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Solon Economist

SCSD revisits 2014-2015 calendar dates

Board seeks input on earlier start

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Are you comfortable with school starting on Aug. 14?
The scenarios are in play again for the 2014-2015 Solon school year, and the district’s board of education is seeking feedback from its residents prior to a decision Feb. 10.
At odds are the start date on one end and the date for graduation on the other.
Moving the start date for school to Aug. 14 would allow the Solon Community School District (SCSD) to align the end of the first semester with the winter break and provide a consistent graduation date year-to-year.

SHS Octagon Mini Dance Marathon Saturday, Feb. 1, to benefit UI Dance fundraiser

SOLON– The annual Octagon Club Mini Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight in the commons at Solon High School.
The mini-Dance Marathon is held in support of the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon. It is a fundraiser to donate money to families that are currently or have been previously afflicted with cancer. The cancer victims aided by this are children.
The event started in 1985 and has raised over $12 million dollars to help defray the cost of treatment while patients and their families seek treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Order youth group sub sandwiches for big game Sunday, Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Youth Group is selling sub sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday. These delicious subs are made by the youth on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2. For an order form, please contact Kelly Meyer at 624-5191 or meyerk@soloniaumc.org. A great variety of toppings are available and everything is made-to-order fresh.

Solon KC free throw competition Jan. 26

SOLON– All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus (KC) Free Throw Championship. The local KC Council #12129 competition will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Middle School.
For additional information, contact Steve Kottenstette at 624-3257.

Meal and a movie Jan. 31

SOLON– If you haven’t seen the widely acclaimed movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, then join the Meal and a Movie crowd Friday, Jan. 31, at the Solon Public Library at 11 a.m. The movie will follow a catered meal of lasagna, garlic bread, green beans and dessert ($7.50). Call 624-2710 or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Kettle-fried chicken dinner Feb. 1 at Legion

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will be hosting their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and  drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit the community and Solon school projects. 

Solon takes honors at robotics tourney

ALBERT LEA, Minn.– Two of the five teams from Solon Middle School and Solon High School competing at the Dream It Do It Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament received awards. The tournament was on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Albert Lea High School in Albert Lea, Minn. The tournament was hosted by Riverland Community College.

Spartans send six to finals

Solon wrestles to second place at Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational

SOLON– Solon’s wrestlers crowned one champion but sent five others to the finals Saturday as the Spartans placed second at their own 10-team invitational.
Lance Evans at 220 pounds won by fall in 3:07 of his title match to become Solon’s lone individual champion.
The Spartans finished second to Lisbon, ending the Ed Hadenfeldt Wrestling Invitational with 177, tied with Washington and only five points out of the top spot.

Solon scores 89 in win

Spartans knock off WaMaC West leader Bobcats

SOLON– Third quarter defense was a specialty for the Spartans last week.
Solon’s varsity boys posted a pair of double-digit home wins against West Delaware and Benton Community.
Against the Bobcats, the leaders of the WaMaC West, Solon scored the most points of the year (89) and chalked up its largest margin of victory (33).
In both games, the 56-36 win over West Delaware and the 89-56 win over Benton Community, the Spartans throttled the opposing offense in the third quarter and stomped on the offensive pedal, outscoring the two teams by a combined 32-11.

Lady Spartans fall to Beckman

Girls pick up win OT win at BC

SOLON– The Lady Spartans fell to both Dyersville Beckman and West Delaware last week, but took Benton Community to overtime for a win Friday night.
The Beckman matchup was a makeup of a game wiped out by the weather in December, and the Lady Spartans made an impressive fourth-quarter comeback before falling, 45-36.
Freshman Josie Durr put in 14 points to lead Solon in scoring. Nichole Oberthien led in rebounding with eight. The Lady Spartans shot six free throws for the night, while Beckman went to the line 26 times.

Making a splash in North Liberty

Council okays purchase of splash pad components

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s hard to think of donning shorts and playing outside in the sprinkler when outdoor temperatures have been sub-zero, but the City of North Liberty is planning for just that.
On Jan. 14, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of $25,000 worth of components for a new splash pad to be installed this spring.
The recreational addition was the incentive chosen by public as a result of the community’s participation in the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program.

Ely bank robber captured by authorities

Solon State Bank in Ely robbed Friday morning

ELY– The suspect in the Friday morning robbery of the Solon State Bank in Ely has been taken into custody, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree and remains in the Linn County Jail pending his court appearance, according to Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County Conservation officer located the suspect and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where the suspect was taken into custody.