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Solon Economist

New Farmers Market opens May 29

SOLON– The Solon Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of Mushroom Park on Tuesdays, from 3-6 p.m., starting May 29. Other days the market will be open are Sunday, May 27 (Solon firefighters breakfast), and Saturday, June 2 (weekend of Solon garage sales). The hours those days are 8-11 a.m. For vendor information, go to the city website, www.solon-iowa.com and open the Solon Farmers Market page.

Johnson County Refuse program

New automated curbside service to begin July 1

SOLON– The City of Solon has officially adopted a new, automated curbside garbage and recycling system proposed by Johnson County Refuse of North Liberty.
Residents will receive two carts, one for recycling and one for garbage, to be used beginning in July. The new carts will eliminate the need for Johnson County Refuse employees to lift bags, limiting workplace injuries for the company.

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration

Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration
By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Solon man pleads guilty to cyberstalking female teen

DAVENPORT– A Solon man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty April 30 to a federal charge of cyberstalking a 16-year-old female.
Daniel Lee Stone, 48, of Solon, appeared before Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson, Jr. in U.S. District Court, in Davenport and entered a guilty plea, according to U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
In a plea agreement, Stone admitted to texting a minor female over 170 times from on or about Oct. 31, 2016, through Nov. 3, 2016.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary selects two Prairie girls to attend Girls State

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary has chosen two Prairie girls to attend Girls State this coming June at Drake University.

Girls take WaMaC East track title

State track qualifier at home Thursday, May 11

SOLON– The midfield celebration was loud… but short… as Solon’s girls raised their WaMaC Conference East Division trophy May 7. They walked away with a 37-point win on their home track. But they also realize the hard work continues. Their Thursday task– the Class 3A state qualifying meet, also at Solon– is to advance as many events as possible to the 2018 state track meet, May 17-19 in Des Moines.

Noonan kick beats Maquoketa in shoot-out

Senior Night Friday against Vinton-Shellsburg

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans soccer team started a week of very physical play in Maquoketa winning an edge-of-your-seat battle, 3-2, only to fall prey to Central DeWitt, 3-1, battling with a lineup lacking several starters due to high school state large group music competition.

Solon boys blank Maquoketa, 4-0

Spartans dodge OT bullet from Sabers

SOLON– The boys took care of business at home against Maquoketa in a shutout, but narrowly escaped the Central DeWitt Sabers on the road.
Solon’s varsity soccer team improved to 11-3 with the two wins last week, defeating Maquoketa’s Cardinals 4-0 at Spartan Stadium May 1 and squeaking out a 3-2 overtime victory visiting Central DeWitt May 3.
The Spartans, currently ranked second in Class 1A by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, will square-off with the top-ranked team, Iowa City Regina, in Iowa City May 10.

Spartans take fourth place at Marion meet

Linderbaum 1st in shot and Ira 1st in hurdles, Flansburg 2nd in discus

Linderbaum 1st in shot and Ira 1st in hurdles, Flansburg 2nd in discus
By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MARION– “This time of year is important because this is what it is all about. You have the opportunity to see it all come together so you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them. We look forward to challenging each other to use our gifts and talents in a different ways to help in our team success,” Coach Mark Sovers commented.

Be a Hunger Hero, May 12

4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser Saturday, May 12
SOLON– The 4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration can be done online at GetMeRegistered.com, or onsite starting at 7:15 a.m. Strollers and dogs are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite heroes.

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper Saturday, May 12

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Saturday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous sauce will be available for purchase at $5 a quart.

Townsley departs SCSD for UNI role

District announces replacement, changes in scope

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Education accepted the resignation of Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction/Technology and former math teacher at the regularly scheduled April 9 meeting.
After 14 years with the Solon School district in which he proved instrumental in many key reforms, Townsley will head this fall to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he has accepted a teaching position in the Leadership Department. Townsley will instruct future principals and superintendents.