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Solon Economist

Spartans off to 2-0 start

Solon wins at Western Dubuque and hosting CP-U

SOLON– It was a hard-fought win to open the season.
Solon’s varsity basketball team traveled last week to Western Dubuque at Epworth and came away with a 59-52 win.
“We expected a pretty good punch and we got it,” said head coach Brad Randall of the road win. Led by junior Spencer Haldeman, Western Dubuque came into the game highly regarded, Randall said, but the 2013-14 Solon squad proved troublesome for the Epworth team’s offense.

First win for girls comes against Demons

Alex Henry 3-pointer gives Lady Spartans the lead with 5 seconds

SOLON– The Lady Spartans earned their first victory of the young basketball season after a clutch Alex Henry 3-pointer completed a comeback win against the Washington Demons Saturday, 47-46.
Solon improved to 1-3, and the win helped erase the bad taste from the previous evening when the Lady Spartans let a fourth quarter lead slip away against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).

Wrestlers win ‘em all at Cascade duals

CASCADE– The Solon varsity wrestlers opened their season with a sweep at the Cascade dual tournament held Friday, Dec. 6.
“Great start to the year,” commented head coach Brooks McLaren. “The kids performed well in the first competition of the year.”
Louis Gnida had four pins at 120 pounds, freshman Trevor Nelson (152) finished the meet undefeated with three pins. Cole Fritz (138) and Danny Whitmore (182) finished undefeated.

Let there be lights!

Report says Hwy 1 traffic would benefit from signal

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The City of Solon got something it had wanted for a long time, and right before Christmas, too.
The possibility of a traffic light to stop vehicles on Highway 1 at one of Solon’s busiest intersections.

Make new friends, and keep the old

Familiar face returns to put new shine on Solon’s Old Gold Dining

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Ely resident Duane McAtee has served people much of his life.
Therefore, it’s not a big surprise that he has returned to Solon’s senior dining program as site manager; but to most, it is a blessing.
Solon’s Old Gold Dining program has been offering meals to the area’s senior residents for 33 years. Today, people aged 60 and up can get a hot meal for the price of a free-will donation, five days a week. The meals are served at Solon United Methodist Church fellowship hall, or delivered to homebound residents upon request.

St. Bridget’s Christmas party Sunday, Dec. 8

SOLON– St. Bridget’s will host an open house and Christmas party on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, at the historic St. Bridget’s Church built in 1894. The church is located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, Solon. The church will open at 1:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m., the West Branch Community Chorus will provide Christmas music followed by a visit from Santa. Everyone is welcome to attend the free concert, refreshments and hospitality. For information, please contact John Wall, 319-643-5495. 

St. Mary cookie walk set for Sunday, Dec. 8

SOLON– The annual St. Mary of Solon cookie walk will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon in the St. Mary Catholic Church hall at 1749 Racine Ave.
There will be a variety of cookies and candy and even some homemade pies to choose from.
Shoppers can walk the aisles choosing their favorites. The price will remain at $5 per pound for cookies and candy; pies will be sold per whole pie. Everyone is welcome.

The Dock asks for a second date

SOLON– The owners of the Dock want you to take a second look.
John and Kristen Ahlf opened the restaurant at 101 Windflower Ln., in June with the intent of providing a dining experience to satisfy the most refined tastes.
“The reviews were about 60-40,” said John Ahlf, referring to the comments several early customers posted online; sixty percent being positive, and the rest, not so much. “We read every single comment, good and bad.”
That’s what inspired the Ahlfs to make changes to the restaurant’s décor, menu and staff.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Wednesday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 with questions or reservation.

Solon UMC Family Life Center to host blood drive on Dec. 19

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center inside the gymnasium at 122 N. Iowa St., Solon.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or rickhavel@gmail.com; or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

School board looks at building options

Concept for middle school configuration appears elusive

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– What would it look like?
The members of the Solon school board began investigating more refined options for a possible multi-million dollar building project last week during a work session Monday, Nov. 25.
Board members visited with architect John Darveau of the architectural firm Struxture to consider two concepts for a new middle school as well as additional wings to the high school.

Lady Spartans drop opener

DeWITT– The Lady Spartans were cold and the Sabers were hot.
Solon’s girls’ basketball team dropped to 0-1 on the young season with a loss on the road at Central DeWitt, 58-39.
“We missed our first 12 shots and dug quite a hole,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol.
Central DeWitt jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead and had doubled up the Lady Spartans 35-16 at the half. The third and fourth quarters were even with each team putting up 23 points.