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Solon Economist

Sex, drugs and fishing licenses

Billerbeck shares the darker side of patrolling for the DNR in new book

SOLON– A lot of people think of a game warden as the friendly officer checking fishing licenses.
And while partially true, there’s another side to the job that’s not as family-friendly, according to Erika Billerbeck.
Billerbeck, of Solon, recounted some of the grittier true-life tales from her career as an Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officer in her newly-published memoir, “Wildland Sentinel: Field Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer.”

Three positive cases

SCSD adds COVID dashboard to website

SOLON– So far, so good for the young but already tumultuous school year.
Solon Community School District (SCSD) classes began Monday, Aug. 31, and as of Friday, Sept. 11, three positive cases among students were reported.
The district placed a COVID-19 dashboard on its website under the “District Return to Learn” menu, tracking positive tests for students and staff, as well as absenteeism and quarantine numbers.

Football players used intolerable language at LaPorte City

District letters posted to SCSD website

SOLON– Solon football players used inappropriate language during a Sept. 11 game against Union High School in LaPorte City.
According to a post on the school’s website, Union football coaches and administrators were made aware of “inappropriate statements” directed toward Union football players.
The post included two letters– one penned by Solon High School Principal Zach Wigle and Activities Director Casey Hack– and the other signed by Union High School’s principal and assistant principal.

Spartans deliver Stanton’s first win in downpour

Solon puts Knights to sleep, 42-0

LA PORTE CITY– As the heavens gushed, the Solon varsity football team delivered Head Coach Lucas Stanton his first win helming the Spartans with a 42-0 victory over the Union Community Knights, on Friday, Sept. 11, in La Porte City.
In the fashion of history past, the Spartans used the elements to their advantage, keeping the ball on the ground while rain hammered the players and field, leaning on their offensive and defensive linemen for protection.

Solon picks up wins at home quad

1-2 at Linn-Mar

SOLON– They bested Huskies and Tigers, but had trouble with Lions and Cougars.
Solon’s varsity volleyball squad went 2-1 at a home quad meet Sept. 10 and 1-2 at a Linn-Mar tourney Sept. 12. If you toss out the 3-0 sweep at the hands of the top-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon Mustangs to start the week, the team notched a .500 mark.
The Spartans stayed close with the No. 1 Mustangs in Mount Vernon, falling 25-18, 25-14 and 25-18.
“We did a good job of shutting down their big hitter, we just made too many mistakes,” observed Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker.

Clean sweep

Solon XC boys, girls and JV all win at Tipton

TIPTON– The cold and rain were certainly not welcome, but the results made it worth the soggy wait for Solon runners and fans at the Tipton Invitational Cross Country Meet Sept. 8.
Solon came home with wins in not only the varsity girls’ and boys’ race, but both junior varsity (JV) events, as well.
The coaches call that hard work and reaching a goal.

Fireworks up for debate

Council members split on possible ban

SOLON– Should Solon continue to allow fireworks?
The question will be put to a vote after council members informally split on the issue at a Sept. 2 meeting.
Council members Lynn Morris and Lauren Whitehead spoke in support of banning the private displays, allowed July 1-4 since late 2017.
“We had some complaints about the size of shows going on,” noted Mayor Steve Stange. He said Morris and members of the public asked for the topic to be revisited.

Dawn of a new day

Methodist Church readies remodel for Sunday School From flip phones to smart phones

SOLON– It’s time to adapt for the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC).
The COVID-19 pandemic shook up an already changing cultural landscape for many churches, but provided a silver lining for the local Methodists.
The global shutdown early in 2020 allowed the SUMC to tackle a messy basement remodel and pave the way for a new Director of Christian Education.
The renewed focus on families and youth will be front and center as the church re-launches live Sunday School classes Sept. 13.

Wave of the future? Kind of confusing

Girls 2nd, boys 4th at divided Bob Brown Invitational

IOWA CITY– Solon’s girls finished second, with the boys cross country teams taking fourth, in a revamped version of Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational Cross Country meet, Sept. 3.
Trouble is… they only ran directly against about half the runners there.

Lady Spartans come from behind against Linn-Mar, Marshalltown

Solon starts season battling bigger schools

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team is putting it together.
The Lady Spartans collected wins over Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids Washington and Linn-Mar while facing a bevy of larger schools during a varsity round robin tourney Sept. 5.
Solon swept the Warriors of CR Wash 2-0, and galloped back for 2-1 wins over Marshalltown’s Bobcats and the Lions of Linn-Mar, 2-1.
The Lady Spartans also suffered losses at the hands of No. 8 (4A) Waverly-Shell Rock (2-0), Dubuque Senior (2-1) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (2-1) to move to 3-4 on the young season.

Demons haunt Spartans

Spartans unable to exorcise Demons in 33-18 loss

SOLON – The Washington Demons haunted the Solon Spartans football team for 48 minutes of football for a 33-18 win on Friday, Sept. 4, during Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, stopping Washington on its first drive and then Solon was stopped on its first drive, iterating the strength of both teams’ defenses from the onset.
Washington drew first blood and went up 7-0 with a little less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Firehouse campaign trying to push past COVID

$500k contribution moves project closer 2021 construction possible

SOLON– When things were looking bleak for fundraising, a Solon family came through.
The Dennis and Jana Munson family of rural Solon donated $500,000 to the Solon Firehouse campaign.
“Obviously, our hats are off to the Munson family,” said firefighter and Firehouse organizer and Greg Morris. “Dennis and his family are just committed to what we provide and do for our community. They all view it as an important entity of our community.”
Morris was on the treadmill when his phone rang with a number he didn’t recognize.