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Solon Economist

Jerry Linderbaum alumni hoops tournament

Saturday, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. Sign up or check in at the high school gym. Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant. Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Council debates Gallery Acres

Connection fee, doubled water rate proposed

SOLON– There was good and bad, but it didn’t get ugly.
The pros and cons of extending residential water service to a rural subdivision three miles outside the city limits were extensively discussed Wednesday, Dec. 13, during a two-hour work session by the Solon City Council.
Council members were asked to submit any questions necessary to make a decision on Gallery Acres West’s (GAW) request by the end of the year, and they waded through staff responses, with follow-up questions, and listened to opinions from the city engineer and public works director.

Doc. Davis Joins Dr. Brian Huedepohl in new Pet Health Center of Solon

SOLON– Dr. Rob Davis and the Davis Vet Clinic announced a new veterinary clinic in Solon. On Jan. 1, the Davis Vet Clinic will join the Pet Health Center of Solon. Dr. Davis will continue to work at the new clinic. As Dr. Davis puts it, he is not ready to hang up his hat yet, but after 35 years of being the boss, he is ready to have somebody new take over management.
Dr. Brian Huedepohl, partner/owner of Pet Health Center, said “We feel with a veterinarian of Dr. Davis’ caliber and experience joining us, we can continue to provide excellent veterinary care in the Solon area.”

Jerry Linderbaum alumni tournament, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. Sign up or check in at the high school gym. Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant. Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Solon wrestlers take first at Regina

Solon wrestlers put loss to West Delaware behind them,

SOLON– Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams didn’t want Thursday’s results to carry over to Saturday.
The Spartan varsity wrestlers were handed a convincing 48-23 loss by West Delaware at home Dec. 14.
“Although it was a disappointing night, the message to the team was learn from it and to put it behind us,” Williams said. “It is a quick turnaround Saturday.”
The team responded with an overwhelming win at the 14-team Regina Invitational Dec. 16.

Spartans surge

The Solon boys split a pair of conference games

SOLON–The Spartan varsity basketball team ran away late from Anamosa in a 62-48 home win Dec. 12, but fell to Beckman Catholic at Dyersville, 70-60.
The loss dropped Solon to 4-2 on the season.
Hosting Anamosa, the Spartans took control of the game in the second quarter, limiting the Blue Raiders to just three points for a 20-16 halftime edge.
Solon added cushion to the lead in the third quarter and held a 46-36 advantage heading into the fourth.

Lady Spartans let two get away

Solon girls fall to Anamosa, 55-36, and Beckman, 57-43

SOLON– Solon’s girls dropped to 2-7 last week with losses to Anamosa and Dyersville Beckman.
The Lady Spartans traveled to Anamosa on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and came out flat, losing 55-36. It was the return to play of Solon junior Taylor Ryan.
Solon kept pace with the Raiders in the first quarter, trailing 15-12, but the Blue Raiders silenced the Lady Spartans in the second period, outscoring them 14-1, for a 29-13 halftime score.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Monday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservation.

Distant dream nearing reality

One-stop-shop for crisis intervention moves forward

IOWA CITY– What once seemed like only a good idea, and a bit of a dream, is nearing realization in Johnson County as plans for a comprehensive, “one-stop-shop” for addiction and behavioral short-term care recently took a giant step forward.

Gallery West decision “hopefully”

Council sets Dec. 13 work session for in-depth discussion

SOLON– The Solon City Council is expected to make a decision regarding Gallery Acres West’s request for water service at a Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed the issue briefly at a Dec. 6 meeting before setting a Dec. 13 work session for in-depth deliberation.
At the beginning of November, Stange asked council members to decide on the Gallery Acres West (GAW) extension by the end of December.
The topic appeared on the Dec. 6 agenda for discussion and possible action, but Stange quickly extinguished the hope of a decision.

A hobby gone awry

Pyles making the Christmas season bright near Solon

LAKE MACBRIDE– It all started 40 years ago, and has exploded into a light and sound spectacle that just keeps growing and growing at the corner of Hwy. 382 and Newberry Drive west of Solon and near the entrance to Lake Macbride.
“It was when I had my first daughters, and Christmas was Christmas, and I just put up a few strings (of lights), and we’ve been at it ever since,” Dan Pyle said. Pyle and his wife Hope have gone from those first few strands to 142 separate runs of extension cords supplying electricity to at least 30,000 lights.

Spartans roar past Sabers

Solon picks up 1st loss after slow start at Epworth

SOLON– It was smooth sailing against Central DeWitt, but the Spartans couldn’t shake the sleepies against Western Dubuque.
The Solon varsity boys’ basketball team picked up its third win and first loss last week, rolling past Central DeWitt at home Dec. 5, but falling on the round at undefeated Western Dubuque Dec. 8.
Hosting the Sabers, the Spartans jumped out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 66-39 victory, fueled by 25 points from senior Ben Krutzfeldt.
Krutzfeldt is leading the team in scoring so far this season with an average of 18 points per game.