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Solon Economist

Grow west

Council considers concept for residential annexation 75 acres of houses, duplexes and four-plexes planned for Greazel property

SOLON– Another big residential subdivision is on Solon’s western horizon.
Developers representing the Grace Greazel Estate presented a preliminary annexation and rezoning concept for 116 acres just outside the city limits during a city council meeting Nov. 18.
As proposed, Trail Ridge Estates would include 107 single-family lots, 55 duplex lots and 13 four-plex lots– close to 270 living units– with space dedicated for public use as a dog park adjacent to the Hoover Nature Trail.

Increased turnout in a pandemic

Auditor Weipert pleased with county election process heading into third term

IOWA CITY– A record 86 percent turnout.
Huge early voting numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A fabulously popular response to drive-through voting.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert felt the Nov. 3 general election went really well.
On the last day of voting, he said, the staff of the auditor’s office processed 1,000 votes utilizing the drive-through service offered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building’s parking ramp in Iowa City.

Santa is coming to town Dec. 5

SOLON– A safe and socially-distanced Santa Claus will appear in Solon Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1-3 p.m. in the window of Briar Ridge Bikes, 120 W. Main St., Solon, according to the Solon Recreation Department.
If you have a letter you would like sent to the North Pole, please bring it along, and place it in Santa’s mailbox.

Holiday trees and wreaths on display at community center

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Community Center to view the trees and wreaths form the talented, artistic, community members. Stop to bid on a tree or wreath or purchase one and raise funds for high school seniors.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Lady Spartans outpace Stormin’ Pointers in season opener

Solon overwhelms CPU, 68-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the varsity girls’ basketball season on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the preseason, top-five ranked defending state semifinalist Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers in grand fashion, introducing new players and making a statement, surpassing CPU, 68-41.
Solon’s Kiersten Conway belted out the national anthem and Don Ellis, the voice of the Lady Spartans, introduced the WaMaC inter-conference match up.

Five Solon varsity football players recognized by IPSWA

Shive named to First Team defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced its selections for postseason Class 2A football honors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Among those honored were five members of Solon’s 2020 varsity football team.
Solon senior Carson Shive was named the IPSWA Class 2A First Team defense for his success as an inside linebacker. He recorded 78 tackles, a team high, including 58 solo, 12 for loss and four sacks. He also recovered four fumbles.

Solon house destroyed by fire

High winds hampered firefighters

SOLON– A Solon family lost its home to a fire fueled by high winds Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The Solon Tri-Township Fire Department and assisting mutual aid agencies responded to a call reporting a fire with flames showing at 330 Marshek Ct. shortly after 1 p.m., according to Asst. Chief Scott Wolfe.
Based on the call information, Wolfe activated a second tier call for mutual aid immediately.
Firefighters arrived at the Randy and Sandy Cline residence to find heavy fire and smoke showing from the back of the garage, he said.

Keep kids in school as long as possible

District watching for uptick after holidays

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is keeping its eyes on the numbers.
Rising COVID-19 infection and quarantine numbers among students and staff came close to closing two buildings in recent weeks, and the district is already looking at possible impacts from the upcoming holiday season.
The school system remains poised to move classrooms, grade levels or even an entire building to online learning while instructing as many students as possible in-person, according to Superintendent Davis Eidahl.

Students happy to be in school

Public comments on in-person learning as COVID cases increase

SOLON– Solon High School students want to hang onto school for as long as they can.
A handful spoke to Solon Community School District board members during a Nov. 19 meeting, expressing appreciation for in-person learning and their desire to keep going.
Those sentiments were echoed by an almost equal number of parents present for the session, offset by the concerns of two others.
Speakers for the public comment portion of the agenda spilled into the adjacent room due to social distancing guidelines, with remarks held to a time limit.

Moel is Military Hero of the Game for UI v. Nebraska

Survivor of USS Gambier Bay honored by Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY– Solon’s Dean Moel, a survivor of the sinking of the USS Gambier Bay by Japanese forces during World War II, will be honored by the University of Iowa football program during its Friday, Nov. 27, game hosting Nebraska.
Moel was selected as the Military Hero of the Game and will be recognized during the radio broadcast and social media posts leading up to the gridiron contest.
Moel was born a little bit northeast of Sutliff, in Cedar County, and spent time in Central City, Cedar Bluff and Nevada (Iowa) before settling in Cedar Rapids.

Class 2A District 6 champs recognized

Spartans named to all-district squads

SOLON– Several Spartan varsity football players were recognized for performances both on and off the field as the Spartans ended the 2020 campaign Class 2A District 6 Champions and Class 2A quarterfinalists.
Senior running back Jackson Ryan was recognized as Overall District Most Valuable Player, was named to the First Team All-District Team and received Academic All-District honors.
Senior wide receiver Colton Hoffman was named Offensive Skill Most Valuable Player, received First Team All-District recognition and was acknowledged for his Academic All-District performance.