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Solon Economist

They could have danced all night

Solon Dynamite dance team hosts Dance Spectacular 2015

SOLON– Solon Dynamite is the bomb.
The high school dance team of six hosted the group’s annual Dance Spectacular on Friday, Feb. 13, in the high school gym. As is tradition, Solon invited other dance troupes from the area to share the spotlight, including a team from Solon Middle School, preschool through sixth grade dancers who lit up the night with a glow stick routine, and individual members who presented solo numbers in a variety of dance styles. Dance teams from Williamsburg, Grinnell and Dance Arts Iowa also performed routines for the packed house.

Hoover Trail extension meeting to be held in Solon April 7

SOLON– The public is invited to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County on Tuesday, April 7, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon.
All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.

Stepfather charged with kidnapping in Amber Alert case

Sheriff’s office releases more details regarding March 7 incident

IOWA CITY– The stepfather of a 10-year-old Coralville girl taken from a Solon residence March 7 has been charged with kidnapping.
Kenneth Eugene Johns, 48, listed as a transient, is accused of taking his stepdaughter, Brianna Christine Elise Crane of Coralville, from a Solon residence Saturday, March 7, resulting in the issuance of an Amber Alert by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
In a press release issued Wednesday, March 18, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office released more details of the incident and announced charges against Johns.

Alliant Energy provides equipment to install osprey platform at Lake Macbride

LAKE MACBRIDE– Alliant Energy provided the equipment to install a pole for a new osprey platform at Lake Macbride State Park. The old osprey nest and its tree blew down late in 2014 after the osprey migrated south for winter.
Lake Macbride has experienced success nesting a pair of osprey for over 10 years now as part of a re-introduction program through the Macbride Raptor Project.

Jazz at the Commons on March 28

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to enjoy Jazz at the Commons presented by Solon High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons. Enjoy performances by Solon High School jazz bands and choirs. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School jazz program.

Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Sunday, March 29

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the west end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages. Bring a basket for your goodies.

Trapshooting can drive March 28

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information, contact Gerald Chaloupka at 319-624-2825.

Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Sale March 28

SOLON– The Junior Post Prom Committee will host a Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Rummage Sale to help fund the Post Prom Party for Solon High School students. The rummage sale will take place on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons from 8 a.m. until noon. If you would like to donate or have any questions, please contact Angi Shelangoski at ashelangoski@solon.k12.ia.us or 319-624-2007.

Legion Riders host annual Palm Sunday breakfast on March 29

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Riders will host the annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, March 29, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 eat free.

Lady Spartans tackle field at early WaMaC East indoor meet

MOUNT VERNON– Coming off the WaMaC East Division meet March 21 at Cornell College, Solon’s girls can point to throws and longer sprints as a couple bright spots heading toward the season’s first outdoor action March 31 at Tipton.
Team scores are not kept during the WaMaC indoor meets; with coaches experimenting with their lineups and some schools in the middle of spring break. But it does provide a peek at the strengths and potential weak spots once the outdoor season begins.

Mehaffey Bridge “Walk And Bike First” event to allow limited pedestrian/bicyclist traffic across March 28

IOWA CITY– As construction moves forward on Mehaffey Bridge, which spans the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors announced a special “Walk and Bike First” event that will allow residents to get a preview of the new bridge at a leisurely pace. Parking will be available at the boat ramp.

Trapshooting can drive March 28

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information, contact Gerald Chaloupka at 319-624-2825.