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Solon Economist

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items. Dutch Letter orders must be made and paid in advance by Oct. 12.

Booster golf outing nets over $7,000

The Solon Athletic Booster Club would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Booster Bash golf event a success. The Boosters netted over $7,000 to support all high school sports and their athletes. The Booster Club recognizes the following sponsors:
All State Insurance
Bridge Community Bank
Lake MacBride Golf Course
Imperial Roof Systems
Solon Booster Club
Big Grove Brewery
D & D Pizza
Adams Door
The Company Store
Solon State Bank
Rick Jedlicka
Ruzicka’s Meat Processing
Night Train Party Bus
Brian & Christy Brandt
Matt & Nicole Lepic
Consignment Services LLC

Solon FD to ‘Battery Up’ Oct. 24

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country, and the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Solon falls to Washington, 28-14

Spartans unable to exorcise Demons

WASHINGTON– Washington rolled into Friday’s game on top in Class 3A District 5 with a 3-1 record. Solon journeyed to Washington in third place in Class 3A District 4 at 2-2.
Washington arrived after a 23-0 win over Fairfield. Solon showed up after shellacking Marion, 35-0, in a rain-soaked offensive.
Both teams were looking to make a statement. Washington did, with a 28-14 win.

Beckman defeats Solon, 3-1

Libero McCarty goes down with torn ACL

SOLON– The fates have been unkind to the Solon varsity volleyball team this year.
They struck again when junior libero Grace McCarty went down with a torn ACL early in the first game of a match against Dyersville Beckman on Sept. 22, at home.
“With the loss of Grace, who is our leader on and off the court, it will be compelling to see how we grow as a team and how our growth is reflected on the court moving forward,” said Solon Head Coach Peter Gustin.
Beckman defeated Solon 3-1 (25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-14), dropping the Lady Spartans to 5-9 on the season.

Can midseason pack migrate toward top?

ANAMOSA­– Each fall, the migration points south. If that’s where the finish line is, that’s where Solon runners will be headed, through the second half of their 2015 season. The goal is to arrive there sooner.
Solon’s girls are working with a lot of new faces on varsity and the first few junior varsity (JV) finishers. The boys show experience on the varsity level, with a lot of younger legs on JV to challenge the leaders.

Kerkhoff first Lady Spartan across; Girls seventh at Anamosa

Another connection planned along Hoover Trail

Funding will determine whether construction starts in spring

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.

Special meeting to review fire dept. audit

State auditor’s report finds improper accounting practices

SOLON– The release of a report which found improper bookkeeping practices within the Solon Volunteer Fire Department and its benevolent association will be discussed at a special meeting of the Solon City Council Sept. 23.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman issued a report Sept. 22 after reviewing accounts and transactions of the City of Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department, and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association for the period Jan. 1, 2011, through May 6, 2014.

Solon American Legion Auxiliary Spaghetti Supper Sept. 30

SOLON– Solon American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual spaghetti supper Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Solon American Legion Hall. The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, garlic bread, green tossed salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade. Cost for adults will be $7, children $4 and under age 5 eat free. Proceeds will be used for Merit Awards for Solon 2016 graduating seniors.

Troop 120 hosts outdoor event for prospective Scouts Sept. 27

SOLON– Interested in Scouting, but don’t know where to turn? Solon’s own Boy Scout Troop 120 will be camping in the primitive campground at Lake Macbride State Park from Friday evening, Sept. 25, through Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Adult leaders and Scouts will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate skills. Dutch oven cooking, a long-standing tradition in Scouting, will be a highlight of this campout. 

Solon council rejects county minimum wage

Full house attends condensed readings of city ordinance

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– “Shame on you,” the female voice said as a roomful of interested citizens exited the Solon City Council chambers Wednesday night.
The standing-room-only crowd had just witnessed council members unanimously condensing and approving three readings of an ordinance rejecting Johnson County’s increase in the minimum wage.
Activists, residents and business representatives spoke politely but passionately Sept. 16 for and against the council’s bypass of the hike passed by Johnson County Supervisors earlier in the month.
There was no council discussion.