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Solon Economist

Local tradition turns 10 on the Fourth of July

JOHNSON COUNTY– Thanks to the commitment of one area neighborhood, a patriotic tradition continues.
Residents of the Hickory Heights development, situated off Lake Manor Road between the communities of Solon, Shueyville and North Liberty, have celebrated the July 4th holiday for 10 years now, in much the same fashion as thousands of small communities across the country; with a parade featuring color guards, fire trucks, decorated vehicles, and horses adored in red, white and blue finery bringing up the rear, followed by family-friendly cookouts and even live music to entertain the crowds.

Rare white deer drawing a crowd near Twin View

SOLON– Traffic slowed on the highway. Neighbors out for a walk stuck around for the show, too, In the first days of July, word of the albino deer got around quickly.
For several evenings in a row, and occasionally around dawn, the snow white deer, with pink inner ears and nose, would be grazing in a just-cut hay field four miles west of Solon on County Road F-16, next to Twin View Heights.

Marshek residents still bailing water

Neighbors claim school trail has made things worse

SOLON– The residents of Marshek Court are waterlogged once more.
The beleaguered neighborhood off Sovers Street is again experiencing drainage issues, and homeowners shared their grievances with the Solon City Council last week.
It’s been six years since the city agreed to help maintain the detention pond and intakes that serve the area, but according to residents, things are as bad as ever.
“There’s so much water that comes off the school grounds, we’re trying to push so much water through such a small pipe, it’s unreal,” resident Randy Cline told council members Tuesday night.

Solon Retirement Village 40th anniversary carnival set for Saturday, July 27

SOLON– The Solon Retirement Village (SRV), home to a full continuum of care for seniors in Solon, plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a free community carnival on Saturday, July 27.

Hochstetler tosses no-hitter

Lady Spartans cruise past competition

SOLON– Like the weather, the Lady Spartans are sizzling.
Solon’s varsity softball team ripped through its competition last week, allowing no more than two runs in any given game, including against three highly-ranked opponents.
The Lady Spartans made short work of conference rival Dyersville Beckman last Monday, shut down No. 3 (3A) Mid-Prairie Wednesday, then took an Ottumwa tournament by storm, defeating two ranked 5A teams in the process.
Solon moved to 37-2 on the year and remained ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.

Solon battling tough against ranked teams

Spartans split with No. 1 Beckman, sweep No. 7 Benton Community

SOLON– With a split against No.1 in Class 2A Dyersville Beckman last week, Solon’s varsity baseball team has won 11 of its last 12 games
The Spartans hosted Beckman last Monday, July 1, dropping the first game 7-3 and taking the nightcap 5-2.
Solon closed out June with a road trip sweep of Williamsburg (4-0, 12-7), then hosted conference rival Beckman and closed out the four-game home stand by taking two games against No. 7 (3A) Benton Community Friday, July 5.