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Solon Economist

Solon man charged with sending letters to Iowa City Regina

IOWA CITY– A Solon man has been charged with harassment after sending threatening letters to the Iowa City Regina school system.
According to the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD), Daniel Lee Stone, Solon, has been identified through DNA evidence as the author of several letters accusing the Regina football coaching staff of providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

Advocates seek donations to offset purchase of 13-passenger mini-bus

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are pleased to have recently been able to make the purchase of a 13-passenger mini-bus. Paired with the Solon Retirement Village van, the Advocates are now able to transport up to 27 seniors on monthly trips, greatly reducing costs to seniors. Previous to the mini-bus purchase, a group totaling over 12 seniors required the hiring of a more expensive travel coach which resulted in higher senior travel costs.

43rd annual Beef Days begins Friday

SOLON– This Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, Solon Beef Days will hold its 43rd celebration. This two-day event, traditionally starting the third Friday in July, has collected and donated over $420,000 back into the community and surrounding area since 1971. This year alone the committee gave over $35,000.

Methodist youth group Beef Days Luncheon

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) youth group will be hosting its Beef Days Luncheon directly after the parade this Saturday, July 19. The youth group will be serving tenderloins, church burgers, potato salad, baked beans and amazing desserts. Meal items can be purchased individually or as a combo meal. Call 624-2251 for take-out orders. Help support the SUMC youth group’s largest fundraiser.

Matt Townsley recognized by ASCD

ALEXANDIRA, Va.– ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has selected Matt Townsley, currently the director of instruction and technology at the Solon Community School District, for its 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders. The ASCD Emerging leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership.

Senior Advocates bus trip July 24

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ bus trip to Waterloo will depart from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 24.
The John Deere Tractor Plant Tour is scheduled for 10 a.m., lunch at the River Loop Buffet and arrival around 1 p.m. at the Grout Museum for a self-guided tour that includes a planetarium presentation. Please make your check out to the Senior Advocates and mail to P.O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333 by Monday, July 21.

Solon boys split with Benton Community as season draws to a close

West, Xavier edge out Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans logged a couple of close games against tough opponents into the loss column in the last week.
Solon’s varsity baseball team was edged out by Iowa City West 8-6 and by Cedar Rapids Xavier 1-0, with a doubleheader split against Benton Community sandwiched in between.
The Spartans were scheduled to play a final regular season game against Washington Tuesday, July 15, before starting postseason play against Center Point-Urbana Friday, July 18, in Solon.

Solon youth football camp Aug. 4 through 7

SOLON– The 2014 Spartan Youth Football Camp for students entering second through eighth grade will be held Aug. 4 through 7 at Spartan Stadium.
Second through fifth graders will attend from 9 until 10:30 a.m., and sixth through eighth graders will attend from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The fee is $50, with checks payable to Solon Football.
This camp will allow each camper to learn and apply the various skills and techniques applicable to football.

Solon Booster Bash Golf Outing Aug. 2 at Lake Macbride

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 14th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for the weight room.

Lady Spartans punch ticket to fort dodge

No. 3 Lady Spartans smother No. 12 North Scott in regional final

SOLON– It’s a return trip.
Solon’s Lady Spartans defeated No. 12 North Scott 9-1 Tuesday to advance to the Class 4A state softball tournament in Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans cranked out 14 hits against North Scott, while Emily Ira held the Lancers without a hit until the seventh inning.
Solon faced North Scott in a Region 3 substate final after defeating Marion 7-1 Saturday, July 12, in a regional semifinal which was halted twice by lightning delays and ended after five innings.

City offers to split cost of Solon lift station

SOLON– Let’s make a deal.
The city has offered to split the cost of a $100,000 lift station with the developers of Windmill Estates in an attempt to move the next phase of the subdivision forward.
The sewage lift station would be a temporary solution to a problem that will be solved in the long run by the completion of the city’s North Trunk sewer line, a $1 million project.
At last week’s Solon city council meeting, Windmill representative John Schmidt again visited with council members and city staff regarding sewer service for the 10-year-old subdivision.

Community of hope

RunLuly 5K to benefit Haiti medical clinic

NORTH LIBERTY– Local efforts to build community are reaching well beyond this state’s borders.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have joined with World Wide Village, the nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the people of Haiti, to develop a medical clinic, professional learning center, agri-business facility and a stronger spiritual community in the cities of Williamson and Luly, Haiti.