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Solon Economist

Basketball referees are needed for girls’ basketball grades 3-6

SOLON– Applicants need to be in high school or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be held on Saturdays at the Lakeview Elementary gym (on Oct. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3 and 12) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees are paid $10/game. Those with questions or interested in refereeing can call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Crest just under 2008

By Nathan Countryman
and Jake Krob
Mount Vernon Sun
SUTLIFF– Sutliff was one of the areas preparing for Cedar River flooding.
On Friday, Sept. 23, Rod Sullivan, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and a Lisbon native, was at the site to investigate the potential impact of floodwaters on the Sutliff Bridge.
“At 24.1 feet of water, the water level will touch some of the metal at the base of the bridge,” Sullivan said. “It won’t be as high as it was in 2008, though.”

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).

Change your smoke alarm batteries Oct. 29

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And, Solon Fire Department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.

Report predicts more heavy rains for the Midwest

Impact of global warming is here but the fight is on

SOLON– Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level never seen before.
For the second time in three years, Randall Park was extensively damaged.
A similar flash flood struck in April of 2013 when severe thunderstorms and driving winds dumped as much as 8-inches of rain on the Solon area in a little over 24-hours.
In 2004, surging waters overtook the park just a year after the new playground structure was constructed.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Solon King and Queen crowned

Homecoming Queen McKenna Miller is flanked to her right by court members Makayla Lindeman and Alexis Sands, and to her left by Elizabeth Hand, Ali Dierson and Kylie Holubar on Friday, Sept. 23, following being crowned at halftime of Solon’s 34-3 defeat of the Oskaloosa Indians. (photo by Jeff Hess)
Liam Bell was announced as the 2016 Homecoming King at the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade Sept. 21. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Lady Spartans swept by Cardinals

SOLON– The Maquoketa Cardinals were just a bit better all around, and it led to Solon dropping a WaMaC East varsity volleyball contest, 3-0, Sept. 20 in Solon.
Maquoketa defeated Solon 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18 to drop the Lady Spartans to 5-12 and winless at home on the season.

Spartans in control

Harris rushes for four TDs as Solon downs Oskaloosa, 34-3

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– The promise of an offensive duel never materialized in the Class 3A District 5 match-up on Friday, Sept. 23. The Spartans bum-rushed the Oskaloosa Indians, 34-3, under the lights at Spartan Stadium.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and we took advantage of some Oskaloosa turnovers,” Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller said. “Also, I thought our physical play set the tone early in the game.”

Girls 5th, boys 10th at Anamosa

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
ANAMOSA– The annual ‘Run Round the Lake’ was more of a slip and slide this year. Midweek rain meant muddy side hills on the cross country course which rounds Central Park Lake near Anamosa. It evens out, though, since everybody runs the same course.
Solon’s varsity girls were fifth of 11 full teams. The boys were 10th of 12 teams on the 5 kilometer course, which threads through head-high prairie, pine woods, campground grass, the 26-acre lake’s dam and across the iconic wooden plank bridge.

Justus leads boys across Anamosa finish line

Lady Spartans defeat Vinton-Shellsburg at Linn-Mar volleyball tournament

MARION– The Solon varsity volleyball squad went 1-3 against some tough competition at the Linn-Mar Volleyball Tournament Sept. 10 in Marion.
The Lady Spartans defeated unranked Vinton-Shellsburg, 2-0, but dropped three matches to ranked opponents.
Solon was defeated during the tourney by host Linn-Mar (No. 7, 5A), Pleasant Valley (No. 14, 5A) and Sumner-Fredericksburg (No. 2, 2A). Sumner-Fredericksburg won the tournament by defeating Linn-Mar, 2-0, in the title match.