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Solon Economist

Fritz, Linderbaum, Gnida place at state

DES MOINES– It was a tough draw for the Solon Spartans at the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines last week.
Solon qualified six wrestlers and three of them placed, but two faced a No. 1-ranked opponent and one faced the second-ranked wrestler in the state, all in the first round.
Senior Logan Linderbaum (285 pounds) and Louis Gnida (126) finished their high school careers in sixth and seventh place respectively at the tournament while unranked junior Cole Fritz placed sixth at 138 pounds.

No more treats from home?

New rules on snacks and celebrations are among proposed changes

SOLON– Polish up those apples. Classrooms across the district could soon see some major changes when it comes to food in the classroom.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) board had its first reading of the new wellness policy that will give parents and teachers clearer guidelines for food in the classroom and physical activity requirements.
The board approved the policy 4-1, with Director Tim Brown voting against it. The policy will be read again at the next meeting in March and, if approved again, would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

Solon Legion fish fry starting Feb.20

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host its Fish Fry on Friday nights from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 20 and running through April 3. Dinner will include fish, coleslaw, cheesy party potatoes, bread, dessert and beverage. All-you-can-eat meals will be $10 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and 5 and under are free. Shrimp will be served Feb. 20, March 13 and April 3. Carry-outs are available. For more information, contact Jami Hromi or Cliff Bohling at the Solon American Legion, 319-624-2277.

175th anniversary committee seeks contacts for Solon alumni

SOLON– Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee is searching for alumni class lists in order to invite alumni to the celebration Sept. 18 through 20.
Kick-off of the three-day event will be an all-alumni banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in the big Chautauqua tent located at Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area. Ecumenical services and music will be held in the big tent Sunday.

A chance to be heard

Kaufmann stands strong on property rights

SOLON– It’s a waiting game for the Iowa legislature as new bills are brought into committee, refined and passed from one congressional body to the other and back again before final votes are tallied.
Iowa House Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) took the time to update the public on some of those bills currently in progress during a Jan. 31 listening post at the Solon Public Library.

Boost in pay for Solon mayor and council members?

Increases wouldn’t take effect until 2016

SOLON– City council members and the mayor could receive a 33 percent increase in their pay per meeting beginning next year.
And they could be compensated for attending not only regular city council meetings, but for other meetings as well.
The city’s elected officials gave their informal approval for the raise, which will be drafted into ordinance form and considered at a future meeting.
Solon City Council members currently receive an annual $375 stipend and $30 per meeting. The mayor receives $160 per month and $30 for each special meeting attended.

Dollars for Scholars “Bringing in the Green” Carnival March 1

SOLON– The Solon Dollars for Scholars ‘Bringing in the Green’ Carnival will be held on Sunday, March 1, at the Lakeview large gym. All juniors, seniors and their parents are needed to help make the carnival a success again this year. All the money raised will be used for scholarships for the Solon graduating class of 2015. Sign-up sheets are available in the high school office or by contacting Pat Zimmerman at 319-430-2105 for more information.

Booster Club’s 2nd annual celebration of athletics Feb. 27

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will host its Second Annual Celebration of Solon Athletics on Friday, Feb. 27, at the AvaCentre in Solon with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome for dinner and a night of entertainment with proceeds benefitting Solon High School and Middle School athletics. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with pre-dinner music, the coaches presenting the state of each program and a keynote address by Marshall Koehn, University of Iowa football player and 2011 Solon graduate.

Six Spartans heading to state

Cole Fritz and Kade Steuhm take first place at districts

SOLON– Six Solon wrestlers will take to the mats this week for the 2015 state tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Louis Gnida (126 pounds), Cole Fritz (138), Kade Steuhm (145), Graeson Dall (152), Trevor Nelson (160) and Logan Linderbaum (285) all qualified for a berth in the tournament after finishing in the top two places at the 2A district meet held Feb. 14 in Solon.
Fritz and Steuhm finished in first place at the district meet, while Gnida, Dall, Nelson and Linderbaum finished second. Ten Solon wrestlers made it to the district meet for a chance at a trip to Des Moines.

Season ends against Benton Community

Lady Spartans fall to Bobcats after regular season win at Beckman

SOLON– Back in December, the Lady Spartans traveled to Benton Community and handed the Bobcats a 53-50 home loss.
Saturday, night, Benton Community returned the favor.
The Bobcats brought the Solon varsity girls basketball season to a close in the opening round of Class 3A district playoffs Feb. 14, out-scoring the Lady Spartans 20-10 in the fourth quarter for a 49-41 win.
Solon’s girls finished the season with a 13-9 record.

Spartans fall to Beckman, rebound against Mt. Pleasant

SOLON– With just under three minutes remaining, Solon had tied Dyersville Beckman 62-62 with two free throws by Streeter McIlravy.
But after a Solon time-out, Beckman rattled off seven unanswered points and went on to hand the Spartans a 75-67 loss Feb. 10 in Solon.
After taking a 18-14 lead at the end of the first period, Solon was out-scored 22-15 in the second quarter by Beckman and trailed 36-33 at the half.
The Spartans tied it up late in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Jacob Coons and took a 50-48 lead on a tough runner in the paint by Emilio Villagrana.

Back to five members

Council apponts Dale Snipes to replace Ron Herdliska

SOLON– The newest member of the Solon City Council sees himself as an average Joe.
At a Wednesday, Feb. 4, meeting, council members voted to appoint Dale Snipes to the seat vacated by Ron Herdliska, who resigned the post Jan. 1.
Snipes, 57, will serve out the remaining year of Herdliska’s term, but has already indicated he will seek election in November.
With the decision, the council is back to its full complement of five members.