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Solon Economist

Spartans are WaMaC champs

Boys and girls show depth at conference meet in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Another big meet? Another near sweep for Solon’s cross country program, and an individual championship for senior Kiersten Conway, at the Thursday, Oct. 15, WaMaC meet in Williamsburg.

Solon 2-2 at WaMaC tournament

Spartans push No. 13 Indee to brink

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team gave Independence a run for its money.
Facing the No. 13 (3A) Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the WaMaC Conference Tournament in Mount Vernon Oct. 15, the Spartans grabbed a thrilling 26-24 win in the first game, but couldn’t push past to the semifinals.
Independence rebounded to take the second game 25-22, and knocked Solon out of the tourney with a 15-8 third-set victory. The following semifinal pitted Mustang against Mustang, and Independence ran into the buzzsaw that is third-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon, the eventual conference champ.

Spartans host Oelwein Friday for 2nd round football playoff

Run-heavy Huskies to challenge Solon defense

SOLON– The Spartans’ Friday, Oct. 23, foe was determined Friday, Oct. 16, as the Oelwein Huskies smacked the South Tama Trojans, 42-28, advancing to compete against Solon following the Spartan’s first-round bye.
Oelwein, 3-5 following the victory, got a late start trailing in the first, 14-0, but came back scoring 14 in each of the three remaining quarters to wrest the victory from South Tama.

Derecho damage spurs safety improvements

School board considers parent proposal for varsity baseball field

SOLON– When the Aug. 10 derecho hit Solon, school board president Tim Brown was shocked the varsity baseball dugouts at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) weren’t blown over.
“There are posts that are rotted through and not connected to the ground,” Brown commented. “How that stood up, I have no idea.”
The baseball diamond did sustain damage, and school board members discussed piggybacking repairs with a parent-driven improvement project during an Oct. 15 board meeting.

Paving waived for Brotherton Ridge

Small subdivision on gravel can defer until further development

SOLON– Just one more thing.
An overlooked variance for Brotherton Ridge Part Two placed the small subdivision back on the agenda for the Solon City Council at an Oct. 7 meeting.
Council members approved a final plat for the proposed development and a conditional use request by Mike Bails for a shop house (“shouse”) at 1809 Racine Ave. during a Sept. 16 session.
Left out was consideration of a request to delay paving the driveways for the three residential lots.

City reluctantly broadens short-term rental law

Council Oks raft of changes to city code

SOLON– It was time for some fall housekeeping for Solon’s Code of Ordinances.
At an Oct. 7 meeting, Solon City Council members approved numerous updates to existing laws, added new regulations for solar energy users and adapted to recent mandates by the Iowa Legislature.
Specifically, the city adopted 2015 international building and fire codes, created new rules to allow for ground and roof solar arrays, and struck language limiting short-term rentals to commercially-zoned areas.

Solon Legion fundraiser feeds foundation

SOLON– It’s a gift that keeps giving.
Over the last two years, Solon American Legion Stinocher Post 460’s annual golf outing raised $11,500 for the Iowa American Legion Foundation.
The local Legion presented a $6,000 check to the foundation during a Sunday, Sept. 27, ceremony in Solon, and the foundation used the occasion to hand out awards to District 1 recipients, including the Solon Firefighters Association.

Successful Solon Centennial Lions Shopping Days

SOLON¬– Using funds from a Lions Clubs International Emergency Relief Grant, the Solon Centennial Lions Club partnered with Sam’s Main Street Market to distribute $7,000 worth of perishable groceries to the Solon Community.

Spartans take all four races at North Linn

Boys edge Marion with fifth runner Girls pack five scoring runners in the top 15

TROY MILLS– Twin wins– no, make that four– on Saturday sent Solon’s cross country teams into the postseason on a high note. In a battle of Class 3A leaders, No. 4 Solon’s boys edged No. 2 Marion 45-47 for the North Linn Invitational title Saturday, Oct. 10. Second-ranked (2A) Tipton was third, with sixth-ranked (2A) Williamsburg fourth.

Spartans score home conference win over Maquoketa, 3-0

Girls earn first win in three tries against CPU

SOLON– It was nip and tuck, but Solon’s varsity volleyball team took care of a pesky Maquoketa squad 3-0 at home Oct. 6.
The Spartans edged by the Cardinals, 25-22, 25-23, 27-25.
“We played good enough to win,” noted Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker. “The girls knew that and brought it up afterward, so they are seeing the level of their play and that they need to raise it.”

City addresses community center costs

COVID a drag on recreation revenue

Not a bright future

SOLON The city is committed to its recreation programing.
But deficit spending due to utility costs for the Solon Community Center cannot be allowed to eat holes in whats expected to be a tight upcoming budget.
Solons City Council sat down for a special work session Sept. 30 at the request of Mayor Steve Stange to discuss the future of the community center, and how to rein in costs over the next two years.

Counselors respond to COVID

Anxiety among students and staff a focus in pandemic school year

SOLON– Things are different, and that causes anxiety.
Recognizing stress and dedicating class time to talk about school in a pandemic world are some of the steps taken by guidance counselors to deal with the emotional well-being of students and staff in the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
If a student feels unwell emotionally or mentally, overall wellness will decrease and school performance goes down, observed elementary counselor Megan Amundson at a Sept. 17 board of education meeting.