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February 8th, 2017

No. 2 West Delaware outlasts Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans were within striking distance.
Down seven after the first quarter to undefeated West Delaware, Solon’s varsity boys tied the game up in the second quarter and were trailing by only three heading into the final eight minutes.
But the Hawks poured in 30 points in the final period to pull away from the Spartans Jan. 31 in Solon for a 69-57 win.
“We competed at a very high level versus the No. 2-ranked team in the state,” said Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We had many opportunities to take control of the game, but West Delaware responded as good teams do.”

Lady Spartans win two in a row

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team swept the season series with West Delaware and avenged a loss earlier in the year at Maquoketa with a pair of WaMaC wins last week.
Solon used a 30-17 rebounding edge to push its way past West Delaware, 48-40, on the road Jan. 31, and built a double-digit lead it didn’t relinquish at home against Maquoketa Feb. 3 for a 63-44 victory.
The twin wins pushed the Lady Spartans’ record to 8-12 on the year with a single game on the schedule remaining hosting Mount Vernon Feb. 8.

13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

New leadership at South Slope Co-op

Chuck Deisbeck makes move from Western Iowa to become CEO

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Chuck Deisbeck was called to the telecommunications industry at a young age– when he was just 8 years old to be exact.
Beginning in third grade, he spent many an afternoon rebuilding phones and installing jacks alongside his older brother for a business his father managed.
“We were kind of his hired hands but didn’t get paid,” said Deisbeck, with a laugh. “By eighth grade, I was climbing poles, and running boring machines and backhoes.”

Their aim is true

Spartan team takes 2nd at home tournament, 1st at Hawkeye Downs

Solon Economist
SOLON– Their aim is true.
The Solon Spartan Archery team hosted its second annual tournament Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Solon High School gymnasium, finishing a strong second place and missing first place by only 12 points. Several individual archers were awarded medals in different divisions. 

City mulls impact of TIF rebate for Main Street project

HPR applies for $350,00 to help build “121 on Main”

SOLON– They didn’t say yes, but they didn’t say no.
At a regular meeting Feb. 1, members of the Solon City Council directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen to project the impact of between $125,000 and $200,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) rebates over the span of five budget years for a proposed Main Street development.
The move was in response to a TIF application by HPR Investments LLC seeking $350,000, or 10 percent of the $3.5 million project cost, in assistance for “121 on Main,” a mixed-use two-story building slated to replace three Main Street residences.

J.L. Palmer CPA:

A professional with your security in mind

NORTH LIBERTY– It can happen to anyone– even the experts.
After 20-plus years of experience as a certified professional accountant (CPA), Jennifer L. Palmer wasn’t too shocked when she became a victim of tax return identity theft.
“The bad guys are getting more sophisticated and smarter,” she said. “It’s very lucrative and very organized crime.”
Palmer– who has served the North Liberty community since 1995– said while there’s not much one can do to avoid falling prey to these criminals, there are some precautionary measures to be taken.

22 new Hawkeyes

Hawk Talk

Football signing day has come and gone and the Iowa Hawkeyes filled some needs and got one of the top recruits in the nation.
Iowa needed wide receivers, defensive backs and defensive linemen.
They signed four, maybe five wide receivers; five, maybe six defensive backs and three, maybe four defensive linemen.
Did the Hawks find another Matt VandeBerg?
Matt wasn’t recruited by any DI schools. He was thought to be a gray shirt but started as a freshman. His junior year he led the team with 65 catches.
How about a Josey Jewell?

Alberta M. Burnhardt

Alberta M. Burnhardt, 64, of Solon, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 8, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alberta Burnhardt Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be shared with Alberta’s family at www.gayandciha.com.

Two truths, one lie

Walkin'

Sabra and I attended the annual party for West Branch Communications, the company that publishes this newspaper as well as eight other weekly rags.
I use the word “rag” affectionately. Publisher Jake Krob has done an excellent job of keeping the editorial quality up and the bottom line black on all of his endeavors. This is not an easy task. The editions and mastheads in the archives are proof. Many people have tried and failed at threading all the needles it takes to keep a small community newspaper afloat. Few make it but Krob is one that did.