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Solon Economist

Solon High School Homecoming Court announced

The 2015 homecoming court for the Solon Community School District was announced last week in advance of Homecoming Week. The king was to be named at the Homecoming Parade Wednesday evening, while the queen will be crowned at halftime of Solon’s varsity football game against Central DeWitt Friday. The Homecoming Court includes: (front) Lillee McAtee, Katy Misel, Katie Moore, Jade Flansburg, Eva Platz and Jenna Roskopf; (back) Dylan Doyle, Nate Christensen, Cherif Longou, Tanner Wymer, Jalen Howsare and Steven Wilson. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Ely Road to close beginning Oct. 5 for culvert replacement project

ELY– Due to a culvert replacement, Ely Road will be closed starting on Monday, Oct. 5. The closure will be from Wright Brothers to Fuhrmeister Street in Ely and is expected to last seven to 10 days.
Ely Road will be closed to through traffic, but local residents will maintain access to their properties. There will be a posted detour.

Solon Retirement Village to host VNA flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 7

SOLON– Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. The Solon Retirement Village will hold a flu vaccination clinic provided by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV, flu mist QIV, high dose flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 and PCV13 – available upon prior request). Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 to reserve a dose.

Lots to sift through after auditor review

Hazy bookkeeping practices to be improved

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon will work with its independent auditor to determine how to respond to concerns raised by the state after an accounting review of the local fire department.
The Solon City Council held a brief special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23, to discuss the report, which evaluated the bookkeeping of the Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association.
But there was little discussion at the 10-minute meeting.

New school board members take their seats

Last for Martin, Coons; first for Haluska, Hauer

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– The torch has been passed.
The Solon Community School District bid farewell to outgoing school board directors Dean Martin and Dan Coons, and welcomed its new directors, Adam Haluska and Jim Hauer, at the Sept. 21 board meeting.
Haluska and Hauer were elected during the Sept. 8 election, in which four candidates vied for two open seats. Haluska earned 237 votes, or 62 percent. Hauer pulled in 168 votes to defeat incumbent Coons’ 165 votes, in a narrow victory.

Archery Team open house Oct. 5

SOLON– Coach Gary Mechtensimer and the Solon Archery Team will hold an open house on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 122 N. West St., from 6-7 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to explain how the Solon Archery Team operates, demonstrate how the archery range is set up, hand out required paperwork, and answer any questions parents or interested participants may have. The community is invited to attend. All team practices will be held at the Family Life Center throughout the season.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items. Dutch Letter orders must be made and paid in advance by Oct. 12.

Booster golf outing nets over $7,000

The Solon Athletic Booster Club would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Booster Bash golf event a success. The Boosters netted over $7,000 to support all high school sports and their athletes. The Booster Club recognizes the following sponsors:
All State Insurance
Bridge Community Bank
Lake MacBride Golf Course
Imperial Roof Systems
Solon Booster Club
Big Grove Brewery
D & D Pizza
Adams Door
The Company Store
Solon State Bank
Rick Jedlicka
Ruzicka’s Meat Processing
Night Train Party Bus
Brian & Christy Brandt
Matt & Nicole Lepic
Consignment Services LLC

Solon FD to ‘Battery Up’ Oct. 24

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country, and the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Solon falls to Washington, 28-14

Spartans unable to exorcise Demons

WASHINGTON– Washington rolled into Friday’s game on top in Class 3A District 5 with a 3-1 record. Solon journeyed to Washington in third place in Class 3A District 4 at 2-2.
Washington arrived after a 23-0 win over Fairfield. Solon showed up after shellacking Marion, 35-0, in a rain-soaked offensive.
Both teams were looking to make a statement. Washington did, with a 28-14 win.

Beckman defeats Solon, 3-1

Libero McCarty goes down with torn ACL

SOLON– The fates have been unkind to the Solon varsity volleyball team this year.
They struck again when junior libero Grace McCarty went down with a torn ACL early in the first game of a match against Dyersville Beckman on Sept. 22, at home.
“With the loss of Grace, who is our leader on and off the court, it will be compelling to see how we grow as a team and how our growth is reflected on the court moving forward,” said Solon Head Coach Peter Gustin.
Beckman defeated Solon 3-1 (25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-14), dropping the Lady Spartans to 5-9 on the season.

Can midseason pack migrate toward top?

ANAMOSA­– Each fall, the migration points south. If that’s where the finish line is, that’s where Solon runners will be headed, through the second half of their 2015 season. The goal is to arrive there sooner.
Solon’s girls are working with a lot of new faces on varsity and the first few junior varsity (JV) finishers. The boys show experience on the varsity level, with a lot of younger legs on JV to challenge the leaders.

Kerkhoff first Lady Spartan across; Girls seventh at Anamosa