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Solon Economist

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.

Softball and baseball can drive on Saturday, Feb. 8

SOLON– The Solon High School softball and baseball programs will be conducting a joint can drive on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Players, parents and supporters of these programs will be fanned out in the community in search of cans. If you already have cans collected or plan to collect them over the Super Bowl weekend, these programs would appreciate your donation. If a player doesn’t visit your neighborhood, cans can be dropped off at Solon Heating and Air on Highway 1 just north of Solon.

Meal and a movie Jan. 31

SOLON– If you haven’t seen the widely acclaimed movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, then join the Meal and a Movie crowd Friday, Jan. 31, at the Solon Public Library at 11 a.m. The movie will follow a catered meal of lasagna, garlic bread, green beans and dessert ($7.50). Call 624-2710 or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Lady Spartans handle Vikettes

Williamsburg and Regina prove to be too much for Solon’s girls

SOLON– The Solon girls are hanging tough.
Against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes Friday night at home, that resulted in a 51-38 win.
Down 0-9 to start the first quarter, the Lady Spartans turned the tables in exciting fashion.
Shelby Gunnells put Solon on the board with a short jumper from outside the lane with less than 30 seconds to go in the first eight minutes, and Nichole Oberthien followed it up with a fast break reverse layup as the quarter ended.

Gnida wins 100th at CPU duals

CENTER POINT– Louis Gnida picked up his 100th win and the Solon wrestlers picked up a dual tournament title Saturday in Center Point.
The Spartans traveled to Center Point to participate in the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) dual meet, and came back with wins over Mid-Prairie (42-37), CPU (49-26, New London (72-12), Clayton Ridge (70-12) and Oelwein (40-33), according to head coach Brooks McLaren.

Spartans win thriller over Williamsburg

Boys pick up two losses at Vinton and Regina

SOLON– It was a rollercoaster ride for the Solon boys’ basketball team last week.
After knocking off Williamsburg at home in heart-stopping fashion Tuesday, the Spartans lost two on the road– by one point to Vinton-Shellsburg and by five points to undefeated Iowa City Regina.
“We have not been our sharpest,” said acting head coach Miguel Villagrana. “We have to find a way mentally to put the game away. The challenge will be there for our kids.”

Resignation of basketball coach on Monday agenda

Solon school board to consider Randall release

SOLON– The Solon school board will be considering the resignation of varsity boys basketball coach Brad Randall during a special work session Monday, Jan. 27.
Randall has been the head coach for 20 years. He was named the Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2009, the year his Solon team won the state championship. The Spartans were runners-up at the state tournament in 2010.
The coach has been absent from the sidelines for the last two weeks while a personnel review has been conducted by the school.

Neighbors oppose rural Solon development

Corps of Engineers, DNR and county recommend approval

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– A housing subdivision proposed for 20 acres just west of Solon has ruffled some feathers, and not just those of the thousands of pelicans that flock to the adjacent lakefront each migratory season.

SCSD revisits 2014-2015 calendar dates

Board seeks input on earlier start

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Are you comfortable with school starting on Aug. 14?
The scenarios are in play again for the 2014-2015 Solon school year, and the district’s board of education is seeking feedback from its residents prior to a decision Feb. 10.
At odds are the start date on one end and the date for graduation on the other.
Moving the start date for school to Aug. 14 would allow the Solon Community School District (SCSD) to align the end of the first semester with the winter break and provide a consistent graduation date year-to-year.

SHS Octagon Mini Dance Marathon Saturday, Feb. 1, to benefit UI Dance fundraiser

SOLON– The annual Octagon Club Mini Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight in the commons at Solon High School.
The mini-Dance Marathon is held in support of the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon. It is a fundraiser to donate money to families that are currently or have been previously afflicted with cancer. The cancer victims aided by this are children.
The event started in 1985 and has raised over $12 million dollars to help defray the cost of treatment while patients and their families seek treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Order youth group sub sandwiches for big game Sunday, Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Youth Group is selling sub sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday. These delicious subs are made by the youth on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2. For an order form, please contact Kelly Meyer at 624-5191 or meyerk@soloniaumc.org. A great variety of toppings are available and everything is made-to-order fresh.

Solon KC free throw competition Jan. 26

SOLON– All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus (KC) Free Throw Championship. The local KC Council #12129 competition will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Middle School.
For additional information, contact Steve Kottenstette at 624-3257.