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Solon Economist

Meal and a movie Jan. 31

SOLON– If you haven’t seen the widely acclaimed movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, then join the Meal and a Movie crowd Friday, Jan. 31, at the Solon Public Library at 11 a.m. The movie will follow a catered meal of lasagna, garlic bread, green beans and dessert ($7.50). Call 624-2710 or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Kettle-fried chicken dinner Feb. 1 at Legion

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will be hosting their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and  drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit the community and Solon school projects. 

Solon takes honors at robotics tourney

ALBERT LEA, Minn.– Two of the five teams from Solon Middle School and Solon High School competing at the Dream It Do It Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament received awards. The tournament was on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Albert Lea High School in Albert Lea, Minn. The tournament was hosted by Riverland Community College.

Spartans send six to finals

Solon wrestles to second place at Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational

SOLON– Solon’s wrestlers crowned one champion but sent five others to the finals Saturday as the Spartans placed second at their own 10-team invitational.
Lance Evans at 220 pounds won by fall in 3:07 of his title match to become Solon’s lone individual champion.
The Spartans finished second to Lisbon, ending the Ed Hadenfeldt Wrestling Invitational with 177, tied with Washington and only five points out of the top spot.

Solon scores 89 in win

Spartans knock off WaMaC West leader Bobcats

SOLON– Third quarter defense was a specialty for the Spartans last week.
Solon’s varsity boys posted a pair of double-digit home wins against West Delaware and Benton Community.
Against the Bobcats, the leaders of the WaMaC West, Solon scored the most points of the year (89) and chalked up its largest margin of victory (33).
In both games, the 56-36 win over West Delaware and the 89-56 win over Benton Community, the Spartans throttled the opposing offense in the third quarter and stomped on the offensive pedal, outscoring the two teams by a combined 32-11.

Lady Spartans fall to Beckman

Girls pick up win OT win at BC

SOLON– The Lady Spartans fell to both Dyersville Beckman and West Delaware last week, but took Benton Community to overtime for a win Friday night.
The Beckman matchup was a makeup of a game wiped out by the weather in December, and the Lady Spartans made an impressive fourth-quarter comeback before falling, 45-36.
Freshman Josie Durr put in 14 points to lead Solon in scoring. Nichole Oberthien led in rebounding with eight. The Lady Spartans shot six free throws for the night, while Beckman went to the line 26 times.

Making a splash in North Liberty

Council okays purchase of splash pad components

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s hard to think of donning shorts and playing outside in the sprinkler when outdoor temperatures have been sub-zero, but the City of North Liberty is planning for just that.
On Jan. 14, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of $25,000 worth of components for a new splash pad to be installed this spring.
The recreational addition was the incentive chosen by public as a result of the community’s participation in the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program.

Ely bank robber captured by authorities

Solon State Bank in Ely robbed Friday morning

ELY– The suspect in the Friday morning robbery of the Solon State Bank in Ely has been taken into custody, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree and remains in the Linn County Jail pending his court appearance, according to Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County Conservation officer located the suspect and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where the suspect was taken into custody.

Balanced scoring gives Solon win over Marion

Head coach Brad Randall not on the sidelines for Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans had no head coach, but they had four players in double-figures, and that helped lead to a double-digit win over Marion Friday in Solon.
Solon took a five-point lead at the end of the third quarter and stretched it out in the fourth quarter for a 77-64 win.
Nick Shelman led the Spartans’ scoring with 19 points, with help from Ethan Ahern (17 points), Emilio Villagrana (16) and Jaden Durr (12).
While Marion led most of the statistical categories, it was Solon’s shooting that gave the Spartans an edge.

Marion turns tables on Lady Spartans in fourth

Solon’s girls send Indians to the line 21 times in final frame

MARION– It was a tough loss.
Solon’s Lady Spartans couldn’t hold on to a fourth quarter lead after injury sidelined their leading scorer Friday night at Marion.
Solon dropped to 4-6 on the year with a 62-51 loss to the Indians.
According to head coach Tony Nicol, the Lady Spartans lost senior guard Rylee Smith to a knee injury about midway through the third quarter of the game.
“The team rallied and gained a small lead, but could not hold on down the stretch,” Nicol said.

No shelter from the budget crunch

City council looks to trim $41,000 from next year’s budget

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– It’s a tight budget for the second year in a row.
Solon city staff, elected representatives and appointed officials met together at a Jan. 8 Solon City Council meeting to grind out the details of the 2014-2015 budget.
Early figures put the budget over $40,000 in the red, but by the end of Wednesday’s lengthy meeting, it appeared the city was close to balancing its expenses and revenues.

Adjustments for (almost) all of God’s creatures

Dr. Helen Beck, one of a growing number of animal chiropractors

RURAL SOLON– As you pull into the driveway of Jake and Helen Beck’s home, a pair of horses trot over to the fence to look you over.
It’s no surprise the equines are there. Horses have been a large part of Helen’s life, and now they make up most of her veterinary practice.
Helen Beck, DVM, provides veterinary care, primarily to horses. She’s also one of a growing number of animal chiropractors providing adjustments to traditional family pets such as dogs and cats, with the background and knowledge to care for almost any of God’s creatures, great or small.