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Solon Economist

Positive COVID-19 cases reported at Solon Nursing Care Center

No serious symptoms, no hospitalization

SOLON– The 2019 novel coronavirus has made its way into the Solon Nursing Care Center (SNCC).
A resident of the facility tested positive Sunday, July 12, according to Solon Retirement Village Campus Administrator Melissa Reed.
As of Friday, July 17, four staff members and 16 residents had tested positive.
Reed said none presented severe symptoms nor required hospitalization.
“The majority are all asymptomatic,” she reported. “They don’t have a fever, they’re not having chills, they’re not complaining about medical concerns.”

Return to Learn

On-site or virtual semesters offered Online teaching to be outsourced Masks strongly recommended but not mandated

SOLON– Solon Community School District (SCSD) families need to decide.
Will students attend classes in-person or virtually?
The choices were outlined July 16 as Superintendent Davis Eidahl revealed more detail about the district’s Return to Learn plan during a regular meeting of the school board.
The plan was to be unveiled to teachers July 17 and released to school families during a webinar July 22.
A team of 38 district employees developed the plan over the summer based on recommendations from the Iowa Department of Education and Department of Public Health.

Together again

Perfect weather for SHS graduation

SOLON– The weather cooperated, and Solon High School’s (SHS) Class of 2020 had its day in the sun.
The Solon Community School District conducted its formal graduation ceremony Sunday, July 19, at Spartan Stadium.
Inclement weather would have forced the ceremony into the high school’s auditorium, limiting the number of family members and friends able to attend.

UTV fatality on Newport Road

IOWA CITY– A Newport Road resident was killed July 16 in a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) accident in rural Johnson County.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Julie Bell, 62, of North Liberty, was operating a UTV in a field when she lost control, causing the UTV to roll
Passenger Mary Kay Knight, 65, of 2664 Newport Rd. NE, was pinned under the UTV and died at the scene.
The Joint Emergency Communications Center received a report of the accident at 6:03 p.m., according to a press release.

Two-game skid to end regular season

Solon falls to Mt. Pleasant, Bettendorf

SOLON– It was a tough way to end the regular season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team played back-to back games, road and home, to conclude the official schedule and came away with losses to Mount Pleasant and Bettendorf.
The Spartans fell to the Panthers 12-9 at Mount Pleasant July 13 and then lost to the Bulldogs 13-4 at home July 14.
Solon’s record dropped to 13-7.
The Spartans had an opportunity for the win against the Panthers, knotting up the game 7-7 in the fifth inning, but Mount Pleasant built some separation with five runs in the sixth.

Short season ends at home

Benton Community edges Solon in regional semifinal, 3-2

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had their chances.
Senior pitcher Kayla West and the Solon defense held Benton Community to three earned runs on seven hits, and the Lady Spartans came up with 15 hits and forced six errors.
But Solon’s varsity softball team couldn’t convert them into runs, and the Lady Spartans bowed out of the 2020 season in a Class 3A regional semifinal July 17 at home, 3-2.
Solon’s runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Bobcats leading 3-0. Sophomore Camryn Keith and junior courtesy runner Payton Haasl crossed home on RBI by senior Jadyn Jeter and West.

Spartans escape Demons in quarterfinal

Solon tops Washington, 6-5

SOLON– The Spartans came up with the runs they needed.
Twice, the Washington (Ia.) Demons took the lead, and twice Solon’s varsity baseball team made its way back.
The Spartans edged the Demons in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional quarterfinal plating the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory July 17 in Solon.
The win advanced Solon to a regional semifinal against Clear Creek Amana July 20 in Tiffin.

Solon boys fall to Clippers, 8-7

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) ended Solon’s shortened baseball season.
The Clippers defeated the Spartans 8-7 in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional semifinal July 20 in Tiffin.
Stats were unavailable at press time.
Solon defeated Washington (Ia.) July 17 in a quarterfinal game. The Spartans finished the year with a 14-8 record.
CCA advanced to the regional final against No. 1 seed Davenport Assumption July 22 in Davenport.

Bolts survive Indians

Liberty High baseball circles wagons for 8-5 win over Marion

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity baseball team improved to 10-5 on the short season with an 8-5 non-conference win at home on Tuesday, July 14, over the WaMaC Conference’s Marion Indians.
Both squads plated a run in the first inning. The Lighting flashed for one run each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth. The Bolts unleashed a five-run blitz in the bottom of the sixth, after the Indians scored a run in the top half of the inning. Liberty survived a late rally by Marion in the top of the seventh as the Indians scored three runs.

Class of 2020 to have its day

July 19 ceremony to be held at Spartan Stadium Inclement weather could curtail attendance

SOLON– Parents, family members and friends will be able to spread out at Spartan Stadium to safely celebrate the graduating Solon High School (SHS) Class of 2020 Sunday, July 19.
But if the weather doesn’t cooperate, things change.
According to SHS Principal Zach Wigle, if the ceremony is forced inside, the district will utilize the high school auditorium, and that will limit the number of guests for each graduate.

Helping others feel good

Physical therapist Tara Saul joins staff at Ability PT

SOLON– COVID-19 put the brakes on Tara Saul’s transition to Solon.
Saul was originally set to take up her new position as a physical therapist at Ability PT’s Solon clinic in March.
While physical therapy was deemed an essential service by Governor Kim Reynolds and Ability remained open during COVID restrictions, there weren’t as many patients in the clinic, Saul said. Not as many people were going outside or not being as active, and as a result, there were not as many injuries.
Saul became a stay-at-home mom with very active son Logan, 1 1/2.

Solon takes 3 of 4 on the road

Spartans sweep Raiders, split with Mustangs

SOLON– It was a successful week on the road for the Spartans.
Solon’s varsity baseball team took three out of four away from home, sweeping Williamsburg July 6 and splitting with Mount Vernon July 10.
The Spartans have won eight of their last nine and improved to 13-9 on the season.
Solon pitching held Williamsburg to just six hits in the opener, although the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings.