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Solon Economist

City considering secondary roads shed

City to seek appraisal on Johnson County maintenance building

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council will mull over an offer to purchase Johnson County’s maintenance building off Highway 1 on Sutliff Road.
The city will seek an appraisal for property owned by Johnson County Secondary Roads just north of town and may consider purchasing the site for use by the Solon Public Works Department.
The potential purchase was discussed at a June 21 city council meeting.

Ely News by Lenna See

Roy and Jennie Rambo of Vinton entertained with a graduation party for their son, Dalton, on Sunday, June 11, at the park in Vinton. Dalton recently graduated from Vinton-Shellsburg High School and is employed by Frazier’s Nursery in Vinton. Following the graduation party David and Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, entertained with a party in honor of their daughter, Eliza, for her fourth birthday. Family and friends attended. Dalton and Eliza are the grandchildren of Shirley Worley.

Solon tames Mustangs

Solon 1-2 at loaded Ottumwa tournament

MT. VERNON– It was stiff competition for the Solon varsity softball team.
The Lady Spartans, No. 6 in the final Class 3A rankings released July 3 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, played three of their last four regular-season games against top-15 opponents in three different classes.
After splitting at home with Western Dubuque June 26, Solon traveled up Highway 1 to match up with the No. 8 (3A) Mount Vernon Mustangs June 28 and came away with a convincing 8-1 win.

Spartans drop twinbill to Marion

Solon racks up 14 hits in win over Benton

SOLON– It was feast or famine for Solon’s varsity baseball team.
The Spartans knocked 14 hits in an 11-1 win over Benton Community June 28, but managed only four hits total in a pair of 4-0 losses to Marion June 30.
Solon freshman Cam Miller moved to 5-0 on the season with his win against Benton Community. Miller struck out four and walked two while allowing a single earned run on six hits over four-and-two-thirds innings.
The Bobcats’ lone run came in the first inning, but the Spartans knotted it up in the bottom half, and took the lead in the second with three runs.

Spartan Trapshooters aim

Nicole Breese captures first place overall in Ladies division

CEDAR FALLS– Solon Spartan Trapshooting competed in statewide shoots for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) championships in Cedar Falls June 7-11.
Solon’s Nicole Breese captured first place in the American Trap High All-Around (Singles, Doubles, Handicap) Ladies division and the team qualified for the national 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships tournament July 8-15 in Marengo, Ohio.

3-story building approved behind Casey’s

Commercial/residential site plan approved for Windflower Lane

SOLON– Only mild concerns were raised as city council members gave their stamp of approval for a new three-story mixed use building on the south end of town.
A site plan for 500 Windflower Ln., located directly east of the newer Casey’s General Store and diagonal to Solon Learning Academy, was approved unanimously at a June 7 meeting.
The building will feature around 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with two levels of apartments above.

Save the Legion Field

Solon Black and Orange Baseball to undertake improvements

New lights first for 50-year-old baseball field

SOLON– The Solon Black and Orange Baseball Club would like to light the night and keep the Legion Baseball Field in use for generations to come.
The club has an extensive plan for renovating the 50-year-old field, and is ready to embark on fundraising for an ambitious, multi-phase improvement project.
The Legion Baseball Field, immediately west of the Solon Public Library, occupies most of the Legion Park– also home to the Solon Veterans Memorial and the Johnson County Freedom Rock.

White named national softball coach of the year

SOLON– Fans of the Lady Spartan softball program are probably used to watching head coach Jim White pace the baseline in a black polo and khaki shorts.
But White donned a suit Wednesday, June 21, for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Coach of the Year Awards Night Banquet in Peoria, Ill.
White, one of eight finalists, was the recipient of the 2017 National Softball Coach of the Year.

Watch out for these new signs.

The City of Solon has installed new stop signs at the following intersections:
Cedar and Main;
Dubuque and Main.
Another new sign is planned for the intersection of North and Cedar streets, but has not yet been installed. Watch out for these new signs.

City responds to lawsuit

City of Solon news release for June 29

SOLON– In an article on June 8 in the Solon Economist, it was reported that a lawsuit was commenced related to drainage and storm sewer issues resulting in damage to a residence on Bergamot Lane. As indicated in the article, several parties were listed as defendants including North Corridor Custom Homes, Inc., Fox Run Development, Inc., MMS Consultants, Inc. and the City of Solon. The City has contacted its insurance company which has appointed legal counsel for defense of the case.

Solon High School Science Fair winners announced

SOLON– The second Solon High School Science Fair this school year was held May 24. Out of the 52 projects entered, 15 students advanced to the finalist round.
At the end of the finalist round, first place was awarded to Nico Longo for testing the effect of insulation type on heat retention.
Second place was awarded to Katie Butterfield for testing the effect of salt type on metal corrosion.
Third place was awarded to Spencer Wolfe for testing the effect of blade length on wind energy produced. The finalists and place winners are pictured at right.

July activities for Old Gold Diner

June was a little more laid back than May, but as usual we had a great time.
• Thanks to the Solon Centennial Lions Club for the second May Sponsored Meal. There is a lot you don’t know about the Lions club if you were not able to be here for the meal. If you get another opportunity to learn about them, be sure to do so.
• Thank you to Bridge Community Bank for sponsoring the meal in June. We all know about the regular services of the bank, but it was good to hear about the financial planning opportunities they offer.