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Solon Economist

Prostate cancer awareness seminar April 30 at St. Mary

SOLON– St. Mary Church invites parish and community members to join a seminar on Prostate Cancer Awareness on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall classroom at St. Mary Church. This is a health education seminar by University of Iowa urologist, Dr. Sundeep Deorah, M.D. He presents a program on prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment choices followed by a question and answer panel of Solon men and wives who have experienced prostate cancer and treatment. Call Nancy Upmeyer, MSN, RN, Parish Nurse at 319-624 2944 for additional information.

Twin titles for solon at Drake Relays

Solon’s Shelby Gunnells follows through on a throw in the 2015 Drake Relays high school shot put. Gunnells won the competition to match her 2014 Drake title.
Solon senior Connor Ham eyes the finish line during the final of the 110-meter high hurdles at the Drake Relays Friday. Ham won the event in 14.31 seconds, the fastest time of all preliminaries as well as the final. Ham placed second in the event as a sophomore and missed the finals last year as a junior.

Gunnells wins second shot put championship

DES MOINES– Late Friday, Shelby Gunnells was still at the Drake track; watching as her teammates wrapped up their events in the high school division of the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s most prestigious track meets.
Her work was done.
“It feels like it was so long ago,” she said and smiled, thinking back to her morning in the shot put ring. That is where she rang up her second consecutive girls shot put title.

Connor Ham is Drake champion

DES MOINES– Solon senior Connor Ham captured his first Drake Relays title in the 110-meter high hurdles Friday.
In doing so, Ham avenged the disappointment he experienced last year after falling and failing to qualify for the finals in the 2014 Drake 110-meter high hurdles.
He is also the two-time defending state champion in his event at the 3A level, having set a new state record in that event at last year’s meet.
Ham won his preliminary heat with a time of 14.71 seconds, but posted a 14.31 in the final.

Two conference wins in a row for Solon boys soccer

EPWORTH– The Solon varsity boys soccer team will soon return home.
Finally.
With about half the regular season behind them, the Spartans have played only a single home game, a 4-2 loss to Clear Creek Amana (CCA) April 10.
Everything else, whether a tournament or a conference game, has been on the road.
Solon took a 4-5 overall record into a road game at Maquoketa Tuesday, April 28, but will be home Friday, May 1, to host Central DeWitt.

Solon FC Soccer announces Fall 2015 registration information

SOLON– Solon FC is a soccer club for boys and girls in the U14, U12 and U10 age groups (roughly third through eighth grades) for students entering grades 3 through 8. The organization is currently accepting players for the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 seasons. Joining at any time is encouraged but the league registration due date is fast approaching. This is an exciting opportunity for Solon youth to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn the game of soccer, to improve their skills, to play against teams from other WaMac schools and to have fun.

City to consider utility vehicle ordinance

Council members concerned about enforcement

SOLON– Despite concerns over enforcement, Solon City Council members voted last week to move ahead with drafting an ordinance to allow utility vehicles on city streets.
Council member Casey Grover introduced the subject during the April 15 regular session, saying residents had approached him with the idea. He presented the council with a sample ordinance from the city of Knoxville, and reported the community of about 7,000 located southeast of Des Moines has not had significant issues with its enactment.

Timeline for superintendent search debated

Super search on fast track

SOLON– The search for a new superintendent is underway.
Last week, Solon School Board members met with consultants from Ray and Associates Inc., a recruiting agency specializing in educational leadership searches, to discuss steps for finding a replacement for current Superintendent Sam Miller.
Earlier this month, Miller accepted a position as chief administrator at Area Education Agency 267. His current contract with Solon schools is set to expire June 30.
Miller has served as Solon’s superintendent for five years.

movin’ on up

The former home of Don and Yvonne Epley heads south on Racine Avenue Thursday, April 16, after being moved off its foundation at the site of the new Solon Middle School. The home was purchased from the Solon Community School District by Dick and Judy Miller and was relocated to a family farm south of Solon. (photo by Jessica Milliman)

Solon Legion breakfast April 26

SOLON– Solon American Legion will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk at a special legion breakfast on Sunday, April 26, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. The breakfast is all-you-can eat and the cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, with 5 and under dining for free. All proceeds will help pay for the Legion façade improvement project.
For additional information, call Cliff Bohling or Jamie Hromi at the Solon Legion, 319-624-2277 after 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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.

Lakeview PTO hosts 4th annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 25

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will be hosting its 4th annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 25, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Nature and Recreation Area. Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to generate laughter.