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Solon Economist

Solon Archery club members qualify for state competition

Eight Solon Archery Team members qualified for the state archery shoot in Des Moines March 2. State qualifiers were Jarrett Manifold, Jordan TePoel, Mathieux Rehnke, Rodney Wittich, Brianna Pike, Jonathen Rehnke Eric Swartzendruber and Nicole Breese (not pictured). (contributed photo)

Solon Dollars for Scholars ‘Bringing in the Green’ carnival March 3

SOLON– Attention juniors and seniors: The Solon Dollars for Scholars “Bringing in the Green” carnival will be held on Sunday, March 3, at the Lakeview large gym. Dollars for Scholars 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 2013. Sign-up sheets are in the high school office or contact Denise Moses at 319-331-3507 for more information.

Trapshooting team can drive Saturday, Feb. 23

SOLON– The Solon trapshooting team is about to kick off another season. The team will be holding a can drive on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the drop-off point will again be the North Liberty American Legion (Club 76), one mile out of North Liberty, going toward Solon on Mehaffey Bridge Road.
Contacts for pick up or questions will be Scott Rath, 319-626-6809, Gerald Chaloupka, 319-624-2825, or Al Ziskovsky, 319-350-5362

Senior Advocates seek community input on purchase of new van

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates want to replace their aging 10 passenger van with a larger 25 passenger bus. In order to justify the purchase and attendant expenses, the group feels it should be available to various community organizations and groups. It will be necessary to schedule fee-based usage from others in addition to the Advocate’s senior trips in order to justify the purchase.

Dahms to hold candidate event Feb. 22 in Solon

SOLON– Terry Dahms, a candidate for the open seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, will host a “Meet Me” event from 7 to 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at Savvy Coffee & Wine Bar in Solon.

12U Sluggers planning extreme 5k March 9

SOLON– The Solon Sluggers 12U baseball team is organizing a fundraiser for its baseball team.  The Sluggers are in the process of organizing the Solon Survivor Extreme 5k on March 9 at 9 a.m. This is an “off the grid” race full of obstacles, water and hills.  Look for details in next week’s paper.

Methodist youth group collecting non-perishables for Pine Ridge Reservation

SOLON– Youth members of Solon United Methodist Church are on a mission to do good.
Team Mission will be canvassing Solon neighborhoods this Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24, collecting nonperishable food items to be taken to the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at Wanblee, SD.  

Online registration now available for parks and recreation

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department now offers registration software that allows parents to sign their son or daughter up for programs online. Parents now have the option to pay by credit card or debit card online or by cash or check through the city office. This option will allow people to register at home or at work thus making it more convenient for the customer. To register for Solon Recreation activities visit https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.
Recreation baseball, softball and spring soccer is now open.

Solon district waiting on state’s allowable growth decision

SOLON- School districts around the state receive a per-pupil amount that mostly comes from the state, about 88 percent, with local property taxes making up the remaining school revenues. That amount is set at about $6,000 per student this year.
Whether it grows or not– the allowable growth– is determined by the Iowa Legislature, and school districts are often left waiting on the state to agree on a number so local districts can set budgets.
Democratic state senators, with a narrow 26-24 voting edge, passed a four percent increase for the next two years.

Pesky guards propel Solon past Marion

MARION– Marion’s Amanda Sahm was trying to bring the ball upcourt, but Rylee Smith was applying pressure all the way.
Just over half court, Smith made a swipe at the ball, jarred it out of Sahm’s hands, and dove after it onto the floor.
It must’ve seemed like it was that way all night for the Marion Indians.
Solon’s Lady Spartans knocked Marion out of postseason play Thursday with a 64-50 win on the Indians’ home court in the first round of the Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs.

Evans places 5th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– People who do not know Solon 195-pound wrestler Lance Evans would have given him little chance of even qualifying for this year’s state wrestling meet, let alone placing in the tournament.
He sustained a severe knee injury this past summer, which required surgery, and was only cleared to start practicing during the week prior to the sectional tournament.
Evans went on to win both sectional and district championships in qualifying for the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines and won four matches, bringing home a fifth-place medal.
His match results were as follows:

Spartans aiming for state tournament

Solon heading for showdown with Keokuk (?) Thursday

SOLON– It’s one down, two to go for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans eliminated Washington from the playoff picture Monday night, 58-40, setting up a Thursday meeting with either Fairfield or Keokuk at Washington for the District 10 championship in Class 3A.
The winners of District 9 and District 10 will meet Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Substate 5 for a chance to go to the state basketball tournament in Des Moines.
Solon blew the game open, but it didn’t happen until the second half.