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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans back on track against Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans traveled north to Anamosa to meet the 2-4 Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 15, and returned home one win closer to .500 on the basketball season. They got back on the winning path defeating the Anamosa Raiders, 42-32.
Brianna Smith put the Lady Spartans on top in the opening minute of the game with a 3-point shot, and the Spartans didn’t look back.
The Lady Spartans doubled up the Raiders in the first period, 13-6. Bryce Hinkel sank a shot with four minutes remaining in the half to put Solon up, 23-9.

Solon comeback falls short against Anamosa

SOLON– Faced with a 13-point deficit to open the fourth quarter, the Solon Spartans clawed their way back to within a point, but it just wasn’t enough.
Despite a gutsy comeback, the Spartans suffered their first loss of the varsity basketball season Dec. 15 in Solon, falling to the Anamosa Raiders, 50-45.
Anamosa jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead, and the two teams played evenly until the final period, when Solon outscored Anamosa, 12-4.

Solon runner-up at North Linn tournament

TROY MILLS– The Spartan varsity wrestlers continued to fare well in weekend tournaments, taking second place at the North Linn Varsity Lynx Invitational Dec. 19.
Cole Fritz (145 pounds) and Trevor Nelson (160) were crowned tournament champions for Solon.
Nelson pinned quarterfinal opponent Colton Caldwell of North Fayette in 1:40, then earned a technical fall over Cameron Bantz of Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) and a 12-4 major decision over Owen Grover of Beckman in the final. He remained undefeated on the season with a 14-0 record.

Is that you, Santa Claus?

Eight-month-old Lacey Kay Marie Scheib peers intently at the man with the white beard and red suit during Santa’s visit to the Solon Public Library Dec. 7. Scheib was one of nearly 200 children who came to sit on Santa’s lap during the event. Kids were given a candy cane and could also make a scratch art ornament or build a holiday-themed LEGO set. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Robotics can/bottle drive Jan. 2

SOLON– The Solon Robotics teams will conduct a can/bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will go door to door asking for any empty containers with a 5¢ deposit to be recycled to raise funds. Can or bottle pickup can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com. Donations may be dropped off at the robotics room, behind the Solon Middle School auditorium.

Schools for a modern world

SOLON– Students are often asked to study the world as it once was and learn to operate successfully within the world as it currently is. Now, they will be trained how to navigate the world that will be.
This year, the Solon Community School District made a concerted effort to make include “21st century skills” in the curriculum.

Council ranking upcoming projects

City begins review of capital improvements list

SOLON– Solon’s city council is making its list and checking it twice.
The city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a compilation of significant wants and needs for the community, annually reviewed by the members of the city council as budget time approaches.

Getting to know teacher librarian Miranda Kral

Check out some humor with your books

SOLON– Miranda Kral asks some unusual questions.
What building has the most stories? (A library.) Who is the coolest king in the world? (King Author.) What does a cat like to read? (A mewspaper.)
As the Solon Community School District’s new teacher librarian, her favorite puns include— you guessed it— libraries and books.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Solon Booster holiday store at Dec. 21 home basketball game

SOLON– Still looking for that perfect Spartan gift? By popular demand, the Solon Athletic Boosters are offering more opportunities to shop our holiday inventory. Come get your Spartan Athletic socks, mini-basketball backboards and youth Solon clothing. Great clearance prices on colorful Solon sweatshirts and other items, too.
The Booster shop will be open Monday, Dec. 21, in the Solon High School commons during the boys basketball game against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 319-331-0758.

Salvation Army kettle placed at Sam’s Main Street Market

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Salvation Army has been welcomed into the Solon community. Sam’s Main Street Market is hosting a countertop Red Kettle to support the “Give Hope Today” holiday season.
Solon community member Alison Holroyd contacted the Johnson County Salvation Army to get her town involved this Christmas. With the support of Sam’s Main Street Market, a countertop Red Kettle has been placed by the check-out register. A Salvation Army bell accompanies the kettle and will be rung with each donation though Dec. 24.

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.