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Solon Economist

Milli Gilbaugh to read May 17

SOLON– Local writer and artist Milli Gilbaugh will be reading from her short stories Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Public Library as part of a meeting of the local chapter National League of American Pen Women.
The public is welcome to attend.

Spartans finish runner-up at WaMaC track meet

VAN HORNE– The Solon varsity boys track team won five events en route to a runner-up finish at the 16-team WaMaC conference track meet held this past week.
Senior thrower Dalton Ferguson swept the throwing events, winning the shot put with a throw of 56’5 and the discus with a toss of 153 feet. Connor Ham won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.94, the 100-meter dash in 11.49, and the 200-meter dash in 22.58.
Other place winners included :
Discus: Tanner Wymer, fourth, 145’8;
Long jump: Zach Nunemaker, third, 20’1.5;
High jump: Matt Roeder, seventh, 5’10;

Lady Spartans a close third at WaMaC Super Meet

Girls looking ahead

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
VAN HORNE– With 16 teams on the track, the road got tougher for Solon’s girls track team at the WaMaC Super Meet May 8. The top three schools were separated by just eight points, and now set their sights on regional qualifying, and eventually, the state track meet May 22-24 in Des Moines.
Earlier in the week, the Spartans earned another team title, at the Monticello Invitational. With the conference competition, though, the stakes get higher.

Solon all-star/alumni basketball game June 8

SOLON– The Solon high school boys’ basketball program with hold an all-star/alumni game fundraising event on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Solon High School gymnasium. Requested donation is $5. All proceeds will go toward the boys’ basketball program.

Spartans fall to No. 8 Central DeWitt

Solon boys shut out Maquoketa, Williamsburg

SOLON– The Spartans ran into trouble against No. 8 Central DeWitt last week on the road.
Although Solon was in control for a good portion of the game, a late penalty in the box gave Central DeWitt’s Keegan Lass a free shot which he converted to break a 1-1 tie.
“We played well being short handed due to the conference track meet and against a good and ranked opponent,” said head coach Jeremy McMurrin of the 2-1 loss. “We worked hard to get the lead and deserved to get the win. Unfortunately we were unable to do that due to things we didn’t have any control over after we took the lead.”

Former mayor to continue role as city administrator

City hires Rasmussen for one-year deal

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The City of Solon didn’t have to look very far for a new city administrator.
Former mayor Cami Rasmussen has entered into an employment agreement with the city to serve as city administrator for a term of one year.
According to acting mayor Steve Stange, the move assures continuity for city operations and stability for the city budget. At the end of the one-year agreement, the position will be advertised and a long term candidate will be sought, Stange said.
For now, however, the move buys the city some time.

Give us a kiss

Lakeview Elementary Principal Jodi Rickels smooched a pig at an assembly Friday, May 2, after losing a bet with Lakeview students who went “hog wild” about reading. Students were challenged to complete a variety of reading activities, log their participation and turn their documentation to force Rickels to kiss a pig. After an announcement that Mrs. Rickels had hidden some reading reports in her office, the final tally favored the student body, and Rickels was obliged to pucker up. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Advocates select Brannaman and Bark as Seniors of the Year

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ recipients of the 2014 Senior of the Year award are Rita Brannaman and Fred Bark. Both Rita and Fred have given their time, energy and resources to the betterment of the community and are well deserving of this yearly award.
Senior of the Year was first awarded in 2006 to Jack Neuzil. In the following years, recipients included Wayne Croy, Milt Hunt, Pat Ikan, Marie Kroul, Elaine Reynolds and Bev Noska, Anna McAtee and Jean and Bob Stinocher.

All-star/alumni game June 8 to raise funds for basketball program

SOLON– The Solon high school boys’ basketball program with hold an all-star/alumni game fundraising event on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Solon High School gymnasium. Requested donation is $5. All proceeds will go toward the boys’ basketball program.

DNR to hold Solon water quality monitoring workshop June 7

IOWA CITY– IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an introductory IOWATER Workshop on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. During the one-day workshop classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers and lakes.
IOWATER emphasizes a perspective based on the watershed, or the area of land that drains into a body of water, and what citizens can do to protect and improve local water bodies.

Banner year for Solon Middle School show choirs

SOLON– Congratulations to the Solon Middle School show choirs on a successful competition season.

Lady Spartans fall to No. 1 Assumption, beat Mustangs

MOUNT VERNON– Friday’s 5-2 win against the Mount Vernon Mustangs boosted Solon’s Lady Spartans to a 6-1 varsity soccer record.
Once again the girls proved that hard work and great coaching are the key to a winning season. Seniors Anna Seydel and Brianna Pike and freshman Josie Durr scored a goal each with junior Emma Moss bringing home two goals.
Seydel and Durr each had an assist, as did Jade Flansburg, while Ali Herdliska had two.