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Solon Economist

Solon native volunteers in Mozambique with Peace Corps

SOLON – The road to Estaquinha, Mozambique, is a bumpy one.
And a crowded one.
Solon Native Ryan Krafka recently returned from the African country and a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer. Krafka gave a presentation about his experience at the Solon Public Library Jan. 26.
Mozambique is served by a single main highway that travels from north to south. With only one lane going each direction and more potholes than pavement at times, traveling to the small village of Estaquinha was an adventure every time Krafka hit the road.

Construction costs still edging past bond limit

No reason to panic, says project manager

SOLON– Projected costs for a new middle school and performing arts center currently exceed the $25.5 million target set forth in a September bond issue.
But Solon Community School District (SCSD) board members were reluctant to make amenities like a $417,000 orchestra pit an alternate to the project, and representatives of the district’s construction management firm indicated it’s not yet time to hit the panic button.
Board members met with staff from Struxture Architects and Story Construction Jan. 26 during a special session for a progress update on the two major building projects.

Three champions crowned at WaMaC tourney

Solon splits home duals with Benton, Mount Vernon

EPWORTH– Louis Gnida, Kade Steuhm and Logan Linderbaum are WaMaC champs.
Solon’s varsity wrestling squad came home from Epworth Saturday with a fourth place finish at the WaMaC Tournament, just a few points behind third-place Williamsburg.
“I felt we started slow and lost a few matches in the first two rounds that might have kept us out of second place,” said Solon head coach T. J. Bevans. “We finished strong, though.”

Boys avenge loss to Sabers

SOLON– The Solon Spartans avenged an early-season basketball loss with a 61-44 win over Central Clinton of DeWitt Friday in Solon.
The varsity Spartans had dropped four of their last five games, and lost two in a row coming into the match-up, including a close 50-45 loss against West Delaware at Manchester Jan. 27.
The Sabers had defeated Solon 72-59 Dec. 16 in DeWitt.
Despite a slow start in the first quarter, the Spartans scored 25 points in the second period and took a 32-21 lead into halftime.
Solon sank 12 straight free throws in the final quarter to seal the win.

Lady Spartans lose heartbreaker to West Delaware

Girls rebound with win over Central DeWitt

SOLON– A couple of turnovers, a couple of missed shots and a last-second foul all spelled heartbreak for the Lady Spartans.
West Delaware’s Kasey Palmer went to the line with 2.5 seconds remaining and calmly sank two free throws to hand the Solon varsity girls basketball team a 46-45 home loss Jan. 27.
It was the third straight loss for the Lady Spartans after three straight wins, but the girls rebounded with a 45-41 road win Jan. 30 over Central Clinton of DeWitt.

Historic Facelift

Solon grant helps restore historic downtown storefront

SOLON– Solon business leaders support a good facelift.
In an effort to improve the appearance of the downtown area, the Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) and the City of Solon developed and administered a grant program for property owners to repair and renovate the exteriors of commercial structures.
One proprietor who took advantage of the program was Bill Leefers, owner of the two-story brick structure at the corner of East Main Street and Highway 1, currently home to El Sol Mexican Cuisine.

Council mulls new residential zoning

Old Mill Creek expansion seeking smaller lot sizes

SOLON– The Solon City Council wasn’t quite sure about adding a new type of residential zoning to its code of ordinances.
Council members tabled the first consideration of an ordinance which would create an R1(B) zoning district to provide for smaller lot sizes in residential developments.
The draft ordinance, presented at the Jan. 21 meeting, came as a result of a joint meeting Nov. 25 between the council, the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission and developers of Old Mill Creek Part 3 on the very west edge of town.

SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion is hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Solon Dynamite presents Dance Spectacular Friday, Feb. 13

SOLON– Solon Dynamite, the varsity dance team, presents its annual Spectacular 2015 performance Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Solon High School gymnasium. It will be a night to celebrate dance and the team’s successful season. Admission is $5. Solon activity passes will be accepted. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Panty and receive a free glow stick. Show shirts, concessions, jewelry and merchandise from E’s Florals will be offered for sale.

Library and Senior Advocates seek to create Single Seniors Info Group

SOLON– The Solon Public Library and the Solon Senior Advocates are joining together to create a Single Seniors Info Group. The aim of the group will be to share information about a variety of subjects that are particular to seniors living alone.
Personal finances, household issues, socialization, nutrition, mobility, relocating and downsizing are a few topics that may be discussed. Seniors with suggestions to help others who are experiencing particular issues are encouraged to participate.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Feb. 7

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb.7, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite.
The public is invited to an evening of food, fellowship, music and family fun for a great cause. For more information, visit www.gatewayrotary.org.

Spartans 2nd to Indee at 27-team tournament

IDA GROVE– Solon heavyweight Logan Linderbaum continued his unbeaten streak and eight Spartans placed in the top five to capture runner-up honors at the in Ida Grove over the weekend.
Independence ran away with the title, racking up 222 points, and Solon’s 162.5 points edged out Don Bosco (158.5) and Sergeant Bluff-Luton (154) for second place among the 27 teams.