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Solon Economist

Solon school board meeting June 2

SOLON– The regular meeting of the board of education is set for Monday, June 2, in the central office conference room beginning at 5:30 p.m. (Due to a potential June 9 G\girls’ soccer substate final match in Solon, the June board meeting has been moved from June 9. Please note that the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.).

Solon Boys take title

Ferguson and Ham best in all classes to help Spartans win state track meet

DES MOINES– The Solon boy’s track team won its second state team title in the past five years under head coach Mark Sovers this weekend on the blue oval of Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Solon’s 50 points was 7.5 better than runner-up Center Point Urbana’s 42.5. Algona was third with 40, in a tightly-packed team race.

Give your parents a hug

Dalton Ferguson gives his mother Diane a hug as his father Mike waits his turn during the commencement ceremony for Solon High School’s Class of 2014, held Sunday in the high school gymnasium. It was the largest graduating class in the school’s history. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Mehaffey Bridge work underway

Expect delays through the summer

JOHNSON COUNTY– Mehaffey Bridge Road is getting a facelift, and road officials want the public to be prepared.
North Liberty and Johnson County staff members and project engineers hosted an open house at South Slope in North Liberty on Tuesday, May 13, to answer questions about the upcoming roadwork.

51st Solon volunteer firefighters breakfast Sunday, May 25

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department will host its 51st Annual Solon Firefighter’s Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, at the Solon Fire Station, 131 N. Iowa St.
The breakfast is all-you-can-eat and the menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, patty sausage, sliced ham, milk and coffee. Cost is free for preschool children, $4 for children 12 and younger and $6 for adults. For more information, call 319-624-2386.

Friends of St. Bridget’s Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 26

SOLON– The Friends of St. Bridget’s Foundation announces that a Memorial Day Mass for Veterans and deceased loved ones will be offered at St. Bridget’s Cemetery on Monday May 26, at 9 a.m. The church and cemetery are located at 2136 St Bridget’s Road NE, Solon (take Highway 1 to Morse Road.) All are welcome. Please bring your lawn chairs. In case of rain, Mass will be held in the church.

Solon district to host Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast May 23

SOLON– The Solon Community School District will host its 2013-14 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Friday, May 23, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Lakeview Elementary Media Center.
If you have volunteered for the school district during the past school year, please feel free to attend as a token of the district’s gratitude.

Auditorium plans shaping up for September vote

Board continues tweaking

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– In two weeks, everyone should have a much clearer picture of the direction the school board is going with its plans for a new middle school and auditorium.
At least, that’s what Superintendent Sam Miller thinks.
Updated concept drawings and price estimates were presented to the members of the Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) Board of Education last week as they continued preparing a bond issue for consideration by district voters later this year.

Beef Days Committee awards $30,000 in donations

SOLON– Solon Beef Days Committee is proud to announce recipients of this year’s Beef Days donations, which are requested up through February and earmarked each year in April to be given back to the community and surrounding area. The following organizations and activities were chosen on the merit of their projects as this year’s recipients.
Solon Park & Rec. (first and second of three-year commitment):$4,000
Solon Post Grad Scholarships: $2,500.
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor):$1,200.
Solon Spartan Stadium (third of five-year commitment): $2,000.

On to state track meet

Lady Spartans qualify relays and individuals for state

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

MARION– Cold rain and a monster throw stand out after a runner-up finish by Solon’s girls in the May 15 regional track meet in Marion. Solon qualified all seven relays and 10 girls in eight of the 12 individual events for the May 22-24 state track meet in Des Moines.

Boys win six events to claim district title

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist

MARION– The Solon boy’s track team, riding the strength of six first-place finishes, claimed the team title at last week’s district track meet held at Marion.
Team scores:
1. Solon
2. West Dubuque
3. Marion
4. Xavier
5. Wahlert
6. Anamosa
7. Maquoketa
Event champions included:
Shot put: Dalton Ferguson, 59’10;
Discus: Tanner Wymer, 153’10;
200-meter dash: Connor Ham, 22.69;
110-meter high hurdles: Connor Ham, 14.67;
4x100 meter relay: Jordan Wymer, Nate Christensen, Brandon Childs, Connor Ham; 44.57;

Spartans repel Raiders’ attack

Postseason begins next Tuesday

SOLON– The postseason begins Tuesday for the Solon boys varsity soccer team.
The Spartans travel to Davenport Assumption for a Class 2A substate 4 quarterfinal at 5 p.m., with the winner to advance to face Marion Thursday, May 29. The regional final is set for Saturday, May 31, at Central DeWitt.
Solon ended its regular season Tuesday night with a road game against Vinton-Shellsburg. Results were not available at press time.