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Solon Economist

2014-15 school year to start early

Last year’s decision overturned by board

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist


Classes for the 2014-2015 school year will now start Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, with graduation Sunday, May 17, 2015.


SOLON– If you started planning for the Solon school district’s 2015 graduation last year, you might want to update your plans.
On a 3-2 vote, the members of the Solon school board have adopted a new calendar for the 2014-2015 year, changing both the start of classes and commencement for seniors.
School will now start Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, with graduation Sunday, May 17, 2015.

City weathers a trying winter

Public works staff deals with 40 inches of snow, freezing wastewater plant

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– As the city dealt with the effects of an oscillating polar vortex and 42 snow events, the Feb. 19 city council meeting provided evidence of how a small town dealt with extreme weather.

Rural Solon development approved

County OKs plat despite neighbors’ opposition

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Despite public objections and petitioning neighbors, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plat for an eight-home subdivision just west of Solon.

Dance, Dance, Dance

UI Dance Marathon raises record-breaking $1.8 million

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Feb. 7 raised $1,801,032.20– $300,000 more than last year and the largest amount in the event’s history.
“Every day is a great day to be a Hawkeye, but today is especially a great day… a big win over Michigan and an amazing Dance Marathon toteboard,” UI Dean of Students David Grady said in a congratulatory note to the event’s organizers.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K March 8

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. beginning at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.
This is an “off-the-grid race” full of hills, creeks, hay bales and natural and manmade obstacles. Water and refreshments will be provided at the finish line.

Ely Rotary to host soup supper March 8

ELY– Gateway Rotary Club is hosting a chili/chicken noodle soup supper from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. It will be held at the legion hall in downtown Ely.
This a fundraising project for various programs at College Community schools, especially at Prairie Edge and Prairie Woods facilities. There will be live entertainment provided by Shima Country Sounds, and a bake sale supplied by local residents.
The cost is $5 per person and children under 5 are free.
Questions can be directed to Brad Buchanan at 319-560-8075.

First Presbyterian near Ely to hold March 2 celebration

ELY– First Presbyterian Church near Ely has a tradition of celebrating on the Sunday preceding the beginning of Lent. In the past they have celebrated with polka, bluegrass or jazz bands, as well as individual musicians performing during worship.
On Sunday, March 2, the church invites friends and neighbors to celebrate with them, starting with a pancake and sausage breakfast prepared and served by the church youth group from 8 until 9:15 a.m. (free-will donation).

Champion

Lance Evans caps an undefeated season with Solon’s third state wrestling title

Lance Evans is a champion.

The Solon senior won the Class 2A 220-pound title at the Iowa high school wrestling tournament over the weekend.
He became the third Solon wrestler to do so, joining Randy Beranek and Cody Kroul, according to Solon Activities Director Keith McSweeney.
And he did it without a single loss, completing the season 31-0.
“It is very impressive to go through the entire year undefeated,” said Solon wrestling head coach Brooks McLaren. “In the last two years, he has only lost two high school matches.”

Spartans trounce South Tama

Three in a row for Solon boys

SOLON– The Spartans will have a chance for their 11th consecutive district title Thursday when they face Benton Community at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.
Solon’s boys defeated South Tama 82-36 in a District 10 semifinal Monday, Feb. 24, at Van Horne to set up the showdown with the Bobcats, who came from behind to defeat Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in overtime.
Solon had its own close call with CCA Friday, Feb. 21, in a makeup game against the Clippers in Tiffin. The Spartans edged away with a 68-62 win to end the regular season on a winning note.

Season’s end

Lady Spartans fall to North Scott after defeating Maquoketa in first round

ELDRIDGE– The season came to an end for the Lady Spartans over the weekend, but not without a valiant effort.
Solon’s girls fell to North Scott in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal Saturday at Eldridge, 63-51.
After falling behind by 13 points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans played the Lancers evenly the rest of the way.

Solon Booster Club “Celebration of School Athletics” Feb. 28

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club is holding its first annual “Celebration of Solon Athletics” on Friday, Feb. 28, at Lake Macbride Golf Course. Tickets for the event are $25 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Solon Athletic Booster Club in support of Solon High School and Middle School athletics.
The schedule for the evening will be as follows:
6 p.m.: Doors open (cash bar available to patrons);
7 p.m.: Dinner: (roast beef or chicken, potatoes, and salad);
Entertainment: Solon Jazz Band performance (pre-dinner and dinner);

Ely Rotary chili/chicken noodle soup supper March 8

ELY– Gateway Rotary Club is hosting a chili/chicken noodle soup supper from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. It will be held at the legion hall in downtown Ely.
This a fundraising project for various programs at College Community schools, especially at Prairie Edge and Prairie Woods facilities. There will be live entertainment provided by Shima Country Sounds, and a bake sale supplied by local residents.
The cost is $5 per person and children under 5 are free.
Questions can be directed to Brad Buchanan at 319-560-8075.