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Solon Economist

Solon Booster Bash Golf Outing Aug. 2 at Lake Macbride

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 14th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for the weight room.

Lady Spartans punch ticket to fort dodge

No. 3 Lady Spartans smother No. 12 North Scott in regional final

SOLON– It’s a return trip.
Solon’s Lady Spartans defeated No. 12 North Scott 9-1 Tuesday to advance to the Class 4A state softball tournament in Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans cranked out 14 hits against North Scott, while Emily Ira held the Lancers without a hit until the seventh inning.
Solon faced North Scott in a Region 3 substate final after defeating Marion 7-1 Saturday, July 12, in a regional semifinal which was halted twice by lightning delays and ended after five innings.

City offers to split cost of Solon lift station

SOLON– Let’s make a deal.
The city has offered to split the cost of a $100,000 lift station with the developers of Windmill Estates in an attempt to move the next phase of the subdivision forward.
The sewage lift station would be a temporary solution to a problem that will be solved in the long run by the completion of the city’s North Trunk sewer line, a $1 million project.
At last week’s Solon city council meeting, Windmill representative John Schmidt again visited with council members and city staff regarding sewer service for the 10-year-old subdivision.

Community of hope

RunLuly 5K to benefit Haiti medical clinic

NORTH LIBERTY– Local efforts to build community are reaching well beyond this state’s borders.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have joined with World Wide Village, the nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the people of Haiti, to develop a medical clinic, professional learning center, agri-business facility and a stronger spiritual community in the cities of Williamson and Luly, Haiti.

Ely announces dining and food pantry organization, Our Table to Yours

Providing food with open arms and hearts

SOLON– Members of the Ely community are coming together to fill the stomachs and hearts of those in need.
In the middle of April, Horizons Meals on Wheels for seniors ended service in Ely.
“People in Ely were wondering what was going to happen to the program,” explained Pastor Ericka Uthe of St. John Lutheran Church. “There were a lot of different conversations going on. It just needed somebody to step up and do the coordinating.”

Beef Days co-ed kickball tourney

SOLON- Members of the community are invited to join in on the annual Solon Beef Days Adult Co-Ed Kickball Tournament to be hosted Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. The entry fee for each team is $100. Contact Todd Linderbaum at 319-325-1408 for more information.

Beef Days Hay Bale Toss to add senior division

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Hay Bale Toss will feature a new wrinkle this year.
According to organizer Tony Green, the Hay Bale Toss will add a new division, called Speed Limit, which is for participants 55 and older.
Trophies, cash and prizes will be awarded to winners of the 55 and older, 60 and older, and 65 and older. “Please bring proper identification such as wedding photos, moonshine license, criminal record, etc.,” Green said. 
The hay bale toss, established in 1999, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Green thanked this year’s sponsors for their support.

Spartans take two from CCA Clippers

Varsity baseball team has won seven of last nine

SOLON– The Spartan baseball team swept Anamosa and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) last week, helping pave the way for Solon to host its substate bracket.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association schedule for Class 3A’s substate will allow the Spartans to play their way into the state tournament without leaving town.
Solon’s varsity baseball team is currently 18-12 (as of July 8) with just a handful of games remaining in the regular season.

Solon Trapshooting Team aims to win at state competitions

SOLON– From Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, members of the Solon Spartan Trapshooting Team were in Cedar Falls participating in annual state level competitions. The team had an excellent showing and placed well in several award categories as they competed against more than 1,400 student athletes (and over 150 schools).

Lady Spartans sweep Anamosa, Beckman

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans have moved to 33-1 with doubleheader sweeps over Anamosa and Dyersville-Beckman last week.
The softball postseason begins Saturday, July 12, as Solon hosts either Marion or Dubuque Wahlert in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal with a 7 p.m. start. The Region 3 final will be Tuesday, July 15, in Solon, also with a 7 p.m. start.
Solon moved up to No. 3 in the final 4A rankings issued July 3 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
The Lady Spartans out-scored Anamosa 22-0 in two games shortened by the mercy rule July 1 in Solon.

$25.5 million decision

Middle school, performing arts center go to ballot - Sept. 9

SOLON– It’s official.
As expected, the Solon school board has decided to place a $25.5 million bond referendum for a new middle school and performing arts center before district voters.
At a June 26 meeting, school board members accepted a 220-signature petition signed by residents of the district, and passed a resolution calling for a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
It was an action the district had been working toward for months.

Our Lord’s Church marks 10th anniversary

Happy Birthday, Our Lord’s Church!

SOLON– In 2004, a small group of residents gathered at the Solon Public Library for the first service of a new church community.
Two years later, the new church had its own building and had established a record of community service that it continues today.
Our Lord’s Church will mark the first decade of its existence Sunday, July 13, with a public celebration at its 131 N. Market St. location, serving brats, burgers and hot dogs after its weekly service. Potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and cake will also be served.