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Solon Economist

Solon News by Lenna See

Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Drew and Susan Smith, in Cedar Rapids, were Parker and Mary Jo Smith and daughter, of Ankeny; Shannon Smith, of Creston; Rachel Smith, of Marion; Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala.

Mickey and Deb Machacek were Thanksgiving Day dinner guests at the home of Barney and Betty Retterath at Meyer. Deb spent a few more days there.

Rebecca See spent the Thanksgiving weekend at the home of Ronald See. Tim See joined them for dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Van available in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic was formally known as Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 West Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for nearly 20 years.

Double-digit wins keep Solon unbeaten

Spartans shoot lights-out in conference wins

SOLON– It’s a 4-0 start for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans continued the undefeated start to the season with a 67-45 win over Central DeWitt at home Dec. 8 and a 77-64 victory over Western Dubuque on the road Dec. 11.
In both games, Solon jumped out to an early lead, shot a high percentage from the floor and enjoyed a marked advantage at the free throw line.
The Spartans limited the Sabers to 13 first-half points in the Dec. 8 home win.

Lady Spartans come close against ranked Bobcats

Solon makes big leap in 43-40 loss

DeWITT– Solon traveled east on Highway 30, through the lights of DeWitt, into the darkness on the edge of town to meet the Central High Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 8. It was a battle to the final seconds with Solon on the short side, 43-40, but the crowd in attendance and the players could clearly see the light.

Wrestlers first at Oelwein Invitational

OELWEIN– Despite an inexperienced lineup, the Solon varsity wrestlers captured another tournament title over the weekend.
With 219.5 team points, Solon edged out second-place Byron High School’s (Ill.) 216 points to claim the title at the Oelwein Invitational Dec. 15.
Oelwein (195 points) placed third at its own invitational while Crestwood came in fourth with 185 points.

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.

City tightens TIF belt

Pending budget impacts cause caution for council

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city could handle $25,000 all at once, but it couldn’t handle $131,388 over five years.
The Solon City Council took no action on a request by the Solon Retirement Village to extend a five-year Tax Increment Finance (TIF) agreement for its assisted living facility, but it allowed Red Vespa Pizzeria to trade its 10-year tax abatement plan for a one-year kickback.

Solon moves to 2-0

SOLON– The Spartans are rebounding the ball and hitting their free throws.
The Solon varsity boys basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a road win over Marion Friday, Dec. 4.
The Spartans bounced back from a 18-7 deficit in the first quarter to win 59-52 at Marion.
Solon out-rebounded the Indians 29-16 (including 12 offensive boards) and connected on 28-38 free throw attempts (74 percent).
“I am super proud of how my guys responded to our first half offensive struggles,” said Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We defended very well.”

South Tama and Marion put Lady Spartans in the loss column

TAMA– The Lady Spartans traveled to Tama on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for the second game of their first season under Coach Lisa Bishop. The Lady Spartans battled from behind all night as the South Tama Trojans served them their first loss under Bishop’s guidance, 59-44.
The score was not reflective of the Lady Spartans’ performance.

Spartans fall to Raiders in home dual

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers fell just short of knocking off the Williamsburg Raiders in dual action Dec. 3.
Williamsburg defeated Solon, 40-30, at the Solon High School gym.
“I thought the guys wrestled hard against a very good team,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “We split the matches, but gave up way too many bonus points. That was the difference in the meet.”
Zack Bevans (132 pounds), Cole Fritz (145), Graeson Dall (152), Trevor Nelson (160), Dillon Diltz (170) Tyler Linderbaum (285) and Ben Carr (126) all won for Solon, with Bevans, Nelson and Carr taking matches by fall.

Solon wrestlers take first at Montezuma tournament

MONTEZUMA– Solon varsity wrestlers took first place in five weight classes to win the Montezuma Invitational Dec. 5.
Aidan Dall (106 pounds), Christian Haight (113), Ben Carr (126), Trevor Nelson (160) and Kendrick Harris (182) were champions for the Spartans, with all but Nelson winning by fall in their first place matches.
“We had a great team effort placing 13 out of 14 weight classes,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Twelve of those placed in the top four.”

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.