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Solon Economist

Girls basketball registration begins

Registration is now open for the Girls Basketball (third-sixth grade) program. Each kid will learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, teamwork and most importantly have fun! Games will be played on Saturday mornings, tentatively beginning the first weekend in November. The season will run the beginning of November to mid-December. For registration information, view www.solon-iowa.com and click on the parks and recreation tab. Parents are encouraged to register online.

Oct. last month to reserve Timber DOME Lodge

The month of October is the last chance to reserve the Timber DOME Lodge before the facility is winterized. To make a reservation or if you have questions about the facility, contact the city office at 624-3755.

Solon Public Library

Halloween costume/décor sale Sat.

Saturday, Oct. 5, the Friends of the Solon Library will be having their first ever Halloween costume sale. Come early for best selection of the dozens of Halloween costumes (adult and children’s sizes) available at bargain prices. We also have many great outdoor Halloween decorations, donated by the family of the late Don Ochs. Sale hours are 9 a.m. until noon in the meeting room. Almost everything is priced under $10.

“Engine House” is open

Support Hope Lodge during final home game Oct. 11

SOLON– Solon Football Club invites you to participate in supporting Hope Lodge of Iowa City at Solon’s final home game of the season on Friday, Oct. 11. The Russell and Ann Gerdin Hope Lodge in Iowa City offers a private room for the comfort of its guests and their caregiver. Fostering a home-like environment, the Hope Lodge is equipped with a community dining room, kitchen, family room, library, exercise area and laundry facilities.

307 yards

Solon quarterback Jacob Black rushes for near-record yardage in 35-14 win over Sabers

DeWITT– The Central DeWitt Sabers just could not figure out Solon quarterback Jacob Black.
Black was 0-4 from the pocket and finished with a quarterback rating of 0.0, but he did something no other Solon quarterback has done, and that’s rush for 300 yards.
Black compiled 307 yards rushing on 26 carries Friday night, just shy of the school individual record of 329 yards set by Randy Beranek in 1978, to lead the Spartans to a 35-14 win of the Sabers of Central Clinton at DeWitt.
“I don’t think we have had a 300-yard rusher for over 20 years at Solon,” remarked head coach Kevin Miller.

Big road games coming next week

Top conference rivals Mt. Vernon and West Delaware on tap

SOLON– Solon head coach Peter Gustin knows better than to look ahead on the schedule.
“When teams look ahead, they falter,” Gustin said. “The little things and discipline start to go out the window and there isn’t a team that can just flip a switch and play its “A” game. We focus on certain areas of improvement in every match, regardless of our opponent.”
But Gustin admitted with looming conference showdowns on the road at Mount Vernon and West Delaware, he may be looking at a little more film than usual, and the regular goofiness at practice will be tapered off.

Tie goes to the (No. 6) runner

Solon boys and girls third at Anamosa

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ANAMOSA– In high school cross country scoring, only a team’s first five runners figure into the scoring. But Solon’s David Coberly learned that finishing sixth can be vital.
Led by Patrick McGill and Ty Appleget at the Sept. 28 Anamosa Invitational, Solon was tied with Fort Madison as each team’s top five crossed the finish line. McGill (12th) and Appleget (14th) each medaled for the Spartans; followed by teammates Taylor Walkner (21st), Simon Düster (25th) and Nik Rehnke (28th).

Solon Homecoming Royalty crowned

Solon High School’s Homecoming festivities concluded over the weekend. Connor Wiseman (above) was selected by the student body to be the 2013 Homecoming King, a decision announced at the end of the parade and pep rally Wednesday evening. Connor is the son of Steven Wiseman and Cindy Keeley. Rylee Smith (right) was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the varsity football game against Clear Creek Amana Friday night. Rylee is the daughter of Anne and Aaron Smith. (photos by Doug Lindner)

High winds cause damage

Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour buffeted Johnson County last week, collapsing a grain bin and ripping the end off of the storage building (above) on the Gene Greazel property west of Solon on Highway 382. (photo by Doug Lindner)

School board wades into Marshek Ct. drainage

But finding a solution could take time

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– Marshek Court residents shared their voices loud and clear at the Monday, Sept. 16, school board meeting.
Board members listened as residents explained the horrors of water damage and opened the discussion to fix the problem.
“Our feelings are, we’ve settled this once and now we have to get back into it again,” said Marshek Court resident Duane Mensen.

Main street paving not acceptable

Terracon evaluation finds flaws with new asphalt

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– From the moment the dust settled, Solon Public Works director Scott Kleppe knew he wasn’t happy with the asphalt on Main Street.
Now the city has some ammunition to back him up.
At last week’s city council meeting, representatives from Terracon, an Iowa City engineering and consulting company, reported samples of asphalt from the Main Street paving failed to meet the project’s required specifications in a number of ways.
The report confirmed something the city had suspected for a long time.

Casey Grover, Mark Krall, Steve Stange return council papers

SOLON– Two incumbents and a newcomer are all but guaranteed election after filing as candidates for three expiring seats on the Solon City Council.