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Solon Economist

Iowa City author Larry Baker takes new book on tour to Solon’s library

“The Education of Nancy Adams,” his fifth novel, was published in March

A day to remember sacrifice

Solon American Legion member Jim Leland salutes after completing a wreath laying ceremony honoring U.S. Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA), part of the Memorial Day service held at the Solon Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Methodist Church to host community blood drive June 30

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Lake Macbride to host July 4th fireworks, boat parade

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Baseball Spartans win sixth in a row

Solon sweeps Independence and Center Point-Urbana

SOLON– Make it six in a row for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans swept home doubleheaders against Independence and Center Point-Urbana last week to move above .500 for the season.
Solon started the year 0-3 with losses to Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Maquoketa, but since then the team has been steadily improving, offensively and defensively.

Solon girls make first-ever tourney appearance

Lady Spartans fall to Regals

DES MOINES– How many times can a teenager say they made history?
For the Solon girls’ soccer team, that’s a resounding “Yes, we can!”
The Lady Spartans traveled to Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines last Thursday for their first-ever appearance at the state tournament, paired up in the first round with Iowa City Regina in the Class 1A bracket.
The two teams had met just weeks earlier at Iowa City, where the Regals prevailed, 2-1.
Unfortunately for Solon fans, the rematch at state ended the same way, with Regina taking a 4-1 win over the Lady Spartans.

Lady Spartans move to No. 2

SOLON– That was a close one.
Emily Ira helped her own cause, singling in Taylor Nearad and pinch-runner Grace McCarty in the fourth inning to give Solon a 2-0 win over No. 12 (4A) West Delaware at Manchester Monday evening.
Ira pitched seven scoreless innings for the win, striking out 14 batters and issuing only one walk while scattering five hits.
It was the 17th win of the season for the undefeated Lady Spartans, who moved up to second place in the Class 4A rankings issued June 13 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Steve Duncan appointed to City Council

Council considers utility franchise for Alliant Energy

SOLON– The Solon City Council appointed Steve Duncan to fill the vacant council seat created when Steve Stange was appointed mayor.
“We’ve had a vacancy (on the council),” began Stange. “One of my goals was to try and find somebody that was kind of keeping up on what’s going on in the city, and has been active in our council meetings. I was looking for somebody that was in an area that is under development.”
“I approached Steve Duncan who ran for school board in the past,” said Stange.

Bond issue firm at 25.5 million

Language for Sept. 9 ballot on June 26 agenda

SOLON– The Solon school board is expected to finalize a Sept. 9 date for a $25.5 million bond issue referendum later this month.
According to Solon Superintendent Sam Miller, the district is planning a special board meeting Thursday, June 26, to accept a petition calling for a bond issue and to consider a resolution calling for a special election.
It’s a big step for the district, which has been discussing potential facility needs for months.

Scholarship process to be improved for Class of 2015

SOLON– Though school is out for summer and fall classes seem yet too distant to worry about, now is the right time to be thinking about college finances.
In addition to giving a first-year college scholarship to all Solon graduates who apply, Solon Dollars for Scholars awards Continuing Education Scholarships (CES) to Solon alumni in their second, third and fourth years of college. This summer, the volunteer organization has $32,000 in its CES coffers for those current college enrollees. The deadline for this year’s CES applications is June 15.

City to forgive late payments for May utility billing

SOLON– With the move into the new city hall, the City of Solon did not charge delinquent fees for April water/sewer bills that were due May 15. With some issues in doing the bills for May, the city will not be charging a delinquent fee if received after June 15. This will only be for this month’s water/sewer billing.

Lady Spartans on to state

Solon girls get rematch with No.3 Iowa City Regina Thursday in Des Moines

SOLON– Monday night, June 9, at the Spartan field, will be remembered for many years to come as the night the Solon girls’ soccer team made history.
The Lady Spartans took on the 10th-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels in a Class 1A Region 6 final, and won 1-0 to advance to the state tournament.
“I was so proud of the effort tonight. We have been working so hard on our game plan, both offensively and defensively,” said head coach John Tucker. “We controlled the ball really well and were able to get some good looks on the goal.”