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Solon Economist

Spartans blank Indians 35-0 in another lightning-delayed game

And the heavens did pour

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MARION– “One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.” – John Steinbeck.
Such was the case Friday, Sept. 18, when the Marion Indians fell like the rain to the Solon Spartans, 35-0, in a Class 3A District 4 struggle.
The sky was dark as Friday night’s game was moved to a 5 p.m. start due to a dour forecast.

Girls fourth, boys seventh at home meet

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Heading toward mid-season, Solon cross country runners have a clear look at their first few runners, and a lot of competition through the rest of the lineup. They’ll need some of those ‘next runners in’ to step up in the weeks ahead.
In cross country, a school’s first five runners determine the team score. Every couple years, the sixth runner breaks a tie. For the Spartan boys and girls, there’s a lot of movement between the varsity and junior varsity (JV) teams to grab one of the varsity spots.

Solon boys seventh at home

Lady Spartans earn sweep over Cardinals

MAQUOKETA– Just what the doctor ordered.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team swept Maquoketa (25-17, 25-17, 29-27) on the road Sept. 15.
The Lady Spartans welcomed Josey Hajek back into the lineup and she contributed two solo blocks and five kills.
Solon is still without Grace Keith, but Jessica Heick was there to help pick up the team with 10 kills and six service aces. The Lady Spartans as a team racked up 11 aces against the Cardinals. Grace McCarty added three while Mikayla Long and Rachel Nelson each added one. Nelson had 16 assists to lead the team, while McCarty had 23 digs.

Solon 175th Chautauqua this weekend

SOLON– The City of Solon will commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.
Solon’s three-day anniversary celebration starts Friday, Sept. 18, with an all-alumni banquet at the Celebration Farm and then moves to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) for a full day of FREE events Saturday, Sept. 19. An ecumenical service caps off the celebration Sunday at the SRNA.

The vision is developing for Hoover Nature Trail link

Improvements to Ely Road intersection with Hwy. 382 still undetermined

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.

Solon Retirement Village host VNA flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 7

SOLON– Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. The Solon Retirement Village will hold a flu vaccination clinic provided by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV, flu mist QIV, high dose flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 and PCV13 – available upon prior request). Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 to reserve a dose.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary to host all-you-can-eat breakfast Oct. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, with everyone welcome to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

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. 

Haluska, Hauer elected to Solon school board

Area school boards welcome new members

JOHNSON COUNTY– A few local school boards are experiencing a great deal of change since last Tuesday.
In Iowa City, the Sept. 8 school board elections brought five new members to the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board, as directors Patti Fields, Jeff McGinness, Marla Swesey and Orville Townsend declined to seek reelection, and director Tuyet Baruah stepped down with two years remaining in her term

Xavier pulls off fourth quarter comeback

Interception halts Solon drive in final seconds, 22-19

SOLON– After hopefully exorcizing their demons with the 35-14 win over Mount Vernon, Solon looked poised to put it together when they battled Xavier on Sept. 11.
But it was not to be.
Cedar Rapids Xavier mounted a 93-yard fourth-quarter drive to drop Solon’s Spartans to 1-2 on the season with a 21-19 win Friday at Spartan Stadium.

Trisha Coberly third at Benton Community invitational

Cross country times drop

ATKINS– With a couple more new faces, Solon’s girls locked in fifth place Saturday at the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet.
Senior Trish Coberly was third overall during the annual Run Through the Woods, in Atkins. That’s the top individual finish for the Spartans this season. Freshman Erin Kerkhoff was within a few seconds all the way, taking 12th and collecting her first varsity (top-15) medal. Solon’s boys matched the fifth-place team finish. Senior Simon Düster was 16th overall. Senior Joe Regan was 18th.

Unusual suspects

Five Solon community leaders to be incarcerated for a good cause

SOLON– They did nothing wrong, but on Sept. 23, five members of the Solon community will be sent to jail.
It’s up to supporters of Solon’s Old Gold Diner to bail them out.
The five men are donating their time so that others may continue to enjoy a hot noon-time meal each weekday.