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Solon Economist

Car crash ends chase in Solon

SOLON– A vehicle matching the description of one involved in a Cedar Rapids shooting incident took law enforcement authorities on a chase that ended with a crash in Solon.
According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, charges have been filed against five individuals, including one juvenile.

Solon Senior Advocates plan August senior trips with new minibus

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates has announced several opportunities for short senior trips in August utilizing the organization’s new minibus.
Thursday, Aug. 7: Lisbon Sauerkraut Days in the Park; ice cream, baked goods, music and fireworks, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5.
Friday, Aug. 15: Bluff Lake Catfish Farm, Maquoketa; all-you-can-eat whole and filleted catfish. Leave Solon at 2 p.m. Cost is $7.50.
Sunday, Aug. 17: Ely Polka Fest, Ely American Legion; 10 a.m. Polka service with St. John Lutheran Church, food, drink and dance to follow. Barefoot Becky playing. Cost is $5.

Solon Robotics Open House Aug. 7

SOLON– Solon Robotics will host an open house on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Industrial Tech building (former wood shop) located behind the Solon Middle School Auditorium.
Solon Robotics is an after-school program open to middle and high school students in the Solon Community School District. Student teams design, build, program, and compete with robots in challenges that are new each season. More information is available at: http://www.vexrobotics.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ-5H3JVtPs.

Lady Spartans take second`

Dallas Center-Grimes holds Solon to one hit in 4A title game

FORT DODGE– One hit was not enough to win a championship.
The Solon Lady Spartans fell to No. 1-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes, 5-0, in the 4A softball championship Friday.
Solon’s powerful offense could muster only one hit against Dallas Center-Grimes pitcher Paige Lowary, and ended up toting the runner-up trophy off the Harlan Rogers Park diamond in Fort Dodge for the second time in three years.
It was the first shutout of the season for Solon.

Boys earn state tourney berth, but fall to No. 1 seed

DES MOINES– The Spartans had their chances, but couldn’t put enough runs on the board.
Solon fell to No. 1 seed Waverly-Shell Rock, 3-1, in a Class 3A quarterfinal game at Principal Park Tuesday.
Solon entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed.
“Our goal coming in was to put pressure on them, and we did that virtually every inning except for maybe one or two,” commented head coach Keith McSweeney after the game. “We just couldn’t come up with that big hit in those early innings.”

Council says no to 16k for courthouse

Hearing set to consider borrowing for $727,000 fire station addition

SOLON– The Solon City Council did not support language in a ballot initiative that would dedicate 10 percent of potential Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenue toward payment of a bond for the county courthouse annex.
Council members did schedule a public hearing on securing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for an addition to the fire station.
The city has a number of major infrastructure projects still on its to-do list, including the North Trunk sewer line, a water tower, and other municipal projects, and is currently carrying substantial debt to retire.