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Solon Economist

Spartans tackle CR Kennedy after doubleheader sweep at Maquoketa

SOLON– The Solon varsity baseball team bounced back from a sweep at the hands of Western Dubuque to take two games from the Maquoketa Cardinals July 8 in Maquoketa.
The Spartans won 5-2 and 10-3 to move to 17-16 on the season.
The Cardinals built a 2-0 lead that held up through six innings, but Solon erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh to take control in the first game.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION has begun and lasts through the first week in August. All pre-K thru fifth grade Solon students should have brought home a registration form. Pre-k through fourth graders may register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/. More registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website or may be picked up at City Hall. Games will be on Monday nights for Pre-k through fourth grade and Tuesday nights for fifth-sixth grade. The coaches meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon City Hall.

Snipes resigns from city council seat

Former member may be tapped to fill in until November election

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is short one member, again.
At a July 7 meeting, council members accepted the resignation of Dale Snipes, and voted to appoint an interim successor.
That replacement may be former council member Ron Herdliska, the person Snipes replaced in February of 2015.
During the July 7 meeting, Mayor Steve Stange announced the council vacancy and suggested Herdliska as a possible solution.

Sign up for Co-ed Kickball Tournament at Solon Beef Days

SOLON– Join the annual Solon Beef Days Co-ed Kickball Tournament on Saturday, July 16, starting at noon. The entry fee is $100. Please contact Carl Stahle at 563-370-7512 to sign up a team.

Football team hosts car wash after Parade, July 16

SOLON– The Solon High School football team will host a car wash following the Solon Beef Days Parade on Saturday, July 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bridge Community Bank parking lot. Proceeds will be used to support the 2016 Solon High School football program.

Hearings July 26 for proposed Lake Macbride beach alcohol ban

DES MOINES– Two public hearings are scheduled to accept public comment on a proposed rule to ban alcohol on the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area.

Board drops Ames firm; new CM hired

Local oversight of construction projects to save thousands

SOLON– It’s a move that could save the school district up to $250,000.
At a special meeting Wednesday, June 29, the members of the Solon Community School District’s Board of Education voted to terminate its contract for construction manager services with Story Construction of Ames.
Instead, the district will move forward with its middle school and auditorium projects utilizing the Iowa City firm McComas-Lacina Construction.
According to Solon Superintendent Davis Eidahl, it’s a change the district has been considering for months.

Senior Advocates heading to Sally’s on Broadway July 21

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ next Restaurant Road Trip is to Sally’s on Broadway in Springville on Thursday, July 21, leaving from Terrace Lane Glen at 4 p.m. The Advocates will also be celebrating Doris Divoky’s birthday. Call 624-2710 for reservations. Twenty-one seniors dined at the Hale Tap on Wednesday, June 29.

July 17 field day explores handing farm to next generation

SOLON— Many farm transfer stories fall into one of two categories: transfers occurring within a family, or those involving a sale to an unrelated stranger. The dearth of other farm transfer models was both a challenge – and an opportunity – for beginning farmer Carmen Black and her farm mentor, long-time vegetable producer Susan Jutz, as they worked on their plan to transfer Susan’s farm to Carmen.

The final word

73-year-old Air Corps report sheds light on Pavel brother’s disappearance

MASSILLON– On May 29, 1943, a United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) B-24D heavy bomber disappeared off the coast of California during a routine training mission. Ten men were on the plane, including Second Lt. Paul Pavel of Solon, the pilot. Pavel’s plane was the 10th in a 10-plane group flying from Marysville, Calif., located in the northern part of the state. The planes took off 15 minutes apart and were to fly to a rendezvous point 140 nautical miles out to sea. Pavel’s plane never made it to the rendezvous point.

Lady Spartans host semifinal July 8

Girls close out with sweep of Western Dubuque, split at Ottumwa tournament

OTTUMWA– The Solon varsity softball team ended its regular season 29-9 after splitting a pair of games at a weekend tournament in Ottumwa.
The Lady Spartans defeated No. 8 (4A) Fairfield, 4-3, then fell in six innings to unranked Southeast Polk, 3-1.

Spartans split with Williamsburg and Benton Community

Linderbaum walk-off grand slam wins it against Raiders

SOLON– A grand slam by sophomore Tyler Linderbaum in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Solon Spartans a walk-off victory against Williamsburg June 29 in Solon.
Powered by Linderbaum’s homer, the Spartans stole a 14-10 win from the Raiders and earned a doubleheader split. The Raiders defeated Solon, 5-2, in the other half of the twin bill.
Linderbaum finished the win with a double, a home run and six RBI to lead the team.
The Spartans started the game in the hole, trailing 8-1 at the end of four innings, but came alive in the bottom of the fifth for seven runs to tie the game.