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Solon Economist

Lexie Cass selected as National American Miss Teen Iowa state finalist

SOLON— Lexie Cass, the 17-year-old daughter of Marvin and Rhonda Cass of Solon, was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Teen Iowa Pageant to be held July 8-9, at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Waterloo. The pageant is held for girls ages 16-18.

Lady Spartans make their mark at Drake Relays

Durr third in high jump, 4x4 breaks school record again

DES MOINES– Weather and track conditions were consistent through the weekend at the Drake Relays; cold, wet and windy. Solon’s girls responded, though, with highlight performances and others which still kept them near the top of the state’s high school track finishes, as they now head into their 2017 homestretch.
Drake is a late-season pause in the high school regular season. Top Iowa high school track and field performances share the limelight with regional and national college/university competition, special international elite events and Olympic rematches.

Spartans 2nd at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The old adage held true, in Iowa you can feel every season in a week.
Teeth were chattering, blankets abounded, stocking caps and mittens were worn and the sun shown brightly as the Spartan boys and Lady Spartans took to the oval at Tiffin’s Clear Creek Amana High School to compete in track and field events Thursday, April 27, as part of the Pacha Relays.

Lady Spartans first at CP-U, CCA meets

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

In the wake of the 2017 Drake Relays and results already posted from some of the big meets this spring, here is a quick ‘catch up’ with the Lady Spartans progress over the last three weeks.

Stormin’ Pointer Invitational, April 24
CENTER POINT– It was a two-team race between the host school and Solon, with the Lady Spartans racking up 144 team points for the crown. Host Center Point-Urbana was next with 100. Maquoketa Valley (57) led the rest of the 10-school, 3A-2A field.

Spartans fifth at Maquoketa Valley’s Wildcat Relays

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
DELHI– Heading the Solon Spartans’ TeamSnap homepage is the phrase, “Little things that chain together to create a moment.”
The Spartans are starting to link successes together and build on performance. It has been the team goal and Coach Mark Sovers’ resonating theme from the onset of the season, and he hopes to capitalize on this belief heading toward championship season.

Lady Spartans defeat W. Dubuque, Mt. Vernon

SOLON– Solon’s varsity girls moved to 8-3 on the season with a pair of convincing home soccer wins last week.
The Lady Spartans, ranked No. 11 in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, defeated Western Dubuque 3-0 on April 25 and downed the Mount Vernon Mustangs 4-1 in soggy conditions April 28.
Senior Josie Durr accounted for all of Solon’s goals in the two matches to give her 47 for the season, according to online statistics.

Spartans lose close one to Regals

Special council election set for May 30

Lauren Whitehead and Dale Snipes say they will run

SOLON– There will be at least two candidates for the special city council election Tuesday, May 30.
Both Dale Snipes, appointed April 5 to fill a seat vacated by longtime council member Mark Krall, and Lauren Whitehead, who had also applied for the position, plan to appear on the ballot.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate has until Friday, May 5, to submit the appropriate paperwork to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Ten signatures are required for the nomination petition.

Mayor responds to charges of special treatment

SOLON– Mayor Steve Stange said he did nothing wrong.
At the conclusion of a lengthy and at times contentious council meeting April 19, Stange took time during his mayor’s comments to address the sale of his home to developers for a Main Street project.
“I’m tired of being accused of doing things inappropriately,” Stange said. “It’s to the point where I’ve just had enough.”
Last February or March, Stange said, he was approached by Mark Pattison about the possible sale of his home at 131 W. Main St.

Townsley named Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year

SOLON– Matt Townsley, director of instruction and technology for the Solon Community School District, was named the 2017 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).

Chandler Johnson 3 on 3 soccer tournament fundraiser April 30

SOLON– A three-on-three soccer tournament Sunday, April 30, will serve as a fundraiser for the family of Solon student Chandler Johnson.
Solon FCA will host the tournament at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, with a rain date to be determined.
The event will begin with a speaker at noon, followed by games at around 12:30 p.m. Expect to come as a team around 11:30 a.m.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.