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Solon Economist

Show will go on for many 4-H, FFA families

Johnson County Fair prepares for competitions with no crowds

IOWA CITY– For most Johnson County 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) families, there will be a 2020 fair.
When the Johnson County Fair Board announced in mid-May it was canceling 2020 grounds and grandstand entertainment, it also promised to find a way to spotlight the accomplishments of 4-H and FFA members.
That opportunity is coming up July 26 through July 29.

City, school renew community center lease

SOLON– The community center has another six months.
At a June 17 meeting, city council members approved a second six-month lease with the Solon Community School District, extending the operation of the Solon Community Center to the end of 2020.
In December of 2019, the city and school negotiated a new six-month lease for the former middle school at 313 S. Iowa St. in an attempt to control costs.

Beef Days Bundles available for online order

SOLON– Thanks to everyone for your patience as the Beef Days Committee works out the details in alternative activities. With social distancing, we are unable to gather together, so the committee wants to send a little taste of Beef Days to each home. The Beef Days Committee announces “Beef Days Bundles,” featuring varieties of meat from local locker Ruzicka's and your choice of soda or Big Grove Brewery Boomtown beer. Uptown Solon won't be street-lined with activities in Mid-July, like usual, but we encourage everyone to have their own backyard Beef Days BBQ.

Spartans sweep Indians and Bobcats

Solon scores 38 runs in two doubleheaders

SOLON– The Spartans went 5-0.
Solon’s varsity baseball team swept doubleheaders from Marion and Benton Community and pulled out an eighth-inning win at Mid-Prairie last week, upping the team’s season record to 10-4.
Solon picked up two WaMaC East wins at struggling Marion June 29, riding a one-hit pitching performance by junior Brayden Rickertson in a 9-1 game-one win and fending off the Indians, 9-7, in the nightcap.

Indee takes two from Lady Spartans

INDEPENDENCE– Solon’s varsity softball team fell to 15-8 after dropping a pair of games at Independence July 3.
After losing the first game, 3-2, Solon rebounded for four runs in the top of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie in the nightcap, only to see the Mustangs walk off with an 11-10 victory with five-runs in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Ava Stebral, senior Jadyn Jeter and senior Peyton Sands each had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Freshman Hilary Wilson and senior Madison Sprague each had two hits.

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Solon splits with Marion, sweeps struggling Beckman

Sprague pitches one-hitter against Indians

SOLON– The Lady Spartans put their offense in gear against a pair of WaMaC East softball opponents last week.
Solon split with Marion on the road June 29 then swept a pair from Beckman Catholic July 1 at home, cranking out 51 hits over the four-game span.
The Lady Spartans fell 10-3 to the Indians in the first game at Marion, but still managed 10 hits, all singles, off starter Megan Kessens. Solon exploded for 11 hits, including two home runs, in the nightcap for a 12-0 victory.

Beef Days Bundles available for online order

SOLON– Thanks to everyone for your patience as the Beef Days Committee works out the details in alternative activities. With social distancing, we are unable to gather together, so the committee wants to send a little taste of Beef Days to your home. The Beef Days Committee is excited to announce “Beef Days Bundles” featuring varieties of meat from our local locker Ruzicka's and your choice of soda or Big Grove Brewery Boomtown beer. Uptown Solon won't be street-lined with activities in Mid-July like usual, but we encourage you to have your very own backyard Beef Days BBQ.

More development on East Main

Erusha presents mixed-use concept to council Spring 2021 construction planned

SOLON– The landscape of Solon’s Main Street is set to change again.
At a June 17 meeting, Solon City Council members reviewed a plan by Neil Erusha, of rural Solon, to redevelop three-quarters of a city block on the northeast corner of Highway 1 and Main Street into a mix of commercial and residential use.
Erusha proposed two new two-story buildings facing Main Street and the rehabilitation of an existing building on the north end of the property.
The concept depicted accesses on Highway 1, Cedar Street and Main Street, and that’s where Mayor Steve Stange had an issue.

Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo.

DENVER– Taylor Moore, junior at Solon High School, earned a position on the Iowa State National High School Rodeo team and will travel with fellow teammates to Guthrie, Okla., on July 17-23 to compete at the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the pole bending and cutting horse competitions.

School board tackles race

Coons pushes discussion, asks for plan addressing teaching diversity

SOLON Dan Coons thinks something needs to happen.
The Solon school board member wants to know what the district is going to do to address racism.
He asked the question during the final moments of the June 18 board meeting, during an agenda item (Talking Points) reserved for reflection and observation.
Coons said he sent the other board members an email expressing his desire to discuss the recent national struggle to deal with race relations.

Solon rides highs and lows against Tipton and Assumption

Big win at home, big loss on the road

SOLON– The Spartans scored 15 runs over two games.
But 14 came in one game and the Solon varsity baseball team split single games against Tipton and Davenport Assumption last week.
The Spartans shut out the Tigers, 14-0, at home, on June 23 and then got waylaid by the Knights the following evening, 11-1.
Freshman Blake Timmons and seniors Lucas Walker and Mathieux Rehnke combined to limit Tipton to four hits and no runs over five innings, with seven strikeouts by Walker.

Solon splits with CCA

Lady Spartans rebound for 9-2 win in nightcap

OXFORD The Lady Spartans six-game win streak ended in Oxford.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team took the opening game of a road doubleheader from Solon, 8-4, June 24, but the Lady Spartans bounced back with a convincing 9-2 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, Solon struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
But the Creek Girls grabbed control with four runs in the home half of the third.