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Solon Economist

Boys pick up first loss of basketball season

ANAMOSA– Solon could not stop the Anamosa Raiders.
The boys varsity basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 81-56, Friday on the road at Anamosa.
“We did not stay committed and focused on our game plan,” said Solon head coach Jason Pershing. “We lost our discipline on defense and had to fight back from an early deficit.”
Anamosa had four players in double-figures, but also went to the foul line 28 times, connecting on 21 attempts. Solon was called for 28 fouls, and three players– Dylan Doyle, Brandan Childs and Jacob Coons– fouled out of the game.

Ely woman killed in school bus accident

SOLON– An Ely woman was killed and her husband was airlifted to the hospital after her car collided with a school bus carrying approximately 30 Solon Community School District students at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to a report by the Iowa Highway Patrol, Patricia Howell, 73, of Ely was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion when she turned east into the path of the westbound school bus. Bunyan Howell, 75, Ely, was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the report said. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Solon City Council seeking applicants interested in vacancy

SOLON– On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Solon City Council voted to fulfill by appointment a vacancy on city council created with the resignation of Brad Kunkel who has moved outside the city limits. The city council is asking for those interested in completing the council term through Dec. 31, 2015, to send a letter of interest to Solon City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St., Solon IA 52333, by Dec. 16, 2014.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Thursday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Council moving ahead on water storage

City planning for ground storage reservoir next to SRNA well

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon has been aware that it needs additional water storage for some time.
Now a solution has risen to the top.
At a regular meeting Dec. 3, Solon City Council members voted to pursue a 400,000-gallon ground storage reservoir to be located adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).

Junior Post Prom Spartan Rummage Sale Saturday, Dec. 15

SOLON– Junior Post Prom Committee will be hosting a Spartan Rummage Sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 5-9 p.m. in the Solon Middle School commons. This clothing sale will include used Spartan clothing and sports equipment.

Shrek - The SHS Musical Production

SOLON– What happens when you put a couple dozen dancing dolls, three blind mice, two jaded ogres and one narcissistic lord all together in a magical kingdom where fairy tale creatures come to life and a brassy dragon falls in love with a sassy donkey?
Another fantastic musical presented by the Solon High School music and drama departments.
“Shrek the Musical,” a theater adaptation of the DreamWorks film, was directed by Solon Middle School vocal music instructor Jessica Frerich and performed by a slew of Solon’s middle school and high school students on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

Lady Spartans start the season 4-0

Girls pick up wins on the road early in the season

SOLON– Last year, the Solon girls varsity basketball team started out 0-3 and were never able to string more than two wins together consecutively.
This year’s squad has been able to mirror that in reverse.
The Lady Spartan basketball team has started the season with four straight wins, with a close 53-50 win on the road at Benton Community Friday night, and a 44-25 victory at Washington Saturday.
“We knew going in that the Benton was going to be a great test on the road,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol. “They are so well coached and mix things up both defensively and offensively.”

Spartan boys pull out thriller against Bobcats

SOLON– It went right down to the wire, but the Solon boys basketball team won its home opener Friday night against the team that ended its season a year ago.
A depleted Spartan squad defeated Benton Community, 63-59, to move to 2-0 on the young season.
Starting guard Halston Durr is out four-to-six weeks, according to head coach Jason Pershing, and guard Emilio Villagrana and Jacob Coons fouled out in the fourth quarter when Solon had taken control of the game.

Solon wrestlers win Montezuma Invitational

MONTEZUMA– After splitting two duals last Thursday in Williamsburg, the Solon wrestling team had a dominating day at the Montezuma Invitational on the way to a team title. 
The Spartans had eight of 14 wrestlers in the tournament finals and crowned five champions (Ben Carr, 120; Louis Gnida, 126; Graeson Dall, 152; Trevor Nelson, 160; and Logan Linderbaum, 285) along with three wrestlers finishing as runner-up (Christian Haight, 106; Cole Fritz, 138; and Kade Steuhm, 145).

Minor injuries for students in fatal bus-car crash

A bus containing approximately 30 Solon Community School District students was involved in a collision Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to Superintendent Sam Miller, three minor injuries were reported to school children. “Parents of all students on the bus were notified of the accident,” Miller said in a press release. “Students were transferred to a different bus and taken home.”

Finding compromise on a new school calendar

Committee recommendation coming at Dec. 8 meeting

SOLON– Different things are important to different people.
When it comes to the Solon school calendar, students, parents and school staff differ on which has the most impact– the starting date for the school year or ending the first semester before winter break.
The school district’s calendar committee has been working to develop the landmark dates for the 2015-16 school year, and a formal recommendation is expected at the school board’s Dec. 8 meeting.