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Solon Economist

SCSD accepting preschool applications for 2015-16

SOLON– The Lakeview, All Aboard, Play & Learn and Solon Learning Academy preschools are currently accepting applications for 2015-2016 openings.  
Please go to the Solon Community School District website beginning Monday, Jan. 12, at www.solon.k12.ia.us, and complete the following steps:
• Click on the “Lakeview” link at the top of the district home page.
• Click on the “Information” tab.

Lady Spartans hit winter break undefeated

Solon moves to No. 11 in 3A with wins over West Delaware and Central DeWitt

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans finished the first half of the season without a loss.
The Solon girls basketball team moved to 8-0 Friday with a road win over West Delaware in Manchester, handing the Hawks their second loss of the year.
Likewise, earlier in the week, Solon halted a six-game winning streak for Central DeWitt. Against DeWitt, senior Ali Herdliska led Solon with 18 points and shot 50 percent from the 3-point line.
At Manchester Friday night, it was junior Dakota Doyle’s turn.

Boys fall to West Delaware

SOLON– After starting the season with three straight wins, the Solon boys basketball team has dropped four in a row, with the last two coming with identical 63-49 scores.
The Spartans fell to West Delaware at home Friday and to Cedar Rapids Kennedy on the road Saturday, both by a margin of 14 points and both by a score of 63-49.
“We finally put together a great showing defensively at Kennedy on Saturday,” said head coach Jason Pershing. “The progress defensively is being made.”

Wrestlers crown four, win Oelwein tournament

OELWEIN– Solon crowned four champions on the way to winning the Oelwein Invitational wrestling tournament Dec. 13.
Cole Fritz (138 pounds), Kade Steuhm (145), Trevor Nelson (160) and Logan Linderbaum (285) each won by decision in the first place matches for their weight classes.
Ben Carr (120), Louis Gnida (126) and Trevor Yahr (132) reached the championship match in their classes but had to settle for second place. Christian Haight (106), Graeson Dall (152), Dillon Diltz (170) and Nick Bailey (195) captured third place points for Solon.

Farmland values fall from historic high

Land value survey shows decrease in value of $773 per acre

By Michael Duffy, Karen Kovarik, Iowa State University Extension
AMES– Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre— a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University (ISU). Results from the survey are similar to results found by the Realtors Land Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Confectionary construction

SOLON– It doesn’t take much to build a seasonal tradition; just some graham crackers, fluffy white frosting and a few well-placed candies.
Children and their families gathered at the Solon Public Library Nov. 17 to decorate take-home gingerbread houses, just one of the seasonal offerings the library serves up from year to year. The library provides the pre-fabbed graham cracker huts, frosting and candy items, while the kids provide the creative design. Youth Services Librarian Carey Major said the activity has been a library favorite since at least 2009.

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.

SHS preparing for classes at new Kirkwood center

Johnson County site to open in fall 2015

SOLON– Preparations are in the works for a project that will have a big impact on Solon High School in the fall of 2015, and it’s not an auditorium.
The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa is scheduled to open in Johnson County next fall, and Solon school staff is working to develop a plan for the long-range partnership.

Solon United Methodist Family Life Center to host blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 23

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 ext. 1281 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Solon Booster holiday store adding hours at home basketball games

SOLON– Still looking for that perfect Spartan gift? By popular demand, the Solon Athletic Boosters are offering more opportunities to shop our holiday inventory. Come shop for colorful sweatshirts, digital camo hats, state championship volleyball T-shirts, teacher gifts, stocking stuffers and other Spartan clothing. The Booster shop will be open Friday, Dec. 19, in the Solon High School commons during the boys’ basketball game against West Delaware. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 319-331-0758.

Pantry seeking ingredients for Christmas meal boxes

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Christmas boxes with all the fixings for a meal to families struggling with food supplies this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Dec. 22, from 2-6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please call 319-430-8655.

Maintaining the Spartan tradition

TJ Bevans steps up and starts a new chapter in Spartan wrestling history

SOLON– Tradition matters in Spartan athletics.
Travis “TJ” Bevans knows it first hand from his time on the wrestling mat in the uniform of a Solon Spartan, as well as from his eight years as an assistant coach for the wrestling program.
When Brooks McLaren stepped down earlier this year, Bevans knew it time to step up.
“I felt it was time to step up and give it a shot,” he said. Bevans graduated from Solon in 2002 and has been a part of the community since 1995. “I know the tradition, the history, my brother wrestled here, too.”