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Solon Economist

5th Annual Solon Christmas Tree Walk and Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Family Life Center

SOLON– The Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) and Solon Parks and Recreation are sponsoring the 5th Annual Christmas Tree Walk and Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
SEDG and Solon Parks and Recreation invite the public to start or continue a Solon Christmas tradition with family and friends by strolling through a winter wonderland of Christmas trees and beautiful lights while listening to live music.

Heartache at the UNI-Dome

Spartans upended by Bobcats, 37-17, in 3A title game

CEDAR FALLS– Some stories end in joyous celebration, others reinforce resolve.
The Spartans, arguably one of the smallest Class 3A school football teams, entered the UNI-Dome on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, sporting a record of 12-0 to meet an equally tested adversary, one of the largest Class 3A teams, in the Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. Someone would have to leave without a perfect season.
Although the Spartans battled for 48 minutes, they failed to “Check the Final Box,” as the pole barn proverb south of town beckoned.
The Spartans fell before a very disciplined Bobcat team, 37-17.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is tale as old as time

SOLON– It was a classic story of love and redemption.
The Solon High School Drama Department’s fall musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was presented to the public in the Center for the Arts Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.
Director Sami McAtee reported all three shows were almost sold out. “The kids worked so hard to make the magic come to life and we cannot wait until the spring show, to share the magic again,” she said.

Council approves Brotherton Ridge plat

Three lots on Racine south of high school

SOLON– Three new acre-sized residential lots will need city water service, but not city sewer.
At a Nov. 6 meeting, Solon City Council members approved a developer’s agreement and preliminary plat for Brotherton Ridge Part Two, a small subdivision located along the gravel on Racine Avenue south of Solon High School.
The city will extend water service to the subdivision, but the new homes will have individual septic systems because of the need for a lift station to reach the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Thank you is all most veterans need

Montgomery shares Vietnam experience: “These kids were my friends.”

SOLON– We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.
The heartfelt message from Solon graduate and Vietnam veteran Mike Montgomery was delivered to Solon High School students Tuesday, Nov. 12,
during the district’s annual Veterans Appreciation Program.
Montgomery was a member of the 1963 football team and a 1964 graduate of Solon High School. Three months after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with numerous commendations and medals.
After his service, he obtained a doctorate in business administration with a minor in management.

U.S. 30 bypass of Mount Vernon/Lisbon will be open to traffic on Nov. 22

MOUNT VERNON– The U.S. 30 bypass of Mount Vernon/Lisbon from west of Wilcox Road in Linn County to Charles Avenue in Cedar County will be open to traffic late Friday afternoon, Nov. 22, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Davenport construction office.
Drivers should still be aware of temporary lane closures as additional work is done during the 2020 construction season.
Manatt’s, Inc. of Brooklyn was the main contractor for this $28,825,766 project.

Back to the final

Spartans ascend, Warriors fall, Bobcats loom Solon outlasts Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 43-36, in prime time semifinal

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans are one step away from the title.
Solon is back in the Class 3A championship after a thrilling 43-36 semifinal win over the Sergeant Bluff-Luton (SBL) Warriors on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
The game set up the championship matchup, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, between the 12-0 Solon Spartans and the 12-0 Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. The Bobcats defeated the Lewis Central Titans, 48-14, in the other 3A semifinal.

City to buy North Street house for $140k

House to be demolished, lot resold as commercial

SOLON The City of Solon has gone from selling to buying.
The city, which announced its intention of selling the lot next door to City Hall, is taking ownership of a residential property located in a projected downtown growth area.
At a Nov. 6 regular session, Solon City Council members unanimously approved purchasing 123 East North Street for $140,000.
Mayor Steve Stange said during the meeting the city would raze the existing one-story structure and leave the 60-by-100-foot lot as green space until resold for development as commercial property.

Flaherty leaves rec. coordinator position

McIlrath to fill in while city searches for replacement

SOLON– The City of Solon needs a new recreation activities coordinator.
Ben Flaherty, who joined the city in September of 2018, accepted a new position with the City of Ames. His last day was Thursday, Nov. 7.
Recreation Administrative Assistant McKenzie McIlrath will serve as an interim coordinator until the position is filled.
Flaherty, a native of Van Meter and a 2018 graduate of the University of Iowa, was initially hired on an interim basis but was elevated to a permanent employee in January.

ONeil, Farlinger added to council Haluska and Wolf join school board

SOLON– Only one of the two incumbents made it through.
But the votes were spread out amongst all the candidates.
According to unofficial results from the combined Nov. 5 city and school election, only city council candidate Dan O’Neil received a majority (68 percent) in a four-way race for two seats with 344 votes. The race for the second seat was much tighter, with John Farlinger (238 votes) edging our incumbent Shawn Mercer (217) and former council member Kevin Samek (213).

Carson King slated for Corridor Market fundraiser

Solons Kelsey Swancutt organizing upscale holiday bazaar

TIFFIN– When Kelsey Swancutt decided the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital would be the beneficiary of Corridor Market’s annual fundraiser, there was one name that came to mind.
Carson King.
Swancutt, 31, of rural Solon, has been a primary organizer of the Corridor Market, which provides a shopping venue for local small businesses twice a year in the area.
“Every event, we try to do some sort of charity aspect,” she explained. “We use our market and the ability to get people together as an outlet for whatever charity we choose.”

Spartans blank Dutch, 24-0, UNI-Dome bound

Solon advances to semifinal against Sargeant Bluff-Luton

SOLON– The Spartans put to rest any question they were ready for the postseason, and continued their undefeated season (11-0) with a 24-0 blanking of the Pella Dutch on Friday, Nov. 8, in front of the home crowd at Spartan Stadium.
Solon advances to a semifinal match-up in the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Union Class 3A football playoffs against the Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-1) on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
The Friday, Nov. 8, game against the Dutch was billed earlier in the week as a “match of prolific passing attacks.”