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Solon Economist

Spartans sweep South Tama on the road

SOUTH TAMA– The Solon varsity baseball team improved to 10-9 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of South Tama June 18.
The Spartans found their offense against the Trojans with 21 hits and 21 runs.
Solon scored six runs in the first two innings of a 10-0 win and cranked out 11 runs in four innings for an 11-1 victory and the sweep.
Both games lasted only five innings.
Senior Ty Appleget was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out four and allowing no hits in four innings of work. Freshman Ryne Schooley pitched a single scoreless inning with one strikeout and one hit.

RAGBRAI test riders sample Solon’s hospitality

Joanne Ulch and members of the Solon Spartans 8U baseball team and Solon Spartans 10U softball team serve up pie, lemonade and water to members of the RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Team Friday at the intersection of Main and Dubuque streets. The baseball and softball teams will have a vendor booth at the Solon RAGBRAI stopover July 24 and were picked to provide samples for the pre-ride. The pies were handmade by Helen Proffitt and featured fruit from her own trees. “The whole scene down there was to give the Ragbrai committee a taste of what Solon offers,” Ulch said.

DOT confirms funding for Hwy 1 stoplight

City to receive $115,900 grant for $238,590 project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s finally official.
The City of Solon has received notice from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) of a $115,900 grant to help pay for a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street.
The city has known of the DOT’s pending award for months, but it wasn’t official until the city received the grant agreement, which was approved by the members of the Solon City Council at a June 3 meeting.

Ely’s Jenny Houlihan - leading by example

One of Iowa's 100 Great Nurses

CEDAR RAPIDS– Jenny Houlihan has done a lot in her 13-year nursing career. She’s the current Director of Acute Adult Services at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids; she serves as secretary for her district’s chapter of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders; she earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa; and she is a long-time member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
She also holds the prestigious position of Girl Scout Troop #5819 leader.
The list just keeps on growing, especially now that she’s been named one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses.

City Wide Clean Up Day June 13

SOLON– The City of Solon will host its annual City Wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, June 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. City residents may drop off garbage and recyclables at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Those dropping off should be prepared to present identification.

Methodist Church to host blood drive June 27 at Family Life Center

 SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Turkey Vulture Festival June 20

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting the Fifth Annual Turkey Vulture Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. until noon at Coralville Lake’s East Overlook Picnic Area. This is a free, family event and the Corps encourage parents to accompany their children. Activities will include face painting by Funny Face Designs, temporary tattoos, children’s games, crafts and more.

Mary’s Meals founder returns to Solon

SOLON– Solon’s favorite Scottish son, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, returned for his second visit in less than a year, as part of his global launch of his recent book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children. MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary’s Meals, a global charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing children with a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.

Solon softball 10-1

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartan softball team is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and collected its 10th win of the season over the weekend at the Solon Round Robin Tournament.
Solon pitched a shut-out against both its opponents, defeating Iowa City City High 11-0 and Highland 7-0.
Senior Emily Ira pitched seven innings, striking out 17 and allowing only one hit and two walks to get the win against Highland.

Assumption ends Lady Spartan season

Solon defeats West Delaware, Beckman in regional soccer

DAVENPORT– It was the expected match-up, No. 12 Solon against No. 3 and perennial tournament winner Davenport Assumption on Assumption’s home turf.
The home fans went away happy.
Assumption ended the Solon Lady Spartans’ soccer season Monday, June 8, with a 9-1 win in the Class 1A Region 7 final.
Solon had reached the regional final with good wins against West Delaware and Dyersville Beckman, but Assumption proved to be too much.

Dr. Davis Eidahl selected by school board as new Solon superintendent

Ottumwa super to replace Miller

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– After his semifinal interview with the Solon Community School District Board of Education last week, Dr. Davis Eidahl knew Solon was the right place.
“The questions that the board asked, the priorities that they identified, they’re really focused on that student achievement, making sure that those students that enter into the Solon district, they leave with a tremendous educational advantage because of the experiences they had,” Eidahl said. “And that is really right up my alley and something that excites me.”

Supervisors, Shueyville discuss improvements to Curtis Bridge Road

Unique situation, unique proposal

SHUEYVILLE– For anybody who has driven the length of Curtis Bridge Road in northwest Johnson County, to say it is in bad shape would be an understatement. Its dilapidated condition led county officials to move the road up on its Five-year Road Maintenance and Improvement Plan, with work scheduled to begin late this summer.
Some surface material will be ground down, and the road will be widened two feet on either side before a hot asphalt overlay is applied for a smoother ride.