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Solon Economist

Third “Spartan Dash” April 26

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will host its third annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 26, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Lady Spartans run with the big schools at J-Hawk Relays; take first at Tipton Early Bird

Strong showing

CEDAR RAPIDS– Finally. A warm day for a track meet. And with a fifth place finish in the J-Hawk Relays on Friday, April 4, the Lady Spartans showed they could run with the big girls. Of the 14 teams there, 10 were Class 4A schools; all among the 25 largest enrollments in Iowa. The other four were 3A teams, with Solon the smallest.

Boys win title at chilly Tipton track meet

TIPTON– The Solon varsity boys fought the elements to win a cold and windy track meet held last Tuesday at Tipton.
Team scores were as follows:
Solon: 150
North Cedar: 117
Iowa City Regina: 89
West Branch: 83
CCA: 48
Lone Tree: 41
Individual and relay place winners:
High Jump: Matt Roeder, first, 5 feet, 10 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 5 feet, 8 inches.
Long Jump: Zach Nunemaker, second, 20 feet, 5 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 20 feet, 4.5 inches; Emilio Villagrana, fourth, 20 feet, 3 inches.

Solon dumped by Prairie Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS– It was cold. It was windy. There was a threat of rain.
In other words, it was a perfect day for high school soccer.
Solon’s varsity Spartans opened their 2014 season last Thursday with a trip to Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids to face Cedar Rapids Prairie in a jamboree hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington. Both squads were ranked 13th (2A for Solon, 3A for Prairie) in preseason rankings issued by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Boys track runner-up at Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The Solon varsity boys track team turned in a strong performance at their first outdoor meet of the season, finishing runner-up in a strong field at Mount Vernon Saturday, March 29.
The meet was a sign of good things to come, as the Spartans won seven events and placed in 11 others, with a variety of athletes contributing points.
Team Scores were as
follows:
1. CPU 134
2. Solon 132
3. Monticello 90
4. Mount Vernon 83.5
5. Lisbon 65
6. Bellevue 51.5
7. Dyersville Beckman 48
8. Maquoketa 39
9. CCA 33
10. Davenport Assum 22
Field event place winners included:

Long tenured administrator accepts Florida post

Lippincott leaving for warmer weather

SOLON– It’s been over eight years since Cassandra Lippincott first said hello to Solon.
Now it’s time to say goodbye.
Lippincott, the city’s third city administrator and its longest tenured, announced last week she has accepted a position with the city of Wildwood, Fla., and will be leaving in April.
Lippincott came to head up Solon’s city government in November 2005, following in the footsteps of the first city administrator, Brandy Forbes, and her successor, Tracey Mulcahey.
The city created the position in the spring of 2000.

County imposes weight and speed limits on Mehaffey Bridge

What’s shaking?

JOHNSON COUNTY– Cars should travel a little slower across Mehaffey Bridge now, and big trucks will have to detour around it until a new bridge is complete.
The Johnson County Secondary Roads department placed a weight embargo on the bridge and reduced the speed effective March 11, due to too much movement as cars were driving over the bridge that is currently under construction.

Marshek drainage still unresolved

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Having filed the annual budget with the county and state, the city council made a to-do list for 2014 and began working on it with a discussion of storm water drainage in the Marshek and Eastwood subdivision at its March 19 meeting.

Solon Spotlight spaghetti dinner April 3

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 3, for the annual Solon Spotlight spaghetti dinner. This will be held in the high school commons, immediately before the musical showcase concert. Spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert will be available for $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Serving times are 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy entertainment provided by the high school music students. Starting at 6:45 p.m. in the high school gym, there will be performances by the Winter Drumline and the Solon Middle School show choirs, followed by a progressive showcase of musical talent from fifth grade choirs and band continuing up to the high school choirs and band. Come enjoy an evening of good food and great music. All proceeds from the spaghetti dinner will benefit K-12 performing arts programs at Solon schools.

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 3, for the annual Solon Spotlight spaghetti dinner. This will be held in the high school commons, immediately before the musical showcase concert. Spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert will be available for $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Serving times are 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy entertainment provided by the high school music students.

SHS drama department presents “Into the Woods” April 4-6

SOLON– Who knows what you will discover when you go “Into the Woods?” Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, to be presented by the Solon High School drama department, is a fractured fairy tale that combines the well-known characters of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood with the story of the Baker and his Wife who desperately want a child. Unfortunately, the Baker and his Wife have been cursed with childlessness by a wicked witch and must perform various missions involving the characters in the other fairy tales to break the spell.

5K the hard way

SOLON– Close to 70 hardy souls dragged themselves through culverts, over bales of hay and across ice-cold streams as the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team hosted the second Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday morning, March 8, southwest of Solon.
The off-road race raised funds for the club as well as the Solon Food Pantry.

Early season indoor meets for girls

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s Lady Spartans head for the great outdoors in the coming week as track moves from indoors into a chilly start for the outdoor season.
Cornell College in Mount Vernon hosted the WaMaC East division meet March 22, with the WaMaC West participants coming in on their heels in the afternoon for theirs. No scores were kept, with spring break reducing team lineups and practice availability. The meet format, though, provided competition for teams that have faced extended winter weather as the season gets underway.