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Solon Economist

RAGBRAI information meetings to be held April 17 and 20

SOLON– The City of Solon will host two informational meetings for Solon businesses, local churches and non-profit organizations interested in having a vendor booth for RAGBRAI July 24 in Solon. The community is invited to attend one of these meetings to be held at city hall on Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. or Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. City staff will review the route through Solon, Main Street business outdoor service areas and vendor booth information.

Field of Cubes April 18 at SHS

SOLON– Speedcubing is solving a Rubik’s cube and other three-dimensional puzzles as fast as possible. Field of Cubes 2015 is Solon’s first-ever speedcubing competition. It will be held at Solon High School on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registration is at 9 a.m. Cost is $5-$15 at the door, depending on the number of competitions entered. Spectators are welcome, and there is no charge for admission. If you want to learn more about cubing or would like to see people from Iowa and surrounding states solve cubes in less that 20 seconds, please stop by at any time.

Another controversial rezoning for Newport Road

Supervisors approve change to residential for Jeff and Judy Stevens

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors just can’t alleviate the rough ride that comes with Newport Road.

Trees Forever and the Bur Oak Land Trust team for spring field day near Solon May 3

SOLON– A new partnership will highlight the beauty of spring with a nature walk. “Spring into Nature!” is a free field day sponsored by Trees Forever and the Bur Oak Land Trust featuring many varieties of native plants, from trees to prairie to spring ephemerals - those short-lived woodland wildflowers that mark the start of spring.
The free event will be Sunday, May 3, at Turkey Creek, a Bur Oak Land Trust property on 107 scenic acres of prairie and forest near Solon.

Chautauqua group seeking to contact recent Solon alumni

SOLON– If you graduated from Solon in the years 1990 to 2000, Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee would like to hear from you. Please email sandrahanson@southslope.net or call 319-624-2710 so the committee may forward information to you about Solon’s 175th Chautauqua Sept. 18, 19 and 20.
Kick-off will be an all-alumni banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in the big Chautauqua tent located on Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area grounds. Ecumenical services and music in the big tent Sunday.

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 2

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club will be hosting a May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.

Schwab selected to receive Service to Mankind Award

SOLON– On April 3, the Old Capitol Sertoma Club announced that Richard “Dick” J. Schwab was selected to receive the 2015 Service to Mankind Award.
The Service to Mankind Award is presented annually by the Old Capitol Sertoma Club to non-Sertoma members who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to public service. The Old Capitol Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Committee members include Jill Armstrong, John Dyson, Dennis Mitchell, Gary Ortale and Chairperson Ann Tvedte.
A banquet honoring Dick Schwab will be held at the Celebration Farm in Iowa City on Thursday, April 23.

Shueyville All Church Garage Sale set for Saturday, May 2

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Church will hold an all-church garage sale on the same day that Ely and Swisher have their garage sales, Saturday, May 2. The All Church Garage Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. Pricing of merchandise will be $3 per full grocery bag with proceeds from the garage sale helping support a mission in Progresso, Mexico, for school children.

Blake Williams returns to Solon HS wrestling

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has announced the hiring of Blake Williams as head wrestling coach, pending school board approval.
“Having Blake back in our District is tremendous,” Solon Activities Director Keith McSweeney, stated. “Blake is an amazing educator and decorated coach and we couldn’t be more pleased that he will (again) be leading our wrestling program.”

Girls run away with Creek title

Gunnells adds to her record for shot put

TIFFIN– With wins in seven events, Solon’s girls ran away with the Creek Classic Relays track title April 10 in Tiffin. In three of those events, the Lady Spartans got the win– and second place– on their way to 168 team points. Mount Vernon was second (123) in the team chase. From there, the field strung out with South Tama and Williamsburg (each with 94 points), Clear Creek Amana (86 1/2), Mid-Prairie (67), Independence (54) and Center Point-Urbana (45 1/2).

Lady Spartans stumble in the Creek

TIFFIN– Emma Moss scored in the fourth minute of a varsity contest between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Saturday, April 11, to give Solon an early 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Solon it would be its only goal as the Clippers regrouped in the second half and scored four times for a 4-1 WaMaC conference win.
Solon was ranked seventh in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in their first weekly rankings of the season, issued Wednesday, April 8. The Clippers (2-0) were in the number-four spot in the rankings.

Spartans fifth at Tipton Tiger Relays

TIPTON– The Solon boys track team brought home a fifth-place finish among the 11 teams competing this past week at the Tipton Tiger Relays. Bellevue was the team champion, scoring 91 points, with Camanche and North Cedar finishing runner-up with 75. Center Point, tabbed as one of the pre-season favorites to win the WaMaC conference and compete for the state title in class 3A ,was fourth with 68. The Spartans were close behind, scoring 60 points.
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