 78 motorcycles counted during the run, the same number Tanner wore as a member of the Solon High School football team.

Solon Lofts and Commons moves ahead

City to discuss rental plan with developers

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council has given the official OK for a plan to renovate the former St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
The site plan for Solon Lofts and Commons was approved on a 3-0 vote at a June 21 city council meeting. (Council members absent?)
But there are still some details to work out.

City considering secondary roads shed

City to seek appraisal on Johnson County maintenance building

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council will mull over an offer to purchase Johnson County’s maintenance building off Highway 1 on Sutliff Road.
The city will seek an appraisal for property owned by Johnson County Secondary Roads just north of town and may consider purchasing the site for use by the Solon Public Works Department.
The potential purchase was discussed at a June 21 city council meeting.

Ely News by Lenna See

Roy and Jennie Rambo of Vinton entertained with a graduation party for their son, Dalton, on Sunday, June 11, at the park in Vinton. Dalton recently graduated from Vinton-Shellsburg High School and is employed by Frazier’s Nursery in Vinton. Following the graduation party David and Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, entertained with a party in honor of their daughter, Eliza, for her fourth birthday. Family and friends attended. Dalton and Eliza are the grandchildren of Shirley Worley.