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Solon Economist

13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

Lady Spartans win two in a row

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team swept the season series with West Delaware and avenged a loss earlier in the year at Maquoketa with a pair of WaMaC wins last week.
Solon used a 30-17 rebounding edge to push its way past West Delaware, 48-40, on the road Jan. 31, and built a double-digit lead it didn’t relinquish at home against Maquoketa Feb. 3 for a 63-44 victory.
The twin wins pushed the Lady Spartans’ record to 8-12 on the year with a single game on the schedule remaining hosting Mount Vernon Feb. 8.

No. 2 West Delaware outlasts Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans were within striking distance.
Down seven after the first quarter to undefeated West Delaware, Solon’s varsity boys tied the game up in the second quarter and were trailing by only three heading into the final eight minutes.
But the Hawks poured in 30 points in the final period to pull away from the Spartans Jan. 31 in Solon for a 69-57 win.
“We competed at a very high level versus the No. 2-ranked team in the state,” said Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We had many opportunities to take control of the game, but West Delaware responded as good teams do.”

Solon Parks & Rec

Boot Camp: SESSION 3 OF BOOT CAMP:

Classes begin Feb. 20 on Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Classes will be held in the basement of the St. Mary Church Parish Hall and include a variety of exercises, including resistance training and body weight exercises. This 10-class strengthening session is again being instructed by Renee Manders. More information and the registration forms are on the Solon Parks and Recreation website. Registration forms, as well as punch cards, are also available at Solon City Hall.

Cost of recycling to increase for Solon residents

Johnson County Refuse asks for help with transportation costs

SOLON– Council members are in it for the longer haul.
The members of the Solon City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance increasing the monthly recycling fee from $5.50 to $6.35 at a special meeting Jan. 25.
Sixty cents of the jump in price is due to the trucking of recyclables from Johnson County to Scott County, according to Johnson County Refuse owner Steve Smith.
Smith told council members at a Jan. 11 special meeting his local market for recyclables had changed dramatically in the last 18 months.

Lions hunt members

Scott Kleppe elected charter president of new service club

SOLON– Solon will soon be appointing a new lion tamer.
With the motto “We serve,” Lions Club International is poised to help over 30 local charter members create the Solon Centennial Lions Club.
Lions Club organizers visited Solon in mid-January to gauge interest in a new service organization, and on Friday, Jan. 20, the group’s first formal meeting was held at Solon City Hall.
“The response in this community has been fantastic,” said District Governor Paul Hain of Lone Tree, a 43-year member of the Lions. “None of you knew we were coming. We have been welcomed very warmly.”

Solon Knights of Columbus all-you-can-eat Breakfast Sunday, Feb. 5

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6-11, and free for ages five and younger.
The KCs will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes and omelets on request.

Iowa Raptor Family Day Feb. 4

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to another Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. February’s event features the Great Horned Owl, many of which are already nesting in the area.
Make your own owl baby out of cotton balls, pinecones, edible play dough and birdseed. Because they are edible for wildlife, kids can then put them out in the woods for the birds to munch on.
This free event takes place at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, in Solon. The Iowa Raptor Project will have a fire going to help keep visitors warm.

Old Gold Diner hosts Solon school superintendent Feb. 15

SOLON– On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Old Gold Diner will host Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl at the February Sponsored Meal. Eidahl and Mike Kasparek will update the attendees of changes and future plans in the Solon Community School District. Be sure to mark your calendar to attend this meal.

Running stop signs? Look for increased enforcement

SOLON– It’s going to take a little enforcement.
The city has received complaints about the number of people running stop signs around town.
At the conclusion of the Jan. 18 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange said, “quite a few complaints about vehicle traffic, mainly stop signs.”
Stange said he shared the information with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and they’ve been responsive to requests for enforcement.

Another high-speed chase ends in Solon

SOLON– For the second time in just over two months, a high-speed chase beginning on Interstate 80 found its way to Solon.
The pursuit began on Interstate 80 near the Wilton exit on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at approximately 2:30 p.m., according to Capt. Randy Jones, area commander for the Iowa State Patrol district office in Cedar Rapids.

First Presbyterian near Ely to host Red Cedar concert Feb. 24

ELY– Czech heritage runs deep at First Presbyterian Church near Ely and the church is excited to host a Czech-inspired free concert by Red Chamber Music held on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. as part of the group’s Rural Outreach Concert series. The church is located west of Ely at 11100 Spanish Rd.