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Solon Economist

Scholarship process to be improved for Class of 2015

SOLON– Though school is out for summer and fall classes seem yet too distant to worry about, now is the right time to be thinking about college finances.
In addition to giving a first-year college scholarship to all Solon graduates who apply, Solon Dollars for Scholars awards Continuing Education Scholarships (CES) to Solon alumni in their second, third and fourth years of college. This summer, the volunteer organization has $32,000 in its CES coffers for those current college enrollees. The deadline for this year’s CES applications is June 15.

City to forgive late payments for May utility billing

SOLON– With the move into the new city hall, the City of Solon did not charge delinquent fees for April water/sewer bills that were due May 15. With some issues in doing the bills for May, the city will not be charging a delinquent fee if received after June 15. This will only be for this month’s water/sewer billing.

Lady Spartans on to state

Solon girls get rematch with No.3 Iowa City Regina Thursday in Des Moines

SOLON– Monday night, June 9, at the Spartan field, will be remembered for many years to come as the night the Solon girls’ soccer team made history.
The Lady Spartans took on the 10th-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels in a Class 1A Region 6 final, and won 1-0 to advance to the state tournament.
“I was so proud of the effort tonight. We have been working so hard on our game plan, both offensively and defensively,” said head coach John Tucker. “We controlled the ball really well and were able to get some good looks on the goal.”

Offense + defense equals 11-0 start

Emily Ira strikes out 29 in two games as Lady Spartans roll

SOLON– When the offense is sputtering, put Emily Ira on the mound.
Twice in the last week, Coach Jim White’s Lady Spartan softball team was able to preserve an undefeated season by riding strike-out happy Ira’s pitching arm.
Ira struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 victory over Benton Community (No. 4 in Class 3A), and 13 against Highland in a 4-0 win over the weekend.
But in fairness to the rest of the Solon pitching staff and the team’s defense, no one scored an earned run against the Lady Spartans last week.

Solon Sluggers make donation to food pantry

The Solon Sluggers, a 13U baseball team that has been together five years, donated food and funds from their second annual Solon Survivor Extreme 5K race to the Solon Community Pantry Monday, April 14. Pictured are: (front) Adam Bock, Aidan Dall and Mason Stahle; (middle) Cam McQuinn, Kale Altman, Andy Brokaw and Ben McAtee; (back) Coach Carl Stahle, Jake Roskopf, Ryan Geistkemper, Eric Weetman, Clay Gerdin and Andy DeValk. Not Pictured: Coaches Jeff Geistkemper and Mike Gerdin. (photo by Carol Tobias)

Master Gardener Hortline spring hours

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Master Gardeners are staffing the spring season Hortline service for area homeowners and garden enthusiasts. The Hortline, staffed by volunteers, will be open from 9 until 11a.m. every Monday and Friday plus 3 until 5 p.m. every Wednesday. You may speak to a Master Gardener by calling 319-337-2145, leave a message, email or stop by the Johnson County Extension Office, located adjacent to the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds at 3109 Old HWY 218 S. You may email your questions to Shannon at bielicke@iastate.edu.