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Solon Economist

St Mary to host Grief Share “Surviving The Holidays” Nov. 13

SOLON– Have you experienced a loss due to a death? Are you hoping for some support to sustain you through the holidays and allow you to help others in your family and circle of friends? You are invited to Grief Share.

Solon Middle School Veterans Day program Tuesday, Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s (SMS) annual Veteran’s Day program will be held at the SMS auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. All veterans, families and friends, and community members are invited.
Lieutenant Colonel Glen Winekauf is the guest speaker at the event. The American Legion will be in attendance and the eighth grade band will perform. Handmade cards will be made for veterans in attendance by the fifth and sixth graders. Refreshments will be served following the event, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO. Please join the community in honoring our veterans.

Spartan Wrestling Club starts with “Meet the Coaches Night” Nov. 10

SOLON– As the temperature outside begins to drop, the action in the Solon wrestling room starts to heat up and this year is no exception as the Spartan Wrestling Club is preparing to begin another season. While the emphasis will continue to be on learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun, the Spartan Wrestling Club is making several changes this year in an effort to become a more competitive wrestling club. The first significant change is the addition of club head coach Dale Handley.

Spartans handle Golden Eagles

Solon finishes regular season with 28-12 win; Davenport Assumption next as playoffs begin

SOLON– The Solon Spartans didn’t rack up the points this week, but the one-two punch of Brandon Kramer and Brandan Childs (with a dash of Connor Ham) rolled up nearly 400 yards of offense in a 28-12 win over Dubuque Wahlert Friday in Solon.
The Solon football team moved to 8-1, but will turn around quickly as the Class 3A playoffs were scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 29, with the Spartans hosting Davenport Assumption (5-4). Assumption comes into the game having lost two of its last three games, including a 45-27 loss at Washington Friday.

Solon falls to West Delaware in WaMaC championship

Lady Spartans defeat Tipton in the first round of playoffs; Northeast Goose Lake comes to town Thursday night

SOLON– For the last three years, Solon has been West Delaware’s Achilles’ heel.
Now it’s their chance to return the favor.
The No. 2 team in Class 4A defeated the No. 2 team in Class 3A in the WaMaC tournament championship Oct. 21 in Mount Vernon.
West Delaware defeated Solon 2-0, with the second set going all the way to 31-29.
The Lady Spartans won the conference tournament the three previous years, each time defeating the Hawks, although West Delaware prevented Solon from claiming the regular season title the last two seasons.

No trip to state for cross country teams

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– Going in to their state qualifying meets, Solon’s cross country teams knew they were up against several ranked schools as they tried to grab one of three team slots or a top-10 individual finish in the Class 3A state meet lineup this weekend.
Unfortunately, the rankings held true.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished sixth in the Oct. 23 qualifier.

Board tweaks early retirement

Revised incentive program to be offered this school year

SOLON– It’s a fiscal management tool first, and a reward for service second.
The Solon school board has tweaked its early retirement policy and plans to offer the incentive again for the 2014-2015 school year.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, board members unanimously approved revisions to the district’s voluntary early retirement program for certified staff, creating a set $40,000 benefit for qualifying employees who are at least 55 years of age and have completed 10 consecutive years of service to the schools.

Duncan and Samek seek seat

SOLON– There will be two candidates competing for a single three-year term on the Solon City Council in the Nov. 4 general election.
Steve Duncan and Kevin Samek will both appear on the ballot as council candidates, along with unopposed mayoral candidate Steve Stange. Duncan was appointed to fill Stange’s term on the city council in June, while Samek has previously served two terms as a council member and is seeking to return.

St. Mary youth trick-or-treating for pantry Wednesday, Oct. 29

SOLON– The youth of St. Mary’s will be canvassing Solon neighborhoods Wednesday, Oct. 29, trick or treating for non-perishable food items for the Solon Food Pantry.

DeWayne Klouda write-in campaign for Big Grove Township Trustee

SOLON– DeWayne Klouda is running a write-in campaign for Big Grove Township Trustee in the Nov. 4 election. He currently serves as a trustee and was appointed this year upon the retirement of Elmer Vanorny. He has prior service as Township Clerk, beginning in 1998. He is familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the township, which include managing the township budget and the Tri-Township Fire Department, operating Oakdale Cemetery, custodian of the pioneer cemetery at Fackler’s Grove, and resolving lot line disputes.

Solon Library Board of Trustees vacancy for rural resident

SOLON– The City of Solon is now accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees for a Johnson County Rural Representative. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Applicants must reside within rural Johnson County. If you are interested in becoming a member of the board, submit an application to the city office at 101 N. Iowa St., Solon. The application can be found on the city’s website at www.solon-iowa.com.

Council mulls ‘Freedom Rock,’ reviews 2014 budget

SOLON– Freedom rocks!
And the city may be getting a “Freedom Rock®” as part of a statewide effort to honor veterans, promote Iowa tourism, and support the family of Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.
Denny Gruber, of the Solon Area Community Foundation, explained the potential project at the Wednesday, Oct. 15, city council meeting.
“This project won’t cost you a thing,” said Gruber to get council’s attention.