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Solon Economist

Spartan wrestlers place at State

Linderbaum 3rd, Gnida 4th, Bevans takes 6th for Spartans

DES MOINES– They came back a long way after losing a lot of talent.
A state champion and a runner-up from last year’s title team were gone to graduation, but Solon’s varsity wrestling team still made its run at both the Class 2A State Dual and State Individual tournaments in Des Moines Feb. 14-17.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum finished third at 285 pounds while sophomore Zeb Gnida (120) captured fourth and junior Zack Bevans (152) took sixth to propel Solon to a tie for 13th with Crestwood in the individual meet.

Solon boys win playoff opener, 58-31

3A semifinal Feb. 22 against Fairfield

SOLON– It was over early against the Chiefs.
Solon’s varsity boys basketball team rolled past Keokuk 58-31 in the opening round of playoff action at home Monday, Feb. 19,
The Spartans held the Chiefs to five points offensively in the first quarter and held a 33-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes when Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing liberally substituted from his bench.

Spartans end regular season with win

Twenty steals helped offset a cold shooting night.

VINTON– Solon’s varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a 48-33 road win against Vinton-Shellsburg Thursday, Feb. 15.
The victory improved the Spartans to 14-7 on the season, and dropped the Vikings to 5-16.
Solon shot well below its season average offensively, but made up for it with disrupting the Viking defense.
“Even though we might not have shot the ball well, there were still some easy baskets in there, off those steals,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “And then it’s also that they’re just not very comfortable making passes or running their offense.”

Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic

SOLON– The 22-mile Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic will be held Saturday, March 3, as a fundraiser for the Solon Centennial Lions Club.
Presented by Sugar Bottom Bikes and The Solon Centennial Lions Club, the race takes participants around scenic Lake Macbride on twisty pea gravel, flowing single track, scenic beaches, blazing fast double track, hilly and steep snowmobile and hiking trails, before finishing off with some of the best gravel around. All proceeds from the race go to the Lions Club.

Lions Club Soup Luncheon

SOLON– Come and enjoy soup, snacks and drinks with the Solon Centennial Lions Club on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lions’ Clubhouse, 301 S. Iowa St. Watch and cheer on the Fat Tire bicyclists as they race around Lake Macbride. The cost is $5 per plate with proceeds benefiting the Lions Club Community Betterment Fund.

SHS presents “Little Women”

Professor Bhaer (Noah Bishop), Mrs. Kirk (Megan Tucker) and Jo (Faye Duster) in a scene from the upcoming stage production of “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, by the Solon High School Drama Department. Performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4. Tickets are on sale online through MidwestTix. Visit MidwestTix at https://midwestix.securemytix.com/events/26063. In-person ticket sales began on Feb. 17 in the high school auditorium lobby from 10-11:30 a.m.

Council approves townhomes

HPR unveils 2nd downtown development

SOLON– Another new building is going up on Main Street.
At a Feb. 7 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a site plan for four townhouses to occupy the former Brosh Chapel parking lot.
The proposal was put forward by HPR Investments, the same group completing construction of a mixed-use, two-story structure west of Big Grove Brewery, known as 121 on Main.
Mark Pattison, representing HPR Investments, told council members the 1,500-square-foot units would feature slab patios in front and two-car garages in back list priced between $275,000 and $290,000.

Facelift on North Iowa Street

Council considers concept for remodel across from City Hall

SOLON– “There’s a lot going on on Main Street right now,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said, introducing a concept plan to remodel 112 N. Iowa St., the third different downtown development on the agenda for city council members at a Feb. 7 meeting.
Al Wells, representing UpTown Main, LLC, proposed rehabilitating the building, a two-story structure directly east of City Hall, and reopening a ground level commercial space.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 6

SHUEYVILLE– The annual Shueyville UMC Men’s Pancake Supper will be Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located in Shueyville but the address is 1195 Steeple Lane NE in Swisher. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links and ham will be provided as part of the all you can eat buffet. The money raised from the event will support local and international missions of the church. The cost of the meal is a free will offering to support mission. Enjoy the food and fellowship at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

Alzheimer’s program at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Ely News by Lenna See

Janice Heathman of Swisher, Kathy Osborn and Jan Mackey returned home on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11, from a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas. They enjoyed time spent in Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turks. In San Juan, they toured a 500-year-old cathedral.

Fidget spinners for cancer awareness

SOLON– Four students from Solon Elementary School decided to make and sell fidget spinners to raise money for cancer awareness.
Cash Meade, Galvin Wisman, Allen Shima and Addy Wilmer were the four students among the group who made the fidget spinners. Wilmer donated the money she raised to an animal shelter.