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Solon Economist

Bevans hired as Solon’s head wrestling coach

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is pleased to announce the hiring of T.J. Bevans as head wrestling coach (pending school board approval).
Bevans served as the assistant varsity wrestling coach at Solon for the last seven seasons, including one season as interim co-head coach in the 2008-2009 season.

Solon basketball camps offered in June and July

SOLON– Camp Director and head boys basketball coach Jason S. Pershing will be offering three different camp opportunities for the Solon community as well as surrounding communities. The basketball camps will foster a fundamental approach, with a lot of skill development. Each camp will have a guest camp instructor that has competed athletically at the collegiate level as well as professional level. Each camp will be capped at 42 participants, to ensure maximum interaction, individualized attention and instruction.

Twin win at Drake

Shelby Gunnells and Dalton Ferguson are the best in the state at shot put.

Solon student looks at barriers to employment of local veterans

Intern looks at hiring those who served

SOLON– The state of Iowa in general, and Johnson County in particular, is doing a good job when it comes to hiring veterans.
More needs to be done, according to Clayton Olson.

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 3

SOLON– Highlight May 3 on your calendar to remind you to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 until 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 through 12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 3. Bring your family and friends and receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host blood drive on Monday, May 5

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Diane Wurzer at 319-624-2719 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Solon Girl Scouts supporting Witty Kitties with project

SOLON– Members of Solon Girl Scout Troop 8967 are working on their Bronze projects. Four groups have projects to benefit the community.
One group is working to raise donations for Witty Kitties Animal Rescue; the second group is working to install benches at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area; group three is hoping to get gaga ball pits; and the fourth group is working on creating mini-libraries.

SHS jazz choirs, bands perform at laidback concert

Solon students have no treble with jazz

By Jen Corrigan
Solon Economist

SOLON– Jazz legends like Glenn Miller and Ella Fitzgerald ain’t got nothin’ on the students involved in the Solon jazz program. The high school jazz bands and ensembles hosted Jazz at the Commons Sunday, March 30, an evening filled with food, fun, and music as each band and vocal group performed selections from their competition repertoire.

Don’t stop

Workers for Alliant Energy disassemble the overhead flashing traffic light at the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street Friday, April 18. In 2013, the City of Solon applied to the Iowa Department of Transportation to replace the overhanging lights with solar-powered lights installed on either side of the street. The lights previously flashed red to east- and westbound traffic, but yellow to north- and southbound lanes of Highway 1, which caused some confusion for motorists unfamiliar with the area. (photo by Doug Lindner)

St. John to take over Ely congregate dining

ELY– St. John Lutheran Church has announced it will take over the senior congregate dining and meal delivery service when Horizons Meals on Wheels ends service in April.
Situated in the heart of Ely, St. John has a long record of being committed to serving the community and didn’t hesitate to step forward when Horizons announced last week that its service to Ely and other sites would be discontinued due to budget shortfalls.
“It will be a big project to pull together in a short time,” said the Rev. Erika Uthe. “But there is no other option. Our people need to eat.”

Ferguson doubles up in shot put, discus

Spartans dominate Denny Gruber Invitational

SOLON– Solon hosted its own invitational track meet last week, named in honor of former boy’s track coach and teacher Denny Gruber. He was most likely proud as he watched the Spartan boys outdistance second place Mt. Vernon by 57 points to claim the team title.
Final scores were as follows:
Solon 137
Mt. Vernon 79.5
Regina 76.5
Vinton-Shellsburg 70
CCA 67
Beckman 57
North Cedar 48
Assumption 23
Gruber still coaches the jumpers for Solon and they helped to get the team off to a great start in the field events, scoring two places in both the high and long jump.

Gunnells wins Drake shot put crown

DES MOINES– They say to save your best for last.
Solon’s Shelby Gunnells took the old axiom literally and popped a career-best on her final throw at the 2014 Drake Relays to win the girls high school shot put competition.