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Solon Economist

City and school elections combined in November

Filing period for candidates runs through Sept. 19

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s time for the presidential candidates to step aside.
There’s a local election to be held this November.
For the first time since a change adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2017, local city council and school board elections will be combined Tuesday, Nov. 5.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, city and school elections will be combined in November of odd-numbered years.

Supervisors and farmers at odds, again

Johnson County’s proposed ordinances may impact animal agriculture

IOWA CITY– Six farmers and supporters of agriculture addressed the Johnson County Board of Supervisors during the public comments portion of a work session Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the county’s administrative building in Iowa City.

Fall Sports Kick Off displays strong programs

Preseason prospects keep Coach Miller focusing on balance

SOLON– Spartan Stadium filled with fall sports athletes and Spartan faithful, like a cornucopia of athletic promise, prior to the Spartans’ preseason scrimmage with Union on Friday, Aug. 23.
The matchup, previously scheduled to be played at Union was relocated to Solon when conditions of Union’s field forced the change of venue. Subsequently the Falls Sports Kick Off was also rescheduled from Thursday, Aug. 22, to coincide with the Union scrimmage at Spartan Stadium.

Volleyball opens season with quad meet Thursday

Lady Spartans look to replace 9 graduated seniors

SOLON– There will be a lot of shoes to fill for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The squad graduated nine seniors, five of them starters in the varsity rotation.
Gone are seniors Taylor Moore, Raysa Garbes, Kate Benzing, Rachael Nelson, Hannah Kramer, Abby Smith, Taylor Noonan, Elli Becicka and Vanessa Milliman, as well as Lauren Schrock, the team’s leader in kills last year.
But third-year Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin is looking forward to a good season.
“The seniors are ready to contribute after waiting behind a four-year starting class that graduated last year,” Ferin noted.

Bumsted is Solon’s Iowan of the Day

State fair accolade for avid volunteer

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted was humbled someone thought to nominate her as Iowan of the Day at the Iowa State Fair.
If nothing else, she hopes it highlights some of the volunteer opportunities that are available in Solon.
“We are really lucky to have a lot of thriving organizations in this town,” Bumsted added. “Whatever gift that you might have, whether it’s writing calligraphy or being good at Excel spreadsheets or chalkboard drawing, whatever your gift is, odds are you can share it somewhere in our community.”

Graham Champions 4-H Club

2019 Johnson County Fair Results

DES MOINES– Area participants in the 2019 Johnson County Fair received the following awards listed by event and award received.
Olivia Bonnema received the following recognitions:
Educational Presentation: Excellence Award.
Junior Pet: Champion Junior Pet.
Poultry: Non-Commercial Standard Pair, one male one female fowl of same breed blue,
Non-Commercial Standard Individual, male or female fowl.
Britt Bowersox was the recipient of the following recognition:
Breeding Beef Cow/Calf: Champion Commercial Cow/Calf, Grand Champion Cow/Calf.

New season, same goals

22 returning seniors and a lot of promise

SOLON– The 2019-20 varsity football season holds some heavy promise preseason.
Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller speaks of consistent expectations albeit tempered with a bit of melancholy as his son, quarterback Cam Miller, competes in his senior season.
The Spartans completed the 2018-19 season with a 9-1 record. They completed a perfect regular season, outscoring regular season opponents 369-99. Their only loss came at the hands of Western Dubuque, 48-13, at Spartan Stadium in the opening round of the playoffs.

CAT grant makes a splash (pad)

No pump and dump for Solon Work delayed until final plans approved

SOLON– Solon’s splash pad should be cooling off kids next summer.
The site at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) has been prepped and is ready to roll, and the city is only waiting on final approval of its plans by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The water amenity has been delayed by a change in the original plan, explained Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
“What threw a wrench into this for the most part was the recirculation, recycling of the water,” he said.

Roll camera, ACTION!

“East of Middle West” begins filming in Solon 1990s vehicles and extras needed this month

SOLON– “We’ve got some scenes that we’re going to need a bunch of extras,” noted Bill “Ginks” Ginkens.
Ginkens, of rural Solon, spent much of his summer as location scout for “East of Middle West,” a feature film written and produced by University of Iowa (UI) graduate Mokotsi Rukundo and directed by Brian Lucke Anderson.
The independent film was scheduled to film at various locations in and around the Solon area from Thursday, Aug. 8, through the end of the month.

You’ll scream for Moo Moo’s Ice Cream

Solon couple supports local businesses with cool treats

SOLON– It’s a ritual of summertime in a city: somewhere, off in the distance, the faint tones of “The Entertainer” are heard. Closer, and closer the music gets. And then, the kids make the realization, “The Ice Cream Truck is coming!” The quick dash home follows, with frantic pleas to mom for money for the ice cream truck, while the music gets louder and louder. Panic ensues as it seems to take an eternity for mom to get her purse and dig out some spare change, or a dollar bill.

School board adopts progress goals

95% of most students to be proficient in reading, writing and math

SOLON– The new goals are really similar to the old goals.
Just with some tweaking.
The Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) Board of Education adopted annual goals for its strategic plan at a July 9 meeting.
New to the annual review is a Social Emotional Mental Health component, and board members approved a $6,780 one-year, per-student subscription for a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) screening tool to be implemented with the 2019-20 school year.

Kelsey Bumsted named Iowan of the Day

DES MOINES– The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products presented Kelsey Bumsted, of Solon, as an Iowan of the Day for the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Bumsted is an exemplary role model and prominent leader in her small town of Solon. Endlessly volunteering for the betterment of her community and its residents, Bumsted is "all in" for Solon Community Schools and served in many different capacities from PTO treasurer, or working at the book fair, to volunteering as a resource for Kindergarten round up, all for the success of Solon Community School District.