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Solon Economist

DeWayne Klouda write-in campaign for Big Grove Township Trustee

SOLON– DeWayne Klouda is running a write-in campaign for Big Grove Township Trustee in the Nov. 4 election. He currently serves as a trustee and was appointed this year upon the retirement of Elmer Vanorny. He has prior service as Township Clerk, beginning in 1998. He is familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the township, which include managing the township budget and the Tri-Township Fire Department, operating Oakdale Cemetery, custodian of the pioneer cemetery at Fackler’s Grove, and resolving lot line disputes.

Solon Library Board of Trustees vacancy for rural resident

SOLON– The City of Solon is now accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees for a Johnson County Rural Representative. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Applicants must reside within rural Johnson County. If you are interested in becoming a member of the board, submit an application to the city office at 101 N. Iowa St., Solon. The application can be found on the city’s website at www.solon-iowa.com.

Council mulls ‘Freedom Rock,’ reviews 2014 budget

SOLON– Freedom rocks!
And the city may be getting a “Freedom Rock®” as part of a statewide effort to honor veterans, promote Iowa tourism, and support the family of Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.
Denny Gruber, of the Solon Area Community Foundation, explained the potential project at the Wednesday, Oct. 15, city council meeting.
“This project won’t cost you a thing,” said Gruber to get council’s attention.

Spartans run over Western Dubuque’s unbeaten district record

Hopes for district title still alive

EPWORTH– Once again, offense, defense and special teams helped the Solon football team to a big win.
The Spartans traveled to Epworth Friday for a showdown with Western Dubuque and came away with a 55-26 win, setting up a three-way tie atop the Class 3A District 4 standings going into the final week of the regular season.
Western Dubuque entered the game unbeaten in the district, having upset Cedar Rapids Xavier 7-6 in week six. Solon’s lone loss of the season came at Xavier in week three, a 28-0 shut out.
Since then, the Spartans have outscored their opponents, 221-64.

Solon to host state qualifier Oct. 23

XC girls finish fifth at WaMaC meet

IOWA CITY– A tough field faces Solon’s girls, as state qualifying cross country meets are held around the state this week. Only the top three teams– and top 10 individual runners– from each class move on to the Nov. 1 state meet in Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans face four ranked schools in 3A, but teams they have run against this season. Solon– ranked in the top-15 for several weeks earlier this season– would have to knock off at least two... and hold off any late season surprise team... to return to state.

Boys ninth at conference, district next

IOWA CITY– It was Mount Vernon’s race to win or lose, and the Mustangs responded with four top-10 runners at the WaMaC cross country meet Oct. 16 to stride away with the title. Mount Vernon’s 40 points– the totaled places of its top five runners– provided a comfortable margin at the University of Iowa Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City.

Lady Spartans roll over Anamosa

VINTON– The postseason has arrived for the Solon volleyball team.
The Lady Spartans swept Anamosa to end the regular season Oct. 14, and then rebounded from an opening loss to Maquoketa in WaMaC pool play Oct. 16 to defeat Benton Community and Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
Solon was scheduled to face Center Point-Urbana in WaMaC bracket play Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Mount Vernon.

Stealing the spotlight

Solon native Riese Lutz to compete in Mr. Gay USofA Pageant

That penchant for the limelight continued throughout his life. Now, Lutz will compete in the Mr. Gay USofA pageant in San Antonio, Texas this November.
Though this is Lutz’s first year competing in pageants solo, he is no stranger to the stage. He spent several years traveling and working as a backup dancer for drag queens and previous pageant contestants. But being in the background was nearly impossible for someone who was born to be the star.
“After a couple of years, they were like, ‘Riese, you’re stealing the show,’” Lutz said. “They told me now was my time.”

Eastern Iowa orchid show Oct. 18 and 19 at Noelridge Park in CR

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce The Third Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on Oct. 18 and 19, at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.
The show is free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Solon blood drive Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, at 1749 Racine Ave. NE, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Kevin Hayes at 319-430-0670 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Solon brothers return to play in Gabe’s Iowa City Oct. 18

IOWA CITY– Joe and Jake Anderson will be returning to Gabe’s nightclub in Iowa City for a second time. The two brothers, originally from Solon, and now centered in St. Paul, Minnesota have formed the heavy-metal band Cantharone. Cantharone will be playing at Gabe’s Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 18. The band will be playing songs from their second EP, scheduled to be released Oct. 31. Cantharone will be playing with The Savage Hacks, ASEETHE and Jucifer. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Must be 19 years old to attend and there is a $10 admission charge for this show.

Solon’s Sam Miller is finalist for Superintendent of the Year

CLIVE– Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community School District, was a finalist for the 2014-15 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa.
“SAI is pleased to recognize leaders who are dedicated to advancing student achievement by providing students a quality education,” said Dan Smith, the association’s executive director.