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Solon Economist

Solon girls upset Union in semifinal

LAPORTE CITY– The Lady Spartans took to the road to continue their season Wednesday, Feb. 17, as they traveled to LaPorte City to meet the Union Community Knights in Class 3A District Region 5 semifinal play. Solon did what they had to once again, shocking many people, as they defeated the 20-2 Union Knights, 51-45.

Grease on down the road

Fats and oils clogging up in winter weather

SOLON– Have you heard?
Grease is the word.
And the City of Solon would like you to stop putting it down the drain.
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are accumulating in the city’s sewer system, and when they reach the treatment plant during cold spells, it’s causing difficulties.
As a result, Public Works Director Scott Kleppe is hoping to educate the public about alternate disposal methods.

DOT open house for Highway 1 sidewalks project March 3

SOLON– The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is proposing improvements to the sidewalks adjacent to the state highway in Solon. The project’s purpose is to make the sidewalks compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The DOT will need to acquire temporary easements from the properties along the project in order to construct the sidewalks. Construction is proposed for the summer of 2017. There will be no cost to the property owners for these improvements.

Solon American Legion Veteran’s Memorial Pancake Breakfast Feb. 21

SOLON– Solon American Legion will host the Veteran’s Memorial Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 21. The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk served from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults, children 6-12 $4, and children 5 and under eat free. All proceeds go toward the maintenance costs of the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Legion Ball Park. For questions or more information regarding the breakfast call Cliff Bohling after 3 p.m. at the Solon Legion, 319-624-2277.

Trapshooting can drive March 6

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser Sunday, March 6, from 1-3 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Reading through the seasons

Lakeview students demonstrate reading strategies for board

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Fall, winter, spring and summer passed by at the Solon Community School District Board of Education meeting as a group of first grade students read “Watching the Weather” in front of board members.
The five children, as well as five first grade teachers, were there to demonstrate a Lakeview Elementary reading lesson.

Welcome to our new Youth Services Librarian

Welcome to Lori Lindner to the Solon Public Library. Lori, a writer and editor of the Solon Economist/North Liberty Leader and a community volunteer, will soon be joining the Solon Public Library staff as the new Youth Services Librarian. Lori possesses a strong background in education and will be a great fit working with kids of all ages.

Archery Team’s maiden tournament a huge success

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team held its first tournament Saturday, Jan. 23, at Solon High School. The event saw nearly 500 archers from around Eastern Iowa compete starting at 8 a.m. with a flight of 50 archers every hour, and the final flight at 5 p.m. With perennial powers Anamosa and Bellevue shooting early in the day, the Spartans were able to take aim and draw a tie with Anamosa for first place in points (3,296). Unfortunately, the tie-breaker did not land in the Spartans’ favor as Anamosa shot four more bullseyes than Solon.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner March 7

SOLON– Mark the calendar for Monday, March 7, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are 4:45-7 p.m. Diners will enjoy the middle school jazz band and solos/ensembles from middle school and high school students.

4 wrestlers to Des Moines

Carr, Fritz, Nelson and Diltz qualify for state

DeWITT– Four Solon wrestlers will take their best shots beginning Thursday at the 2016 2A State Wrestling Tournament.
Ben Carr (126 pounds), Cole Fritz (145), Trevor Nelson (160) and Dillon Diltz (170) all qualified for state at the district meet Feb. 13, at Central Clinton of DeWitt.
Carr, Fritz and Nelson each reigned over the weight classes with first place finishes, while Diltz came in second.
Three Solon wrestlers– Christian Haight (113), Zack Bevans (132) and Graeson Dall (152)– just missed the cut by finishing third.

Three games, two wins

Lady Spartans fall to Mt. Vernon, but win quarterfinal over Anamosa

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartan took to the road, for the final time in the regular season, traveling to meet the Mount Vernon Mustangs on Monday, Feb. 8. The temperatures were bitter, as was the defeat handed to the Solon ladies, 61-49.

Solon, townships to form new fire agency

Audit leads to probable organizational changes for Solon Fire Dept.

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SOLON– A new fire service agency will be created to serve the City of Solon and three townships surrounding it.
In September 2015, a state audit of the financial accounting of the Solon Fire Department raised some eyebrows; specifically, with the volunteers’ use of Benevolent Association donations.
The audit, triggered by a citizen complaint, had two sides, said Solon Mayor Steve Stange. One side involved the Benevolent Association, which he declined to comment on.