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Solon Economist

Six Spartans earn WaMaC soccer honors

West and Doyle First Team picks

Solon Economist
SOLON– Six Solon Spartans earned spots on the 2015 WaMaC East Division All-Conference Boys Soccer rosters. The annual selections were released on Thursday, June 11, with Andrew West and Dylan Doyle named to the First Team.
West, a senior, started in all 19 games this season and was credited with one assist. In addition he made one of two Penalty Kick (PK) attempts. Doyle, a junior, started in 18 of 19 games and put in a dozen goals for Solon with three assists.

Over budget, but underway

SCSD approves bid packages for new middle school and fine arts addition

SOLON– Sure, the cost might be more than they thought, but the end result will be well worth it, according to Solon school board members.
The board unanimously approved recommended bid packages, plus several alternates, for the new middle school and fine arts addition at a special meeting Monday, June 15.
The price tag is expected to be a little over $27 million, approximately $1.5 million over the $25.5 million dollar bond the community approved last year.
Vice President Rick Jedlicka wasn’t worried about the extra cost, however.

Second well in need of shock therapy

Council authorizes cost of treatment

SOLON– Solon hasn’t had the best of luck with its city wells.
So it might just start planning for bad luck.
In an attempt to get the municipal water supply back to full strength prior to painting the water tower, city council members last week authorized a $15,650 chemical treatment for city well No. 2.

Lake Macbride State Park beach to close daily at 6 p.m.

Recent fights, rowdy behavior prompt action by DNR officials

SOLON– The beach at Lake Macbride State Park will be closing daily at 6 p.m. until further notice.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced last week the new hours would take effect Friday, June 19.
The reduced hours come in the wake of two large fights that occurred at the beach Monday, June 8, and Sunday, June 14.
According to DNR Public Information Officer Kevin Baskins, Sunday’s incident apparently started at about 6 p.m. between two men in the beach restroom. The altercation spilled out onto the grass outside where 15 to 20 people became involved.

Spectacular fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4; boat parade at 4 PM

SOLON– The public is invited to see the fireworks over Lake Macbride on Saturday, July 4, with the show beginning at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Public support for the event is greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Mark Ramsey at 1598 Spartan Ct. NE, Solon, IA 52333. Checks should be made payable to Fireworks Fund. This is a Cottage Reserve-sponsored night. The Solon Beef Days Committee has provided assistance with expenses.

Solon RAGBRAI 2015 Committee meeting Monday, June 29

SOLON– The Solon RAGBRAI 2015 Committee will meet Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
If your local organization would like to have a vendor booth during RAGBRAI’s Solon pass-through Friday, July 24, please contact city hall at 624-3755.

Methodist Church to host blood drive June 27 at Family Life Center

 SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. To make an appointment to donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Shueyville to host blood drive July 23

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Shueyville Community Center inside the gym.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

The high cost of living

Solon eighth graders learn how to balance their personal budgets at financial literacy event

SOLON– It’s never too early to learn how to budget, save, and plan accordingly for the future.

Lady Spartans win 10th in a row

Solon softball team runs the table at Fort Dodge tourney

SOLON– Since a road defeat to No. 1 Benton Community, the Solon varsity softball team has rattled off 10 victories in a row.
The 3A second-ranked Lady Spartans won a two-day tournament against ranked opponents in Fort Dodge over the weekend and fended off upset bids at home against West Delaware and 3A No. 5 Center Point-Urbana in the week prior.
At Fort Dodge, Solon defeated 2A No. 7 North Union (13-0), Atlantic (4-0), 5A No. 9 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic (1-0) and 4A No. 5 Fort Dodge (12-3) to run the table.
Solon outscored its opponents at the tournament, 30-3.

SHS students take a rip at the zip

National Guard brings portable zip-line to Solon High School

SOLON– National Guard recruiter Brandon Keeler enjoys coming to Solon.
“They’re highly competitive at that school,” Keeler said.
For almost 10 years, Keeler has been visiting 15 area schools and community colleges representing the National Guard and promoting physical fitness with a variety of activities and equipment.
He spent Monday, April 27, at Solon High School commandeering the physical education classes and offering students a chance to try out the Guard’s portable freestanding zip-line.

Spartans sweep South Tama on the road

SOUTH TAMA– The Solon varsity baseball team improved to 10-9 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of South Tama June 18.
The Spartans found their offense against the Trojans with 21 hits and 21 runs.
Solon scored six runs in the first two innings of a 10-0 win and cranked out 11 runs in four innings for an 11-1 victory and the sweep.
Both games lasted only five innings.
Senior Ty Appleget was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out four and allowing no hits in four innings of work. Freshman Ryne Schooley pitched a single scoreless inning with one strikeout and one hit.