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Solon Economist

Solon City Hall dedicated

SOLON– During a recess from the regular city council meeting Wednesday, Aug. 20, Mayor Steve Stange led a dedication ceremony for the new city hall.

Solon Public Library Board of Trustees has rural vacancy

JOHNSON COUNTY– The Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for one vacancy on the Solon Public Library Board of Trustees for a person residing in unincorporated Johnson County. The vacancy is for an unexpired term, beginning immediately and expiring Dec. 31, 2015. While all Solon Public Library Board of Trustees members are appointed by the Solon mayor, the appointment of a resident of unincorporated Johnson County is subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors.

Marching Spartans have a competition on Sept. 27

SOLON– The Solon Marching Spartans will compete at the Linn Mar High School Marching Invitational. Performance time will be announced later and will be posted on Mr. Cervantez section of the school web page when it becomes available. Also parents not on his mailing list should send Mr. Cervantez an email and ask to be added to his list serve. His email address link is also on the web page.

Spartans are ready to run

SOLON– A good turnout for both the boys and girls cross country teams has coach Emy Williams optimistic as the 2014 season gets underway. Williams, with 13 seasons in the books, has four senior letter-winners back for the girls and three for the boys.

2014 Optimist Fishing Derby

The Solon Optimist Fishing Derby was held July 19 during Beef Days with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. at Brosh’s Pond. The event was emceed and run by Doug Thompson. Terry Krob performed the paperwork of registering the entrants and tallying the fish they caught. President Chris Mottinger, member Tony Ulch and nonmember Matt Blinks measured and relayed the catch information to Terry. Marv Stastny assisted and took pictures. Joanne Ulch did the advertising, and got the fishing poles and worms. Denny Gruber caught and stocked the pond with some good-sized catfish.

Volunteer efforts fuel new shelter

Parks and Recreation Commission makes the most of a tight budget

SOLON– Sometimes the kids don’t get along with the parents, and vice versa. In the end, however, time adds perspective.
At a joint meeting of the Solon City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission, some of the members of the municipal family got together to see how things were going.

County drops request for LOST funds

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the hoopla between governments in Johnson County over their propensity to share is apparently now moot.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn its request for the county’s municipalities to collaboratively pay for a long-awaited courthouse expansion in exchange for an extended sunset.

Solon school board to host hearing on building proposals Aug. 25

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Directors will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed new middle school and performing arts center Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.
The two construction projects would be funded with a $25.5 million bond issue being placed before district voters in a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
Architects for the project will provide a presentation on the project during the public hearing.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and express their views orally and in writing.

Solon to turn 175 in 2015

Celebrate Solon’s history, and future, under the big tent next September

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– The community of Solon will celebrate its 175th anniversary next year, and plans for the dosquicentennial include a community-wide gathering known as a Chautauqua.

Blood drive Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3 until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church, inside the Family Life Center Gymnasium.
Appointments: To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Reserve your Spartan Stadium football parking spot now

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is once again selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. There are 49 spots in the lot and 12 of these spaces will be reserved for handicapped parking that will be available on a first come-first serve basis at each home football game for those cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven will be reserved for game administration, with the other 30 made available to the community for purchase.

Solon yearbooks available

SOLON– To 2014 graduates and their parents: Yearbooks have arrived at the high school. Please stop by the high school office during the next two weeks to pick them up. If a sibling or neighbor will pick up a book in your stead, please email Jim Erickson at jerickson@solon.k12.ia.us to let him know who that might be or to ask him any questions if you have any. Due to prohibitive costs, we will not be mailing yearbooks to families who still have an address in the corridor.