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WaMaC last week; state qualifier Thursday for Solon boys

MANCHESTER– Solon’s boys hit seventh place in the Oct. 17 WaMaC cross country conference standings. They look now at the state qualifying meet, this week (Thursday, Oct. 24) at home.

Girls 2nd at WaMac XC meet

Lady Spartans host regional qualifier Oct. 24

MANCHESTER– With a runner-up finish in the 14-team WaMaC Conference cross country meet, Solon’s girls now take aim at their second season… the regional qualifier and, hopefully, a box on the starting line at the Nov. 2 Iowa girls high school state meet.

Meet the candidates

Four candidates for two seats on Solon City Council

SOLON– Eligible voters in the City of Solon will have their choice of council representatives in November.
Four candidates, including one incumbent, are vying for four-year terms on the Solon City Council.
The two Solon City Council seats occupied by Mark Prentice and Shawn Mercer will have their terms come to an end at the end of the year. Mercer is seeking re-election, joined on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot by John D. Farlinger, Daniel P. O'Neil and Kevin Samek.

Gabbard: The cost of war is too high

POTUS hopeful makes quick stop by the lake

SOLON– When Paul Julius went to his first caucus, he showed up not knowing who Barack Obama was, and ended up in Obama’s camp.
“That was a really proud moment,” he said. “Yes! It started here in Iowa– that kind of got his name out.
“This sort of had the same feeling,” he said of hosting presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D- Hawaii) Oct. 9 in the backyard of his rural Solon home. “I did something I believe in, and even though it was small, it’s what I could do.”

Legion helps heroes with hunt

SOLON– After Don Erusha’s passing in March, his son Mike asked Solon American Legion Past Commander Jim Leland’s help in finding two disabled veterans interested in an antelope hunt in Wyoming.
Mike Erusha, a resident of Wyoming, is part of the organization “Hunting with Heroes Wyoming” which honors disabled veterans with an all-expense paid, guided antelope hunt out of Casper, Wyo.
“I found two very qualified veterans that fit the bill,” Leland said.

Spartans lead Class 3A District 6

Six weeks in, Solon on top

MOUNT PLEASANT– Almost to the beckoning of the machine shed mantra south of Solon on Highway 1, the Solon Spartans football team de-pounced the Panthers, at the Mapleleaf Complex in Mount Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 11, in grand fashion, to the tune of 35-14, remaining unbeaten through week seven of the season and claiming its 36th consecutive regular season win.

Lady Spartans notch conference win

Solon takes 3-2 win from Central DeWitt

DeWITT– Either way, one team was going to pick up its first divisional conference win.
That team was Solon.
The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball team moved to 13-16 on the season and picked up its first WaMaC East Division win of the season at Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 10.
But it didn’t come easily.
It took five sets to overcome the Sabers (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 19-25, 15-11). Statistics were not available at press time.

Boys 6th at North Linn, postseason ahead

TROY MILLS– Going into postseason runs, Solon’s boys notched a sixth-place finish among 16 teams at the 2019 North Linn invitational cross country meet, Oct. 12. “It was an amazing meet for the whole Solon cross country team. Almost every runner had season best times,” reviewed head coach Emy Williams. “We looked strong and really competed.”

Girls third over Hillcrest hills

KALONA– There is a reason most noise at cross country meets comes near the finish line. That’s where the crowd is! As runners close in on 5,000 meters, the fans want to see their finish.
Sure, Mid-Prairie’s top ranked– and Future Hall of Famer– Marie Hostletler is going to win by more than a minute each time out. However, the excitement builds as the next 10, 50 or 100 girls fight for position. Solon’s girls provided a couple such moments, at the Hillcrest Academy Invite, October 7.

Old Gold Dining to host fourth grade class

Dining program looking for more seniors to join them for lunch

Old Gold Dining will be hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. There are usually 23 students that come. We would like to have at least one Senior Citizen for each student. Non seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $4.00 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to join us for this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservation. We serve lunch at 11:30, so plan to arrive by 11:15. The class scheduled to come this month is Ms. McAtee, 4B.

Races set for council, school election

Plenty of candidates this time around

SOLON– There was a time when you had to find someone to run for an open seat on the school board or city council.
Not this year.
This year, there are six candidates for two open seats on the Solon Community School District Board of Education and four candidates for two seats on the Solon City Council. All terms are for four years.
In both cases, an incumbent declined to seek re-election.
In the case of the school board, Jim Hauer won’t be running. For city council, Mark Prentice won’t be on the ballot.
But there’s still a crowded field, including an incumbent in each race.

New software program approved for water, wastewater

Council authorizes $19,000 for start-up and subscription

SOLON– Dave Richards placed a huge three-ring binder stuffed full of pages onto the table.
“That’s 2018 just for the sewer plant,” Richards explained.
Inside the binder were the monthly reports for Solon’s wastewater treatment facility, which Richards oversees.
The stack of reports was on display at an Oct. 4 city council meeting where Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe proposed a new cloud-based software program, WaterTrax, to reduce the time his employees spend managing reporting requirements.