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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans lose heartbreaker to West Delaware

Girls rebound with win over Central DeWitt

SOLON– A couple of turnovers, a couple of missed shots and a last-second foul all spelled heartbreak for the Lady Spartans.
West Delaware’s Kasey Palmer went to the line with 2.5 seconds remaining and calmly sank two free throws to hand the Solon varsity girls basketball team a 46-45 home loss Jan. 27.
It was the third straight loss for the Lady Spartans after three straight wins, but the girls rebounded with a 45-41 road win Jan. 30 over Central Clinton of DeWitt.

Historic Facelift

Solon grant helps restore historic downtown storefront

SOLON– Solon business leaders support a good facelift.
In an effort to improve the appearance of the downtown area, the Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) and the City of Solon developed and administered a grant program for property owners to repair and renovate the exteriors of commercial structures.
One proprietor who took advantage of the program was Bill Leefers, owner of the two-story brick structure at the corner of East Main Street and Highway 1, currently home to El Sol Mexican Cuisine.

Council mulls new residential zoning

Old Mill Creek expansion seeking smaller lot sizes

SOLON– The Solon City Council wasn’t quite sure about adding a new type of residential zoning to its code of ordinances.
Council members tabled the first consideration of an ordinance which would create an R1(B) zoning district to provide for smaller lot sizes in residential developments.
The draft ordinance, presented at the Jan. 21 meeting, came as a result of a joint meeting Nov. 25 between the council, the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission and developers of Old Mill Creek Part 3 on the very west edge of town.

SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion is hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Solon Dynamite presents Dance Spectacular Friday, Feb. 13

SOLON– Solon Dynamite, the varsity dance team, presents its annual Spectacular 2015 performance Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Solon High School gymnasium. It will be a night to celebrate dance and the team’s successful season. Admission is $5. Solon activity passes will be accepted. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Panty and receive a free glow stick. Show shirts, concessions, jewelry and merchandise from E’s Florals will be offered for sale.

Library and Senior Advocates seek to create Single Seniors Info Group

SOLON– The Solon Public Library and the Solon Senior Advocates are joining together to create a Single Seniors Info Group. The aim of the group will be to share information about a variety of subjects that are particular to seniors living alone.
Personal finances, household issues, socialization, nutrition, mobility, relocating and downsizing are a few topics that may be discussed. Seniors with suggestions to help others who are experiencing particular issues are encouraged to participate.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Feb. 7

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb.7, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite.
The public is invited to an evening of food, fellowship, music and family fun for a great cause. For more information, visit www.gatewayrotary.org.

Spartans 2nd to Indee at 27-team tournament

IDA GROVE– Solon heavyweight Logan Linderbaum continued his unbeaten streak and eight Spartans placed in the top five to capture runner-up honors at the in Ida Grove over the weekend.
Independence ran away with the title, racking up 222 points, and Solon’s 162.5 points edged out Don Bosco (158.5) and Sergeant Bluff-Luton (154) for second place among the 27 teams.

Girls split during tough four-game stretch

Girls win two on the road, lose two to IC Regina, Mt. Pleasant

SOLON– The Lady Spartans played four basketball games in seven days and came away 2-2.
The two wins came on the road at Anamosa and Maquoketa, while the two losses came at home hosting No. 9 (1A) Iowa City Regina and a tough Mount Pleasant team.
The two losses moved the Lady Spartans to an 11-5 record and snapped a three-game winning streak.
Solon’s varsity girls traveled to Anamosa Tuesday, Jan. 20, and finished with a 53-48 win.
Junior Nichole Oberthien led the Lady Spartans with 13 points, while senior Josie Durr added 11. The two were a combined 7-8 from the free throw line.

Spartans get Cook-ed by Regina

SOLON– The Solon boys managed to take care of Maquoketa at home, but they couldn’t quite get past Iowa City Regina and its multi-sport athlete, Drew Cook.
The Spartans varsity basketball team fell to Iowa City Regina, 66-61, at home Saturday, Jan. 24, as part of a girls and boys doubleheader. Regina senior Drew Cook led all scorers with 29 points, going 12-22 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. He also snagged 10 rebounds to lead the Regals.
“Cook is a great athlete and player and we let him get way too many second-chance points,” said Solon head coach Jason Pershing.

CCA wrestlers fifth at John Byers Invitational

Quinn Murphy crowned champ

North Liberty Leader
WYOMING– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers placed fifth in team points Saturday, Jan. 24, at the 47th annual John Byers Invitational tournament at Midland High School. Knoxville won the tournament, followed by Iowa City Regina, Tipton, Maquoketa and the Clippers. North Linn, the host Eagles, Durant, Edgewood-Colesburg, Lone Tree, Monticello and Bellevue rounded out the field.

Solon economic development seeking photos for new website

SOLON– The Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) is seeking photographs that capture the beauty of Solon and the surrounding area.
SEDG is creating a new website for the general promotion of the community and needs photographs to help populate the site including the home page. SEDG is specifically seeking images capturing the natural beauty of the area, an example could include a landscape of fall foliage that includes a visual representation of an aspect of the community.