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February 24th, 2021

City Circle Theatre Company presents “First Date: A Musical Comedy” Feb. 26-28

CORALVILLE– City Circle Theatre Company’s next virtual performance is “First Date: A Musical Comedy,” Feb. 26-28. The event is professionally recorded and edited by CoralVision. Tickets are $12-$25. For tickets and more information, visit www.CoralvilleArts.org or call the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 319-248-9370.

Becoming a destination

Auditorium revival adds hotel to Solon. Palmer House Stable and Literary Hotel to provide unique package.

SOLON– “You have to offer an experience that people will talk about years later,” Al Wells said.
And Solon is ready to step up to the plate.
Wells, owner and operator of the Palmer House Stable, and partners Bill Wittig and Bruce Hudson, are knee-deep into the renovation of the abandoned St. Mary Auditorium in Solon.
When complete later this year, the Auditorium Lofts and Commons project with its second-floor hotel, will add another missing element to the community.

Dollar General planned

Parking concerns raised; plan sent to P&Z for comment

SOLON– A national retail chain has its eye on a Highway 1 industrial lot.
A concept plan for a 10,640 square-foot Dollar General was introduced to Solon City Council members during a Feb. 17 meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange raised concerns over a requested variance for parking stalls, and asked for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to comment.

Trail Ridge Estates stalled

No super-majority to overturn P&Z decision

SOLON– Trail Ridge Estates is one vote short.
As is, the proposal to annex and rezone a 130-acre residential subdivision west of Solon’s city limits on Highway 382 has only three of four city council votes needed to override a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission decision.
Mayor Steve Stange conducted the informal poll of council members at a Feb. 17 meeting.

Lady Spartans halted by Knights, 49-36

Solon derailed by Assumption in 3A Region 7 championship

CLARENCE– It took three Davenport Assumption Knights– Dawsen Dorsey (14 points), Ava Schubert (14) and Anna Wohlers (11)– to derail the Lady Spartans’ express during the 2020-2021, COVID-modified season. Solon traveled 30-minutes north to North Cedar High School, neutral territory for both teams, to meet and ultimately succumb to the Davenport Assumption Knights, 49-36, in a Class 3A regional final Feb. 20.

Solon down Trojans to advance

SOLON– On to the next round.
Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team advanced to a Class 3A Substate 4 semifinal with a 64-30 win over South Tama at home Feb. 22 in quarterfinal playoff game.
The Spartans will host Maquoketa Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. for the right to play in the Substate 4 final, scheduled for March 1 at a site to be determined.

Spartans blow by Demons

Solon closes out regular season with wins Substate semifinal Feb. 25

SOLON– Solon’s boys are back to their winning ways, just in time for the postseason.
The Spartan basketball team finished its regular season with a three-game win streak, edging Center Point-Urbana (CPU) on the road and then racing out of the gates against the Washington Demons at home.
Solon fended off the Stormin’ Pointers, 60-54, in Center Point Feb. 16, then cruised to a 62-38 victory over the Demons Feb. 18 in Solon.
Washington came into the game with a 14-5 record and its own three consecutive wins, including over Clear Creek Amana.

Lady Spartans victorious in epic semifinal

Solon knocks off Monticello, 50-48, in overtime

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team’s best game thus far this season, Solon bested the Monticello Panthers, 50-48, in an overtime battle of the ages.
Solon started the game as they had many this season, with a strong first quarter, building to a 15-10 lead at the end of one with both the Levin sisters, MaKinley and Callie, scoring five points in the first quarter.

Three-peat

Hayden Taylor makes Solon history Marty places 6th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– Hayden Taylor willed himself to a third state title.
The Solon junior dominated the Class 2A field at 160 pounds and took his place at the top of the podium during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines Saturday, Feb. 20.
Taylor worked his way to the title match with a technical fall in the first round, a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinal and a major decision in the semifinal.
He squared off against second-ranked, undefeated Wyatt Appleseth of Panorama in the 160-pound final, earning a 7-2 victory.

February 18th

Two advance

Taylor, Marty punch ticket back to Des Moines Hayden seeking third title

SOLON– Hayden Taylor and Gage Marty are heading back to Wells Fargo Arena and the state individual wrestling tournament.
Taylor and Marty qualified for a trip to Des Moines with wins at the Class 2A District 7 tournament hosted by Solon Saturday, Feb. 13.
Taylor, seeking a third state title, won the 160-pound championship, while Marty, making a return appearance, placed second at 220.