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Solon Economist

Half the team with a chance at state

Seven Spartan wrestlers advance to district meet Saturday at Marion

MOUNT VERNON– Seven Solon wrestlers have advanced to compete at the district meet Saturday at Marion, the last step toward a berth at state.
Solon’s varsity wrestling program placed third at the sectional meet held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mount Vernon, with a score of 218 points, just off the pace set by sectional champ Mount Vernon (242) and second place Williamsburg (227).
But more importantly, seeding was decided for the sectional meet, with the champion and runner-up advancing to the district tournament.

Spartans fall to Mustangs on the road

MOUNT VERNON– It was one of those games.
The Solon boys fell to the Mount Vernon Mustangs on the road Tuesday night (Feb. 4), 69-55.
“They (Mount Vernon) played well, and it was just kind of a buzz saw,” said Solon head coach Brad Randall. “It just wasn’t one of our best defensive games.”
The Spartans trailed by only five points at halftime, but every time the Spartans made a run, Mount Vernon’s Andy Decamp seemed to be there to match it. “He just shot the ball so well,” Randall said. “Even when we defended him well.” Decamp finished the game with 22 points on 8-12 from the field.

Youth group prepares for the big game

Members of the Solon United Methodist Church youth group spent part of Sunday morning in the kitchen of the church’s fellowship hall assembling sub sandwiches. The sub sandwich sale for Super Bowl Sunday is a traditional fundraiser for the youth group. (photo by Doug Lindner)

School board looking at Sept. bond vote

$25M buys a middle school, auditorium and a few other extras

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– It looks more and more like the Solon Community School District (SCSD) will put a bond issue before voters in the district in September.
The rough outline includes an auditorium addition at the high school, a new middle school and a few other add-ons at a cost of somewhere between $23 to $25 million.
And while it’s still all conceptual, the discussions are ongoing.

A circle of support

Prison Ministries provides volunteers who serve as individual mentors

JOHNSON COUNTY– Tammy has been in and out of prison five times.
Raised in an impoverished household with three younger siblings and a mother who would disappear for weeks at a time, stealing food, diapers and formula at the neighborhood grocery store became a regular necessity. When Tammy’s mother was around, she was frequently accompanied by men, each more violently abusive than the last. By the time Tammy was removed from the home, after she and her older sister had been sexually assaulted, using drugs to ease the pain and smooth the scars had become a matter of survival.

Post Prom Fundraiser at the CR RoughRiders

SOLON– Solon High School will hold a Post Prom Fundraiser at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
Come support the Post Prom while having fun at a hockey game. Purchase your discounted, blue zone tickets online and $5 will go back to support Post Prom.

Cramer to speak about water quality in Africa

SOLON– Solon engineer Mark Cramer will be guest speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 13, meeting of the Solon Women’s Club. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room, and is open to the public.

Old Gold Diner to feature gala celebration on Valentine’s Day

SOLON– Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, is going to be an exciting day at Old Gold Senior Dining. An exceptional menu will be one special treat with other surprises in store. Be sure to call Duane at 319-624-2251 to sign up for this gala celebration by noon, Friday, Feb. 7. The cost is $3.25. Come be a part of this very special holiday.

Women’s Club makes Music Camperships available

SOLON– The General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) and Iowa Women’s club sponsors several music campership awards for deserving sixth-12th grade students. These awards can be applied toward tuition and room and board at a summer music camp within Iowa. Camperships are awarded in the amount of $400. Award recipients are responsible for the balance of their costs.

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);

Synergy named Grand Champions

Solon MS show choir with early season success

JOHNSTON– Synergy, one of two show choirs at Solon Middle School, recently opened its season competing at Johnston and Dallas Center-Grimes. On Friday, Jan. 24, Solon competed at Johnston Showzam, which featured mostly 4A schools from the Des Moines and Omaha metro areas. Solon took first place in Class 3A, and finished third overall in the nine-team field, placing only behind Urbandale and Omaha Westside. Special recognition went to eighth grader Ellie Hawkins, who received the competition’s Best Female Soloist award.

Evans and Gnida are WaMaC champs

Solon finishes sixth in 15-team conference tourney

INDEPENDENCE– Lance Evans and Louis Gnida won their respective weight classes at the WaMaC wrestling tournament over the weekend, helping the Spartans to a sixth-place finish.
Heavyweight Logan Linderbaum finished third Saturday at Independence
Solon finished sixth in the 15-team tournament with 133.5 team points, sandwiched between Central DeWitt and Mount Vernon. Independence and West Delaware tied for the first place team title with 218.5 points.