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Solon Economist

Ely News

Lenna See

Blaze Smith, grandson of Glenn and Frances Buresh, spent a week visiting relatives and friends. He is the son of Glenda and Shawn Smith of Tiffin and brother of Zane. He is moving from Hawaii to Orlando, Fla., where he will be employed.

Roy and Jennie Rambo, Dalton and Paige of Vinton and Shirley Worley enjoyed breakfast Saturday morning, July 16, at IHOP in Cedar Rapids. The occasion was to celebrate Shirley’s birthday.

August activities for Old Gold Diner

• Thank you to Ruzicka’s Meat Processing for sponsoring the July 13 meal. Be sure to thank them for their support of the Old Gold Diner.
• Bingo is Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m. is penny bingo and, following lunch, play for prizes. Play black-out for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as a grand prize.

Why not us?

Solon upsets No. 1 seed Wahlert

DES MOINES– Well, why not?
Solon absolutely thumped the No. 1 seed in the opening round of the 3A baseball tournament Tuesday, advancing to a semifinal against Harlan (28-5) Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines.
The Spartans shelled Dubuque Wahlert, 12-2, in a game shortened to six innings by the mercy rule.
Solon jumped out to a first-inning lead right off the bat, but salted the game away with four-run spurts in the fifth and sixth innings. The Spartans loaded the bases with no outs in each of those innings.

Lady Spartans take third

Solon comes back once again against Boy-Hull/Rock Valley

FORT DODGE– If you’d have told Solon softball coach Jim White at the beginning of the year that his team would take third place in the state tournament, he’d have been ecstatic.
Denied a chance at the 3A title game, Solon’s Lady Spartans rebounded one last time for the 2016 season, defeating No. 11 Boy-Hull/Rock Valley, 6-3, in the third-place game at the state softball tournament Friday.
Solon, ranked No. 3, finished the year 34-10.

SCSD board considers tighter open enrollment

With more housing options, directors want parents to invest in Solon

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Two years ago, the Solon school board voted to further restrict the number of students entering the district through open enrollment.
Now, board members are thinking about closing the door.
Ceasing all open enrollment was one of the possible scenarios discussed by board members at a July 11 regular meeting, and although no decisions were made, at least one board member said he was leaning in that direction.

A habit of volunteerism

SOLON– For Marcy and Larry Olson community service is just the right thing to do – whether it takes the form of Marcy’s food deliveries to seniors in Solon or Larry’s route transporting children with special needs to and from school.
If you ask them why they do it, they’ll reply: just because.
“I don’t really think about it, I guess,” Larry said. “It’s just something I do.”

Construction to start on Hwy. 1/Main Street signalization project

SOLON– Within a month, the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street will likely be fully signalized.
According to City Engineer Dave Schechinger, construction of the traffic signals was expected to begin after Beef Days and be completed some time in August.
Schechinger reported on the status of the project at a July 6 meeting of the Solon City Council, noting a pre-construction meeting had been held with contractor Advanced Electric Service.
Advanced submitted the lowest of six bids for the project– $98,430– and was awarded the project at a March 2 meeting.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

Senior Advocates heading to Sally’s on Broadway July 21

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ next Restaurant Road Trip is to Sally’s on Broadway in Springville on Thursday, July 21, leaving from Terrace Lane Glen at 4 p.m. The Advocates will also be celebrating Doris Divoky’s birthday. Call 624-2710 for reservations. Twenty-one seniors dined at the Hale Tap on Wednesday, June 29.

Solon’s one run holds up in district baseball final

Ira deals two-hit shutout to Mount Vernon

SOLON– They were two Cool Hand Lukes.
But Solon’s Luke Ira got the better of Mount Vernon’s Luke Eldred and the Spartans advanced to a substate baseball final July 20 against Fairfield.
Ira threw a two-hit shutout and a single first-inning run held up as the Spartans upset the Mustangs, 1-0, Monday, July 18, in Solon.

Big plans for Cedar River Crossing

Conservation Board project to enhance both sides of Sutliff Bridge

SUTLIFF— More changes are coming to Sutliff. The small settlement, in the extreme northeastern corner of Johnson County, was thrust into the spotlight in 2008 after record flooding heavily damaged the historic Sutliff Bridge. While the bridge was rebuilt in 2012, that project did not mark the end of preservation efforts in the area also known as “Cedar River Crossing” or “McLellan’s Landing.”