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Solon Economist

Revised site plan approved

Alley dining for new restaurant scaled back

SOLON– Everything’s okay now.
After two weeks to iron things out, two prospective Main Street neighbors have mended the fence.
As a result, the members of the Solon City Council, at an Oct. 18 meeting, unanimously approved a revised site plan for a new restaurant at 122 E. Main St., the former location of the Solon Station.
The site plan was tabled at an Oct. 4 session after Salt Fork Kitchen owners Jay Schworn and Eric Menzel said they had not been approached about a plan to use an alley between the two buildings as an outdoor dining area.

November 2017 activities for Old Gold Diner

October is a blur and we are sliding into November. With a little hiccup we had a informative sponsored meal. Rick Jedlicka visited to remind us about Medicare, its components, and its supplements to help with our healthcare needs.
• Bingo is held most Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at11 a.m. with penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out final game for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize. The second Tuesday of the month there will be no afternoon bingo, just morning.

Perfect season

Spartans end regular season 9-0 with 43-0 win over Trojans

Solon hosts Decorah Friday in first round of 3A football playoffs

SOLON– The Spartans ended the perfect regular season at 9-0 (7-0) with a 43-0 exclamation-point victory over the Fairfield Trojans Friday, Oct. 20, at Spartan Stadium.
A Senior Night win capped the Spartans’ perfect season of “Do what we do!” as the Solon defense held Fairfield to 53 total yards passing and just two yards rushing on 21 carries in 48 minutes of football.
The defensive performance set up Solon’s offense to accumulate 162 yards passing, going 10-17, and rush for 214 yards on 33 carries.

Seconds count; Kiersten Conway on to state

Lady Spartans just miss qualifying as a cross country team

SOLON– A season spent near the top of the pack has paid off for Solon freshman Kiersten Conway. She will be on the starting line Oct. 28 at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. Conway was sixth in the Oct. 19 regional qualifying meet in Solon.

Lady Spartans fall in five sets

Solon falls to West Liberty in first round of playoffs

WEST LIBERTY– Too bad it couldn’t have gone on a little longer.
But the season for the Solon varsity volleyball team came to an end in the first round of the Class 3A District 7 playoffs Oct. 18 in West Liberty.
The Lady Spartans pushed the Comets, formerly ranked No. 13, to the limit but fell in five sets (25-15, 14-25, 25-27, 25-22, 15-10).

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

Boys Basketball grades 3-6: Registration will start around Nov. 17, with a coaches meeting to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Games are played on Saturdays in January and February, tentatively starting Jan. 20, in the Lakeview Elementary gymnasium. Registration forms will be distributed to Solon students through the school and also available on the Solon Parks and Recreation website and at City Hall.

Mayor: No conspiracy

Heated exchange at council meeting to extend water

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Council member Lauren Whitehead felt out of the loop.
But Mayor Steve Stange assured there was no conspiracy to extend city water to a county subdivision three miles outside of town.
Despite an earnest start, the closing moments of the Oct. 4 Solon City Council meeting devolved into argument and heated words as the city’s mayor and a former council member clashed verbally.

Fourth Annual Spooky Spartan Trail moves inside Oct. 21

SOLON– The Solon Secondary Schools PTO will host its fourth annual Spooky Spartan Trail on Saturday, Oct. 21. All ages are welcome at the less scary, lighted version from 5-6 p.m. Those interested in maximum scaring should attend from 7-9 p.m. For this year only, the trail moves inside the former Solon Middle/High School at 301 S. Iowa St., rumored to be already haunted. Concessions and assorted Halloween trinkets will be available for purchase, and games and a scary movie will provide entertainment in the lobby for those awaiting their turn to enter.

Tickets to go on sale for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon Center for the Arts will present “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets will be available online at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at www.midwestix.com/organizations/solon-center.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” will also be sold in-person in the Solon Center for the Arts Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The box office will also be open one hour before each show Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

Ely First Presbyterian Church Chicken Noodle Soup and Kolach Supper Saturday, Oct. 21

ELY– The First Presbyterian Church, near Ely, hosts its 68th Annual Chicken Soup and Kolach Supper on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4-7 p.m.
The cost for adults is $10 and kids 3-12 pay just $5 for the menu of piping hot chicken noodle soup with crackers, fresh bread, relishes and a drink, plus fresh-baked kolaches.

County seeks more input on first Comprehensive Plan

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– A listening post, seeking public input on Johnson County’s first-ever comprehensive plan, became more of an open debate regarding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) on Monday, Oct. 9, at the Health and Human Services Building, in Iowa City.
The meeting was scheduled as a work session for the board of supervisors and planning and zoning commission, and 26 individuals took up the microphone to state their position.

Vehicles stolen: Lock your cars!

SOLON– A rash of stolen vehicles in Solon has prompted law enforcement authorities to remind residents to lock their cars.
Three different vehicles were stolen from separate locations on the south side of Solon within a week during early October, according to Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.
The first occurred late Wednesday, Oct. 4, or early Thursday, Oct. 5, when a truck and trailer were taken from Lee’s Ag Clinic.