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Solon Economist

Higher minimum wage on agenda for Solon council’s Sept. 2 meeting

JOHNSON COUNTY– After many public meetings, a litany of stories of personal hardship, lengthy debate and an overwhelming push of public support, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage countywide.

Solon’s 175th chautauqua celebration Sept. 18-20

SOLON– Not many 175-year-olds will celebrate a birthday for three whole days.
The City of Solon is gearing up for just that, as the community prepares to commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.

Facilities Usage Meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at SMS

SOLON– A Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm. in room 403 at the Solon Middle School. The meeting will be held to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Lights... Camera... Lightning!

Weather delays football opener, but Regals hold on for 21-13 win over Spartans

IOWA CITY– As the wave of Solon players rolled down the steps toward the field Friday, Aug. 28, there was a definite energy in the air.
The fans felt it. The players were poised, ready to start the football season.
Players for Solon and Iowa City Regina took to their respective sides of the field and the captains strode out for the coin toss.
It was time… and then it was postponed 30 minutes due to lightning.
The players left the field, not to return.

September activities for Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner fundraiser, Sept. 23: Double entertainment, back by popular demand, Johnny Krob, The Singing Cowboy, will delight us with music during the meal and, shortly after the meal, Joan and Jennel will entertain us with country, blues, gospel and yodeling. There will be a special meal. Watch the Solon Economist for more information. The cost of this meal will be $7 with no Old Gold Diner tickets being accepted. Proceeds will be used to continue entertainment on a monthly basis, and to pay for meals for those unable to afford them.

Roll the rock

39,000-pound boulder finds new home at Legion Park

SOLON– As a two-man crew from Holiday Wrecker & Crane prepared to move the 39,000-pound Solon Freedom Rock to its new home, a bald eagle flew overhead north of the Legion Veterans Memorial.
The small crowd of Solon Area Community Foundation and Solon American Legion members in attendance took that as a good sign.
The boulder, donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families, was relocated from a ditch near 140th Street off Polk Avenue to the Legion ballpark Thursday morning, Aug. 21.
The rock was tipped up its end and placed on a gravel base adjacent to the veterans memorial.

Meet the candidates

SOLON– Community members had the chance to visit with Solon Community School District’s four board candidates on Aug. 19 during a forum moderated by the Solon Economist at the Solon Public Library. Audience members submitted questions for the candidates and each candidate was given two minutes to address each of the selected questions. Afterward, candidates mingled and chatted informally with voters in attendance.

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.

A farm for beer lovers

Buck Creek Hops to sell hops to breweries all over the Midwest

SOLON– The landscape of Solon is changing. With new bars and restaurants popping up in Solon’s downtown area, including Big Grove Brewery, Salt Fork Kitchen, Eastwood’s and Red Vespa, more people are being drawn to visit. One new business, Buck Creek Hops, aims to help maintain Solon’s growth as a culinary and craft beer destination.

Robotics open houses at SMS Aug. 29 and Aug. 31

SOLON– Solon Robotics will host an open house on Aug. 29, from 8-11 a.m., and Aug. 31, from 4-7 p.m. Solon Robotics is open to middle school and high school students in and around the Solon Community School District.
VEX robotic competitions are open to fifth through twelfth grade students. USFIRST/FTC robotic competitions are open to seventh through twelfth grade students. Student teams design, build, program and compete using robots against other schools in and around Iowa.

Spartan football 2015

Solon opens gridiron season at Iowa City Regina Friday

SOLON– It’s just one game.
But it is against Iowa City Regina.
The Solon varsity football team will open its season on the road Friday, Aug. 28, in Iowa City against the Regals, and while Head Football Coach Kevin Miller knows you can’t put too much into one game, a lot of people will be watching the annual non-conference rivalry.
“This is a nine-game schedule. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and focus simply on one game,” Miller said after concluding practice Tuesday.

Hoover Nature Trail meeting to Aug. 26 at Solon City Hall

SOLON– On Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Solon City Hall council chambers, located at 101 N. Iowa St., all interested persons are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.
There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m. Johnson County Conservation Board and consultants on the project, McClure Engineering Company, staff will be present to discuss the proposed trail extension.