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Solon Economist

Solon Senior Advocates

Proposed Senior Advocate trips

All trips leave from Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
*Bus trips
*Thursday, June 18: Paddle Boat/Grist Mill, Muscatine
Thursday, July 16 – Maharishi U. – Fairfield
*Thursday, August 20 – Bellevue/Galena
Call 624-2710 or 430-8655 or sign-up at Old Gold Dining.
If you have signed up for a trip, please call two weeks in advance if you must cancel as the Advocates need to reserve a bus and often purchase tickets ahead of time.

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Gunnells, Ham win consecutive titles for Solon track teams

DES MOINES– Solon senior Connor Ham held off all challengers Saturday, defending his state titles in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 200-meter dash at the State Co-Ed Track and Field meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
The Solon boys track team scored 38 points to finish in sixth place out of 47 teams which scored points at last weekend’s Class 3A state track meet.

A champ checks out as Solon girls grab 6th at state track

DES MOINES– A state title in the shot put and points in key individual and relay events kept Solon’s girls in the mix through the 2015 Class 3A high school track and field meet May 21-23 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
It just wasn’t enough at the co-ed, all-division state meet which now draws about 35,000 fans a year.

Spartans take five-game streak into postseason

CENTER POINT– The Solon soccer team has finished the regular season on a winning note.
Five of them.
The varsity boys started the year 2-5, but finished on a five-game winning streak, concluding the regular season with a 7-1 win over Center Point-Urbana May 19.
The Spartans ended with a 10-8 mark overall before beginning postseason play.
At Center Point, Solon had five different players who found the back of the Stormin’ Pointers’ net. Dylan Doyle and Parker Mueller had two goals each, while Brandan Childs, Brandon Kramer and Keegan Paisley contributed one apiece.

Durr scores 12 goals in two games

Lady Spartans win five in a row leading to finale with Regina

SOLON– It’s been five wins in a row for the Solon girls heading into a matchup with second-ranked Iowa City Regina May 27.
Solon’s varsity girls, ranked No. 11 in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, moved to 11-4 overall on the soccer season with wins against No. 12 Center Point-Urbana (CPU), Mid-Prairie and Benton Community last week.
Emma Moss knocked in three goals for Solon in the 4-2 home win May 19 against the CPU Stormin’ Pointers. Shae Goldsberry added the insurance score, while goal keeper Nichole Oberthien fended off 10 shots by the CPU offense.

Ottumwa superintendent selected to lead Solon

Two finalists interviewed by community

SOLON– Solon’s next superintendent of schools will be Dr. Davis Eidahl.
Eidahl, 44, the current superintendent for the Ottumwa Community School District, was selected by Solon school board members at a special morning meeting Friday, May 22.
He will replace Sam Miller, who has served as head of the Solon school district since 2010. In April, Miller announced he had accepted a position as chief administrator at Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 in Cedar Falls.

New policy provides a more thorough approach in preventing and handling bullying

Zero tolerance

SOLON– Solon is taking a firmer stand when it comes to bullying in schools.
At the May 11 school board meeting, administration presented the first reading of the district’s updated anti-bullying/harassment policy, which was approved by the board.
Solon Community School District defines bullying as “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time that creates an imbalance of power. This type of behavior can include but is not limited to the following: targeted acts or threats, or intent to hurt someone with no regret or remorse for the intended victim.”

Seniors depart

Solon senior Eric Holtorf gives his mother Jennifer a hug after his name was read at Solon High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday, May 17, in the high school gymnasium. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Parents test out Walking School Bus in Solon

By Jen Moore
Solon Economist

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted and Kari Juhl call themselves the “wheels on the bus.”
Though the pair is responsible for bringing a Walking School Bus to Solon this past March, they say it’s the kids who have been the ones in the driver’s seat.
“It’s the big topic at school. The kids are really the ones making it grow,” Bumsted said. “We’re just making sure (they’re safe) while they just pick up new people left and right.”

Proposed UTV ordinance sent to council committee

Golf cart ordinance also to be reviewed

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is continuing down the path of allowing utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets, but there are some reservations.
At a May 6 meeting, council members referred a draft ordinance allowing utility vehicles to the streets committee, along with the golf cart ordinance approved back in 2011.
Three city council members, however, had concerns about the proposed utility vehicle ordinance and about the enforcement of the current golf cart law.

Solon’s Fifth Street Jazz earns new state title

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– This spring, Solon High School’s Fifth Street Jazz vocal ensemble earned the district’s fifth state Iowa Jazz Championship title in eight years.
It puts Solon in front of its other 3A level competitors across the state in terms of championships earned, and gives vocal music director Joel Foreman yet another reason to sing praises for his dedicated students.
Going to championships is an auditioned process, and schools must submit an audio recording even to be considered to attend. About 30 to 35 schools are chosen to compete each year.

Solon Music on Main Street concert series returns June 3 for 6 weeks

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off a six-week program on June 3 featuring “Kindred Spirits.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings starting June 3 for the six-week run. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic basket to enjoy music and the community.
The Iowa City Community Band will perform June 10 followed by Leo Shima Country Sounds on June 17.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will take the band stand on June 24.