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Solon Economist

Commuters clogging I-380

DOT survey seeks input on alternatives

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters on Interstate 380 have more company on the road than before, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
And the organization is trying to find alternatives to reduce the number of drivers on the crowded super slab.
Iowa DOT representatives presented a two-pronged assault to reduce the number of daily drivers during a public information open house Thursday, Oct. 2, at the North Liberty Community Library.

Pumpkin picking

A midseason morale boost for Solon cross country team

SOLON– Mid-season in cross country. Each week, another meet or two. Another 200 runners. Training miles pile up. Progress? Some, but you want more. Sometimes you need to stop– and smell the pumpkins.
Well, pick them anyway.
With meets nine days apart, Solon’s boys and girls cross country team detoured from the grassy course to the pumpkin patch last week. Almost 60 bodies bent, reached, cut, pulled, dragged, tossed and loaded pumpkins on to hay wagons at the Glenn Shima farm west of Solon. The results of their work day are on display… and for sale… 2-1/2 miles west of Solon on Highway 382.

Solon rolls 54-14

Spartans score on offense, defense and special teams at Central DeWitt

DeWITT– Solon countered Central DeWitt’s triple-option with its own version- scoring on offense, defense and special teams.
The Spartans delivered a convincing 54-14 loss to the Sabers on the road Friday night in DeWitt, dropping Central DeWitt to 3-3 and moving the sixth ranked (3A) Spartans to 5-1.
Brandon Kramer rushed for three touchdowns, Brandan Childs ran for two, Spencer Lawson returned an interception 28 yards for a score and Kramer provided a 57-yard punt return for Solon. Blayze Griffis and Bo Black also hooked up for a 53-yard strike for the Spartans’ final score.

Spartan volleyball host No. 2 (4A) West Delaware

WaMaC title on the line Thursday

SOLON– It’s No. 1 in Class 3A against No. 2 in Class 4A Thursday, Oct. 9, as Solon hosts West Delaware in a match pitting the two top teams in the WaMaC East against each other.
Currently, West Delaware is sporting a 28-0 record going into action Tuesday against Dyersville Beckman, with only a single set lost for the season.
The Lady Spartans, 18-4 heading into a home match against Central DeWitt Tuesday, defeated Western Dubuque last week and made it to the semifinals at a Waverly tournament over the weekend, falling to No. 7 (2A) Grundy Center.

Girls take second at Williamsburg

SOLON– The mid-week pumpkin patch detour did not disrupt the schedule. There are still meets to run, as conference (Oct. 16) and districts (Oct. 23) loom ahead. Solon’s girls racked up a runner-up finish in the four-school Williamsburg invitational Sept. 29. The boys were fourth there in a five-team field.
Girls

Water, sewer projects move forward to design

SOLON– The city of Solon is considering an interest-free loan option from the state to help jump-start two substantial water and sewer projects.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen initiated a discussion with the city council regarding the north trunk sewer line and water storage systems for the city at its Sept. 17 meeting.
No action was taken, but Mayor Steve Stange encouraged councilors to clarify their views on moving forward with the projects. Rasmussen indicated she received sufficient direction to move the projects forward.

Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk Sunday, Oct. 5

ELY– The Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Ely Public Park on the trail at 1 p.m.
To take steps against local and world-wide hunger issues, the Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 50 participating walkers. They also hope to raise $2,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised here will go to local food programs.

Solon Public Library

New books

“Festive in Death” by J.D. Robb. Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death.

Solon and North Liberty city candidates at forum Wednesday, Oct. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County League of Women Voters will host a candidates’ forum Wednesday, Oct. 8, at North Liberty City Hall from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
The public is invited to hear from North Liberty mayoral candidates Gerry Kuhl and Amy Nielsen, as well as candidate for Solon City Council Steve Duncan. Duncan’s opponent, Kevin Samek, will not be attending.

Solon Parks and Recreation 2014 girls basketball registration

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2014 girls basketball program.
Learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and most importantly– have fun. Registration for grades three through six will run through Oct. 16.
The fee is $38 for Solon city residents (includes T-shirt) and $43 for non-residents (includes T-shirt). After the deadline, registrants will be charged a late fee of $15. Registrants are encouraged to use the online registration at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com.

Exorcising the Demons

Spartans take down Washington in rematch of 2013 semifinals

SOLON– The last time the Solon Spartans faced the Washington Demons, Solon had some trouble reaching the end zone.
The Spartans made sure that didn’t happen again.
Solon converted two long fourth downs in the red zone Friday night and defeated Washington 28-17 in a rematch of 2013’s 3A semifinal at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
In the 14-9 loss last year, Solon settled for three field goals.
Friday, Spartan quarterback Brandan Childs hooked up with two different receivers for two second-quarter touchdowns, both of them coming on fourth and long.

Boys sixth, girls seventh at Anamosa Invitational

Düster places 16th, Weetman 25th in run around lake

ANAMOSA– In a rainy fall, muddy hills and low-lying prairie paths around Central Park Lake mean slippery footing for the annual Anamosa Invitational cross country race. This fall, good turf and dry hills meant great running conditions.
Solon’s boys were sixth in the 13-team competition, paced again by junior Simon Düster. The girls were seventh in a field with five ranked 3A and 2A competitors, with junior Trisha Coberly again running lead for the Lady Spartans.