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Trapshooting can drive March 6

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser Sunday, March 6, from 1-3 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Reading through the seasons

Lakeview students demonstrate reading strategies for board

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Fall, winter, spring and summer passed by at the Solon Community School District Board of Education meeting as a group of first grade students read “Watching the Weather” in front of board members.
The five children, as well as five first grade teachers, were there to demonstrate a Lakeview Elementary reading lesson.

Welcome to our new Youth Services Librarian

Welcome to Lori Lindner to the Solon Public Library. Lori, a writer and editor of the Solon Economist/North Liberty Leader and a community volunteer, will soon be joining the Solon Public Library staff as the new Youth Services Librarian. Lori possesses a strong background in education and will be a great fit working with kids of all ages.

Archery Team’s maiden tournament a huge success

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team held its first tournament Saturday, Jan. 23, at Solon High School. The event saw nearly 500 archers from around Eastern Iowa compete starting at 8 a.m. with a flight of 50 archers every hour, and the final flight at 5 p.m. With perennial powers Anamosa and Bellevue shooting early in the day, the Spartans were able to take aim and draw a tie with Anamosa for first place in points (3,296). Unfortunately, the tie-breaker did not land in the Spartans’ favor as Anamosa shot four more bullseyes than Solon.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner March 7

SOLON– Mark the calendar for Monday, March 7, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are 4:45-7 p.m. Diners will enjoy the middle school jazz band and solos/ensembles from middle school and high school students.

4 wrestlers to Des Moines

Carr, Fritz, Nelson and Diltz qualify for state

DeWITT– Four Solon wrestlers will take their best shots beginning Thursday at the 2016 2A State Wrestling Tournament.
Ben Carr (126 pounds), Cole Fritz (145), Trevor Nelson (160) and Dillon Diltz (170) all qualified for state at the district meet Feb. 13, at Central Clinton of DeWitt.
Carr, Fritz and Nelson each reigned over the weight classes with first place finishes, while Diltz came in second.
Three Solon wrestlers– Christian Haight (113), Zack Bevans (132) and Graeson Dall (152)– just missed the cut by finishing third.

Three games, two wins

Lady Spartans fall to Mt. Vernon, but win quarterfinal over Anamosa

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartan took to the road, for the final time in the regular season, traveling to meet the Mount Vernon Mustangs on Monday, Feb. 8. The temperatures were bitter, as was the defeat handed to the Solon ladies, 61-49.

Solon, townships to form new fire agency

Audit leads to probable organizational changes for Solon Fire Dept.

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SOLON– A new fire service agency will be created to serve the City of Solon and three townships surrounding it.
In September 2015, a state audit of the financial accounting of the Solon Fire Department raised some eyebrows; specifically, with the volunteers’ use of Benevolent Association donations.
The audit, triggered by a citizen complaint, had two sides, said Solon Mayor Steve Stange. One side involved the Benevolent Association, which he declined to comment on.

Enquiring minds want to know

Lakeview Elementary students dive into science projects

SOLON– Civilized humanity has always liked to put things on display.
The Great Expositions and World’s Fairs prominently displayed the latest in future thinking and scientific wonder.
That inquisitive spirit lived on, in part, at the Lakeview Elementary Science Fair, held Saturday, Jan. 30, in Lakeview’s large gym.
Inside the event, sponsored by Lakeview’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), 78 students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade manned nearly 60 exhibits.

MS robotics team qualifies for regional

MASON CITY– On Saturday, Jan. 16, Team #367D, Trial and Error, with students Kaleb Burkum, Mason Dibble and Ethan Swan, were the alliance tournament champions at the Lincoln Robotics Tournament in Mason City.
They qualified to compete in the Heartland Regional VEX Robotics championship Feb. 26-27 in Omaha, against 31 other qualifying middle school teams from Iowa and Nebraska.
The team also qualified to compete at the US Open VEX Robotics Championship with the top 100 middle school teams in the United States, April 7-9.

Spartans send nine to districts

Solon second to Mt. Vernon; Spartans qualify for regional dual meet Feb. 9

CASCADE– A total of nine Spartan wrestlers will advance to the district meet Saturday, Feb. 13, at Central Clinton of DeWitt.
Solon’s varsity wrestling squad took second place overall at the sectional meet held Saturday, Feb. 6, at Cascade, just points behind of first place Mount Vernon. The Mustangs took the team scoring with 244 points, just a nip and a tuck ahead of Solon with 240.5. Dubuque Walhert was a distant third with 157.5 points, while host Cascade, Monticello and Anamosa rounded out the bottom half of the standings.

Solon boys fall to Maquoketa

SOLON– If Solon only had been playing against Maquoketa’s Abe Kinrade and Jon Ernst, it would have been a two-point win.
Unfortunately, five other players scored for Maquoketa Feb. 5 in Solon, handing the Spartans their fifth loss in a row, 69-52.
Kinrade and Ernst each had 25 points for the Cardinals, almost eclipsing the whole of Solon scoring. With the win, Maquoketa avenged a Jan.12 home loss (92-78) at the hands of the Spartans.