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Solon Economist

Solon Parks and Recreation 2014 girls basketball registration

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department will soon be accepting registrations for the 2014 girls basketball program.

Flu clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 9, 16 & 23

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will be at Lakeview Elementary Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.; Solon Middle School Thursday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.; and Solon High School Thursday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.
These clinics will offer Flu Shots QIV– $32; Flu Mist QIV– $35; High Dose Flu (for ages 65+ years) – $45; and Pneumonia vaccine– $90. If a cash/check payment is received at the time of the clinic, a $3 discount will be applied to the above prices.

Still No. 1

Lady Spartans sweep Maquoketa at home

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had yet to shut out an opponent at home.
Strike that off the list.
Solon took care of business against conference foe Maquoketa 3-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 16, moving to 12-3 on the year and atop (with several others) the WaMaC East Division.
The Lady Spartans dispatched the Cardinals easily in the first two sets by identical scores of 25-16, then fended off the dreaded swing in momentum and put away the match in the third set, 25-20.
Jordan Smith and Jordan Runge combined for 19 of Solon’s 34 kills and seven of the team’s eight service aces (Smith had five).

Defense smothers Indians in 21-7 win

Solon holds Marion out of end zone for three quarters

SOLON– Following a shutout loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, the Solon Spartan football team was looking for improvement.
Friday’s 21-7 home win against the Marion Indians was a step in the right direction.
“We had a better week of practice,” summarized head coach Kevin Miller.
Solon also had the services of starting running back Brandon Kramer, who missed the Xavier game due to injury.
Kramer and quarterback Brandan Childs logged over 150 rushing yards for the Spartans offensively, helping to fuel three scoring drives.

Runners look to step on the gas and close the gap

Girls second, boys eighth at Solon Invitational

SOLON– The gap is narrowing, but there’s still work to do as Solon’s girls head into the middle of their cross country season.
Solon came within two points of the team title Tuesday at their nine-team home invitational, but settled for runner-up to WaMaC rival Williamsburg.
A week before, Solon ran third in the Benton meet, 27 points behind the Raiders. “The girls ran their best race of the year as a team,” assessed coach Emy Williams. “They did move the pack up from (Benton) compared to these same teams. They got out strong and kept it during the whole race.”

Solon writer publishes chapter in business marketing textbook

SOLON– A local scholar’s phenomenological trademark research project has been published as a chapter in an international business marketing textbook. Beth Duffy, PhD, received notice from Routledge publishers in England that Brand Mascots, a collection of research authored by marketing professors and professionals from around the world, has been published containing her original research as Chapter 14.

Sign up now for “Make a Difference” service day Oct. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will be hosting “Make A Difference Day,” a service project on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Work teams from several local churches will be fanning out all over North Liberty performing community service. Service projects will include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of the North Liberty community.
“Great group, they came in and discussed my needs and went to work,” commented one person. “My team was the greatest!!” was another comment.

Voters say yes to Bond Issue

71% support for $25.5 million bond issue for middle school, auditorium

SOLON– In September 2000, 71 percent of district voters approved a $7.6 million school bond issue to build a new high school.
In September 2014, 71 percent of district voters approved a $25.5 million school bond issue to build a new middle school and performing arts center.
Seventy-one percent approval.
Both times.

City to borrow against future TIF funds for Main Street property

Villas of Jordan Creek site plan approved

SOLON– The City Council is going to borrow from itself to buy the property at 120 W. Main St., and then tear it down.
At its regular business meeting on Sept. 3, council members and Mayor Steve Stange explained why.
The price of the property could go up, and the site is ideally located to make parking for a potential expansion of the fire station. Council members moved to purchase it now.
Council members also gave contingent approval to a site plan for Villas of Jordan Creek Part 2.
The action began with a public hearing on the Main Street property adjacent to Solon City Hall.

Sts. Peter & Paul to host annual Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 21

SOLON– The Sts. Peter & Paul Historical Foundation will host its annual Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church hall and chapel, 1165 Taft Ave. NE, rural Solon.
A grilled pork sandwich luncheon, kolache sale and the silent auction will begin at 11 a.m., with a live auction starting at 1 p.m. Raffle drawings will be held after the live auction, including the quilt raffle, which this year will feature a 73” by 64” daisy chain created and sewn by Kylie Holubar.

Legion Auxiliary to host spaghetti supper fundraiser Sept. 24

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Auxiliary will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Wednesday, Sept. 24, serving from 4:30 until 7 p.m., at the Legion hall.
The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and children under 5 eat free.
The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, garlic bread, green tossed salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade.
Proceeds are for merit awards for Solon 2015 graduating seniors.

St. Mary selling raffle tickets for UI/Northwestern football suite

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church of Solon will be selling raffle tickets in advance of the Harvest Festival on Sept. 28.
The grand prize is a Kinnick Stadium suite for the Iowa-Northwestern football game on Nov. 1. The package includes 18 tickets, three parking passes, food and drink. Second prize will be $500 cash and third prize will be $250 cash. Drawing for the prizes will be held during St. Mary’s annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 28. Tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or five for $20. Winners do not need to be present to win.