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Solon Economist

Trapshooting team can drive March 22

SOLON– The Solon Spartan trapshooting team will hold a can drive at the Solon fire station on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will help with operating costs (targets, registration, etc.). For questions or pickup call 319-624-2825.

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.

County to increase property taxes for 2014-15

Conservation to spend on trails; JECC budget set to decrease

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County residents will likely see an increase in their tax bills in the upcoming year, albeit a modest one.
The county Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget on Feb. 25. With more than $97 million in anticipated expenditures, the overall tax levy will raise just one-half of one cent over last year’s levy for city residents, to $6.67 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Shueyville UMC Pancake Supper March 28  

SHUEYVILLE– United Methodist Men’s group from Shueyville will sponsor a pancake supper on Friday, March 28, from 5 until 7 p.m. The public is invited to join them for the annual Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper to benefit mission activities at home and around the world. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. 
All-you-can-eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns and beverage. 
The cost for adults is $6, for children ages 3 to 12 $3, under 3 free.

Solon Public Library

Move over (or up) classic sci-fi

Synergy and Affinity middle school show choirs triumph at Marion invitational

MARION– It was a great night for Solon Middle School show choir Friday night, Feb. 28, at the first-ever Marion Masquerade Show Choir Invitational. Solon Affinity took first place in the Prep Division and Solon Synergy won the Grand Championship, being named top show choir in the nine-team field. In addition, Synergy swept the caption awards– winning Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, Best Female Soloist (Ellie Hawkins) and Affinity’s Jude Johnson was named Best Male Soloist. This was Synergy’s second Grand Championship of the season.

Bobcats take title from Spartans

Solon sends Benton Community to free throw line 43 times in 72-63 loss

CEDAR RAPIDS– Two statistics say a lot about Solon’s showdown with Benton Community for the District 10 title Feb. 27.
The Spartans were called for 30 fouls, Benton Community 11.
And the Bobcats went to the free throw line 43 times, compared to 12 attempts for Solon.
That 27-6 advantage in points at the charity stripe went a long way in Solon’s 72-63 loss at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
“We just fouled too much,” said head coach Brand Randall.
The defeat not only ended the season for Solon’s boys, but also marked the final game for seven seniors and long-time basketball coach Randall.

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.