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Solon Economist

Season’s end

Lady Spartans fall to North Scott after defeating Maquoketa in first round

ELDRIDGE– The season came to an end for the Lady Spartans over the weekend, but not without a valiant effort.
Solon’s girls fell to North Scott in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal Saturday at Eldridge, 63-51.
After falling behind by 13 points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans played the Lancers evenly the rest of the way.

Solon Booster Club “Celebration of School Athletics” Feb. 28

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club is holding its first annual “Celebration of Solon Athletics” on Friday, Feb. 28, at Lake Macbride Golf Course. Tickets for the event are $25 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Solon Athletic Booster Club in support of Solon High School and Middle School athletics.
The schedule for the evening will be as follows:
6 p.m.: Doors open (cash bar available to patrons);
7 p.m.: Dinner: (roast beef or chicken, potatoes, and salad);
Entertainment: Solon Jazz Band performance (pre-dinner and dinner);

Ely Rotary chili/chicken noodle soup supper March 8

ELY– Gateway Rotary Club is hosting a chili/chicken noodle soup supper from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. It will be held at the legion hall in downtown Ely.
This a fundraising project for various programs at College Community schools, especially at Prairie Edge and Prairie Woods facilities. There will be live entertainment provided by Shima Country Sounds, and a bake sale supplied by local residents.
The cost is $5 per person and children under 5 are free.
Questions can be directed to Brad Buchanan at 319-560-8075.

Seeking T-shirt artwork for the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 18 and 19.

Lenten suppers at Swisher American Legion

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will host Lenten suppers from March 7 until April 11 from 5 until 8 p.m. The Junior Auxiliary will host a concurrent bake sale.
Prices are all one cares to eat fish $11; Shrimp $14; Chicken Strips $7; add on Shrimp $6; Kids six to 12 years $5; under five years eat free. Served with one trip through the salad bar. Carry outs available.
Members of the public are welcome. For more information call 319-857-4687.

Four Spartans heading to state

Gnida, Steuhm, Evans and Linderbaum to wrestle in Des Moines this week

MARION– It’s off to Des Moines for four Solon wrestlers.
Louis Gnida (120 pounds), Kade Steuhm (132), Lance Evans (220) and Logan Linderbaum (285) qualified for the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament Saturday, battling their way through the district meet at Marion.
“We have high hopes and expectations for the kids down in Des Moines,” said head coach Brooks McLaren. “They are all capable of winning matches down there and we hope to see all four of them on the awards stand.”

Free throws cost Spartans at home

SOLON– Solon shot the ball well from the free throw line.
But Assumption and Central DeWitt were nearly perfect.
Davenport Assumption’s Evan Wadsager was 14-14 from the line and Central DeWitt shot 33-34 to keep the Spartans at arm’s length during back-to-back home losses last week.
Solon fell to Davenport Assumption 70-66 Thursday night and lost to Central DeWitt Friday, 54-44.
“We really did some good things offensively,” head coach Brad Randall said of the Assumption game. “That’s probably the best job we’ve done scoring against them.”

Council OKs site plan for new Casey’s

Spokesperson says Solon can support two separate stores

SOLON– Solon, apparently, is large enough to support a second Casey’s.
At its regular meeting on Feb. 5, the City Council approved a site plan for a new Casey’s General Store to be located on Lot 98 of Fox Ridge, Part 4 off Highway One near the post office.
Approval had been delayed as developers prepared and presented a traffic study to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding a second entrance to the property on Highway 1, required to allow ingress and egress by semi-tractor trailers, according to a Casey’s spokesperson.

SHS band can drive March 1

The Solon High School band can drive will be held at the high school on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Phone 319-310-7031 if cans need to be picked up by the group.

‘Bringing in the Green’ carnival March 2

The Solon Dollars for Scholars ‘Bringing in the Green’ carnival will be held on Sunday, March 2, at the Lakeview large gym. The group needs juniors, seniors and their parents to help make the carnival a success again this year. All the money raised will be used for scholarships for the Solon graduating class of 2014. Sign-up sheets are in the high school office or contact Pat Zimmerman at 319-430-2105 for more information.

Optimist Club of Solon to sponsor essay contest

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “How Dreams Lead to Success” as part of the Optimist International essay contest for 2014.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme and determine the top winners. Top three place winners at the local level will receive medallions and the winning essay will be sent to the district level where college scholarships up to $2,500 are available for top winners.

Lady Spartans too much for CCA to handle

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.