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Solon Economist

Spartans lose first of the year against Sabers

DeWitt explodes for 25 points in fateful fourth quarter

DeWITT– It was the first basketball loss of the year for Solon’s varsity boys Tuesday, as Central DeWitt scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Spartans, 61-52.
“Both teams played well,” said head coach Brad Randall. “They played better in the fourth quarter.”
Solon built a 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Sabers whittled it away slightly in the second. The Spartans held a four-point lead at the half, 26-22.
Central DeWitt tied the game at 36-36 to end the third period and then went on a 25-16 scoring splurge in the fourth to pull away.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

Grace Fiala (right) reacts while talking to Santa Claus along with sister Grace (left) at the Solon State Bank Friday, Dec. 13. Santa Claus spent time with more than a dozen children during his annual visit to the bank. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Unit to be in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Monday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic has recently been renamed from Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for 27 years.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Spotlight can drive fundraiser on Jan. 4

SOLON– Solon Spotlight is having a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Please drop off empty cans and bottles at the Solon Fire Station any time that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For pick up, or more information, please email JamiWolf.realtor@gmail.com.
Solon Spotlight annually provides over $20,000 in support to cover the costs of things such as fees for band and choir competitions, accompanist fees, instrument and technology upgrades, performing arts scholarships and more from elementary on up to high school.

A Dining Dilemma

Meal sites struggle with dwindling federal dollars

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– Increasingly, as state and federal dollars are cut from social assistance programs, local organizations and individuals are attempting to absorb the costs.
When a funding shortfall empties the plates of our nation’s elderly– those who rely on home-delivered meal programs like Meals on Wheels or who regularly attend congregate dining sites– it can become a matter of eating or going hungry.