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Solon Economist

Council OKs site plan for new Casey’s

Spokesperson says Solon can support two separate stores

SOLON– Solon, apparently, is large enough to support a second Casey’s.
At its regular meeting on Feb. 5, the City Council approved a site plan for a new Casey’s General Store to be located on Lot 98 of Fox Ridge, Part 4 off Highway One near the post office.
Approval had been delayed as developers prepared and presented a traffic study to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding a second entrance to the property on Highway 1, required to allow ingress and egress by semi-tractor trailers, according to a Casey’s spokesperson.

SHS band can drive March 1

The Solon High School band can drive will be held at the high school on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Phone 319-310-7031 if cans need to be picked up by the group.

‘Bringing in the Green’ carnival March 2

The Solon Dollars for Scholars ‘Bringing in the Green’ carnival will be held on Sunday, March 2, at the Lakeview large gym. The group needs juniors, seniors and their parents to help make the carnival a success again this year. All the money raised will be used for scholarships for the Solon graduating class of 2014. Sign-up sheets are in the high school office or contact Pat Zimmerman at 319-430-2105 for more information.

Optimist Club of Solon to sponsor essay contest

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “How Dreams Lead to Success” as part of the Optimist International essay contest for 2014.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme and determine the top winners. Top three place winners at the local level will receive medallions and the winning essay will be sent to the district level where college scholarships up to $2,500 are available for top winners.

Lady Spartans too much for CCA to handle

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.

Half the team with a chance at state

Seven Spartan wrestlers advance to district meet Saturday at Marion

MOUNT VERNON– Seven Solon wrestlers have advanced to compete at the district meet Saturday at Marion, the last step toward a berth at state.
Solon’s varsity wrestling program placed third at the sectional meet held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mount Vernon, with a score of 218 points, just off the pace set by sectional champ Mount Vernon (242) and second place Williamsburg (227).
But more importantly, seeding was decided for the sectional meet, with the champion and runner-up advancing to the district tournament.

Spartans fall to Mustangs on the road

MOUNT VERNON– It was one of those games.
The Solon boys fell to the Mount Vernon Mustangs on the road Tuesday night (Feb. 4), 69-55.
“They (Mount Vernon) played well, and it was just kind of a buzz saw,” said Solon head coach Brad Randall. “It just wasn’t one of our best defensive games.”
The Spartans trailed by only five points at halftime, but every time the Spartans made a run, Mount Vernon’s Andy Decamp seemed to be there to match it. “He just shot the ball so well,” Randall said. “Even when we defended him well.” Decamp finished the game with 22 points on 8-12 from the field.

Youth group prepares for the big game

Members of the Solon United Methodist Church youth group spent part of Sunday morning in the kitchen of the church’s fellowship hall assembling sub sandwiches. The sub sandwich sale for Super Bowl Sunday is a traditional fundraiser for the youth group. (photo by Doug Lindner)

School board looking at Sept. bond vote

$25M buys a middle school, auditorium and a few other extras

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– It looks more and more like the Solon Community School District (SCSD) will put a bond issue before voters in the district in September.
The rough outline includes an auditorium addition at the high school, a new middle school and a few other add-ons at a cost of somewhere between $23 to $25 million.
And while it’s still all conceptual, the discussions are ongoing.

A circle of support

Prison Ministries provides volunteers who serve as individual mentors

JOHNSON COUNTY– Tammy has been in and out of prison five times.
Raised in an impoverished household with three younger siblings and a mother who would disappear for weeks at a time, stealing food, diapers and formula at the neighborhood grocery store became a regular necessity. When Tammy’s mother was around, she was frequently accompanied by men, each more violently abusive than the last. By the time Tammy was removed from the home, after she and her older sister had been sexually assaulted, using drugs to ease the pain and smooth the scars had become a matter of survival.

Post Prom Fundraiser at the CR RoughRiders

SOLON– Solon High School will hold a Post Prom Fundraiser at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
Come support the Post Prom while having fun at a hockey game. Purchase your discounted, blue zone tickets online and $5 will go back to support Post Prom.

Cramer to speak about water quality in Africa

SOLON– Solon engineer Mark Cramer will be guest speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 13, meeting of the Solon Women’s Club. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room, and is open to the public.