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Solon Economist

Fire heavily damages Solon industrial condo

Area departments respond to Thursday blaze

SOLON– Firefighters from Solon, North Liberty, Ely and Iowa City responded Thursday morning to find an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side partially engulfed in flames.

Council moving ahead with city hall design

SOLON– A Cedar Rapids engineering firm has been selected to design Solon’s new city hall.
At a March 20 meeting, city council members approved $3,050 in architectural services for Design Dynamics, Inc. for a design concept, and a full presentation was tentatively scheduled for special council meeting Monday, March 15.

Solon dancers join Bullwinkle on Broadway

Solon dance team members perform in the Macy’s parade

SOLON– Last November, three young Solon women had a chance to taste a slice of life in the Big Apple.
And it was sweet.
It wasn’t just the average school trip or family vacation, either. These ladies were invited to participate in one of the nation’s time-honored holiday traditions, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sixth annual SMS Dinner and Dance April 20

SOLON– The Solon Middle School will host the sixth annual “Dinner and Dance” on Saturday, April 20, with dinner beginning at 5 p.m., and the dance following at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event in the middle school gymnasium. Catering will be by Ruzicka’s, with great desserts. There will also be a silent auction. Dinner entertainment will be provided by Synergy and Affinity show choirs.
Jazz Bands I and II will perform, and the Iowa Vanguard Jazz Collective will be featured.

Solon legion pancake breakfast April 14

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Veterans’ Memorial All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday, April 14, at the legion hall from 7 until 11:30 a.m. For $7 adults and $4 children 6-12 (children 5 and under eat free) you will be served pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk.
All proceeds go to the maintenance costs at the Veterans’ Memorial Monument.

Solon Public Library

New youth services librarian selected

Lakeview PTO’s second annual Spartan Dash fundraiser set for Saturday, April 27

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will be hosting its second annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 27, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as 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. Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Solon School News

Upcoming dates

Thursday, April 18: 1 p.m. Early out.
Thursday, April 25: HS parent/teacher conferences 4 until 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2: 1 p.m. Early out.
Thursday, May 16: 1 p.m. Early out.

SIAC meeting April 18

Girls give Coach Tucker his 100th win

Solon defeats Marion in 2-1 overtime shoot-out Friday

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans celebrated their inaugural game at Spartan Field with a 2-1 overtime shoot-out against Marion Friday, giving coach John Tucker his 100th career victory.
Anna Seydel hit the winning goal to give Solon a winning start to the season.
Alison McKinnie had the team’s lone goal in regulation, tying the score at 7:45 in the second half on an assist from Abby Haas.
Marion’s goal came on a penalty kick at 17:07 in the first half after an inadvertent hand ball in the box.
Coach Tucker was happy with the results.

Lady Spartans finish fourth at J-Hawk Relays

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CEDAR RAPIDS– A tale of two teams… almost.
Solon’s Lady Spartans showed they can run with the big schools, when healthy. They finished fourth in the J-Hawk Relays Saturday in Cedar Rapids, even leading for a while, early on.

Boys take fourth at first outdoor meet

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
TIPTON– The 2013 edition of the Solon boys track team finally got to run its first meet of the season outdoors last week, having two meets cancelled the previous week do to inclement weather.
The boys finished fourth out of 11 teams competing at the Tipton Invitational.
Scores were as follows:
1. CPU 115
2. Monticello 108.5
3. Camanche 70
4. Solon 65
5. West Liberty 40
6. Mount Vernon 35
7. Tipton 19
8. Springville 18
9. West Branch 17
10. Benton 16
11. Wilton 12

Spartans 3-0 to start season

SOLON– The Spartans have started the season on the right foot.
Solon’s varsity boys have opened the season 3-0, including a home win against the No. 1 ranked team in 1A, Waterloo Columbus.
According to head coach Jeremy McMurrin, the Spartans have moved up a class this season and are ranked No. 14 in Class 2A.
After a scoreless scrimmage against Cedar Rapids Xavier at the Cedar Rapids Washington Soccer Jamboree, the Spartans opened the season at home with a 2-1 win over No. 9 Iowa Mennonite April 1. Nick Brown and Brandan Childs scored goals for Solon, with an assist to Chase Gross.